A funeral doesn't sound like a good way to motivate a losing football team.
Well, maybe if it's the type of service
Sparano wasn't the first to think of that motivational ploy.
Sometimes, those props do just the trick to get a team focused on the task at hand.
"If a coach thinks there's something to help you play better, he'll do just about anything," said Tony Boselli, a former All-Pro tackle who recalls when he was at USC how then-coach
Hall of Fame coach
Once, when he was coaching the Jets, Parcells left an empty gas can in the locker of linebacker
Last season, before his
Occasionally, the props backfire. Seldom do they go so spectacularly wrong as they did for Jacksonville's
That cost the
Strange, you don't hear much about the ax-and-stump gimmick in the
The Jets are hurting at cornerback, in particular, with a pretty good one in
Jets Coach Rex Ryan said his team has to "hope like heck it's a 50-mph cross wind."
Forecast at MetLife? Partly cloudy, 63 degrees … and almost no wind.
Cowboys not cowering
When Green Bay played at Seattle in the Kickoff Opener, Rodgers never threw in the direction of All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman.
That's not the approach Dallas plans to take against the Seahawks star, at least according to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
"We can't run from him," Jones said this week on 105.3 The Fan radio in Dallas. "That's easy to say and hard to do. We've got to challenge him and make him at least cover us one-on-one.… I don't see us compromising the rest of our offense by running from Sherman like that."
Jones has seen teams do that to the Cowboys before, when Deion Sanders was the shut-down playmaker in their defense.
"People would run from him and it would play right into our hands," Jones said. "We had 10 people on nine players a lot of time because of Deion Sanders."
Oh, the drama
Back in Minnesota's opener against St. Louis,
"When I get the ball in my hands," he said, "I expect great things."
Yes, when he gets the ball in his hands. That's the operative phrase. His role in
Patterson, who in part has been bothered by a hip injury, joked this week he might have to take matters into his own hands.
"At junior college, I was a drama queen," he said. "I demanded the ball, and it paid off for me. So if things keep going like this, I may have to be that drama queen one time."
That said, Fitzgerald is off to the worst statistical start of his 11-year career, with 13 catches for 164 yards and no touchdowns in four games. In the past three games, he has been targeted 24 times, more than any other
At the moment, Fitzgerald doesn't seem overly concerned.
"I just control the things I can control," he told the Arizona Republic. "It is what it is. There's no reason to complain about it or get down. I get my opportunities. I've just got to make the best of it."
Like most, if not all NFL teams, the Seahawks don't just scout opposing players, they scout the officiating crews working games.
No cheat sheet is necessary for Sunday's game against Dallas. Bill Leavy is the referee for the game, and he needs no introduction with most Seahawks fans.
Leavy was the referee for Super Bowl XL — Pittsburgh versus Seattle — and later conceded he "kicked two calls" in the 21-10 victory by the
This isn't the first time Leavy has worked a Seattle game in recent years. He has worked three since Carroll took over as coach, and the Seahawks went 2-1 in those games.
Philadelphia is 4-1 and atop the
"At the end of the day, yeah, they're 4-1," said Pierre-Paul, whose team plays at Philadelphia on Sunday Night Football. "But they could have easily been 0-4. The games were that close. You know it too. I watch TV. You watch TV. I feel like we should go out there and make it a close game."
Bad math aside, what does he think of Philadelphia? Well, let Pierre-Paul tell you. Again and again.
"I don't like Philly," he said. "I don't care at all about Philly. I don't like Philly, you know what I'm saying?"