Kansas City, Mo. Steve Pelluer pulled off a sweat-soaked wristband and handed it over to curious media members.
Taped to the fabric was a ``cheat sheet'' a list of 40 or so of the Chiefs' offensive formations and plays.
"Being new here, you tend to get tongue-tied. It's great to have something like that when you're not absolutely sure of the lingo," said the 6-4, 225-pound quarterback who played two series in Kansas City's 36-28 win over Dallas Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.
"I probably had 30 to 40 percent of the game plan written on there," Pelluer said.
He showed considerable poise for a guy who hadn't played in a game since last December. A Dallas Cowboys' holdout since preseason, Pelluer was traded to the Chiefs for two draft picks last Tuesday, practicing for the first time Wednesday.
HE DIDN'T ENTER Sunday's game until the third quarter, when starter Steve DeBerg went down with leg cramps.
"It's a great situation to go in with a lead and momentum on our side," said Pelluer, admitting there wasn't much pressure with the Chiefs up, 27-14. "I couldn't ask for a better situation. Steve warned me. He said `I'm cramping up, be ready.'''
Surely, Pelluer will be just as ready for Sunday's game at Pittsburgh. Yet DeBerg, after completing 17 of 22 passes for 237 yards and no interceptions, is sure to remain starter. Ron Jaworski is out five more weeks with a knee injury.
"I thought Steve was phenomenal," said Pelluer. "I'm really not trying to look ahead. It's a great relief just to be able to move forward (with his career)."
Chiefs' coach Marty Schottenheimer is obviously high on Pelluer.
"I thought he did a pretty good job," Schottenheimer said. "He has one dimension we are all aware of. He can run. One fella I know who coached him said, `Marty, you'll be amazed at how a guy as big as he is can run.' The only thing I didn't really enjoy was him taking those two defensive linemen on at the sideline (on eight-yard run). He got up and the other two didn't. I told him, `You don't need to take those kind of hits.'''
CHIEFS' QUARTERBACKS seem to "take hits" only when they elect to run. Pass protection has been steady this season. Kansas City's offensive line John Alt, Mark Adickes, Mike Webster, David Lutz and Irv Eatman has allowed eight sacks all year, two versus Dallas.
In three of seven games, the Chiefs have gone sack-free.
"The pass protection obviously was good," Schottenheimer said. "We had time to get some things read and an opportunity to get the ball to an assorted group of receivers. Any time you get time to throw, you should complete passes."
The line also has blocked well for fullback Christian Okoye, who bruised for 170 yards on 33 carries. He's gained an AFC West-leading 709 yards, having picked up 100 or more in four of the past five games.
The 6-1, 260-pounder is overpowering, like another running back QB Pelluer worked with in the past . . . Herschel Walker, who now toils for Minnesota.
"They both," said Pelluer, "can run a long way."