I’ll admit, I’m not old enough to remember seeing Dwight Hicks and the Hot Licks, the 49ers secondary unit lead by Dwight Hick back in the early 1980’s. But I respect the fact that they were great enough to earn a nickname that stuck.
I’m more familiar with the SWAT Team — the Cincinnati Bengals’ secondary, lead by Dick LeBeau, in 1988.
Los Angeles Rams’ defensive coordinator Wade Phillips employed The Mile High No Fly Zone - featuring Chris Harris Jr. and Aqib Talib - during their Super Bowl run in Denver in 2015.
And the Seahawks’ all-pro laden defensive secondary - the Legion of Boom - has now become a household name.
Get ready to add another name to the short list of legendary secondaries: The Bus Drivers.
After being body slammed by Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen on Wednesday, Rams’ CB Nickell Robey-Coleman let the world know who was truly behind the wheel in the joint session scuffles:
We are the bus drivers. That’s what Coach AP (secondary coach Aubrey Pleasant) and Coach Sean McVay preach. They tell us to be the bus drivers, to go out there every day and set the tempo, and that’s why we were so close today.
Far too often great nicknames just don’t stick. Please don’t allow that to happen here. May your grandchildren one day blog about the legendary Bus Drivers and their dominance in 2017.