December 2012 - Football Wiretap

Raiders Fire OC Greg Knapp

Dec 31, 2012 2:03 PM

The Oakland Raiders have fired offensive coordinator Greg Knapp.

The Raiders' offense struggled throughout Knapp's lone season in the role.

P. Schrager/Fox Sports

Tags: Oakland Raiders, Misc Rumor

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49ers' Tom Gamble Emerges As GM Candidate For Jets, Jags

Dec 31, 2012 1:52 PM

The New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars have requested permission to interview San Francisco 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble for their general manager vacancies.

Gamble is finishing his second full season in the role for the 49ers.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Jacksonville Jaguars, New York Jets, Misc Rumor

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Cardinals Fire Whisenhunt, Graves

Dec 31, 2012 1:49 PM

The Arizona Cardinals have fired head coach Ken Whisenhunt and general manager Rod Graves.

Defensive coordinator Ray Horton will be amongst the candidates.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

Tags: Arizona Cardinals, Misc Rumor

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Chargers Fire Turner, Smith

Dec 31, 2012 1:05 PM

The San Diego Chargers have fired head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith.

“I thank A.J. and Norv for the determination and integrity they brought to the Chargers each and every day,” said Dean Spanos. “Both Norv and A.J. are consummate NFL professionals, and they understand that in this league, the bottom-line is winning.  My only goal is the Super Bowl, and that is why I have decided to move in a new direction with both our head coach and general manager positions.  I am committed to our great fans, and we will do whatever we possibly can to achieve that goal.”

Smith joined the Chargers as assistant general manager in 2001 before becoming general manager in 2003.

Turner had a 59-43 record with the Chargers.

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Tags: San Diego Chargers, Misc Rumor

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Koetter To Interview With Eagles, Chiefs, Browns

Dec 31, 2012 1:03 PM

Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is a head coaching candidate for several NFL vacancies.

Koetter will interview with the Eagles, Chiefs and Browns.

Alex Marvez/Fox Sports

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, Misc Rumor

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Titans Fire Reinfeldt, Keep Munchak

Dec 31, 2012 12:26 PM

The Tennessee Titans have fired Mike Reinfeldt as Senior Executive Vice President.

The Titans will keep Mike Munchak as head coach.

Reinfeldt took over as GM of the Titans in 2007.

Music City Miracles

Tags: Tennessee Titans, Misc Rumor

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Gruden Interested In Interviewing With Teams

Dec 31, 2012 12:07 PM

Jon Gruden will interview for head coaching positions with NFL teams this offseason.

Gruden is currently an analyst for ESPN and has said publicly he will stay at the network.

Gruden's camp has put out word to teams that he is interested in a return.

The Eagles and Chargers are two franchises in particular that could be of interest to Gruden.

Mike Freeman/CBS Sports

Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Misc Rumor

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Eagles Fire Andy Reid

Dec 31, 2012 11:41 AM

The Philadelphia Eagles have fired Andy Reid as expected.

"Andy Reid won the most games of any head coach in Eagles history and he is someone I respect greatly and will remain friends with for many years to come," owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a brief statement. "But, it is time for the Eagles to move in a new direction. Coach Reid leaves us with a winning tradition that we can build upon. And we are very excited about the future."

Reid wants to coach another NFL team in 2013.

Gregg Rosenthal/NFL.com

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Misc Rumor

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Bills Fire Chan Gailey

Dec 31, 2012 11:34 AM

The Buffalo Bills have fired Chan Gailey as head coach.

Gailey went 16-32 over three seasons with the Bills.

Gailey had new defensive coordinator in every season of his tenure.

Gregg Rosenthal/NFL.com

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Bears Fire Lovie Smith

Dec 31, 2012 10:51 AM

The Chicago Bears have fired Lovie Smith as head coach.

The Bears missed out on the playoffs for a second consecutive season after the Vikings beat the Packers on Sunday.

Smith had received the vocal support of several key players.

Smith led the Bears to the 2006 Super Bowl and division titles in 2005, 2006 and 2010.

The Bears have already begun seeking permission to interview potential replacements for Smith.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Tags: Chicago Bears, Misc Rumor

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Chiefs Fire Crennel, Retain Pioli
Romeo Crennel has a 28-55 career record as an NFL head coach.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Jets Fire Tannenbaum, Ryan Keeps Job
Mike Tannenbaum had run the Jets since 2006.

Rich Cimini/ESPN

Turner Expects To Be Fired By Chargers
Chargers head coach Norv Turner expects to be fired on Monday morning.

ESPN.com

Reports: Andy Reid Won't Be Back With Eagles
Andy Reid is out after coaching the Eagles for 14 NFL seasons.

ESPN.com

Urlacher Still Out With Hamstring Injury
Nick Roach will remain at middle linebacker for Chicago.

ESPN

Jaguars Expected To Fire GM Gene Smith
Jason Licht will be a top candidate to replace Gene Smith.

ESPN

Browns To Target Kelly, O'Brien
The Browns are expected to make a "major run" at Bill O'Brien and Chip Kelly.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Browns To Fire Shurmur, Heckert
Pat Shurmur and Tom Heckert both know they will be let go but have not been informed of the decision.

ESPN

Payton's $8M Annual Salary Makes Him NFL's Richest Coach
Sean Payton will earn $8 million annually over five seasons.

Ed Werder/ESPN

Chargers Likely To Hire GM Before Coach
The Chargers are expected to part ways with both general manager A.J. Smith and head coach Norv Turner.

Albert Breer/NFL.com

Peterson's Splits More Favorable In Vikings' Losses
Adrian Peterson is averaging 7.4 yards per carry in Vikings' losses.

Chase Stuart/Football Perspective

Peterson Given 18 Percent Chance Of Breaking Dickerson's Record
Adrian Peterson enters Week 17 needing 208 yards to break Eric Dickerson's record.

Michael Rand/Star Tribune

Johnson Has 588 Receiving Yards In 'Garbage' Time
Calvin Johnson has 1,304 yards when the point differential is less than 10 points.

Kevin Seifert/ESPN

Redskins Expect Griffin To Run As Needed Against Cowboys
Robert Griffin III had just four rushing yards last week against the Eagles.

Mark Maske/Washington Post

49ers Haven't Drafted Defensive Lineman Since 2009
Justin Smith has been the 49ers' anchor on their defensive line though he is already 33.

Mike Sando/ESPN

Dolphins To Likely Franchise Hartline Or Sean Smith
The Dolphins are likely to use their franchise tag on wide receiver Brian Hartline or cornerback Sean Smith.

Ben Volin/Palm Beach Post

Woodyard Omitted From Pro Bowl After Historical Season
Wesley Woodyward did not make the Pro Bowl.

Jeff Legwold/Denver Post

Payton, Saints Agree On Multi-Year Dearl
Sean Payton would have been free to negotiate with other teams this offseason.

Jay Glazer/Fox Sports

Norwegian Kicker Goes Viral, Will Receive Offseason Tryouts
Havard Rugland has parlayed a four-minute video entitled 'Kickalicious' into a possible NFL kicking career.

David Picker/New York Times

Terrelle Pryor To Start Week 17 For Raiders
Terrelle Pryor has been named starting quarterback for the Raiders in Week 17.

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