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|• Mike Tice was fired less than an hour after the Vikings' 34-10 win over the Bears in Sunday's regular season finale. The team announced that owner Zygi Wilf would not renew Tice's contract. Tice had already addressed the media before the move was made public.|
|• St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz, away from the job since early October as he received treatment for a bacterial infection of a heart valve, had his contract terminated Monday. Still to be determined is whether Martz's termination will take the form of a contract settlement or an outright firing, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.|
|• Texans coach Dom Capers will be fired on Monday, league and team sources told Mortensen. Capers is the only coach the expansion Texans have had during their four-year existence. Houston was 17-45 record under Capers, the 45th loss being a 20-17 overtime defeat in San Francisco that guaranteed the Texans the top pick in the 2006 draft.|
|• Dick Vermeil went out with a win Sunday, retiring as coach of the Chiefs following a 37-3 dismantling of the Bengals. Kansas City became only the fourth team to go 10-6 and miss the postseason since the NFL expanded the field to 12 teams after the 1990 season. The Steelers' win over the Lions preventing the Chiefs from qualifying.|
|• The Raiders fired Norv Turner Tuesday following consecutive losing seasons. The 53-year-old Turner, who had a year remaining on his contract worth about $1.75 million, had known his job was in jeopardy for the last two months after struggling to get the most out of a stacked offense. The Raiders went 4-12 -- one fewer win than they had in Turner's first season a year ago -- losing their final six games and eight of nine.|
|• Coach Mike Sherman is uncertain of his future after the Packers finished an injury-riddled season at 4-12 Sunday. Packers GM Ted Thompson gave Sherman a two-year contract extension in August. But as injuries and losses have mounted this season, Thompson has sidestepped questions about Sherman's status.|
McNair made it clear when hiring Reeves that Reeves was not interviewing to be coach of the Texans, nor was he brought in to critique Capers or Casserly.
"He's here as a resource to assist me as we go forward and to assist the other people in our organization to help us be a better team," McNair said.
McNair said he hired Reeves to get an outside opinion of his organization and that he would spend time talking with coaches, watching practice and reviewing game film.
Upon joining the Texans, Reeves wouldn't rule out the possibility of returning to coaching ("Never is a bad word to say") but said he wasn't actively looking for a sideline job.Capers' plan for bringing along the Texans slowly and building for future success worked well until this season. The Texans won seven games last season after winning five in 2003 and four in their first season. Houston opened this season 0-6 before beating Cleveland and then losing six more. The Texans got a win over the Arizona Cardinals and then lost their last two games. They own the top pick in April's draft.