Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, who, with the Jets' Bill Parcells, is the league's highest-paid coach ($2.4 million annually), has a compelling clause in the contract that he signed in August. It states that if Denver owner Pat Bowlen sells the team, Shanahan can become a coaching free agent. Why is this news now? If Denver voters don't approve a Nov. 3 referendum to subsidize a new football-only stadium, The Denver Post reported, Bowlen would consider selling the team. Bowlen would then attempt to become the owner of a prospective expansion franchise in Los Angeles.
49ers Dealt Crushing Blow
Who would have thought the loss of a free agent from Hofstra would expose a soft spot in the 49ers' offense? In three games third-year left tackle Dave Fiore had protected Steve Young flawlessly. Then someone fell on Fiore's right knee during the 49ers' 31-20 win over the Falcons on Sunday. Fiore dislocated his right kneecap and tore the medial collateral ligament and is expected to miss at least eight weeks. Rookie third-round draft pick Chris Ruhman will get a look as Fiore's replacement Next up for San Francisco? Bruce Smith and the Bills....
Before last Thursday's practice, Oilers quarterback Steve McNair arranged several practice pads into a miniature tepee, sat inside, legs crossed, and started chanting. "I just had to get my mental process together, alone," McNair said. Didn't help. McNair threw two interceptions in a 27-22 loss to the Jaguars....
The Rams have dropped eight straight at home, the most recent a 20-17 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday, but have won their last four on the road.
The End Zone
Defensive about Their Offense
Running back Duce Staley and kicker Chris Boniol are the only players who have scored this season for the 0-4 Eagles. Even after putting up 21 points in a three-point loss to the Chiefs on Sunday, the Eagles are averaging only nine points a game. Read one banner at Veterans Stadium: CLINTON SCORES MORE THAN US.
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