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•Coach you would least like to play for: Tom Landry, Shula and Mike Ditka (tie), John Mackovic, Forrest Gregg, Dan Henning and Leeman Bennett (tie).
•Team you would most want to play for: Raiders, Miami, Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego.
•Team you would least like to play for: Buffalo, Indianapolis, Green Bay, Cleveland, Dallas.
•If you were building a team, the player you'd pick first: Montana, Marino, Eric Dickerson, Long and Payton (tie), Lawrence Taylor.
William Andrews, the Falcon running back who tore ligaments and suffered nerve damage in his left knee 14 months ago, says he's ready to practice with the team. "This has been a long road," says Andrews, 29. Dr. John Garrett, who performed the surgery, says Andrews has "ninety percent" of the feeling in the stretched peroneal nerve.
"I can't say I'm counting on coming back this year. But I'm pretty excited. There has been progress," Andrews says.
"I've got to gain more strength as far as cutting, but the foot doesn't roll over and I can still maintain my balance when I cut, so that makes it encouraging."
San Diego coaches are beginning to resent owner Alex Spanos and his meddlesome ways. One assistant says he believes their jobs are "week-to-week." The latest incidents:
•Loathing indecision and growing impatient with the recovery of Kellen Wins-low, Spanos put pressure on Don Coryell to decide whether or not to activate the tight end. Winslow began practicing Oct. 9 and last week was given an O.K. by the team doctor to play. Spanos phoned Coryell and told the coach to make his decision before the Oct. 20 game at Minnesota. Coryell did, although he didn't feel Winslow could contribute for another week or two.
•While patrolling the practice field the other day, Spanos told the defensive coaches how much he wanted to win—and that he wouldn't tolerate mistakes.