- TOP PLAYERSOffensePABLO S. TORRE | August 20, 2012
- TAMPA BAY buccaneersENEMY lines WHAT A RIVAL COACH SAYSJune 28, 2012
- Faces in the CrowdJune 11, 2001
What began as a gathering of about a dozen coaches (originally called COOL: Coaches of Offensive Lineman) grew into the hundreds and included coaches from colleges and high schools. "I was working with the Bengals, and a lot of coaches wanted to come to Cincinnati in the spring and talk football," McNally says of the inspiration for the club. "Soon enough so many coaches wanted to visit that we started doing it at a hotel."
Callahan, the line coach at Wisconsin from 1990 to '94, made the yearly pilgrimage. "It's a great way to bond and share information," Callahan says. "It's the only one of its kind in the country. There are always four or five NFL coaches speaking, and the prerequisite for it is to speak about what you're doing and show your drills and your film and show other coaches the techniques that you're trying to expose to your players. I've listened to coaches and taken ideas that they've presented and implemented them in my own teaching."
As a guest speaker this year Callahan gave a presentation on the 6/7 Hole Zone Play, a zone-blocking formation that's run in some form by nearly every NFL team. Other speakers on the 2010 agenda were Saints line coach Aaron Kromer discussing The G-Sprint-Outside Zone Play Versus Multiple Fronts, Alabama's Joe Pendry on Making Your Blocking System Simple with a Numbering System and Kansas State's Dana Dimel on The Wildcat Play.
Callahan's work with the Mushrooms doesn't end with the clinic. He speaks often before and after games with McNally, a Jets consultant. "If I have issues," Callahan says, "he's someone to talk to about the latest trends and techniques."
McNally appreciates Callahan's commitment. "I think he spends a little more time than the other guys," McNally says. "He's a meticulous workaholic. Some of the other coaches might say I'm tooting Callahan's horn, but I don't know where he gets the endurance. He has staying power where the average guy would want to sleep. He'll hold up one more card at practice, figure out one more angle against a defense. I tell him he's going to be burned out, but he keeps burning."
Says Ferguson, "Whatever method is necessary in helping you learn a technique—chalkboard talk, video, taking notes, by example, bringing somebody in—[Callahan's] open to trying it."
For many years Jason Taylor was a pass rusher in Miami trying to crack New York's code. Now, as a first-year Jet, he can say what he always felt back then: "We always thought they were the best line we played."
The Jets defeated the Browns on the Sanchez-Holmes overtime connection, but the groundwork was laid earlier in the second half, when New York went on drives of 19 plays in the third quarter (Folk missed a 24-yard field goal) and 13 plays in the fourth quarter (Folk made a 25-yarder) that gassed the shorthanded Cleveland D.
"There is nothing like beating a defense up," Woody says. "Long drives, converting third downs—that takes a toll. You see the signs. They put their hands on their hips, they're breathing hard, and that's when you know you have them. It's like a runaway locomotive. You just want to keep going."
It's a feeling Woody and his mates have experienced often, but Sunday's drawn-out tussle with the Browns broke new ground. "In my 12 years in the league, I've never been in a game like that," Woody said.