The Ballad of Mad Dog, Chip and The Coach

Mike Junkin Cleveland Browns

A new era dawned in Eighty Five
Eight and eight and the playoffs once Art’s “son” arrived
A tough end to Eighty Six, 98 yards and a high kick to the side
Though the real loss came months prior when Don Rogers died
Still the gleam was revealed to the team, by the coach

They were suddenly without an offensive engineer
When Infante bolted to the land of cheese and beer
And though Accorsi was GM, decisions were made
By Art’s committee of men who’d be easily swayed
By the new supreme chief, the instiller of belief, the coach

But they were built to contend, the defense was defined
With barking like dogs, which the crowd got behind
Convinced that we could ride to a championship
With the linebacking crew of Clay, Johnson and Chip
From the bleachers, on up to the teacher, the coach

photo3Compared Chip to LT, did observers of the day
Offenses game planned to keep him at bay
But he avoided a spring program, sat the bench on third downs
The coach soured on Chip, wanted him out of town
The call was made, deference paid, to the coach

The Eighty Seven college draft soon drew near
The scouts liked Shane Conlan, it was increasingly clear
Another linebacker, out of Duke, saw his stock on the rise
And by draft day, the scouts couldn’t believe their eyes
Over the trade (despite plans they’d made) by the coach

Chip was dealt to the Chargers for the fifth overall pick
Shock was the reaction, universal and quick
A “mad dog in a meat market” was the new guy’s rep
A term given by a team scout, forever labeling the misstep
Of the man in charge—a mistake that loomed large, by the coach

Slow and unathletic for the NFL
Amid high expectations, perhaps he just needed to gel
He picked off a pass for a TD in Green Bay
Though he’d been in the wrong spot when he made the play
Admitted his boss (and made it feel like a loss), the coach

By Eighty Nine, Art no longer gave a flip
About Marty Ball and winning at a 62 percent clip
And after two years of injury, Mad Dog failed to stick
They sent him away for a fifth round pick
To Kansas City’s new Chief (in a recurring motif), the coach