Archive for December, 2008

I won it all, so it’s time to gloat

The e-mail from NFL.com fantasy writer Michael Fabiano finally arrived over the long holiday weekend. It was sent to all members of the NFL.com Fantasy 2008 Magazine League. It said: “Congrats to Craig Ellenport for taking home the title.”

Injury roundup: Pat Williams returns for Vikings

The Vikings got DT Pat Williams back at practice Wednesday, while DE Ray Edwards appears unlikely to play against the Eagles. Here are more injury updates for wild-card weekend.

Reeves interested in return to coaching

If his most recent comments on the subject are any indication, Dan Reeves has thrown his hat in the proverbial ring for NFL head-coaching jobs.

Vikings hope to avoid local TV blackout

As the Vikings prepare to host their first home playoff game since 2000, there’s a very real possibility that it will be blacked out on local television.

Chargers retrieve their powder blues

After the last time the Chargers wore their powder-blue uniforms, San Diego sent the jerseys to New York to be auctioned off for charity on NFL.com.

Jets to interview coordinator Brian Schottenheimer

Now that the Bill Cowher-to-the-Jets talk has simmered down, the speculation of Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer getting the job can perk up.

Schottenheimer will interview for the head coaching job later this week, before New York sits down with Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, according to league sources.

Cowboys make coaching move … on special teams

Everybody was waiting for a shakeup with Dallas’ coaching staff. Finally it has come, though in a much less significant fashion that some had expected.

Shanahan still has coaching in future

Even in making his exit, Mike Shanahan didn’t hide his affinity for Broncos owner Pat Bowlen or the Denver organization.

Bowlen: ‘This is probably as tough as it gets’

Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen made his first public comments on Wednesday since firing longtime coach Mike Shanahan a day earlier.

Browns’ search for GM could end soon

Cleveland’s search for a general manager is heating up and could be wrapped up as early as today.

Those within the league say the Browns would like an answer from the leading candidate, Scott Pioli, today.

Lions schedule interview with Dolphins’ Bowles

The Bill Parcells coaching tree has produced head coaches such as Bill Belichick, Romeo Crennel, Charlie Weis and Tony Sparano. Now the tree could be growing again.

League reacts to Shanahan’s firing

From the moment word leaked out that Denver fired Mike Shanahan, my blackberry blew up with interesting and revealing texts and emails from various NFL coaches and executives.

Here’s a sampling of the most memorable:

Spagnuolo’s schedule filling up with interviews

If Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo takes the Jets head coaching job, he will be the Frank Sinatra of coaches, doing his own “New York, New York” rendition.

Broncos fire longtime coach Shanahan

The blockbuster of the coaching season just came in: The Denver Broncos fired Mike Shanahan.

Cowher won’t be on a sideline in ’09

Bill Cowher madness is running through New York, sports talk radio and national football shows. Time to curb it. No more backpage headlines, no more sports-talk radio calls, no more ticker scrolls, no more conjecture.

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