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NFL News and Notes: Schottenheimer Fired by Chargers

  • The Chargers surprisingly fired coach Marty Schottenheimer after having a season with the NFL's best record.  In the playoffs, Schottenheimer failed to live up to what was expected, which was likely the straw that broke the camel's back.  Might Mike Martz end up being a candidate for the job?  The coming days will tell us if that is true, but I wouldn't be shocked.

  • The Giants released linebackers LaVar Arrington and Carlos Emmons, and also offensive lineman Luke Petitgout.  I'm a little surprised by this move, but it may open up some options for Detroit.  Petitgout is an OT, so if Detroit decided to try and sign him, then the need to get Joe Thomas would no longer be there.  I'm not saying this will happen, but you never know.  Plus, if Arrington could stay healthy, he'd be a great player to have as well.

  • There have been rumblings that Marshall Faulk was looking to come back next season, possibly with the Lions.  It looks now, however, that Faulk won't be coming to Detroit or St. Louis for that matter.
    According to a team source, the Rams expect Marshall Faulk to call it quits and that the team will be in the market for a backup running back like Rhodes in free agency and the draft.

  • The Ravens may be looking at cutting running back Jamal Lewis.
    And a Ravens team source told Yahoo! Sports last month that the team will be looking for an upgrade over running back Jamal Lewis this offseason.

    According to the source, the Ravens feel Lewis has lost his ability to be an explosive player and can only operate behind a fullback. The decision is expected to come to a head before March 3, when the franchise owes him a $5 million roster bonus. Baltimore is expected to cut him before that date, clearing another $1.66 million in cap space, based on the difference between his $5 million base salary next season, and an accelerated cap hit of roughly $3.33 million.

  • Tiki Barber has officially retired and now moves on to the next stage of his life: NBC.  He won't be playing on the channel any more as he has now signed with the network to work as a television personality.  Barber will be on the Today Show and will also work on other things with the station.

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