Noll Under Fire For Play Strategy

Posted: November 23, 1988

Pittsburgh Steelers' president Dan Rooney had some harsh words for Chuck Noll's coaching strategy and sideline communication in an interview published in yesterday's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Rooney said he disagreed with some of Noll's play strategy in Sunday's loss to Cleveland and labeled some plays "stupid."

The Steelers lost the game, 27-7, which dropped their record to 2-10.

"At the end of the season, we have to evaluate everything we're doing," Rooney said.


Phil Simms did not suffer a serious shoulder injury against the Eagles and the New York Giants quarterback probably will play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, coach Bill Parcells said.

"Simms is doing better," Parcells said. "He might miss a day of practice for precautionary reasons. I think he'll be OK."

Simms bruised his right shoulder Sunday when he was tackled by Reggie White. The 10-year veteran underwent tests Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City and X-rays revealed no structural damage.


The Washington Redskins, hoping to bolster their dreadful rushing attack, will start rookie Jamie Morris at running back Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, coach Joe Gibbs said.

Washington could muster only 56 rushing yards in Monday's 37-21 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, as starter Timmy Smith fumbled twice and gained only six yards in 12 carries.

"One of the key things in our offense is to get back into a situation where we can run some," Gibbs said. "We're just not getting production from our running game."

Gibbs said he would stand pat at quarterback, keeping Doug Williams as the starter even though he threw two interceptions against the 49ers.


The Miami Dolphins released kicker Tony Franklin, who missed seven of his 11 field-goal attempts with the team, including a 23-yard attempt in the fourth quarter of a 6-3 loss to New England.

Franklin, a 10-year NFL veteran who previously kicked for the Eagles and the Patriots, missed three of four field-goal attempts in the Sunday night loss to New England. He was signed by Miami after Fuad Reveiz was placed on injured reserve with a thigh injury.

The Dolphins are hopeful Reveiz, who has missed five games with a thigh injury, will be able to kick Sunday against the New York Jets. If not, Miami will call on one of several kickers it tried out last month, including Ali Haji-Sheikh and Rafael Septien.


The Green Bay Packers released kicker Dale Dawson, who converted just three of five field-goal attempts during his three-week stint.

Dawson, who was released earlier this season by the Eagles, missed a field goal and an extra point Sunday in Green Bay's 19-9 loss to Detroit.

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