Friday, May 10, 2013
Around the NFC West: No 'Honey Badger'
By Mike Sando
Good morning, NFC West.
Three stories from around the division caught my attention on this Friday morning:
- No more Honey Badger: Cardinals rookie Tyrann Mathieu told reporters in Arizona he'd prefer to ditch the "Honey Badger" nickname that followed him from LSU. Calling Mathieu by his given name should be easier now that the Cardinals have provided an assist in the pronunciation department. "Tyrann" rhymes with "Byron" while "Mathieu" sounds like "Matthew" for those wondering. Mathieu: "I understand there are a lot of people who were in love with the Honey Badger and they will not let it go, but for me, going forward, I want people to recognize me as Tyrann Mathieu. I don’t have anything against the Honey Badger. It’s just that Honey Badger happened at such a dark time in my life."
- Fisher's coaching style: St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher offered a glimpse into his coaching style during a recent speech delivered to a leadership conference. According to Jim Thomas, Fisher dealt with a chronically late player by setting up sleeping arrangements for him in a meeting room, complete with pillow, blanket, cookies and milk. And when the player later blamed running out of gas for his troubles, Fisher brought in a gas can and said it was worth $19,000 -- the amount he fined the player.
- Okoye's prowess: With rookie camps getting underway, Eric Branch takes another look at the San Francisco 49ers' Lawrence Okoye, the most intriguing undrafted rookie in the division. He notes that the 304-pound Okoye posted a better vertical leap than 21 of 34 wide receivers tested at the combine. Okoye's 35-inch vertical was better than the 32-inch mark posted by Tavon Austin, the receiver St. Louis drafted eighth overall. Amazing.