ORGANIZATION I'D MOST LIKE TO WORK FOR
DEADEST STORY FOR '84
The IFL...International Football League...remember it?
BIGGEST NON-STORY FOR '84
Will Mark Gastineau dance?
THE DRAFT, A DECADE OF NO. 1s AND 2s: WHO'S HAD THE BEST NO. 1 DRAFTS FROM 1974-83?
New England. Fourteen choices, 12 starters, five Pro Bowl selections. Tampa Bay, which didn't start till '76, ranks very high—six picks, five starters, three in the Pro Bowl.
Buffalo, with only three solid starters out of 12 first-round picks. One ( Jerry Butler) made the Pro Bowl. Two never signed.
HOW ABOUT THE SECOND ROUND?
Miami sent the most second-round picks to the Pro Bowl (four—Bob Baumhower, Dwight Stephenson, Andra Franklin and Mark Duper) during the decade, but the Dolphins had a lot of picks (14). In all, six solid starters emerged. Detroit has a better percentage-10 picks, six starters, three Pro Bowlers (Doug English, David Hill, Bubba Baker).
THE WORST 10-YEAR TEAM FOR SECOND-ROUND DRAFTS
You're not going to believe this: Dallas. The Cowboys had eight picks, and not one of them ever became a full-time starter. One made it to the Pro Bowl—but not for the Cowboys. Tight end Todd Christensen, a Cowboy reject, led the NFL in pass-catching for the Raiders last year.
DISASTER COACHING FORMULA
Hire one of your own assistants as head coach. In the 15-year period 1969-83, 29 were hired. Twenty-two have had losing records. The seven with winning records: Charlie Waller at San Diego,
CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME
What's the record for most yards rushing by a player in an exhibition game? I've never been able to find this out. Once my son put the question in a letter to the Ask Tex Schramm column in the Dallas Cowboys Official Weekly, in which the Cowboy G.M. answers questions, but he never got a response—maybe because he called it an exhibition instead of a preseason game.
MOST SIGNIFICANT '84 SIGNING
The Patriots gave superscout Dick Steinberg a four-year contract. If they'd lost him, forget it.