December 2008 - Football Wiretap

Jets Receive Permission To Interview Rex Ryan

Dec 31, 2008 6:44 PM

The New York Jets have asked for and are expected to receive permission to interview Ravens' defensive coordinator Rex Ryan for their head coaching job. Ryan has been with the Ravens for nine years. The Jets have not contacted Mike Shanahan yet. They've had preliminary talks with Marty Schottenheimer but did not schedule an interview.

New York Post

Tags: New York Jets, Misc Rumor

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Singletary: I'm Looking For A More Conventional Offense

Dec 31, 2008 6:41 PM

Mike Singletary conducted his end of season press conference on Wednesday and revealed his offensive strategy for the future. Singletary said his approach to offense is "more run to pass." In firing Mike Martz, Singletary said he was looking to establish a more conventional offense. Singletary said he wants to establish an offense that was more similar to what coach Bill Walsh implemented with the 49ers in the past. But, Singletary said, he is not a 3-yard-and-a-cloud-of-dust kind of guy.

Press Democrat

Tags: San Francisco 49ers

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Kansas City Also Wants Scott Pioli

Dec 31, 2008 6:38 PM

In addition to the Cleveland Browns, the Kansas City Chiefs have also officially asked for permission and are free to speak with Scott Pioli, according to an NFL source. The Browns have also officially requested permission to speak with Patriots' offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels for their head coaching vacancy.

Boston Globe

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots

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Shockey: I'm Going To Work With Brees In The Off-Season

Dec 31, 2008 6:35 PM

Jeremy Shockey's first season with the Saints was a relative disappointment, but he says he's prepared to work hard this offseason. "I'm going to do a lot of work with Drew (Brees)," Shockey said. "I'm going to be here working with these guys. I haven't done that in five or six years, and I'm not saying that I didn't make the right decision in the past. Just here, I think it would benefit myself and the team a lot more than it would if I was playing, doing the one up in New York. "So I'm going to still work out in Miami, that's the normal plan, but really show my face and come around here a lot more than I've ever done in my whole career." RealGM Note: Despite missing four weeks due to injury, Shockey was ranked 18th amongst tight ends in season FIC and had a +0% Reina Value. He didn't score a touchdown for the first time in his career, and his 9.7 yards per catch was his second worst output.

Times-Picayune

Tags: New Orleans Saints

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Browns And Lions Have Permission To Interview Titans' D Coordinator

Dec 31, 2008 6:22 PM

The Browns have asked for and received permission to interview Titans' defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz for their head coaching vacancy, a source told the Plain Dealer on Wednesday. Schwartz, a scout for the Browns from 1993 to 1995 under Bill Belichick, is believed to be intrigued by the thought of returning to Cleveland, where he began his NFL career as an unpaid intern. The Lions have also been granted permission to interview Schwartz, 42.

Plain Dealer

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Tennessee Titans

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Broncos Owner: It Was Time For Change

Dec 31, 2008 4:01 PM

In a tear-filled news conference the day after firing Mike Shanahan, Broncos' owner Pat Bowlen said that it was simply time for a change. Bowlen said there is no timetable for when the team will find a replacement for Shanahan.

ESPN

Tags: Denver Broncos, Misc Rumor

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Chargers Pull Powder Blues Off Auction Block To Wear Saturday

Dec 31, 2008 3:57 PM

The San Diego Chargers announced today they will wear their Powder Blue alternate uniforms in the AFC Wild Card Playoff Game against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday, Jan. 3. The announcement was unexpected because after the team last wore the uniforms in the game against the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night, Dec. 4, the jerseys were sent to the National Football League office in New York where they were to be auctioned off for charity on NFL.com. ?It took some doing, but we were able to get the jerseys back just before they hit the auction site,? said A.G. Spanos, the Chargers? executive vice president & executive officer. ?We hope by wearing these special alternate uniforms, it will help generate added excitement for both our players as well as our fans and give us an even stronger home-field advantage.? After the game, the team plans to return the jerseys to the League where they will be auctioned off on NFL.com to benefit Chargers Charities and Chargers Champions, their education and fitness community initiative.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Indianapolis Colts, San Diego Chargers

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Do The Trojans Have NCAA's Best Defense Ever?

Dec 31, 2008 3:54 PM

USC has allowed just 7.8 points per game in 2008, which is best in the nation and the lowest since Auburn in 1988 heading into the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl vs. Penn State. Through Dec. 24, Football Bowl Subdivision teams averaged 27.2 points per game. The difference between those figures, 19.4 points, is the largest since the NCAA began keeping records in 1937.

Michael Lev/Orange County Register

Tags: NCAA

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Fitzgerald Accused Of Assaulting Son's Mother

Dec 31, 2008 3:54 PM

Cardinals' receiver Larry Fitzgerald has been ordered to stay away from the mother of his 11-month-old son after he allegedly assaulted the woman. Angela Nazario claims she brought the couple's son to visit Larry last October when the former lovers began arguing. Nazario alleges in legal papers filed in Arizona that Fitzgerald attempted to "diffuse the situation" by raising his fist and challenging her to a play fight. Nazario admits she responded by swinging at him and "may have hit his face." Fitzgerald then turned enraged, allegedly pushing Nazario down to her knees. She claims he "grabbed me by my hair with both hands on the back of my head very very hard and tossed me across the room."

TMZ.com

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Legal

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Polamalu: Bye Isn't A Mental Advantage

Dec 31, 2008 3:48 PM

Steelers' defender Troy Polamalu doesn't believe that having a week off provides teams with a mental advantage but says that it helps physically. "I think people may think there may be an advantage in a bye week, mentally," Polamalu said. "I don't think there is at all. I think physically there is."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Misc Rumor

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Vikings' Longwell Credits Tiger Woods For Improvement
Minnesota kicker Ryan Longwell is enjoying one of his best professional seasons and has credited Tiger Woods for the improvement.

Pioneer Press

Plax Jerseys Aren't Selling Despite Price Cuts
Merchandisers in the New York area have marked down Plaxico Burress jerseys as much as 75%, but fans still aren't interested in buying them.

New York Daily News

DeAngelo, Dawkins And Gould Named NFC Players Of December
DeAngelo Williams, Brian Dawkins, and Robbie Gould were named the NFC Players of the Month for December.

RealGM Staff Report

Rivers, Reed And Miller Named AFC Players Of The Month
Philip Rivers, Ed Reed and Justin Miller were named the AFC Players of the Month for December.

RealGM Staff Report

Cowher Didn't Want Favre As His QB
"There's no way he's taking Brett Favre as his quarterback," said one person close to Bill Cowher.

New York Post

11k Short; Vikings Having Trouble Selling Out Playoff Game
The Vikings announced they have about 11,000 tickets left for Sunday?s first-round playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles at the Metrodome.

Star Tribune

Shanahan And Jerry Jones 'In Love With Each Other'?
Could Mike Shanahan end up in Dallas?

ESPN

Browns Will Stop At Nothing To Get Pioli
Scott Pioli will be given millions and full control of the team. He reportedly prefers Iowa's Kirk Ferentz as head coach with Eric Mangini as the backup plan.

Boston Herald

Pacers Move Game To Accommodate Colts
The Pacers announced Tuesday that Saturday's game against the Kings at Conseco Fieldhouse has been moved from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m. so Indianapolis fans can watch the Colts.

Indianapolis Star

Bills Announce That Jauron Will Coach In 2009
The Bills on Tuesday announced that Dick Jauron will remain the coach heading into next season.

Democrat And Chronicle

Titans' Fisher A Shoe-In For Coach Of Year?
FootballGenerals.com's intricate statistical system has predicted that Titans' coach Jeff Fisher is far-and-away the leading candidate for the NFL's Coach of the Year award.

Football Generals

Patriots' Mayo Is AP's Top Defensive Rookie
Patriots' linebacker Jerod Mayo has won The Associated Press 2008 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award.

ESPN

Cutler On Firing: 'I'm Not Pleased With It'
Broncos' quarterback Jay Cutler was very unhappy on Tuesday afternoon when he learned that coach Mike Shanahan had been fired.

Rocky Mountain News

Jets Haven't Ruled Out Shanahan
The Jets haven't completely ruled out Mike Shanahan, but they're not likely to pursue him, an NFL source said.

New York Daily News

Turner Involved In 'Domestic Dispute'
Michael Turner was involved in a "domestic dispute" Monday night with the mother of his infant child.

AP

The Not So Subtle Secret To How Denver Won And Loss In 2008
The decision to fire Mike Shanahan was a surprising one and winning and losing games for the Broncos seemed to rest exclusively on the arm of Jay Cutler.

Christopher Reina/RealGM

Which Playoff Teams Are Playing The Best Football?
The Vikings, Ravens, Colts, Chargers and Eagles are five of the eight hottest teams in the NFL and are all in the Wildcard round.

Christopher Reina/RealGM

Browns To Interview Mangini
The Browns will interview fired New York Jets' coach Eric Mangini soon, possibly Tuesday or Wednesday, a league source said.

Plain Dealer

Vikings' Peterson Earns Additional $11.5M
Vikings' running back Adrian Peterson's performance during the 2008 regular season has earned him quite a bit of money thanks to incentive triggers in his contract.

Pioneer Press

Could Pats Franchise And Trade Cassel?
The Patriots have to decide what to do with quarterback Matt Cassel, especially with Tom Brady's status for the 2009 season in jeopardy.

Boston Herald