>>No "Chud" For Rams, Hackett To Interview Again
(St. Louis, MO) -- The Rams are scratching another offensive coordinator candidate off their list. Former Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski was considered a top choice, but will remain with the Colts after being promoted to associate head coach. Nathaniel Hackett will interview for the second time today.
>>Bears Make Flurry Of Moves
(Lake Forest, IL) -- The Bears made a flurry of moves yesterday. The team signed wide receiver John Chiles to a reserve/future contract, named Clint Hurtt outside linebackers coach, and announced that offensive quality control coaches Brendan Nugent and Carson Walch will not return for next season.
>>McCarthy's End Of Season Press Conference Set For Today
(Green Bay, WI) -- Packers head coach Mike McCarthy will hold his season-ending press conference today at Lambeau Field. The original press conference was postponed following the sudden death of McCarthy's brother Joe last week.
>>Rob Gronkowski Reads A Line From "A Gronking To Remember"
(Phoenix, AZ) -- New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was a good sport on Super Bowl Media Day Tuesday, reading a line from the recently-surfaced erotic novel a fan wrote about him. Gronkowski told a reporter that he had heard of the novel, "A Gronking To Remember," adding that friends have been sending him excerpts from the book in recent weeks. Written by Lacey Noonan, the novel surfaced on Amazon earlier this month. "Gronk" chuckled through the line he read at Media Day in the Super Bowl's host city of Phoenix, Arizona, calling the book "pretty outrageous."
>>Marshawn Lynch Interview Antics Continue At Media Days
Marshawn Lynch became the star of Tuesday's Super Bowl XLIX Media Day by saying barely anything at all.
The notoriously interview-averse Seattle Seahawks running back did speak for nearly five minutes during his mandated press conference, but offered the same simple response to 29 questions he was asked.
"I'm just here so I won't get fined," Lynch repeatedly stated to a large assemblage of reporters.
Lynch did say something different at the end of his brief and awkward interaction. Four minutes and 51 seconds into the conference, the five-time Pro Bowl back picked up his phone and shouted "Time!" before proceeding to walk away from the podium.
ESPN had reported that Lynch would have been subjected to a $500,000 fine from the NFL had he not attended Tuesday's Media Day. The league previously fined him $100,000 back in November for repeated violations of its media policy, which included a refusal to speak with reporters following the Seahawks' loss at Kansas City in Week 11.
Lynch did take part in Media Day prior to last year's Super Bowl, also drawing considerable attention for some unusual antics.
He sat at his podium for several minutes before apparently vanishing, only to be seen moments later standing nearby wearing a hooded jacket and large black sunglasses.
Lynch later granted an interview to Hall of Fame cornerback and current NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders, in which he replied to a complement Sanders gave him on his appearance with an expletive.
The eight-year veteran also is required to partake in media sessions that will be held at the Seahawks' team hotel on Wednesday and Thursday.
>>Most Miserable NFL Fanbase
(Undated) -- The Motor City is still stewing over their controversial dismissal in the playoffs, turning the Detroit Lions' fanbase into the most miserable in the NFL. The Scripps National Desk has released a new survey that illustrates which NFL franchises have the most miserable fans dating back to the 60s. Detroit fans, who haven't seen a playoff victory since 1991, topped the list. The Buffalo Bills came in second, followed by the Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons and the Chicago Bears. The Scripps NFL misery index looked at seven categories that relate to the performance of a city's NFL franchise or its quality of life.
Factors included the unemployment rate for the franchise's metropolitan area, the city's average temperature in January, number of Super Bowl titles and appearances along with postseason success. Scripps says the Dallas Cowboys, who were also eliminated from the playoffs on a controversial call, have the least amount of misery among their fanbase.
>>NFL To Air Anti-Domestic Violence PSA During Super Bowl
(Undated) -- The NFL is turning its attention to domestic violence in a chilling new Public Service Announcement that will air during Sunday's Super Bowl. The spot is said to be based on an actual 911 phone call in which a woman pretends to order a pizza to let the dispatcher know that she is in a dangerous situation in her home. Images show a home in disarray with dishes piled up in a sink, a crack in the wall, presumably from a punch, and a framed picture of a woman next to a trash can. The PSA ends with the message: "When it's hard to talk, it's up to us to listen." It's the latest in the NFL's "No More" campaign, which aims to help the efforts to end domestic violence and sexual assault. Unveiled online in its 60-second format Tuesday, "The Hollywood Reporter" says the PSA will air as a 30-second spot during the first quarter of the Super Bowl on Sunday.