REPORT CARD / T.J. SIMERS : So This Wasn’t Exactly the SAT, But . . .
You watch Tolliver trying to hit his receivers, and you wonder if they’ve blindfolded him in the huddle. Every so often, he even pins the tail on the . . .
A RUNNING BACKS
He may change. He may buy the big car, wear jewelry and hold out for big money, but for now Marion Butts is all-around good as you get in pro football.
Last year the Chargers found Butts in round seven; this year, it’s Nate Lewis. If Anthony Miller is any more wide open, he’s cited for loitering.
A+ OFFENSIVE LINE
Holy Eric Floyd. You stop to think that Butts ran for 1,000 yards behind these ugly lugs, and you’re telling me you don’t believe in miracles?
B DEFENSIVE LINE
You’d be better off having the IRS coming after you than having Leslie O’Neal on you. Was that Burt Grossman being credited with O’Neal’s sack?
Imagine asking Larry Sacknoff to do sports without teleprompter. Impossible. Billy Ray Smith plays with one healthy arm, and still forces a fumble. Amazing.
C DEFENSIVE BACKS
Sam Seale on Al Toon: What do you expect when Spud Webb is asked to guard David Robinson? Whoever’s been on Donald Frank’s case should please apologize.
B+ SPECIAL TEAMS
Jets would have gotten farther on a midnight subway ride in New York than trying to return a kickoff. Six returns result in average gain of 13 yards.
The Chargers’ petition to the league to play the Jets three more times instead of the Broncos, Chiefs and Raiders will no doubt be rejected.