Report: Tony Sparano in the mix to remain the Raiders coach
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
With former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh reportedly set to return to coach at the college level, Tony Sparano is in the mix to remain the Raiders coach, a team source told NFL.com reporter Jeff Darlington. However, other candidates will be interviewed.
Sparano went 3-9 as the Raiders interim coach after taking over for the fired Dennis Allen this season. Sparano was the Dolphins coach for four years from 2008-11. He has a career record of 32-41 and is 0-1 in the playoffs as an NFL coach.
The Bills announced that quarterback Kyle Orton has informed the team he's retiring from professional football, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora on Monday.
After being released by the Cowboys in July and contemplating retirement, Orton signed with the Bills at the end of the preseason. He was named the starter over EJ Manuel in Week 5 and led the Bills to a 9-7 season. He threw for 3,018 yards with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 12 games.
"I just have been going at it for 10 years and it's just a family decision and I've decided to get home and be a dad and call it a day," Orton said in a statement.
Orton, 32, was a fourth-round draft pick by the Bears in 2005. He spent three seasons in Chicago before he took over as the starter for four different teams. His 10-year career ends with a 59.5 completion percentage, 18,037 yards with 101 touchdowns and 69 interceptions in 87 games.
Report: Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff's job is safe for now
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
As of now, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff's job appears to be safe, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network. The Falcons announced on Monday that they have released coach Mike Smith from his contract. Per Breer, owner Arthur Blank is planning on "shaking up" the organizational structure.
CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported prior to Sunday's 34-3 Week 17 loss at home to Carolina that Dimitroff's future could be "hanging in the balance." Dimitroff was with the Patriots for six seasons as a scout before taking the general manager job with the Falcons in 2008. He has led Atlanta to a playoff appearance in four of his first seven seasons in Atlanta.
The 49ers and Harbaugh announced after Sunday's game against the Cardinals that both parties agreed to mutually part ways. Harbaugh, who played for Michigan, had a very successful tenure with the 49ers. He took the team to the playoffs three of his four seasons as coach. He led San Francisco to an NFC title in 2012 before losing to the Ravens in the Super Bowl. He went 44-19-1 during the regular season and 5-3 in the playoffs with San Francisco.
Before taking the job with the 49ers, Harbaugh was the coach at Stanford. He went 29-21 in four seasons with Stanford, which included a 12-1 record and a win in the Orange Bowl in his final season in 2010.
Ravens' Harbaugh: Haloti Ngata will 'be ready to go'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
Ravens coach John Harbaugh has no concerns about defensive tackle Haloti Ngata's conditioning as he is set to return from a four-game suspension. Ngata missed the final four games of the season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
"I’m confident Haloti will be ready to go. That’s his job, to be ready to go," Harbaugh said, per ESPN. "I’m confident he’ll do it. He has done it before. He has been there, he knows what’s at stake."
The Ravens will travel to Pittsburgh to play the Steelers in the opening round of the playoffs Saturday.
As expected, the Bears have parted ways with general manager Phil Emery and coach Marc Trestman, a league source told CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora on Monday.
Under Trestman, Chicago disintegrated in 2014 to a 5-11 finish, which was the franchise's worst single-season mark in ten seasons. In two years with the Bears, Trestman went 13-19, with no playoff appearances. He is the first Bears coach to be fired after only two seasons.
The embattled GM took over in 2012 after spending the previous two seasons as the director of scouting for the Atlanta Falcons. He presided over the team for three seasons, firing Lovie Smith and hiring Marc Trestman as the head coach in 2013. He also signed star quarterback Jay Cutler to a seven-year, $126.7 million contract before the start of the 2014 season. Cutler has struggled since signing the extension and was even benched in favor of Jimmy Clausen late in the season.
Emery hit on notable draft picks like Alshon Jeffery, Kyle Long, Jon Bostic and Kyle Fuller, but it was ultimately the decision to hire Trestman and sign Cutler to a long-term deal that led to his dismissal. Bruce Arians, who's having success in Arizona, was one of the candidates to coach the Bears before Emery went with Trestman. The Bears went 23-25 over three seasons under Emery. He leaves a Bears roster with the most players over the age of 30 with 17 and the fewest first-round picks with five.
The Falcons announced Monday they fired coach Mike Smith after Atlanta finished with a 6-10 record in 2014, according to CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. The Falcons were vying for the NFC South title and a spot in the playoffs in Week 17 against Carolina, but were eliminated from playoff contention after a 34-3 loss at home.
Smith went 66-46 in his seven seasons as the Falcons coach. He took Atlanta to the playoffs four times, but the last two seasons the Falcons missed the playoffs and were under .500. Smith was 1-4 in the playoffs as the Falcons coach.
To the surprise of few, the New York Jets make it official and fire coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik after a 4-12 season.
In six season, Ryan was 46-50 with the Jets. But after taking them to a pair of AFC Championship games in his first two seasons -- going 9-7 and 11-5 -- the Jets failed to make the playoffs the past four.
A pair of 8-8 campaigns (2011, 2013) were the best the Jets could do under Ryan after the initial playoff runs.
Steelers K Shaun Suisham scores nine points vs. Bengals
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham made two field goals and three extra points in his team's 27-17 win over the Bengals in Week 17.
Suisham connected from 29 and 25 yards out in the second quarter to help give his team a 20-10 halftime advantage, and they were able to maintain that margin in the second half. The kicker finishes the regular season with 29 field goals in 32 attempts, but he went just 1-for-3 in attempts of 50 yards or more, with both misses coming at home. He'll have to kick at home in the first round of the playoffs when the Ravens come to town Saturday.
Steelers WR Martavis Bryant catches TD in Week 17 win
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant had just one catch on two targets Sunday but scored a 21-yard touchdown in his team's 27-17 win over the Bengals in Week 17.
Bryant was targeted on a screen pass in the second quarter and split his blockers en route to an easy score on his only catch of the night. He wraps up his rookie season with 26 receptions, 549 yards and eight touchdowns. Bryant will match up with the Ravens in the first round of the playoffs Saturday.