Jones means the Cowboys should have chosen Ismail, the wideout/return specialist out of Notre Dame, with one of the other six selections they had before the Raiders used their fourth-round pick (No. 100 overall) to get Ismail. L.A. retains the rights to Rocket, if he ever decides to try the NFL. Says Jones, "We could have used him, maybe not for ourselves but to bargain with."
GAME OF THE WEEK
Eagles at Chiefs, Sunday. Philadelphia and Kansas City have met only once before—the Eagles won 21-20 in 1972—but there's no better time than now to renew the acquaintance. Both teams might be better this season than they have been in years. "It should be a great game," says K.C. vice-president of player personnel Lynn Stiles, who, as Philly's personnel director in 1985, persuaded the Eagle hierarchy to draft Randall Cunningham. "We're actually more like an NFC East team than an AFC West team." Translation: The Chiefs hug the ground and have a huge defense.
THE END ZONE
A crew of Navy skydivers carrying a Charger banner was dropped from a helicopter above San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium before the Chargers' kickoff against the Seahawks. They were supposed to land at midfield, but the one with the banner came down in the parking lot. "That's what you get," said San Diego guard David Richards, "when you cut back on defense spending."