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Haslett Could Coach Rams In 2009
Jim Haslett, who replaced Scott Linehan as coach of the Rams this week, could remain with the team through the 2009 season. No "interim" tag has been placed on his title with the team, and if the Rams respond to his presence over the final three months of the season, he'll likely return. "Right now, I'm worrying about this year," Haslett said. "Coaches live year-to-year, anyway. So I'm going to worry about this year and these next 12 games and try to win some games."
Nolan: TE Davis Is Too Emotional
49ers coach Mike Nolan believes that Vernon Davis is too emotional after the young tight end made a scene on the sideline this past Sunday. Davis gestured wildly, insinuating that he wants more passes thrown his way. "It was just me being me," Davis said Monday. "That's what this game is about. It's about competing and dominating your opponents every time. But you have to have the opportunity." Nolan yanked Davis off the field after the incident and told him to calm down. He never returned to the action over the final 6:20 of a 31-17 loss to the Saints. "Any player that's in that kind of mode, I don't think it's best to stay on the field," Nolan said afterward.
Bulger Back As Rams' Starting QB
Marc Bulger is the Rams' starting QB again in one of Jim Haslett's first moves as their new coach, as reported by the Associated Press. Backup Trent Green started Sunday's loss to the Bills in Scott Linehan's final game as coach. Bulger was back with the starters in practice Tuesday. Haslett says Bulger will be the starter the rest of the season.
Eagles Robbed Of A Touchdown Against Bears?
The experts at Football Outsiders have determined, using a overhead blimp shot, that Eagles' running back Correll Buckhalter scored a touchdown late in the fourth quarter against the Bears on Sunday night. A photo on the Outsiders' website reveals that a majority of the ball crossed the plane. Buckhalter ran on fourth-and-one with less than four minutes left and didn't appear as though he reached the end zone. The aforementioned blimp photo, clearly shows that the football crossed the goal line.
Ricky Admits He Was Tempted To Smoke Pot During Bye Week
Dolphins' running back Ricky Williams admitted on Monday that he was tempted to smoke marijuana during the team's bye weekend. "Most definitely," Williams said. "It's greater because, like, Thursday, Coach told us we had Friday off, so automatically your mind, which is so constrained since training camp began -- every day is a grind, it's a grind, it's a grind -- and then Coach says 'you're free.' And the mind says, 'I'm free, what can I do?'" "So there was definitely an urge. But I just thought about what I have to lose, and it was easy. The urge didn't last very long." Williams has been in the NFL's substance-abuse program since 2002, having tested positive four times. He said he successfully combated the urge by meditating. "I've done a lot of work at understanding myself a little bit more," Williams said. "So I recognize [the urge] was just a result of the feeling of being free, and I was just trying to maximize it. And I realize that I really enjoy meditating and when I can go home and sit in my room and meditate, I can get the same feeling." Williams is tested nine times per month on a random basis. The man who administers the tests for the league sometimes shows up at Williams' home before dawn. "I'd be lying if I said I'm never going to do it again after I'm done [playing]," Williams added. "I don't know. I don't spend much time thinking about it."
Phillips Says Cowboys Need To Run More
Cowboys' Coach Wade Phillips says that they need to start running the ball more after they attempted just eleven runs in their loss to the Redskins on Sunday. "We didn?t run the ball enough in the ballgame," Phillips said. "That?s my fault. We do have audibles at the line of scrimmage; in some games we audible out of running plays. In this game, we probably audibled out of too many." In Week Three, Dallas ran for 217 yards against Green Bay. "We need to run Marion Barber up in there, and we can still run against an eight-man front, and if he breaks through there, he?ll make a big play for us," Phillips said. The Cowboys will face the Bengals this Sunday.
Kiffin To Get Fired Tuesday?
Raiders owner Al Davis reportedly intends to fire coach Lane Kiffin by Tuesday. ESPN reported on Monday evening that Davis was in the midst of interviewing offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, offensive line coach Tom Cable and advance scout Paul Hackett about the prospect of replacing Kiffin. "No, I have not heard anything to date," Kiffin said. "Same story as every Monday when you guys (the media) ask me."
McCarthy: Rodgers Wants To Play
Packers head coach Mike McCarthy claims that quarterback Aaron Rodgers wants to play on Sunday against the Falcons. "They are going to rehab him today and tomorrow and we'll have a better idea. Speaking to Aaron, he has every intention of playing. It's just something we'll have to continue to rehab and monitor," McCarthy said. "It's important for him to have the strength and see how well he throws on Wednesday, and Thursday morning how he recovers," McCarthy added. Rodgers, who hurt his shoulder on Sunday in the Tampa Bay game, did not have any major structural damage.
Extension Coming For Bills' Jauron?
Bills coach Dick Jauron could receive a contract extension from the team in the wake of their 4-0 start. "I would say the records have very little to do with my contract, and a whole lot to do with players," Jauron said before the team's win in Week Four.
Source: Rams Fire Linehan
The St. Louis Rams have reportedly fired head coach Scott Linehan and named defensive coordinator Jim Haslett his interim replacement. Details have not been finalized. The Rams dropped to 0-4 on Sunday. Linehan was 11-25 as the team's head coach.
Kiffin Done For Real This Time?
The Raiders crumbled in the fourth quarter against the Chargers on Sunday, surrendering 25 points in the fourth quarter, and coach Lane Kiffin is once again close to being fired.
Hochuli At Center Of Another Controversial Call
NFL referee Ed Hochuli found himself at the center of another controversy on Sunday after calling back an interception that was returned for a touchdown by the Panthers on Sunday.
Jerry Jones Fined For Bashing Refs
Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones was fined $25,000 by the NFL after he criticized referee Ed Hochuli for his overall performance in Week 2 against the Chargers.
Jackson Replaced Injured Frerotte For Vikings
Tarvaris Jackson replaced injured quarterback Gus Frerotte in Minnesota's loss to Tennessee on Sunday.
Favre Wants Jets To Believe They're Winners
Jets quarterback Brett Favre wants his teammates to start believing and playing like they are winners.
Eagles Allowing Asante To Be Asante
The Eagles are letting Asante Samuel play cornerback the way he knows how, rather then cloud his mind with the numerous changes between the defenses of New England and Philadelphia.
Lovie Smith: Bears 'Need To Get A Win'
Bears' Coach Lovie Smith believes that the team needs to beat the Eagles on Sunday night as they look to avoid falling into a 1-3 hole.
Titans Aim For History, First 4-0 Start
The Titans will aim to make history on Sunday when they take on the Vikings at home.
NFL Fines Saints' Payton For Comments
The NFL has reportedly fined Saints head coach Sean Payton $15,000 for critical comments he made of the officiating during the team's loss to the Denver Broncos last Sunday.
Titans Linebacker Calls Peterson A 'Challenge'
Titans linebacker Stephen Tulloch has faced some tough running backs in his career, but calls facing Minnesota's Adrian Peterson this weekend a stiff challenge.
Holt Shocked, Tries To Put 'Madness' Aside
Rams wide receiver Torry Holt is shocked at all that has gone on in St. Louis so far this season and is looking to avoid all the controversy.
Bears D: This Is As Good As We've Seen McNabb
Bears defensive end Adewale Ogunleye believes that Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb is at the top of his game this season.
Floyd Reese Wants Lions GM Job?
Floyd Reese, the former general manager of the Titans, appears to be openly campaigning for the Lions' job.
Bulger Doesn't Want To Play For Linehan
Quarterback Marc Bulger reportedly doesn't want to play for Rams' Coach Scott Linehan anymore.
Jaguars: Offense Will Improve
Jaguars' offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter claims that the team's offense will improve.
Falcons To Copy Ronnie Brown Success With Norwood
The Falcons took notice of Ronnie Brown's success taking direct snaps and have deployed a similar formation with Jerious Norwood lined up behind center.
Bears Like Orton Against Philly's Blitz
The Bears believe that quarterback Kyle Orton will be able to handle Philadelphia's propensity to blitz this weekend.
Colts' Sanders Has Arthroscopic Surgery
Colts safety Bob Sanders has reportedly had arthroscopic surgery on one of his knees while sitting out with an ankle sprain.
Favre's Streak Not In Danger
Brett Favre's streak of 256 consecutive starts at quarterback will not end this weekend when the Jets take on the Cardinals.