Most of these quarterbacks have had too high expectations placed
on them. If they fall short, then they're no good.
BRIAN TILLEY, Buffalo Grove, Ill.
Peter King's article analyzing the disappointing performances of
young quarterbacks in the NFL was insightful (Delay of Game,
Oct. 14), but one aspect of the piece warrants further
discussion: impatience of young signal-callers. If a team
invests millions in a young arm, it should be prepared to wait
three to five years for that investment to pay off.
The Dallas Cowboys' Troy Aikman is a prime example. When he was
drafted out of UCLA in '89, Aikman had all the tools to be an
NFL quarterback, yet he suffered through a 1-15 season in his
rookie year--the one win coming with Steve Walsh at the helm
because Aikman was injured. But the Cowboys stuck with Aikman
and allowed him and the team to grow up together. The result was
three Super Bowl wins in four years.
PATRICK A. MORAN, Tucson
November 11, 1996
In the article about the problems experienced by six
quarterbacks who were high draft choices, there is no mention of
how many of the six made themselves eligible for the draft
early. There is probably no substitute for another year or two
of experience in college football before entering the more
complex and demanding NFL.
RORY FORAN, Glen Burnie, Md.
--David Klingler and Rick Mirer finished college. Drew Bledsoe,
Dave Brown, Trent Dilfer and Heath Shuler were chosen after
their junior years.--ED.
For St. Louis Rams assistant head coach Johnny Roland to
suggest, in your article about running back Lawrence Phillips
(The Face of Uncertainty, Oct. 7), that Phillips "harassed"
someone when he assaulted a woman is disturbing. Perhaps Roland
should visit Phillips's victim, Katherine McEwen, and find out
what it feels and looks like to be "harassed."
KELLY D. ANDERSON, Lawrence, Kans.
I loved your article on the changing of the guard among NHL
defensemen (Rough and Ready, Oct. 7). However, you were remiss
in not mentioning the youngster who may be the best of the new
crop, Kyle McLaren of the Boston Bruins.
ERIC ROGERSON, Canton, Mass.
The photograph of the Cardinals' Brian Jordan on the contents
page of the Oct. 21 issue brought to mind a similar picture that
Walter Iooss Jr. took in 1973 of Bob Gibson completing his
classic follow-through (right). In that picture the pitching
mound and Gibson are--like Jordan in your recent photo--bathed
in the sunlight coming through one of the arches atop Busch
DALTON SULLIVAN, Naples, Fla.
--The Gibson photograph appeared in Diamond Dreams, a collection
of 30 years of baseball pictures by Iooss published last year by
The contents page photo of Jordan was virtually identical to the
one we took of Tony Gwynn in Game 2 of the Cardinals-Padres
Division Series at Busch Stadium (left).
KEVIN and DAVID MCFARLAND, Millstadt, Ill.
--The McFarlands, twins, baseball fans and amateur photographers,
took this shot with a 35-mm Pentax from their loge seats near
the rightfield foul pole.--ED.