Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bettis Fine-Tuning Holdout Payments

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bettis Fine-Tuning Holdout Payments

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Something good is coming out of the Jerome Bettis holdout. Under league rules, Bettis was fined $4,000 a day during his 14-day holdout at the start of training camp. That's a total of $56,000, which the Rams running back has decided to donate to charity.

"We're starting slow," Bettis said. "I've got some of it going to the United Way. I've got a little bit of it going to the group SAFE - they're trying to save children from violence in the schools, trying to get the guns and stuff out of there."

As the season progresses, Bettis said he will consider other non-profit and charity organizations.

"I'm not in a rush," Bettis said. "When the needs come, I'm going to put it out there."

Battle Of The Jets: Willie Shaw and Monte Kiffin both were on the defensive staff in Minnesota in 1992 and '93 when the Vikings put together the "Jet" defense, which features eight-man fronts, a "one-gap" scheme, and an attacking style. The Jet is currently in vogue around the National Football League.

Now defensive coordinators, they'll match one Jet against the other Sunday when Shaw's Rams play Kiffin's New Orleans Saints at Busch Stadium.

"There's several teams around the league that are starting to play the defense," Shaw said. "Monte and I were there at it's inception in Minnesota. That was a good staff, we had some good players, and we put together a pretty good scheme for them.

"Monte's a good guy. We'll shake hands and smile before the game."

Then they'll go about their business.

Brain Drain: The Saints roster features three ex-Rams who were preseason cuts: safety Anthony Newman, tight end Rickey Brady and defensive lineman Ernest Jones.

Newman, who spent his first seven seasons with the Rams, backs up Vince Buck at free safety in New Orleans. Brady and Jones, 1994 Rams draft picks, are on the Saints' practice squad.

Is coach Rich Brooks worried about the knowledge they can provide to their new club about the Rams? …

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