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Something just changed for me this year it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what that was, hard to put into words and I wasn’t enjoying the game as much as I had in the past. This wasn’t fair to my players, my coaches or the fans. So I informed Michael that this would be my final year of coaching. I wanted to immediately tell the media, but I needed to keep this information as quiet as possible. The last thing I wanted was for me to become a distraction for our players.
I had a heart to heart with my family about my future. We discussed it from every angle returning to the Cardinals in 2018, retiring at the end of ’17 season, even the possibility of my wife moving to our „Forever Home“ in Georgia for the ’18 season while I still in Arizona but in the end I decided it was time to walk away from coaching. I need to be a husband, a dad, and a grandfather.
I like to think of myself as a what you see is what you get kind of guy. So many people over the years have told me that I’m no good at playing politics and that I was a fool for never having a rsum on hand to give out to general managers. And maybe that did hurt me along the way, maybe I would have gotten a chance to interview for an NFL head coaching position when I was younger. But I’ve always felt it’s important never to pretend to be something you’re not. Maybe that’s why I’ve gotten along so well with the majority of reporters over the years; I mean what I say and I say what I mean. With me, there is no sugarcoating, no dancing around the truth, no double talk.
I’m pretty sure I dropped my first F bomb in the meeting with Michael and Steve only minutes into our conversation. „Where the fuck are our drinks?“ I wondered. Later, Michael would comment that his first impression of me was that I could use the word „fuck“ as a noun, an adjective, and verb in a single sentence.