A Being a part of championships. No question. Winning two Super Bowls in the two conferences. One in Tampa Bay [Super Bowl XXXVII] in the NFC and one in Pittsburgh [XLIII] in the AFC. It doesn’t get any better than that.
Q Finish this sentence: "In high school, I wanted to be …"
A "I wanted to be an NFL star."
Q And when that didn’t happen?
A It was no problem for me. I got older and adjusted my dreams and goals. I realized I wasn’t going to be an NFL star because I wasn’t good enough. I wanted to play professionally and get paid to prove I could do it. And I did that. But I was a realist.
Q Best player you ever coached and why?
A Wow. You can’t answer that in one player, but if you just go by record, you’d have to say Emmitt Smith [with the Cardinals in 2004, Smith’s last season] because he’s the all-time NFL leader in rushing.
Q Knowing that you weren’t good enough to be an NFL star, is it harder to coach an Emmitt Smith or an Adrian Peterson, guys who were or are superstars in the league?
A No. It isn’t. What you try to get them to see is you’re never going to ask one to do something that you didn’t ask the other. I’ve coached 95 different running backs in the National Football League. It’s all the same. It’s about the fundamentals, attention to details and the preparation.
Q Why leave Pittsburgh, one of the league’s elite franchises, for the same position in Minnesota?
A At some point, you’re always looking to explore and see what else is out there. It was just time for something different.
Q Describe your relationship with Norv Turner.
A I was his running backs coach with the Washington Redskins . It was an awesome experience. He’s a great people person. He’s obviously got a great background working with high-level offenses, so I think it’s going to be exciting.
|Miami - LP: T. Koehler||5||FINAL|
|Washington - WP: M. Scherzer||7|
|Arizona - WP: J. Collmenter||13||FINAL|
|Colorado - LP: T. Matzek||7|
|San Diego - WP: I. Kennedy||9||FINAL|
|San Francisco - LP: C. Heston||1|
|Cincinnati - WP: M. Leake||3||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - LP: G. Cole||0|
|NY Yankees - LP: C. Sabathia||1||FINAL|
|Toronto - WP: M. Buehrle||5|
|Philadelphia||4||Bottom 7th Inning|
|Baltimore||1||Top 9th Inning|
|Tampa Bay||4||Top 8th Inning|
|Los Angeles||2||Bottom 5th Inning|
|Cleveland||5||Bottom 5th Inning|
|Detroit||3||Top 5th Inning|
|Oakland||0||Top 6th Inning|
|Texas||10||Top 6th Inning|
|Chicago Cubs||5||Bottom 5th Inning|
|Seattle - R. Elias||9:05 PM|
|LA Angels - C. Wilson|
|LA Clippers||4||1st Qtr 9:00|
|NY Rangers||1||3rd Prd 17:02|
|Los Angeles||8:30 PM|
|Real Salt Lake|