Archive: January 2008

Gibbs Defends Snyder, Redskins' Search Process

PHOENIX--Former Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said today he has no problem with the way that owner Daniel Snyder has conducted the search for Gibbs's successor. "Dan has worked really hard at this," Gibbs said by telephone. "It takes time. I know how much he's put into it. I...

By Mark Maske | January 31, 2008; 9:00 PM ET | Comments (7)

Franchise Figures Released

PHOENIX--The union released the salary figures for next season that teams will have to use to apply the franchise and transition tags to players this offseason. The figures are listed by position and the highest is $10.73 million for a quarterback given the franchise player tag by his team....

By Mark Maske | January 31, 2008; 8:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ruling Coming in Vick Case

PHOENIX--Richard Berthelsen, the union's general counsel, said a ruling by U.S. District Judge David S. Doty in a case involving suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is expected soon. Doty heard the union's appeal of an arbitrator's ruling that could clear the way for the Falcons to retrieve nearly...

By Mark Maske | January 31, 2008; 8:03 PM ET | Comments (1)

Upshaw Says Labor Unrest Could Be on Horizon

PHOENIX--The NFL could be headed for another labor confrontation in the fall, Players Association chief Gene Upshaw said here today. The current labor agreement between the franchise owners and the players' union allows either side to reopen the deal by Nov. 8 if it chooses. Upshaw said during his...

By Mark Maske | January 31, 2008; 8:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Tomlinson Says He Did Further Damage to Knee in AFC Title Game

PHOENIX--San Diego Chargers tailback LaDainian Tomlinson reportedly said he did additional damage to his left knee during his brief appearance in the AFC title game. Tomlinson came into the game with a sprained medial collateral ligament and lasted only one series and part of another during the Chargers' loss...

By Mark Maske | January 31, 2008; 9:29 AM ET | Comments (1)

Moss Says Packers Said "Wrong Things" to Him

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--The Green Bay Packers made a bid to try to trade for Randy Moss in the offseason before the New England Patriots obtained the wide receiver from the Oakland Raiders. Moss said today he was glad he didn't end up in Green Bay because Packers officials were saying...

By Mark Maske | January 30, 2008; 6:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

No Decision By Favre

PHOENIX--Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre said today he hasn't decided yet whether he will return to play next season. "I haven't decided yet," Favre said. "We just played a little over a week ago and I'm going to take a few more weeks." Favre, who participated in a...

By Mark Maske | January 30, 2008; 4:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

McDaniels Might Agree to Redskins' Interview If Asked

GLENDALE, Ariz.--New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels isn't ruling out the possibility of agreeing to interview for the Washington Redskins' head coaching job, if asked, after the Super Bowl. McDaniels, at the tender age of 31, oversaw a New England offense that set a single-season NFL scoring record...

By Mark Maske | January 29, 2008; 2:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Sick Super Bowl Buildup for Giants

PHOENIX--Super Bowl week is being complicated by sickness for the New York Giants. Cornerback Aaron Ross became the latest Giants player to be hit by flu-like symptoms. Other ill players have included defensive end Michael Strahan, kicker Lawrence Tynes, defensive tackle Manny Wright, safety Michael Johnson and fullback Madison...

By Mark Maske | January 29, 2008; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (4)

Crennel Reportedly Agrees to Extension With Browns

PHOENIX--The Cleveland Browns and their coach, Romeo Crennel, reportedly agreed Monday night to a two-year contract extension running through the 2011 season. The season began with Crennel's job security being questioned, but ended with him earning praise for his work as the Browns went 10-6 and just missed the...

By Mark Maske | January 29, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Brady Practices

PHOENIX--Quarterback Tom Brady participated in the New England Patriots' practice today. The practice wasn't in full pads but it marked Brady's return after he sat out two practices last week in Foxborough, Mass. He hurt his right ankle in the AFC title game. "He was out there like everybody...

By Mark Maske | January 28, 2008; 6:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Moss Remains With Patriots as Temporary Restraining Order Against Him Extended

PHOENIX--Wide receiver Randy Moss remained in the Phoenix area with the New England Patriots and did not attend a scheduled hearing in Florida related to a woman's battery allegation against him. Moss was not required to attend the hearing. Lawyers for Moss and the woman agreed to extend a...

By Mark Maske | January 28, 2008; 3:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ravens Make It Official and Retain Ryan as Defensive Boss

PHOENIX--Defensive coordinator Rex Ryan remained with the Baltimore Ravens today. New head coach John Harbaugh also gave Ryan the title of assistant head coach. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said when he fired Brian Billick as the team's coach that Ryan and the club's other assistants were free to search...

By Mark Maske | January 28, 2008; 2:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Patriots Arrive and Brady Says He's Ready to Go

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--The New England Patriots were the first team to arrive at the Super Bowl site and quarterback Tom Brady said his sprained right ankle won't keep him from playing next weekend. "It's feeling good," Brady said tonight. "I'll be ready to go. I think we need three great...

By Mark Maske | January 27, 2008; 10:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

As the Raiders' World Turns

If you think the Washington Redskins are a soap opera, think again. They can't match the Oakland Raiders for melodrama. There has been talk around the league since the regular season ended that Raiders Coach Lane Kiffin was at odds with owner Al Davis. Kiffin wanted to fire Rob...

By Mark Maske | January 25, 2008; 6:53 PM ET | Comments (2)

Brady Again Unseen in Foxborough

For a second straight day, quarterback Tom Brady was absent from the portion of the New England Patriots' practice in Foxborough, Mass., that was open to reporters. Coach Bill Belichick again declined to give specifics about Brady's status. Brady reportedly is suffering from a mild high ankle sprain. He...

By Mark Maske | January 25, 2008; 2:02 PM ET | Comments (5)

Waiting for Super Bowl Assistants Could Be Risky Strategy

New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels are the latest targets of the Washington Redskins' coaching search. They are the new hot assistant coaches in the league and the Redskins apparently have decided to wait until after the Super Bowl to...

By Mark Maske | January 25, 2008; 9:52 AM ET | Comments (71)

No Pro Bowl for Favre, So Garcia Gets Nod

Brett Favre isn't going to the Pro Bowl on the heels of the Green Bay Packers' disappointing overtime loss in the NFC title game. The quarterback was replaced on the NFC roster by Tampa Bay's Jeff Garcia. It is Garcia's fourth career Pro Bowl appearance. The previous three came...

By Mark Maske | January 24, 2008; 8:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

It's No Surprise That the Dolphins Are Willing to Trade the Top Pick

The Miami Dolphins have made it clear that they're willing to trade the top overall selection in the NFL draft in April. No kidding. Just about every year, the team with the top pick in the draft is willing, if not eager, to trade it. The price tag for...

By Mark Maske | January 24, 2008; 4:17 PM ET | Comments (1)

Brady Misses Practice?

Quarterback Tom Brady wasn't on the field for the portion of the New England Patriots' practice that was open to reporters today in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots gave no indication about whether Brady participated in the other portion of the practice, and Coach Tom Belichick declined to comment on...

By Mark Maske | January 24, 2008; 4:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Alstott Retires

Fullback Mike Alstott, as expected, announced his retirement today. He spent a dozen seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was selected to six Pro Bowls. He retires as the franchise's career leader in touchdowns. Alstott missed all of this season with a neck injury, his second such injury...

By Mark Maske | January 24, 2008; 2:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Not Much Wow Factor in This Offseason's Head Coach Hirings

As the Washington Redskins and other teams have found out in recent weeks, this simply wasn't the offseason to be looking for a coach. Look at the three new head coaches who have been hired league-wide so far: Tony Sparano by the Miami Dolphins, John Harbaugh by the Baltimore...

By Mark Maske | January 24, 2008; 2:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Alstott Expected to Announce Retirement Today

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have scheduled a news conference for today at which fullback Mike Alstott is expected to announce his retirement. The six-time Pro Bowler did not play this season because of a neck injury, which he said was unrelated to a previous neck injury in 2003. Alstott,...

By Mark Maske | January 24, 2008; 8:39 AM ET | Comments (1)

Falcons Announce M. Smith Hiring

The Atlanta Falcons completed a contract with Mike Smith, formerly the defensive coordinator of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and announced his hiring as their head coach tonight. "Mike possesses all of the key qualities we were looking for in a head coach," Falcons General Manager Tom Dimitroff said in a...

By Mark Maske | January 23, 2008; 10:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ravens Close to Hiring Cameron as Offensive Coordinator

The Baltimore Ravens are close to completing a deal to hire Cam Cameron as their offensive coordinator, an NFL source said. John Harbaugh, the Ravens' new head coach, previously worked for Cameron in the college ranks at Indiana in 1997, when Cameron was the school's head coach. Cameron was...

By Mark Maske | January 23, 2008; 1:45 PM ET | Comments (1)

Falcons Pick M. Smith as Coach

The Atlanta Falcons have picked Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator Mike Smith to be their head coach, an NFL source said. The two sides are negotiating a contract and, barring any last-minute snags, the hiring will be announced later today, said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity...

By Mark Maske | January 23, 2008; 12:44 PM ET | Comments (3)

Falcons to Hire Coach Sooner Rather Than Later?

There was talk around the league Tuesday night and this morning that the Atlanta Falcons won't wait until after the Super Bowl, after all, to hire their head coach. Instead, they might do it within the next day or two. If so, that probably would leave them choosing between...

By Mark Maske | January 23, 2008; 8:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Holmgren Says Next Season Will Be His Final One Coaching Seahawks

Mike Holmgren, as expected, announced today that he will return as coach of the Seattle Seahawks next season. It's the final season of his contract, and Holmgren said he will be done coaching the Seahawks after that. "This is the last year of coaching here," he said at a...

By Mark Maske | January 22, 2008; 6:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Holmgren Staying With Seahawks

Mike Holmgren is staying as coach of the Seattle Seahawks. Holmgren, 59, has contemplated retirement regularly in recent years, but is holding off again. He informed team officials of his decision today, according to an NFL source. A formal announcement is expected later in the day. He has spent...

By Mark Maske | January 22, 2008; 3:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rapid Recovery for Brady's Injured Foot?

Maybe Tom Brady isn't so injured, after all. Now there are photos surfacing of Brady out of the town in New York on Monday night with girlfriend Gisele Bundchen minus the protective boot on his right foot. Earlier Monday, the New England Patriots' quarterback had been photographed near Bundchen's...

By Mark Maske | January 22, 2008; 1:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Sign Gruden, B. Allen to Contract Extensions

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Coach Jon Gruden and General Manager Bruce Allen to three-year contract extensions. The deals run through the 2011 season. The Buccaneers won the NFC South with a record of 9-7 but lost in the first round of the playoffs at home to the New...

By Mark Maske | January 22, 2008; 1:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Brady Has Injured Foot But is Vowing to Play in Super Bowl

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was photographed in New York on Monday wearing a protective boot on his right foot. Brady told a Boston radio station that he indeed is hurt but will be ready to play in the Super Bowl against the New York Giants a week...

By Mark Maske | January 22, 2008; 8:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rivers Reveals He Underwent Knee Surgery Last Week

San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said today that he had athroscopic surgery last Monday to repair cartilage damage in his injured right knee so that he could play in Sunday's AFC title game at New England. Rivers, who played the entire game in the loss to the Patriots,...

By Mark Maske | January 21, 2008; 6:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dungy Staying

Tony Dungy is staying as coach of the Indianapolis Colts. For a third straight offseason, the 52-year-old Dungy contemplated retirement. But the Colts announced today that he will return next season. Colts quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell will succeed him when Dungy retires. Dungy often has said that he does...

By Mark Maske | January 21, 2008; 4:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Decision Time for Dungy, Holmgren?

This is the day on which Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy has indicated he would make an announcement about whether he will return next season. Dungy, for a third straight offseason, is contemplating retirement. He said last week that he would make his decision by the weekend and make...

By Mark Maske | January 21, 2008; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Gates Playing, Too

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--The inactive lists for the AFC title game are out. Neither tight end Antonio Gates nor quarterback Philip Rivers is on the San Diego Chargers' inactive list. That means that Gates will play for a second straight week with a sprained toe. Rivers is scheduled to start the...

By Mark Maske | January 20, 2008; 2:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rivers Scheduled to Start

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--Philip Rivers indeed is scheduled to start today's AFC championship game at quarterback for the San Diego Chargers. Rivers hurt his right knee during last Sunday's win at Indianapolis and barely practiced during the week. The Chargers' concern is how long Rivers will be able to play. Backup...

By Mark Maske | January 20, 2008; 1:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Even if Rivers Starts, Can He Finish?

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--The San Diego Chargers still haven't made a final decision about the playing status of quarterback Philip Rivers for today's AFC title game at Gillette Stadium. One person familiar with the Chargers' thinking just said his guess is that Rivers will convince the team's coaches to allow him...

By Mark Maske | January 20, 2008; 12:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Windy Conditions Favor Chargers

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--The wind is blowing hard on this blustery New England day. That might give the Chargers a sliver of hope in today's AFC title game. A really, really windy day could affect the Patriots' passing game. If it becomes a game that's all about running the ball, the...

By Mark Maske | January 20, 2008; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Interviewing Frazier Today, Waiting to See if Spagnuolo Becomes Available

The Atlanta Falcons are interviewing Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier for their head coaching vacancy today. The Falcons tried but failed this week to hire Jason Garrett as their coach. But Garrett rebuffed both the Falcons and Baltimore Ravens to remain the offensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys,...

By Mark Maske | January 19, 2008; 2:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

Packers Reward McCarthy With New Contract

The Green Bay Packers reportedly have rewarded Coach Mike McCarthy with a lucrative new contract. The Green Bay Press-Gazette reported that the team and McCarthy have agreed to a five-year deal worth about $20 million. McCarthy had one season remaining on his previous contract for a salary of approximately...

By Mark Maske | January 19, 2008; 2:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rivers Practices But Playing Status Listed as Doubtful

Quarterback Philip Rivers participated in portions of the San Diego Chargers' practice today but it remained unclear if he would be in the lineup for Sunday's AFC title game at New England. Rivers, who hurt his right knee during last weekend's victory at Indianapolis, took some of the snaps...

By Mark Maske | January 18, 2008; 8:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Ravens Pick Harbaugh

This from Mark Maske: The Baltimore Ravens just announced that they have hired Philadelphia Eagles secondary coach John Harbaugh to be their new head coach, replacing Brian Billick. The move comes one day after the Ravens' first choice, Jason Garrett, rejected the job to remain the offensive coordinator of...

By Emilio Garcia-Ruiz | January 18, 2008; 6:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Bucs Keep M. Kiffin In Fold

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that they'd signed their longtime defensive coordinator, Monte Kiffin, to a contract extension. There had been speculation in recent weeks that Kiffin would leave Tampa to go to Oakland and work for his son, Raiders Coach Lane Kiffin....

By Mark Maske | January 18, 2008; 5:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Harbaugh Having Second Interview With Ravens

Philadelphia Eagles secondary coach John Harbaugh is meeting with Baltimore Ravens officials today at the team's training facility in Owings Mills, Md. It's Harbaugh's second interview for the Ravens' vacant head coaching job. The Ravens were left reassessing their search after they failed to complete a contract earlier this...

By Mark Maske | January 18, 2008; 1:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

L.T. Practices for Chargers, Rivers Doesn't

Tailback LaDainian Tomlinson participated in the San Diego Chargers' practice Thursday and seemingly is on course to make good on his vow to play in Sunday's AFC championship game against the unbeaten New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass. But quarterback Philip Rivers missed practice for a second straight day,...

By Mark Maske | January 18, 2008; 9:11 AM ET | Comments (0)

J. Tuck Agrees to Contract Extension With Giants

Defensive end Justin Tuck agreed to a five-year, $30 million contract extension with the New York Giants. A source this morning confirmed reports that the deal includes $16 million in guaranteed money and runs through the 2013 season. Tuck, a third-year pro, had 10 sacks this season splitting playing...

By Mark Maske | January 18, 2008; 9:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Colts Owner Says Caldwell Would Succeed Dungy If Dungy Retires

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said during an appearance Thursday night in New York that the team's quarterbacks coach, Jim Caldwell, will succeed Tony Dungy as head coach if Dungy retires. According to the Associated Press, Irsay said he remains hopeful that Dungy will return but if not, Caldwell...

By Mark Maske | January 18, 2008; 8:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

Garrett Gets Hefty New Contract from Cowboys

Jason Garrett became the NFL's highest-paid assistant coach by staying with the Dallas Cowboys. A source familiar with the negotiations said the Cowboys reworked Garrett's contract to raise his salary to more than $3 million per season. He is the team's offensive coordinator but now makes about the same...

By Mark Maske | January 17, 2008; 4:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

NFL Going Back to London Next Season

The NFL is going back to London, announcing today that it will play a regular season game there again next season. The teams that will play in the game and the venue are to be announced during Super Bowl week, according to the league. This season, the New York...

By Mark Maske | January 17, 2008; 3:32 PM ET | Comments (4)

Conference Championships Picks

Chargers at Patriots The Chargers gave a gritty performance to win in Indianapolis last weekend even with Antonio Gates slowed by his toe injury and LaDainian Tomlinson and Philip Rivers being knocked from the game. They have some of the defensive elements that you need to compete with the...

By Mark Maske | January 17, 2008; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Garrett Staying in Dallas

Jason Garrett has withdrawn from consideration for the head coaching jobs of the Baltimore Ravens and Atlanta Falcons, an NFL source said this morning. He plans to remain the offensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys, said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the decision has...

By Mark Maske | January 17, 2008; 10:33 AM ET | Comments (90)

Does Caldwell's Disappearance from Other Coaching Searches Signal Dungy's Intention?

As Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy prepares to announce a decision about whether he will retire, it is intriguing that Colts quarterbacks coach Jim Caldwell has dropped off the radar for other head coaching vacancies around the league. Caldwell once was viewed as a top candidate in Atlanta and...

By Mark Maske | January 17, 2008; 10:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Garrett's Decision Coming Today?

It could be decision day for Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett. He received head coaching offers from the Baltimore Ravens and Atlanta Falcons this week, according to sources familiar with the discussions, and the Cowboys are trying to retain him as their offensive coordinator. Garrett returned to the...

By Mark Maske | January 17, 2008; 10:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Garrett Finishes Second Interview With Falcons Without Taking Job

Jason Garrett completed his second head coaching interview in Atlanta today without accepting a job offer from the Falcons. The Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator had been in Baltimore before going to Atlanta. The Ravens tried but failed Tuesday to complete a contract with Garrett to be their head coach....

By Mark Maske | January 16, 2008; 6:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sparano Gets Four-Year Deal in Miami

The Tony Sparano hiring in Miami is official. Sparano agreed to a four-year contract worth about $10 million to be the Dolphins' head coach. He succeeds Cam Cameron, who was fired after a 1-15 season....

By Mark Maske | January 16, 2008; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (106)

Dolphins, To No One's Surprise, Settle on Sparano as Coach

The Miami Dolphins have decided to hire Tony Sparano as their head coach and the two sides were working out the final details of a contract, a source familiar with the deliberations said. No last-minute negotiating snags were expected and an announcement should come later today, said the source,...

By Mark Maske | January 16, 2008; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (1)

Falcons' Turn to Try to Hire Garrett

It was on to Atlanta for Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett after the Baltimore Ravens tried but failed Tuesday to hire him as their head coach. Now the Falcons apparently will attempt to complete a deal with Garrett today to fill their head coaching vacancy. Garrett, according to...

By Mark Maske | January 16, 2008; 8:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

D. Green, Monk, Grimm Among Hall of Fame Finalists

Former Washington Redskins teammates Darrell Green, Art Monk and Russ Grimm were among the 15 modern era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced today. Green and Cris Carter made the list of finalists in their first year of Hall of Fame eligibility. Four to seven enshrinees...

By Mark Maske | January 15, 2008; 6:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Garrett Leaves Ravens' Complex With No Deal

Jason Garrett left the Baltimore Ravens' headquarters without agreeing to a deal to be their head coach. Garrett likely will have a second interview for the Atlanta Falcons' head coaching job next. The Dallas Cowboys also are trying to retain him as their offensive coordinator and have informed him...

By Mark Maske | January 15, 2008; 5:18 PM ET | Comments (7)

Fisher Ousts Chow as Titans' Offensive Boss

The Tennessee Titans fired Norm Chow as their offensive coordinator. They ranked 21st in the league in total offense and 22nd in scoring this season. "Over the last week, we have done a lot of self-evaluation and I think we still have work ahead of us to reach our...

By Mark Maske | January 15, 2008; 5:16 PM ET | Comments (3)

Dolphins Zeroing In on Sparano as Coach

The Miami Dolphins appear to be closing in on hiring Dallas Cowboys offensive line coach Tony Sparano as their new head coach. Sparano is scheduled to be in the Miami area tonight. Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland traveled to Dallas today on the private jet of team owner Wayne...

By Mark Maske | January 15, 2008; 4:45 PM ET | Comments (1)

Cowboys Trying to Keep Garrett

The Dallas Cowboys are trying to keep Jason Garrett as their offensive coordinator. Garrett is in Baltimore and might accept an offer today to become the Ravens' head coach. But, according to a source familiar with the deliberations, the Cowboys have told Garrett that they will match the financial...

By Mark Maske | January 15, 2008; 2:32 PM ET | Comments (11)

Ravens, Garrett Close

It appears that the Baltimore Ravens indeed are getting close to hiring Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett as their head coach. An NFL source said early this afternoon that Garrett likely would accept the job, barring any last-minute snags in contract negotiations. Garrett is at the team's training...

By Mark Maske | January 15, 2008; 1:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Conference Championships Rankings

The Packers leap-frog the Chargers in part because of how well the Packers played, and in larger part because of the Chargers' injuries. The Teams That Are Still Playing: 1. Patriots (17-0)... 1* 2. Packers (14-3)... 5 3. Chargers (13-5)... 3 4. Giants (12-6)... 7 The Teams That Just...

By Mark Maske | January 15, 2008; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Ravens Might Try to Finish Deal With J. Garrett Today

Jason Garrett is in Baltimore today for a second interview for the Ravens' vacant head coaching job and an NFL source said this morning it's possible that the team could hire Garrett by day's end. Garrett, the offensive coordinator of the Dallas Cowboys, has emerged as the front-runner to...

By Mark Maske | January 15, 2008; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (700)

Dungy's Decision to Come By Early Next Week, No Timetable for Holmgren's

Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy met with his players Monday, the day after the team's season-ending loss to the San Diego Chargers in an AFC semifinal. Dungy told reporters that he expects to make a decision about his coaching future this weekend and make an announcement next Monday. For...

By Mark Maske | January 15, 2008; 9:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Coaching Searches Can Accelerate Now That Sparano, Garrett and Caldwell Are Available

A few head coaching searches around the league should be able to move forward and perhaps be resolved now that the Dallas Cowboys and Indianapolis Colts have been eliminated from the playoffs, making three coveted assistants--offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and offensive line coach Tony Sparano of the Cowboys and...

By Mark Maske | January 14, 2008; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Another Good Day for the Patriots

INDIANAPOLIS--Today's biggest winner? Not the San Diego Chargers. Not the New York Giants. The New England Patriots. The Indianapolis Colts match up relatively well with the Patriots and could have challenged them in next weekend's AFC title game. But they won't get the chance after being upset today by...

By Mark Maske | January 13, 2008; 9:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Harrison, Gates Both Scheduled to Start

INDIANAPOLIS--The starting lineups were just announced, and both Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison and Chargers tight end Antonio Gates indeed are scheduled to start. Gates's ability to run on his injured toe could be a determining factor as to whether the Chargers challenge the Colts....

By Mark Maske | January 13, 2008; 12:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Looks Like Harrison And, Surprisingly, Gates Ready to Go

INDIANAPOLIS--Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison received an enthusiastic ovation from the early-arriving portion of the crowd at the RCA Dome when he jogged on the field for pregame warmups. Harrison is in uniform and apparently will be in the Colts' lineup for today's AFC semifinal against the Chargers after...

By Mark Maske | January 13, 2008; 12:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Here a Manning, There a Manning

INDIANAPOLIS--It's a Mannings kind of day. Peyton's Colts play the early game today here against the San Diego Chargers. Eli's Giants play the late game at Dallas. Standing outside the visitor's locker room in Tampa last Sunday after the Giants beat the Buccaneers, Archie Manning said that he and...

By Mark Maske | January 13, 2008; 12:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Commissioner Earning His Salary

INDIANAPOLIS--NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is keeping busy. He was in Green Bay on Saturday for the Packers-Seahawks game, and he's here today at the RCA Dome for the Colts-Chargers game. Goodell loved the snowy setting Saturday in Green Bay. "The only bad part," he said, "was when it was...

By Mark Maske | January 13, 2008; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Jaguars Take Away Moss, But Picked Apart by Brady and Other Patriots Receivers

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--For the first time this season, a New England Patriots opponent put two or three defenders around wide receiver Randy Moss on practically every play. The Jacksonville Jaguars dared Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to find another way to beat them. He did. Moss had only one catch but...

By Mark Maske | January 13, 2008; 12:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Choose Patriots Executive as General Manager

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--The Atlanta Falcons have chosen New England Patriots executive Tom Dimitroff as their general manager. Dimitroff is the Patriots' director of college scouting. He replaces Rich McKay, who was retained by Falcons owner Arthur Blank as the team's president but was told he would not keep his GM...

By Mark Maske | January 12, 2008; 7:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

More Coaching Changes Coming?

Four NFL teams already are searching for new head coaches, and it's possible that there could be a couple more vacancies in the coming weeks. Two coaches on teams still in the playoffs, the Indianapolis Colts' Tony Dungy and the Seattle Seahawks' Mike Holmgren, have not hidden the fact...

By Mark Maske | January 12, 2008; 4:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Outlook More Promising For Owens and Harrison Than Gates

Three major storylines involving injured players could affect the outcomes of this weekend's conference championship games. In at least two of the three cases, it appears that the injured player will play this weekend. Wide receiver Terrell Owens practiced Thursday with the Dallas Cowboys for the first time since...

By Mark Maske | January 11, 2008; 9:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Interview Jaguars Defensive Coordinator

The Atlanta Falcons interviewed Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator Mike Smith today for their vacant head coaching job. The Jaguars play at New England in an AFC semifinal Saturday night. But the Falcons were able to interview Smith today because the Jaguars gave their permission. Under league rules, the Jaguars...

By Mark Maske | January 10, 2008; 5:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dungy to Ponder Coaching Future After Season

Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy hasn't hidden the fact in recent years that he doesn't intend to be a lifelong football coach and he plans to walk away from the sport sometime in the not-too-distant future. He said today that he will reconsider his coaching future again after this...

By Mark Maske | January 10, 2008; 5:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Favre Planning to Play Next Season

Maybe there won't be a retirement watch for Brett Favre this offseason. The Green Bay Packers quarterback told the Biloxi (Miss.) Sun Herald that he plans to play next season. "For the first time in three years, I haven't thought this could be my last game," Favre told the...

By Mark Maske | January 10, 2008; 5:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

T.O. Practices

Wide receiver Terrell Owens participated in the Dallas Cowboys' practice today, seemingly improving the chances that he will play in Sunday's NFC semifinal against the New York Giants at Texas Stadium. It was Owens's first practice since suffering a high ankle sprain in the Cowboys' second-to-last game of the...

By Mark Maske | January 10, 2008; 4:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Conference Semifinals Picks

Saturday Games Seahawks at Packers The Seahawks simply aren't to be trusted on the road. Pick: Packers Jaguars at Patriots The Jaguars have been the trendy pick lately as the team that could go to Foxborough, Mass., this postseason and win. But they don't have the sort of offense...

By Mark Maske | January 10, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons Become Latest NFL Team to Try to Lure Carroll From USC

The Atlanta Falcons are the latest NFL team reported to be interested in USC Coach Pete Carroll, but many people around the league would be shocked to see Carroll end up in Atlanta. Carroll talks to NFL teams almost annually. Last year, he spoke to owner Wayne Huizenga about...

By Mark Maske | January 10, 2008; 9:23 AM ET | Comments (2)

Browns Plan to Extend Crennel's Contract

General Manager Phil Savage said at a news conference today that the Cleveland Browns plan to extend the contract of Coach Romeo Crennel. Crennel is three seasons into a five-year contract and led the Browns to a 10-6 record this season. He'd gone 10-22 in his first two seasons...

By Mark Maske | January 9, 2008; 3:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cowher Associates Still Don't Expect Him to Coach Next Season

People close to Bill Cowher continue to say that the former Pittsburgh Steelers coach doesn't plan to coach in the NFL next season. The Washington Redskins undoubtedly will try to lure Cowher back to the sideline with a record-setting contract offer. But Cowher already has told the Atlanta Falcons...

By Mark Maske | January 9, 2008; 9:34 AM ET | Comments (5)

Dolphins Coaching Candidate Drops Out

Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley withdrew from consideration for the Miami Dolphins' head coaching vacancy. The Dolphins requested and received permission from the Cardinals to interview Haley. But they also moved to keep Haley by negotiating a new three-year contract with him, and Haley declined to interview with...

By Mark Maske | January 9, 2008; 9:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Niners Hire Martz as Offensive Coordinator

The San Francisco 49ers hired Mike Martz as their offensive coordinator. He replaces Jim Hostler, who was fired by the 49ers in the aftermath of the team's decision to retain Mike Nolan as its head coach. Martz, formerly the head coach of the St. Louis Rams, just was dismissed...

By Mark Maske | January 8, 2008; 9:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Why Not Schottenheimer?

One thought on the coaching search that the Washington Redskins are about to launch: Why not Marty Schottenheimer? Yes, Schottenheimer left the Redskins on less-than-wonderful terms after going 8-8 in his one season as their coach in 2001. Redskins owner Daniel Snyder was willing to keep Schottenheimer as his...

By Mark Maske | January 8, 2008; 12:50 PM ET | Comments (46)

Redskins Can't Just Give Coaching Job to G. Williams Even if They Want To

Even if the Redskins want to give their head coaching job to defensive boss Gregg Williams, they must conduct a search and interview at least one minority candidate to comply with the league policy widely known at the Rooney Rule. Before Redskins owner Daniel Snyder hired Joe Gibbs in...

By Mark Maske | January 8, 2008; 12:45 PM ET | Comments (7)

No Changes in Carolina

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson told his coach, John Fox, and general manager, Marty Hurney, that their jobs are safe during two days of meetings late last week, according to Panthers officials. There had been speculation that the jobs of Fox and Hurney could be in jeopardy after the...

By Mark Maske | January 8, 2008; 10:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Conference Semifinals Rankings

The Teams That Are Still Playing: 1. Patriots (16-0)...1* 2. Colts (13-3)... 2 3. Chargers (12-5)... 3 4. Cowboys (13-3)... 4 5. Packers (13-3)... 5 6. Jaguars (12-5)... 6 7. Giants (11-6)... 8 8. Seahawks (11-6)... 9 The Teams Whose Seasons Just Ended: 9. Titans (10-7)... 10 10. Steelers...

By Mark Maske | January 8, 2008; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (1)

T.O.'s Playing Status Still Unclear

Dallas Cowboys Coach Wade Phillips told reporters today that wide receiver Terrell Owens's availability for this weekend's NFC semifinal against the New York Giants might not be determined until game time. Sunday's game against the Giants comes 22 days after Owens suffered a high ankle sprain during a Cowboys'...

By Mark Maske | January 7, 2008; 7:42 PM ET | Comments (3)

Sprained Toe Puts Gates's Availability This Week in Question

The San Diego Chargers might not know until late in the week whether they'll have tight end Antonio Gates available for this weekend's AFC semifinal at Indianapolis. Gates suffered a sprained toe during Sunday's first-round playoff triumph over the Tennessee Titans....

By Mark Maske | January 7, 2008; 7:39 PM ET | Comments (1)

Browns Keep Offensive Coordinator Off Head Coaching Market

The Baltimore Ravens lost a second head coaching candidate when the Cleveland Browns signed offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski to a two-year contract extension running through the 2011 season. The Browns previously had granted the Ravens permission to interview Chudzinski. Instead, Chudzinski joins New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels...

By Mark Maske | January 7, 2008; 7:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

New Contract for Packers' GM

The Green Bay Packers have announced that they've signed General Manager Ted Thompson to a new five-year contract running through the 2012 season. Thompson is in his third season as the Packers' GM and assembled a young team around veteran quarterback Brett Favre that went 13-3 this season and...

By Mark Maske | January 7, 2008; 7:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rams Fire Offensive Coordinator

The St. Louis Rams fired offensive coordinator Greg Olson and offensive line coach Paul Boudreau. Cam Cameron, just fired as the head coach of the Miami Dolphins, is thought to be among the candidates to replace Olson....

By Mark Maske | January 7, 2008; 4:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

B. Sanders Named Defensive Player of Year

Indianapolis Colts safety Bob Sanders was named the NFL's defensive player of the year today by the Associated Press. Sanders stayed healthy and in the lineup and was the key difference-maker as the Colts ranked third in the league in total defense and first in scoring defense. The unit...

By Mark Maske | January 7, 2008; 4:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Vindication for Coughlin, Manning as Giants Prevail

TAMPA--The New York Giants' 24-14 triumph over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers here today wasn't exactly a playoff thriller. But it did serve as vindication for Giants Coach Tom Coughlin and quarterback Eli Manning after suffering first-round playoff defeats the previous two seasons. Manning threw two touchdown passes and didn't...

By Mark Maske | January 6, 2008; 5:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Minus Three Starters

TAMPA--The New York Giants' bid to beat the New England Patriots in the regular season finale cost them three starters. The Giants have announced that cornerback Sam Madison, linebacker Kawika Mitchell and center Shaun O'Hara will be out of the starting lineup for today's first-round NFC playoff game here...

By Mark Maske | January 6, 2008; 12:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

Brady Named MVP By Associated Press

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was chosen the NFL most valuable player by the Associated Press. He received 49 of 50 votes in balloting by media members. Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre received the other vote. Brady threw 50 touchdown passes, an NFL single-season record, and had...

By Mark Maske | January 5, 2008; 9:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

R. McKay Staying with Falcons as Team President

Rich McKay signed a two-year contract extension to remain with the Atlanta Falcons as their team president. McKay was informed earlier by Falcons owner Arthur Blank that he would not be retained as general manager. The Falcons already have interviewed several GM candidates after being rebuffed by Bill Parcells...

By Mark Maske | January 5, 2008; 10:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Losman Wants Out of Buffalo

Quarterback J.P. Losman is lobbying publicly to get out of Buffalo after losing the Bills' starting job this season to rookie Trent Edwards. Losman's agent, Gary Wichard, told the Associated Press that Losman would like to be traded. Losman has one season remaining on his contract with the Bills....

By Mark Maske | January 5, 2008; 10:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins to Interview Sparano Today

The Miami Dolphins are scheduled to begin their head coaching search today with a planned meeting between their new general manager, Jeff Ireland, and Cowboys offensive line coach Tony Sparano in Dallas. Sparano is regarded by some observers as the front-runner to replace the fired Cam Cameron in Miami....

By Mark Maske | January 5, 2008; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Wilfork Fined $15,000

The NFL fined New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork $15,000 for poking his finger through the facemask of New York Giants tailback Brandon Jacobs during the regular season finale last Saturday night at Giants Stadium. Officials did not see the incident and Wilfork was not penalized during the...

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2008; 4:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

P. Willis Named AP Defensive Rookie of Year

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis was named the NFL defensive rookie of the year by the Associated Press after leading the league in tackles and being selected to the NFC Pro Bowl team. Willis received 48 of 50 votes in balloting by media members. Carolina Panthers linebacker Jonathan...

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2008; 1:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Falcons to Interview Garrett, Sparano Today

The Atlanta Falcons are scheduled to interview two Cowboys assistants, offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and offensive line coach Tony Sparano, for their head coaching vacancy today in the Dallas area. Teams in the head coaching market are using the opportunity they have under NFL rules to interview candidates on...

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2008; 10:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sapp Retirement Comes With Relatively Little Fanfare

Warren Sapp usually wasn't one to shun publicity, but his decision to retire came relatively quietly Thursday. The defensive tackle and former NFL defensive player of the year told the Oakland Raiders of his decision, but there was no news conference or grand announcement. Sapp, 35, walks away from...

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2008; 9:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Billick, Cameron Join Martz as Offensive Coordinator Candidates in S.F.

The San Francisco 49ers have three high-profile coaches on their list of candidates for their offensive coordinator vacancy. Coach Mike Nolan said on a Bay Area radio station Thursday that his candidates include Mike Martz, Brian Billick and Cam Cameron. All three are former NFL head coaches. Billick and...

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2008; 9:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Young Offensive Coordinator McDaniels Declining Head Coaching Interviews, Will Stay With Patriots

Josh McDaniels, the New England Patriots' 31-year-old offensive coordinator, has pulled himself out of consideration for head coaching vacancies with other teams. McDaniels was drawing interest after overseeing the Patriots' record-setting offense. The Baltimore Ravens and Atlanta Falcons reportedly were interested in interviewing him. But McDaniels declined the interviews....

By Mark Maske | January 4, 2008; 9:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Injuries Piling Up for Titans

The Tennessee Titans will be without wide receiver Roydell Williams for Sunday's playoff game at San Diego. He suffered a broken ankle in practice Wednesday and underwent surgery today. The Titans will be shorthanded this weekend. Quarterback Vince Young has been limited in practices by the injured quadriceps muscle...

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2008; 8:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

NFL Sets Another Attendance Record

The league announced that it set a regular season attendance record for a fifth year in a row. Average attendance was nearly 68,000 fans per game....

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2008; 8:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

R. Williams Added to NFC Pro Bowl Team

Dallas Cowboys safety Roy Williams was added to the NFC Pro Bowl roster. Teammate Ken Hamlin was named a starter in place of late Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor....

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2008; 8:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

Belichick Voted AP Coach of Year

Bill Belichick indeed was named the NFL coach of the year by the AP. He received 29 of 50 votes in balloting by media members. The Green Bay Packers' Mike McCarthy finished second with 15 votes. The Dallas Cowboys' Wade Phillips and the Jacksonville Jaguars' Jack Del Rio received...

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2008; 2:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Belichick Reportedly to Prevail in AP Coach of Year Balloting

The Boston Herald polled 41 of the 50 media members with votes for the Associated Press's NFL coach of the year award and reported that the New England Patriots' perfect regular season will earn Bill Belichick the honor. The Herald reported that 25 of the 41 said they voted...

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2008; 1:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

First-Round Playoff Picks

Saturday's Games Redskins at Seahawks The Seahawks are very, very tough at home. But they're highly inconsistent, and the Redskins are simply playing the best football in the entire NFC entering the playoffs. Pick: Redskins Jaguars at Steelers There's no reason to feel good about the Steelers, minus Willie...

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2008; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

T.O., M. Harrison Testing Injuries

Two high-profile wide receivers on playoff teams with byes this weekend, the Dallas Cowboys' Terrell Owens and the Indianapolis Colts' Marvin Harrison, could be getting closer to being ready to play in the conference semifinals. Owens reportedly has discarded the walking boot on his left foot, has begun jogging...

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2008; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (116)

Look for Parcells to Hire a Coach He Knows Well

With the Miami Dolphins now in the market for a new head coach, it is believed that front office czar Bill Parcells will pursue a coach with whom he was worked closely in the past. Some Parcells associates have mentioned Dallas Cowboys offensive line coach Tony Sparano, Arizona Cardinals...

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2008; 11:41 AM ET | Comments (1)

Dolphins Fire Cameron

The Miami Dolphins fired Cam Cameron as their coach today after a 1-15 season. New front office chief Bill Parcells now has his expected housecleaning well under way. Parcells fired Randy Mueller as the team's general manager on Monday, the day after the regular season ended. Parcells hired Dallas...

By Mark Maske | January 3, 2008; 9:50 AM ET | Comments (3)

Dolphins Hire J. Ireland as GM, Decision on Cameron Looms

The Miami Dolphins hired Dallas Cowboys scouting executive Jeff Ireland as their general manager. Ireland and front office chief Bill Parcells could make a decision soon about whether to retain Cam Cameron as the Dolphins' coach....

By Mark Maske | January 2, 2008; 8:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

It's Official: Niners Retain Nolan, Promote McCloughan, Fire Hostler

The San Francisco 49ers retained Mike Nolan as their coach and promoted Scot McCloughan from vice president of player personnel to general manager. McCloughan inherits final say over player-related moves from Nolan. The 49ers also fired Jim Hostler as their offensive coordinator, perhaps clearing the way for them to...

By Mark Maske | January 2, 2008; 8:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dolphins Appear Close to Hiring GM

The Miami Dolphins appear close to hiring Dallas Cowboys scouting executive Jeff Ireland as their general manager. Ireland was interviewed by new Dolphins front office chief Bill Parcells late Tuesday and today. Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga joined the deliberations today. Ireland worked closely with Parcells in Dallas and has...

By Mark Maske | January 2, 2008; 2:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Nolan Staying Put

An NFL source confirmed reports that the San Francisco 49ers plan to retain Mike Nolan as their coach. Nolan had two days of meetings with team co-owner John York after the 49ers completed a highly disappointing season in which they went 5-11. Nolan apparently has agreed to relinquish final...

By Mark Maske | January 2, 2008; 1:44 PM ET | Comments (0)

Martz Out In Detroit, Could Be Headed to S.F.

The Detroit Lions have fired Mike Martz as their offensive coordinator, an NFL source said. The former St. Louis Rams head coach could be headed to San Francisco as the new offensive coordinator of the 49ers. Offensive line coach Jim Colletto is being promoted to offensive coordinator, a source...

By Mark Maske | January 2, 2008; 1:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

A. Peterson Is Runaway Choice as AP Offensive Rookie of Year

Minnesota Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson was the overwhelming choice as the Associated Press's NFL offensive rookie of the year. Peterson finished second in the league in rushing, behind only San Diego's LaDainian Tomlinson, with 1,341 yards despite missing two games because of a knee injury. He set a single-game...

By Mark Maske | January 2, 2008; 12:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Parcells Keeps Cameron on Hold

Miami Dolphins front office chief Bill Parcells met Tuesday with the coach he inherited, Cam Cameron, without resolving Cameron's status with the team. Parcells might hire a general manager before making a decision about Cameron, who went 1-15 this season as a rookie NFL head coach. Parcells, hired last...

By Mark Maske | January 2, 2008; 9:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Niners Near Decision on Nolan

San Francisco 49ers Coach Mike Nolan had a second straight day of meetings Tuesday with team co-owner John York and York's son Jed, an executive with the franchise, without an announcement about Nolan's job status. The 49ers probably will make an announcement today about whether Nolan will keep his...

By Mark Maske | January 2, 2008; 9:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Chargers Extend Contract of GM Smith

The San Diego Chargers extended the contract of General Manager A.J. Smith through the 2014 season. The five-year extension is worth more than $2 million per season, an NFL source said. Smith's contract had been set to expire after the 2009 season. The Chargers persevered after a rugged beginning...

By Mark Maske | January 1, 2008; 2:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Broncos Veteran Left Tackle Lepsis Retiring

Veteran left tackle Matt Lepsis informed the Denver Broncos that he's retiring. Lepsis, 33, spent 11 seasons with the Broncos. He'd been a starter since 1999....

By Mark Maske | January 1, 2008; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Final Regular Season Rankings

The Patriots, of course, keep the top spot and the Colts stay at second after losing a game they barely tried to win. The Cowboys drop because they actually tried to beat the Redskins and couldn't come close, and Terrell Owens's status is uncertain entering the playoffs. The Redskins...

By Mark Maske | January 1, 2008; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (7)

Falcons Reportedly Receive Permission from Cowboys to Interview J. Garrett, T. Sparano for Head Coaching Job

The Atlanta Falcons reportedly have received permission from the Dallas Cowboys to interview two Cowboys assistants, offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and offensive line coach Tony Sparano, for their vacant head coaching job. The Dallas Morning News reported that Sparano is scheduled to interview for the job Friday but Garrett...

By Mark Maske | January 1, 2008; 9:35 AM ET | Comments (4)

Parcells to Interview J. Ireland Today for Dolphins' GM Job

Bill Parcells is wasting no time trying to hire a general manager for the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins interviewed Joey Clinkscales, the New York Jets' director of college scouting, Monday and are scheduled to interview Dallas Cowboys scouting executive Jeff Ireland today. Parcells, hired last week as the Dolphins'...

By Mark Maske | January 1, 2008; 9:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Niners' York Could Make Decision on Nolan Today

The San Francisco 49ers might decide today whether to retain Mike Nolan as their coach. Nolan met Monday with 49ers owner John York without having his job status resolved. The two are scheduled to meet again today. The team canceled Nolan's season-ending news conference Monday. Nolan and York said...

By Mark Maske | January 1, 2008; 8:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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