Tice, Capers fired after Sunday games

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 3, 2006

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings fired coach Mike Tice after Sunday’s victory over Chicago.

Owner Zygi Wilf announced he would not renew Tice’s contract in a statement less than an hour after the Vikings’ 34-10 win over the Bears in the regular season finale. Tice, who finished his fourth full season with a 32-32 overall record, had already addressed the media before the move was made public. The announcement came via press release after most players had left the Metrodome.

Texans fire Capers

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HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans will fire coach Dom Capers, but will retain general manager Charley Casserly, a person close to the organization told The Associated Press.

The Texans plan to make the announcement Monday, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The team lost Sunday to the San Francisco 49ers to finish the season 2-14, the worst record in the NFL and the worst record in the Texans’ four-season history.

The firing would make the second time Capers, 55, has been released from an expansion team in its fourth season. He was let go by the Carolina Panthers in 1998.