Nelsen, a cocky, positive man whose career has been interrupted by knee operations more often than Joe Namath's, is a master at reading defenses and calling the appropriate audible. "He's also good at completing our pattern passes," Skorich said. "He gets the ball to the right man at the right time, just when the defense gives him the opening."
He completed only six passes against Denver, but it was not a typical performance. At any rate, Skorich now has a secret weapon. He is of Eastern European descent, too, and it should not be hard for him to get the recipe for city chicken, stuffed cabbage and kielbassa, although it's doubtful he'll get it from Kaminski's parents.