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Holmgren re-tells classic story

Post by News Tribune Staff on Dec. 4, 2006 at 2:56 pm with 4 Comments »
December 4, 2006 2:56 pm

Mike Holmgren told a great old Ryan Longwell story. Holmgren was asked about the most disappointing missed field goal of his coaching career. He went back to a game between his Packers and the Philadelphia Eagles. It’s a hilarious story.

“Ray Rhodes was the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. I was in Green Bay at the time. I had a rookie kicker named Ryan Longwell. He has since played 13, 14, whatever it is. We played the Eagles at the Vet and if you rmemeber that stadium, that was a hornets’ nest to go into. Tough place to play. We were losing a defensive struggle. We finally get the ball back like we did the other night on about the 10. We had a fourth-and-15 call. I called a play that wasn’t in the gameplan. Just kind of drew it up. Literally. They knew the terminology. Favre completes the ball for the first down, we work it down, all the way down with 5 seconds to go so he’s kicking a PAT. We’re kicking the field goal from the 4. And he missed it to the right. His first game with us. And he misses it. Needless to say, I’m feeling bad. I remember we went in and instead of exploding, in front of the team I said, ‘Ryan, you’re going to be here a long time, you’re going to win a lot of games for us.’ I don’t always say that. … His first kick, before I ever met him, in practice with the Packers. We had drafted a kicker in the third round and he had gotten hurt. We had no kicker. So we signed, I’m out at practice, here comes this kicker. I don’t even know his name. So we line up to kick field goals in our practice. He’s very young looking. I’m watching him. We go to kick it and he hits our right tackle right in the back of the head. And we had a cranky group up front. (The lineman) turns around and is ready to kill the kid. I’m like, ‘Who signed this kid?’ It’s a weird business.”

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  1. lemonverbena says:

    updated playoff scenarios…

    Seattle can clinch division title with:

    1) SEA win + SF loss or tie, OR
    2) SEA tie + SF loss + STL loss or tie.

  2. PapaHawk says:

    Seattle can ill-afford to lay an egg in the desert. NFC scenarios are more important than the division at this point. They’ve got to play well in the desert.

    I’ll take another last second Josh Brown FG, but seriously…what’s wrong with beating someone up? Too bad about Scobey..

  3. Who would have guessed we’d see San Fran coming into play with division scenerios. I certainly thought they’d be next to terrible.

    Gotta love the NFL.

    Good story by the way. Thanks for sharing.

  4. drmossguy says:

    Like I heard one of those World Series of Poker guys say a couple years ago: “Its not the good poker players that worry me, its the bad poker players.”

    Its like that in the NFL this year, a little. Arizona worries me.

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