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May 1999

May 1999


NFL Coach of the Year: Picking Up the Trash and Raking the Leaves

Dan Reeves' attention to detail leads to titles.
by: Richard Scott
AFM Staff Writer
© May 1999

It was gut check time for the Atlanta Falcons. At halftime of an NFC playoff game against San Francisco 49ers, the Falcons sat in their locker room of the Georgia Dome, reeling from a series that of odd calamities that turned a potential 21-0 halftime lead into a tenuous 14-10 edge.

"The mood wasn't good. It was like, 'oh man, what's happening?'" recalled Falcons wide receiver Terance Mathis. "Then Dan came into the room."

Just one month after undergoing quadruple-bypass heart surgery, Falcons head coach Dan Reeves stepped into the void and took a stand.

"He really didn't have to say a word," Mathis said, "because it was all over his face. He has that cockiness that makes everybody confident around him. I'm telling you that if Dan isn't around, we don't win that game."

The Falcons went on to win, and reached the Super B....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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