- TOP PLAYERSOffensePABLO S. TORRE | August 20, 2012
- TAMPA BAY buccaneersENEMY lines WHAT A RIVAL COACH SAYSJune 28, 2012
- Faces in the CrowdJune 11, 2001
THE NHL'S outdoor game is fast becoming one of each year's must-see sporting events. Why haven't other sports followed hockey's lead and staged a game in an old-school venue? A few suggestions.
Hit the Road, Self
LAST SATURDAY, I asked Matt Millen, who was let go as the Lion's President in the midst of the team's 0--16 season (page 56), if he would have fired himself. "Yeah, I would have," he said. "Probably not this year, until after the season. Because when you start having change in an organization, it filters down to the locker room, and that's a tough position for [a coach] to be in."
Read My Lips
WATCHING THE Cardinals beat the Falcons, I was struck by how quickly Arizona's defensive linemen got off the ball. Arizona defensive end Bertrand Berry explained why: Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan was using the same snap count—one—on every play. So when Ryan said, "Set," Berry and his linemates knew that the snap would come on the next sound. And they got even better jumps by watching Ryan's mouth and taking off as soon as his lips started to move. "You have to be a great lip-reader to be a defensive lineman," Berry said.