December 2013 - Football Wiretap

Cowboys Never Considered Firing Jason Garrett

Dec 31, 2013 12:58 PM

The Dallas Cowboys will keep Jason Garrett for the 2014 season.

Garrett has a 24-24 record over the past three seasons.

"I think what's important here is that I haven't given it any consideration," Jones said. "I like what he's doing as coach, so I haven't given it any consideration."

Gregg Rosenthal/NFL.com

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Misc Rumor

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Percy Harvin Looks 'Amazing' In Workout

Dec 31, 2013 12:37 PM

Percy Harvin had a throwing session with Russell Wilson, which helped persuade Pete Carroll not to place him on season-ending injured reserve.

Harvin has played in just one game this season following offseason hip surgery.

Harvin looked "amazing" during the session and the Seahawks believe it is possible he will play in their playoff game on Jan. 11.

Harvin signed a $67 million, six-year contract with the Seahawks.

Ed Werder/ESPN

Tags: Seattle Seahawks, Injury

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Lovie Smith Considered Favorite For Buccaneers' Job

Dec 30, 2013 3:07 PM

Lovie Smith is considered the favorite to become the next head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Smith was out of coaching this past season after being let go after the 2012 season by the Chicago Bears.

The Buccaneers fired Greg Schiano on Monday.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Misc Rumor

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Browns Request Permission To Interview Dan Quinn

Dec 30, 2013 2:40 PM

The Cleveland Browns have asked for permission to interview Dan Quinn for their head coaching vacancy.

Quinn is defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Browns, Seattle Seahawks, Misc Rumor

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Lions Fire Jim Schwartz

Dec 30, 2013 11:58 AM

The Detroit Lions have fired Jim Schwartz as head coach.

Schwartz had a 29-51 record over five seasons with the Lions.

The Lions reached the playoffs in 2011 with a 10-6 record.

Detroit finished the 2013 season with a 6-3 record, but went 1-6 over the final seven games of the season.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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Buccaneers Fire Greg Schiano, Mark Dominik

Dec 30, 2013 11:49 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have fired Greg Schiano and Mark Dominik.

Schiano lasted just two seasons as head coach of the Buccaneers.

Dominik had been general manager of the Buccaneers since 2009.

"The results over the past two years have not lived up to our standards and we believe the time has come to find a new direction," wrote Bryan Glazer in a statement. "Mark has been a valued member of our organization for two decades and we respect the passion he showed for the Buccaneers during his time here. We thank Greg for his hard work and effort the past two seasons, but we feel these moves are necessary in order to achieve our goals."

Jay Glazer/Fox Sports

Tags: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Misc Rumor

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Chargers Advance To Playoffs Over Steelers On Mistake By Refs

Dec 30, 2013 11:42 AM

The NFL has acknowledged that referees made a mistake in not penalizing the San Diego Chargers for an illegal formation on a missed field goal attempt by Ryan Succop of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Succop missed a 41-yard field goal, but the Chargers were in an illegal formation that should have resulted in a five-yard penalty and another field goal attempt.

"On the play, San Diego lined up with seven men on one side of the snapper," the league said in a statement released Monday morning. "This should have been penalized as an illegal formation by the defense."

The Chargers eventually won the game to secure the final AFC playoff bid, but the Pittsburgh Steelers would have advanced had the penalty been called and Succop made the second attempt.

ESPN

Tags: San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers

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Leslie Frazier Fired By Vikings

Dec 30, 2013 11:37 AM

The Minnesota Vikings have fired Leslie Frazier as head coach after a 5-10-1 season.

Frazier led the Vikings to a 10-6 record and a surprising berth in the playoffs in 2012.

The Vikings struggled this season with a poor defense and poor play at quarterback.

"We have tremendous respect and appreciation for Leslie and what he has done for the Minnesota Vikings," owner Zygi Wilf said in a statement distributed by the team. "He stepped in and established a strong positive culture here, and he has been the consummate professional as our head coach and in this community. Making this change is difficult but what we determined is best for the organization."

Jack Del Rio and Adam Gase, coordinators for the Denver Broncos, are on the Vikings' wish list.

ESPN

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Washington Fires Mike Shanahan

Dec 30, 2013 11:33 AM

The Washington Redskins have fired Mike Shanahan after posting a 24-40 record over four seasons.

"Redskins fans deserve a better result," owner Dan Snyder said in a statement released by the team. "We thank Mike for his efforts on behalf of the Redskins. We will focus on what it takes to build a winning team, and my pledge to this organization and to this community is to continue to commit the resources and talent necessary to put this team back in the playoffs."

"When we first came here, we knew we were in some tough situations relative to the salary cap," Shanahan said. "When we first came in as a staff, we knew we had to make tough decisions."


John Kelm/ESPN

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Playoff Schedule For NFL Wild Card, Divisional Rounds

Dec 30, 2013 12:55 AM

NFL WILD CARD WEEKEND 

Saturday, January 4

AFC:    4:35 PM (ET) 

Kansas City Chiefs at Indianapolis Colts (NBC)

 

 

NFC:    8:10 PM (ET)

New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles (NBC) 

Sunday, January 5

AFC:    1:05 PM (ET)

 San Diego Chargers at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)

 

 

NFC:    4:40 PM (ET)

 San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers (FOX) 

NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS 

Saturday, January 11

NFC:    4:35 PM (ET)

Green Bay/San Francisco/New Orleans at Seattle Seahawks (FOX)

 

 

AFC:    8:15 PM (ET) 

Cincinnati/Indianapolis/Kansas City at New England Patriots (CBS) 

Sunday, January 12

NFC:    1:05 PM (ET)

Philadelphia/Green Bay/San Francisco at Carolina Panthers (FOX)

 

 

AFC:    4:40 PM (ET) 

Indianapolis/Kansas City/San Diego at Denver Broncos (CBS)

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Rex Ryan To Remain Head Coach Of Jets
Rex Ryan has one season remaining on his contract worth about $3 million annually.

Rich Cimini/ESPN

Kaepernick Leads NFL In QBR Over Final Three Weeks Of Season
Colin Kaepernick is ranked fourth in passer rating with 109.7.

Mike Sando/ESPN

Joe Thomas: Firing Rob Chudzinski Sets Everything Back
Joe Thomas was named to his seventh Pro Bowl this season.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Browns Fire Rob Chudzinski
The Browns finished 4-12 on the season under Rob Chudzinski.

Jay Glazer/Fox Sports

Sources: Redskins Expected To Fire Shanahan
The Washington Post reported earlier on Sunday that the Redskins had decided to fire head coach Mike Shanahan.

ESPN.com

Percy Harvin Unlikely To Return This Season
Percy Harvin will have played in just one game for the Seahawks.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Penn State To Pursue Greg Schiano
Penn State will push to hire Greg Schiano if Bill O'Brien leaves to take the head coaching job of the Texans as expected.

Chase Goodbread/NFL.com

Calvin Johnson May Need Knee Surgery
Calvin Johnson is two years into an eight-year, $132 million contract.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Rex Ryan Could Remain With Jets
Rex Ryan would prefer an extension with the Jets rather than enter as a lame duck.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Bill O'Brien Likely To Become Next Head Coach Of Texans
Bill O'Brien would have J.J. Watt to rebuild around with the Texans.

Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter/ESPN

Reggie Bush Believes Lack Of Chemistry Hurt Lions
Reggie Bush cites a lack of team chemistry for the Lions' collapse during the second half of the season.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

2014 NFL Pro-Bowl Complete Rosters
NaVorro Bowman was one of eight 49ers to be named to the Pro Bowl.

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Teams Will Search For Psychological Issues On Clowney
Jadeveon Clowney is one of the best pure defensive prospects to come through the NFL Draft is several years.

Albert Breer/NFL.com

Scouts: Bridgewater's Lack Of Size Makes Him Look Like 2nd Rounder
Teddy Bridgewater is widely considered the best prospect at quarterback likely to be available in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Albert Breer/NFL.com

Stafford Dismisses Suggestion Of Working With QB Guru
Matthew Stafford completed just 52.5 percent of his passes over his past seven games while throwing more interceptions than touchdowns.

Kyle Meinke/MLive

Robbie Gould Signs Extension Through 2017 With Bears
Robbie Gould will be among the highest paid kickers in the NFL.

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Bill O'Brien To Interview With Texans
Bill O'Brien is the former offensive coordinator of the Patriots.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Kyle Orton To Start For Cowboys, Romo Undergoes Back Surgery
Kyle Orton will be the Week 17 starter for the Cowboys.

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Nnamdi Asomugha To Retire From NFL
Nnamdi Asomugha will sign a one-day contract with the Raiders.

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Chris Johnson Won't Take Pay Cut
Chris Johnson has 950 yards this season entering Week 17.

Jim Wyatt/Tennessean