Even Rooney still guessing on Noll's future

Pittsburgh Steelers president Dan Rooney insists he doesn't know whether Chuck Noll will be back as coach.

So, how could anyone else?


Noll has hinted he might retire after 23 seasons as Steelers coach, but he seemed uncertain about his plans at the news conference after Pittsburgh's 17-10 victory Sunday over the Cleveland Browns.

Before the Steelers office was closed for Christmas, Rooney said he "honestly" won't know Noll's plans until a meeting later this week.


"Obviously, the situation as far as who the coach is, is going to have something to say about who our quarterbacks are," Rooney said after talking to quarterback Bubby Brister, whose contract has expired.

* BUCCANEERS: Owner Hugh Culverhouse flew north, apparently to talk with former Giants coach Bill Parcells about a job.

The Orlando Sentinel reported that Culverhouse made a flight to New Jersey on Monday.

"He's gone off in the hope of bringing home the big trophy," an unidentified source said.

Parcells spent his first year after quitting the Super Bowl-champion Giants as an NBC-TV commentator. He lives in Upper Saddle River, N.J.

The Bucs finished 3-13 this season, their first full year under coach Richard Williamson.

* EAGLES: Quarterback Jim McMahon said that if he likes the size of the new contract that management puts on the table next month, he's not going anywhere.

"I think it's all going to come down to whether or not they offer me a fair contract," said McMahon, 32, who will become a Plan B free agent if he's not signed by February.


"I'd like to stay here. My family wants to stay here. They're tired of moving. Like I said earlier in the year, my kids have been to three different schools. It'd be nice to have them go to the same school again.

"They're getting older, and they want me to retire so we can stay in one place. But I've got a lot of football left, I feel, and I want to keep playing."