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News » Savage talking to teams about job, but not his firing


Savage talking to teams about job, but not his firing


Savage talking to teams about job, but not his firing
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Tampa, Fla. - In his first official comments since losing his job as Browns general manager, Phil Savage said, "I don't want to talk about it."

Savage poked his head into the Super Bowl media center on Wednesday and was not giving up anything on the circumstances of his firing.

"Nothing surprises anybody in this league," Savage said. "I think I was more surprised that we trade for Shaun Rogers, he has the year that he had and we go 4-12. That's more surprising to me."

Savage wouldn't say why the team fell apart and wouldn't comment on the changes made by owner Randy Lerner.

"I really don't want to talk," Savage said. "I hope you can appreciate that. It's in the past. Maybe one day."

Savage did indicate he wants another chance to build an NFL team.

"Obviously, I'm looking around, checking into a lot of different areas," he said. "I'm a Football guy. I've worked 22 years in a row. I enjoy Football. I love the sport. It's something I've always done. I certainly would want to stay close to it."

Savage would not confirm that he has turned down the chance to join the Detroit Lions in a personnel capacity.

"I've talked to a lot of teams. I'll leave it at that," he said.

Asked whether the Browns can win in 2009, Savage said: "I don't know. It's someone else's concern now."

Ward taking time: Steelers receiver Hines Ward, who sprained his right knee in the AFC Championship Game, is not saying whether he'll be ready to play in Sunday's Super Bowl. He was held out of the team's practice Wednesday.

"I haven't practiced all year on Wednesdays," Ward said. "Why would I come here and do it now? We're just keeping it on the same schedule. I'm not going to go out there and go 100 percent and risk falling on the ground in practice. I want to save all I can until I get into the game."

Put those gadgets in the kitchen: Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner is not a fan of coach Ken Whisenhunt's gadget plays.

Whisenhunt was known for them when he was Bill Cowher's offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh. He has continued the tradition as head coach with Arizona and called one in the NFC Championship Game that resulted in a 62-yard touchdown from Warner to receiver Larry Fitzgerald after a throwback from running back J.J. Arrington.

"Those are the plays I want to throw out every week," Warner said. "As a quarterback, you always want to be in control. And it always seems with trick plays you're not in control. It's kind of hit and miss. I told the coaches last week I'm happy they worked. But I never would have called them myself."

To reach this Plain Dealer reporter: tgrossi@plaind.com, 216-999-4670



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Added: January 30, 2009

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