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K Friday, October 18, 1991 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Pro f00tballB-5 Wyche clarifies 6fun' approach to game .alia IIS BIkc AAj3Lfji- This Sat. & Sun., Oct. 19 & 20 Cincinnati Marriott Hotel 11320 Chester Road Sharon Road Exit, ( 1 5), Off I-75 BY JACK BRENNAN The Cincinnati Enquirer Sam Wyche doesn't want to give the wrong impression about the type of show the Bengals are planning for national television Monday night. The Bengals coach issued an addendum Thursday to his comments last weekend that the 0-6 Bengals will be "fun to watch." "That comment does not reflect a helter-skelter season or a frivolous approach to the game at all," Wyche said. "That comment was basically to our fans, to say the fact we're not having a good year record-wise is not going to affect the game you're going to see on the field. We'll be fun to watch because we'll be well-prepared and give it everything with no corners cut. "We're not going to be big on tricks, not in the meat of this game. We haven't given this thing up yet. I don't expect anybody to put much credence in it except the coach, but there could just be a Cinderella story still lurking out here." TEN MORE YEARS?: Wyche reiterated his stance that he would graciously accept his firing should Mike Brown decide that is best for the team. But he noted that Brown is a "real football man, unlike some owners," and said: "I don't think Mike reads the scoreboard like is the case in some cities. The scoreboard doesn't always reflect the best course to take." Then, showing a sense of humor that was missing two weeks ago, he added: fallen to 23rd in this week's NFL passing ratings with a computer score of 61.4. But Wyche defended the overall performance of Esiason, who led the AFC in passing in 1988 and 1989. "Boomer is a better quarterback than he's showing this year," Wyche said. "But I told the media up there (in Buffalo), 'Don't take this guy lightly because he's got a low rating right now. "The rating is based on passing, not based on quarterbacking, and there are two different descriptions there. You can come up with numbers and produce a grade on passing, but there's also a subjective grade you come up with that takes into account the leadership role, the audibles he calls, his command in the huddle and at the line of scrimmage, and just his charisma on the field. In all those categories, he still rates high in my book." MONDAY NIGHT WHAT?: Wyche ought to get a promotional fee from CBS, and don't look for him to be doing any Monday Night Football promos for ABC. Asked whether Monday night games are still something 'special," he said: "It used to have a certain glow about it, but now you're missing Murphy Brown and Northern Exposure ... I won't miss it (this Monday), though. I'll have it taped. Northern Exposure ... . that's a great show. I'm hoping for a cameo appearance." Wyche said that when he's home on Mondays, he watches the above programs and switches to Monday Night Football "during the commercials." "I think Mike will do the right thing. If that (firing) ever happens, and it very well could somewhere down the road, in eight or 10 years . . . just think what a big loss that would be to Cincinnati." NO GRUDGES, BUT: Wyche and Bills' coach Marv Levy said they respect one another and hold no grudges from the no-huddle controversy that preceded the 1988 AFC Championship, game. But Wyche also was firm in noting that he hasn't revised his views of that fiasco, which featured Commissioner Pete Rozelle's decision, at Levy's behest, to bar the Bengals from using their no-huddle. "I still think a major wrong was done, and it's a good thing we won that game, because there would have been a tremendous stink if we hadn't. "The commissioner buckled to the pressure that opponents would make a farce of the game (by faking injuries to stop the no-huddle). Marv threatened to do that . . . and the commissioner chose to shut down a legitimate football operation to prevent something illegal from being perpetrated. "As I've said before, that's like telling a grocery store owner he'll have to shut down because he might be robbed." NUMBERS MAY LIE: Boomer Esiason has Booth after booth of successful and affordable business investments that could turn your world around. Full-time and part-time business opportunities. Stop in any time between 11 AM - 5 PM To Exhibit Call 215-268-8690 R Business World Expo PLENTY OF FREE PARKING tggr n nom w umirtnct in trmmse am Business Opportunity txpos 111325 REED HARTMAN HIGHWAY CINCINNATI.OH 45241 Bills' Levy goes with flow No-huddle is just a system; the talent is what counts SANTA FE IM 1 nilBMlWiWKt I BY JIM MONTGOMERY The Cincinnati Enquirer At 63, Marv Levy has spent about two-thirds of his life involved in football, most of it on the conservative side of the game. At Coe College in Iowa, opening up the offense meant the double wing instead of the single wing. As head coach at New Mexico State and William & Mary, Even the winged-T, if properly executed, will gain yards, then? "I think it's just good players doing something they feel good with, under the same coaching staff over a period of time, that's helped," Levy said. "We try not to mix it up too much," said Bills quarterback Jim Kelly. "It's physical talent against physical talent." fj. Al V gBgwg 1991 Close Out Santa Fe . AutoForm . Starcraft Explorer OVER 50 Vans in Stock for immediate delivery. Levy deployed his teams in the spht-T. National Football League opponents had to look up defenses for the winged-T when Levy coached Kansas City a decade ago. This year, his Buffalo Bills lead the league in yards gained and rank second in points scored with an offense that looks flashy but really is basic. The Bills don't huddle between plays. That's as flashy as it gets. "I really don't think systems make all that much difference along the way," Levy said Thursday by telephone. "How your players Buffalo has so much physical talent that losses come almost as a surprise. The most recent Super Bowl was one such instance. So was a 33-6 stunner two weeks ago at Kansas City in which the Bills could score only a pair of field goals. A large share of Buffalo's talent is on the defensive side of the football, where four Bills went Pro Bowling after last season. This year, injuries have hit. Buffalo's defense ranks 25th in the league overall and trails Cincinnati at stopping the run. The chief absentee: all-pro defensive end m . 111 4T I I I I l K. &0ttr 'if Full Size Safari w Marv Levy LIST TERRY DISCOUNT $23,134.00 5,139.00 1,000.00 LIST $28,730.00 TERRY DISCOUNT 7,830.00 GM REBATE 1,000.00 GM REBATE Sale Price $16,995 Sale Price $19,900 Rain or Shine. ..Area's Largest Indoor Shouroom! 350 V8, 10" Color TV, VCR, Rear Air & Heat. LOADED! play is what counts. Not bothering to huddle gets extra attention this week because the Bills are preparing for Cincinnati, which developed the tactic a few years ago and still uses it, if not as effectively as in years past. To Levy's way of thinking, what happens after the ball is snapped matters more than the huddle. The Bills' offense actually is simpler since shifting full time into hurry-up mode. "Absolutely," he said. "In our offense, this is one of the features, like a byproduct, not necessarily in the blueprint. We give a relatively small package for the quarterback to call. We find we're probably running far fewer plays, or different variety of plays, than we had before." Bruce Smith. He's played only one game and is on injured reserve with a knee that hasn't responded to offseason surgery. Five of Buffalo's front seven on defense have missed time with injuries, Levy said. But Smith is missed the most. "A player like Bruce in the lineup, you don't just have the value of how good he is. The players around him become better players," Levy said. "If he's putting a certain type of pressure on and they have to use more players to cope with him, then other players get opportunities. Or if Bruce flushes a guy to the other side and we've got a pass rusher coming there, he becomes more effective. A really outstanding player, I think, is valuable beyond just his own abilities." TERRU Oldsmobile GMC Trucks V COUKTtl tit' kllMtal 1 0300 Spnngfie'd PiKe-Route 4 & Route 1 25 Onemiiesouthof TrvCounty Mai: 771-6888 Formerly Gruenmger's Bears strangle Packers, 10-0 r I it Ma Thanks to the Easy Starter Kit from Stihl, your home life just improved. For one low price of $499-85, you'll get three powerful tools for cutting tough, time-consumine chores down to size: Stihl's FS 36 trimmer, the 09L chain saw. and the BG 61 hand-held blower. 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The Packers, who had 138 yards total offense and made just five first downs, fell to 1-6 with their fourth straight loss and 11th in 12 games dating back to last season. Don Majkowski, in one the worst performances of his career, completed only three of 16 passes for 32 yards before he was replaced by former Bear Mike Tomczak in the fourth quarter. The Packers' deepest drive all night only reached the Chicago 43. Humphrey reports DENVER Running back Bobby Humphrey reported to the Denver Broncos on Thursday, ending a sometimes-acrimonious 97-day holdout. Humphrey, a 1,000-yard rusher the past two seasons, walked out on the first day of training camp in July, demanding renegotiation of his four-year contract, which had two years remaining and which was to have paid him $315,000 this year. FREER I Rnv flip SHhl Racu Rtartpr Kit anH opt all tWa H Broncos owner Pat Bowlen said he made no concessions, that Humphrey "has a contract for this season." But he could discuss altering the contract with Humphrey at the end of the season and might be willing to suspend the $120,000 in fines Humphrey has accrued. Players file suit WASHINGTON A class action antitrust suit on behalf of NFL players who claim they were restricted by the first-refusal compensation system was filed against the league in federal court. Named as members of the suit were all veteran players whose contracts expired as of Feb. 1, 1989 and were subjected to the compensation system unilaterally imposed by NFL clubs that year. Mack out indefinitely BEREA, Ohio Cleveland Browns coach Bill Belichick said that fullback Kevin Mack has a sprained hip, and no one is certain when the team's leading rusher will be able to play again. The Browns play the Chargers in San Diego on Sunday and face the Bengals Nov. 3. McNeil injures knee HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. 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But to know Woods a little is to know the tough veneer isn't his only side. And his public attitude since Sept. 1 has been nothing short of a coach's dream. First, Woods was hit with a four-week injured reserve stint when he felt he was already fit to play. Then, he faced two more even worse weeks of being eligible for activation but ignored. Sure, Woods registered some mild disgust when interviewers called, mainly over getting little or no feedback on his status. But he never tried to make his problem seem bigger than the team's. "I got a little frustrated because I felt I was ready to play," Woods said this week, summing up his time in limbo. "But in their eyes I wasn't ready, so I had to take it from there. "I felt I was ready and I had no indications from them of their reasons, but I don't question those reasons. I'm a player, they're management, and I do what I'm told." Sarcasm could perhaps be inferred in that last sentence, but Woods delivered it with no trace of that. Woods has been ProServ-per-fect as well in his response to questions about his famous Shuffle. Might he do it Monday night in Buffalo, fine or no fine? "Oooooohhhh ..." Woods responded, obviously pleased but cautious. "We'll just have to wait and see. I don't want to say I will and then not even get into the end zone. "Just wait and see. I'm not going out there to do the Ickey Shuffle. I'm trying to help the team win one." Maybe something will work out for the Bengals on Monday night. Maybe Woods will prove that his practice performance like a lot of practice performances was misleading. "He's played big-time football before; he's been under the lights," says running backs coach Jim Anderson. "Now we'll see how he responds to being there again." Maybe the Bengals will beat the Bills, with Woods scoring a couple of touchdowns. If so, he shouldn't be the only one to do the Shuffle. That's right, Mike Brown. 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