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David Fleming
November 08, 1999
Catching FlakWith its lackluster receiving corps, Dallas is going nowhere fast
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November 08, 1999

The Nfl

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The Patriots are off to a 6-2 start, but that isn't good enough for tight end Ben Coates. With only 16 catches for 184 yards, he's on track for career lows in both categories and recently blasted offensive coordinator Ernie Zampese's play-calling. Coates, 30, doesn't want to admit that he's lost a step and is no longer a downfield threat. He's headed home to the Carolinas during New England's bye week and has threatened not to come back if the team doesn't promise to start getting him the ball more often....

The Packers' Brett Favre tied Ron Jaworski's NFL record for consecutive starts by a quarterback (116) when he stepped under center against the Sea-hawks on Monday night. Who's second to Favre among active quarterbacks? With the Bucs' benching of Trent Dilfer, that honor now goes to the Steelers' Kordell Stewart, with 39 in a row....

Sign of the times: The 49ers are one of five teams who still haven't had a 100-yard game from a receiver this season. Last year San Francisco had eight such performances.

The End Zone
Role Model?

Last Friday, Denver defensive tackle Cyron Brown was suspended four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Word of the suspension came too late for the Broncos to make any changes to their Sunday game program, the cover of which teased an inside story with the headline: PLAY A WINNING HAND—CYRON BROWN.

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