Zim­mer just can’t let go ...

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - WEEK 2 -

Min­nesota’s Mike Zim­mer is a rar­ity as a head coach who con­tin­ues to call plays for the de­fense. He has of­ten con­sid­ered re­lin­quish­ing the re­spon­si­bil­ity to de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Ge­orge Ed­wards, as a way to lessen the load on an al­ready stress­ful game day, but Zim­mer has yet to do so.

“I have a style of how I call a game,” Zim­mer says. “Ge­orge, even though he tries to do it like I do it, I don’t want to tell him, ‘I hate that call,’ or ‘You should’ve called this.’ I don’t think that’s fair to him. If I want some­thing called, I should call it.”

MIL­LION DOL­LAR PLEDGE

Falcons owner Arthur Blank, along with the team and his MLS club, the At­lanta United, made a $1 mil­lion pledge to­ward storm re­lief ef­forts. The grant will be split be­tween the Amer­i­can Red Cross of Ge­or­gia and Greater Caroli­nas Re­gion, as well as the United Way, to as­sist re­build­ing and re­cov­ery ef­forts dur­ing hur­ri­cane sea­son.

“Th­ese types of storms bring dev­as­ta­tion that is al­most unimag­in­able,” says Blank. “No mat­ter the re­gion, they dis­rupt the lives of kids, fam­i­lies, so­cial ser­vices, schools, houses of wor­ship and busi­nesses in so many ways, and it’s heart­break­ing. So many re­sources, fi­nan­cial and oth­er­wise, are go­ing to be needed to help peo­ple re­build their lives this sea­son, and we feel a strong re­spon­si­bil­ity to help. I en­cour­age our fans to join us in sup­port­ing this cause in any way they can.”

The teams plan to launch a pub­lic ser­vice an­nounce­ment fea­tur­ing Blank, Falcons and United play­ers. It will be avail­able on dig­i­tal and so­cial me­dia plat­forms and will also be shown at Mercedes-Benz Sta­dium dur­ing up­com­ing games and matches.

The Falcons host the Carolina Panthers on Sun­day.

PHILLY SOUTH

Three former Ea­gles are set to face their ex-team: wide re­ceiver De­Sean Jack­son, de­fen­sive end Vinny Curry, and de­fen­sive tackle Beau Allen.

Jack­son was re­leased by Chip Kelly in 2014 af­ter hav­ing his best sea­son and go­ing to his third Pro Bowl in 2013. He has 20 catches for 440 yards and two touch­downs in five games vs. Philadel­phia. He’s been on the win­ning side four times.

Curry and Allen played key roles for the Su­per Bowl cham­pi­ons last sea­son.

“I love those guys to death, but they’re just an op­po­nent to me,” Ea­gles right guard Bran­don Brooks said. “This week, I’m not think­ing about the Su­per Bowl or noth­ing like that. That’s my op­po­nent, the guy across from me.”

There will be plenty of Ea­gles fans from the Philadel­phia area at the road game and there’s a fan club called Tam­padel­phia that could help make it feel like a home game for the de­fend­ing champs.

FA­MIL­IAR FACES

It was about two weeks be­fore the reg­u­lar sea­son ar­rived that Bran­don Mar­shall took a closer look at the Seat­tle Sea­hawks sched­ule.

The opener: at Den­ver, his first NFL stop.

Week 2: at Chicago, another of his NFL stops.

“Back to back, that’s pretty cool,” Mar­shall said. “The big­gest one was Den­ver. Since I’ve left (Den­ver) in 2010, (I’ve) never got a chance to go back, so it was pretty cool go­ing back. A lot of me­mories, so it felt good.”

Mar­shall’s de­but with his sixth team went well in Week 1, even though Seat­tle ended up los­ing 27-24 to the Bron­cos. The 34-year-old re­ceiver had three re­cep­tions for 46 yards and a touch­down in his Seat­tle de­but.

49ers head coach Kyle Shana­han, left, greets Vik­ings head coach Mike Zim­mer on Sept. 9 in Min­neapo­lis. The Vik­ings won 24-16. [BRUCE KLUCKHOHN/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]

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