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B: QUARTERBACKS

Morning bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-5 moves faster than John Friesz, but he scrambles for first down. One look at Jay Schroeder, and Friesz doesn't look so bad.

A: RUNNING BACKS

Howie Long talks a good game, but if he took a pounding from Marion Butts and Rod Bernstine every week, he'd get knocked senseless, and end up sounding like Chet Forte.

D: RECEIVERS

Hollywood producers have begun bidding for the Anthony Miller story, a Freddy Krueger sequel entitled: "Look Ma, No Hands." Kitrick Taylor catches one pass. One more than Miller.C: OFFENSIVE LINE

Defenders have tougher time pushing through smog than getting through these guys in passing situations. Broderick Thompson has as many penalties as Miller has dropped passes.

B: DEFENSIVE LINE

Talk about the cutback in short-range arms, without Marcus Allen and Bo Jackson Raiders are punchless. Joe Phillips reminds everyone why 49ers dumped Roger Craig.

A: LINEBACKERS

One might suggest a 100-yard match race between John Friesz and Henry Rolling, but there aren't enough hours in the day to give them time to finish.

C: DEFENSIVE BACKS

How can anyone look bad while defending passes thrown by Schroeder? Well, Stanley Richard is looking for receivers in all the wrong places, and Gill Byrd struggles.

A: SPECIAL TEAMS

Raider special teams look like they're coached by someone who doesn't know what he's doing. Donnie Elder play at goal line on John Kidd punt clears the Coliseum.

A: COACHING

Who's worried about job security? Just how many wins do you think it will take to secure home-field advantage for the playoffs?

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