Bum Phillips comments on Brock

For Army football coach Stan Brock, it all started down on the Bayou. Back in 1980, the New Orleans Saints selected Brock in the first round (12th overall) of the draft out of the University of Colorado.

Brock went on to play 16 years in the NFL as an offensive lineman. Some of his best years came in New Orleans. He was named to the NFL all-rookie team in 1980 and went on to play 186 games for the Saints (1980-92).

The Saints inducted Brock into their Hall of Fame in 1998. Brock returns to New Orleans for the first time as a head coach on Saturday when Army takes on Tulane.

"I loved my time down there, but this is a totally different capacity," Brock said. "It's not even close to the same and has no bearing. We are going down there to play a football game. We're not playing in the Superdome, we're playing at Tad Gormley Stadium. There's going to be some things that are special and are going to bring back memories, but this is all about the Army football team."

For Brock, it's always been about the team. His old coach in New Orleans, Bum Phillips, will tell you that.

"Stan was the ultimate team guy," said Phillips, now 85, who coached the Saints from 1981-85. "He always wanted to make a difference, but he never would take credit. I think that he coaches the same way and that will help him with his players."

Say what you want about Brock, whose team is 0-4 this season, but Phillips thinks disgruntled Army fans should give his former player some more time. Phillips said Brock will turn Army around.

"Stan is kind of handicapped at Army," Phillips said. "He can't practice every day like Texas A&M and Texas, schools like that. Army recruits players to fight in wars if there is one. You gotta give him time. Stan Brock loves the game of football. In the long run, he will be a great coach."

It didn't take Brock long to make an impact in the NFL. At one point with the Saints, Brock made 67 straight starts and was part of an offensive line that allowed a league-low 15 sacks in 1992. He signed as a free agent in 1993 with San Diego and helped the Chargers to the Super Bowl in 1995 with Bobby Ross as head coach.

Brock dug in the trenches every Sunday. He protected quarterbacks and running backs with pride and persistance. Brock never backed down from the biggest and toughest defensive lineman and linebackers.

If Brock and his players bring that kind of mentality down to New Orleans, Phillips thinks the Black Knights will be all right.
"Stan was one heck of a football player," Phillips said. "There wasn't one player out there he didn't think he couldn't whip. And there wasn't many players he couldn't whip."


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