You're right......I'll take either or both at this point.
I'll tell you a story of how these friends and I would joke about Sandusky's role on the sidelines during games. He would wear a headset, supposedly hooked up to the coaches' booth up top, but he would invariably be standing all by his lonesome and never, and I mean it seemed never, join Shula and others during timeout conferences.....from a distance, even with binoculars, the image he portrayed was the jolly, round ancient coach who was linked to Shula at the hip back from their playing days...so anyway, that look over and over led us after a few beers to wonder out loud, just where was the cable of his headset connected to? We took bets that it was connected to one of the water coolers, or the first aid table, anywhere but where it had to go.....and good ol' Sandusky would just go on with the disguise, even whispering into the mike while talking to no one.
I guess these things were happening as we were getting toasted by Thurman Thomas or Bert Jones. I mean we had to pass those awful moments doing something, eh?
Those coaches back then, like Shula, hired their buddies from their playing days, loyalty being the no. 1 criteria, and if lucky enough to hook up with someone as long lasting as Shula it would basically be job for life, something in a profession that is totally the opposite. In a league whose assistants are plundered year after year when teams are successful, it was a thing to note that no one ever recruited some of the old timers Shula had. Yeah, Clark and Arns and Schellenberger were exceptions but after all those many years, that was about it.