January 2009 - Football Wiretap
Parcells Confirms He'll Stay With Dolphins
Bill Parcells has confirmed that he will remain in the front office of the Dolphins through at least the 2009 season. "We got knocked out in the first round of the playoffs so we got to keep things in perspective," Parcells said. "... We have a lot to do in Miami. We need a lot more guys." He helped the Dolphins, who won just one game in 2007, complete one of the best single-season transformations in NFL history. "On Sundays, at the games, sometimes it's hard," Parcells said. "You have a trained eye and you know where the game is going, you know kind of what's going to happen, but there is nothing you can do. So you sit there and understand you are in a support role for the head coach. And a support role for the general manager. And my job is to assist the general manager in the procurement of players that can help win on the field for the coach, Tony Sparano."
Rodney Harrison Leaning Towards Retirement?
New England safety Rodney Harrison wouldn't officially close the door on his playing career, but he sounds as though he's leaning towards retirement. "Right now, I'm doing a lot better, and I can't honestly say if I'm going to play or not right now," said Harrison. "I'm up in the air. Right now, I'm focusing on being able to run up and down the bases with my son, so once that's established, then I'll decide if I want to play or not." Harrison, 36, will soon become a free agent.
NBC Sells Out Super Bowl Ads For Record $206M
NBC said on Saturday afternoon that the final two advertising spots for Sunday's Super Bowl have been sold, pushing the ad revenue for the event to a record $206 million. "These advertising milestones show the power of the NFL brand and the strength of the Super Bowl as a TV property in this economic climate," said Jeff Zucker, president and CEO of NBC Universal, a unit of General Electric Co. "The Super Bowl has become one of our country's biggest holidays, a uniquely American day, and advertisers recognized the value in being a part of it."
Tomlin Invites Jesse Jackson To Final Practice
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin invited Rev. Jesse Jackson to the team's final practice before Super Bowl XLIII on Saturday. Pittsburgh had just a 38-minute walkthrough at the University of South Florida, with family and friends in attendance as well. "We had some people who have been special to us come to practice today -- family members and high school coaches," Tomlin said. "It's not a big deal to us, but it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for them. We wanted to show our appreciation for what they've done for us by allowing them to be a part of it."
Sproles Prefers Chargers, But Will Test Market
Running back Darren Sproles will test his value on the free agent market this offseason, but would prefer to remain with the Chargers. "I'm going to test it," Sproles said Saturday, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. "It makes sense. But I like where I'm at. I want to stay a Charger."
Bruce Smith Among 6 Inducted Into HOF
Bruce Smith, Rod Woodson and Derrick Thomas were among six people inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. They were elected along with longtime Bills owner Ralph Wilson, who at age 90 will be the oldest person ever inducted; former Vikings guard Randall McDaniel; and the late Bob Hayes, a standout wide receiver for Dallas.
Plummer: Shanahan Firing 'Was Past Due'
Former Broncos' quarterback Jake Plummer said on Thursday that the firing of coach Mike Shanahan in Denver "was past due." "I thought it was past due," Plummer said. "I think he had done what he could do and was just tapped out as far as his coaching style wasn't motivating guys anymore."
Roy Williams: Lions Practiced Harder Than Cowboys
Wide receiver Roy Williams spent time in both Detroit and Dallas last season, and says that the 0-16 Lions practiced harder than the Cowboys. "I mean, I was there until we were 0-5, I think," Williams said Friday morning. "You know, we still had a chance to be in the playoffs at 0-5. Guys were still working. I think, actually, Detroit works harder than Dallas on the practice field. I don't know why it doesn't transition to the game field on Sunday."
McNabb: I Want To Retire An Eagle
Donovan McNabb has refuted reports by Deion Sanders that he wants out of Philadelphia, saying on Friday that he'd prefer to retire as a member of the Eagles. "I talk to Deion. Deion is a great guy, but Deion's not speaking for me. I want to retire as an Eagle," McNabb said. "I remember my rookie year, or I believe my second year, with Mayor Street, I said I wanted to bring a Super Bowl back to Philadelphia, go down Broad Street with the parade. The Phillies did it first, and I'm happy for them that they did, but myself and [free safety] Brian Dawkins, it's something we've talked about for years, being able to do that. We look forward to hopefully bringing it back next year, down Broad Street, I believe [the game's] in Miami, be able to hold that trophy up and say, 'We did it.' "
Lions Will Keep Thanksgiving Game, For Now
The Lions' Thanksgiving Day game is safe, at least for the 2009 season, but Commissioner Roger Goodell says that could change. Goodell admitted that owners will discuss what teams will host the Thanksgiving games "as we get later in the year." The Lions have hosted Thanksgiving Day games since 1934.
Texas Stadium Center Star Rolled Up
Crews on Friday rolled up the star section of blue artificial turf at Texas Stadium.
Empire State Building Lit Up In Steelers And Cardinals Colors
The Empire State Building will shine its world-famous tower lights in the team colors of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals from Friday to Monday.
Tiki Barber Knocks Super Bowl Matchup
"If they played this game in the regular season, it would be a (regional) game, and no one would watch it," Barber said.
Lewis: Future With Ravens 'Nobody Else's Business'
Linebacker Ray Lewis will become an unrestricted free agent in less than a month unless the Ravens use the franchise tag on him o offer him a new deal.
Lawyer: Vick Headed To Halfway House
One of Michael Vick's lawyers told a federal bankruptcy judge Friday that the imprisoned former NFL quarterback could be transferred to a halfway house in Virginia any day.
49ers Hire Former Raiders O-Coordinator Raye
Jimmy Raye has agreed to terms with the 49ers to become their seventh offensive coordinator in seven seasons.
Vikings Want Tarvaris To Train In MMA
The Vikings believe Tarvaris Jackson can benefit from MMA training.
Haley: Keyshawn, Booker, Glenn Are Better Than Owens
Cardinals offensive coordinator Todd Haley, formerly the receivers coach for the Cowboys, says that Keyshawn Johnson, Marty Booker and Terry Glenn were all better than Terrell Owens.
Eli: No 'Agenda' To 'Phase Out' Toomer
Giants quarterback Eli Manning said Thursday that there was no "agenda" to "phase out" receiver Amani Toomer towards the end of the season.
Lions Considering Uniform Change For 2010
During a recent Town Hall meeting, Lions' team president Tom Lewand suggested that changes to the team's uniform could be coming as soon as the 2010 season.
Mayor Of Phoenix Uses Terrible Towel As Tissue
Phoenix mayor Phil Gordon held up a Terrible Towel at a rally on Thursday and pretended to use it as a tissue before throwing it to the ground.
Cassel Franchise Tag To Be $14.65M
The NFL Players Association released the franchise and transition tag numbers on Thursday for 2009, and the Patriots will have to pay Matt Cassel $14.65 million if they franchise him as expected.
Bills' Lynch Headed To Pro Bowl As Replacement
Buffalo running back Marshawn Lynch is headed to the Pro Bowl as an injury replacement for Tennessee's Chris Johnson.
Union: No Reason For NFL Lockout
The NFL Players Association still lacks an executive director in the wake of Gene Upshaw's death, but they believe there is no reason for a lockout when the current CBA expires.
Titans' Haynesworth: No Hometown Discount
Titans' defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth loves his team but says that he won't give Tennessee a hometown discount on the long-term deal he's looking for this offseason.
Dallas Fines Bennett For Rap Video
The Cowboys have decided to fine tight end Martellus Bennett for putting out a profanity-laced rap video on YouTube earlier this week.
Risdon's Super Bowl XLIII Forecast
With a sharp focus on the X's and O's that will decide the game, Jeff Risdon breaks down the three main keys that will decide Sunday's game.
Eagles' Jim Johnson Has Melanoma
The Eagles announced Jim Johnson would not be traveling to Hawaii to coach the NFC Pro Bowl defense.
Jacobs Lobbies For Burress
Brandon Jacobs wants to return to the Giants and he wants Plaxico Burress back as well.