Kent Hull can relate. He was the center for Buffalo and played in four consecutive Super Bowls from the 1990 through '93 seasons. And that was a no-huddle offense, nicknamed the K-Gun after quarterback Jim Kelly. The linemen had to do most of their communicating at the line of scrimmage or during timeouts.
Because they didn't huddle, the Bills used code words more than most teams. For instance, Kelly used them to let his teammates know the snap count. "Sound" meant snap on the first sound; "Noah" meant snap on two, as in animals two by two; "Mayday" meant get to the line quick so the defense wouldn't have time to change personnel.
As for Hull, one of his biggest worries about the Super Bowl concerned what would happen before the opening kickoff.
"They told us on Thursday whether it was going to be the offense or defense that was going to be introduced" at the beginning of the game, he said. "I knew I'd have to run out there to the middle of the field on national TV. I thought I'd just stumble and fall."
"I picked my feet up higher at introductions than at any time in the ballgame," he said. "Guys thought I was a 100-yard sprinter. My knees would be hitting me in the chin. I was going to make sure I didn't drag a toe.
"The pressure is just so strong. I had to focus on my job, so I didn't like it when my mind had time to wander. It got to the point where I hated timeouts. I'd be tired and still hating them."
For the Bills, it was all business. "There was no laughing on the field," Hull said.
No laughing? No levity? No Name That Tune? No wonder the Bills went 0-4 in those Super Bowls.
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