The Sept. 13 Pro Football Issue was a treat. I enjoyed your innovative approach comparing quarterbacks, middle linebackers, offenses and defenses within each division. We all know that Minnesota, Los Angeles, Oakland, Pittsburgh, etc. are the best teams and that the Jets, San Diego and the expansionists will probably be the worst, but your unusual method showed us why.
DONALD E. PORTER
I feel that your Pro Football Issue format left a lot to be desired.
EYVEST J. JAMES JR.
My hat is off to Joe Marshall, who in analyzing the Eastern Division races was not intimidated by others who picked Dallas and Miami. He chose as winners two teams that could well face each other in Super Bowl XI: Baltimore and St. Louis.
Concerning Mark Donovan's scouting report on the NFC Central, the Detroit Lions are a better team than you think.
PAUL F. NORRIS
Regarding Ron Reid's analysis, I can't believe that San Francisco and those other Southern teams have improved enough to push Atlanta out in the NFC West.
Dan Jenkins suggests (Cracking the Language Barrier, Sept. 13) that ABC-TV should be up for a community-service award for keeping Cleveland, Detroit, Green Bay, New Orleans, Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Seattle, Chicago and the New York Giants off Monday Night Football. It seems to me that the only good games last season were played by those so-called losers (e.g., Giants 17, Bills 14).
Mount Holly, N.J.
How could Dan Jenkins put Lou Saban on his list of "eight certified, guaranteed NFL head coaches," and leave out Chuck Knox of the Rams?
CHEERS FOR GRANT
I beg to differ with Robert F. Jones' description of Minnesota Viking Coach Bud Grant as "the least loved, the least extolled and the most underrated" of all NFL coaches (Getting Away from the Boo Birds, Sept. 13). As his otherwise excellent article points out, Grant is a many-dimensioned man, intelligent and sensitive, whose roots run deep here in the upper Midwest. My feeling is that fans in this region respect him for his quiet competence and consider him one of their own. Whether or not love enters into the equation is a moot point.
As for Jones' assertion that local fans boo Grant during the playoffs—nonsense!
MARK H. REED
We in Canada are very proud of our Canadian Football League where the game is just that—a game. We do not suffer from "win at any cost" philosophies, college recruiting, endorsements, etc. Anthony Davis (Running Through a Storm, Aug. 30) is a good football player, but not as good as his agent thinks he is. In a recent game A.D. carried the ball eight times for 11 yards. One on one, he could not even beat the Canadian defensive backs, who "play football about as well as the Americans play hockey." Davis may achieve the excellence of Leo Lewis, but never will he be another George Reed.