January 3, 2008 |
Jeff Ireland has rejoined Bill Parcells to help revive the Miami Dolphins. Ireland, who spent the past 7 years in player personnel with the Dallas Cowboys, was hired yesterday as Dolphins general manager. He replaces Randy Mueller, fired Monday after three seasons with Miami. Parcells, the Cowboys' head coach from 2003 to '06, joined the Dolphins 2 weeks ago as executive vice president of football operations. "Jeff Ireland certainly was an important part of this organization," said Parcells' successor in Dallas, Wade Phillips.
January 15, 2008 |
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has a sprained ligament in his right knee and is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the undefeated Patriots at New England. Rivers injured his medial collateral ligament when he landed awkwardly after completing a 56-yard screen pass to Darren Sproles for a touchdown on the final play of the third quarter in Sunday's 28-24 upset of Indianapolis. Billy Volek took over and led the go-ahead drive, scoring the winning touchdown on a 1-yard sneak.
July 25, 2013 |
BRUCE FELDMAN tapped out a troubling tweet yesterday. "Spoke w longtime NFL personnel man who said in wake of Aaron Hernandez teams may use police experts to check prospects tattoos," wrote the CBS Sports columnist/commentator. Hernandez is the former Patriots tight end who is charged with murder. He has tattoos everywhere, including his arms, hands, chest, stomach and back. Authorities evaluated the tats to see if any were gang-related and came away empty. Yet, if Feldman's tweet is to be believed, the league is still considering hiring someone to snoop out gang-ink on its players.
December 13, 2011
If you thought the Dolphins-Eagles game would get a head coach fired, you were right. Chances are, you were wrong on which one. Miami fired Tony Sparano on Monday, one day after the Dolphins lost to the Birds, 26-10. First, the front office let him hold his regular news conference, because that's the kind of pranksters they are. Sparano's dismissal came hours after the Kansas City Chiefs fired coach Todd Haley . Jacksonville fired coach Jack Del Rio on Nov. 29. Assistant head coach Todd Bowles will be the interim for the final three games and will get an interview.
September 20, 2012
Will Smith and Anthony Hargrove met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday about the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal. Scott Fujita's meeting was postponed. Fujita, now with the Cleveland Browns, is undergoing treatment for an injured left knee sustained during the preseason. He was unable to travel to New York, the NFL Players Association said. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the players left the NFL offices around 4 p.m., about three hours after they arrived. Smith and Hargrove did not make themselves available to reporters.
March 1, 2013 |
HERE WE go again. Three years, ago Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland was skewered when, in a predraft interview, he asked Dez Bryant if Bryant's mother was a prostitute. On Monday, Mike Florio of NBC Sports and ProFootballTalk told radio host Dan Patrick that some teams at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis wanted to know if Notre Dame linebacker Mante Te'o was gay. On Tuesday, former Colorado tight end Nick Kasa told ESPN radio that some of the questions he was asked at the combine were a bit personal.
September 3, 2010
WHEN INDIANA defensive end Kevin Bush took the field against Towson last night, he looked like every other player. Until you looked closer. On his arm is a tattoo of a Bible verse - an indelible reminder of how he survived an Army stint in Iraq. On his wrist is a metal band, a tribute to a friend killed in the war. Bush originally attended Toledo on a football scholarship but struggled academically and left to join the Army in the summer of 2006. Over the next 4 years, he spent 14 months in Iraq.
May 4, 2010 |
Ben Roethlisberger spent the weekend in a clinic being evaluated as part of the sanctions handed down by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, according to a report. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cited an unidentified team source as saying the evaluation will take days rather than weeks. Goodell suspended the Steelers quarterback six games without pay last month. A Steelers spokesman said the team is prohibited by league rule from discussing Roethlisberger's treatment. The two-time Super Bowl winner was ordered to undergo a "comprehensive behavioral evaluation by professionals" after violating the NFL's personal-conduct policy.
January 16, 2008 |
Dallas Cowboys assistant head coach Tony Sparano arrived in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., last night aboard a jet belonging to Miami Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga. Miami's new general manager, Jeff Ireland, accompanied him. Sparano is expected to talk today with Huizenga and Dolphins boss Bill Parcells - and then become Miami's fifth head coach since 2004. Ravens. Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett spent more than six hours interviewing for the head coaching job in Baltimore.
January 4, 2008 |
Warren Sapp announced his retirement yesterday, ending the career of one of the best defensive tackles to play in the NFL. Sapp posted two words on his official Web site, qbkilla.com announcing his decision: "I'M DONE!" He had told his Oakland teammates and coaches his plans after the season finale Sunday against San Diego. Sapp told the Contra Costa Times earlier yesterday that he had called Raiders owner Al Davis to give him the official news. Sapp, 35, was the quintessential "three technique" tackle during his 13-year career, lining up between the guard and tackle and splitting that gap. Few did it better than Sapp, who made seven Pro Bowls, won the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year award in 1999, and was a key cog in Tampa Bay's Super Bowl winning defense in the 2002 season.