Bob Gagliano, the former Utah State quarterback and 12th-round draft choice, has been cut eight times by five National Football League teams. He's played for five NFL teams and five U.S. Football League teams. He's mainly been a relief pitcher.
He added to his legacy as a bullpen artist Sunday, getting the start because Rodney Peete had a strained hamstring, and pulling off a come-from-behind victory over the Minnesota Vikings, 34-27.Gagliano was the only Detroit QB with a winning record as a starter in the 1980s, according to Associated Press, and now he's 1-0 in the '90s.
An AP columnist guesses Gagliano's success has been because he's accepted his role. "You can whine and cry about it and hurt what's going on around you," he said, "or you can make the most of it, be supportive . . . and not cry about things or stir up a lot of problems."
Sunday Gagliano threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns to bring the Lions back from a 20-10 deficit. He was the Lions' second-leading rusher with 11 carries for 22 yards. He set up Detroit's first touchdown, a 22-yard pass from Gagliano to Barry Sanders, with a 44-yard pass. He set up a third-quarter TD pass by throwing a 31-yard pass on second and 11 and running 9 yards on second-and-10 to keep the drive moving. A 29-yard pass was instrumental in Detroit's third TD drive, a 16-yard pass from Gagliano to take a 27-20 lead, and he threw a 21-yard pass to set up a Sanders rushing TD.
His play as a backup has stirred a quarterback controversy in Detroit again, though Gagliano told "USA Today," "I'm actually getting sick of the whole thing, and I know Rodney is, too."
Coach Wayne Fontes continues to back Peete. "Rodney has better skills," he told "USA Today." He added, "The guy with the best touch (Andre Ware) is waiting his turn on the bench. Gagliano made the plays when he had to."
Former BYU quarterback Steve Young had a near-disaster in his one-play relief of a roughed-up Joe Montana Sunday in the 49ers' win 24-21 in Houston. Young fumbled the snap, and the Oilers recovered, but the play was ruled dead because Houston had called timeout. Montana returned the next play and threw the winning touchdown pass to John Taylor, who withstood a high tackle by Oiler Cris Dishman and scampered into the end zone.
Montana, in fact, burned Dishman three times with three TD passes past him, two to Taylor. Dishman broke into the Oiler lineup this season at cornerback, partly because of the holdout by former Utah Stater Patrick Allen, who signed the week the season started. Allen said the Oilers expected Taylor to come back well from injury and that the coaches even made a special film of him to help Houston prepare for him.
In that game, another ex-Aggie, Al Smith, made eight tackles and five assists; ex-Weber player Darryl Pollard had four takcles for San Francisco.
Marc Wilson's getting heat in New England, where the Patriots not only can't win but can't score, either. Even though he was 20-for-33 passing for 227 yards and a touchdown Sunday in a 33-20 home loss to Seattle, Wilson was criticized by the Eastern press for helping telegraph a pass attempt to Irving Fryar that was intercepted by Seattle's Dwayne Harper at the 18-yard line. New England, at the time, was ahead 20-19 with about five minutes left. It was a second-and-eight situation from the Pat 43.
"That call surprised me," Fryar said to Jim Donaldson of the "Providence Journal." "We had the game under control. We have a lot of things we can run to pick up eight yards. We didn't need to do that." Fryar was reportedly noticed licking his fingers at the scrimmage line, an act interpreted by the Seahawks as a clue to where the pass would go.
Harper told Donaldson, "I saw Wilson when he first came out of the huddle. He took a look my way, and I knew that they were coming my way. I just judged the ball well and came down with it."
"I was throwing the ball deep into the wind," Wilson told Donaldson. "I threw it as best I could, but it hung up in the wind, and they came down with it. Obviously, that wasn't what I intended."
Wilson told Mark Blaudschun of the "Boston Globe" that he wouldn't second guess the play. "If you win, you can say anything you want," he said. "If you lose, you had better shut your mouth."
Wilson had brought the Pats back from a 19-10 deficit with a 35-yard scoring pass to Hart Lee Dykes in the third quarter, and 21-yard and 19-yard Wilson passes in the fourth quarter set up a field goal that put the Pats up by one.
But the interception left him 0-7 over the last two years in games that he's started for New England.
Glen Kozlowski (BYU) returned to the Chicago Bears' lineup Sunday after four weeks on injured reserve (groin pull) and caught two passes worth 17 yards.