San Diego Coach Marty Schottenheimer agreed yesterday to a two-year contract extension with the Chargers that runs through the 2007 season.
Schottenheimer has one year remaining on his original four-year deal, which he signed in January 2002 and paid him $2.5 million a season. Terms of the extension weren't immediately available.
Schottenheimer helped turn the Chargers from the NFL's worst team at 4-12 to the AFC West champions at 12-4 and won Associated Press coach of the year honors. San Diego made the playoffs for the first time in nine seasons.
The Chargers were upset by the New York Jets in the first round last Saturday, 20-17, in overtime. Schottenheimer's postseason record fell to 5-12 after his fifth straight playoff loss dating to 1993 with Kansas City.
Schottenheimer, 61, is 24-24 in three seasons with the Chargers.
"The franchise took a giant step forward this past season," Schottenheimer said in a statement. "This success is a product of every person in the organization pulling together in the same direction. I appreciate the opportunity to continue to build on what we've achieved together over the past three years."
VIKINGS: Randy Moss returned to practice and moved around well on his sprained right ankle despite some soreness. Moss, listed as probable for tomorrow's divisional playoff game at Philadelphia, was held out of practice on Wednesday and Thursday to rest.
"He looked great," Vikings Coach Mike Tice said. "He didn't have a hitch in his giddy-up, so that was good."
Cornerback Antoine Winfield, one of Minnesota's most valuable defensive players, was given a rest from practice and added to the injury report as probable.
PACKERS: Ted Thompson was hired to take over Coach Mike Sherman's general manager duties with Green Bay. Thompson leaves his job as Seattle's vice president of football operations.
Packers President Bob Harlan said in a statement that Thompson's hiring "will reduce Mike's workload and enable him to devote more time to coaching.
"In today's salary cap world of professional football where rosters are overhauled every offseason, both the job of a general manager and the job of a head coach are extremely demanding and require an inordinate amount of time and effort," Harlan said.
SEAHAWKS: Bob Whitsitt was fired as president of football operations for Seattle.
"I decided to take a change of direction and bring in somebody with a deep background in football to run the football side of the organization," Seahawks owner Paul Allen said. "I didn't take it lightly at all, but felt it's what is needed for the franchise."
EAGLES: With weak-side linebacker Mark Simoneau doubtful for tomorrow's playoff game against Minnesota because of an ankle injury, Keith Adams will start and former starter Nate Wayne also will see action.
Coach Andy Reid said that Simoneau did not practice and will "struggle to make it to the game."