Former Falcons and Oilers coach Jerry Glanville, one of the most outspoken personalities ever to grace an NFL sideline, is back in the game. Well, at least the pro game. Glanville is the new coach and general manager of the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League.
He takes over for former Giants quarterbacks coach and Cleveland head coach Chris Palmer, who is now the offensive coordinator in Tennessee.
"I am delighted to be leading the Colonials into the 2011 UFL season,” Glanville said in a statement. “How good a coaching job you have is judged by how good your support group is and with owner Bill Mayer, Commissioner Michael Huyghue and the Hartford fans, I may have the best coaching job in America.”
“I am already fired up by the excitement of coaching new players in a new city,” Glanville said. “There will be little or no sleep as we evaluate players, prepare for open tryouts and install our game plan. I am putting together a new coaching staff in my mind. The key will be that they are teachers that can get along and be able to hunt down players. Everything is about to change.”
Glanville, who used to famously leave tickets for Elvis Presley at the "will call" window at Falcons games, and who once told a referee the NFL stood for "Not For Long," will certainly be a breath of fresh air for a league that hopes to take advantage of the NFL lockout, especially if the labor dispute lasts into the season.
Glanville even engaged in a little Twitter fun with yours truly this morning - BEFORE his introductory press conference.
We started it off with this tweet: "Jerry Glanville is the new coach and GM of the UFL's Hartford Colonials ... insert punchline here."
And, lo and behold, Glanville himself got back to us on Twitter!
@JerryGlanville: @BobGlauber come up to a game Bob, you'll enjoy it. Great reaction here in Hartford so far.
And then this one: @JerryGlanville: It's a great football league. Come to a game, might leave tickets for you all too. UFL.