Sid Gillman, the assistant coach of the Philadelphia Eagles who made quite a name for himself by knowing how football should be played, reaffirmed today that he thinks Ron Jaworski is the best quarterback in the National Football League.
After the Eagles' 35-3 wipeout of the New York Giants Monday night, Jaworski disclosed that Gillman had told him he was the best quarterback in the business.
Isn't that taking in a lot of territory? Gillman was asked.
"Yes," he replied, "I'm aware of that, and I'm aware that 'Jaws,' as they call Ron, has been quoted out of context in the past.
"But I am saying he is as good as any quarterback there is," Gillman went on. "I know Terry Bradshaw and the talent he has around him. And I know the talent Ron has in his Eagles' cast. I know the talent on all the teams in the NFL.
"Ron is aware of everything that is going on down the field.He is as bright as the brightest and he has talent and poise."
Why doesn't the public and media know that?
"I don't know and I don't care. What I mean is that I am not in the public relations business."
Was Gillman, who develops offensive formations and schools the quarterbacks for Coach Dick Vermeil, simply boosting Jaworski's confidence?
"Oh, no, I don't do that," he said. "Jaworski has the talent; what else is there? Why not be confident if you've got the talent? And nobody prepares a squad better than Dick Vermeil."
Gillman is beginning his second season with the Eagles.
He was a professional head coach for 18 years, most recently winning NFL coach of the year honors at Houston in 1974.He previously coached the Los Angeles Rams and San Diego Chargers.
He completed "only" 18 of 29 throws against the Giants for 240 yards and three touchdowns, and his percentage dropped to 67.5. And, on a night when the Eagles managed "only" 148 yards rushing, leading man Jaworski took them on touchdown drives of 62, 67, 80, 95 and 67 yards.
As a consequence, the Eagles now rank first in total offense and passing and second in rushing in the National Conference. Jaworski is No. 1 among quarterbacks in the whole league with a rating of 118.3; second best is Steve Grogan of the New England Patriots at 107.0.