November 12, 2012
Chiefs at Steelers 8:30 p.m., ESPN Line: Steelers by 121/2. The skinny: Running back Isaac Redman has a hot hand for Pittsburgh after running for a career-high 147 yards in last week's season-defining triumph against the New York Giants. Redman will get the start on Monday night when the Steelers (5-3) host luckless Kansas City (1-7). The Chiefs have endured a miserable first half of the season, although the return of Jamaal Charles gives them clarity in the backfield.
February 6, 2003 |
Ray Rhodes believes in his old pal, Mike Holmgren, as much as he believes in the future of the Seattle Seahawks. That's why, Rhodes explained yesterday, he agreed to take over as defensive coordinator in Seattle. "I'm not just talking about squeaking into the playoffs. You want to get to the big dance," said Rhodes, who was 30-36-1 as the Eagles' head coach from 1995 to '98. "That's what we want to get accomplished. Believe me, this team is on the verge, and I'm saying that as a guy who is walking in the door.
August 26, 1997 |
Ready or not, Peter Boulware will start at strong-side linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens in Sunday's season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Boulware, the fourth player taken in the last NFL draft, missed all of training camp as a holdout. He made his debut Friday in an exhibition game against Buffalo after participating in only three practices. Boulware came off the bench against Buffalo and recorded six tackles and two sacks. He also forced a fumble. Bengals.
December 21, 2000 |
Dick LeBeau's 27-year coaching career reached a new level yesterday when he officially became the new coach of the Cincinnati Bengals. He gave some credit to Philadelphia for grooming him. LeBeau's first coaching job was with the Eagles. He served as the special-teams coach here from 1973 to 1975 on Mike McCormack's staff. "I had just finished playing," said LeBeau, who was a cornerback with the Detroit Lions from 1959 to 1972. "I was fortunate to get hired by Mike as special-teams coach, and one of the toughest things in the National Football League is just to get an opportunity.
September 28, 2000 |
Impressed with Minnesota's 3-0 record and a much-improved defense, Vikings owner Red McCombs yesterday extended coach Dennis Green's contract through the 2004 season. Green, 51, will fulfill the terms of his current deal, in which he will make $1.65 million this season and next season. In 2002, his salary will nearly double, to approximately $3 million per year, not including incentives related to the team's performance. The Associated Press said Green will be the second-highest-paid coach in the NFL, trailing only Seattle's Mike Holmgren, who signed an eight-year, $32 million deal last year.
October 9, 2000 |
The Cincinnati Bengals would probably rather re-sign Carl Pickens than line up against Eddie George again. Pickens, fresh from spending eight stormy seasons with Cincinnati, would probably talk the Bengals to death, but that would be more humane than what George did to them yesterday as the Tennessee Titans won, 23-14, at Paul Brown Stadium. George had one of his signature games, bursting into the Bengals' line with numbing regularity. First, the defenders showed grit. Then they began to slow.
November 13, 1989 |
Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason says he is OK to play against the Houston Oilers despite the bruised lung he sustained while playing against the Los Angeles Raiders last Sunday. "It's my right lung that's injured," Esiason said, laughing. "I'm left- lunged. " Actually, Esiason probably isn't as fit as he lets on. But if he didn't laugh, he probably would cry. The Bengals, who made it to the Super Bowl before losing to the 49ers last season, are struggling. Their offense is without star running back Ickey Woods, who was injured in September and is out for the season.
September 26, 2000 |
Unable to win, barely able to even score, the Cincinnati Bengals found themselves with a new coach yesterday with the season all of three games old. Bruce Coslet unexpectedly quit as coach of the NFL's worst team of the past decade and was replaced by defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau in the first NFL coaching change this season. The resignation came a day after the Bengals lost their third game in a row and second straight without scoring a point. They have been outscored, 74-7, this season and haven't made the playoffs since 1990, the league's longest current streak.
October 8, 2012 |
PITTSBURGH - The last time the Pittsburgh Steelers needed to prepare a defensive game plan for dealing with Michael Vick, the quarterback was a scatter-armed 26-year-old whose biggest public relations issue was an unfortunate incident regarding what used to be politely termed a "social disease. " That was a while ago, and Vick has lived several lifetimes since 2006, but the problems he can present for a defense remain unique. Pittsburgh defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau took the middle door in designing his philosophy for Sunday's game.
January 2, 2013 |
OK, QUICK: Who replaced Vince Lombardi when he left the Packers? Chuck Noll when he retired from the Steelers? Don Shula when he stepped down as Dolphins coach? Tom Landry after he was fired? Marv Levy when he left the Bills? Bill Walsh? Joe Gibbs? Marty Schottenheimer? If you can answer even half of these, you are indeed a football fanatic worthy of a free Super Bowl ticket. Not that I have one to give, but if I did, you'd be at or near the top of my list. It's an interesting list, filled with some notable hits and some grandiose misses.