February 15, 1986
It's a new season, but Dodger Manager Tom Lasorda is still hearing the same old question: "Why did you pitch to Jack Clark?" Sure, he's tired of answering it, but he says it just goes to prove that baseball is the greatest of all games. He told Richard Justice of the Washington Post: "You didn't hear anyone saying Don Shula had his cornerbacks in the wrong place after the AFC championship game, did you? No one said he should have played the nickel defense more, did they?
August 22, 1986 |
Steve Shafer stopped Jerry Gray in a hallway at Rams Park late Thursday morning. Shafer firmly placed both hands on Gray's shoulders in the manner your father used when you left the tools in the driveway for the fourth time in a week. " . . . and I'm going to keep yelling at you until you get it through your head," Shafer said softly to Gray. Shafer is the Rams' secondary coach. Gray is the starting left cornerback.
November 12, 1985 |
Football is a sport that changes rules like a chorus girl changes her hair color. Go away for a year and you can't recognize either one. The offensive line gets down under a punt too fast? OK, make them stay at home. Penalize them for advancing beyond the line of scrimmage. Too few field goals? Move the goal posts to the goal line. Too many field goals? Move them back to the back of the end zone. The pass interference rule too strict?
January 25, 2003 |
Raider quarterback Rich Gannon turned in an impressive practice Friday, completing all 18 passes he threw in two drills designed to perfect the Raiders' red-zone performance against nickel defenses. "He's like this every week," Coach Bill Callahan said. "He works on his timing and execution through the early part of the week and by the time we get to nickel offense, he's absolutely zeroed in. "He'll need to be this week, because we'll be facing the best nickel defense in the NFL."
September 20, 2000 |
Cornerback Kris Richard practiced on a limited basis Tuesday but no decision has been made about whether he will play Saturday. Facing San Jose State's spread offense, the Trojans might have to shuffle some defensive backs--including Kevin Arbet, Eric Reese, DeShaun Hill--to fill their nickel defense. "There are interchangeable parts," secondary coach Dennis Thurman said. "I have a lot of guys I'm confident in."
September 15, 2006 |
John Madden has a high-profile personal spotter working for him in the "NBC Sunday Night Football" booth -- lifelong friend John Robinson, the former USC and Los Angeles Rams coach. Madden and Robinson have been friends since they were fifth graders at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Daly City, Calif. Robinson, the Oakland Raiders' backfield coach in 1975 when Madden was the head coach, left the Raiders to become the head coach at USC in 1976. Now they are working together again.