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gary
07-23-2009, 06:54 PM
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

A three-coach-to-five-starters ratio is the sort of thing Bruce Matthews might have made fun of during his 19-year career as an offensive lineman with the Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans.

But now that he's the third coach in just such a scenario, he's taken a softer stance and has a quip at the ready about it: "Until John Benton told me the Rams had four coaches for their two quarterbacks, or they did when Mike Martz was up there, I thought we were something special. But apparently that's not the case."

Alex Gibbs is technically the Texans' assistant head coach/offense, but he is the mastermind behind the line's run-blocking scheme. Benton is the offensive line coach and focuses a bit more on pass protection. Matthews is one of two entry-level coaches designated as an "offensive assistant."
There is little glamour in such a job. But during an illustrious career, Matthews never acted as if anything was below him. So it's not that surprising that the Hall of Famer, who turns 48 on Aug. 8, is just fine working at a photocopier, changing out the transparencies during an offensive line meeting or doing whatever is asked.

Still, glimpses of it can be striking.

"Me and Chester [Pitts] are back there, pointing," right tackle Eric Winston said. "'That's HoF over there, changing the transparencies.' I think that says nobody's above doing the little things."
http://myespn.go.com/blogs/afcsouth/0-10-237/In-new-career--Matthews-embraces-grunt-work.html

Honoring Earl 34
07-23-2009, 06:55 PM
Are we getting a pop quiz after this must read ... JK .

It is a good story .

HouSportsWriter
07-23-2009, 06:56 PM
maBY

gary
07-23-2009, 07:01 PM
Are we getting a pop quiz after this must read ?No, a chapter test , not a quiz. You better study.

Honoring Earl 34
07-23-2009, 07:02 PM
No, a chapter test , not a quiz. You better study.

Oh nooooooooo , a chapter test ?

gary
07-23-2009, 07:11 PM
You bet it counts as a double test grade.

Honoring Earl 34
07-23-2009, 07:58 PM
you bet it counts as a double test grade.

0 + 0 = ?

DocBar
07-23-2009, 08:01 PM
The Texans could do a lot worse than having Matthews in the fold. He has always been an outstanding player and person. The OL would do well to listen to every tidbit he offers.

gary
07-23-2009, 08:04 PM
How'd the writer come up with the idea for the story?

Hookem Horns
07-27-2009, 04:58 PM
How'd the writer come up with the idea for the story?

It's his job to blog about the AFC South. Kuharsky resides in Nashville and is a bit Titans biased IMO. Due to that though he should be pretty familiar with Bruce.

I can see Bruce being a head coach some day considering the trend of ex-great NFL offensive linemen as head coaches. Hopefully he will make his way up there at some point.

Texan_Bill
07-27-2009, 05:09 PM
Another good blog from Kuharsky.

However,
Elkins High School in Sugarland, Texas,

:foottap: Where is Sugarland, Texas?? I know where Sugar Land, Texas is.

*goes to find thread on pet peeves*

gary
07-27-2009, 05:25 PM
It's his job to blog about the AFC South. Kuharsky resides in Nashville and is a bit Titans biased IMO. Due to that though he should be pretty familiar with Bruce.

I can see Bruce being a head coach some day considering the trend of ex-great NFL offensive linemen as head coaches. Hopefully he will make his way up there at some point.I was joking around sort of like a fake test.

Carr Bombed
07-27-2009, 06:16 PM
I can see Bruce being a head coach some day considering the trend of ex-great NFL offensive linemen as head coaches. Hopefully he will make his way up there at some point.

According to some Titan fans....Bruce doesn't have a chance in hell to ever be a good head coach (or even a good line coach), because they think he was just "too great of a athlete to ever learn technique". :rolleyes:

http://www.titanscentral.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=1008

Showtime100
07-27-2009, 06:19 PM
According to some Titan fans....Bruce doesn't have a chance in hell to ever be a good head coach (or even a good line coach), because they think he was just "too great of a athlete to ever learn technique". :rolleyes:

http://www.titanscentral.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=1008

Good Lord I thought you were kidding....lol. :thisbig:

Carr Bombed
07-27-2009, 06:22 PM
Good Lord I thought you were kidding....lol. :thisbig:

You know how Titan fans are.....all their coaches/players are the greatest, everybody else in the division sucks and when other teams do have players that do good (MJD and Slaton) it's just because of the system they play in.

I honestly don't know what I hate more, the team or that fanbase.....they are completely IGNORANT.

Texan_Bill
07-27-2009, 06:27 PM
According to some Titan fans....Bruce doesn't have a chance in hell to ever be a good head coach (or even a good line coach), because they think he was just "too great of a athlete to ever learn technique". :rolleyes:

http://www.titanscentral.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=1008

Good Lord I thought you were kidding....lol. :thisbig:

:mcnugget: I don't care how athletic you are, athleticism alone is not enough to be more than proficient at all 5 positions. I think, in fact I know that you have to have a pretty good understanding of technique and a good understanding of the offense in order to do that.

asshats!!

Topher
07-27-2009, 06:41 PM
Another good blog from Kuharsky.

However,


:foottap: Where is Sugarland, Texas?? I know where Sugar Land, Texas is.

*goes to find thread on pet peeves*

It's in Missouri City to boot.

Carr Bombed
07-27-2009, 06:51 PM
:mcnugget: I don't care how athletic you are, athleticism alone is not enough to be more than proficient at all 5 positions. I think, in fact I know that you have to have a pretty good understanding of technique and a good understanding of the offense in order to do that.

asshats!!

Not to mention when you play 2 damn decades in the NFL.....I'm pretty sure Bruce's "superior athleticism" was pretty much gone well after his first decade in the NFL. :rolleyes:

Texan_Bill
07-27-2009, 06:54 PM
It's in Missouri City to boot.

D'oh!!

Not to mention when you play 2 damn decades in the NFL.....I'm pretty sure Bruce's "superior athleticism" was pretty much gone well after his first decade in the NFL. :rolleyes:

And it's a testament to him that it lasted that long.

badboy
07-28-2009, 02:34 PM
Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

A three-coach-to-five-starters ratio is the sort of thing Bruce Matthews might have made fun of during his 19-year career as an offensive lineman with the Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans.

But now that he's the third coach in just such a scenario, he's taken a softer stance and has a quip at the ready about it: "Until John Benton told me the Rams had four coaches for their two quarterbacks, or they did when Mike Martz was up there, I thought we were something special. But apparently that's not the case."

Alex Gibbs is technically the Texans' assistant head coach/offense, but he is the mastermind behind the line's run-blocking scheme. Benton is the offensive line coach and focuses a bit more on pass protection. Matthews is one of two entry-level coaches designated as an "offensive assistant."
There is little glamour in such a job. But during an illustrious career, Matthews never acted as if anything was below him. So it's not that surprising that the Hall of Famer, who turns 48 on Aug. 8, is just fine working at a photocopier, changing out the transparencies during an offensive line meeting or doing whatever is asked.

Still, glimpses of it can be striking.

"Me and Chester [Pitts] are back there, pointing," right tackle Eric Winston said. "'That's HoF over there, changing the transparencies.' I think that says nobody's above doing the little things."
http://myespn.go.com/blogs/afcsouth/0-10-237/In-new-career--Matthews-embraces-grunt-work.html'Me and Chester' should never be more than 24 inches from Matthews with legal pads and pens writing down every thing Bruce says.