How good is Pittsburgh guard

Alan Faneca

? He was named to his seventh consecutive Pro Bowl last week. Only six Steelers have made more:

Joe Greene

(10)

Jack Lambert

(9),

Mike Webster

(9),

Franco Harris

(9),

Ernie Stautner

(9) and

Jack Ham

(8). And yes, all of those players are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. . . .

Jeff Garcia

will be jacked up today against the San Francisco 49ers, one of his former teams. In 74 starts for the 49ers from 1999 to 2003, Garcia threw for 13,704 yards and 113 touchdowns. Three times he led the Niners to the playoffs, and three times he made the Pro Bowl. Still, he never did what he's done this season for the Bucs: complete 64.2 percent of his passes. . . .

Seven teams failed to place a single player on the Pro Bowl rosters, including 10-4 Jacksonville and 9-5 Tampa Bay. . . .

After the Giants beat the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field two weeks ago to improve to 9-4, it looked as if

Tom Coughlin

would return next season. But if the Giants lose to Buffalo today and then to New England on Saturday, the organization could jettison Coughlin, even if the Giants still make the playoffs. . . .

What a blow to the Steelers. Thursday night,

Willie Parker

, the NFL's leading rusher, broke his right fibula on his first carry of the game. He will miss the rest of the season. Parker was on pace for a career year, with 1,316 yards on 321 carries. "He's devastated. We're all devastated," wide receiver

Hines Ward

told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette after the Steelers' 41-24 win at St. Louis. "That damn turf.". . .

Wonder how

Cam Cameron

and

Randy Mueller

are feeling? Miami Dolphins owner

Wayne Huizenga

last week was asked about the status of his head coach and general manager, given the Dolphins' 1-13 record. "As far as I know, both of those guys are secure," Huizenga said. "But that's not my decision. That's what we hired the expert for." That expert:

Bill Parcells

, who said he doesn't have any "preconceived ideas" going into his new job as Dolphins czar of all football decisions.