Times-Advocate from Escondido, California on November 22, 1987 · 46
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Times-Advocate from Escondido, California · 46

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Sunday, November 22, 1987
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D4 - TIMES-ADVOCATE, Escondido, Ca., They worry about SEATTLE Just in case anyone was wondering why the Houston Oilers havent been to the playoffs since 1980, the club offered a good hint this week. Instead of concentrating on todays Astrodome showdown with AFC Central co-leader Cleveland, Oilers General Manager Ladd Her-zeg spent his time worrying about NBCs selection of announcers for the game. Its hard really hard to believe, but Herzeg actually called Ted Nathanson, NBCs football coordinator, to express his displeasure over the selection of Jim Don- ovan and Reggie Rucker. Donovan is a sportscaster for vNBCs Cleveland affiliate, and C Rucker a former Browns receiver. 7 (Actually, if Rucker hasnt made dramatic improvement in recent i games, the complaint should be v that NBC is allowing him on the air. But thats another story.) An Oilers spokesman claimed - the team was not arguing whether - Donovan and Rucker are compe-7 tent, just the fact theyre both from Z Cleveland. Not surprisingly, network offi- cials were surprised. I think they would have bigger things to be worried about, said ::NBC spokesman Kevin Mona--;ghan. Ive never heard this one be-7 -fore. Its a first. 1 Said Mike Weisman, executive "producer of NBC Sports: NBC IlSports is disappointed the Oilers have publicly complained about Donovan and Rucker. Our announcers are not biased toward one team vs. another. We dont tell the Oilers who to play at quarter- back. They shouldn't tell us who to Cardinals owner now seeking a move to - COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The downer of the National Football League St. Louis Cardinals will - discuss moving his team to Colum- - bus, the Columbus Dispatch re-sported in today's editions. William V. Bidwill will tele-I phone Mayor Dana G. Rinehart ..-"Monday to set up a visit to Colum iRosters I-San Diego Chargers -.Seattle Seahawks Sunday, November 22, 1987 NFL Notes By Jay PosnerT-A Sportswriter put as announcers. Monaghan said other NBC games feature announcers who live in one of the cities involved. One is the Chargers-Seahawks game (1 p.m., Ch. 39), which will be called by Charlie Jones, a La Jolla resident. Another is the Jets-Bills game, to be called by New York residents Marv Albert and Joe Na-math. "We havent heard one thing from Buffalo, Monaghan said. Adding to the lunacy is the fact the Oilers-Browns game wont even be televised in Houston; about 4,000 tickets remained as of the Thursday deadline for lifting the local blackout. Quote of the Week: Bears Coach Mike Ditka, whose once-mighty defense has allowed 108 points in the last four games, after Mondays 31-29 loss to Denver: We stink. All we're doing now is existing. We're just one of 28 teams. Add Bears: In three 1985 playoff games, including Super Bowl XX, Chicago allowed a total of 434 bus, to confer with community-leaders and tour Ohio State University's Ohio Stadium. Ohio Stadium, which seats 85.339. could be the interim home of the Cardinals until a stadium is built. We are being very aggres.'ive about this, said Rinehart. We're Scouting Report Chargers (8-1) vs. Seahawks (6-3) Time: 1 p.m. Site: Kingdome (capacity 64.984) Expected crowd: 64.000 (sellout) TV: Channel 39 Charlie Jones and Jimmy Cefaio call the action Radio: XTRA-AM (690). Lee Hamilton and Pat Curran describe the action A pregame show with Hamilton, Curran and Jim Lasiavtc begins at 11 15 am The game can also be heard m Spanish on XEGM-AM (950) Series: The Chargers lead 9-8. but the Seahawks have won six straight and eight of the last nine Seattle has won the last five meetings at the Kingdome Key matchups: Chargers OT Gary Kowalski vs. Seahawks DE Jacob Green and LB Fredd Young Kowalski has been hobbled all week by a sore ankie. and this is the wrong week to be hobbling Green leads Seattle with six sacks, and Young, who lines up as a stand-up defensive end in passing situations, has 5 j Young also is Seattle s leading tackier Seahawks WR Steve Largent vs. Chargers secondary Largent is closing fast on Charlie Joiner, the Chargers assistant who holds NFL records for number of catches and yards receiving. Largent needs 20 catches and 446 yards to tie Joiner s marks. He won t get that many today, but don't look for him to be shut out, either, he has caught a pass in 1 46 consecutive games Injury report: For the Chargers. QB Dan Fouts (calf), T Jim Lachey (knee) and WR Wes Chandler (ankle) are questionable, T Gary Kowalski (ankle), WR Lionel James (ankle), RB Curtis Adams (ankle) and CB Danny Walters (concussion) are probable. The Seahawks reported injuries to four players KR Bobby Joe Edmonds (ribs), S Kenny Easley (shoulder), CB Patrick Hunter (hamstring) and RB Curt Warner (toe) but all four are expected to play Notes: The Chargers have allowed 1 6 fewer sacks than their defense has made (21 -37), the best ratio in the AFC . . . Seattle Coach Chuck Knox is 1 0-2 vs. San Diego Chargers Continued from page D1 this upcoming week. At 6-3, Seattle trails the 8-1 Chargers by two games in the division. The teams play only once this year the other meeting was canceled by the strike so today's winner will hold the tiebreaker advantage. Therefore, should Seattle lose, it would need to win four more games than the Chargers in the seasons final five weeks. Its a must game, Knox said. I dont have to tell em anything more than that. The Chargers, however, have taken the attitude that todays game means as much to them as it does to Seattle. We need it more than they do, Winslow said. We have not clinched the division yet. We have not ensured ourselves the home-field advantage (for the playoffs). Were in a position closer than most teams, but we need this game as much as they do, if not more. The Chargers also claim not to care that they are playing in the Kingdome, against an admittedly desperate team. If you get caught up into thinking its a tough place to play, it will be a tough place to play, safety Mike Davis said. I dont believe you play environments, I believe you play the players, Coach A1 Saunders said. (And) how they feel about the game will not affect how we approach the game. The only thing we should be concerned about is what it takes for us to win. announcers instead of opponents yards. Monday night in Denver, the Broncos gained 439 yards. Stepping in: For a guy who was supposed to spend this season on the bench, Steve DeBerg is doing a pretty good job imitating a top NFL quarterback. Instead of giving way to No. 1 draft choice Vinny Testaverde, De-Berg has played. And played well. His quarterback rating of 93.3 is second only to Joe Montanas 96.3 in the NFC. Yet, Bucs Coach Ray Perkins admitted this week that the reason he drafted Testaverde was that he didnt think DeBerg or Steve Young the Bucs other quarterback at the time was capable of leading the team to the Super Bowl. I didn't think either one of them could, Perkins told San Francisco reporters. But, Perkins admitted, Steve DeBerg is playing here on a really high level now." Not that DeBerg, 33, is the Bucs quarterback of the future. Testaverde is, though at what point he will take over, no one knows. Hell be a starter," Perkins said of Testaverde. Hes going to be our quarterback of the future. When he steps in, he wont step out for a long time. Healing process: Dallas wide receiver Mike Sherrard, who broke his leg during a training camp scrimmage against the Chargers, may not recover in time for the 1988 season. Its a long healing process," club President Tex Schramm said. You don't want to tamper with a plaxer who is going to have a great career. You dont want him to par working hard on bringing an NFL team to Columbus. This is the first real light bulb weve seen on the horizon. Rinehart and Bidwill have conferred twice about the tran'fer, the newspaper said Bidwill has indicated he wants What it will take is probably the Chargers' best game of the year, and they may have to do it without Fouts, w ho is suffering from a pulled calf muscle. Fouts will be in uniform Mark Ylasic was deactivated Saturday but it's uncertain whether he will play. Mark Herrmann, who admittedly plays better in relief, is expected to make his sixth start as a Charger. The club has won just one of his previous five starts and just four of the last 17 games Fouts has not started. Yet, when Herrmann says, The guys have confidence in me, he's telling the truth. Mark Herrmann is a proven quarterback, safety Martin Bayless said. The offense is going to put points on the board. Our job is to stop Seattle. And that means stopping Curt Warner. Despite a sore toe that has kept him from practicing for three weeks, Warner has gained 399 yards in his last four games. He will play today with an orthotic sleeve around his toe for protection. It also means stopping quarterback Dave Krieg, who in six career games against the Chargers has thrown 17 touchdown passes and only four interceptions. Krieg and the rest of the Seattle offense have struggled lately, however. They scored three touchdowns last week in a 24-13 victory over Green Bay, but one came on a blocked punt, another followed a fumble recovery deep in Packers territory, and the other was on a 57-yard run by Warner. We havent played that well the last two weeks, Knox admitted. ticipate until the leg is actually better than it was before it was broken. Talking to the doctors, it could still be a long process." Sherrard broke his leg in three places during the Aug. 5 scrimmage. Doctors have said his leg is healing on schedule, but he wont have his cast removed until January. He would then need at least six months of rehabilitation before even thinking about playing again. Training camp begins in July. Its a start: For only the second time in its history and the first time when it's counted the NFL this week will have three black starting quarterbacks. Washingtons Doug Williams, promoted over Jay Schroeder, joins Philadelphias Randall Cunningham and Houstons Warren Moon. The only other time it happened was the final weekend of last season, when Cunningham and Moon were joined by Reggie Collier of Dallas. But the Cowboys were only experimenting with Collier. He has since been released. Dot to dot: Since the NFL adopted a 16-game schedule in 1978, the Raiders-Broncos series is the only one to be swept each sea son. Each team has swept four times (they played only once in 19821. Denver won the first meet ing this year . . . The Saints sold out the Superdome this week in tune to lift the local TV blackout for todays game with the Giant' Its the first time Saints fans have been able to watt h a home game on television since 19M Have thev missed anything'. . . . 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