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Pretty funny read.


John McKay was almost known more for his sense of humor than for his success as a football coach. Some of his best quotes:

* On the execution of the Bucs offense: ``I think it's a good idea.''

* On why he rarely had bed checks: ``You usually wind up staying up all night, or until your best player comes in.''

* On the significance of experience: ``If you have everyone back from a team that lost 10 games, experience isn't too important.''

* On the weaknesses of linebacker Hugh Green: ``He's not twins.''

* On Bill Capece, who was waived in 1983 after missing a field goal and extra point: ``Capece is kaput.''

* On place-kicker Pete Rajecki having a bad camp with the Bucs because McKay made him nervous: ``I don't think he's got much of a future here, because I plan on going to all the games.''

* On the Bucs' 42-0 loss to Pittsburgh on a very cold day: ``I remember in Pittsburgh we had no players and the ones we did have wanted to stay at the hotel by the fire. I was ticked because that's where I wanted to stand.''

* On the importance of an older quarterback's mobility: ``As a person gets older he doesn't get faster. Our quarterback will run from fright or lack of protection.''

* On fan mail he received as a Tampa Bay coach: ``It was about three-to-one that I was not an SOB. But there were a lot of ones.''

* On why coaching an expansion team is a religious experience: ``You do a lot of praying, but most of the time the answer is `No.' ''

* On the Bucs early games: ``Every time I look up, it seems we're punting.''

* On O.J. Simpson carrying the ball 47 times in a USC game: `` He doesn't belong to a union. Anyway, the ball doesn't weigh that much.''

* On blocking strategy: ``Hold when you're at home and don't hold when you're on the road.''

* On his disdain for the Packers: ``If a contest had 97 prizes, the 98th would be a trip to Green Bay.''

* On opening days: ``Opening games make me nervous. To tell the truth, I'd rather open with our second game.''

* On training camp: ``It's shattering when a player loses interest in camp. When you lose your desire to stand around and eat steaks, you lose everything.''

* Asked if Lynn Cain of the Atlanta Falcons was ready to play against the Bucs: ``Let me know if Cain is able.''

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* On his disdain for the Packers: ``If a contest had 97 prizes, the 98th would be a trip to Green Bay.''

Mackay had to one of the most quoteable head coaches in the history of the league. I remember seeing an NFL films show on coaches and the origin of the "Get Back Coach", (the guy on the sidelines during games whose only job was to make sure that the players stayed off the field when they weren't in the game). The funniest part was when they showed Mackay during a game telling his guys to back off of the sideline b/c they were blocking his view of the field, over a period of what must have been 10 minutes. Then he finally turned to his players and said, "If I have to tell another one of these SOB's to get off the sidelines.....I swear I'll ship 'em all to Green Bay! They'll be out of my way then, I'll tell you that!"

Classic Mackay.

Great post!:cheers:

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