Baltimore remains as the worst passing team, but the second worst, Pittsburgh, is replaced by the Giants. A toss-up there.
The best pass defense team, New Orleans, is replaced by Kansas City, and the second best, Philadelphia, is replaced by Pittsburgh. This makes sense. The Eagles had good stats because it was so easy to run on them that nobody threw. But in efficiency of pass defense they'd drop to 24th.
Finally, the worst pass defenses, Washington and Dallas, would move to 11th best and 15th best respectively, being replaced by Atlanta and San Diego. That certainly makes more sense.
SLEEPER COACH FOR '84
Tony Dungy, defensive coordinator, Steelers
MORE STATISTICS, HISTORICAL DEPARTMENT
Don Hutson caught 74 passes in 1942. That was more than four entire NFL reams completed that season. In 1960 Baltimore's Ray Berry caught 74 passes. The Colts completed 196, the most in the league, by far. Berry caught 37.7% of their completed passes. A receiver catching 37.7% of the completions for the leading NFL team last year would have had 139. And as a group, the 1980 Chargers' receiving corps of Kellen Winslow, J.J. Jefferson and Charlie Joiner caught more passes than five NFL teams and more touchdown throws than 20 of them.
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE DINNER WITH THIS FOURSOME?
Jack Kent Cooke, Bill Oldenburg, Bob Irsay, Tom Carvel
FAVORITE QUOTE, 1983 SEASON
"We will not kick a field goal next week if we are on the two-yard line, the one-yard line, none. There will be no more field goals kicked by the Bucs this year, no matter what the score is, no matter what the game is. It's over. I 'm tired of being crucified. God bless you and merry Christmas."
John McKay, Tampa Bay coach, after the Bucs missed a field goal and an extra point in a 12-9 loss to the Packers. The next week they did try one, a 29-yarder, and blew it.
ORGANIZATION I'D LEAST LIKE TO WORK FOR