New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 15, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Patriots defense solid for Parcells
By BARRY WILNER
AP Football Writer
FOXBORO, Mass (AP) No wonder Bill Parcells looks so comfortable on the New England Patriots sideline these days. He finally has a defense that doesn’t make him shudder
Parcells won two Super Bowls with a ptMcrhouse defense and an efficient, if not overwhelming, offense with the New York Giants. For much of his four-year stint in New England, though, the Patriots have scored lots of points and given up far too many to please Parcells.
Until the last six weeks, when a turnaround began that has helped carry the Patriots into their first Super Bowl in 11 years. Ever since being blown out at home 34-8 by Denver, the Pats have allowed only 73 points in seven games, including just nine in the playoffs The defense has yielded one touchdown in the last four games
The defense is pulling its weight,” middle linebacker Ted Johnson said. The last I 1/2 months or so, the defense is playing at the level we all knew it could play at.
I know we’ve been talking about not getting respect, but they’ve got to take notice now.”
Sure do. The Patriots are controlling games with a defense that lacks stars, but has developed some depth and versatility.
Throughout the recent streak of strong play, defensive coordinator Al Groh has shuffled linemen. The secondary has gotten healthy, and linebackers Johnson and ( Tins Slade have been particularly effective.
Against Jacksonville in the AFC Championship game, safety Willie Clay made an end /one interception to stop the Jaguars’ last true threat. C ornerback Otis Smith signed after he was cut by the Jets, of all teams, earlier this season went 47 yards with James Stewart’s fumble for the
*W« played so hard, th* mental errors we made did not show up. Even when we did do things wrong, we’d tackle the guy for a loss three to four times.’
— Bill Parcells
clinching touchdown. Collins made the stop on Male Brunch's quarterback sneak on fourth down in the third quarter. And rookie linebacker Tedy Bruschi picked off another pass.
"We played very well Sunday," Parcells said. "Here’s the difference: We played so hard, the mental errors we made did not show up. Even when we would do
things wrong, we’d Lick Ie the guy for a loss three to four times.
"We have to be careful not to overload this team; they were a little bit overloaded Sunday.
"Once we got the secondary back, we had more depth. We were in dire straits back there.
On the front line, we aren’t using a couple guys three or four plays and others 72 plays. Now, we’re playing six to seven guys 40 or 30 plays each ”
All of those players are beginning to believe, and the AFC title game will fuel the faith. The Patriots held Jerome Bettis to 43 yards rushing the week before, then yielded the same figure to Jacksonville’s Natrone Means. They limited Mark Brunell to 190 yards passing and few' improvised big plays.
"On defense, we’re making plays, not just keeping it status quo, and we’re giving our offense chances to score,” said Johnson, a second-year linebacker.
McMahon, Beebe to give Packers Super advice
By ARRIE STAPLETON
AP Sports Writer
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Brett Favre doesn’t plan tm mooning any helicopters and his NFL-imposed alcohol han means he won’t be teanng up Bourbon Street like Jim McMahon did a decade ago.
But Favre and the rest of the NFC champion Green Bay Packers will get some advice this week from McMahon, their backup quarterback who owns what the rest of them st) dearly desire: a Super Bowl ring
Coach Mike Holmgren is turning to McMahon and receiver Don Beebe, his only tither player with Super Bowl experience, to help prepare the Packers (15-3) for the Super Bowl against New England (13-5) on Jan. 26 at the I .t hi is i ana Super-dome.
McMahon was the starter for Chicago in the 1986 Super Bowl, when he took New Orleans by storm, mooning a helicopter. saying unsavory things about the
’I know exactly what not to do by talking to him’
— Brett Favre on Jim McMahon
local populace, parading through the French Quarter in the wee hours, feuding with Bears management (Aer his use of an acupuncturist, and finally leading his team to a 46- IO rout of the Patriots.
He’s kind of filled me in on how to moon helicopters, talk about the women down there and all that stuff,” Favre said. ' ’ I know exactly what not to do by talking to him.”
McMahon, 37, who might retire after the Super Bowl, has brought up the simi-lantics between Favre s big moment and his own IO years ago.
He's said how its Jan. 26, at New Orleans, playing New England, every
thing he went through, the year after he lost the championship game, all these coincidences," Favre said.
Like McMahon, Beebe is a part of Super Bowl lore. The Packers’ third wide receiver was with the Buffalo Bills teams that lost four straight Super Bowls from 1990-93.
His big moment came hue in the Bills’ 52-17 loss to Dallas after the 1992 season, when he chased down Leon Lett and punched the ball out of his hands at the goal line to prevent another Cowboys score.
Beebe has been waiting all year to serve as a Super Bowl consultant, and he’s already talking to his teammates about dealing with all the distractions.
"It’s good we have two weeks. This week, you get all the garbage taken care of. Then we go down there to play a football game,” Beebe said. We don’t go down there to have fun. You can enjoy yourself, hut keep it to a limit because you’re down there to play a football game
' And after the football game, you can spend as much time as you want enjoying yourself.”
Holmgren loves listening to the articulate Beebe, and he doesn’t mind hearing out the irreverent McMahon, either ' Tt\s like the link bad angel, and the little good one.” Holmgren said patting each shoulder I’ve got Beebe on one side and McMahon on the other That should cover most things now ”
Beebe said he’s happy to help out, but he’s going to have to leave some things to McMahon.
Jim knows how to go to the Super Bowl and win. I don’t," Beebe said.
Holmgren won two Super Bowls as a San Francisco 49ers assistant His offensive coordinator. Shorn Lewis, owns three title rings, one of which he wore Sunday when the Packers routed Carolina 30-13.
Holmgren said he wanted to get things like securing tickets for friends to lining up travel arrangements for family done by Wednesday
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A former stripper who made up a gang-rape accusation against Dallas Cowboys stars Erik Williams and Michael Irvin was charged with filing a false police report.
Nina Shahravan, 23, could face six months in jail and a $2,000 fine if convicted of the misdemeanor. She filed a police report Dec 30 accusing Irvin of holding a gun to her head while Williams and a third man raped her in Williams’ home. She also accused Irvin of videotaping the attack.
Fassel to bo nomad as hood cooch of tho Cloots
Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Jim Fassel is close to reaching an agreement that will make him the New York Giants coach, sources told The Associated Press.
While general manager George Young has refused to comment, the sources said Fassel might be introduced as Dan Reeves’ successor as early as today. Sources said Fassel would get a four-year contract valued at $3.2 million.
Meanwhile, Chicago’s WBBM-TV said Reeves could be introduced as the coach the Atlanta Falcons as early as today. The Falcons fired June Jones following a 3-13 season. The Giants were 6-10 in Reeves’ final season.
Mover of CoMo dies rn year ofter stroke
Robert Irsay, who on a snowy night in 1984 packed the moving vans and sneaked his Baltimore Colts away to Indianapolis, died at Indiana University Hospital a
year after having a stroke. He was 73.
In 1972, Irsay purchased the Los Angeles Rams and swapped ownership with Carroll Rosenbloom, who owned the Colts. Irsay kept a low profile in Indianapolis, turning over most of operations to his son Jim.
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Kansas City Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt granted contract extensions to chief executive Carl Peterson and coach Marty Schottenheimer despite a 9-7 season.
Peterson, whose contract was to expire Feb. 1. signed a new four-year deal. Schottenheimer, who had a year left on his, was given a four-year extension through 2001.
Colorado Rockies chairman Jerry McMorris or New York Mots president Fred Wilpon probably will head the search committee for baseball’s next commissioner, the ruling executive council decided.
The council did not disclose any decisions following a 6 1/2-hour meeting, but the group's discussions were related by a management source speaking on the condition he not be identified.
The other prime issue of the winter meeting — assigning the two 1998 expansion teams to leagues — will be formally decided Thursday. The Arizona Diamondbacks are expected to join the National League and Tampa Bay Devil Rays the American League
Triple Grips the way to go for catching more fish
Late winter and early spring are great times of the year for bass anglers to be fishing with crankbaits.
C'rankbaits are primarily made of hard plastic and are designed to dive to a certain depth (depending upon the size and angle of bill on the front of the lure).
There are also some crankbaits which are lipless like the Bill Lewis Rat-L-Trap.
Crankbaits arc good lures to use (especially this time of year) because they can he used to cover different layers or depths of water.
They will work better than slow baits like worms and jigs to locate fish because they cover much more water faster
Anyone who has ever spent any time fishing these type of lures has undoubtedly experienced loosing fish.
Oankhaits have treble hooks on
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them. Usually the fish will jump out of the water trying to throw the lure.
The weight of the lure is heavy enough’ that it tears a much larger hole than normal in the mouth of the fish and unfortunately a large percentage of fish come loose before getting them into the boat.
A couple of years ago a new fish hook was introduced by Mustad called the Triple Grip.
This treble hook is a specialty hook designed to be used on crankbaits. At
first look I thought it would never work. The unusual bend seemed too radical to keep a fish. I was wrong
These Triple Grip hooks are the abaiser for crankbaiters who loose fish. It’s unbelievable how well they work.
Prior to using Triple Grips I’d loose about 30% of the fish I hooked on crankbaits. Now my ratio of fish coming off has dropped to 5%.
These Triple Grips are so good that many lure manufacturers are suiting to put them on as sUndard equipment on their crankbaits.
Catch fish with them one time and you’ll see how remarkable this hook really is.
LII bet you’ll wind up getting rid of all your old treble hooks and replacing them with Mustad’s Triple Grip.
Keith Warren is the Host of the Texas Angler Television Show, which
broadcasts statewide. Check local listings for the day and time in your area or for more information contact The Texas Angler at 210/625-3474.
Now, you can cauli the Texan Angler on the Internet at www.txang-hoa.-com.
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