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Inspiration for the Bengals Next Head Coach

I found this in Chick Ludwig's book, "The Legends:  Cincinnati Bengals."  It's a great book that, if anything, at least proves that this franchise has not been wholly incompetent for its entire existence.


This is an account of Forrest Gregg's first team meeting:

"At 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, Forrest Gregg was an imposing figure at offensive tackle for Vince Lombardi's juggernaut Green Bay Packers of the 1960s.  And he was an intimidating presence in his first meeting with the Bengals players after being named head coach on December 28, 1979, at age 46.  His piercing eyes were like lasers burning holes into the talented but underachieving men who sat paralyzed with fear amid the funeral home silence.  This wasn't so much a wake-up call as it was culture shock. Suddenly, the players realized the party under Homer Rice was over.

'Forrest walks in and he was so pissed off,' fullback Pete Johnson said.  He said, 'I'm going to tell you men one thing right now.  If you think you can get somewhere by sticking you head up my ass, it ain't going to work.  That's what wrong with you guys.  You don't know how to be a team.  You don't care about each other.  If there's a problem, you guys are going to solve it between yourselves.  You go to the captains first.  If they can't solve it, then you come to us.'....Under Gregg, the inmates would no longer be running the asylum.  He demanded his players show up on time, listen to the coaches, pay strict attention to details, and play like hell.  Gregg's motto was simple:  Eight hours work for eight hours pay.

'The thing I most vividly remember,' guard Dave Lapham said, 'is him standing there, putting his hands on that podium, and I saw that Super Bowl ring.  I thought, 'This guy played for Lombardi.  Whatever he says, I'm going to listen.  He had instant credibility with me.  He came on real strong.  His whole message was, 'I'm going to be straight with you.  You better not bullshit me.'....[Gregg] says, 'Look, if you're the starting tackle, you're supposed to do the job.  You're not supposed to get beat every play.  You're not suppsed to get beat at all.  And if you're the quarterback, you're the coach on the field and you're supposed to do the job."

Amen.  Please Mike Brown, hire someone with credibility.

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