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Coughlin hires 2 sports psychologists for his Jaguars

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published October 4, 2002

JACKSONVILLE -- Never known as a touchy-feely guy, Tom Coughlin has hired two sports psychologists to help his Jaguars absorb the long grind of a difficult season.

"It's surprising, because Tom is a little old-school," quarterback Mark Brunell said.

Coughlin said he hired psychologists Chad Bohling and Trevor Moawad from IMG Academies in Bradenton because he heard they've had a positive impact on other athletes. The Jaguars, who are off to a surprising 2-1 start, are the only players with which Bohling and Moawad work.

"There can be some real progress made, particularly if you have a young team and a team you'd like to get started in the right phase," Coughlin said.

The Dolphins, meanwhile, are the first to use the computer-based Interactive Metronome, a training program designed to help players with the mental side of the game. Players wearing headphones hear a fixed, repeating reference beat and press against a hand or foot sensor to try to match it. The program is installed on laptops on portable carts in the workout area of their training complex in Davie.

A Lane plea bargain

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Under a plea agreement filed in federal court, Deidre Lane, the widow of former NFL running back Fred Lane, will plead guilty to a felony count of conspiracy to commit bank larceny, U.S. Attorney Bob Conrad and FBI agent Chris Swecker said.

Lane also faces a murder charge in North Carolina state court in her husband's slaying in the couple's Charlotte home on July 6, 2000.

She is expected at court today to enter her guilty plea to the bank larceny charge, Conrad's office said. She faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

CROUCH'S FUTURE: Heisman Trophy winner Eric Crouch, who quit the Rams three weeks ago, said he would consider returning if he can play quarterback. The former Nebraska quarterback was drafted last spring as a wide receiver. "If I play again I'd definitely say it would be as a quarterback," he said. "My whole life I've been a quarterback. I've molded myself that way. ... My best football is when the ball's in my hands and I have some control over what happens."

BRONCOS: Cornerback Deltha O'Neal was fined $15,000 for bumping an official during the game against the Ravens. O'Neal was ejected in the second quarter of Denver's 34-23 loss Monday night after he ran into head linesman Tom Stabile. He was arguing a pass interference call when he ran to Stabile and bumped him with his chest.

BROWNS: Center Dave Wohlabaugh might return to the starting lineup Sunday night against Baltimore after missing the past three games with a broken hand. Wohlabaugh has been out since injuring his right hand during practice Sept. 11. He had screws inserted and wears a cast.

CARDINALS: Marcel Shipp, who scored two touchdowns while filling in for injured running back Thomas Jones, might miss the game with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee. Jones also is questionable.

CHARGERS: Backup cornerback Tay Cody was put on injured reserve and will miss the rest of the season because of a toe injury. Cody, a third-round draft pick in 2001 from Florida State, dislocated and broke his big toe while covering the opening kickoff in last weekend's win over the Patriots. Rookie cornerback Kevin House was signed from the Saints' practice squad.

FALCONS: Defensive tackle Travis Hall (abdomen), linebacker Will Overstreet (shoulder) and cornerback-punt returner Allen Rossum (hamstring) were upgraded to probable after practicing with no signs of trouble and are expected to play against Tampa Bay.

JETS: Wide receiver Wayne Chrebet is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Chiefs. Chrebet has a badly bruised right knee, an injury sustained in Jacksonville on Sunday.

RAIDERS: Offensive tackle Lincoln Kennedy, who suffered a concussion last weekend, plans to see a specialist today before determining whether to play Sunday at Buffalo.

RAMS: The doctors say Kurt Warner won't be back playing for about two months, but Warner figures it'll take just five weeks for the broken little finger on his throwing hand to heal. "I believe that it's going to be sooner," Warner said. "Last time I was out for just five weeks and came back. So I'm believing that it'll be at least that quick if not quicker. I'm going to stand on that."

STEELERS: Owner Dan Rooney, son Art and as many as 30 family members plan to travel 1,000 miles of the 2,000-mile route taken by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark some 200 years ago. Art Rooney, a self-professed history buff, said he was inspired to organize the three-week trip after reading, Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West.

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