Schottenheimer coached Packers DBs in '04

Updated: January 25, 2005, 12:13 AM ET
Associated Press

St. Louis Rams: The club hired Kurt Schottenheimer as secondary coach Monday.

Schottenheimer replaces Perry Fewell, who left the Rams to work for the Chicago Bears.

The younger brother of Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer served as defensive backs coach for Green Bay last season. Before that, he worked as defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions from 2002-2003, the Washington Redskins in 2001 and the Kansas City Chiefs from 1999-2000.

He served as the Chiefs' defensive backs coach from 1995-98 and their special teams coach from 1989-94. His first NFL position was as special teams coach for the Cleveland Browns.

Minnesota Vikings: Phoenix-area businessman Reggie Fowler said he is still interested in buying the the club, and he was reportedly shopping for a home in the Twin Cities area.

Fowler, who was in Minneapolis on Monday, told KMSP-TV that he spent part of the day shopping for a house. If Fowler purchases the team he would stay here, but his company, Spiral Inc., would stay based in Arizona, KMSP reported.

Fowler, who is black, would be the NFL's first minority owner.

"Currently we're still evaluating the opportunity to acquire the Vikings," Fowler told the television station during an interview at Target Center, where he attended a Timberwolves game. "We've met with Mr. (Red) McCombs, we had a very enjoyable meeting. We're just trying to hope to get through the process soon so that we can make a decision that works for all parties."

McCombs, the team's current owner, is asking for a reported $600 million. There has been some skepticism about whether Fowler has enough money.

Fowler owns Spiral Inc., which supplies grocery stores with bags, cups, containers, labels and janitorial supplies. He also owns broadcasting, aviation and construction management and distribution companies with the Spiral name.

New England Patriots: Defensive back Antwan Harris, who made two key postseason plays in New England's drive to its 2002 Super Bowl title, was waived by the Patriots.

Harris took a lateral from Troy Brown following a blocked punt and ran 49 yards for a touchdown in New England's 24-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game. In the Super Bowl, he forced a fumble that led to a touchdown in the Patriots' 20-17 win over the St. Louis Rams.

Harris, 27, was signed this year to the Patriots' active roster, but was inactive for the team's playoff wins over the Indianapolis Colts and Sunday over the Steelers.

The 5-foot-9, 194-pound Harris was originally selected by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 draft out of Virginia and spent four seasons with the team. He played in 52 regular-season games, made 29 tackles, had one sack and one interception, and also made 22 special-teams tackles.

Harris became a free agent after the 2003 season.

Championship game ratings: The AFC and NFC championship game broadcasts had their highest combined overnight TV ratings in eight years.

Fox's broadcast of Philadelphia's 27-10 victory over Atlanta drew an overnight rating of 28.6 with a 48 share, a 14 percent jump from last year's NFC title game between the Eagles and Carolina and the game's highest rating since 1997.

New England's 41-27 win against Pittsburgh drew a 27.0 rating with a 38 share for CBS, up 2 percent from the AFC title game a year ago between the Patriots and Indianapolis and the highest for the game since 1999.

The two broadcasts combined for a 55.6 rating, the highest overall draw since 1997 when Green Bay defeated Carolina and the Patriots beat Jacksonville.

The rating is the percentage of all homes with TVs, whether or not they are in use. Overnight ratings measure the 55 largest TV markets in the United States, covering nearly 70 percent of the country.

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