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Born: 1955-10-06
Profession: Coach
Nation: American
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We're not hitting on all cylinders, defensively. When we're playing good, I'll let you know.

Tags: Good, Hitting, Playing

We've got guys who aren't wrapping guys up... No matter how hard you hit them, you've still got to wrap them up.

Tags: Guys, Hard, Matter

You can have an impact anywhere you are.

Tags: Anywhere, Impact

The Lord has a plan. We always think the plans are A, B, C and D, and everything is going to be perfect for us and it may not be that way, but it's still his plan.

Tags: Lord, May, Perfect

You may not win the Super Bowl. Your kids may not go on to be doctors and lawyers and everything may not go perfectly. That doesn't mean it was a bad plan or the wrong thing. It's just like a football season. Everything's not going to go perfect.

Tags: Bad, Football, Mean

You never know what's going to happen. My mother was an English teacher. If someone had told her that I was going to write a book, she would never have believed that. So you can never say never.

Tags: Mother, Someone, Teacher

For some reason the football coach of a major college program is seen as one of the leaders of the campus. And some way we have to let our young people know that that leader can look like anyone.

Tags: Football, Leader, Young

I enjoy talking to young people, and talking to people about helping young people. That part is not a chore. It's pretty fun, and something I like to do because I think it's important.

Tags: Enjoy, Fun, Pretty

I just think winners win. And guys who won all the way through high school and college, the best player at every level, they have a way of making things happen and winning games.

Tags: Best, School, Winning

I learned from Chuck Noll in Pittsburgh that speed and explosiveness on defense is the way to build a team. Both are difficult for your opponent to assimilate in practice and then in games it is even harder to match.

Tags: Difficult, Learned, Team

I think I've got a responsibility to be home a little bit more, be available to my family a little bit more and do some things to help make our country better. I don't know what that is right now, but we'll see.

Tags: Family, Help, Home

I've always talked to players about perception and reality. I don't worry about perception. There may be some of that, that people want to attach to a good name, but the reality is that some good things can happen.

Tags: Good, May, Reality

If you're just saying, hey, I'm doing this. I'm working to make money. I'm working to increase my status. If that's all there is, I think you will find out that it's meaningless.

Tags: Money, Saying, Working

Lovie Smith and I are not only the first two African-Americans but Christian coaches showing that you can win doing it the Lord's way and we're more proud of that.

Tags: Christian, Proud, Win

To win those big games you're going to have to complete some third-down passes, you're going to have to be able to get some explosive games in the passing game.

Tags: Big, Game, Win

When Jim Irsay called me five years ago, he told me, 'I want you to be our coach and help us win the Super Bowl.' He told me, 'We are going win it the right way. We are going to win it with great guys; win it with class and dignity. We are going to win it in a way that will make Indianapolis proud.'

Tags: Great, Help, Win

The secret to success is good leadership, and good leadership is all about making the lives of your team members or workers better.

Tags: Good, Leadership, Success

When you're in a situation, you can complain about it, you can feel sorry for yourself, you can do a lot of things. But how are you gonna make the situation better?

Tags: Situation, Sorry, Yourself

People look at me and see a calm, cool guy on the sidelines and I want them to know that my Christian faith affects my coaching and everything I do.

Tags: Christian, Cool, Faith

But there's no substitute for a full-time dad. Dads who are fully engaged with their kids overwhelmingly tend to produce children who believe in themselves and live full lives.

Tags: Children, Dad, Kids

Everything's not going to go perfect. You're going to have some losses that you're going to have to bounce back from and some things that are a little unforeseen that you're going to have to deal with.

Tags: Bounce, Deal, Perfect

Did you know that nearly one in three children live apart from their biological dads? Those kids are two to three times more likely to grow up in poverty, to suffer in school, and to have health and behavioral problems.

Tags: Children, Health, School

I've said all along that God is in control.

Tags: Control, God, Said

We talked about some of our experiences, focusing, hanging together down the stretch, important games. It's not necessarily who has the most talent but what team sticks together and executes their fundamentals the best.

Tags: Best, Team, Together

Sometimes I think God wants there to be a circus so we can show there's another way to respond.

Tags: Another, God, Sometimes

Don't shed any tears for me. I got to live a dream most people don't get to live.

Tags: Dream, Shed, Tears
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It's just really making sure I am doing the best job I can do as a dad. I do think that is my No. 1 job.

Tags: Best, Dad, Job

We have a number of difficulties facing our nation, but I believe fatherlessness is right at the top of the list.

Tags: Nation, Number, Top

We need somebody to give us a chance.

Tags: Chance, Give, Somebody

Our goal was to win, to win a Super Bowl, but also to win in the right way, to be role models to our community, to represent Indianapolis, the state of Indiana and the National Football League.

Tags: Football, Goal, Win

That's the difference between the NCAA and the NFL right now. They've got to step up and say, 'We're going to do the right thing. We're going to hire qualified people. We're going to hire the best man for the job regardless of what boosters or anyone else has to say.'

Tags: Best, Else, Job

Anyone who's a parent dreads that call in the middle of the night. I have four grown children and I still dread it.

Tags: Anyone, Children, Night

But I know I have a son who doesn't listen to anything I say and if he hears the same thing from someone else, sometimes it has a little more impact.

Tags: Someone, Sometimes, Son

I could never have pictured myself writing a book when I was 25 years old. My mom was an English teacher but I wasn't that way growing up.

Tags: Book, Mom, Teacher

I guess I'm flattered that people think I can help get things done.

Tags: Done, Guess, Help

I had 10 to 12 close buddies who I played ball with all the way from elementary to high school. That is where I learned to compete.

Tags: High, Learned, School

I just don't think you pass on a great quarterback if you have the opportunity. If need be, you can trade it away.

Tags: Away, Great, Pass

If someone needs help, I can offer advice. I'm not always right and people don't always listen.

Tags: Advice, Help, Someone

The first thing you have to do is make sure you're still wanted back. I never take that for granted any more.

Tags: Granted, Sure, Wanted

The further I get away from coaching, the more I know I made the right decision. You almost forget how wonderful family life is.

Tags: Family, Forget, Life

We want to enjoy our families and the hype leading up to the game.

Tags: Enjoy, Families, Game
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