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Peter King
December 18, 2000
Why the spate of big rushing days? "Sloppy tackling," says former Steelers linebacker Andy Russell. "In the old school you'd put your face into a guy's knees and hold on. Now they go high and bump, and you can't bump a guy down. I've seen the worst tackling. We would have been fined for that. The worst thing that happened to the game is Deion Sanders, who said, I get paid to cover, I don't get paid to tackle.' That's absurd, but a lot of guys think that."...
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December 18, 2000

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Why the spate of big rushing days? "Sloppy tackling," says former Steelers linebacker Andy Russell. "In the old school you'd put your face into a guy's knees and hold on. Now they go high and bump, and you can't bump a guy down. I've seen the worst tackling. We would have been fined for that. The worst thing that happened to the game is Deion Sanders, who said, I get paid to cover, I don't get paid to tackle.' That's absurd, but a lot of guys think that."...

From 1997 through '99 the Eagles were 1-22-1 on the road. This year they finished 6-2 away from home, closing with a 35-24 win at Cleveland on Sunday—a victory that clinched Philadelphia's first playoff berth since 1996....

Before the season many prognosticators thought there was a good chance an NFC West team would run the table against its division opponents. But the Saints? Well, New Orleans is 6-0 in the division with home games left against the Falcons and the Rams....

Forget the Cris Carter retirement rumors. The 35-year-old Vikings wideout will play two more seasons....

"We're not against the wall," Lions defensive tackle Luther Elliss said, after a loss at Green Bay dropped Detroit to 8-6. "We're in the wall." The most ominous sign for Lions fans is that their team has lost nine of the last 10 games it has played in December. Detroit has a road game against the Jets before returning home to meet the Bears....

Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt says that coach Gunther Cunningham will return in 2001....

Alvin Harper, the former Cowboys deep threat who failed miserably in subsequent stops with the Bucs and the Redskins, is trying to make a comeback with the XFL's Memphis Maniax.

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