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Moss gathers votes, joins 4 teammates as All-Pros

Five Vikings _ Randy, Randle, two Randalls and a perfect placekicker _ were selected for the Associated Press' NFL All-Pro team released Thursday.

Wide receiver Randy Moss, the first rookie on the team since Jerome Bettis in 1993, was joined by quarterback Randall Cunningham, guard Randall McDaniel, defensive tackle John Randle and kicker Gary Anderson.

Moss, who made one of the biggest impacts of any rookie in league history, was one vote short of being a unanimous choice. Only Denver running back Terrell Davis received votes from all 47 members of a nationwide panel of sports writers and broadcasters.

"I just go out there and try to do my job," said Moss, who had 19 yards per reception for 69 catches and had a league-high 17 TDs. "There's nothing that really comes that I really get down on myself or try to outdo anybody. I don't talk trash. You'll never hear me talk to a defender."

Cunningham led the NFL with a 106.0 passer rating, completing 60.9 percent for 3,704 yards and 34 touchdowns. A backup at the start of the season, he replaced injured Brad Johnson and guided the Vikings to a league-record 556 points.

The Vikings' 15-1 record was the NFL's best.

"You look around this locker room and see all the guys I get to play with, they're the ones who really allowed us to achieve those goals," Cunningham said.

McDaniel, the most dominant guard in the game, made the All-Pro squad for the seventh time. He was joined at guard by Tennessee's Bruce Matthews, 37, who made his 16th season one of his best. Matthews has been an All-Pro five times, twice as a center.

Fourteen AFC players and 13 from the NFC made the team.

STEELERS' SHERMAN RESIGNS: Ray Sherman resigned as offensive coordinator after the team's first losing season since 1991.

Sherman, who had been given a two-year contract when he was hired, spent less than a year on the job.

The Steelers finished 7-9, ending a string of six consecutive seasons in which they made the playoffs. The offense managed just 21 touchdowns, fewer than any other team but Philadelphia.

Coach Bill Cowher said he discussed Sherman's job with team executives and it became "increasingly apparent a change was necessary."

"Instead of delaying a decision until next week, I felt it was in everyone's best interest to move swiftly," Cowher said.

The leading in-house candidate to succeed Sherman is tight ends coach Mike Mularkey, who played at the University of Florida.

The Steelers may also have to replace their defensive coordinator. Jim Haslett is a candidate for the for head-coaching jobs with Philadelphia, Seattle, Baltimore and Chicago.

RAVENS: Baltimore has been granted permission from five teams to begin speaking with their assistant coaches about replacing former coach Ted Marchibroda, while former 49ers coach George Seifert has shown little interest in the vacant Ravens job, according to a high ranking team official.

Several members of the Ravens front office staff met and were granted permission to interview Haslett, Eagles defensive coordinator Emmitt Thomas, Vikings offensive coordinator Brian Billick and both Jaguars coordinators, Chris Palmer (offense) and Dick Jauron.

The Baltimore Sun reported that Haslett's top choice would be to land in Baltimore.

EAGLES: In addition to Haslett and Billick, Packers quarterbacks coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Sherm Lewis are expected to be courted for the head-coaching job.

PANTHERS: Tony Wise, who was on the Bears staff that got fired Monday, is scheduled to be interviewed about becoming offensive line coach.

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