December 26, 1991 |
After losing to the Washington Redskins, 45-0, on opening day, Wayne Fontes coached the Detroit Lions to a 12-4 record and kept the team together in the face of injuries ranging from tragic to controversial. At season's end, Fontes had the Lions in the NFL playoffs for the first time in eight years. Wednesday, he was chosen the Associated Press' NFL coach of the year. Fontes, 52, edged Joe Gibbs of the Redskins in voting by sportswriters who cover the NFL.
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February 21, 1997 |
Coast Guard Honors Pair for Rescue Attempt Seven months after their friend and sailing partner drowned in the Santa Barbara Channel, a Ventura couple have been awarded a Public Service Commendation from the U.S. Coast Guard for their heroic efforts in trying to save the man's life. On July 28, 38-year-old Jim Donnell and his wife, Heather, 35, were returning to Ventura Harbor after a trip aboard their 50-foot sailboat Thistle.
November 5, 1994 |
After a shaky start, the defensive line play has been a strong point for the Raiders as they have climbed from 12th in the AFC against the run (156 yards after Week 1) to fourth (99.8 yards per game). One reason has been Nolan Harrison, who has split time at defensive end and tackle. Harrison, a fourth-year veteran from Indiana, is having his best season with 23 tackles, including three sacks, two pass deflections, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.
September 23, 1994 |
The rivalry between the Raiders and the San Diego Chargers goes far beyond the playing field, considering that there are 13 members of the Raider organization who previously worked with the Chargers, including owner Al Davis and six assistant coaches. The most important former Charger heading into Sunday's game at the Coliseum, however, may be Raider first-year defensive coordinator John Fox, who spent the last two seasons coaching the Chargers' secondary.
November 2, 1994 |
Some defensive players seem to specialize in sacks. Others go for interceptions. But tackle Chester McGlockton might be working on his own unique category: Most swats. In the third quarter of last Sunday's game against the Houston Oilers at the Coliseum, McGlockton barreled through the line and, as quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver pulled his arm back to throw, McGlockton slapped the ball free with a flick of his wrist, showing the hand speed of a magician. Fluke play?
September 14, 1992 |
The Minnesota Vikings managed to contain Detroit running back Barry Sanders Sunday, but they were unable to handle the Lions' special teams or prevent big plays. Mel Gray of the Lions scored on a 58-yard punt return, Melvin Jenkins scored on a 56-yard return of a blocked field goal and Jerry Ball returned a fumble 21 yards for a touchdown as the Lions beat the Vikings, 31-17. The Lions (1-1), who lost their opener at Chicago, extended their home winning streak to 11 games.
September 16, 1991 |
Don Shula was going for his 300th victory and it was Dan Marino's 30th birthday, but the Detroit Lions gave them nothing to celebrate. Ray Crockett knocked away Marino's fourth-down pass in the end zone with 2:58 left Sunday, and the Lions beat the Dolphins, 17-13. "The important thing is this football team now," Shula said. "That's what I'm concerned with." The Lions (2-1) have bounced back since losing their opener to the Washington Redskins, 45-0.
August 14, 1994 |
Neil O'Donnell and Mike Tomczak each directed two scoring drives and the Pittsburgh Steelers rebounded from deficits in each half to beat the Raiders, 29-17, on Saturday night. Victor Jones, Pittsburgh's fourth-team fullback, scored on two 1-yard runs in the fourth quarter to prevent the Raiders from opening an exhibition season 3-0 for the first time in 11 years.