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NFL News and Notes: Turner, Rivera to Chargers

  • Norv Turner has officially been hired by the Chargers to become the team's next head coach. This comes in the wake of Marty Schottenheimer's firing. The Chargers interviewed mainly defensive-minded coaches, with Turner being the lone on the offensive side. When it came down to it, San Diego obviously felt Turner was more qualified and fit the team better.

  • Ron Rivera, who was also a candidate for the Chargers job, will be going to San Diego. The only thing is that he will be their next linebackers coach. It was announced that Rivera wouldn't be retained by the Bears, so he now heads west.

  • Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux was arrested for a charge of felony animal cruelty. Apparently, Babineaux's wife rushed the dog to an animal emergency center, but it was too late. The dog died, and police believe that Babineaux was involved in some form.

  • Colts running back Dominic Rhodes was arrested for drunken driving early this morning after police pulled him over for speeding.

  • Tony Dungy has announced that he will return as the Colts head coach next season. Following the Super Bowl, some speculated that Dungy was considering retirement, but he will be back to defend the Colts title.

  • Former Lions quarterback Mike McMahon is heading north of the border. McMahon has been signed by the CFL's Toronto Argonauts. The deal comes after he was apparently offered a contract by the Cleveland Browns. Even with an offer on the table from an NFL team, McMahon still decided to go to the Argos.

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