What are these fans getting for their two grand? A team hurt by a series of erratic drafts, the result of a system in which the coaches are told to keep hands off. Coach Gene Stallings has complained about the problem ever since he joined the club, but no one listens. Player personnel director George Boone's '88 draft has produced one impact player, fifth-rounder Tony Jordan, an O.J. Anderson clone who runs with power and speed. Typically, the running back drafted three rounds ahead of him. Tony Jeffrey, has been a bust.
Quarterback Neil Lomax is a good story. He looked burned out after getting sacked a total of 113 times during the 1985 and '86 seasons. He was trade bait. He responded with a Pro Bowl season in '87, passing for more yards than anyone else in the NFL. He has a good line in front of him and decent receivers, but the Cards are a defense away from making any kind of serious move.
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