In the meantime, the best move Brown could make would be to surrender his G.M. duties. Ken Herock, vice president of player personnel with the Falcons, might be available at season's end; former Browns player personnel director Mike Lombardi is also available.
Brown thinks much of scouting is duplication of work done by leaguewide scouting services. Also, because coaches must work with the collegians the organization signs, he believes it's an advantage to have the coaches double as scouts. But he would do well to rethink his system and hire an experienced scouting staff to lighten the load on his coaches.
Stats of the Week
?The Jaguars outgained the Rams 538 yards to 204, had a 36-8 advantage in first downs, did not punt and controlled the ball for more than 41 minutes. They also lost, 17-14.
?Despite a nagging groin injury, 49ers quarterback Steve Young outrushed his running backs 45 yards to 33 in rallying the 49ers over the Bengals.
The resignation of Saints coach Jim Mora, announced only hours after Shula's dismissal, made for an unusual day. Until Monday, in the past five years only one coach—the Oilers' Jack Pardee in 1994—was replaced during the season. Mora's downfall? He stubbornly stuck with offensive coordinator Carl Smith....
Remember the gloom in Carolina last month after the Panthers lost rookie back Tim Biakabutuka for the season with a knee injury? Understandable, because stand-in Anthony Johnson hadn't had a 100-yard rushing game since his senior year in high school, in 1985. In the three games since Biakabutuka went down, Johnson has rushed for 102, 126 and 123 yards.
The End Zone
Dolphins wideout Fred Barnett caught two passes for 27 yards against the Eagles on Sunday, 11 weeks after a body part from a cadaver was used to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.