Marshawn Lynch’s future in Seattle is one of the big questions the Seahawks face entering the off-season.
After an injury-filled season in which Lynch played just seven regular-season games, many signs point to the marriage ending, especially with Lynch scheduled to cost $11.5 million against Seattle’s salary cap for the 2016 season if he returns. But no one was willing to make declarative statements one day after Seattle’s season ended in a 31-24 loss to Carolina in the NFC divisional playoff game.
“I don’t know how that’s going to go,” Coach Pete Carroll said Monday. “I don’t know how any of these guys are going to go right now. I don’t know.”
Eagles’ hiring is official
Doug Pederson was officially hired Monday to be Philadelphia’s head coach. Pederson was Kansas City’s offensive coordinator under Andy Reid for the past three seasons. Reid coached the Eagles for the 14 years before that.
“Doug is a strategic thinker, a compelling leader and communicator, and someone who truly knows how to get the best out of his players,” Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said. “All of these factors were what initially attracted us to Doug and we believe that he is the right man to help us achieve our ultimate goal.”
Pederson accepted the Eagles’ offer last week. The team had to wait for the Chiefs to be eliminated from the playoffs before making it official.
San Francisco residents are being warned to brace for heavy traffic and big crowds during the run-up to the Super Bowl, which will take place on Feb. 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, about 40 miles south of San Francisco.
Part of one of the city’s most heavily traveled crosstown routes, the southbound Embarcadero, will be shut down from Jan. 23 to Feb. 12, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday. The area will play host to Super Bowl City, a giant theme park, food court and concert venue, starting Jan. 30.
Elsewhere in the city, the Moscone Center will host NFL Experience featuring Super Bowl rings and youth football clinics.
City officials are suspending parking permits for several construction sites downtown and also banning metered parking on some streets. They are urging people to take public transit, though neither Bay Area Rapid Transit nor the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District plan to add additional service, the Chronicle said.
The Indianapolis Colts hired former Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer as quarterbacks coach. He replaces Clyde Christensen, who is expected to be hired as offensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins. Schottenheimer, who has been a coach for 19 years, 16 in the NFL, was Georgia’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach last season and spent the previous three seasons as the Rams’ offensive coordinator. . . . Rivera, the Panthers coach, has banned hoverboards from the team’s facility, citing the injury risk. Rivera said he recently caught a couple players “drag racing” in the hallways of the stadium.