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NFL News and Notes: Cowher to Retire?

As the opening round of the playoffs nears, the news just keeps coming in from around the NFL. Again, there is going to be a head coach on the move, which has become the trend recently. Also, there is another that may be on the move sooner than later.  Plus, the MVP update and a possible "big break" in the search for Darrent Williams' killer.

  • Steelers head coach Bill Cowher, who led Pittsburgh to a Super Bowl title one year ago, has reportedly decided to call it quits.  John Clayton is reporting that Cowher informed his assistants of the decision and will announce it officially at a press conference tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. ET.  Cowher had hinted towards retiring for the last week or so and after thinking about it and talking it over with his family, may now be done with coaching... at least for now.  

    It is unlikely Cowher would take an open head coaching job for some other team in 2007 as it is indicated that it isn't about the money.  Cowher just wants to spend more time with his family and may just take a year off.

  • Raiders head coach Art Shell is done with Oakland for the second time in his coaching career.  The Raiders have announced that he will not return after only one season at the helm.  Oakland did have the league's worst record at 2-14, but in one season with an organization in shambles, you'd think he'd get at least two seasons to try and get things going.  However, Al Davis thinks differently considering how many different coaches they've had in the last few years, which is why he has been fired.

  • LaDainian Tomlinson won this year's AP MVP award by a wide margin.  By receiving 44 of the 50 first-place votes, L.T. won the award easily.  The human touchdown-maker that resides in San Diego was by far the best player this season as he broke numerous records, most notably the touchdown record for a single-season.  Drew Brees received 4 first-place votes and Peyton Manning 2.  Congratulations to L.T. on the honor as he obviously deserves it.

  • Denver police found a 1998 Chevy Tahoe that had been spray-painted black south of Denver International Airport.  The SUV's original color appears to be white, which is the description of the vehicle police hoped to find earlier in the week.  This SUV could possibly be the one that was used by the killer of Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams.  The owner of the Tahoe was traced back to a man in jail currently for attempted murder.  Some suggest he is tied to a gang, so there is a great chance he indirectly had something to do with it.