Gil Haskell Quotes
Gil Haskell (born September 24, 1943) is a long time National Football League (NFL) coach and the former offensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks. He began his career in the NFL as a ball boy with the San Francisco 49ers while his uncle Dr. William O’Grady was a part owner of the franchise. Coach Haskell grew up in St. Brendan's Parish in San Francisco, graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1961, played at San Francisco State, and then was head coach at St. Ignatius from 1973–1977. Haskell then left for USC, spending 5 seasons as an assistant coach. He broke into the NFL as a coach in 1983 with the Los Angeles Rams, coaching special teams, running backs and tight ends for 9 seasons. In 1992, he joined the Green Bay Packers where he became part of Mike Holmgren's staff for the first time as a running back coach and wide receiver coach. When Holmgren left Green Bay for the Seattle Seahawks in 1998 Haskell accepted the Offensive Coordinator position with the Carolina Panthers. The next season, he reunited with Holmgren in Seattle in the same role. He has indicated that he would like to be a head coach in the NFL and even launched a low key campaign for the Oakland Raiders position when the Raiders fired Norv Turner after the 2005 season. That position was eventually filled with the hiring of Art Shell.
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“In Saturday's playoff game against (Washington) when he ran to his left and he did the whirlybird and threw it downfield? That's what he used to do. It hasn't happened this year since that first game in Jacksonville. Those things are virtually gone.”
“He's a tenacious competitor. He's a fly-around, knock-you-down kind of guy. He's really a hellacious player.”
“I think the biggest thing you could say is when he was with (Green Bay general manager) Ron Wolfe, he was very relaxed. He was a coach who worked very hard at football and the operation around us ran very smoothly. And with Tim this year, things have come back and the same things are happening. He's very relaxed. He knows we're covered, and Tim does a good job looking for players.”
“This is a real credit to Mr. Allen. (And) to Tim and to Mike to be able to hold this thing together keep these good players together.”