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Peter King
November 16, 1998
Double TroubleWith both marquee quarterbacks injured, how far can the Vikings go?
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November 16, 1998

The Nfl

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Oilers scout C.O. Brocato says, "He's got great touch, but what I worry about is the zip he needs for the 15-yard out." After watching McNown this fall, a scout for one NFC team wrote in his report, "Arm's a little short for throws he'll have to make.... Probably a West Coast [offense]-type player who can move around and make things happen."

Too many scouts operate on the assumption that every quarterback prospect has to be 6'3" and have an Elway-like arm. McNown may come up a couple of inches short, but consider this: This season 6'5" Colts rookie Peyton Manning has had 11 passes batted down at the line, seven more than Flutie. As one personnel director who likes McNown as a low first-round pick said last week, "If Doug Flu-tie hasn't proven anything to us, we all ought to be hung out."

Last Saturday, after his 377-yard, four-touchdown game in the rain at Oregon State, McNown said, "Wait until the combine. Then they'll see my arm strength. And I'm not five eight, five nine."

Oilers Consider Hiring Headrick

Commissioner Paul Tagliabue is pushing Oilers owner Bud Adams to hire former Vikings president Roger Headrick to run the team. Headrick interviewed with the club last week.... Raiders free safety Albert Lewis is bemused by those who doubt that Oakland's defense is as good as its stats. The Raiders have rocketed from last in the league last year to the No. 2 ranking this season. "Well," Lewis says, " Mike Tyson doesn't think Evander Holyfield's a good fighter either."

The End Zone
He's Elvis in Name Only

Last week People named Chiefs quarterback Elvis Grbac its sexiest athlete of the year. The news stunned his teammates. "Was that the Braille edition?" one player wondered.

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