By Mark Pierce
It’s not listed on my calendar, but today, May 19th 2012, was apparently designated National Coach-Speak Hyperbole Day by someone in charge. Maybe there was a memo I didn’t get. Maybe there exists a special NFL coach only calendar with special football holidays. In any case, coaches across the league seem to be observing it with untamed enthusiasm.
San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh certainly seems to be getting in the swing of things. About chronically under-achieving receiver Michael Crabtree he extolled, ” he has the best pair of hands I’ve ever seen.” Harbaugh has definitely seen his share of receivers, and is not known for using superlatives when it comes to his players as some coaches are. He piled on additional praise for new 49er Randy Moss. ” He’s like a coach.” he said, adding “On the field he’s fast, fast.”
Elsewhere in the league, new Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio is publicly
imploring his players to become a top ten defense in the coming season, while new St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher challenges his defense to break the team single season sack record. Both NFL.com and Bleacher report.com are reporting that the current team sack record in a season is held by the 1984 Chicago Bears at 72. Wikipedia, on the other hand, states the record is held by the 1967 Oakland Raiders, 73. Who is right? I have no idea.