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Chief Gump
11-12-2012, 01:11 PM
This is from Peter King's MMQB


Good book coming out this week

New York Daily News NFL writer Gary Myers has some good insight and more than a few compelling stories in his book, Coaching Confidential: Inside the Fraternity of NFL Coaches, (Crown Archetype, New York) out on Tuesday. It's about the complicated lives of head coaches and everything they have to handle. There's lots of football, and some vengeance even.

Two snapshots:

Patriots owner Robert Kraft told Myers after the Spygate discipline came down on the club in 2007, he asked Bill Belichick: "How much did this help us on a scale of 1 to 100?'' Belichick answered: "One."

"Then you're a real schmuck,'' Kraft said.

And this from the feud between the late Al Davis -- who fired Mike Shanahan as coach of the Raiders after only 20 games, and balked at paying him the $250,000 remaining on his contract:

Prior to a Raiders-Niners game in 1994, when Shanahan was San Francisco's offensive coordinator, Shanahan admitted directing Steve Young to throw a football at Davis on the field during pregame warmups. Davis had wandered to the 49ers side of the field during warmups to check the team out. Players were complaining to Shanahan about it. Myers got Shanahan, now the Washington coach, to tell him the story inside his Redskins office recently.

Writes Myers:

"Guys, we'll win the game, don't worry about it. Don't let him bother you," Shanahan said.

The end of the 49ers' pregame drill took them back to their own 5-yard line. Davis was standing 35 yards away. "Hey, get him out of there," the players said to Shanahan. Shanahan was pissed at Davis for disrupting his pregame routine. And surely he was still pissed at him for not paying him the $250,000. "Now I started thinking. Okay, so we got one more play left," Shanahan said.

Shanahan is telling this story seated behind his desk at Redskins Park. It's a quiet spring day, but suddenly he's animated. On the sideline, Shanahan's face gets red, and it looks like the veins are about to pop out of his neck when he gets mad. Off the field, you rarely see his emotional side. But he had no use for Davis. Davis had embarrassed him by firing him almost without giving him a chance, and during that pregame Shanahan wanted to put a scare into his nemesis. Shanahan came up with the idea of how to send Davis back to his side of the field and needed one of his quarterbacks to be his accomplice. Young said he was more than happy to oblige.

"Throw a go route," Shanahan told Young. "If you happen to hit that guy in the white outfit with the ball, you won't make me mad." The receiver was Jerry Rice. He ran the go route. Shanahan didn't really want to drill Davis. But if it happened, maybe he would never stand on the 49ers' side of the field again. Of course, if he hit Davis, Shanahan would never get his $250,000. Young dropped back to pass. He threw the ball in Davis' direction. Rice, whom Shanahan did not bring into the loop on this little bit of mischief, was running downfield, looking up for the ball. He was not looking at Davis. He didn't see Davis. Shanahan saw the ball. He saw the receiver. He saw Davis. All three were about to occupy the same spot. Shanahan thought Davis saw the ball coming. He did not.

"Oh, my God," Shanahan said. "I wanted to scare him. I didn't want to kill him." The ball and the receiver were closing in on Davis. "Al realizes that the ball and everybody is coming at him about five yards before there is going to be contact," Shanahan said. "I think he's going to be run over. And he dives; he actually dives out of the way. Well, half of our players see what happens, and they are all laughing." Young drilled Davis in the leg.

It was not surprising that he found his target. Young completed 64.3 percent of his passes in his career. "Ten years after this happened, I was walking out of a stadium on a Monday night, and Al came up to me," Young said. "He told me that he knew it was me." Young told Davis that he was ashamed of himself, more so than with anything else he had ever done. He then sent him a letter of apology.

Shanahan is so fired up that he gets out of his seat to finish the story. He loves this story. It was revenge. He explains in great detail Davis diving on the grass at Candlestick Park, getting to his feet, his hair falling down in front of his face. Davis stared him down from 35 yards away and gave him the middle finger.



Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/peter_king/11/12/week-10/index.html#ixzz2C2LtJLRe

I can't get the image of the face of death getting up and giving Shanahan the bird out of my head. ROFL

vailpass
11-12-2012, 01:20 PM
Q for effort.

Chief Gump
11-12-2012, 01:43 PM
Q for effort.

Well repoop

vailpass
11-12-2012, 01:44 PM
Well repoop

Any story that involves something bad happening to Al Davis, or any Raider, is worth retelling.
I enjoyed it.

Lprechaun
11-12-2012, 01:46 PM
Ive heard numerous times of players wanting to do something like that over the years. He had a habit of trolling into the practice side of the opposing team. King Douche

Easy 6
11-12-2012, 01:48 PM
Heres a story, my co-worker went to high school with shannarat up in Chicago and says he was bar none the biggest asshole there.

Pretty easy to believe.

vailpass
11-12-2012, 01:49 PM
Heres a story, my co-worker went to high school with shannarat up in Chicago and says he was bar none the biggest asshole there.

Pretty easy to believe.

I am SO stealing that from you. An NFL head coach that is a hard ass. Epic.

Easy 6
11-12-2012, 01:58 PM
I am SO stealing that from you. An NFL head coach that is a hard ass. Epic.

Not a hard ass, just a classic high school jerk.

vailpass
11-12-2012, 02:00 PM
Not a hard ass, just a classic high school jerk.

Thanks McFly.

Brock
11-12-2012, 02:30 PM
It wasn't Steve Young, it was Elvis Grbac.

Brock
11-12-2012, 02:40 PM
I guess I should say Elvis Grbac told the story and said it was himself who threw the ball. If Shanahan and Young say different, whatever.

Frazod
11-12-2012, 04:07 PM
This is sort of like Stalin short-sheeting Hitler's bed.

vailpass
11-12-2012, 04:21 PM
This is sort of like Stalin short-sheeting Hitler's bed.

LMAO

Frazod
11-12-2012, 04:26 PM
Funny that Young was part of this, since it sort of reminds me of the 49ers/Chiefs game where Montana bribed Thomas with a bag full of cheeseburgers to pummel the shit out of Steve Young all game long.

Although I'm quite sure Montana didn't feel even remotely guilty about it later. :evil: