"John wanted to take him," says Packers general manager Ron Wolf. "But the fact that he didn't play, that's one thing I didn't like. He sure put that to bed."
Quote of the Week
At last week's league meetings Oilers owner Bud Adams declined to say definitively that his team would play its 1998 home games in Nashville instead of Memphis, where they have averaged just 24,005 fans this season. "I want to sell Memphanites on football," Adams said.
Redskins coach Norv Turner says he's glad the Raiders turned down his team's offer for defensive tackle Chester McGlockton at the Oct. 7 trade deadline. According to a source close to Turner, Washington was ready to send first-and third-round draft choices for the six-year veteran, who's eligible for free agency after this season. "Down the road," Turner says, "we're really going to need those picks."
...The Jets' 24-19 win over the Patriots was sealed when an official made what appeared on replay to be a poor call, ruling that New England wideout Shawn Jefferson trapped a pass on a fourth-down play in the final two minutes. "We're out there fighting for our lives to come back to win and [line judge Ben Montgomery] made a gutless call," Jefferson said. "I made that catch." Fine, anyone?
...Packerphiles, get your checkbooks ready. A source close to the NFL's finance committee says the league is almost certain to approve a plan to issue more stock in the storied franchise. The plan, which involves a stock split and the sale of additional shares at $200 each, is designed to raise some $80 million. The money would be used for improvements at Lambeau Field and to establish a fund for construction of a stadium in the next 15 to 20 years....
It looks as if George Young, the 67-year-old general manager of the Giants, will be moving to the league office as a senior football adviser to the commissioner in 1998. The early line on his successor: The Giants will either hook up assistant general manager Ernie Accorsi with a strong football man—Jerry Angelo, the Buccaneers' superb personnel director, will merit consideration—or they'll go for a proven G.M. type, such as the Panthers' Bill Polian or Tom Donohoe, the Steelers' director of football operations....
Colts vice president Bill Tobin on the job security of coach Lindy Infante: "He's got a contract. How much more secure can a guy be?"
The End Zone
Adam Vinatieri, who has connected on a league-leading 21 consecutive field goal attempts dating back to last season, wouldn't be the Patriots' kicker were it not for the compassion of General George Custer. Before he started a family, Vinatieri's great-great-great grandfather Felix Vinatieri was Custer's chief musician, the leader of a band that accompanied Custer and his troops on U.S. Army maneuvers in the upper Midwest. But when the troops marched into Indian territory in the Black Hills of South Dakota in June 1876, Custer left the musicians at a base camp. "The general knew there was a good chance of conflict, and he was obviously right," Vinatieri says.