The man who pulled the trigger, general manager Phil Krueger, was feeling the heat during another pathetic week for a pathetic team. "I'm being treated like the Ayatollah down here," said Krueger. "Hopefully I won't be assassinated." Don't worry, Phil. There's plenty of blame to go around.
•Blame Perkins. "I still like Chris Chandler," says Perkins. "I thought we'd get a player that was an up-and-coming guy. If I had it to do over again, I'd do it again." This is like Ralph Branca saying he would throw the same pitch to Bobby Thomson.
•Blame Chandler. He complained publicly about coach Richard Williamson's unwillingness to stick with one quarterback as the starter during the first half of this season, yet Chandler's record as a starter with Tampa Bay was 0-6. He completed 51% of his passes in a Buc uniform, with five touchdowns, 14 interceptions and a miserable 44.9 quarterback rating.
•Blame Williamson. He waffled on which quarterback—Chandler or Vinny Testaverde—was his man, and he allowed a war of words between the two players to fester. He hasn't shown feistiness or leadership and is overmatched in this job.
•Blame Testaverde. The days of excuses are over for the No. 1 pick of the 1987 draft. Testaverde is the lowest-rated starting quarterback (58.3) in the league and the only one completing less than 50% of his passes. For his career, he has thrown 30 more interceptions than touchdowns.
Tampa Bay owner Hugh Culverhouse has had nothing but heartache with this team since it made a strike-season playoff appearance nine years ago. At season's end, he has to move decisively to install a football person to shape the Bucs into a winner. That person could be Parcells, who might be persuaded to leave the tranquillity of the TV studio for a coach/general manager position. Or it could be Seahawk coach Chuck Knox, who's rumored to be unhappy with owner Ken Behring in Seattle. Get the checkbook out, Hugh.
Stats of the Week
•Dolphin linebacker E.J. Junior has five sacks this year, all against Patriots quarterback Hugh Millen. He had one sack in Miami's 30-20 victory on Sunday night.
•Warren Moon of the Oilers and Troy Aikman of the Cowboys combined to complete 65 of 95 passes (.684) for 692 yards in Houston's 26-23 overtime win. Moon was especially remarkable, going 11 for 11 in OT while hooking up with six different receivers. Amazingly, there was only one TD pass, by Aikman.
•The 6-4 Lions, who are 0-4 outdoors, have been outscored 130-34 underneath a real sky, including Sunday's 30-21 loss to the Bucs.