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Cincinnati (Myers 6-12) at San Fran. 7 CINCINNATI 2 Boston 7 Baltimore 5 TRIBE BANKS ON BAY: Cleveland San Francisco (Heredia 0-1 ), 3:35 p.m. Philadelphia 1 Montreal 0 Kansas City 10 Minnesota 4 names former Ohio State athletic director I VWI'IHWJHI ' ' " """ "1 Pittsburgh 6 St. Louis 5 New York 2 Milwaukee 1 to top post, Page C-5. tilLfflJi?llltf?Mff I Chicago 4 New York 1 Cleveland 3 Detroit 2 BRAVES END SKID: Atlanta keeps r. ... 4 ,mnuimi,on Atlanta 6 San Diego 4 Chicago 6 Oakland 0 pressure on Los Angeles, Page C-4. tubs at Mets WOR WGN 7:30 p.m. Houston at Los Angeles (nl California at Texas ppd DAVIS SHOWS SIGNS: Reds' outfielder Braves at Padres, WTBS, 10 p.m. Toronto at Seattle (n) flashes old form, Page C-4. 7 EDITOR: GREGXNOBLE, 369-1917 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1991 SECTION C Tampa Bay gets SolomonC-3 Hunting, fishing upC-6 Helmick quits USOC postC-7 Little Brown Jug todayC-7 Woods: Everybody's Ail-American in 1 I sue- rt ' i Tim Sullivan and was very quick. He was coming into his own." Woods' potential had been well-documented long before he reached the National Football League. A two-way standout at Cleveland's trrr jf r 7 A if t. Kurnick would loop around him. We had great success with that stunt." Later, Shaw would try the same tactic as an assistant coach at the University of Arizona. He abandoned it after an Arizona State running back broke through the line for about 40 yards. "I realized that it wasn't the strategy that had made 'strong-fire' work, it was the player," Shaw said. "It should have been called, 'Mike Woods-fire.' " Woods played at 6-foot-2, between 230 and 240 pounds, and his physical strength was astonishing for one who avoided the weight room. "He was the best physical specimen I ever saw," said Dan Rains, a UC teammate who later played for the Chicago Bears during their Super Bowl season. "I played with Mike Singletary, Wilber Marshall and Otis Wilson and Mike had more physical ability than all three of them." "I always thought he was the best athlete I ever saw," said Kurnick, who spent one season with the Cincinnati Bengals. "I remember one night in the middle of summer camp, I heard all this commotion after bed check. Everyone was headed down to the student lounge because Woods was going to arm wrestle Jay Freisheim for like $50. Freisheim was like second in the Midwest, and it was like instant (Please see SULLIVAN, Page C-6) Ex-UC linebacker is forever a gamer There is a persistent pain in Mike Woods' left shoulder, but the knot in his stomach is no more. "This is probably the first year that I haven't had butterflies around football time," the University of Cincinnati's last All-American said. "They used to drive me crazy." Mike Woods has been out of football nearly 10 years now, yet a part of him is forever frozen on the field of play. He was 27 years old, a starting linebacker for the Baltimore Colts, when a robber's bullet pierced his spinal cord and paralyzed a teeming athletic talent. A lot of deeds were left undone on that May morning in Cleveland in 1982. Some of Mike Woods' butterflies never made it past the caterpillar stage. "Mike was a great football player," said Sanders Shiver, a Colt teammate who now coaches Woods' son, Shawn, at Bowie State University outside Baltimore. "Potentially, he could have been a dominant force in the league. He had good size and good speed Benedictine High School, he played one season in junior college and then started at the University of Tampa as a sophomore. When Tampa dropped its football program, Woods transferred to UC in time for the 1976 season. He immediately became the team's captain and its star, an inside linebacker who anchored one of the strongest defenses in America. Tony Mason's 1976 Bearcats finished 8-3 (and later improved to 9-2 because of a forfeit), the most successful football season in Clifton under any of UC's last eight head coaches. The Bearcats scored three shutouts that year, including a 14-0 victory over Arizona State in Tempe. "That was probably the biggest upset of the year," said Bob Shaw, then UC's linebacker coach. "But since we played at night, nobody knew it. We ran a stunt called 'strong-fire,' where Mike would come up in the center-guard gap and (noseguard) Howie 2 Enquirer file photo UC linebacker Mike Woods appeared with comedian Bob Hope on TV in December, 1977. What, me worry? But they all do, Gibbs included Giants drop Reds - ' Alt:' . frv- ' - .... . 1 V " it V Gibbs enters racing Joe Gibbs will be coaching the Washington Redskins again next season, but he will have another role race car owner. With sponsorship from Interstate batteries and National Football League Properties, Gibbs will put a team on the NASCAR circuit. Dale Jarrett is the driver. "It's been a dream of mine," Gibbs said. "When you get up around 50 you start thinking about the rest of your life. I've lived one dream, coaching football, and I've always had the fantasy about auto racing. "The opportunity came up about a year ago ... I asked Mr. (Jack Kent) Cooke and he said he thought it would be great. I'm excited about it and about everything else, football, life in general." JIM MONTGOMERY , .'V , 1 -'is- .-..'.'... . ..... r. . . v J5'. ' J . . ..... ..... t ... . . ... .4. ., ..... '. jl f 'v - " "v ' ' - ' BY JIM MONTGOMERY The Cincinnati Enquirer With almost no exceptions, every head coach in every sport is a worrier. They worry about their own teams. They worry about other teams. They worry about the weather, about injuries, about luck. If they're doing well, they worry about how to do better. If they're doing badly, the worry factor increases exponentially. Joe Gibbs' Washington Redskins are doing well, three games, three wins. This Sunday they play the Cincinnati Bengals, three games, three losses. Naturally, Gibbs is worried. "It's been a good start for us, and perennially we've not done very well early," Gibbs said Wednesday. "But all it is is a start. It hasn't got us anything but three wins. We're trying to enjoy it as much as we can, knowing we have to come up there. I don't want to do it, but we have to. It's probably the worst scenario you could have." How so? "We're going to play a real good football team that's 0-3," Gibbs said. "We're 3-0. That's a tough deal, I think." Overconfidence exists, even in the NFL? "Sure it does," Gibbs said, "but I don't think it'll be overconfidence. I know the Bengals will be in a mad state of mind, and they're a darn good team anyway. Once you get it going, you get it going. I don't like going in there because I know the frame of mind they're going to be in." Under Gibbs, the Redskins are 1-1 against Cincinnati. Washington is 0-2 in Riverfront Stadium, the most recent being the 20-17 overtime loss that sent the Bengals toward Super Bowl XXIII. Gibbs is somewhat at a loss to find his team 3-0 after a 1-3 preseason schedule had him voicing public doubts. "My moaning was based on fact," he said. "We had been whipped by teams when we were playing fairly basic and they were playing fairly basic. In preseason, you line up pretty much man-to-man and just play foot- V 7-2 loss makes Reds 0-3 on trip BY ROB PARKER The Cincinnati Enquirer SAN FRANCISCO The West Coast swoon continued for the Reds Wednesday night. The Reds continue to get beat by anybody and everybody. Giants' pitcher Trevor Wilson broke open a one-run game with a two-run single in a three-run sixth that led the San Francisco Giants to a 7-2 victory over Cincinnati before a crowd of 9,650 at Candlestick Park. The Reds have now lost their first three on this 10-game road trip and dropped six games below .500 (70-76) for the first time since the end of the 1989 season. They close out the two-game series with a 3:35 p.m. game Thursday. Then it's off to Houston for a three-game weekend set. Chris Jones' second homer (a solo blast in the seventh) in three days cut the Reds deficit to 4-2. It also kept the Reds homer streak in tact. They have now homered in 12 straight (22 homers total). Reds' starter and loser Jack Armstrong (7-12) went six innings, allowing four runs (all earned) on six hits. He walked three, two came in to score in San Francisco's three-run sixth. Armstrong (7-12) coming off a 13-2 win against Houston last Friday night was pitching pretty well until he had a bit of a control lapse in the sixth with the score tied 1-1. The right-hander walked Kevin Bass to start the inning. After an out, Armstrong then walked Mark Leonard. That set the table for Kirt Manwaring. He singled to center, scoring' Bass and giving the Giants a 2-1 advantage. After a ground out moved the base runners to second and third, Wilson singled to knock in two. The Giants led, 4-1. Wilson is not a bad hitter, entering the game with a respectable .268 batting average with one homer and three RBI. The Giants scored in the second inning against Armstrong. San Francisco hit everything hard in that inning, starting off with a lead off double by Mark Leonard over Paul O'Neill's head in right field. .. ", r , ball. We didn't look very good." Nonetheless, when the bell rang, Washington routed Detroit, outscored Dallas and crushed Phoenix. "It was like a whole new team went on the field," Gibbs said. "I don't know why. You could make 1,000 reasons. "It's a momentum thing. You get to feeling good about yourself . . . confidence things that tell you what you're capable of. That's a definite plus." Still, Gibbs worries about Cincinnati. "You know what's there. That's what gets you concerned," he fretted. "They're creative. They do a great job of rushing the football. Some of their things we've taken off film and use ourselves in the running game .... "We've got to be ready for the no-huddle. We saw some no-huddle last week (Phoenix) but nothing like Cincinnati's. They've got skill people around the quarterback who can make great plays." 1 1 ' 4 -, . i r - ' 4 ' . .' f -'. If i v f The Associated Press Joe Gibbs' 'worrying' has shaped the Redskins into one of the NFL's top powers. Left corner, lost corner in Bengals' scheme BY JACK BRENNAN The Cincinnati Enquirer A layman could look at the Bengals' left cornerback position and conclude Cincinnati has a big problem. Rod Jones was replaced in mid-series as Houston bashed the Bengals two weeks ago. His replacement for last week, Lewis Bil-lups, was seen at times covering Webster Slaughter as if the Browns wideout had dreadful halitosis. Slaughter caught eight passes for 107 yards, including three for first-down yardage on third downs. Billups was in coverage each time, and it's safe to say he wowed no one with his preseason play after a holdout. Besides Rod Jones, Rickey Dixon is the only other secondary veteran with any real corner credentials. And it's not likely he'd be moved. It's enough to make a layman wonder if Richard Fain, a rookie practice squadder, might get a quick chance for NFL stardom at left corner against Washington on Sunday. It's expected Fain will be activated this week. But the pros at Spinney Field assured Wednesday that laymen need not fret. "Everybody can get better," said Billups. "But I don't think I had a bad game against Cleveland." Billups declined further comment. But defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and head coach Sam Wyche essentially agreed there's no problem. "Cleveland's passing stats overall weren't very good (20-41, 197 yards)," LeBeau said. "Obviously our pass coverage could be tighter and better, but it can get better everyplace. I'm not singling anybody out." LeBeau also said that Jones, off center stage last week as a nickel back, rebounded from his troubles against Houston. "I don't think his guy caught a ball," LeBeau said. 'He was in on 29 snaps in the nickel, and mostly covering (Eric) Metcalf, who's their next featured receiver after the starting wideouts. He did a good job." Said Wyche: "You may see some plays made (against Billups and Jones), but the percentage of times they've been 'hit,' as we call it, is not that high. Other teams try them more often than they do Eric Thomas (the corner on the other side)." Metcalf was held to two receptions for 10 yards. LeBeau acknowledged the three third-down conversions by Slaughter in which Billups was in coverage. "One time Louis had a coverage that was poor," LeBeau said. "Another time, Slaughter made a tremendous catch. And another time was a zone coverage. "It could have been played better, but Bernie Kosar is going to hit some passes on you. He was at 113 in his passing rating last week, and he had hit some big passes a 60-yarder against New England and 50 against somebody else (Dallas). He didn't do that to us." Cleveland's long passing gain against the Bengals was 21 yards. What about Billups' 26-day holdout? Is he still feeling the effects? "I think he's still getting his timing back," said LeBeau. "Plus, he had a hamstring problem that has held him back a little." But according to the player and his coach, there is no acute problem at left corner for the Washington game. "The corner does have big responsibilities," said LeBeau. "He's going to be covering one of the opposition's best receivers. But I think Lewis is getting better by the week, and I'm confident Rod Jones will do a good job. " We'll be using three corners fairly often in this game because they'll run three wide receivers." Bengals get a scare with Brooks, Page C-3. Leonard went to third on Kirt Manwarine's deep drive to center. Mike Benjamin knocked Leonard in with a hard hit line drive to Billy Hatcher in left. Hatcher's throw to the plate was out in front of the mound. San rrancisco led, 1-0. (Please see REDS, Page C-5) I Braves win, Page C-4.

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