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Cowboys Never Considered Firing Jason Garrett

Dec 31, 2013 12:58 PM

The Dallas Cowboys will keep Jason Garrett for the 2014 season.

Garrett has a 24-24 record over the past three seasons.

"I think what's important here is that I haven't given it any consideration," Jones said. "I like what he's doing as coach, so I haven't given it any consideration."

Gregg Rosenthal/NFL.com

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Lovie Smith Considered Favorite For Buccaneers' Job

Dec 30, 2013 3:07 PM

Lovie Smith is considered the favorite to become the next head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Smith was out of coaching this past season after being let go after the 2012 season by the Chicago Bears.

The Buccaneers fired Greg Schiano on Monday.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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Browns Request Permission To Interview Dan Quinn

Dec 30, 2013 2:40 PM

The Cleveland Browns have asked for permission to interview Dan Quinn for their head coaching vacancy.

Quinn is defensive coordinator of the Seattle Seahawks.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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Lions Fire Jim Schwartz

Dec 30, 2013 11:58 AM

The Detroit Lions have fired Jim Schwartz as head coach.

Schwartz had a 29-51 record over five seasons with the Lions.

The Lions reached the playoffs in 2011 with a 10-6 record.

Detroit finished the 2013 season with a 6-3 record, but went 1-6 over the final seven games of the season.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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Buccaneers Fire Greg Schiano, Mark Dominik

Dec 30, 2013 11:49 AM

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have fired Greg Schiano and Mark Dominik.

Schiano lasted just two seasons as head coach of the Buccaneers.

Dominik had been general manager of the Buccaneers since 2009.

"The results over the past two years have not lived up to our standards and we believe the time has come to find a new direction," wrote Bryan Glazer in a statement. "Mark has been a valued member of our organization for two decades and we respect the passion he showed for the Buccaneers during his time here. We thank Greg for his hard work and effort the past two seasons, but we feel these moves are necessary in order to achieve our goals."

Jay Glazer/Fox Sports

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Leslie Frazier Fired By Vikings

Dec 30, 2013 11:37 AM

The Minnesota Vikings have fired Leslie Frazier as head coach after a 5-10-1 season.

Frazier led the Vikings to a 10-6 record and a surprising berth in the playoffs in 2012.

The Vikings struggled this season with a poor defense and poor play at quarterback.

"We have tremendous respect and appreciation for Leslie and what he has done for the Minnesota Vikings," owner Zygi Wilf said in a statement distributed by the team. "He stepped in and established a strong positive culture here, and he has been the consummate professional as our head coach and in this community. Making this change is difficult but what we determined is best for the organization."

Jack Del Rio and Adam Gase, coordinators for the Denver Broncos, are on the Vikings' wish list.


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Washington Fires Mike Shanahan

Dec 30, 2013 11:33 AM

The Washington Redskins have fired Mike Shanahan after posting a 24-40 record over four seasons.

"Redskins fans deserve a better result," owner Dan Snyder said in a statement released by the team. "We thank Mike for his efforts on behalf of the Redskins. We will focus on what it takes to build a winning team, and my pledge to this organization and to this community is to continue to commit the resources and talent necessary to put this team back in the playoffs."

"When we first came here, we knew we were in some tough situations relative to the salary cap," Shanahan said. "When we first came in as a staff, we knew we had to make tough decisions."

John Kelm/ESPN

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Rex Ryan To Remain Head Coach Of Jets

Dec 30, 2013 12:47 AM

Rex Ryan will return as head coach of the New York Jets after having a better than expected season.

Ryan has one season remaining on his contract worth about $3 million annually.

"I love being the head coach of the New York Jets, plain and simple," Ryan said. "I never wanted to go out this way, another losing season or something like that."

The Jets finished 8-8 despite having a roster devoid of Pro Bowl players.

Rich Cimini/ESPN

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Joe Thomas: Firing Rob Chudzinski Sets Everything Back

Dec 29, 2013 10:06 PM

Joe Thomas was strongly opposed to the Cleveland Browns firing Rob Chudzinski.

Thomas was named to his seventh Pro Bowl this season.

“You look at the great franchises. They don’t fire your coach after the first season. You can’t do it,” Thomas said.

The Browns went 4-12 this season.

“It sets everything back,” Thomas said. “You just hit the reset button. Anytime you hit the reset button, it severely damages the organization, and it lengthens the amount of time that it takes to get back to the playoffs and turn the team into a consistent winner. … I think that this organization needs continuity and that’s the only chance that we’re going to have to turn this team into a consistent winner.”

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

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Browns Fire Rob Chudzinski

Dec 29, 2013 9:37 PM

The Cleveland Browns have fired Rob Chudzinski.

Chudzinski was hired on Jan. 11 of last year, but became convinced that he wasn't their answer moving forward.

The Browns finished 4-12 on the season.

Jay Glazer/Fox Sports

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Sources: Redskins Expected To Fire Shanahan
The Washington Post reported earlier on Sunday that the Redskins had decided to fire head coach Mike Shanahan.


Penn State To Pursue Greg Schiano
Penn State will push to hire Greg Schiano if Bill O'Brien leaves to take the head coaching job of the Texans as expected.

Chase Goodbread/NFL.com

Rex Ryan Could Remain With Jets
Rex Ryan would prefer an extension with the Jets rather than enter as a lame duck.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Bill O'Brien Likely To Become Next Head Coach Of Texans
Bill O'Brien would have J.J. Watt to rebuild around with the Texans.

Chris Mortensen, Adam Schefter/ESPN

Scouts: Bridgewater's Lack Of Size Makes Him Look Like 2nd Rounder
Teddy Bridgewater is widely considered the best prospect at quarterback likely to be available in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Albert Breer/NFL.com

Robbie Gould Signs Extension Through 2017 With Bears
Robbie Gould will be among the highest paid kickers in the NFL.

RealGM Staff Report

Bill O'Brien To Interview With Texans
Bill O'Brien is the former offensive coordinator of the Patriots.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Nnamdi Asomugha To Retire From NFL
Nnamdi Asomugha will sign a one-day contract with the Raiders.

RealGM Staff Report

Chris Johnson Won't Take Pay Cut
Chris Johnson has 950 yards this season entering Week 17.

Jim Wyatt/Tennessean

Josh McCown Will Consider Retirement In Offseason
Josh McCown will be a free agent and figures to draw a lot of interest, including from the Bears.

Adam L. Jahns/Chicago Sun-Times

Jon Kitna Signs With Cowboys, Will Donate Salary To High School
Jon Kitna teaches math and coaches football at Lincoln.

Barry Horn/Dallas Morning News

Keenan Allen Nearly Quit Football In September
Keenan Allen leads the Chargers with 957 yards and is a frontrunner for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Michael Gehlken/San Diego Union-Tribune

Ken Whisenhunt Could Be Strong Candidate For Lions' Job
Ken Whisenhunt is currently the offensive coordinator of the Chargers.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Munchak Hopes He Has Support Of Titans' Front Office
The Titans have a 21-26 record under Mike Munchak.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Agent: Raiders Starting Terrelle Pryor In Hopes He Fails
The Raiders will start Terrelle Pryor in Week 17 against the Broncos in an audition for the 2014 quarterback job.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Jim Schwartz Denies Yelling At Fans
Jim Schwartz is widely expected to be fired as head coach of the Lions.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Bears May Still Tag Jay Cutler
The franchise tag for quarterbacks in 2014 is expected to be approximately $16.2 million.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Lions Nearly Fired Jim Schwartz Last Offseason
The Lions are widely expected to fire Jim Schwartz if they don't reach the playoffs.

Justin Rogers/MLive

Ted Thompson Making Final Call On Rodgers' Status
The Packers don't have a formal owner since they are publicly owned.

Rob Demovsky/ESPN

Report: Tension Between Harbaugh, Baalke 'Real'
Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers are expected to agree to a contract extension this offseason

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk