February 15, 2013 |
AMONG THE meaningless sentences spoken and written in sports, those that end with the phrase " . . . remains to be seen," are the most worthless. The winner of the 2014 Super Bowl remains to be seen. The fate of the 2013 Phillies remains to be seen. The rise of the sun tomorrow remains to be seen. I mean . . . duh. I cannot assure you that Chip Kelly will be a resounding success as an NFL head coach. But I can do better than "remains to be seen. " I can take a look at his past and predict his future, and I can dispel a few misperceptions about him that have made his hire seem more risky than it really is. I believe Kelly will be a great NFL head coach.
January 15, 2013 |
What was supposed to be lunch for the Eagles with Oregon coach Chip Kelly last week turned into dinner and a marathon meeting that reportedly lasted nine hours. It was part job interview, part recruiting trip, and it illustrated the lives of the Eagles brass during the search for a head coach. The Eagles' traveling party of owner Jeffrey Lurie, president Don Smolenski, and general manager Howie Roseman has crisscrossed the country on an interview tour of college coaches, NFL coordinators, and two former NFL coaches.
October 17, 2012 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Since leaving the Temple sideline after the 1988 season, interim Colts head coach Bruce Arians has spent more than 20 years in the NFL. His career has spanned five franchises, included two Super Bowl rings, and has encompassed every offensive job from coordinator to tight-ends coach. But never once has he been invited to interview for an NFL head-coaching position. Last week, he suggested that maybe it is because of his brutal honesty. On Sunday, minutes after his young team was walloped by the Jets, it wasn't hard to see what he meant.
May 6, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO - Bobby Ross was a rookie NFL head coach in the spring of 1992 when linebacker Junior Seau turned and watched a pass sail downfield during a passing drill in the last practice of the San Diego Chargers' minicamp. "I said, 'Repeat the play - Seau loafed,' " Ross said. The words hit Seau just as hard as he hit running backs and quarterbacks. "He turned on me real fast: 'What are you talking about?' "I said, 'You didn't run to the ball, Junior. What if the ball was tipped?
October 4, 2011 |
Everywhere around him the accolades are flying, yet somehow, Timber Creek senior linebacker Quanzell Lambert is keeping a steady head about things. The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder has been acknowledged as one of the top high school linebackers in the country, well before he was selected to participate in the inaugural Semper Fidelis All-American game Jan. 3 in Phoenix. College coaches have been lavishing Lambert with praise, hoping he will commit to their school. Yet despite all the attention, the soft-spoken Lambert remains focused on helping his Timber Creek team (4-0)
January 5, 2010 |
Coming out of the regular season, the Dallas Cowboys are flying high - higher, certainly, than the Eagles, whom they drubbed Sunday, 24-0. But now come the playoffs, and whatever demons the Cowboys buried in the past month are nothing compared to the ones looming in the postseason. Nobody has to remind Wade Phillips that the Cowboys have not won a playoff game since defeating Minnesota on Dec. 28, 1996, or that Phillips is winless in his four career playoff games as an NFL head coach.
April 18, 2008 |
Basketball, of all the team sports, seems easiest to understand for the casual fan. It is not overrun by sabermetricians - not that there's anything wrong with sabermetricians. Its crucial elements are not indecipherable to the layman, as football's battles in the trenches often seem to be. ("I have to look at the film," the NFL head coach often says at game's end, and he's usually not lying.) The search for what makes a winning NBA team would seem to be easier. With only five players on the floor at a time, it's intuitive to think the impact of an individual player's brilliance would be greater in basketball than it is in the other team sports.
February 6, 2007 |
Tony Dungy said he plans on coaching again next season, a day after leading the Indianapolis Colts to a Super Bowl victory over the Chicago Bears. Dungy, 51, said in recent weeks that he would decide after the season about whether to retire. He's under contract with the Colts through the 2009 season. "I still have a lot of passion for the game, a lot of enthusiasm," Dungy said at a news conference yesterday. "After a night like last night, how can you not love it? So I'm not burned out. I'm not tired at all. I'm very, very fired up and looking forward to coming back.
November 11, 2006 |
Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh, who built an NFL dynasty with the San Francisco 49ers and revolutionized the sport with his West Coast offense, disclosed yesterday that he has leukemia. "I'm positive, but not evangelistic," Walsh, 74, told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and The Sports Xchange Web sites. "I'm pragmatically doing everything my physicians recommend, and I'm working my way through it. " Walsh said the cancer first was diagnosed in 2004, but he feels better since a series of blood transfusions in the past month.
January 6, 2005 |
The San Francisco 49ers fired coach Dennis Erickson and general manager Terry Donahue yesterday, cleaning house just three days after the once-proud franchise finished with the NFL's worst record. Owner John York announced the changes to his team, which went 2-14 to match the worst record in San Francisco history. Erickson went 9-23 in two seasons as Steve Mariucci's successor, never reaching the postseason. He won two national championships at the University of Miami during a successful college coaching career, but is 40-56 in six seasons as an NFL head coach in San Francisco and Seattle.