When I think back on my seven years playing for Coughlin, it all comes down to attention to detail and preparation.
Two teams promoted their own offensive coordinators: the New York Giants with Ben McAdoo and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with Dirk Koetter. Three hired someone else’s offensive coordinator: the Cleveland Browns with Cincinnati’s Hue Jackson, the Dolphins with Chicago’s Adam Gase and the Philadelphia Eagles with Kansas City’s Doug Pederson. The 49ers hired Chip Kelly, the offensive-minded head coach fired by the Eagles. The Tennessee Titans made their former offensive assistant turned interim coach, Mike Mularkey, their full-time coach.
O’Hara: It was stressed constantly that although you can’t win the game on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, you can certainly lose it. That was driven home from the time I got there in 2004 until I retired. To be prepared for any situation gave us great confidence heading into any contest, let alone Super Bowl XLII against Belichick and the Patriots. I specifically remember one instance of this in the weeks leading up to Super Bowl XLII.
“There is no question the league is suffering negative effects from these protests,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who has since gone on to wage his own war against Goodell and fellow owners, said in October. “I care about a lot of things, but our ability to be substantive is based on having a strong NFL, a league that people are really interested in and want to watch games. At all times, if I am anything, I am first and foremost a proponent of making the NFL strong. Making us have as many people watching the game as we can and watching in light of what we are doing and that’s playing football.
“If all this makes you stronger to represent messages, let’s don’t do it in a way that tears down the strength of the NFL.”
“It’s pretty obvious that getting public financing for a stadium in the state of California is very, very difficult,” Carter said in a phone interview. “It’s been the crux of the Chargers’ problem in San Diego for a very long time. Are the Chargers better off in L.A.? Maybe marginally so. But that’s compared to what has become a contaminated situation for them in San Diego. It’s a better option. It may not be the ultimate option.”
The Rams spent this season playing in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Chargers’ temporary home for the 2017 and ’18 seasons will be the StubHub Center in Carson, where they will have a seating capacity of around 30,000.