Jet coach Bruce Coslet is 7-3 against Don Shula, Bill Parcells and Jimmy Johnson, three coaches who have five Super Bowl wins among them. He is 3-7 against Dick MacPherson, Dan Henning, Ron Meyer and Rick Venturi, who together have 98 victories in their entire pro careers.
FOR THE BIRDS
In two decades of coaching, Eagle defensive coordinator Bud Carson has assembled some of the best rushing defenses in the history of the game. But the '93 Eagles have already surrendered more yards on the ground in eight games—1,208—than their 1990 or '91 teams did in a full season. A Phoenix rookie named Ron Moore trampled them for 160 yards on Sunday, and a week earlier Dallas's Emmitt Smith burned them for 237. "Emmitt's game doesn't look so hot now," said Philly safety Wes Hopkins. "He got 237, but some guy I never heard of got 160." No one has summed up the 4-4 Eagles better than cornerback Eric Allen. "We could lose every game from here on out," he said.
HERE WE GO AGAIN
After the Bucs lost to the Lions in Detroit, Detroit Free Press reporter Michelle Kaufman stood in the visitors' locker room at the Silverdome and interviewed Tampa Bay linebacker Hardy Nickerson. Kaufman was partially occupying the space in front of linebacker Jimmy Williams's locker; spillover to other players' lockers is common in NFL locker rooms because they are usually so cramped. Kaufman said that the 6'3", 225-pound Williams shoved her in the back, causing her to lurch forward and almost fall. "You don't belong in here," Kaufman quoted Williams as saying. Williams later apologized, but the Free Press talked to Buc officials and filed a complaint with the league, which has been vigilant about equal locker-room access for male and female reporters since Lisa Olson, a Boston Herald reporter at the time, was verbally abused by Patriot players in 1990.
"Why aren't we beyond this by now? Why is this still an issue?" said Kaufman on Monday. "Every time one of these things happens, it reminds you how uncomfortable a place the locker room is for women. Anyone who thinks the Lisa Olson incident is an isolated case—it's not."
The Dolphins need to win this week in Philadelphia to push aside the distraction created by Don Shula's pursuit of George Halas's record for career coaching wins. On Sunday, Miami lost to the Jets for the second time this year, and in those games New York quarterback Boomer Esiason burned the Dolphins for a combined 579 yards and five touchdown passes, with only one interception and no sacks....
SI has been told that former Redskin coach Joe Gibbs is not the leading choice to coach the expansion Charlotte Panthers. The guess here is that the job will go to Florida coach Steve Spurrier, a patient teacher who built solid programs from the ground up at Duke and with the USFL Tampa Bay Bandits....
A tip of the hat is in order for Detroit, which is considering playing a preseason game next year on real grass inside the Silverdome. Four World Cup soccer games will be played on grass in the Silverdome between June 18 and 28, and the Lions would play a preseason game five or six weeks later.
GAME OF THE WEEK
Jets at Colts, Sunday. In the first half of the season, 3-5 New York played the NFL's toughest schedule. Its first eight opponents were 36-21 (.632). In the second half, beginning at the Hoosier Dome, the Jets will have the easiest schedule—their remaining opponents are 22-35 (.386).