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Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Leach says he can cure NFL's QB struggles in three hours

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Posted by's Tim Griffin

There's a reason why Texas Tech coach Mike Leach is a reporter's favorite for comment to even the most arcane stories.

When a colleague of mine recently called up in the middle of the afternoon during Leach's recent contract saga, he was expecting for Leach to call back late at night, as he typically does.

But he wasn't prepared for what he got. Leach, who had just come back from a rugby match in Wales a few days earlier, indeed called back late that night to inform him of his contract negotiations. But he also regaled the reporter for nearly an hour with tales of his favorite sites in Wales -- along with personal recommendations if he should ever visit.

So it was understandable that Leach's comments would be equally as good when Tim McMahon of the Dallas Morning News asked Leach why Graham Harrell was being underrated by most NFL scouts before the draft.

Leach is infuriated when asked if his quarterbacks are products of his pass-happy system. And he takes great pains to tell all detractors why that is the case.

"You bring up easily the most pitiful NFL cop-out of all," Leach told the News.

"And you can send that message to the whole NFL. Any coach who has ever said or uttered those words or considers that a concern, here's my message for them: How could you possibly look yourself in the mirror and consider yourself an NFL coach and not be able to teach a guy to run back three steps, five steps and seven steps? I can teach a child that!

"Any coach in the NFL who can't do that ought to be fired!"

Leach didn't stop there, promising to cure the ills of the NFL passing game with a few easy lessons. He would start by teaching all NFL quarterbacks to drop back from center.

"I can do that," Leach said. "I only need a three-hour window. I'll have a great clinic for all the NFL coaches who are so horrible that they can't teach a guy to take a snap under center and go backwards."

It was just another reason why Leach is invariably one of the most refreshing coaches in college football.