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Callahan set to end Favre's streak

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  1. SpacemanSpiff

    SpacemanSpiff Club Member Club Member

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    *Callahan: Favre's Streak Now In Jeopardy*

    *Jets OL Coach Eager To Break Favre's Streak Of Consecutive Starts*

    By BILL LYDON New York Times

    Nothing -- not age, injuries, ferocious linebackers, weather, or freak
    accidents -- has been able to slow Brett Favre since he became a
    starting NFL quarterback in 1992. For an NFL-record 275 consecutive
    regular season and playoff games, Favre has been firmly planted as a
    starting quarterback, rewriting the league record book along the way.

    However, Brett Favre has never met Bill Callahan.

    Callahan, the first-year offensive line coach for Favre's new team, the
    New York Jets, looks forward to being the man who finally breaks Favre's
    streak of consecutive starts.

    "Anytime you can take a streak of historical significance and personally
    be responsible for its conclusion, that's a tremendous credit to the
    individual responsible for bringing the streak to its end," explained
    Callahan. "By and large, I've done a tremendous job ending streaks, and
    I know in my heart of hearts that I am more than capable of bringing
    this one to an end as well."

    In just four historic years as head coach at the University of Nebraska
    , Callahan's propensity for ending streaks garnered him multiple entries
    in the Cornhusker vaunted record books. For instance, Nebraska had not
    suffered through a losing season in more than 40 consecutive years,
    which was an ongoing NCAA record. That hallowed streak succumbed
    immediately to Callahan's touch, as he led Nebraska to a losing record
    in just his first year on the job.

    "I made no secret about my ambition to flip that culture in Lincoln ,"
    Callahan recalls proudly. "And it took me very little time to do just
    that. To take a 10-win program and flip it to a 5-win program within one
    year's time, I think it takes a certain level of competence to achieve
    such a turnaround. Unfortunately, there were those involved in that
    particular program who did not have the intellectual capacity to grasp
    the difficulty of such a milestone."

    Nebraska had appeared in an NCAA-record 35 consecutive bowl streaks
    prior to Callahan's introduction to the program. He quickly erased that
    streak as well.

    "There is only one bowl in the NFL," Callahan said, "and I'm not sure if
    you've heard of it. It's called the Super Bowl. And I've coached in it.
    To be particularly candid and blunt, I have little interest in coaching
    a football team in any bowl other than the Super Bowl, and I think my
    performance has been consistent with that philosophy."

    Other streaks, such as Nebraska 's 36-game win streak over Kansas , fell
    quickly by the wayside under Callahan's watch.

    "My biggest personal disappointment is that I was not able to end the
    streak of sellouts at Memorial Stadium," lamented Callahan. "The streak
    is clearly the byproduct of living in an isolated state where
    intellectual stimulation is difficult to obtain. Ending that streak
    would have been a tremendous accomplishment, a feather in my cap if you
    will, in terms of changing the atmosphere of that state away from
    childish football adulation and into a more sophisticated intellectual
    scenario."

    Callahan envisions ending Favre's streak by the end of September.
    Specifically, he has his eye on the Jets' game at San Diego on September
    22, set for a Monday Night Football telecast, where Callahan hopes his
    influence can be seen by a nationwide audience.

    To that end, he is introducing his own unique version of a zone blocking
    scheme that has, historically, had little to no effect on defensive
    linemen or linebackers. In Callahan's opinion, pairing such schemes with
    the aging legs of a 38-year-old quarterback make it a matter of when,
    not if, Favre's streak of consecutive starts comes to an end.

    "Your typical fan or reporter, lay people, tend to focus more on how
    certain techniques and alignments appear on the football field to their
    own naked, untrained eye," Callahan explained, "but they have little
    appreciation or regard for how certain zone blocking philosophies appear
    when diagrammed to perfection on paper.

    "My blocking schemes, and my offensive schemes in general, are certainly
    a thing of esoteric beauty. There are those of us who understand them,
    and to us, they are a source of pleasure. There are those who focus on
    overrated minutia such as sacks, yardage, touchdowns, and victories, and
    I am frankly not concerned with their opinions."
     
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  2. El Gringo

    El Gringo Pura Vida Club Member

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    :rofl2: That reads more like a piece from The Onion than the NYT - although some of you might say there's little difference in the quality of reporting. :smile2:
     
  3. SpacemanSpiff

    SpacemanSpiff Club Member Club Member

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    P.S. I don't think it's a realy NY Times article...
     
  4. leftybuff

    leftybuff Iconoclast Club Member

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    That is beautiful.
     
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    That was funny.
     
  6. chipwich

    chipwich Administrator Club Member Junta Member

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    Ha Ha. Awesome :smile2:
     

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