ATLANTA -- While Atlanta Falcons Coach Jerry Glanville says his verbal skirmish with Houston Coach Jack Pardee is history, the controversial man in black could face a fine from the NFL. After the Falcons thumped the Oilers 47-27 in Atlanta last weekend, Glanville referred to Pardee as 'a total jerk,' apparently for running up the score on Southern Methodist when Pardee was coach at the University of Houston.
Glanville apologized for the remark in a copyright story in the Houston Post Wednesday, and for saying, 'Texas can kiss my butt,' which Glanville said referred to Houston media -- not the state of Texas. 'It's dead,' Glanville said of the issue. 'We're getting ready for Detroit. It's over now.' Perhaps not. NFC Director of Information Reggie Roberts said Glanville was 'in direct violation of the league's new policy' against such remarks between coaches. That policy was enacted, ironically, as a result of Cincinnati Coach Sam Wyche's comments about Glanville after the Bengals defeated the Oilers 61-7 last year. NFL Vice President of Communications Joe Browne, while refusing to discuss specifics, said 'Commissioner (Paul) Tagliabue has made it clear that he is not going to put up with the same type of comments ... among coaches that occurred last year.'