One of those disheartened about his own performance was Huff, who announced his retirement as a player after the season. "I'd been struggling to get to the cutoff spot," he said, referring to the place where a runner makes his move back upfield during a sweep.
"I could still make the tackle. But even they weren't crisp. You see this on film. You see yourself struggling, still making the play but really having a tough time. "So we coaches are watching films and Lombardi never knew anybody's name. All of a sudden he says, `Who in the hell is that No. 70? We gotta get rid of him next year.' I said: `Hey, wait a minute. That's me.' " Williams was euphoric about the team's progress and said of Lombardi: "He may have done his greatest coaching job . . . If there were some way to measure what one can do with the material at hand, I think we could demonstrate he did his greatest job here."
Lombardi talked about how much more was needed. "Once you win a team's heart," he said, "they'll follow you anywhere. They'll do anything for you. I haven't won this team's heart yet, maybe. But it's not for lack of trying. And I'll keep trying."