Jaime Diaz's article on Sidney Moncrief, He's Good All Over (Oct. 28), was exceptional, but long overdue. Moncrief has been one of the very best guards in the NBA for years. Still, Diaz captured the true colors of Moncrief beautifully. He is a class athlete and a class person.
I take exception to Jill Lieber's Oct. 21 EXTRA POINTS item naming the University of Tennessee as the premier producer of NFL wide receivers. Granted, Stanley Morgan and Willie Gault are showstoppers, but where do you go from there? I submit for your NFL player-personnel wizards' reconsideration: Cris Collinsworth, Wes Chandler, Tyrone Young, Nat Moore and Derrick Gaffney, all former Florida Gators. All good receivers. And don't forget James Jones of the Lions, a fullback who led the team in '84 with 77 catches (fourth in receiving in the NFC). Combined, these players pulled in 284 balls for more than 3,800 yards last year.
WAYNE F. SEBESTA
Orange Park, Fla.
Those NFL personnel men who said that Tennessee is the best college at producing receivers ought to take a look at Florida State. In the last three years FSU has produced Weegie Thompson (Steelers), Dennis McKinnon (Bears), Jessie Hester (Raiders) and tight end Zeke Mowatt (Giants). And there are more on the way, led by Hassan Jones.
EXTRA POINTS notes the colleges that best prepare football players for the NFL; however, there is no mention of which school best prepares kickers. The answer to that question, I believe, lies at the bottom of the same page, where Lieber lists the top 10 most accurate active field-goal kickers. Three of them—Mick Luckhurst (No. 2), Jim Breech (No. 4) and Ray Wersching (No. 8)—are from the University of California.
RATING THE PASSER
In the article Coming On Strong—And Smart (Oct. 14), Paul Zimmerman listed Dan Marino's statistics for the game and stated that according to the NFL's rating formula, he wound up with a grade of 57.36.1 often see this grade used to rate quarterbacks, but I have never seen the formula that is used to get it. I would like to know just what the formula is and how it was arrived at.
DOUGLAS R. MINSHELL
?The grade, which pertains only to a quarterback's passing performance, is based on a set of four tables of numbers—ranging from 0 to 2.375—that were predetermined by the NFL to correspond with a quarterback's percentages (or average) in four key categories: pass completions, touchdown passes, interceptions and yards gained per pass. In order to determine a quarterback's grade, statisticians must first figure his completion percentage by dividing his completed passes by his total passes. They must then refer to the appropriate table to find the number assigned to that percentage. For example, 30% or fewer completions rate 0.000, while 77.5% or more earn the passer 2.375 points. The same procedure must be followed three more times—taking the quarterback's touchdown percentage (Total Touchdown Passes � Total Passes), his interception percentage (Total Interceptions Thrown � Total Passes) and his average yards per pass (Total Yards Gained Passing � Total Passes) and matching them to the tables. In each of these categories, the ratings again range from zero points (for no touchdowns, 9.5% or more interceptions or an average of three yards per pass or less) to 2.375 points (for 11.9% touchdowns or better, no interceptions or 12.5 yards or more per pass). The rating points for the four categories are then added and the sum converted to a scale of 100, where 6.000 equals 100 and 4.000 is considered average (Total Rating Points � .06). The result is the quarterback's grade, which, theoretically, can range all the way up to 158.3. According to Steve Hirdt of the Elias Sports Bureau, which handles the NFL's statistics, last season Marino had about as good a performance as a quarterback can have, and his final grade was 108.9. A grade of 100 is considered excellent. Marino's 57.36 for the Steeler game would be considered below average (the theoretical average is 66.7). Unfortunately, the NFL tables, which were formulated after a study was made of all NFL passing performances dating back to 1960, are too lengthy for us to reproduce here.—ED.
Anyone who has followed baseball this season should know who Vince Coleman is. However, it seems Coleman has given us and his opponents a clue to his identity, just in case. From the picture on page 46 of your Oct. 21 issue (Surrender Just Wasn't In The Cards) it appears that Vince's initials are on his right arm for Dodger first baseman Greg Brock to see. Was SI just trying to send us a subliminal message, or has Coleman actually had his initials tattooed on his right arm?
BROOKE C. ASBELL
? Coleman's arm is tattooed.—ED.