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After the Eagles defeated the Falcons 24-23 on Nov. 18, Philadelphia coach Buddy Ryan called Atlanta cornerback Deion Sanders a "coward" and said he "ought to be in track" instead of the NFL, because Sanders showed more as a return man than as a tackier. Sanders's response? "The Man Upstairs—He doesn't like all of this ugly talk about one of His children."
...Despite reports to the contrary, the Patriots say they definitely are not interested in drafting quarterback Todd Marinovich if the Southern Cal sophomore comes out early....
Cardinals coach Joe Bugel, on newly acquired Dexter Manley, the defensive end who served a one-year ban from the NFL for drug abuse and was cut by the Redskins after being reinstated last week: "He needed a change of environment. One thing about Washington. When you become a hero, you always stay a hero. People love Dexter. There were people who came just to see Dexter play. He realized that. John Riggins thought all 54,000 came to see him. That's why he was so good. Dexter's the same." Translation: To have any future in football, Manley needs to go someplace where he can be a nobody....
When Chiefs linebacker Derrick Thomas ran into Lawrence Taylor of the Giants at the Pro Bowl last February, he said, "I want to be just like you when I grow up." Thomas has grown up in a hurry. He leads Taylor in sacks this season, 15-6....
Bengal assistant general manager Mike Brown scoffs at an NFL Today report on CBS that coach Sam Wyche has fallen out of favor with his father, Cincinnati general manager Paul Brown. "If there's an implication that Sam's on thin ice here, it's absolutely wrong, I can guarantee you that," Mike Brown says....
There's no secret to stopping the Dolphins: Stuff their running game. In Miami's two defeats, to the Raiders and the Giants, running back Sammie Smith totaled six yards on 11 carries. He has 588 yards on 144 carries in the Dolphins' nine victories....
If the 4-8 Jets continue to sputter, look for rookie Troy Taylor, the third-string quarterback, to get playing time. Coach Bruce Coslet likes Taylor and wants to see if the fourth-round draft pick is the Jets' quarterback of the future.
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In the off-season, Reyna Thompson, the Giants' terrific special-teams player, works on a master's degree in English at Florida International University, with the idea of someday becoming an English professor. Thompson has written six stories for what he hopes will become a book of 40 short stories, and he isn't lacking for characters. A teacher in one story has the personality of Giants linebacker Carl Banks, and cornerback Mark Collins is the inspiration for a waiter in another story. Lawrence Taylor? A TV commentator in one short work bears some resemblance to LT.
"When you live with guys every day, it's easy to get to know them and to be able to develop them as characters," Thompson says. "I think that what you have to do when you write is to really know a subject. I know the subjects here."