That’s the key to the head of the snake

The NFL Network did a segment on the Cincinnati Bengals’ defensive end Carlos Dunlap and his preparation for the Thursday night game vs Miami. In explaining the importance of getting to the quarterback, Dunlap said, “That’s the key to the head of the snake.”  This is a mash up of “key to success” or “key to the game” (crucial piece to win) and “cut off the head of the snake” (military term meaning to remove the enemy leader first so as to weaken the rest of the enemy).   A big thanks to Bob Marchinetti for hearing this one  and passing it on!

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 4:  at Paul Brown Stadium on October 4, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** name

CINCINNATI, OH – OCTOBER 4: at Paul Brown Stadium on October 4, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** name

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3 Comments on “That’s the key to the head of the snake”

  1. John Costello says:

    This is a great one. Love it.

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. They key to the head of most snakes is a mouse. Opens ’em right up.


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