Archive: January 2007

No Decision Until Next Week on Cowboys' Coach

MIAMI--Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters in Irving, Tex., that the club would not fill its head coaching vacancy until after the Super Bowl. That means the Cowboys potentially could interview Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera and Indianapolis Colts assistant head coach Jim Caldwell next week....

By Mark Maske | January 31, 2007; 6:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

McNabb Says So Far, So Good in Rehab

MIAMI--Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb made a promotional appearance here today and said he's had no setbacks so far in his rehabilitation from the knee injury that cut short his season. "I would say right now I'm on schedule," McNabb said. He also indicated there's no tension between him...

By Mark Maske | January 31, 2007; 6:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Palmer Says Bengals Players Need to Fix Off-Field Behavior

MIAMI--Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer said "enough is enough" when it comes to the off-field misbehavior of his teammates. "From here on out, guys just need to make better decisions," Palmer said during an appearance today at the Super Bowl media center. "Life is about making the right decisions...

By Mark Maske | January 31, 2007; 6:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Harper Says He'll Play Sunday

MIAMI--Indianapolis Colts cornerback Nick Harper, who suffered a sprained ankle in the AFC title game, said today he plans to play in the Super Bowl. "As long as I can walk around here, I think I can play," he said....

By Mark Maske | January 31, 2007; 6:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cowboys' Decision Near?

MIAMI--The Dallas Cowboys could have a new head coach today. Owner Jerry Jones is scheduled to travel to Miami on Thursday for the Super Bowl and it is thought that he'd like to hire a new coach first. Jones interviewed San Francisco 49ers linebackers coach Mike Singletary on Tuesday...

By Mark Maske | January 31, 2007; 1:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

No Offense For Urlacher

MIAMI--There has been some speculation that linebacker Brian Urlacher perhaps could be worked into the Chicago Bears' game plan on offense Sunday. But Bears Coach Lovie Smith said today it won't happen. "Brian is a middle linebacker," Smith said. "You wouldn't put Dick Butkus at tight end."...

By Mark Maske | January 30, 2007; 11:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vinatieri Back on Big Stage

MIAMI--Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri connected on two Super Bowl-winning field goals while he was a member of the New England Patriots, the first of which came against the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI. Among the Rams' coaches feeling the anguish from that near-miss defeat was their...

By Mark Maske | January 30, 2007; 11:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Manning Is Predictable Focus of Media Day Attention

MIAMI--Peyton Manning, predictably, drew the biggest crowd of reporters at media day today. The quarterback said he never stopped believing during the Indianapolis Colts' string of playoff failures that he'd reach a Super Bowl eventually. "I always felt like I would have a chance to play in this game,"...

By Mark Maske | January 30, 2007; 11:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Coaches Say Rooney Rule Is Working

MIAMI--Both of the Super Bowl head coaches were asked Monday if the time has come for the Rooney Rule to be rescinded because the NFL perhaps has achieved a level of equality in hiring. Both of them said they're pleased with the progress that has been made since the...

By Mark Maske | January 30, 2007; 7:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cowboys to Interview Singletary

MIAMI--San Francisco 49ers linebackers coach Mike Singletary is scheduled to interview Tuesday for the Dallas Cowboys' head coaching job. Singletary will become the eighth candidate to interview for the job and the second 49ers assistant coach, along with offensive coordinator Norv Turner. The Cowboys hired Miami Dolphins quarterbacks coach...

By Mark Maske | January 29, 2007; 10:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Harper Thinks He'll Be Ready to Play Sunday

MIAMI--Coach Tony Dungy said tonight that Indianapolis Colts cornerback Nick Harper believes he'll be ready to play in Sunday's Super Bowl. Harper suffered a sprained ankle in the team's triumph over the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game. Dungy said that quarterback Peyton Manning showed no ill...

By Mark Maske | January 29, 2007; 9:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dungy Defends Travel Plans

MIAMI--Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy tonight defended his decision to have his team travel to South Florida today, a day after the Chicago Bears arrived in town. "I think we'll have plenty of time," Dungy said at the Colts' arrival news conference. "I didn't think it was that late,...

By Mark Maske | January 29, 2007; 9:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Grossman Not Focused on Quarterback Comparisons

MIAMI--Chicago Bears Coach Lovie Smith said he doesn't think his quarterback, Rex Grossman, will have a problem dealing with the unfavorable comparisons that will be made this week between him and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. "We've had a chance to prepare ourselves for this," Smith said. "He has...

By Mark Maske | January 29, 2007; 9:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Have Light Practice

MIAMI--The Chicago Bears got in their first practice of Super Bowl week before the Indianapolis Colts even arrived in town. The Bears, after getting here Sunday, had an approximately one-hour practice today. "The guys are excited," Coach Lovie Smith said. "If you practiced for the Super Bowl each day,...

By Mark Maske | January 29, 2007; 9:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Head Coaching Job for R. Rivera

MIAMI--It appears that Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera will be passed over for an NFL head coaching job during this hiring cycle. Only one team, the Dallas Cowboys, still has a coaching vacancy and owner Jerry Jones appears close to making a choice from among just-hired offensive coordinator...

By Mark Maske | January 29, 2007; 9:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

L. Smith Not Exactly Going Wild

MIAMI--Chicago Bears Coach Lovie Smith was asked during his news conference today if he would take time at any point this week to enjoy the city and enjoy the Super Bowl experience. "Each day since we won the NFC championship, I've enjoyed it," he said. "I don't drink. I...

By Mark Maske | January 29, 2007; 9:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Super Bowl Security to be Tight, As Always

MIAMI--Security will be tight, as always, for the Sunday's Super Bowl. Flight restrictions will be in place Sunday around Dolphin Stadium and all fans will be subject to pat-downs and metal-detector screenings....

By Mark Maske | January 29, 2007; 9:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Brees Says Saints Can Build on This Season's Success

MIAMI--New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was in town to do a promotional appearance today and said he's optimistic the club will build on the success it had this season in reaching the NFC championship game before losing to the Bears. "I definitely think that's what we're going to...

By Mark Maske | January 29, 2007; 9:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jones's Head Coaching Choice Could Depend on How He Feels About Garrett's Readiness

MIAMI--If Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones indeed is set to choose between Wade Phillips and Norv Turner as his next head coach, as many people in the league believe, his decision could come down to this: Does he believe that Jason Garrett is ready to oversee the club's offense...

By Mark Maske | January 29, 2007; 9:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Feeling Better About Harper's Ankle

MIAMI--The Indianapolis Colts are increasingly optimistic about the Super Bowl availability of cornerback Nick Harper, who suffered a sprained ankle during the AFC title game. There were initial concerns that Harper might miss the Super Bowl. But he's done some running to test his ankle and the Colts are...

By Mark Maske | January 29, 2007; 9:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dungy, Smith Take Different Approaches

MIAMI--The two Super Bowl coaches are close friends and former associates, but Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith have taken different approaches to dealing with the demands of the week. Smith brought his Chicago Bears to town Sunday, saying during his arrival news conference Sunday night that he wanted his...

By Mark Maske | January 29, 2007; 9:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

R. Bush Fined $5,000 for Taunting

MIAMI--The NFL fined New Orleans Saints tailback Reggie Bush $5,000 for taunting Chicago Bears middle linebacker Brian Urlacher during the NFC championship game. Bush pointed his finger at Urlacher just before crossing the goal line for a touchdown on an 88-yard catch and run. Bush performed a somersault in...

By Mark Maske | January 28, 2007; 9:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cowboys Interview Turner

MIAMI--Former Washington Redskins and Oakland Raiders coach Norv Turner interviewed for the Dallas Cowboys' vacant head coaching job today and apparently has emerged as one of the favorites for the job. Turner, who spent this season as the offensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers, met with owner Jerry...

By Mark Maske | January 28, 2007; 8:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cowboys Done With G. Gibbs, W. Phillips Interviews, Turner's to Come Sunday

The Dallas Cowboys interviewed New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs for their head coaching job today. Gibbs was the Cowboys' linebackers coach before going to New Orleans with fellow former Dallas assistant Sean Payton. San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Norv Turner is to interview with the Cowboys on...

By Mark Maske | January 27, 2007; 6:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers Promote Shelmon to Replace Cameron

The San Diego Chargers promoted Clarence Shelmon from running backs coach to offensive coordinator. He replaces Cam Cameron, who left the club to become the head coach of the Miami Dolphins....

By Mark Maske | January 26, 2007; 3:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cowboys' Search Drawing Scrutiny Over Diversity Issues

The league officials in charge of monitoring and enforcing the NFL's diversity rules when it comes to head coaching interviews are paying close attention to the coaching search being conducted by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. When Jones hired Bill Parcells as his coach the last time he conducted...

By Mark Maske | January 26, 2007; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (31)

Jaguars Hire M. Shula as Quarterbacks Coach

The Jacksonville Jaguars hired former University of Alabama coach Mike Shula as their quarterbacks coach. Shula, the son of Hall of Fame coach Don Shula, interviewed for the Miami Dolphins' head coaching job but was passed over in favor of Cam Cameron....

By Mark Maske | January 25, 2007; 9:16 PM ET | Comments (1)

Cowboys Announce Hiring of Garrett

The Dallas Cowboys hired Jason Garrett today, as expected. What's yet to be determined is whether he'll be the team's head coach or its offensive coordinator. The Cowboys plan to interview other candidates for the head coaching job. If owner Jerry Jones selects one of those candidates to succeed...

By Mark Maske | January 25, 2007; 9:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

T. Haley Agrees to Become Cardinals' Offensive Coordinator

Todd Haley, the Dallas Cowboys' wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator, has agreed to become the offensive coordinator of the Arizona Cardinals. He is reunited in Arizona with recently hired Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt. The two once worked together on the coaching staff of the New York Jets....

By Mark Maske | January 25, 2007; 3:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cowboys Receive Permission to Interview W. Phillips, G. Gibbs

The Dallas Cowboys have received permission to interview two defensive coordinators, Wade Phillips of the San Diego Chargers and Gary Gibbs of the New Orleans Saints, for their head coaching job. Phillips is the former head coach of the Denver Broncos and Buffalo Bills. He also had stints as...

By Mark Maske | January 25, 2007; 3:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bears Planning to Complete Contract Extension With L. Smith After Super Bowl

The Chicago Bears have put their contract talks with Coach Lovie Smith on hold until after the Super Bowl but club officials say they intend to sign him to an extension afterward. Smith is the NFL's lowest-paid coach this season with a salary of $1.35 million. He was the...

By Mark Maske | January 25, 2007; 3:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

C. Henry Sentenced to Two Days in Jail

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry was sentenced today to two days in jail for allowing minors to drink alcohol in his hotel room in April. Henry was sentenced to 90 days in jail but all but two days of the sentence were suspended. He pleaded guilty to unlawful...

By Mark Maske | January 25, 2007; 1:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cowboys Set to Hire Garrett as Either Offensive Coordinator or Head Coach

The Dallas Cowboys plan to add Jason Garrett to their coaching staff after his impressive interview Wednesday, an NFL source said this morning. The only question is whether Garrett, a former backup quarterback for the Cowboys who spent the past two seasons as the Miami Dolphins' quarterbacks coach, will...

By Mark Maske | January 25, 2007; 8:37 AM ET | Comments (7)

Nolan Decides Against Hiring Campo as Niners' Defensive Coordinator

San Francisco 49ers Coach Mike Nolan decided against hiring Jacksonville Jaguars secondary coach Dave Campo as his new defensive coordinator. Nolan interviewed Campo, formerly the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, for the job and promised Jaguars Coach Jack Del Rio to decide by today whether he would hire...

By Mark Maske | January 24, 2007; 3:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

R. Lewis Reaches Eighth Pro Bowl

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis reached his eighth career Pro Bowl today. He was named to the AFC team to replace injured Denver Broncos linebacker Al Wilson. He becomes the fifth Ravens defensive player on the team....

By Mark Maske | January 24, 2007; 2:05 PM ET | Comments (1)

Cowboys Interviewing J. Garrett for Offensive Coordinator Job

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is interviewing Jason Garrett today for the team's offensive coordinator job. Garrett, a former backup quarterback for the Cowboys, now is the Miami Dolphins' quarterbacks coach. The Dolphins, according to an NFL source, granted the Cowboys' request to interview Garrett only after Jones agreed...

By Mark Maske | January 24, 2007; 1:23 PM ET | Comments (2)

League, Union Complete Agreement to Strengthen Steroid-Testing Program

The league and the NFL Players Association announced today that they'd completed an agreement to toughen the sport's steroid-testing program. The two sides agreed to increase the number of random tests to which players are subjected to 10 players per team per week during the preseason, regular season and...

By Mark Maske | January 24, 2007; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (10)

Lions on Verge of Re-Signing Furrey

The Detroit Lions are in the final stages of completing a contract extension with wide receiver Mike Furrey, a former safety who led the NFC with 98 catches this season. He would have been eligible for unrestricted free agency in March....

By Mark Maske | January 24, 2007; 11:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Reid Reworks Eagles' Staff

Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid replaced linebackers coach Steve Spagnuolo, who was hired as the New York Giants' defensive coordinator, with secondary coach Sean McDermott. He shifted his longtime special teams coordinator, John Harbaugh, to secondary coach....

By Mark Maske | January 24, 2007; 11:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers Hire J. Davidson as Offensive Coordinator

The Carolina Panthers hired Jeff Davidson as their offensive coordinator. He replaces the fired Dan Henning. Davidson formerly worked for Bill Belichick in New England most recently was the Cleveland Browns' offensive line coach....

By Mark Maske | January 24, 2007; 11:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

J. Garcia Planning to Test Free Agency

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jeff Garcia said on an appearance on the Tonight Show last night that he plans to test free agency in March. Garcia told host Jay Leno that he's not ruling out re-signing with the Eagles but he also intends to see what other opportunities are available...

By Mark Maske | January 24, 2007; 10:46 AM ET | Comments (1)

Suggestions for the Cowboys

Not that Jerry Jones needs the help... but Bill Parcells left the Dallas Cowboys in a lurch by waiting until 16 days after their playoff loss to quit as their coach. Five other NFL teams already have hired new head coaches, so Jones's options are limited. Two suggestions: *Offer...

By Mark Maske | January 23, 2007; 7:00 PM ET | Comments (5)

Even With Tomlin Move, Still Not a Great Hiring Cycle for Diversity

The Indianapolis Colts' Tony Dungy and the Chicago Bears' Lovie Smith have become the first two African-American head coaches to lead their teams to the Super Bowl. The Pittsburgh Steelers hired a black head coach this week, Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin. But overall, it still hasn't been...

By Mark Maske | January 23, 2007; 5:04 PM ET | Comments (14)

Grimm Lands in Arizona

Russ Grimm, passed over for the head coaching job in Pittsburgh, was hired by the Arizona Cardinals as their offensive line coach. He rejoins fellow former Steelers assistant Ken Whisenhunt, the Cardinals' recently hired head coach....

By Mark Maske | January 23, 2007; 4:33 PM ET | Comments (6)

Super Bowl Rankings

Peyton Manning and Tony Dungy finally get to the Super Bowl and the Patriots go home after a classic AFC championship game. The Bears played, in the NFC title game, like a team that can give the Colts some problems in Miami but the Saints still might have prevailed...

By Mark Maske | January 23, 2007; 3:05 PM ET | Comments (5)

J. Fisher Won't Be Candidate for Cowboys Job

The Tennessee Titans say their coach, Jeff Fisher, is off limits to the Dallas Cowboys. The Titans announced they would not grant permission for Fisher to be interviewed if the Cowboys were to ask. Fisher has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the Cowboys but he's under contract...

By Mark Maske | January 23, 2007; 2:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Manning's Thumb Only Bruised

X-rays showed no broken bones in the injured right thumb of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. The injury is being called merely a bruise. Manning injured the thumb during Sunday's AFC title game when he hit his hand on the helmet of an offensive lineman on his follow-through on...

By Mark Maske | January 23, 2007; 12:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

T. Johnson Granted Court Permission to Travel to Super Bowl

A judge ruled today that Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson can travel to Miami next week to play in the Super Bowl. Johnson is awaiting trial on gun-related charges after being arrested last month. Police found six weapons and ammunition in Johnson's home, according to prosecutors, and he's...

By Mark Maske | January 23, 2007; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (2)

Parcells's Exit Means Owens Almost Certainly Stays in Dallas

The departure of Coach Bill Parcells from the Dallas Cowboys virtually ensures that wide receiver Terrell Owens will be with the team next season. Owens is one season into a three-year, $25 million contract with the Cowboys. Owner Jerry Jones pushed for him to be signed and Parcells lived...

By Mark Maske | January 23, 2007; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (8)

Raiders Hire L. Kiffin as Coach

Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis couldn't get one of USC's co-offensive coordinators as his head coach. So he got the other. Davis hired Lane Kiffin as the Raiders' coach Monday night. Kiffin, the son of Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, becomes the NFL's youngest head coach, at...

By Mark Maske | January 23, 2007; 9:48 AM ET | Comments (5)

Giants Raid Eagles for New Defensive Coordinator

The New York Giants hired Steve Spagnuolo as their defensive coordinator. He replaces the fired Tim Lewis. He'd been on the Philadelphia Eagles' coaching staff since 1999, spending the past three seasons as the club's linebackers coach. Giants Coach Tom Coughlin will have two new coordinators in a make-or-break...

By Mark Maske | January 22, 2007; 8:57 PM ET | Comments (1)

Vick Won't Face Charges Stemming from Airport Incident

Authorities in Miami said that Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick won't face charges stemming from last week's incident in which he reluctantly surrendered a water bottle with a secret compartment at an airport security checkpoint. Police said last week there was a residue in the secret compartment that smelled...

By Mark Maske | January 22, 2007; 8:53 PM ET | Comments (5)

Manning to Have X-Rays on Thumb

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning was to undergo X-rays today on his injured right thumb. Manning suffered the injury when he hit his hand on the helmet of an offensive lineman on his follow-through on a fourth-quarter throw during Sunday's triumph over the New England Patriots in the AFC...

By Mark Maske | January 22, 2007; 8:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Parcells Quits

Bill Parcells quit today as coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Parcells announced in a written statement that he was retiring from coaching. He spent four seasons with the Cowboys, who reached the playoffs this season but were eliminated in a disappointing first-round loss at Seattle. "I am in good...

By Mark Maske | January 22, 2007; 1:03 PM ET | Comments (65)

Friends Dungy, L. Smith Making History Together

INDIANAPOLIS--One of the leading Super Bowl storylines will be the Indianapolis Colts' Tony Dungy and the Chicago Bears' Lovie Smith being the first two black head coaches to lead their teams to the game. Dungy touched on the issue late Sunday but said he wanted to wait until today...

By Mark Maske | January 22, 2007; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (12)

Manning Says Thumb is Okay For Super Bowl

INDIANAPOLIS--Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning hurt his right thumb in the fourth quarter of Sunday's AFC championship game when his hand struck the helmet of one of his offensive linemen on his follow-through on a throw. But Manning finished the game and said he would be okay for the...

By Mark Maske | January 22, 2007; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (1)

This Time, Patriots Praised as Classy

INDIANAPOLIS--A week after Chargers tailback LaDainian Tomlinson accused the New England Patriots of celebrating their playoff triumph in San Diego in a classless manner, the Patriots accepted their defeat to the Indianapolis Colts here in Sunday's AFC title game with grace. Colts quarterback Peyton Manning said he was appreciative...

By Mark Maske | January 22, 2007; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (5)

Colts Prove Playoff Mettle

INDIANAPOLIS--Even when the Indianapolis Colts were winning their first nine games of this season, it was clear they weren't the same dominant team they'd been last season. But Coach Tony Dungy and quarterback Peyton Manning said that was fine with them. The tough games the club was playing would...

By Mark Maske | January 22, 2007; 10:03 AM ET | Comments (2)

Tomlin, Steelers Have Tentative Deal

Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin accepted an offer today to become the coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, an NFL source said. He succeeds Bill Cowher, who resigned after 15 seasons as the Steelers' coach. The Steelers' other finalists were their offensive line coach, Russ Grimm, and Chicago Bears...

By Mark Maske | January 21, 2007; 6:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Mora Lands in Seattle

Recently fired Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora has become the Seattle Seahawks' secondary coach. He replaces Teryl Austin, who joined the coaching staff of the Arizona Cardinals. Mora was a finalist for the Miami Dolphins' head coaching job but it went to San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron....

By Mark Maske | January 21, 2007; 2:23 PM ET | Comments (1)

Report in Pittsburgh Says Steelers to Hire Grimm, Not Tomlin

The Pittsburgh Steelers' choice of a head coach to succeed Bill Cowher has become a mess. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported today that Steelers offensive line coach Russ Grimm had been offered the job and accepted it. His hiring is to be announced at a news conference Monday, the newspaper...

By Mark Maske | January 21, 2007; 9:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Browns Hire Chudzinski as Offensive Coordinator

The Cleveland Browns hired Rob Chudzinski as their offensive coordinator. He was the San Diego Chargers' tight ends coach the past two seasons and served as the Browns' tight ends coach before that....

By Mark Maske | January 20, 2007; 8:01 PM ET | Comments (1)

Patriots Safety R. Harrison to Miss AFC Title Game

INDIANAPOLIS--The New England Patriots will be without safety Rodney Harrison in Sunday's AFC title game here against the Indianapolis Colts. The Patriots listed Harrison's status as out in their official injury report. He had been listed as doubtful earlier in the week and had been on the practice field....

By Mark Maske | January 20, 2007; 7:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Tomlin Looks Like Favorite for Steelers Job

People familiar with the Pittsburgh Steelers' coaching search say that Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin has emerged as the favorite for the job. Tomlin, they said, could be hired early next week to replace Bill Cowher, who resigned after 15 seasons with the Steelers. The other finalists for...

By Mark Maske | January 20, 2007; 7:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sarkisian Announces He Has Withdrawn from Raiders' Search

USC quarterbacks coach Steve Sarkisian announced Friday that he'd withdrawn from the Oakland Raiders' head coaching search. Sarkisian had a second interview with the Raiders this week and had been pegged by some media outlets as the front-runner to be hired to replace the fired Art Shell. The Raiders...

By Mark Maske | January 20, 2007; 9:06 AM ET | Comments (1)

Dolphins Hire Cameron

The Miami Dolphins hired San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron as their coach today. Cameron was one of three candidates to have second interviews with the team this week, following Georgia Tech Coach Chan Gailey and recently fired Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora. The Dolphins wanted an offensive-minded...

By Mark Maske | January 19, 2007; 7:05 PM ET | Comments (1)

Cameron Reportedly Is Dolphins' Front-Runner

Reports in South Florida are pegging San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron as the favorite to land the Miami Dolphins' head coaching job. Cameron just completed his second interview with the club. The Dolphins also have had second interviews with Georgia Tech Coach Chan Gailey and recently fired...

By Mark Maske | January 19, 2007; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

D. Smith Agrees to Extension With Jaguars

Linebacker Daryl Smith agreed to a five-year, $25 million contract extension with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The deal runs through the 2012 season. Smith's contract was to expire after next season....

By Mark Maske | January 19, 2007; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hasselbeck Undergoes Surgery on Left Shoulder

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck underwent surgery Thursday to have a torn labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder repaired. The Seahawks are hopeful he'll be healthy by training camp. The procedure was performed by orthopedist James Andrews. Hasselbeck had a painful season in which he also suffered a knee...

By Mark Maske | January 19, 2007; 9:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sarkisian, L. Kiffin Could Bring USC Partnership to Raiders

A day after the Oakland Raiders had a second interview with USC quarterbacks coach Steve Sarkisian for their head coaching job, they met today with the school's offensive coordinator, Lane Kiffin, about possibly becoming their offensive coordinator. Sarkisian and Kiffin ran the Trojans' offense together at USC and perhaps...

By Mark Maske | January 18, 2007; 10:58 PM ET | Comments (2)

A. Blank and Other Falcons Officials Meet With Vick to Express Displeasure About Airport Incident

Atlanta Falcons officials, including owner Arthur Blank, met today with quarterback Michael Vick. The team's leaders expressed their displeasure with Vick after he reluctantly surrendered a water bottle Wednesday at a security checkpoint at the Miami airport that later was found to contain a secret compartment and a residue...

By Mark Maske | January 18, 2007; 10:43 PM ET | Comments (2)

Dolphins Have Second Interview With Cameron, Inch Closer to Decision

The Miami Dolphins planned to hire a new coach Friday or Saturday after having a second interview today with San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. Georgia Tech Coach Chan Gailey and recently fired Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora also have had second interviews with the Dolphins, who are...

By Mark Maske | January 18, 2007; 10:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

R. Harrison on Practice Field With Patriots

Safety Rodney Harrison was on the practice field with the New England Patriots today, although it was not clear how extensive his participation was because most of the practice was closed to media members. Harrison has missed the Patriots' previous two games during this postseason because of a knee...

By Mark Maske | January 18, 2007; 10:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Coughlin Names Gilbride Giants' Offensive Coordinator

New York Giants Coach Tom Coughlin named Kevin Gilbride his offensive coordinator. Gilbride called the offensive plays for the Giants in their final regular season game, a win over the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field, and during their playoff loss at Philadelphia after Coughlin fired John Hufnagel. Coughlin still...

By Mark Maske | January 18, 2007; 10:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Conference Championships Picks

NFC Saints at Bears The Saints are the better team, if the weather allows them to use all the facets of their offense. The Bears are vulnerable on defense without Tommie Harris and Mike Brown, and the Saints should be able to pressure Rex Grossman into some mistakes. Pick:...

By Mark Maske | January 18, 2007; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (10)

Police Say Water Bottle Taken From Vick at Miami Airport Had Secret Compartment and Substance that Smelled Like Marijuana

A water bottle taken from Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick by security screeners at the Miami airport Wednesday had a hidden compartment with a residue that smelled like marijuana, according to police. No charges were filed immediately but the bottle was to be sent to a lab for analysis,...

By Mark Maske | January 18, 2007; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (107)

Cameron Having Second Interview With Dolphins

San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron is having a second interview for the Miami Dolphins' head coaching job today. The Dolphins also have had second interviews with Georgia Tech Coach Chan Gailey and recently fired Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora. It's thought that the Dolphins might complete their...

By Mark Maske | January 18, 2007; 9:56 AM ET | Comments (2)

Patriots List R. Harrison As Doubtful

The New England Patriots listed safety Rodney Harrison as doubtful for Sunday's AFC title game at Indianapolis. Harrison missed the Patriots' first two playoff games because of an injury to his right knee suffered in the regular season finale. The Patriots listed him as out on their injury reports...

By Mark Maske | January 18, 2007; 9:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sarkisian Has Second Interview With Raiders

USC quarterbacks coach Steve Sarkisian had a second interview for the Oakland Raiders' head coaching job today. San Diego Chargers wide receivers coach James Lofton interviewed for the job Tuesday and emerged as a top candidate. The team also has interviewed former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel and...

By Mark Maske | January 17, 2007; 8:34 PM ET | Comments (3)

Chargers Retain Schottenheimer

The San Diego Chargers announced today that they're retaining Marty Schottenheimer as their coach next season. The Chargers went 14-2 during the regular season but lost an AFC semifinal at home Sunday to the New England Patriots, putting Schottenheimer's job in jeopardy. His career playoff record dropped to 5-13,...

By Mark Maske | January 17, 2007; 8:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers, Dolphins Taking Their Time in Coaching Searches

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins don't seem to be in a hurry to fill their head coaching vacancies. The Steelers had a second interview Tuesday with Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin and are to speak to their own offensive line coach, Russ Grimm, for the second time...

By Mark Maske | January 17, 2007; 9:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Lofton Emerges As Front-Runner in Oakland

San Diego Chargers wide receivers coach James Lofton appears to have emerged as the favorite to replace the fired Art Shell as the Oakland Raiders' coach. Lofton met Tuesday in the Bay Area with Raiders owner Al Davis and the two were said to be discussing contract terms and...

By Mark Maske | January 17, 2007; 9:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

No Verdict Yet on Schottenheimer

San Diego Chargers Coach Marty Schottenheimer met today with team owner Alex Spanos and club president Dean Spanos but no decision was made about his future with the franchise. The Chargers had a league-best record of 14-2 during the regular season but lost an AFC semifinal at home Sunday...

By Mark Maske | January 16, 2007; 9:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

M. Shula Reportedly Interviewed By Dolphins

Mike Shula interviewed for the Miami Dolphins' head coaching job over the weekend, the Associated Press reported. Shula is the son of the Dolphins' Hall of Fame former coach, Don Shula, and was the coach at the University of Alabama before being fired in November. Alabama replaced him by...

By Mark Maske | January 16, 2007; 9:38 PM ET | Comments (1)

Union Creates Trust Fund for D. Williams's Children

The NFL Players Association announced that it has created a trust fund to help pay for the education expenses of the two children of slain Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams. The union said in a written statement that it will solicit support from players on all NFL teams. In...

By Mark Maske | January 16, 2007; 2:03 PM ET | Comments (4)

Conference Championships Rankings

What does it take to beat the Patriots in a postseason game? Obviously being the better team isn't enough. The Colts actually played solid defensive games in consecutive weeks in the playoffs. The Saints are the best team in the NFC but the outcome of the title game Sunday...

By Mark Maske | January 16, 2007; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Announces that London Will Be Site of Next Season's Overseas Game

The NFL announced today that London will be the site of its overseas regular season game next season. The league's team owners voted in October to play one overseas game next season and up to two regular season games per year in foreign venues thereafter. The league narrowed its...

By Mark Maske | January 16, 2007; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tomlinson Ripped the Wrong Coach

LaDainian Tomlinson is a great player and, by all accounts, a classy guy. But the tailback's criticism of the New England Patriots' celebration of their triumph Sunday over Tomlinson's Chargers in San Diego in an AFC semifinal was off target. Tomlinson said the Patriots players, particularly cornerback Ellis Hobbs,...

By Mark Maske | January 16, 2007; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Reportedly to Interview D. Green Today

Recently fired Arizona Cardinals coach Dennis Green is to interview for the Oakland Raiders' head coaching vacancy today, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Green becomes the fourth candidate interviewed by the Raiders, following USC quarterbacks coach Steve Sarkisian, former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel and Raiders defensive coordinator...

By Mark Maske | January 16, 2007; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hasselbeck Played With Two Broken Fingers on Non-Throwing Hand

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck told reporters Monday that he played the final half of the regular season with two broken fingers on his non-throwing hand. Hasselbeck said he suffered non-displaced fractures of the fingers on his left hand during a Nov. 27 game against the Green Bay Packers,...

By Mark Maske | January 16, 2007; 9:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Tomlin, Grimm Getting Second Interviews With Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers are to begin their second round of interviews for their head coaching job by meeting Tuesday with Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin and Wednesday with their own offensive line coach, Russ Grimm. Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera apparently remains under consideration but the Steelers...

By Mark Maske | January 15, 2007; 8:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Mora, Gailey Among Finalists for Dolphins' Job

The Miami Dolphins have had former Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora and Georgia Tech Coach Chan Gailey in for second interviews in their head coaching search. New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer was to have a second interview Tuesday but he withdrew from consideration. The Dolphins might interview...

By Mark Maske | January 15, 2007; 8:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Panthers Dismiss Henning

The Carolina Panthers fired offensive coordinator Dan Henning. The veteran coach came under criticism for the Panthers' offensive struggles during their 8-8 season....

By Mark Maske | January 15, 2007; 8:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Packers Fill Offensive Coordinator Vacancy From Within

The Green Bay Packers promoted assistant offensive line coach Joe Philbin to offensive coordinator. He replaces Jeff Jagodzinski, who left to become the head coach at Boston College. The Packers plan to keep the zone blocking system installed by Jagodzinski to aid their running game and now will have...

By Mark Maske | January 15, 2007; 7:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Name J. Reese GM

The New York Giants named Jerry Reese their general manager. Reese, 43, succeeds the retiring Ernie Accorsi. He had been the Giants' director of player personnel. He becomes the third black general manager in the NFL, joining the Baltimore Ravens' Ozzie Newsome and the Houston Texans' Rick Smith....

By Mark Maske | January 15, 2007; 7:49 PM ET | Comments (0)

Could Chargers' Loss Get Schottenheimer Fired?

The question now is whether Marty Schottenheimer's latest playoff failure will cost him his job with the San Diego Chargers. There were reports even before Sunday's come-from-ahead defeat by the Chargers at home to the New England Patriots in an AFC semifinal that Schottenheimer could be fired if the...

By Mark Maske | January 15, 2007; 10:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cardinals Hire Whisenhunt

A second head coaching vacancy in the NFL was filled Sunday when the Arizona Cardinals hired Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. Whisenhunt replaces the fired Dennis Green and takes over a team that has had one winning season since 1984. The Cardinals interviewed eight candidates and had two...

By Mark Maske | January 15, 2007; 12:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Keep Capers As Defensive Boss With Huge Deal

The Miami Dolphins agreed to a three-year, approximately $8 million contract extension with Dom Capers to retain him as their defensive coordinator. He becomes the NFL's highest-paid assistant coach, ahead of Washington Redskins defensive boss Gregg Williams. The Dolphins re-signed Capers before hiring a head coach to replace the...

By Mark Maske | January 13, 2007; 7:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Expected to Name J. Reese General Manager

The New York Giants are expected to name Jerry Reese their general manager next week, an NFL source said. Reese, the Giants' director of player personnel, succeeds the retiring Ernie Accorsi. The Giants also interviewed three other internal candidates and one outside candidate, former Washington Redskins and Houston Texans...

By Mark Maske | January 13, 2007; 7:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Lose Offensive Coordinator Shoop

The Oakland Raiders lost their offensive coordinator when John Shoop left to take the offensive coordinator job at the University of North Carolina. It had been thought that Shoop might be a candidate for the Raiders' vacant head coaching job. The Raiders' other coordinator, defensive boss Rob Ryan, interviewed...

By Mark Maske | January 13, 2007; 6:57 PM ET | Comments (3)

T. Gonzalez, Chiefs Agree to Five-Year Extension

The Kansas City Chiefs announced today that they'd agreed to five-year contract extension with tight end Tony Gonzalez. The deal is worth about $31 million, including approximately $17 million in guaranteed money. It keeps Gonzalez from being an unrestricted free agent this offseason. "Simplistically, we're very pleased to get...

By Mark Maske | January 12, 2007; 2:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Eagles Could be Shorthanded at Fullback Saturday

Backup tailback Correll Buckhalter could be pressed into duty at fullback for the Philadelphia Eagles during Saturday night's NFC semifinal in New Orleans. Thomas Tapeh, the only fullback on the Eagles' roster, has a knee injury and missed Wednesday's and Thursday's practices. The Eagles say his availability will be...

By Mark Maske | January 12, 2007; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (1)

Overseas Game Likely to be in London

NFL officials seem to have settled on London as the site of the overseas game that is to be played during the 2007 regular season. The New York Daily News reported today that the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins are to be the participants in the game....

By Mark Maske | January 12, 2007; 9:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Owens Undergoes Surgery on Finger

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens underwent surgery Thursday in Miami to have tendon damage in his right ring finger repaired. Owens suffered the injury during a November practice and was told by doctors that he needed to undergo season-ending surgery immediately or he would lose mobility in the...

By Mark Maske | January 12, 2007; 9:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers to Interview C. Gailey

The Pittsburgh Steelers are expanding their field of head coaching candidates, after all. They're scheduled to interview Georgia Tech Coach Chan Gailey on Saturday. He'll become the fifth candidate to interview with the team following Steelers assistants Ken Whisenhunt and Russ Grimm, Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera and...

By Mark Maske | January 11, 2007; 11:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Whisenhunt Getting Second Interview With Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals are bringing in Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt for a second interview for their head coaching job Friday. The club began its second round of interviews with a meeting with Houston Texans assistant head coach Mike Sherman, the former coach of the Green Bay Packers,...

By Mark Maske | January 11, 2007; 11:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Fire Defensive Coordinator T. Lewis

The New York Giants fired defensive coordinator Tim Lewis today. The move came on the day after the team announced that Coach Tom Coughlin would keep his job and receive a one-year contract extension through the 2008 season. Coughlin will begin next season with two new coordinators. He dismissed...

By Mark Maske | January 11, 2007; 10:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Conference Semifinals Picks

Saturday Games Colts at Ravens Having Peyton Manning gives the Colts a puncher's chance. But their defense probably won't play anywhere near as well as it did at home last weekend against the Chiefs. Pick: Ravens Eagles at Saints The Eagles can be trusted to play at a certain...

By Mark Maske | January 11, 2007; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Monk, Grimm Make List of Hall of Fame Finalists

Former Washington Redskins teammates Art Monk and Russ Grimm are among the 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced Wednesday. The others are Paul Tagliabue, Bruce Matthews, Michael Irvin, Thurman Thomas, Fred Dean, Richard Dent, Bob Kuechenberg, Ray Guy, Andre Reed, Derrick Thomas, Andre Tippett,...

By Mark Maske | January 11, 2007; 10:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Acknowledge R. Harrison Won't Play This Weekend in San Diego

The New England Patriots officially ruled safety Rodney Harrison out of their AFC semifinal this weekend at San Diego. Harrison has a knee injury and there have been reports that he will be sidelined for the entire postseason....

By Mark Maske | January 11, 2007; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Four Candidates Might Be Enough For Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers have interviewed four candidates to find a successor to Bill Cowher as their coach, and it's possible they won't interview any more. Assistant coaches Ken Whisenhunt and Russ Grimm seem to remain the front-runners. The Steelers also interviewed defensive coordinators Ron Rivera of the Chicago Bears...

By Mark Maske | January 11, 2007; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Petrino Has Coordinators In Place

New Atlanta Falcons coach Bobby Petrino hired Cincinnati Bengals wide receivers coach Hue Jackson as his offensive coordinator. Jackson formerly was the Washington Redskins' offensive coordinator under Steve Spurrier. Petrino lured Cowboys defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer from Dallas to be his defensive boss....

By Mark Maske | January 11, 2007; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Interview Martz, T. Lewis, B. Schottenheimer

The busy Miami Dolphins interviewed three more head coaching candidates Wednesday, including Detroit Lions offensive coordinator and former St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz. The Dolphins also interviewed New York Giants defensive coordinator Tim Lewis and New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, the son of San Diego Chargers...

By Mark Maske | January 11, 2007; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cardinals Begin Second Round of Interviews With Sherman

The Arizona Cardinals are having back former Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman, now the assistant head coach of the Houston Texans, for a second interview for their vacant head coaching job today. It's not clear yet which other candidates will get second interviews with the club. In the...

By Mark Maske | January 11, 2007; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos Hire Bates as Defensive Boss

The Denver Broncos have hired Jim Bates as their top defensive assistant, an NFL source said. The former interim head coach for the Miami Dolphins will replace Larry Coyer, who was fired this week. Bates has been the defensive coordinator for the Dolphins and Green Bay Packers....

By Mark Maske | January 11, 2007; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fassel Reportedly Set to Interview With Raiders

Former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel is scheduled to interview for the Oakland Raiders head coaching job today, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Fassel, who was fired this season as the Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator, will become the second candidate interviewed for the job, following USC quarterbacks coach...

By Mark Maske | January 11, 2007; 9:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

Surprising Player Support Helped Coughlin Keep Job

Tom Coughlin kept his job in part because New York Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch determined that he had more support among the team's players than one might have believed. Giants players said after Sunday's season-ending loss in Philadelphia in the first round of the NFC playoffs...

By Mark Maske | January 11, 2007; 9:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Retaining Coughlin

The New York Giants announced today that they're retaining Tom Coughlin as their coach. Coughlin receives a one-year contract extension through the 2008 season. The Giants reached the playoffs for a second straight season but lost six of their final eight regular season games and suffered a first-round playoff...

By Mark Maske | January 10, 2007; 1:15 PM ET | Comments (6)

Saints Bring Back Cundiff as Kickoff Specialist

The New Orleans Saints re-signed kicker Billy Cundiff on Tuesday to serve as a kickoff specialist during the playoffs while John Carney handles field goal duties. The Saints cut Cundiff during the final week of the regular season....

By Mark Maske | January 10, 2007; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cardinals Might Make Coaching Choice Soon

The Arizona Cardinals might be ready to make a head coaching choice soon. On Tuesday, Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Russ Grimm became the eighth candidate interviewed by the Cardinals. Club officials also have interviewed their own defensive coordinator, Clancy Pendergast, as well as Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt,...

By Mark Maske | January 10, 2007; 9:51 AM ET | Comments (2)

Bears, L. Smith Negotiating New Contract

The Chicago Bears have intensified talks with Coach Lovie Smith about a new contract that would give him a sizable raise, an NFL source said. Smith was the league's lowest-paid head coach this season with a salary of about $1.3 million. He was the NFL's coach of the year...

By Mark Maske | January 10, 2007; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Giants Seem to be Leaning Toward Keeping Coughlin But Nothing Certain Yet

The New York Giants seem to be leaning toward retaining Tom Coughlin as their coach. Coughlin has one season remaining on his contract and has coached the team to two straight playoff appearances, although the Giants finished this season with a record of 8-9 after losing a first-round NFC...

By Mark Maske | January 9, 2007; 10:13 PM ET | Comments (2)

Reeves Would Consider Coaching Again If Asked

Dan Reeves, the former coach of the Denver Broncos, New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons, said today he would be interested in returning to coaching at age 62. But Reeves, who lasted coached in the league for the Falcons in the 2003 season, said no teams have expressed interest...

By Mark Maske | January 9, 2007; 10:09 PM ET | Comments (3)

Wolf Thinks His Friend Parcells Will Return to Cowboys

Ron Wolf, the former general manager of the Green Bay Packers, is close to Bill Parcells. Wolf said today that he doesn't know for certain what Parcells plans to do but he suspects his friend will return to coach the Dallas Cowboys next season. "I don't think he'll leave,"...

By Mark Maske | January 9, 2007; 10:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Planning to Interview Martz

The Miami Dolphins are scheduled to interview former St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz, now the offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions, for their head coaching vacancy. Martz will become the 10th candidate known to have interviewed for the job. The other nine probably won't matter if the Dolphins...

By Mark Maske | January 9, 2007; 9:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cowboys' Zimmer Headed to Falcons as Defensive Coordinator

Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer has accepted an offer to be the defensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons, working for new Falcons coach Bobby Petrino. Zimmer's contract with the Cowboys was expiring and the late-season struggles of the Dallas defense made it clear that he might be replaced...

By Mark Maske | January 9, 2007; 9:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos Fire Defensive Coordinator Coyer

The Denver Broncos began this season as if they would be a dominant defensive team. They became the first NFL club in 64 years not to allow a touchdown in the first 11 quarters of a season. But they faltered badly from there, finishing 14th in the league in...

By Mark Maske | January 9, 2007; 9:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Conference Semifinals Rankings

The AFC is simply better, so its teams get the top four spots. The Eagles are playing the best football in the NFC, and they move up to fifth. The Bears are a shaky No. 1 seed, with questions about their defense lately as well as about quarterback Rex...

By Mark Maske | January 9, 2007; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (16)

Carroll Associates Think He's Likely to Stay at USC

People who know Pete Carroll say they still believe he's likely to stay at USC rather than leave the school for the Miami Dolphins' coaching job. Carroll met Sunday in Costa Rica with Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga and other team officials. The Dolphins interviewed two more candidates on Monday,...

By Mark Maske | January 9, 2007; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Interview Sarkisian

The Oakland Raiders interviewed USC quarterbacks coach Steve Sarkisian for their head coaching vacancy Monday. Sarkisian, 32, is a former Raiders quarterbacks coach. There is some feeling around the league that Sarkisian merely is using the Raiders' interest in him to position himself to be Pete Carroll's successor at...

By Mark Maske | January 9, 2007; 7:57 AM ET | Comments (3)

Pioli Rebuffs Giants, Says He's Staying With Patriots

The New York Giants, as expected, made an attempt to hire New England Patriots front-office chief Scott Pioli to replace their retiring general manager, Ernie Accorsi. The Giants received permission from the Patriots to interview Pioli. But Pioli said in a written statement released by the Patriots today that...

By Mark Maske | January 8, 2007; 10:12 PM ET | Comments (2)

Germany, England Under Consideration to Host Overseas Game

The league narrowed the list of potential hosts for its regular season game overseas next season to two, Germany and England. Six teams are under consideration to be the "home" team in the game--the Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco...

By Mark Maske | January 8, 2007; 7:15 PM ET | Comments (1)

Jaguars Hire Koetter as Offensive Coordinator

The Jacksonville Jaguars hired Dirk Koetter as their offensive coordinator. He was fired in November as Arizona State's head coach....

By Mark Maske | January 8, 2007; 7:14 PM ET | Comments (1)

Tomlinson, Bailey, J. Taylor Unanimous on AP All-Pro Team

San Diego Chargers tailback LaDainian Tomlinson, Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey and Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor were unanimous selections on the Associated Press all-pro team announced today. Tomlinson was joined by four Chargers teammates--tight end Antonio Gates, fullback Lorenzo Neal, linebacker Shawne Merriman and defensive tackle Jamal...

By Mark Maske | January 8, 2007; 7:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Word Yet on Coughlin

The New York Giants didn't give any indication today whether they'll retain Tom Coughlin as their coach. Coughlin has one season remaining on his contract and led the Giants to a second straight playoff appearance. But Sunday's loss in Philadelphia dropped their record to 8-9, that after a 6-2...

By Mark Maske | January 8, 2007; 7:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Seahawks Likely to be Without D. Jackson in Chicago

The Seattle Seahawks likely will be without wide receiver Darrell Jackson in Sunday's NFC semifinal at Chicago. Coach Mike Holmgren said during a radio show that Jackson aggravated a toe injury during last Saturday's win over the Dallas Cowboys....

By Mark Maske | January 8, 2007; 7:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Reid Rules Out Sheppard for This Weekend

The Philadelphia Eagles will be without cornerback Lito Sheppard for Saturday night's NFC semifinal at New Orleans. Coach Andy Reid confirmed that during a news conference today but said it's possible that Sheppard could play again during the postseason if the Eagles advance. Sheppard suffered a dislocated elbow during...

By Mark Maske | January 8, 2007; 7:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

T. Barber Has Classy Exit

PHILADELPHIA--Tiki Barber headed into retirement Sunday with his usual dignity. The tailback ran for 137 yards in the New York Giants' first-round playoff loss at Philadelphia, then exchanged goodbyes with Eagles defenders Jeremiah Trotter and Brian Dawkins on the field after the game. Barber did not allow the disappointment...

By Mark Maske | January 8, 2007; 12:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Eagles Expect to be Without Sheppard Against Saints

The Philadelphia Eagles expect to be without cornerback Lito Sheppard for Saturday night's NFC semifinal at New Orleans. Sheppard suffered a dislocated elbow during Sunday's first-round triumph over the New York Giants. He's scheduled to undergo an MRI exam today. Rod Hood would start at the cornerback spot alongside...

By Mark Maske | January 8, 2007; 12:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Raiders Consider Youth Movement With USC Assistant

The Oakland Raiders plan to interview USC quarterbacks coach Steve Sarkisian for their head coaching job in the coming days. Sarkisian, 32, is a former quarterbacks coach for the Raiders. Raiders defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and offensive coordinator John Shoop also appear to be candidates for the job, along...

By Mark Maske | January 8, 2007; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Grimm Interview Up Next for Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers' coaching search is under way. Club officials met Sunday in Chicago with Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera. Steelers offensive line coach Russ Grimm is to be interviewed today, and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt gets his chance Tuesday. The Steelers are scheduled to interview Minnesota Vikings defensive...

By Mark Maske | January 8, 2007; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Reportedly Meet With Carroll

Miami Dolphins officials, including owner Wayne Huizenga, reportedly met with USC Coach Pete Carroll on Sunday in Costa Rica to see if he's interested in the team's head coaching job. Carroll previously coached the New York Jets and New England Patriots but has said in the past he's not...

By Mark Maske | January 8, 2007; 11:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Petrino Gets Big Deal in Atlanta

The Atlanta Falcons have become the first team to hire a new coach this offseason, dipping into the college ranks to get Bobby Petrino of Louisville. The hiring Sunday came six days after Falcons owner Arthur Blank fired Jim Mora following a 7-9 season. Petrino didn't come cheaply, agreeing...

By Mark Maske | January 8, 2007; 11:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Parcells's Decision Over Future Might Be More About Romo Than Owens

Now that the Dallas Cowboys' season is over, the questions are whether Coach Bill Parcells and wide receiver Terrell Owens will be back with the team next season. People who know Parcells say the bitter disappointment of Saturday night's playoff loss in Seattle won't necessarily push him into retirement....

By Mark Maske | January 7, 2007; 6:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

S. Payton Named Coach of Year by AP

New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton was named the NFL's coach of the year today by the Associated Press. Payton, as a rookie head coach, inherited a Saints team that went 3-13 under predecessor Jim Haslett last season after being displaced from New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina, and went...

By Mark Maske | January 6, 2007; 3:03 PM ET | Comments (12)

F. Reese Resigns as Titans' GM

Floyd Reese resigned as general manager of the Tennessee Titans. He'd finished his 13th season and his contract was expiring. Reese said in a written statement released by the team that he had hoped to sign an extension but when it became apparent to him that would be difficult,...

By Mark Maske | January 5, 2007; 3:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Tomlinson Also Named Offensive Player of Year

The Associated Press named San Diego Chargers tailback LaDainian Tomlinson the NFL's offensive player of the year, a day after naming him the league's most valuable player. New Orleans Saint quarterback Drew Brees finished second and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning finished third, just as they did in the...

By Mark Maske | January 5, 2007; 2:24 PM ET | Comments (7)

Cowher Says He's Resigning, Not Necessarily Retiring

Bill Cowher made his departure from the Pittsburgh Steelers official today, saying during a news conference that he was resigning from the team but not necessarily retiring from coaching. "That makes you sound old," Cowher said. "I'm resigning. It's the right thing for me and my family. I'm excited."...

By Mark Maske | January 5, 2007; 2:15 PM ET | Comments (1)

J. Taylor Named Defensive Player of Year by AP

Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor was named the NFL's defensive player of the year by the Associated Press. Taylor played for a team that went 6-10 but had 13-1/2 sacks, forced 10 fumbles and returned two interceptions for touchdowns. A panel of 50 media members gave 22 votes...

By Mark Maske | January 5, 2007; 12:57 PM ET | Comments (4)

Coaching Carousel Is Spinning Faster Than Ever

The head coaching turnover in the NFL has gotten out of hand. Next season, at least 15 of the 32 teams in the league will have a coach who's in his first or second season with his club. There were 10 new head coaches hired league-wide last offseason. That...

By Mark Maske | January 5, 2007; 9:30 AM ET | Comments (12)

Madden Musings

John Madden was riding on his bus Monday with the NFL Network on his television. He was watching a news conference in which Nick Saban was deflecting questions about his interest in the University of Alabama's coaching job and talking about what moves he planned to make this offseason...

By Mark Maske | January 5, 2007; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (9)

It's Official: Shell Done As Raiders' Coach

The Oakland Raiders announced tonight that Art Shell won't be back for a second season in his second-go around as their coach. Raiders owner Al Davis met with Shell today and the team issued a written statement saying that Shell would not remain the club's coach but might stay...

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2007; 11:27 PM ET | Comments (9)

Cowher Is Telling Associates He Won't Coach Anywhere Next Season

Bill Cowher informed the Pittsburgh Steelers today that he is resigning after 15 seasons as their coach, an NFL source said tonight. The Steelers scheduled a 1 p.m. news conference for Friday to announce the decision by Cowher, 49, who has told associates that he intends to spend time...

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2007; 9:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Shell Likely One and Done in Oakland

The Oakland Raiders are close to parting ways with Coach Art Shell. Raiders owner Al Davis met with Shell today, an NFL source said, and the two sides were likely to negotiate a buyout of the remainder of Shell's contract. Shell's departure probably will be announced Friday. The Raiders...

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2007; 9:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers Readying to Move On Without Cowher

Bill Cowher appears poised to leave the Pittsburgh Steelers after 15 seasons as their coach. The Steelers have scheduled an afternoon news conference for Friday. An NFL source said tonight that the Steelers don't expect Cowher to return as their coach. Team officials would like the matter to be...

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2007; 7:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

League Sets Another Attendance Record

The NFL set its single-season attendance record for a fourth year in a row. Total attendance was more than 17.3 million, for an average of nearly 68,000 per game....

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2007; 6:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cowher's Resignation Announcement Reportedly Expected Monday

Bill Cowher is expected to announce his resignation Monday as coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Cowher has one season remaining on his contract and is spending this week with his family in Raleigh, N.C., considering his coaching future....

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2007; 6:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saban Says He Left Dolphins Because He Realized He Loved College Coaching

Nick Saban said during his formal introduction as the University of Alabama's coach today that he left the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday because he realized he would rather be coaching in college. "What I realized in the last two years is that we love college coaching because of the...

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2007; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (8)

LT Named MVP

San Diego Chargers tailback LaDainian Tomlinson was named the NFL's most valuable player today by the Associated Press. Tomlinson ran for a league-leading 1,815 yards scored an NFL-record 31 touchdowns, 28 of them on rushing attempts, to lead the Chargers to a record of 14-2 and the top seed...

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2007; 12:52 PM ET | Comments (1)

First-Round Playoff Picks

Saturday Games Chiefs at Colts Yes, it's a bad matchup for the Colts. But the return of safety Bob Sanders should bolster their run defense a little bit. And they still have Peyton Manning. Pick: Colts Cowboys at Seahawks Both teams enter the postseason playing poorly. The Cowboys at...

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2007; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (20)

C. Pennington Named AP's Comeback Player of Year

New York Jets quarterback Chad Pennington was named the NFL's comeback player of the year by the Associated Press. Pennington returned from two shoulder surgeries for a torn rotator cuff to lead the Jets to the playoffs....

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2007; 11:18 AM ET | Comments (3)

Denver Police Reportedly Locate Vehicle They Were Seeking in Connection With D. Williams's Shooting Death

Police in Denver reportedly have located a sport utility vehicle that might have been used in the shooting death of Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams early Monday. Officers found a 1998 Chevrolet Tahoe abandoned near the Denver airport. The vehicle reportedly had been painted black everywhere on its exterior but...

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2007; 11:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Green Scheduled to Start But Huard On Call for Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs Coach Herman Edwards plans to stick with Trent Green as his starting quarterback this week but is saying he would be willing to use backup Damon Huard in Saturday's first-round AFC playoff game at Indianapolis if needed. Huard won five of eight starts during the regular...

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2007; 10:52 AM ET | Comments (1)

Saints' McKenzie Reportedly Uninjured in Minor Car Accident

New Orleans Saints cornerback Mike McKenzie was involved in a minor auto accident Wednesday afternoon in Metairie, La., but reportedly was unhurt. The Saints have a first-round playoff bye this weekend....

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2007; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (3)

No Surgery Yet for Favre

Brett Favre might skip the ankle surgery that he was scheduled to have on Monday. The Green Bay Packers quarterback was to have bone spurs removed from his left ankle but didn't go through with the procedure. Favre has played for years with pain in the ankle and might...

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2007; 10:36 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sherman Up Next for Busy Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals are to interview Houston Texans assistant head coach Mike Sherman, the former head coach of the Green Bay Packers, for their coaching vacancy today. The Cardinals interviewed Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera on Wednesday in Chicago. They're scheduled to interview Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt...

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2007; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (1)

Falcons to Launch Coaching Search With Whisenhunt Interview Today

The Atlanta Falcons are scheduled to begin their head coaching search by interviewing Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt today. The Falcons likely will interview Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera and San Francisco 49ers assistant head coach Mike Singletary in the coming days....

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2007; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (1)

Future Unclear for Dolphins' GM

The future of Miami Dolphins General Manager Randy Mueller is in limbo. The Dolphins haven't determined whether they'll keep Mueller but owner Wayne Huizenga did not mention the GM on Wednesday when he said the club's coaching search would be conducted by team executives Joe Bailey and Bryan Wiedmeier....

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2007; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

There's Already Cowher-to-Dolphins Talk in League Circles

Executives with some teams around the league already are speculating that the Miami Dolphins might try to hire Bill Cowher as their coach if Cowher resigns, as expected, from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga said Wednesday after losing his coach, Nick Saban, to the University of Alabama...

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2007; 9:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

Shockey Might Be Ready to Face Eagles

Tight end Jeremy Shockey might return to the New York Giants' lineup for Sunday's first-round NFC playoff game at Philadelphia. Shockey missed the Giants' victory over the Washington Redskins to close the regular season because of a sore left ankle but his ankle is said to be improving....

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2007; 5:22 PM ET | Comments (2)

Patriots Officially Rule R. Harrison Out of Jets Game

The New England Patriots announced that safety Rodney Harrison will miss this weekend's first-round AFC playoff game against the New York Jets. Harrison suffered a sprained knee ligament last weekend that reportedly will keep him sidelined for two to four weeks....

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2007; 3:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

V. Young Named Offensive Rookie of Year by AP

Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young was named the NFL's offensive rookie of the year by the Associated Press. New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston and Jacksonville Jaguars tailback Maurice Jones-Drew finished tied for second in the voting, ahead of San Diego Chargers offensive tackle Marcus McNeill and Saints...

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2007; 3:40 PM ET | Comments (1)

Was Saban's NFL Tenure That Much Better Than Spurrier's?

Steve Spurrier won 12 games in two seasons as the head coach of the Washington Redskins, didn't reach the playoffs and then returned to college football, where he'd won a national championship. He was lampooned as a complete failure in the NFL. Nick Saban won 15 games in two...

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2007; 3:28 PM ET | Comments (24)

Niners Fire Two Defensive Assistants

San Francisco 49ers Coach Mike Nolan fired defensive coordinator Billy Davis and defensive line coach Gary Emanuel. The 49ers allowed a league-high 412 points this season....

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2007; 3:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Huizenga Says He Doesn't Feel Betrayed By Saban

Miami Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga confirmed at a news conference at the team's headquarters in Davie, Fla., that Coach Nick Saban had decided to leave the club to accept a contract offer from the University of Alabama. "It is what it is," Huizenga said. "... There's a lot of...

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2007; 11:52 AM ET | Comments (8)

Saban Tells Dolphins He's Leaving for Alabama

Nick Saban has informed the Miami Dolphins that he's resigning as the team's coach to accept a lucrative contract offer from the University of Alabama, a source close to the situation said. Saban informed his assistant coaches and Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga of the decision, said the source, who...

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2007; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (24)

Lions Make Barry Hiring Official

The Detroit Lions, as expected, hired Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebackers coach Joe Barry as their defensive coordinator. He replaces the fired Donnie Henderson. Barry worked with Lions Coach Rod Marinelli in Tampa and is Marinelli's son-in-law....

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2007; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (1)

Texans' Ryans Named AP's Defensive Rookie of Year

Houston Texans linebacker DeMeco Ryans was named the NFL's defensive rookie of the year by the Associated Press. Ryans was the first player selected in the second round of the NFL draft in April....

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2007; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (0)

Others Around League Increasingly Convinced That Saban Will Leave Dolphins

Some people around the league are increasingly convinced that Miami Dolphins Coach Nick Saban will accept an approximately $4 million-a-year contract offer to become the coach at the University of Alabama. "I'd be surprised at this point if he stays," an executive from another NFL team said this morning....

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2007; 9:52 AM ET | Comments (1)

No Decision By Cowher Yet

Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney and team president Art Rooney II met with Bill Cowher on Tuesday morning without getting an answer from Cowher about whether he'll resign, as expected, as the club's coach. Cowher then traveled to Raleigh, N.C., to be with his family. He's not scheduled to...

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2007; 9:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Marinelli Planning to Hire Son-In-Law as Lions' Defensive Coordinator

According to reports in Detroit and Tampa, the Lions plan to replace ousted defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson with Buccaneers linebackers coach Joe Barry. Barry worked with Lions Coach Rod Marinelli in Tampa when Marinelli was the Buccaneers' defensive line coach. He also is Marinelli's son-in-law. Marinelli tried to hire...

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2007; 9:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

B. Sanders Practices, Set to Return to Colts' Lineup

The Indianapolis Colts' beleaguered defense should get a boost this weekend from the return of safety Bob Sanders. Sanders participated in the Colts' practice Tuesday and is scheduled to play in Saturday's first-round AFC playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs at the RCA Dome. Sanders played in only...

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2007; 8:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cardinals to Interview Rivera Today

The Arizona Cardinals are to begin their head coaching search by interviewing Bears defensive coordinator Ron Rivera today in Chicago. The Cardinals, who fired Dennis Green as their coach on Monday, also have scheduled interviews with Houston Texans assistant head coach Mike Sherman on Thursday and Indianapolis Colts assistant...

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2007; 8:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Del Rio Cleans House on Jaguars' Coaching Staff

Jacksonville Jaguars Coach Jack Del Rio reacted to an 8-8 season by firing five assistants Tuesday. Del Rio fired offensive coordinator Carl Smith, special teams coordinator Pete Rodriguez, quarterbacks coach Ken Anderson, wide receivers coach Steve Walters and assistant special teams coach Mark Michaels....

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2007; 8:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Lions Fire Two Assistants, Another Retires

The Detroit Lions announced that they'd fired defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson and offensive line coach Larry Beightol. Coach Rod Marinelli also announced that special teams coach Chuck Priefer had retired....

By Mark Maske | January 2, 2007; 7:12 PM ET | Comments (1)

Giants Place C. Webster on IR List

The New York Giants have lost another starter. They placed cornerback Corey Webster on the injured reserve list today because of hip and toe injuries....

By Mark Maske | January 2, 2007; 7:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Saban Tells Huizenga He'll Make Decision By Wednesday Morning

Miami Dolphins Coach Nick Saban met with the team's owner, Wayne Huizenga, today but postponed a decision about whether he'll remain with the club until Wednesday. Saban and Huizenga are scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday and Saban is to inform Huizenga then what he'll do. Saban is...

By Mark Maske | January 2, 2007; 6:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Final Regular Season Rankings

The Chargers get to take the top ranking into the playoffs. The Bears drop a spot with their abysmal performance in the regular season finale; you shouldn't play that poorly even when the game is meaningless. The Giants move up to 12th only because they reached the postseason. The...

By Mark Maske | January 2, 2007; 3:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Eagles Sign K. Detmer

The Philadelphia Eagles signed quarterback Koy Detmer today. The move gives the team three quarterbacks on its 53-man roster, as Detmer joins starter Jeff Garcia and backup A.J. Feeley. The club also has rookie Omar Jacobs on its practice squad. It's possible that Detmer will be the 45-man game-day...

By Mark Maske | January 2, 2007; 1:01 PM ET | Comments (3)

Favre Surgery Put Off At Least Temporarily

Brett Favre had been tentatively scheduled to undergo ankle surgery Monday but the procedure was postponed. The Green Bay Packers quarterback is to have bone fragments removed from his left ankle, which bothered him all season. It's still possible that the procedure will take place within the next few...

By Mark Maske | January 2, 2007; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cardinals Have Preliminary List of Six Candidates

The Arizona Cardinals have a preliminary list of six candidates for their now-vacant head coaching job and plan to interview former Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman, now an assistant with the Houston Texans, on Thursday. The Cardinals' other candidates at this point are Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Norm...

By Mark Maske | January 2, 2007; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Lions Reportedly Retaining Millen for Seventh Season as Team President

Detroit Lions owner William Clay Ford reportedly has decided to retain Matt Millen as team president. Fox-TV-2 in Detroit reported that Millen will remain in that role for a seventh season. The Lions have a record of 24-72 since Millen was hired and went 3-13 this season. They will...

By Mark Maske | January 2, 2007; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (4)

Lerner Pondering Crennel's Fate

Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner apparently plans to participate in a series of organizational meetings before deciding whether to retain Romeo Crennel as the team's coach. The Browns have gone 10-22 in two seasons under Crennel, the former Super Bowl-winning defensive coordinator for the New England Patriots. If Crennel...

By Mark Maske | January 2, 2007; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots to be Without R. Harrison in At Least Early Stages of Playoffs

The New England Patriots have suffered a significant loss for at least the early rounds of the playoffs: They'll be without safety Rodney Harrison because of an injury to his right knee suffered during Sunday's victory over the Tennessee Titans. Harrison reportedly suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament that...

By Mark Maske | January 2, 2007; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (4)

Steelers Expecting Cowher to Resign

Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Bill Cowher is scheduled to be with his family today in Raleigh, N.C., as he ponders his coaching future. The Steelers seem to expect Cowher to resign with a season remaining on his contract. Contract talks between the team and Cowher broke off before the season...

By Mark Maske | January 2, 2007; 10:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

Saban Decision Near

The Miami Dolphins could find out today whether they'll retain Coach Nick Saban, who's considering a lucrative contract offer from the University of Alabama. The school's athletic director, Mal Moore, reportedly was in the Miami area Monday to meet with Saban and deliver a contract proposal worth about $4.5...

By Mark Maske | January 2, 2007; 9:52 AM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos In Mourning After Darrent Williams Shot and Killed

Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams was shot and killed early this morning, hours after the team was eliminated from NFL playoff contention. Williams and two other passengers in a white Hummer limousine were shot shortly after 2 a.m. MST after another vehicle pulled up alongside it. According to the...

By Mark Maske | January 1, 2007; 7:17 PM ET | Comments (2)

More Coaching Moves Coming?

There were 10 head coaching changes made league-wide after last season. People around the NFL expect far fewer switches this offseason but there still could be a few more moves to come even after today's dismissals of Jim Mora in Atlanta and Dennis Green in Arizona. The Oakland Raiders...

By Mark Maske | January 1, 2007; 4:07 PM ET | Comments (1)

Falcons Oust Mora

Atlanta Falcons Coach Jim Mora was fired today by team owner Arthur Blank after a season in which the club went 7-9 and Mora created an uproar by saying during a recent radio interview that he would leave the franchise immediately if he could get the coaching job at...

By Mark Maske | January 1, 2007; 4:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

D. Green Fired

The Arizona Cardinals fired their coach, Dennis Green, today on the heels of a 5-11 season. Green went 16-32 in three seasons with the Cardinals and was fired with one season remaining on a four-year, $10 million contract. He reached the playoffs eight times in 10 seasons during his...

By Mark Maske | January 1, 2007; 4:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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