BEST OFF-SEASON TRADE
The Rams, giving Kansas City a first-and a fifth-round draft choice to get All-Pro cornerback Gary Green, a solid man-to-man-coverage guy. Just ask the Raiders how nice it is to get an All-Pro cornerback, no matter what the cost. Mike Haynes locked up a Super Bowl for them last season.
The Jets, sending quarterback Richard Todd to New Or leans for a No. 1, thereby leaving themselves with one QB, Pat Ryan, who has never started an NFL game and a projected starter, Ken O'Brien, who didn't play a down last season as a rookie. Maybe they've got a deal for a veteran on the back burner. If not, this doesn't make sense.
The 49ers, dealing for Louie Kelcher and Manu Tuiasosopo, trying to fill up the gaping hole in their middle caused by noseguard Pete Kugler's departure to the USFL's Philly Stars. Kugler was really coming on at the end of last year. How could they let him slip away? For shame! Kelcher, as everyone predicted, retired before the first ball was snapped.
THE NEBRASKA MYSTERY, OR VARIOUS SCOUTS' EXPLANATIONS OF WHY NEBRASKA GRADS DON'T MAKE GREAT PROS
In the last 14 years only three players from Nebraska, the leading collegiate football power in that stretch, have made the Pro Bowl-Andra Franklin, Junior Miller and John Dutton. Why?
1) The intense five-year weight program there burns them out.
2) Nothing they do in the pros is as important, emotionally, as those Nebraska years.
3) They are overachievers, not great athletes, fitted into the perfect system and overrated by scouts due to the program's success.
FOR STATISTICS NUTS ONLY
Why rate the passers on an efficiency grade system, and then rate the teams' passing attacks only by aggregate totals? The reason is that it would take the stats people too long to tally up each team's grade, based on the efficiency formula, and for the teams you'd have to find a way to figure in sacks. O.K., I did it for the 28 NFL teams last year. Using the formula for rating individual passers, and using net yards (gross yards minus sack yardage) in place of total passing yards, I got the following changes in the rankings: San Diego and Green Bay, which ranked 1-2 in pass offense, are replaced by Washington and San Francisco. Remember, this system rates efficiency, not just gross yardage.