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Monday, December 30, 1985
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Senile lker Fired! MILWAUKEE (AP) - Bob Schnelker, offensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers since 19H2, has been fired by the National Football League club, Coach Forrest Gregg confirmed. "1 have no complaints about the job Bob Schnelker did," Gregg said Sunday in confirming the dismissal. "He worked hard. He's a good offense coach. "At the same time, I felt we needed to make a move in that area." Gregg added. "As a team, we sort of stood still. We have not improved." Schnelker, 57, had been retained as offensive coordinator when Gregg took over the head coach's job from Bart Starr in 1984. Schnelker said he "had no idea" of what was coming until he was asked last Monday to resign. "I thought I had a good working relationship with Forrest; it was a shock," he said. He told The Milwaukee Sentinel that he refused to resign, and he told no one of his dismissal until Sunday. "I didn't tell anybody, even my family, because I wanted Christmas to be a little more enjoyable," he said. The Packers have finished with- records of 8-8 the past three seasons. However, Schnelker guided the offense to the must productive two seasons in club history in 1983 and 1984. The Packers had the top-rated offense in the National Football Conference in 19S;i, with 6,172 yards, and they totaled 5,449 yards in l!)S4."This year, they slipped to fifth place in the conference, with 5,371 vards. Bob Schnelker Coach 0' League's 5th Best Offense Fired Schnelker, a former New York Giants' tight end, began his career in NFL coaching with the Los Angeles Rams in 1963. He was with Detroit before coaching with the Los Angeles Rams in 1963. He was with Detroit before returning for a second stint on the Packers' coaching staff in 1982. He said he hoped to continue as a coach in the NFL, rather than switching to some other line of work. "I liked coaching in Green Bay," he said. "It's a good place to live, a good place to coach. The facilities are good. The staff is g(xid, and they've got some good football players. But that's all over now." Gregg said he did not know if he would name another offensive coordinator. Some NFL teams have such a position and others don't. "I don't know. I may not have one," Gregg said. "I might be more involved in the offense." Schnelker said his biggest problem this season was uncertainty at quarterback. Starter Lynn Dickey ran into early injury problems, then pulled himself out of the starting lineup and later returned. The Packers signed veteran Jim Zorn during the season after back-up Randy Wright's knee injury flared up. Near the end of the season, they signed another veteran, Vince Ferraganio, as a free agent. "You never knew who was readv to play," Schnelker said. "We went through a half-dozen quarterbacks, starting with Scott Brunner" who was obtained from Denver during training camp. Schnelker said he did not know if Dickey would return next season. He declined comment on Zorn but said he likes Wright's ability and also liked Ferraganio because "he was the best quarterback available at the time." "Yes, the Packers need a quarterback," he said. "They don't have a No. 1 draft pick. They'll have to get lucky and get one in a later round." Giants 'Kick Butts', Beat 49ers 17-3 By TOM CANAVAN FAST RUTHERFORD, N.J, (AP) - Lawrence Taylor didn't want to talk about refrigerators, stoves or any other variety of appliance. And he had no intention of entertaining suggestions the San Francisco 49ers had an off day against the New York Giants. "Just because they lost doesn't mean they had an off day," Taylor said. "We kicked their butts and that's all there is to it. We played awesome." The Giants certainly did on Sunday, defeating San Francisco 17-3 in the National Football Conference wild card game, ending 49er hopes of becoming the first National Foot-bull League team this decade to win consecutive Super Bowls. New York dominated all phases of the game in earning the right to meet William "The Refrigerator" Perry and the rest of the Chicago Hears in the NFC semifinal Sunday in the Windy City. Joe Morris rushed for 141 yards and Phil Sitnms tossed touchdown passes to tight ends Mark Bavaro and Don Hasselbeck to keep the Giants offense in gear. The only thing that kept the margin of victory down was the misfiring of New York placekicker Eric Schubert, who failed on field goal attempts of 43, 36 and 39 yards. However, the misses were of little consequence, the way the Giant defense manhandled Joe Montana and the rest of the 49er offense, ending a streak of five consecutive losses to San Francisco, including playoff defeats in 1981 and last year. "What we did to them was something they do to defenses," Giant linebacker Gary Reasons said. "They give so many wrinkles out there, a lot of motion, bring different people in on any down. There is not pattern to their offense. "What we did was have no pattern to our defense. We gave them a couple of things to think about and t(H)k away their wide-open play calling." The Giants also took away Roger Craig from the 49er offense. The fullback who this season became the first NFL player to gain 1.000 yards apiece both running and receiving was limited to 23 yards rushing on nine carries and 18 yards on two receptions. The usually reliable Craig also dropped six little swing passes from Montana. The 49ers dropped 10 for the game. "We had a good year," 49ers Coach Bill Walsh said. "We bounced back and made it to the playoffs. I'm not ashamed of anything. We played with a lot of injured players. That's not to suggest we could have won otherwise. The Giants played great." The Giants played with intensity and a lot of hitting. "Coming Into the game we wanted to be physical, more physical than we had ever been," Giant linebacker Harry Carson said. "There was a lot of hitting out there and people got hurt on both sides of the ball." The Giants -got ahead early, driving 34 yards in seven plays with Schubert kicking a 47-yard field goal, his longest of the season. New York extended the lead to 10-0 in the second quarter following Terry Kinard's interception of a Montana pass that was tipped by Reasons. Please Turn To GIANTS Page 18 Zeroing In New York Giants Jim Burt zeroes in on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana for a first quarter sack in the NFC's wildcard game in East Rutherford Sunday. The harried Montana and his 49ers lost 17-3. (AP Laserphoto) w 77 Jjg V Jhv 261986 New Orleans ) Jm m TJ" Jm m Jan sm V m I f 55 K F yawn 55 N-" I 7:4 ff?V 4 V Opportunistic Patriots Knock Off Jets By BARRY WILNER EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - For the New England Patriots, the magic number was live. They didn't quite get there, but it turned out that four was plenty. "We set a goal of forcing five turnovers a game," linebacker Don lilackmon said. "We've got to be opportunistic. When we are, we win." The Patriots won Saturday in the National Football League's AFC Fast wild-card game thanks to a Maunch defense which forced three turnovers and a kickoff coverage team which converted a fumble into a touchdown in a 26-14 victory over the New York Jets. New England, which like the Jets finished 11-5 this season, will visit the Los Angeles Raiders on Sunday. The Raiders beat the Patriots 35-20 early this season. "We've become a much better team since then," said Patriots running back Craig James, a 1,227-yard rusher this season. "The Raiders are better and we're better. Our offense still isn't quite there but our defense has been great." The Jets discovered just how tough the New England defense can be. New York made only 29 turnovers in 16 games but allowed two interceptions and lost a fumble on offense against the hard-hitting Patriots. "We play aggressive defense and we have people who can fly around Warriors Top Lakers 130-122 INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) -The taste of a hard-fought, emotional victory agrees with the Golden Slate Warriors. The Warriors, who had been struggling lately, posted a 130-122 victory Sunday night over the Los Angeles Lakers in a National Basketball Association game at the Forum. It was a victory the Warriors are hoping will lead to others down the road. '"It's something positive for us to build on," said Warriors rookie Chris Mullin who had a season-high 24 points. "We Just have to keep banging and hopefully we can have more success." . In Sunday's only NBA game, the Warriors made 56 of 97 shots (57.7 percent) and hit a number of clutch baskets every time the Lakers threatened to overhaul them, "This game shows that we do have the shooting, and when we stay within the framework of our game, we can be effective," Golden State Coach John Bach said. Joe Barry Carroll led the Warriors with 30 points. Earvin "Magic" Johnson had 30 points and 12 assists to lead the Lakers. and hit you," Blackmon said. "If you get the hits at the right point and the right time, you could get the turnovers. It's not necessarily how hard you hit." "The biggest disappointment, of course, is the four turnovers," said New York Coach Joe Walton, who said the key play came when Johnny Hector's fumble was grabbed by Patriots linebacker Johnny Rembert, who 15 yards for a touchdown. "We weren't doing it all year and then we get four of them in a playoff game," Walton said. New York led 7-6 in the second quarter and was marching down-field on short passes when quarterback Ken O'Brien, the NFL's top-rated passer this season, went deep for Wesley Walker. But free safety Fred Marion smelled out the play and picked off the pass. It took the Patriots only six plays to go 67 yards to take the lead for good on Tony Eason's 36-yard touchdown pass to Stanley Morgan, who had beaten comerback Russell Carter. The Patriots carried the 13-6 lead into the second half and moved on top 16-6 when Tony Franklin kicked the third of his four field goals. On the ensuing kickoff, Rembert stripped Hector and rambled Into the end zone. "I was pretty much just thinking to run down and get a pretty good hit on him," said Rembert, a third-year linebacker from Clemson. "But he was carrying the ball in the arm toward me' and I went for it and stripped it." Most of -the Jets thought the play was dead and didn't chase Rembert. The Jets could not overcome that deficit, though backup quarterback Pat Ryan led them on a 57-yard march culminated by a 12-yard touchdown pass to Mickey Shuler. Ryan had replaced O'Brien, who suffered a concussion on a hard hit by All-Pro linebacker Andre Tippett late in the first half. uWe were hungry," Tippett said. "Every Monday, Coach (Raymond) Berry asks us if we are satisfied. I'm not. I'm not being cocky or nonchalant. But 1 know we've got next week to think about. "It's a great win but it's not enough." : : '"T-WiFQf 21 22 Superior Ave. "Now Strving All Of Shtboygon County" ff Credit UniOll .PAINTING, DECORATING and PAPER HANGING A Speeialtyl Aug. II. Grube Decorating Member of P.D.C.A. 1411 H. 19th tl. rtlnl JC7.7AOC I ! ;0' V Duwor Orub p "... .. . m . : . . . (Die hfbeggan press Spoils . Y r, " ' " ' 16 Sheboygon Press, Monday, December 30, 1985 ? -Y-r: -. i j s f "J . & l v' :Y' ' Kt -! ' , A p. - A " ' f I '77 - :K - - - , - " Marcus Allen MVP Raiders' Allen Most Valuable By JOHN NADEL LOS ANGELES (AP) - Running back Marcus Allen of the Los Angeles Raiders says he's not concerned about statistics. His only individual goals involve being consistent and showing improvement. Concerned or not, Allen rolled up such impressive numbers that he was selected National Football League Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year by The Associated Press. Allen was selected in balloting by three writers or broadcasters . who covered each of the NFL's 28 teams. He was a runaway winner in the offensive Category and a narrow winner over running back Walter Payton of the Chicago Bears in the MVP balloting. The only other players to receive significant support in either category were running back Roger Craig of the San Francisco 49ers and quarterback Dan Marino of the Miami Dolphins. Allen finished the 16-game season as the NFL's leading rusher with 1,759 yards on 380 carries and 11 touchdowns as well as 67 pass receptions for another 555 yards and three TDs. He rushed for more than 100 yards in each of his team's last nine games, tying an NFL record established by Payton earlier in the season. Despite handling the ball so many times, only three fumbles by Allen were recovered by the opposition. "Everybody likes to attain certain things, I'm no different," Allen said. "Just as long as it brings a smile to the face of my parents ... "I think I'm a lot happier for the guys around me. I'm just a representative of the work they do. So please don't forget the guys up front ... that includes the fullback, too." The awards are the latest on a growing list for the 25-year-old Allen, who won the Heisman Trophy during his senior year at Southern California. "1 don't think you really realize the signficance of these awards until your playing days are over," he said. "The true measure of someone's ability is consistency. Hopefully, I can continue to play well for several years. "I think each year as a player I've progressed, gotten better and better. Hopefully, the best is yet to come. I just want to be the best I can be." Allen was the Most Valuable Player in the 1984 Super Bowl when he gained 191 yards to lead the Raiders to a 38-9 victory over the Washington Redskins. Now he's pointing to what he hopes will be another Super Bowl appearance. The Raiders were 12-4 in winning the AFC West title. "This season's over with; we have a new season in front of us, a one-game elimination," he said. "We can't afford to Jose." A first-round draft choice of the Raiders in 1982, Allen said he's grateful to play for a winning team. A close friend, O.J Simpson, didn't have such a luxury too often when he was playing. "We sat down and reflected on that," Allen said. "He said he would have given some of his records up if he had had the opportunity to play in the Super Bowl. He would have loved to have played in the Super Bowl. ' "I've already been in the Super Bowl, I've been in the playoffs every year. I've been very fortunate. I hope it continues." Badger Skaters Lose At Boston BOSTON (AP) - John Cohen-and Ed Lowney scored two goals apiece to lead the Boston University Terriers to a 7-4 hockey victory over Wisconsin. With the score tied 3-3 in the second period of Sunday night's game, Lowney scored goals at the 10:10 and 16:37 to put Boston up 5-3. Cohen added a goal at 17:03 to give the Terriers a 6-3 lead going into the final period. The Wisconsin goals were scored by Marty Wiitala, Jim Johannson, Eamie Vargas and Glenn Revak. "HERB'S JESTS" -7 fTfl "... and get that &&$ car of mine over to Georgia Ave. Body Shop before my wife finds out about it." GEORGIA AVE. BODY SHOP UI9 Georgia Avt. Ph. 458-3272 GREETINGS Best wishes for a happy new year to all our customers and friends! FELDMANN Sales & Service 565-3939 Howards Grove f

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