The Washington Redskins haven't been contacted by any other team asking permission to talk to the team's assistant coaches, general manager Charley Casserly said yesterday.
Casserly said a report out of Minnesota that the Vikings had asked permission to talk to assistant coaches Rod Dowhower and Jack Burns was incorrect, although he said there's a possibility the Redskins could be contacted by teams interested in their assistant coaches later in the week.
Casserly also said the team has no plans to trade strong safety Alvin Walton, who was unhappy that he wasn't on the active roster for the Super Bowl.
* FALCONS: Ken Herock, vice president in charge of personnel, said he has contacted Vikings vice president and chief financial officer Jeff Diamond about running back Herschel Walker's availability, but there's no deal yet.
* SAINTS: Coach Jim Mora said fullback Craig "Ironhead" Heyward volunteered to spend the off-season in New Orleans going through a program of behavior modification and physical conditioning to help him reach his playing potential.
* The Super Bowl was seen by an estimated 120 million people, and that, most important of all, is keeping CBS' advertisers happy. Ad buyers paid an average of $850,000 for 54 30-second units of time during Sunday's Super Bowl, giving CBS revenues of nearly $46 million from its commercial sponsors.
CBS announced the national A.C. Nielsen rating numbers yesterday for the game, 40.3 with a 61 share. Each rating point corresponds to about 921,000 homes.
A rating is the percentage of all TV households in America, and a share is the percentage of televisions actually in use at the time.
Only the 1986 Super Bowl between Chicago and New England was seen by more people, an estimated 127 million.