? Tampa running back Ron Springs, cut by Dallas on Sept. 2, said of Cowboy coach Tom Landry: "Players have changed, but this is a guy who didn't want to change. Players are more outspoken today, and they demand more money. In the 1960s, a coach would say to a player, 'Run into that wall,' and he would. But players today would say, I will run over to that wall, but I will run around it.' "
Mike McCaskey, the president of the Bears and a member of the NFL's long-range-planning committee—and the man who pushed hardest for the 45-man roster—says his next penny-pinching move will be to convince his fellow executives to do away with signing bonuses.
McCaskey, a Yale graduate and a former professor at the Harvard Business School, cites these costly gaffes by management:
? Washington traded away second-round pick Tory Nixon, a defensive back, and kicker Tony Zendejas after giving them 1985 signing bonuses of $200,000 and $150,000, respectively.
? Seattle waived 1985 second-round pick Owen Gill, a running back, after giving him a signing bonus of $250,000; Gill now plays for Indianapolis.
? Cincinnati this year waived 1984 first-round pick Pete Koch, a defensive lineman who had collected a signing bonus of $650,000; Koch now plays for Kansas City.