Bob Dilweg stayed home from work yesterday, eating warm soup. His throat was sore before he went to Green Bay to watch son Anthony make his first NFL start Sunday. After Anthony threw for 248 yards and three touchdowns in the Packers' 36-24 victory over the Los Angeles Rams, Bob Dilweg could barely talk.
"The yelling didn't help my throat," the elder Dilweg whispered over the phone yesterday from his Bethesda home. "But I don't think I can put into words what that game meant to all of us. I told Anthony, 'You made all of our dreams come true.' "
Bob Dilweg made a decision eight years ago that led to Sunday's event, which brought Anthony NFC offensive player of the week honors. Anthony never had played as a quarterback in high school, but was going to start as a senior at Whitman. However, in a preseason scrimmage, he suffered a severe knee injury.
Bob decided to allow Anthony to petition the Montgomery school system to have a medical redshirt year. The rare petition was granted, Anthony became the All-Met quarterback as a fifth-year senior and earned a scholarship to Duke.
"I have never regretted that decision," said Bob Dilweg. "It gave Anthony a chance to get a scholarship to a good university."
Despite Sunday's performance, Dilweg could be back on the bench if Coach Lindy Infante decides to go with Don Majkowski, who held out 45 days before signing. Infante would not commit to naming a starter for Sunday's game against Chicago.
"That's the coach's decision. My job is to make it tough for him," Anthony Dilweg said. "He's got to make that decision and I'll support it a hundred percent." More QB Stuff
Chargers Coach Dan Henning said he hasn't decided who will start Sunday against the Bengals, Mark Vlasic, who won the job with an impressive preseason, or Billy Joe Tolliver, who finished last year as the starter. Vlasic completed 17 of 31 passes for 137 yards in Sunday's 17-14 loss to the Cowboys. . . .
Jeff George of the Colts, the No. 1 pick in April's draft, said he woke up with a massive headache Monday after suffering a concussion, the result of a hit by Bills linebacker Cornelius Bennett.
But he said he expects to be back at practice today after tests showed no serious injury. "I just got a headache -- it comes with the territory," said George, who was 13 of 24 for 160 yards in the 26-10 loss. . . .
Raiders quarterback Jay Schroeder, who was nine of 18 for 118 yards and was sacked five times in a 14-9 win over Denver, will start again against Seattle. However, last year's No. 1, Steve Beuerlein, who signed last week, also may be in uniform. The Raiders have a two-week roster exemption for him.
Earth to Eagles
The Eagles are determined to spend a good deal of the week trying to patch up their special teams after Sunday night's 27-20 loss to the Giants.
They failed to catch three punts and had numerous blocking breakdowns. Special teams coach Al Roberts was particularly unhappy with the blocking of two young players, Steve Shaw and Ricky Kaufusi.
"The two guys covering kicks on the left side really hurt us," Roberts said. "I made some adjustments, but I didn't make them fast enough, or I didn't make them fast enough for those two guys, because they were in another world. And if a guy's not in the world you're in, all the adjustments in the world are not going to help.
"With them it was like, 'Earth to 94, Earth to 51.' And they weren't there."
Among those being brought in for special teams tryouts is Marvin Hargrove from the University of Richmond. Hargrove received a preseason look after stopping Coach Buddy Ryan in a parking lot and asking for a tryout. He was cut, but Ryan was impressed by the way Hargrove caught most balls punted his way. . . .
Also unhappy is Phoenix wide receiver J.T. Smith. Over the past three seasons, he has caught more passes (316) than any other player. In Sunday's 31-0 loss to Washington, he caught one for five yards.
"There's no use phasing me out when they can just get rid of me," Smith said Monday. "Sooner or later, they're going to have to come up and realize either they're going to use me or not use me." . . .
Ex-Redskin Timmy Smith, after a six-carry, six-yard rushing performance as a starter against the Chargers, has been waived by the Cowboys. Top pick Emmitt Smith, who missed all of camp as a holdout, will start at halfback this week against the Giants. He had only two yards in two carries against San Diego, but impressed with his blocking.
Dallas signed free agent running back Judd Garrett, son of Cowboys scout Jim Garrett, the former Columbia coach.
Since the NFL began playing a 16-game schedule in 1978, only 33 of 154 opening-day losers made the playoffs. Among Sunday's losers: the Vikings, Eagles, Broncos, Oilers and Rams, all playoff teams last season. . . .
During Sunday's broadcast of the Bears' 17-0 victory over the Seahawks, former 49ers coach turned NBC analyst Bill Walsh said Chicago 12-year defensive tackle Dan Hampton should have retired in the offseason following his 10th knee operation.
Playing in special situations, Hampton had 1 1/2 sacks Sunday, but said yesterday his wife had to help him dress Monday and Tuesday. However, he did not accept Walsh's comments kindly.
"He has an awfully high opinion of who he is," said Hampton. "The 49ers really missed him last year, huh?" . . .
Free safety Thomas Everett of the Steelers left on a stretcher with a lacerated forehead late in the second quarter after he was kicked while tackling Cleveland fullback Kevin Mack.
However, as he lay on the field, his condition caused much concern. Those who treated him said the injury appeared worse because Everett panicked when he saw the stream of blood coming down his face.
Close, and a Cigar
The Jets led the Bengals most of the way before ending up 25-20 losers in the debut of Coach Bruce Coslet, Cincinnati's former offensive coordinator. Overall, most of the Jets are pleased with the effort. Said veteran center Jim Sweeney, "It was the best game I ever lost."