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ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms Chargers coach Norv Turner and GM A.J. Smith will be fired on Monday.

The Union-Tribune San Diego reported as much three weeks ago. Turner has been dead man walking for the majority of a season in which his team finished 7-9. He's expected to have his pick of "at least five" offensive coordinator jobs. Smith has been accused of hiring Turner as a "puppet" after butting heads with Marty Schottenheimer in a "dysfunctional" relationship. Although Smith was an exceptionally strong drafter early in his San Diego tenure, his track record has been spotty in the past half-decade.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Dec 31, 2012 09:43:00 AM

Speaking Tuesday, Chris Hogan (thigh) said he was "feeling good."

Hogan departed Saturday's Divisional Round smackdown of the Texans. "Feeling good, just had a little minor setback in the game," Hogan said. "But I’m working back every single day and feeling better every day." Hogan will undoubtedly have his practice reps rationed, but he should be out there for the AFC Championship Game.
Jan 17 - 7:43 PM

Seahawks assistant Tom Cable has withdrawn his name from consideration for the 49ers' head-coaching vacancy.

The news comes the same day it was reported Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan has emerged as the odds-on favorite to replace Chip Kelly. Cable will return to Seattle, where he has been one of Pete Carroll's top lieutenants since he made the jump from USC.
Jan 17 - 6:09 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the 49ers will offer their head-coaching job to Kyle Shanahan at the conclusion of the Falcons' season.

The sides will reportedly conduct a second interview after the NFC Championship Game. The 49ers can't officially hire Shanahan until the conclusion of the Falcons' playoff run, but it appears there's already a wink/nod agreement. It's why Seahawks executive Trent Kirchner "withdrew" from the general manager search on Tuesday. Kirchner was believed to want to pair up with Seahawks assistant Tom Cable. Successfully coordinating offenses since 2008 in Houston, Shanahan has earned the chance to lead a team.
Jan 17 - 5:43 PM

Bills hired ex-Rams OC Rob Boras as TEs coach.

This speaks to the "quality" of Jeff Fisher's offensive — literally and figuratively — staff during his time as head coach in St. Louis/Los Angeles. Aside from his two-year sabbatical coordinating the Rams' offense, Boras has been an NFL TEs coach since 2004.
Jan 17 - 5:20 PM

Seahawks executive Trent Kirchner has withdrawn from the 49ers' general manager search.

Kirchner's personnel partner Scott Fitterer is apparently still under consideration. Often, when a candidate publicly withdraws, it means the team has zeroed in on someone else, but that can't be assumed to be the case with the dysfunctional 49ers.
Jan 17 - 4:39 PM

Speaking at his introductory presser, new Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said the team would speak to Gus Bradley about the defensive coordinator position again on Tuesday.

Los Angeles is Bradley's best bet for a job right now, but there's been speculation he's waiting to see if Tom Cable gets the 49ers' job. Bradley coached alongside Cable in Seattle. San Diego, with its Joey Bosa-led defense, would be the much better career choice.
Jan 17 - 2:56 PM

The Chargers will retain Ken Whisenhunt as offensive coordinator.

This was the expectation even before Anthony Lynn, himself an offensive mind, was hired. Whisenhunt coordinated Philip Rivers in 2013, earning himself a second chance as a head coach with the Titans. He failed spectacularly, and was back with the Bolts in 2016. Whisenhunt's 2016 unit was effective, but plagued by the typical inconsistency and chaos that's been a mainstay for the Chargers. Lynn's presence should be a huge plus for Melvin Gordon.
Jan 17 - 2:52 PM

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports impending free agent Danny Woodhead (torn ACL) is "six weeks" ahead of schedule in his recovery.

Reporter Michael Gehlken posted a video of Woodhead running with great velocity and even doing some cutting. Woodhead is four months removed from going down. He should still have at least 2-3 months of intensive rehab remaining, but it appears he could be close to 100 percent for training camp. One week shy of his 32nd birthday, Woodhead is one of the league's best pass-catching backs, but missed the majority of two of the past three seasons with injury.
Jan 17 - 2:17 PM

USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports suspended WR Martavis Bryant has applied for reinstatement.

Bryant won't be returning for the AFC Championship Game or a potential Super Bowl appearance, but is trying to get his ducks in a row for 2017. Bryant was suspended a minimum of one season last March. As we've seen with Aldon Smith, it's not a guarantee the league will reinstate him simply because he's eligible. Bryant turned 25 last month.
Jan 17 - 1:31 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Ladarius Green remains in the concussion protocol.

Green did not seem particularly close to playing in the Divisional Round, but Tomlin did say he has a chance. He will need to get in some practice reps early in the week to have any shot at returning. The Steelers could certainly use Green as they head to New England.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: It's looking very much like we won't see Green again this postseason. His history with concussions was concerning before this season, and things haven't improved at all in his first year with the Steelers. Green was acting as the next-in-command to Antonio Brown among the receiving corps, and his presence would theoretically make it tougher for the Patriots to heavily attack Brown with double coverage. Jesse James would draw another start and while he's a good bet to play the large majority of the snaps, his volume is still concerning. You can do worse on a two-game slate if you're looking to punt the TE spot, however.
Jan 17 - 12:17 PM

ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky reports Jordy Nelson is "a bit of a longshot to play" in Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Falcons.

Demovsky adds Nelson "has a chance to play...but it's only a small chance." The receiver suffered broken ribs in the Wild Card Round, an injury which often requires a full month before a player even thinks about returning. Nelson will certainly give it his all in an effort to get back on the field, but the Packers have not sounded optimistic early in the week. Jared Cook stepped up in a big way with Nelson out against the Cowboys, and he will once again be in a good spot against the Falcons.
Source: ESPN
Jan 17 - 12:00 PM




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