Kelcher, San Diego's 280-pound defensive tackle, clears his throat.
KELCHER: Why, it
would plumb wear me out, that's what would happen. Lawd, Lawd, I hate to even
think of it. You'd never catch your breath.
Al Davis, Oakland
owner: It would be racehorse football. Not a bad idea, really. Everything would
happen so fast, the defense wouldn't be able to get their calls from the
sidelines. If the other teams knew you had racehorse football in your plan, it
would force them to practice against it during the week. Of course, it would
take a lot of courage to use it in a game. Bill Walsh tried it with the 49ers
last year, but you've got to have the people to make it go.
Bill Walsh, San
Francisco coach: We'll probably do a little of it again this year, but you have
to be careful with something like this. An offense can run itself out of steam
Marv Levy, Kansas
City coach: I've done it in college, but not here. You just can't duplicate a
two-minute situation when you're in the middle of a game. In a real two-minute
offense, you're not as worried about an interception. You'll take a chance.
Also, at the end of a game you're in a four-down situation, not a three-down;
you're not going to punt on fourth down in the last two minutes. It's tough to
run a two-minute drill when you have only three downs to work with. You can run
out of downs awfully quick.
FAN: O.K., I get
the picture, but I don't buy it one bit. I think if you can force the defense
into a three-man rush, a prevent situation, early in the game, you're
Washington quarterback: As a quarterback, I'd love to play against pure prevent
all the time because it's easier to throw into.
FAN: Hold it.
Let's define what we mean. I know that when a team goes with three or four wide
receivers, the defense has to bring in an extra defensive back or two to cover
them. What I'm talking about is teams rushing only three men—against five
blockers—and giving the quarterback all that time.
Pittsburgh quarterback: If I have time to throw, I know I should complete the
pass, no matter how many people are back there.
New York Giants defensive end: Joe and Terry are dead right. Dallas beat us in
the last few minutes last year because we rushed only three and gave Staubach
time. God, I hate that three-man rush. You're just spinning your wheels.