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Free Fall for the 49ers
Peter King
November 13, 1995
Senior writer Michael Silver covered Sunday's San Francisco-Carolina game.
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November 13, 1995

Free Fall For The 49ers

Senior writer Michael Silver covered Sunday's San Francisco-Carolina game.

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?Buffalo linebacker Bryce Paup, with 11 tackles and three sacks against Indianapolis on Sunday, now has 21 tackles and six sacks in two games this season against the Colts.

? Green Bay lost its 10th straight AstroTurf game but is scheduled to play on the surface only once more this season.


When the NFL announced its 1995 schedule, Bronco guard Brian Habib said he dreaded his confrontation with Arizona defensive tackle Eric Swann. Fortunately for Habib, Swann had the flu Sunday and was not at full strength as Denver rolled over the Cards 38-6. "Merry Christmas to me," Habib said....

Finally acknowledging the wisdom of what NFL observers have long been urging, Detroit owner William Clay Ford will fire coach Wayne Fontes after the season unless the Lions (3-6) make the playoffs. "Take our roster and evaluate it," Ford said after Sunday's loss in Atlanta. "Put our team up against just about anybody else's personnel. We're pretty good. Three and six is pretty bad."...

In a 29-day stretch beginning Sunday in San Diego, the Chiefs face five teams with a combined winning percentage of better than .600, and four of those five games are on the road. After they've concluded that rough stretch of the schedule with games against Dallas, Oakland and Miami, we'll know if the Chiefs are the best team in the AFC....

San Diego linebacker Dennis Gibson tipped away a Pittsburgh pass last January, sending the Chargers into the Super Bowl. Now the Chargers are 4-5 after a loss to Miami, and they'll struggle to make the playoffs. "It just kind of seems like we're getting paid back for all the things we had go our way last year," Gibson says. "It's like every ball bounces the other way, every [one of our] tipped passes is an interception."...

Eagle coach Ray Rhodes is so mad at Bernard Williams, a two-time loser under the league's substance-abuse policy, that Rhodes would like to cut him but won't because that would cost the Eagles the remaining $1.14 million of Williams's signing bonus against the 1996 salary cap. By the way, since the Eagles blew the acquisition of former Packer quarterback Mark Brunell last off-season, look for them to go after another low-cost Packer backup in 1996—Ty Detmer, who has spent four seasons learning the Philly-style West Coast offense.

The End Zone
Saint defensive backs coach J.L. Mora, son of head coach Jim Mora, climbed over a police barricade in the Superdome on Sunday, ripped down a sign, balled it up and stuffed it in a trash can. It read: FIRE MORA AND TAKE [offensive coordinator] CARL SMITH WITH HIM.

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