|Favre no candidate for `Project Runway'|
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|Friday, 10 October 2008 07:45|
The New York Jets wide receiver, whose locker is next to the quarterback's, poked fun earlier this week at Favre's limited wardrobe.
``He wears the same clothes every day,'' Coles said with a big laugh, pointing to camouflage shorts and khaki shorts hanging in Favre's locker.
``He can't hang out with me looking like that,'' he said.
Coles, a dapper dresser on game days, said he'd start with Favre's footwear.
``You've got to see those road trip shoes he had on,'' he said. ``He was wearing replica Pumas or something. He could shoot a deer and make some shoes or something. He's been hunting for a long time.''
Coles and Favre appear to have a great relationship, which is news only because the receiver refused to speak to the media after the Jets released his good friend Chad Pennington to make room for the NFL's career leader in touchdown passes. Coles and Favre have since said there was never any tension between them - on the field or off.
Favre even recently ``borrowed'' a bag of potato chips from Coles' locker, scarfing them down before practice.
``You're going to read this in the papers tomorrow,'' Favre said to Coles with a grin: ``Favre steals L.C.'s chips.''
That prompted Coles to take another playful jab at Favre as the quarterback was walking away.
``That's the cheapest quarterback I've ever played with, and you can quote me on that one,'' Coles said.
``I heard that!'' a smiling Favre yelled back at his receiver without breaking his stride.
SUSPENSION OVER, NOT THE IMPACT: A four-game suspension has a longer-lasting impact beyond the games missed. The Cincinnati Bengals are reminded of that again.
Owner Mike Brown brought back Chris Henry - over the objections of coach Marvin Lewis - even though the troubled receiver was set to serve a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's conduct policy. With his suspension over, Henry was activated for a game against Dallas last Sunday.
He got in for only a few plays and didn't have a pass thrown his way in a 31-22 loss that dropped the Bengals to 0-5. Henry was extremely limited in the offense because he had missed so much time; he wasn't allowed to attend team meetings or practice during the suspension.
t and run routes and be at practice ... It's tough to come back in one week and all of a sudden, hey, here's your game plan, you're going to catch five or six balls.''
Henry has served three suspensions in the last three years, the result of his five arrests. He was suspended by the league for two games in 2006, for the first eight games last season, and for the first four games this year.
``You're just out,'' Henry said. ``You can't be around the stadium. You can't be around your teammates. It's real hard.''
The goal is to get Henry back up to speed as quickly as possible, diminishing the effects of the suspension. He expects to have an expanded role Sunday against the Jets.
``When I got back last week, it was kind of hard for me to get all the plays down,'' he said. ``But this week, I'm fine. I'm ready to go.''
LAST HURRAH: Mike Holmgren and Gil Haskell arrived in Green Bay in 1992, then Haskell rejoined Holmgren's staff in Seattle in 2000. Together the two friends from their 1970s days as high school coaches in San Francisco are 1-4 against the Packers, including playoff losses in 2004 and last January.
own man - possibly Greg Knapp, his former offensive coordinator in Atlanta who is now with Oakland - when he replaces Holmgren.
Yet Holmgren and Haskell aren't admitting to nostalgia over a likely final game against Green Bay.
``No,'' Holmgren said. ``The game is special because we've got to get going here.
``I always felt a little bit more emotional about the game - I couldn't explain why necessarily - when we traveled and played them back there. The memories, you go drive down the street or go see a restaurant or do something. The game here in Seattle was more of another football game than when we went back there. It's been a while now. I've been in Seattle longer than I was in Green Bay.''
When asked if he'd thought about this being the last time he'd face the Packers, Haskell said: ``You never know.''
He added he thought the last time he'd see Lambeau Field was during a preseason game in 2007. So he went to the stadium's souvenir shop.
What'd he buy? A yellow foam cheesehead?
. I'm not doing it. I'm not wearing a cheesehead.''
STORY TELLERS: Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Dan Henning has accumulated a lot of stories in his 29 years in the NFL, and he likes to share them in the coaches' offices - sometimes when head coach Tony Sparano is trying to finish his work and go home.
``I try to limit those conversations as much as I possibly can,'' Sparano said with a smile. ``The offensive staff, sometimes at 11:30 at night they're back in there. They might be hearing some of those stories. I am not at that point.''
Dolphins boss Bill Parcells tells a few tales himself, and he and Henning can be a time-consuming combination, Sparano said.
``It's keeping Dan away from Bill sometimes, that's where the story things come from,'' Sparano said. ``I have to jump in the way there sometimes and tell Bill to leave my coaches alone.''
AP Football Writer Barry Wilner and Sports Writers Joe Kay in Cincinnati, Steven Wine in Miami, Gregg Bell in Seattle and Dennis Waszak Jr., in New York contributed to this story.