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Mangini Expects To Meet With Holmgren Monday
Eric Mangini expects to meet with Browns president Mike Holmgren on Monday to discuss his future. Cleveland will face Pittsburgh in their season finale on Sunday. "That's my anticipation," Mangini said. Mangini admitted that even his six-year-old son is getting anxious about what might happen with his dad's job. "He asked if we were moving," said Mangini. "I said, 'don't worry about it Jake, we'll figure it out.' So when you get those type of questions ... you don't think 'okay, how am I going to explain the situation to my six-year old?' That's part of the human element."
Gators Want Weis To Be Offensive Coordinator
Chiefs offensive coordinator Charlie Weis is being targeted by the Gators to become the offensive coordinator under new coach Will Muschamp, according to a pair of sources. Weis is expected to take the job, but no firm agreement is in place. Muschamp contacted the Chiefs this week for permission to talk to Weis.
Brady Plans To Play Against Dolphins
Tom Brady plans to play against the Dolphins on Sunday in New England's meaningless season finale. "I think we're playing," Brady said. "That's just the way it is. I don't get into a whole lot of evaluation why. It's a football game. I'm the starting quarterback on this football team, and I'm gonna play. All those other guys take the same approach. I don't think we approach this week any different. Leave that up to the coach." Bill Belichick has not been forthcoming this week when asked whether the starters will see action, and if so, how much.
Ryan Won't Discuss Latest Foot Photos
Rex Ryan isn't going to discuss embarrassing photographs of a woman purported to be his wife. "It's a personal matter and I'm not going to discuss it," said Ryan. His reaction echoed what he said two weeks ago when foot-fetish videos surfaced of a woman who looks like Ryan's wife Michelle being filmed in one by someone who sounds like Ryan himself. The latest photos show the same woman having her feet fondled by a man who is not Ryan.
Fox Won't Return To Panthers In 2011
The Panthers have announced that John Fox will not return as the team's coach next season. Fox has spent nine years with Carolina, including the team's only Super Bowl appearance. Panthers owner Jerry Richardson said in a statement that he told Fox that he appreciates everything he has done, but that "it is time for both sides to move in different directions."
Cutler Doesn't Expect To Rest Against Packers
Jay Cutler doesn't expect to get much rest in Chicago's season finale against Green Bay on Sunday. "(Coach Lovie Smith) said prior to that game that we?re going to be playing, we're going to be going and we're going to be full go on Sunday," Cutler said. "So that's what we expect." Smith said the Bears "realize the importance of the game" and that they "want to go into the playoffs on a high," but wouldn't say how long he plans to stick with his top players. The Bears have a slim shot at the No. 1 seed in the NFC, but they'll need to win and get help in order to get it.
Eagles Make Changes To D-Line
The Eagles have endured a rash of injuries to their defensive line, leading them to sign veterans Bobby McCray and Jeremy Clark. Philadelphia also cut Derrick Burgess. The Eagles placed rookie defensive tackle Jeff Owens on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday, one day after he hurt his knee during a 24-14 loss to the Vikings.
Wallace: Holmgren Wants To Coach Browns
Mike Holmgren showed up at Cleveland's practice earlier this week and quarterback Seneca Wallace believes that the team president wants to coach the club. Wallace played for Holmgren in Seattle as well. "I kind of do just because things probably haven't turned out the way he wanted on offense and being an offensive guy, I think he still has that itch to come back to coach," Wallace said. "But at the end of the day, he's going to make the right decision for the rest of the team." Eric Mangini, given one reprieve by Holmgren last January, may not get a second as the Browns stagger to the finish of another disappointing season.
Marshall Wants Sparano To Return As Miami's Coach
Brandon Marshall wants to see Tony Sparano return as the coach of the Dolphins. "I've never been around a coach before who gives me goose bumps in a team meeting during the week and in OTAs before season even starts," Marshall said. "His ability to motivate guys and be a people person and talk to guys and have his door be open is amazing. You don't always get that. I'm glad they brought me here." Significant changes are likely for the Dolphins this season. They will sit out the playoffs for the eighth time in nine years and rank next to last in the AFC in scoring.
Metrodome Won't Be Ready Until March
The snow-damaged roof of the Metrodome won't be fixed until sometime in March. The delay will affect hundreds of college baseball games and the annual Twins Fest. Lester says about 300 baseball games were scheduled to be played in the dome in February and March, including about 40 University of Minnesota games and 250 small college games.
Wade Phillips Could Become Houston's D-Coordinator
If Gary Kubiak stays, Wade Phillips would be his first choice to become the team's new coordinator.
Lloyd Curses Out Teams Who Cut Him
Brandon Lloyd says "F--- you," to the teams that cut him earlier in his career.
Whitehurst Expected To Start Against St. Louis
Charlie Whitehurst will likely make his second career start with the NFC West title on the line.
FOX's Carlson: Vick 'Should Have Been Executed'
Tucker Carlson was guest hosting for Sean Hannity's show Tuesday night on Fox News Channel when he made the remarks.
Source: 49ers To Contact Parcells About Baalke
Jed York wants to pick the brain of Bill Parcells about Trent Baalke and the direction of the 49ers.
Favre Fined $50K For Not Cooperating With Investigation
The league's investigation began in October and the fine was announced Wednesday.
If Healthy, Favre Will Start Finale
Leslie Frazier will start Brett Favre if he's physically able to play.
49ers Confirm Meeting With Softli
The 49ers plan to meet with GM candidates throughout the week.
'MNF' Has Best-Rated Season In Five Years
The 'Monday Night Football' finale between the Saints and Falcons was the most-watched show of the year.
Reid Calls Loss To Vikings 'Embarrassing'
The Eagles are locked into the third seed with one game left.
Brady, Vick To Start Pro Bowl
Tom Brady and Michael Vick have 10 Pro Bowl appearances between them.
Smith Explains Decision To Punt To Saints
The Falcons punted to the Saints trailing by three with just over two minutes left in regulation on Monday night.
Chiefs Plan To Play Starters Against Raiders
The Chiefs can clinch the AFC's No. 3 seed with a win over Oakland.
Giants Finally Able To Leave Wisconsin
The Giants need to beat the Redskins in Week 17 to have a chance to make the playoffs.
Players Support Mangini's Return In 2011
Shelden Brown and Lawrence Vickers hope Eric Mangini stays on as Cleveland's head coach.
Flacco, Sanchez Could Earn Playoff Bonuses
Mark Sanchez and Joe Flacco have incentives in their contracts that will pay them significant money based on playoff wins.
Union: Players, Owners Have Sense Of Urgency In Talks
The current collective bargaining agreement expires in a little more than two months.
McNabb Defends Agent's Tough Talk
Donovan McNabb has no problem with his agent's comments, but he says they were made independently.
Sanchez May Start In Season Finale
The Jets would love to increase their win total to 11 games.