10 Best Coach/Manager Tirades Ever
Denver Broncos coach John Fox made some headlines this week discussing his offense under Tim Tebow.
Fox gave some refreshingly honest answers when asked about Denver's transition to a college-style option attack.
"After the loss to Detroit, we decided if Tim is going to be that guy, we can't do that other crap," Fox said. "If we were trying to run a regular offense, he'd be screwed."
Hearing those juicy sound bites gave me an appetite for more—and that's how this list was born.
After many hours viewing dozens and dozens of videos (I've never had more fun doing 'research'), I present to you the Top 10 Coach/Manager Tirades ever.
My rankings were based on the following categories, each being weighted equally: humor, intensity, accuracy and honesty.
Although not featured in any of the videos on this list, it must be noted that Ozzie Guillen and Bobby Knight each earn a lifetime achievement award for their angry press conference contributions.
Note: Several of the videos in this slideshow include strong language.
Honorable Mention: Jim Boeheim Defends His Point Guard
Heading into the 2005-06 college basketball season, Syracuse point guard Gerry McNamara was called "overrated" by both Sports Illustrated and the university's student-run paper Syracuse Post-Standard.
Following a 74-73 win in the first round of that season's Big East tournament—a game in which McNamara nailed a running three-pointer with a second left to win it—Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim let the press know how he felt about his senior.
This tirade was not loud or intense. But it was honest, accurate, well-timed and well-deserved.
Best quote: "Without Gerry McNamara, we wouldn't have won ten f*****g games this year. Not 10.... And everybody's talkin' to me and writing about Gerry McNamara being overrated? That's the most bull**** thing I've seen in 30 years."
10. Mike Leach Talks About Player Distractions
This clip lacks in sheer anger and volume, but it's funny and just plain awesome all the same.
This is Texas Tech's football coach Mike Leach explaining why his players were not as focused as they should have been following a stunning loss to Texas A&M in October of 2009.
Leach may not have been laughing during his explanation, but I sure was.
Oh, and hey coach—fat girls need lovin' too.
Best quote: "As coaches we failed to get through to them, and as coaches we failed to make our coaching points and our points more compelling than their fat little girlfriends. Now their fat little girlfriends have some obvious advantages."
9. Kevin Borseth Blows Up Over ... Offensive Rebounding?
Kevin Borseth, head coach of the women's basketball team at Michigan, had some things to get off his chest following a dramatic loss to Wiscosin in 2009.
You knew he meant business when he took off his glasses eight seconds into the press conference.
What followed was a passionate, intense, two-and-a-half minute tirade.
It included some good old-fashioned referee bashing, but was mostly about, strangely enough—offensive rebounding.
Best quote: It's a long rant, but in my opinion the highlight is the very beginning when Borseth slams a notebook onto the podium (while still out of sight of the camera) and says "That's how I feel."
8. John Chaney Loses Control
Talk about bad sportsmanship.
Temple basketball coach John Chaney was not a happy camper following a 55-54 loss to John Calipari and the University of Massachusetts in 1994.
Chaney charged the podium while Calipari was addressing the media, threatened to kill him and continued a seemingly out-of-nowhere verbal barrage while being restrained by security.
Chaney received a one game suspension for his blowup.
Best quote: "When I see you, I'm gonna kick your ass! Kick your ass!"
7. Lee Elia's Message to Cubs Fans
The Chicago Cubs started the 1983 season with a record of 5-14.
Following a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cubs manager Lee Elia went on an angry, profanity-laced tirade directed at, of all things, Cubs fans.
Most of the rant made absolutely no sense. Elia first complains about the lack of fans coming to Wrigley to support the team (fair enough), but then goes on to insult the few fans that were at the stadium that day by saying they shouldn't be there to begin with: "Eighty-five percent of the f****n' world is working. The other 15 come out here."
Despite the hypocrisy, Elia gets an A+ for effort.
Best quote: "What the f*** am I supposed to do, go out there and let my f***n' players get destroyed every day and be quiet about it? For the f****n' nickel-dime people who turn up? The motherf*****s don't even work. That's why they're out at the f****n' game. They oughta go out and get a f****n' job and find out what it's like to go out and earn a f****n' living."
6. Why Do We Play the Game, Herm?
A loss to the Cleveland Browns in October of 2002 dropped Herman Edwards and his New York Jets to 2-5 for the season. Following the game, Edwards was asked if his team has given up for the year.
That sparked a brief but very entertaining, straight-forward outburst from Herm, who gave us some terrific quotes and sound bites during his coaching career.
What makes this video great are Herm's facial expressions and body gestures throughout—especially the bewildered look he gives the audience from :07-:12.
What makes it even better is that the Jets went 7-2 the rest of the season and won the AFC East.
Best quote: "You play to win the game! Hello? You play to win the game. You don't play to just play it."
5. Dennis Green Tells Us About the Chicago Bears
Dennis Green was a mild-mannered coach for most of his career.
But Denny turned over a new leaf in 2006 after his Arizona Cardinals fell to 1-5 after blowing a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter to the Chicago Bears.
A couple underrated parts of this rant: Green hitting the microphone (:25), and the four seconds between :32 and :36 where he stands awkwardly at the podium and looks like he's about to shed some tears before deciding to walk off the stage.
Best quote: "Now if you wanna crown 'em, then crown their ass! But they are who we thought they were. And we let 'em off the hook!"
4. Don't Mention the P-Word Around Jim Mora
It's 2001 and Jim Mora's Indianapolis Colts just dropped to 4-6 with a loss to San Francisco.
After the game, Mora started to give reasons for his team's poor start, such as this gem: "We've thrown four interceptions for touchdowns this year. That might be an NFL record! And we've still got six games left."
But this outburst is known mostly for the last 10 seconds as Mora answers a reporter's question about his team's chances of making the playoffs.
Maybe Mora didn't want to talk about the playoffs since at that point, he had been 0-6 in his postseason career as a coach.
Best quote: "Playoffs? Don't talk about playoffs! You kiddin' me? Playoffs? I just hope we can win a game. Another game."
3. Hal McRae Needs a New Phone for His Office
Hal McRae must have woken up on the wrong side of the bed on April 26, 1993.
His Kansas City Royals lost to the Detroit Tigers that day and all hell broke loose in his office afterwards.
Let's just say I would not want to have been a Royals' beat reporter that day.
For whatever reason, McRae completely loses it after being asked a couple simple questions about in-game strategy. One reporter is seen bleeding from his face after being hit by the office telephone which McRae threw against the wall (:48).
McRae gets bonus points for ending his rant in style. After all the reporters scurried out of his office to avoid any further flying objects/weapons, McRae follows them out the door, continues his verbal assault, then delivers this final message: "Now. Put that in your f***n pipe and smoke it!"
Best quote: "You think I'm a god damn fool? I'm tired of all these stupid ass questions every night! Stay out of here, askin' all these dumb ass questions! "
2. I'm Guessing Mike Gundy Cancelled His Subscription
This is one of the very few coaching rants I came across that took place following a victory. But it's still a beauty.
Oklahoma State had just defeated Texas Tech in a 2007 college football matchup when Cowboys' head coach Mike Gundy took the stand.
He didn't want to talk about the victory, however.
No, Gundy had something else on his mind that day. Earlier that week, Gundy had read an article in The Oklahoman which questioned why he benched his starting quarterback midseason with no explanation. The article went on to suggest that the player was demoted because of an attitude problem.
Gundy entered the press conference with newspaper in hand (bonus points for using a prop), found the reporter who wrote the story and proceeded to give her a three-minute lecture on the topics of parenting and bad journalism.
A funny moment in this one that flies under the radar (but always makes me laugh) is at :19 when the inside of a newspaper Gundy is holding up falls to the floor. Gundy continues on without missing a beat.
Best quote: "Are you kidding me? Where are we at in society today? Come after me! I'm a man! I'm 40!"
1. Mike Singletary Wants Winners
Mike Singletary is as old-school as they come.
He certainly played that way as a Hall of Fame linebacker and it carried over into his coaching career.
This was Singletary's first postgame press conference as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers—a blowout loss at home vs. Seattle in October of 2008—and he made it count.
With 10 minutes remaining in the game, Singletary took tight end Vernon Davis off the field and sent him to the locker room after a dumb unsportsmanlike conduct penalty—a brilliant move that we should see from head coaches more often.
After the game, Singletary gave an honest, extremely intense speech to the media about how he planned to run his team. There was no smashing of microphones or throwing telephones. Singletary didn't need any gimmicks.
It was four-and-a-half minutes of awesomeness that every football player (and coach) should watch.
Hell, I watch this video at times to get myself motivated when I wake up in the morning.
We need more people in the NFL like Mike Singletary.
Here are the best gems from my favorite coach/manager tirade of all-time:
"Our formula is this—we go out and hit people in the mouth, number one."
"We can not make decisions that cost the team and then come off the sidelines like it's nonchalant!"
"I told (Vernon) that he would do a better job for us right now taking a shower and coming back and watching the game then going out on the field. Simple as that."
"I would rather play with 10 people...rather than play with 11, when I know that right now that person is not sold out to be a part of this team...I cannot play with him! I cannot win with him! I can not coach with him! Can't do it!"
Best quote: "I want winners! I want people that wanna win!"
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