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When Giant coach Dan Reeves cut veteran linebacker Pepper
Johnson at the end of the 1993 preseason, Johnson derisively
referred to his former team as the "New Jersey Broncos." No
wonder. After taking over the Giants two seasons ago, Reeves
immediately began acquiring players whom he had coached in
Denver. Then again, picking up players from a former team is
common in the NFC East, where only Dallas's Barry Switzer did
not come to his present post from another NFL club. The
Cardinals' Buddy Ryan has imported six ex-Eagles to his current
team, the Redskins' Norv Turner, five ex-Cowboys, and the
Eagles' Ray Rhodes, six ex-49ers. "When you see a guy play on
film, you only know what kind of player he is," says Reeves. "If
you've worked with a player, you're more comfortable with him."
There's a comfort level for the player too. "You know the coach
is bringing you in for a reason," says New York receiver Arthur
Marshall, who came over from Denver in a 1994 trade. "He knows
you, and he thinks you can play football."

That's why all eyes in New York are trained on backup
quarterback Tommy Maddox, whom Reeves originally drafted for
Denver in 1992. Released by the Rams in August, Maddox (right,
with Reeves) was acquired at the end of exhibition season.
Given Dave Brown's sometimes shaky performance in leading the
Giants to an 1-3 start this year, is it only a matter of time
before Reeves pulls the trigger and installs his guy?

Here's a rundown of players in the NFC East who have followed a
coach to his new team.


COLOR PHOTO: LOU CAPOZZOLA [Tommy Maddox and Dan Reeves]


Arizona Buddy Ryan WR Anthony Edwards, P Jeff
Feagles, RB Mark Higgs,
S Terry Hoage, LB Seth Joyner,
DE Clyde Simmons

New York Dan Reeves LB Michael Brooks, LB Mike
Croel, K Brad Daluiso,
P Mike Horan, QB Tommy Maddox,
WR Arthur Marshall

Philadelphia Ray Rhodes T Harry Boatswain, DT Rhett
Hall, LB Steve Hendrickson,
G Guy McIntyre, RB Ricky Watters,
S David Whitmore

Washington Norv Turner LB Darrick Brownlow, TE Scott
Galbraith, C John Gesek, LB Matt
Vanderbeek, S James Washington