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Oates Also Had a Big Turnaround

February 13, 1988

Equally as incredible as the scoring turnaround in Super Bowl XXII was Bob Oates' turnaround in his appraisal of the Redskins as a worthy team. Before the game, the Redskins were "the fifth-best team in the league this season, if that." After the game, "they were the most lethal all-around football team since the Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970s."

How are the four teams better? Because they have a great talent such as a John Elway or a Jerry Rice? Why have sportswriters become so hyped up with individual talents, while overlooking the management's and coaches' varied combinations of players and strategies that is the true team concept.

SEAN CULLEN

Glendale

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