4 No; 16 Yes; 15 Unknown/Maybe
Dave Goldberg has been covering the NFL for the Associated Press for a while and votes for the AP on the committee. It's hard to tell where he stands on Art Monk.
Los Angeles Times
September 1, 1991
Bills Seem to Be Alone at Top of NFL Class
The Redskins? Art Monk, Gary Clark and Ricky Sanders have been the best receiving trio in the NFL for the past five years. But the offense is still build around the offensive line as Joe Gibbs continues to re-create John Riggins with Earnest Byner and Gerald Riggs.
January 24, 1992
Bills, 'Skins have offensive threats
Ricky Sanders of the Washington Redskins, who has set some Super Bowl records himself, looks with awe at James Lofton and Art Monk.
"They're like my grandfathers," he says. "That's what they are. Grandpas."
The Redskins and Buffalo Bills enter Sunday's Super Bowl with super sets of receivers, none more so than the 34-year-old Monk and the 35-year-old Lofton.
Each is within a couple of games of two of Steve Largent's career receiving records. Each is flanked by a remarkably similar duo that threatens to make Sunday's game into a shootout.
Start with Lofton (Stanford) and Monk (Syracuse), the only two of the six to play Division I-A and the only two who were first-round draft choices. Monk, who has 801 career receptions, should pass Largent's 819 early next season, while Lofton is just 55 yards behind Largent's record of 13,089.
Continue with Andre Reed of the Bills and Gary Clark of the Redskins, two of the NFL's most dangerous over-the-middle threats and two of the best runners after a catch. Both went to small colleges (Reed to Kutztown State, Clark to James Madison). Both entered the league unheralded (Reed as a fourth-round draft pick in 1984 and Clark from the USFL). And both go to the Pro Bowl regularly.
"Not quite," Clark complains. "Andre goes to Hawaii every year. I just go once in a while."
And finish with two more small-college guys, Buffalo's Don Beebe (Chadron, Neb. State) and Washington's Sanders (Southwest Texas State). They're the speed guys.
Sanders is best known for his 80-yard reception in 1988 that started the Redskins' 35-point second quarter against Denver. He had 193 yards in that game, second only to Jerry Rice's 215 in the 1989 game.
Beebe, in his third season, had his coming out in the second game this year, when he caught 10 passes four for touchdowns, in a 52-34 victory over Pittsburgh.
Put all six together and they represent two of the best receiving trios in the league, approached only by Houston (Drew Hill, Haywood Jeffires, Ernest Givins) and Atlanta (Andre Rison, Michael Haynes, Mike Pritchard).
So Sunday's game has the potential to be high scoring, especially because both teams have running games that can control the ball.
"Both teams have a problem on defence," Washington head coach Joe Gibbs acknowledged yesterday as the players met with the media for the final time before the game.
"You have to decide if you defence the run or the pass. If you defence the run, both sides have three guys who can kill you."
There are differences.
Washington usually keeps seven, even eight players to protect quarterback Mark Rypien, then may flood a zone with Monk, Sanders and Clark.
Clark most often has a first-down play action target 15 or 20 yards over the middle. Sanders is a threat deep on the sideline, and Monk is the guy Rypien will find 11 yards down on the sideline when it's third and 10.
Running back Earnest Byner, who caught 34 passes, is the only other Washington receiver who's utilized regularly. Terry Orr, one of three tight ends, averaged 20.1 yards on 10 catches, four of them touchdowns.
The Bills, with their no-huddle offence, generally use the five offensive linemen to block and then throw to tight end Keith McKeller (44 catches) and running back Thurman Thomas (61 catches) as well as Reed (81), Lofton (57) and Beebe (32 in 11 games).
The Annapolis Capital
September 24, 2000
Doesn't get any easier for Skins
Daniel Snyder was booed Monday night when he walked on the field at halftime to help induct Joe Gibbs, Art Monk and Dexter Manley into the Redskins' Hall of Fame.
August 5, 2002
On the Road Again; Bills Fans Have More Hall Journeys Ahead
Joiner, the former Bills assistant coach, ended his career as the No. 1 pass catcher of all time but had to wait 10 years to get in. Art Monk was No. 1 in catches at the time of his retirement (in '95) but didn't make it the last two years he was up for election. Lofton has been up for election four times and made the final 15 twice.
"It's no shame to not get in the first year," said Len Shapiro of the Washington Post. "There are so many great players up each year. Lynn Swann had to wait 14 years. Sam Huff had to wait 12. George Allen had to wait 25."
"There are a lot of receivers with really good stats from that era," said voter Dave Goldberg of the Associated Press. "Andre's one of them, but I don't know if he separates himself from the others."
Nov. 21, 2004
Parcells, Gibbs should re-retire now; At 3-6, both teams tarnishing their coaches' reputations
Let’s not sugarcoat it: Bill Parcells and Joe Gibbs never should have returned to coaching and should get out as soon as they can to preserve their dignity and reputations.
Their teams, the Cowboys and Redskins, are embarrassments at 3-6 and aren’t getting better. All their coaches can do by staying is to tarnish their deserved place in football history.
Blame the owners, Jerry Jones and Daniel Snyder, who certainly have had a hand in the failures, messing things up long before Parcells and Gibbs got there. But also blame two of the three best coaches of the 1980s for failing to adjust well to the 21st century NFL, with free agency, a salary cap and a different breed of players.
Gibbs won Super Bowls with three different quarterbacks, none close to being a Hall of Famer (Joe Theismann, Doug Williams, Mark Rypien).
And with Beathard dealing constantly, the team had only two first-round choices during Gibbs’ tenure: Mark May and Darrell Green. Art Monk was taken in 1980, the year before Gibbs got there. May and Russ Grimm, a third-rounder, were the only high picks on the offensive line (“The Hogs”) that formed the heart of the team.