Buffalo, under new head coach Dick Jauron, is adopting a defensive style similar to Indy's, opting for lighter, faster players who can excel at attacking gaps.
Montana hails Unitas as the best: Despite his four Super Bowl victories, former 49ers quarterback Joe Montana points to the Colts' Johnny Unitas as the best quarterback of all time. "I tried to model a lot of myself after him, but I don't think any-one ever played the position better," Montana recently told The Sun News. Montana pointed out that even though some of Unitas' career numbers may not be as staggering as those of some of the quarterbacks who have played since his era - including Montana's - Unitas amassed his numbers and excellence during a time where quarterbacks faced tougher challenges. "The numbers aren't close, but [defenders] could tackle wide receivers back then," he said. "Now they throw a flag [for pass interference] before the ball's even in the air. The rules and styles make it a different game."
Straight talk: Edgerrin James has already established the kind of rapport with his teammates in Arizona where he can playfully jab them into stepping up their game. The former Colts running back has been clear that he plans to be a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame when his playing days are over. So he told the media that he's been talking to his new offensive line about their responsibility this season. "They don't need to f-- up my Hall of Fame," he said.
James also told The Sporting News that one of his main criteria in looking at new teams was a healthy passing game so that he could enjoy the same balanced attack that he enjoyed in Indy. And Arizona sensed that, making quarterback Kurt Warner and wide receivers Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald part of his welcoming committee when James visited the Cardinals during the offseason. "I wasn't going anywhere unless they had two receivers the defense had to respect. If they didn't have Q and Fitz, I am not here, no matter the money," he said.
Faulk will have surgery: Former Colts running back Marshall Faulk will have knee surgery next week, likely ending any chance of him playing for the Rams in 2006. The St. Louis Dispatch is reporting that following surgery to both knees during the offseason, one knee hasn't responded well and has limited him from making cuts without experiencing swelling afterwards.