January 2011 - Football Wiretap
Raiders Hire Wylie As O-Line Coach
The Raiders have hired longtime assistant Bob Wylie as their new offensive line coach. Oakland announced the move Monday, with head coach Hue Jackson calling Wylie a "spectacular teacher, motivator and drill sergeant." Wylie spent last season sharing offensive line coaching duties for the Broncos.
Weather Forces Packers To Move Practice Inside
The Packers have moved their practice site because of bad weather expected in North Texas. Green Bay was originally were scheduled to practice outdoors at Southern Methodist University, but NFL.com is reporting that the team will instead work out just down the road at Highland Park High School's indoor facilities. A winter storm watch is in effect through Tuesday in the Dallas area. The Steelers were expected to practice at TCU, which has indoor facilities.
Forte Would Like Extension From Bears
Matt Forte is entering the final year of his contract with the Bears and would like to sign an extension with the team. Forte joined Walter Payton as the only running backs in Chicago history to post back-to-back seasons with 1,600 yards from scrimmage. His current contract will pay him $550,000 in 2011. "It would be nice [to get the contract done]," Forte said Monday. "It's always nice to have something like that happen. It's really up to my agent [Adisa Bakari] and the Bears to negotiate it. I just want to stay informed with what they're talking about. Hopefully it's all good things. "I love playing for the Bears, and I think it's a great organization and I just want to continue to succeed and play well for them."
NFL, NFLPA Looking To Setup Meeting
The NFL and the NFL Players Association are trying to schedule a negotiation session that could occur the day before the Super Bowl, according to sources. The two sides are attempting to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement before the current deal expires on March 3. If Saturday's session happens, it would mark the first full negotiating session between the league and the union in almost two months.
Kindle Still Hasn't Been Cleared To Play
Ravens linebacker Sergio Kindle, the second-round pick who missed the entire season with a fractured skull, has not been medically cleared to play in 2011, according to a report. Kindle remains hopeful that he'll play next season and Ravens coach John Harbaugh says the team plans to keep Kindle with a special tender. He fractured his skull after falling down two flights of stairs in late July at a friend's house in Austin, Texas.
Graves Leaves Titans To Coach Carolina's Receivers
Titans wide receivers coach Rod Graves has left the team to take the same position with the Panthers, according to a report. With Graves leaving after four seasons in Tennessee, five coaches have either been fired or departed since the end of the season.
Aaron Smith 'Holding Out Hope' For Super Bowl Return
Steelers defensive end Aaron Smith may have to watch Super Bowl XLV from the sidelines. Smith, out since Oct. 24 because of a torn triceps, has been limited in practice over the past three weeks and remains a long shot to play Sunday against the Packers. "I've come to grips with it," Smith told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I'm holding out hope, but that's a reality I've had to deal with (for) months. I've tried optimism, I've tried pessimism. I've tried being happy. I'm just day to day. If I get an opportunity to (play), it will be a blessing. "Why suit me up and not play when someone else can suit up and help the team win? I think it has to be, 'Can I be productive? Can I contribute?' "
Mayoral Candidate Wants Super Bowl In Chicago
Chicago mayoral candidate Gery Chico wants to see a Super Bowl hosted by the city. Chico, who trails two competitors in the polls, said if he's elected, he'll work toward bringing the Super Bowl to Chicago. "We should pursue every possible avenue to bring America's greatest sports competition to America's greatest sports city," Chico said. "If New York can do it, Chicago can do it." New Jersey will host the Super Bowl in 2014, but it's more than weather that Chicago organizers would have to consider. Soldier Field's capacity is just 61,500, which is considered at least 8,500 seats too small to host the Super Bowl.
Browns Hire Whipple To Coach Quarterbacks
Former University of Miami offensive coordinator Mark Whipple agreed Monday morning to become Cleveland's quarterbacks coach, according to a league source. Browns coach Pat Shurmur won't have an offensive coordinator during his first season. Shurmur said when he was hired that he would call the offensive plays next season.
Bengals Fire O-Coordinator Bratkowski
The Bengals have fired offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski, according to a team source. Bratkowski's dismissal comes amid a trade request by Carson Palmer and Twitter comments by Chad Ochocinco that have criticized head coach Marvin Lewis. Lewis agreed to an extension with Cincinnati earlier this month. Bratkowski had run Cincinnati's offense for 10 years.
Plaxico's Return To Giants Remains A Longshot
The Giants are leery of a second relationship with Plaxico Burress.
Titans To Interview Munchak On Monday
Tennessee owner Bud Adams wants to name a replacement for Jeff Fisher by the end of the week.
Perry May Not Be Philly's Top Choice For D-Coordinator
The Eagles are still looking for a defensive coordinator.
McElroy Cracks Bone In Throwing Hand
Greg McElroy cracked a bone in his throwing hand during Saturday's Under Armour Senior Bowl.
2011 NFL Mock Draft, Version 6.0: Post-Senior Bowl Edition
Cam Newton is currently projected to go fifth overall, but he is the most dynamic offensive presence to hit the draft since Michael Vick. How does the rest of the draft look after the Senior Bowl?
Bears Mourn Passing Of Tim McCaskey
The Chicago Bears announced on Sunday evening the passing of team VP Tim McCaskey.
Insiders Convinced Impasse, Not Lockout, Is Coming
There are some league insiders who feel a lockout isn't as strong a possibility as those involved are letting on.
Rodgers Calls Barnett, Says 'Everything Is Cool'
Aaron Rodgers called Nick Burnett to discuss comments both made about Green Bay's team photo saga.
Akers Reveals Daughter Battling Cancer
David Akers missed two kicks in Philadelphia's loss to Green Bay earlier this month.
Pouncey Ruled Out For Super Bowl
Doug Legursky replaced Maurkice Pouncey in the first quarter of last Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Jets.
Titans Want To Trade Young
Tennessee would prefer to trade Vince Young rather than release him.
Eagles Will Listen To Offers For Kolb
Kevin Kolb wants "to be starting somewhere" in 2011.
Eagles To Use Tag On Vick
Michael Vick will remain in Philadelphia through the 2011 season.
Pacman: Firing Fisher Was 'Dumbest Move Ever'
Adam Jones says Jeff Fisher "never turned his back on me."
Rodgers Questions Rehab Choices Of Some Packers
Aaron Rodgers criticized members of the Packers that didn't stay close to the team after landing on the IR.
Rams Still Looking For Backup To Jackson
The Rams have been searching for a capable backup to Stephen Jackson for years.
Packers Focused On Tackling Roethlisberger Properly
The Packers are worried about Ben Roethlisberger's ability to break tackles.