The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 1, 1997 · Page 24
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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1. 1997 PRO FOOTBALL THE SALINA JOURNAL The envelope please... season's first-quarter awards By DAVE GOLDBERG The Associated Press The highlight of the first quarter of the NFL season? Easy. Field-goal attempts, particularly on Monday night. The stars? Just look at the winning teams. So, a few premature awards: MVP — If you think this award belongs to quarterbacks (and it usually does), then it's a tossup between Drew Bledsoe and John Elway. Make it Bledsoe —12 TD passes in four games is a pace that Chargers' Seau signs extension From Wire Reports SAN DIEGO — San Diego Chargers All-Pro linebacker Junior Seau signed a multiyear contract extension that keeps him under contract through the 2002 season. Financial terms of the contract weren't disclosed, however ESPN reports that it's worth $27.1 million over six seasons; including this year. Seau's original contract was set to expire following the 1998 season. "This goes a long way to assure that Junior will always be a member of the San Diego Chargers," said General Manager Bobby Beathard. "He's the cornerstone of our team." Governor critical of Oilers NASHVILLE, Tenn.— The Oil- ers have faced empty seats and alienated fans in their first three months in Tennessee. Now count the governor among their critics. Gov. Don Sundquist thinks the team bungled its relocation, needs to change its name and generally get its act together. "They absolutely botched it," Sundquist said in the Kingsport Times-News on Tuesday. "I don't know if it's a (public relations) disaster, but I think it is clear they have not done a good job." His comments surprised the Oil- ers. Coach Jeff Fisher gave Sundquist a game ball from their first regular-season game in Tennessee for his part in their relocation from Houston. And Sundquist helped convince state lawmakers to pitch in $55 million for the team's new Nashville stadium, scheduled to open in 1999. "We regret that the governor holds that view, and we certainly acknowledge that we have a lot of work to do in the future," said Don MacLachlan, the Oilers' executive vice president for ticketing, broadcasting and marketing. Nashville Mayor Phil Bredesen, who brokered the city's $149 million contribution to the stadium deal, agreed with Sundquist about the Oilers' mistakes. He has even talked with NFL commissioner ; Paul Tagliabue about some of the team's problems, though he declined to provide details. Panthers' Collins struggles CHARLOTTE, N.C.— The status of beleaguered quarterback Kerry Collins tops a list of questions facing the Carolina Panthers, who have gone from one of the NFL's best teams to one of its worst in a matter of months. Coach Dom Capers on Tuesday refused to rule out the possibility of benching Collins, who has nine turnovers in two games. "We'll continue to take a look at what we think the best solutions are for our team at this point in time," Capers said. Collins threw three interceptions and lost one fumble in Carolina's 34-21 loss to San Francisco on Monday night. Eight days earlier, Collins was picked off four times and lost one fumble, contributing to three touchdowns by Kansas City in the Chiefs' 35-14 victory. Carolina (2-3) has a bye this week, and Capers said any decision about whether to use Collins or replace him with Steve Beuerlein likely would come before the Panthers return to practice next week for their Oct. 12 game at Minnesota. Collins, the Panthers' first-ever draft choice in 1995, missed most of training camp this year and Carolina's first two regular season games with a broken jaw. Since returning to the lineup Sept. 14 in a victory against San Diego, he has been intercepted eight times and thrown for four touchdowns. Collins told reporters after Monday night's loss that his confidence was reeling. "If that's the case, I have to take some of that responsibility," Capers said, "because I'm the guy that brought him back when we brought him back — and that was pretty quick." I would tie Dan Marino's mark of 48. Brett Favre? He's playing more like Brett Favre, the loose cannon of 1992-94 than the MVP the past two seasons. OFFENSIVE PLAYER — If New England gets one for Bledsoe give this to Denver's Terrell Davis over the Patriots' Curtis Martin. Honorable mention: Mike Alstott, Tampa Bay (winning teams, you know), not for his running and catching but for his blocking. Honorable mention II: Terry Allen, Washington, with the proviso that he carried 36 times on Sunday and last year got tired in the second half. Also: Brad Johnson, Minnesota. DEFENSIVE PLAYER — Stop looking at sack and interception totals. How many sacks are caused when one guy chases a quarterback into the arms of someone else standing there? How many interceptions are tipped to a player. And how many guys who have a lot of them get beaten often? That said, the winner is Darren Woodson, Dallas. He makes up for the team's lack of experience at linebacker by playing linebacker and safety. And who's carrying the Cowboys? Not an offense that can't score touchdowns. Honorable mention: Warren Sapp, Tampa Bay; Ken Norton, San Francisco; Michael Strahan, New York Giants. COACH OF THE QUARTER: Tony Dungy, Tampa Bay. Anyone want to argue, Tuna? Runners-up: Bill Parcells, New York Jets, who's tripled a whole year's wins in one month; Marty Schottenheimer, Kansas City, who's never had a losing season; Ted Marchibroda, Baltimore (age discrimination in Indy didn't work); and Norv Turner, Washington, a quiet coach who's quietly built a contender. And Dick Vermeil, St. Louis. Without Isaac Bruce, he's won the games that are winnable (the Saints and Giants). OFFENSIVE ROOKIE: Warrick Dunn, Tampa Bay. No argument, although Reidel Anthony, his fellow first-rounder with the Bucs, isn't bad either. Antowain Smith, Buffalo is coming on fast and so is Freddie Jones, San Diego's rookie TE. Keep an eye on Byron Hanspard, RB Atlanta and WR-KR Will Blackwell, Pittsburgh. DEFENSIVE ROOKIE: LB Derrick Rodgers, Miami"s second third-round choice over DE Jason Taylor, their first in that round. Others: LB Peter Boulware, Baltimore, who may win it — he's just getting started because of a holdout. Plus LB Jamie Sharper, Boul: ware's Baltimore bookend; CB Tom Knight, Arizona; DL Darrell Russell Oakland; Dexter Coakley, Dallas, and Derek Smith, Washington (third-round LBs); and S Sam Games, Giants, a sixth-rounder. Prices Good ThruOctober 5 fftffSfff OAK UTILITY CABINET 18"X24". Ready to finish. OUC ooo Unfinished OAK Cabinet TRUCKLOAP SALE! OAK VANITIES UNFINISHED 18x16. ... 24X18....50 00 30x18....63°° 36x1 8.... 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