December 2008 - Football Wiretap

Shanahan Fired By Denver
Mike Shanahan and his staff have been fired by the Denver Broncos, according to the National Football Post.

RealGM Staff Report

Saints To Show Interest In Raiders' Asomugha
The Saints are expected to show interest in Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha if he becomes available.

Times-Picayune

Jackson To Quarterback Vikings In 2009?
Sources close to the Pioneer Press believe that the Vikings may have already decided that Tarvaris Jackson will be the team's starting quarterback in 2009.

Pioneer Press

Raiders List Gilbride, Hackett, Harbaugh As Candidates
The Raiders' list of coaching candidates is expected to include Giants' offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, Raiders' scout Paul Hackett, and Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh.

San Francisco Chronicle

Cowboys' Garrett Allowed To Talk With Lions
The Lions have reportedly been granted permission to interview Cowboys' offense coordinator Jason Garrett for their head coaching vacancy.

Dallas Morning News

Eli: I'm Not Going To Cabo This Week
Eli Manning was asked if he planned to go to San Diego to watch his brother Peyton play for the Indianapolis Colts against the Chargers in the first round.

New York Times

Martz Meets With Niners, Won't Be Back
The 49ers have decided not to bring back offensive coordinator Mike Martz, a league source said.

NFL.com

Favre Has Torn Biceps Tendon
Brett Favre has been told by doctors that pain in his right shoulder is from a torn biceps tendon and some calcification in the area.

ESPN

Mack Brown Denies Recruiting Improprieties
In the wake of losing a top recruit to Oklahoma, Texas Coach Mack Brown on Monday denied any knowledge of recruiting improprieties.

New York Times

Matt Ryan Named Offense Rookie Of The Year
Matt Ryan was named The Associated Press 2008 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year on Tuesday.

SI.com

Texans Fire Defensive Coordinator, Two Others
The Texans have fired defensive coordinator Richard Smith, defensive backs coach Jon Hoke, and defensive line coach Jethro Franklin.

Houston Chronicle

Hochuli Costs Ryan Grant $1.35 Million
Ryan Grant would have received an additional $1.35 million in bonuses if Ed Hochuli wouldn't have reversed a ruling on the field on an 80-yard touchdown.

Journal Sentinel

Tannenbaum's Presence Will Keep Cowher Away From Jets
Bill Cowher is not going to interview for the head coaching position of the New York Jets, according to multiple sources.

ESPN

Cowher Uninterested In Cleveland Job
The Browns fired coach Romeo Crennel on Monday, and former Steelers' coach Bill Cowher has already told the team he isn't interested.

NFL.com

Owens: If Jones Needs Advice, I'll Be Honest
Cowboys' receiver Terrell Owens says that he'll be there for team owner Jerry Jones if he needs advice making personnel decisions.

Morning Call

NFL Releases Preliminary 2009 Draft Order
The winless Lions will have two of the top 20 picks in April's NFL draft, according to the preliminary order released on Monday.

ESPN

Steelers May Rest Big Ben After Concussion
The Steelers may rest quarterback Ben Roethlisberger after he suffered a concussion against the Browns on Sunday.

ESPN

Mangini's Firing Catches Players Off Guard
A number of Jets' players were caught off guard when news broke that coach Eric Mangini had been fired.

New York Post

Report: 2010 Pro Bowl To Precede Super Bowl
The Pro Bowl will reportedly be played one week before the Super Bowl in 2010 and both games will be staged in Dolphin Stadium.

ESPN

McNabb Will Return To Philly With Cap-Friendly Deal?
Sources close to the Eagles claim that quarterback Donovan McNabb will return to the team next season and that he could agree to a more cap-friendly contract.

Pro Football Weekly

Cowboys' James Confronts Fan
Dallas linebacker Bradie James got into an altercation with a fan outside the team's training facility in the wake of the team's season-ending loss to Philadelphia.

ESPN

Bears Endorse Orton As Starting QB
The Bears have already begun making player personnel decisions for next season as quarterback Kyle Orton has been proclaimed the incumbent starter heading into training camp.

ESPN

Vegas Odds Favor Giants Vs. Titans Super Bowl
Las Vegas sports books favor the Giants to win the Super Bowl, giving 2-to-1 odds on the NFC's No. 1 seed to repeat as champions.

ESPN

Raiders Hope To Speak With Giants' Gilbride
The Raiders are reportedly in the process of requesting permission to speak with Giants' offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride about their vacant head coach position.

ESPN

Phillips Vows Change In Dallas
Cowboys' coach Wade Phillips has acknowledged that things need to change in Dallas.

ESPN

Crennel Fired After Browns' 4-Win Season
The Browns have fired coach Romeo Crennel following a 4-12 season.

ESPN

Reports: Mangini Out As Jets' Coach
Various reports out of New York claim that Eric Mangini is out as the head coach of the Jets.

ESPN

Source: Winless Lions Fire Marinelli
ESPN's Chris Mortensen has reported that the Lions have fired coach Rod Marinelli after the completion of their winless season.

ESPN

Romo Collapses Following Sunday's Loss
Cowboys' quarterback Tony Romo caused a stir in the locker room on Sunday when he collapsed in the shower and had to be helped to his feet by teammates.

Star-Telegram

Cleveland GM Savage Gets Ax
The Browns have confirmed that they have fired GM Phil Savage, and is it believed that coach Romeo Crennel could be next.

Cleveland Plain Dealer