Fans to Vote for Winner on NFL.com
Head coaches MIKE SMITH of the Atlanta Falcons, TONY SPARANO of the Miami Dolphins and MIKE TOMLIN of the Pittsburgh Steelers are the nominees for MOTOROLA NFL COACH OF THE WEEK honors for games played October 5 – 6, the NFL announced today.
Fans can vote on NFL.com for the head coach whose game plan played the greatest role in his team’s victory. Voting will take place from now through noon ET on Friday to determine the MOTOROLA NFL COACH OF THE WEEK. The winner will be announced Friday afternoon on NFL.com. In January, voting will be held on NFL.com to determine the MOTOROLA NFL COACH OF THE YEAR.
A closer look at the Motorola NFL Coach of the Week nominees:
· Atlanta’s MIKE SMITH led the Falcons to beat the Green Bay Packers by a score of 27 – 24 at Lambeau Field. Rookie QB Matt Ryan passed for 194 yards and two touchdowns, WR Roddy White had eight catches for 132 yards and a touchdown and RB Michael Turner rushed for 121 yards and another score. Atlanta’s defense sacked Packers QB Aaron Rodgers two times and intercepted him once. Falcons punter Michael Koenen nailed all three of his punts inside the 20 to help Atlanta win the field-position battle throughout the game and get this tough road win.
· Miami’s TONY SPARANO led his team to a 17 – 10 win over the San Diego Chargers, the Dolphins’ second win in as many games over a team that participated in last year’s AFC Championship Game. The Dolphins offense gained 390 total yards with RB Ronnie Brown running for 125 yards and one touchdown and QB Chad Pennington passing for 228 yards and one touchdown and completing 22 of 29 passes. The Dolphins defense held the Chargers to only 10 points, that team’s lowest output in 37 regular season games.
· Pittsburgh’s MIKE TOMLIN led his team to an impressive 26-21 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars bringing them to a 4 – 1 record and first place in the AFC North. Tomlin’s Steelers dominated in terms of total yards (415 to 213), rushing yards (129 to 38), first downs (28 to 14) and time of possession (33:23 to 26:37). QB Ben Roethlisberger threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns. Pittsburgh’s defense also limited the Jaguars to a 23 percent conversion rate on third downs and held the Jaguars offense to 213 total yards.
Motorola’s brand has become synonymous with NFL coaches through the coaches’ headsets worn during every NFL game. As the wireless communications sponsor of the NFL, Motorola is working with the league to better integrate technology to improve the quality of the game, just as Motorola continuously provides better communications devices to help millions of NFL fans enjoy the game of football in their everyday lives.