Linebacker Thomas Davis was explaining how he got two sacks in Sunday's 35-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, giving all the credit to Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott for putting him in the right position.
"You don't have to say that because I'm standing here," shouted McDermott, about 15 feet away.
Thomas continued to wax eloquent on the 39-year-old coach as he dressed in the visitors locker room at the Minneapolis Metrodome.
"He's a defensive guru," he said.
"I heard that," McDermott said. "You don't have to say that, man."he Carolina defense among the NFL's elite.
Davis turned to his coach and replied, "Listen to me. I'm not saying this because you're right there."
And we were ready to run him out of town after the first year. Amazing what having productive players can do for your defense.