Apparently, the key to team unity is having a slogan. And then having that slogan put on T-shirts that are widely distributed in the locker room and sometimes beyond.
Two days before the Eagles beat the Giants in the NFC Divisional Playoff, Giants coach Tom Coughlin was asked about T-shirts that read "Cut It Off." It comes from the true-to-life movie "Men of Honor," Coughlin explained. In it, Cuba Gooding Jr. plays a man who has his leg amputated in his quest to become the first African-American Navy diver.
"The purpose of the phrase is to motivate and to remind everybody that we are at the point where it is necessary to do whatever we have to do to succeed," Coughlin said on the Giants' Web site.
He later explained, "There are a couple of key things there. They asked him why he wanted it so badly. [He said] 'Because they tell me I can't have it.' And then when he was challenged, and he couldn't reach the goal that he had set his heart and soul into, and they said he couldn't do it with his present condition, he said, 'Go ahead and cut it off.' I think that's the bottom line."
The Arizona Cardinals also have spiffy T-shirts. Their slogan, "Prove It." The slogan came from the team's director of player programs Anthony Edwards, who also happens to be a former Eagles and Cardinals wide receiver.
“I think they are pretty self-explanatory," coach Ken Whisenhunt said Wednesday. "I think it all goes back to the fact that not a lot of people thought we would get this far. It’s just the mindset that we have to prove it to everybody, and there is nothing wrong with that. I think that has helped us play at a higher level.”
Guess that begs the question, "Do the Eagles need a slogan?" or do those playoff beards say it all? ...
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