January 2007 - Football Wiretap
McNabb Wants To Remain With Eagles
Donovan McNabb doesn't want to leave Philadelphia, isn't jealous over the success Jeff Garcia had replacing him as Eagles quarterback, and wasn't muzzled by coach Andy Reid. "The so-called rumors that have started, they're false," McNabb said. "I'm a Philadelphia Eagle and will continue to be a Philadelphia Eagle, hopefully, for more years to come, and hopefully will retire as an Eagle."
L.T., Brees, Payton Honored As Players, Coach Of The Year
San Diego running back LaDainian Tomlinson and New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees were honored Wednesday as the NFL's players of the year, while the Saints' Sean Payton picked up another coach of the year award. Tomlinson, who won The Associated Press' MVP award by a wide margin over Brees, rushed for 1,815 yards and a league-record 28 touchdowns this season, plus he set another NFL record by finishing with 186 points and 31 overall touchdowns. "This means a lot to me," Tomlinson said in video remarks shown at a news conference at the Super Bowl.
Huizenga Wants Mueller, Ricky Back In Miami
If Randy Mueller indeed decided to leave Miami to become the general manager of the Tennessee Titans, where he remains a candidate, Wayne Huizenga said, ``you're not being fair to a guy if you don't let him out of his contract.'' Mueller has yet to interview with the Titans, although the team has received permission from the Dolphins to do so. Huizenga urged he wants to see Mueller back with the Dolphins. Huizenga also said he would not block the return of Williams, who is currently seeking reinstatement into the NFL after serving a one-year suspension. Instead, he would leave the future of Williams up to new coach Cam Cameron.
J. Lewis Had Surgery Last Week To Remove Bone Spurs
Ravens running back Jamal Lewis confirmed yesterday that he had surgery a week ago to remove bone spurs from his right ankle and that those bone spurs slowed him during the 2006 season, especially in the first six games until he took injections to ease the pain. Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome first spoke about the surgery yesterday at the Ravens' annual season-ending news conference. Later in the day, Lewis said from his home in Atlanta that he has a splint on the ankle and that it could be removed as early as today. He expects to start jogging in another one to two weeks and running again in seven weeks.
Favre May Want Packers To Trade For Moss?
In Wisconsin, there have been some whispers that Brett Favre would like to see the offense upgraded and, perhaps, even have the Packers trade for disgruntled Oakland receiver Randy Moss. Head coach Mike McCarthy believes Favre's decision will hinge on personal issues, not on the quality of the Packers.
Carroll Thinks Kiffin Wants Russell
At a speaking engagement near Palm Springs the other day, USC coach Pete Carroll said he figured he knew his former prot?g?, Lane Kiffin, would pass on Notre Dame's Brady Quinn in favor of Russell, now that Kiffin is the head coach of the Raiders. His reasoning: Kiffin likes throwing it downfield, and Russell's downfield arm is much stronger than Quinn's. "The kid from LSU is exactly what they're looking for, more than the kid from Notre Dame,'' Carroll said.
Indianapolis To Announce Bid For 2011 Super Bowl
As the Colts chase a Super Bowl title, Indianapolis is pursuing another prize: the chance to host the NFL's title game. Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson, Gov. Mitch Daniels and other business and community leaders planned a news conference Wednesday to discuss the city's proposed bid for the 2011 Super Bowl. The city has until April 2 to submit a bid. The process includes securing 27,000 hotel rooms, finding locations for dozens of events and outlining how it would accommodate fans and media attending.
Chargers' Kiel Cited For Urinating In Public
Chargers safety Terrence Kiel was cited for urinating in public last month, his second run-in with the law in less than three months and the eighth by a San Diego player since April. Maria Velasquez, spokeswoman for City Attorney Mike Aguirre, confirmed that Kiel was cited and released by police outside a nightclub in the Gaslamp Quarter at 1:50 a.m. on Dec. 18. The case is being reviewed and no charges have been filed yet, Velasquez said. Kiel is scheduled to make a court appearance on Feb. 20.
Browns' Winslow Undergoes Knee Surgery
Browns tight end Kellen Winslow underwent arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to remove scar tissue and repair cartilage damage in his right knee. Winslow, who injured the knee in a May 2005 motorcycle accident, was released from the Cleveland Clinic and is expected to make a full recovery. Team physician Dr. Anthony Miniaci performed the surgery.
Giants' Sweatman Retires
New York Giants special teams coordinator Mike Sweatman, whose career included two Super Bowl victories with the team, announced his retirement Tuesday. Coach Tom Coughlin promoted Tom Quinn, Sweatman's assistant this past season, to replace him. Sweatman, 60, was voted the NFL's special teams coach of the year in 2005. He was previously a Giants assistant from 1985-92, and returned in 2004 when Coughlin took over and hired him to run the special teams.
Troy Smith Lobbying Browns To Draft Him
Ohio State's QB Troy Smith is putting the heat on the Cleveland Browns to select him in April's NFL draft.
Moss Speaks With Kiffin
"They spoke recently and they were cordial and that's all I know about it," J. Timpthy DiPiero (Moss' attorney) said.
Oakland Hires Knapp As Offensive Coordinator
The hiring of Greg Knapp gives first-year coach Lane Kiffin an experienced coordinator to ease his transition from college to the NFL.
Singletary To Interview With Dallas
Add Mike Singletary to the list of candidates to become coach of the Cowboys.
Jones To Replace Tiki Or Martin?
Both New York teams are said to be interested in Thomas Jones to replace Tiki Barber or Curtis Martin.
Is Turner The Final Candidate For Dallas Job?
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones interviewed Norv Turner on Sunday, becoming the seventh and likely final candidate for head coach.