9-9-9 probably not the best choice.


Leave the exotic schemes to Rex Ryan.

Hey Coach –

My schedule just opened up so I’m heading to DC this weekend to watch your squad beat up on those ‘skins this weekend. Want me to bring anything to the game for you?

All the best!

Herman Cain

From the Playbook:

Thanks for the offer. You had a pretty good run there. Should have gone with a 2-gap 3-4 instead of the 9-9-9. Never heard of the 9-9-9, to be honest. Must be a West Coast thing. Anyway I’m an Obama man myself. But if you show up at the game with a chimichanga, I’ll probably eat it.

Bad Hair Month ahead for Buffalo fan


From BFLOSteve:

Coach —

I have a bet with my NE pals that the Bills will stamped your team and finally end their 15 game losing streak to the Patriots.  If this does not happen I will have to shave I LOVE BRADY and I LOVE UGGS on my head…which is fine 50%…since I actually do like UGGS but not BRADY.  Hey  — it gets cold up here.  So I guess this isn’t really a question but more of a general comment…so you remember…when your team somehow loses a game they think they are going to easily win.


Steve Earl

From the Playbook:

Hey Steve — I’ll be the first to admit that we have our hands full with Buffalo. They can throw the ball, they can run the ball, they can kick the ball down the field and carry it around in a purposeful way. Their quarterback went to Harvard, so they obviously know their way around the SATs. Chan Gailey has done a good job with that program. That said you need to be prepared for what’s going to happen if this doesn’t go your way. Shawne Merriman has shaved a lot of stupid stuff onto his skull, but even he doesn’t have the head room for I LOVE BRADY and I LOVE UGGS. So when you’re sitting there on the wrong side of a 38-7 game, watching my players do the Lights-Out Dance on your insignia, you’ll want to have a hooded sweatshirt handy. They’re great for storing snacks, hiding blemishes, warming up on the sidelines, you name it. When you get home, look into getting a deerstalker hat. It’s the closest thing to wearing an Ugg on your head.

About chimichangas: breakfast of champions?


From AllstonStreetBrian18:

Hi Bill,

Quick question for you:

Since it’s well known that you love chimichangas and you’re also widely considered one of — if not the — greatest modern coaches in the NFL, would you say an appreciation for chimichangas is required if one were to want to become an NFL head coach?

Su amigo,

I’m not getting any younger, so don’t make we wait long for this answer.


From the Playbook:

That’s an accurate statement, Brian: I have been known to enjoy numerous chimichangas over the course of my coaching career. Whether it’s going to be beef, chicken or just beans, that’s a game-time decision. The great thing about chimichangas is that they slip right into the sweatshirt pocket — I’ve got a foil liner in there — so I can snack during timeouts and penalty calls…the challenge flag makes a great napkin. People wonder what I was thinking at Alltel Stadium in ’05, when some asshole decided to dump icy Gatorade on me and my Dad. Dad did his best to protect the pocket, but the first thought that came to mind for both of us was, “You morons ruined a perfectly good chimichanga!” The second thought was, “Maybe it could be reheated if we get it to the microwave soon enough.” And the third thought was probably, “Hey, we just won the Super Bowl for the third time in four years!”