Hue Jackson, who presided over one of the NFL's most improved offenses in 2010, was elevated from Raiders offensive coordinator to head coach Monday. Jackson, 45, replaces Tom Cable, who left the Raiders on Jan. 4 with a 17-27 record when the club declined to extend a two-year option on his contract after an 8-8 season. Jackson will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday at 1:15 p.m. at the club facility in Alameda. "The fire in Hue will set a flame that will burn for a long time in the hearts and minds of the Raider football team and the Raider Nation," Raiders managing general partner Al Davis said in a statement.
Broncos' head coach John Fox has nearly completed the hiring of his staff, with the likely addition of Jim Mora as defensive coordinator. Mora, a former Atlanta and Seattle head coach, traveled to Denver on Monday to meet with Fox. Mora, 49, was the defensive coordinator with San Francisco for five years before his two head coaching jobs, first Atlanta and then Seattle in 2009. He spent 2010 working as an analyst for the NFL Network.
The Ravens announced Monday their intentions to sign coach John Harbaugh to a contract extension and retain Cam Cameron as offensive coordinator. Harbaugh is entering the final season of his four-year contract that reportedly paid him between $2 million and $2.5 million per season. He could be seeking a deal similar to the one signed last July by Pittsburgh's Mike Tomlin, who is making more than $4 million per year. Since he was hired in January 2008, Harbaugh became just the fourth NFL coach since 1990 to guide a team to the playoffs in his first three seasons. He has a 32-16 record in the regular season and a 4-3 mark in the playoffs.
The Miami Dolphins are in the finishing stages of hiring former Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll to fill the same role in 2011, where he'll be challenged with reinvigorating the Dolphins' stale offense. Daboll, who was a member of Eric Mangini's staff with the New York Jets and Browns, will replace Dan Henning, whose offense struggled to score points (17.1), had a stagnant running game (3.7 yards per carry) and failed to score touchdowns in the red zone in 2010. The news of Daboll's hiring was first reported by ESPN, but Dolphins sources have confirmed the position has been offered, and a contract is being finalized.
Adrian Peterson isn't worried about the fact that if McDaniels is hired, the Vikings would go away from the West Coast offense they have run since the Pro Bowl running back arrived in 2007. "I'm not concerned at all," Peterson said Monday while attending the All Day Blizzard Blitz ice fishing event that he and the Starkey Hearing foundation hosted on Lake Waconia. "In this profession, you've got to be able to adapt and adjust. ... So that's what I'll do here if that happens." Peterson said he has been following the situation from afar since the season ended.
While former Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniels was the leading candidate as the next offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams, a significant snag in negotiations has led the team to broaden its search to include coaches with West Coast-system roots in which quarterback Sam Bradford excelled during his rookie season, according to sources. The Rams went through league channels Tuesday morning to request interviews with coaches including Bill Musgrave of the Falcons and Darrell Bevell of the Vikings. Musgrave is the assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach in Atlanta and Bevell has been in limbo as the offensive coordinator in Minnesota.
Ron Rivera got his man, and the Carolina Panthers appear headed for some changes on offense. The Panthers agreed to a deal with San Diego assistant Rob Chudzinski to be their offensive coordinator, with only a contract signing standing in the way of the official announcement. He was the first choice of Rivera, who had to sell him to Panthers officials who had built their own list of candidates before hiring Rivera. Chudzinski, 42, interviewed Friday. Chudzinski, who played on two NCAA championship teams as a tight end at Miami, has a reputation for developing talent at that position, which would be new around here.
Turnover on the Ravens' 2009 roster was minimal after they scuffled through a 10-8 playoff season. Turnover on the 2010 roster — after a 13-5 playoff run — threatens to cut a wider swath through this season's locker room. Notables subtracted from that 2009 team that lost a divisional-round playoff game in Indianapolis were starting wide-out Mark Clayton and reserves Frank Walker and Kelley Washington. Next season — assuming there is labor peace between NFL owners and the players' union — the Ravens likely will look significantly different from the team that lost in the divisional round again this year. Of the 17 players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents in March, seven are starters and two are kicking specialists. And they're not the only ones who will be hard to keep. As the disappointed players filed out of the locker room Monday — carrying plastic garbage bags with personal effects — some clearly left for the last time. Pro Bowl fullback Le'Ron McClain said he expected to be gone, and both cornerback Fabian Washington and wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh set their sights on a better opportunity. McClain's season-long campaign for more rushes went unheeded. He led the team in rushing in 2008 with 902 yards on 232 carries. But he had just 46 carries in 2009 and only 28 this season as the offense ran through Ray Rice and Willis McGahee. Will he be back?......
The Vikings' offseason "To-Do" list never seemed longer than this past weekend, when both of the team's division rivals made the NFC Championship Game. But just in case the list isn't daunting enough, Emmitt Smith, the NFL's career rushing leader, said giving Adrian Peterson a long-term contract should rank at or near the top. Smith went so far as to say he would hold out if he were Peterson and the Vikings didn't come up with a suitable long-term deal. Peterson's current contract, which pays him a base salary of $10.7 million in 2011, expires after next season.
The Eagles aren't going for anybody's understudy, this time around. The three publicly identified candidates to succeed Sean McDermott as the Birds' defensive coordinator are veteran coaches with extensive resumes. The front-runner would seem to be Jim Mora, the former Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks head coach who was Steve Mariucci's defensive coordinator in San Francisco in the late 1990s, when Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg ran the other side. The Eagles also seem to be considering just-fired Arizona defensive coordinator Bill Davis, whose father once was an Eagles linebackers coach under Dick Vermeil, and Dick Jauron, a member of McDermott's staff last season…………….
Brett Favre isn't messing around this time. He's finished playing football. For good. We think. Two sources told FOXSports.com on Monday that Favre has already filed his retirement papers with the NFL, just weeks after the end of his 20th season. While he could still change his mind like in the 2008 and 2009 offseasons, there is no indication Favre will return. The 41-year-old quarterback stated 2010 was his final season after rejoining the Vikings in August and reiterated that intent throughout an injury-plagued campaign. Favre's NFL-record string of 297 consecutive regular-season starts was broken last month when he was forced to miss a mid-December game against the New York Giants.
It appears Mike Singletary is close to joining the Vikings coaching staff. A league source said it "looks good" that Singletary will become linebackers coach on Leslie Frazier's staff. NFL.com also reported Sunday night that the Vikings are expected to reach a deal with the former San Francisco 49ers coach. The Carolina Panthers also were reportedly interested in hiring Singletary as linebackers coach.
New Browns coach Pat Shurmur will focus this week on assembling his staff, especially the all-important coordinator positions. Eagles senior assistant and secondary coach Dick Jauron, who's a candidate for Philadelphia's defensive coordinator post now that they've fired Sean McDermott, is still set to interview with the Browns this week. Jauron, 60, is one of four candidates for the Eagles job. The other three are former Falcons and Seahawks coach Jim Mora, recently fired Rams defensive coordinator Billy Davis, and former head coach Dave Wannstedt.
There's no question Nnamdi Asomugha is the biggest name to hit the free agent market after the Oakland Raiders cornerback's contract was voided after he didn't hit some incentives. More importantly, for Detroit Lions fans, is that their favorite team might make a play for him. As opposed to the past couple of years - when general manager Martin Mayhew's focus was on rebuilding the Lions into a competitive NFL franchise rather than on the free agent flavor of the month - a 4-0 finish to a 6-10 season has given Detroit hope that a player of Asomugha's caliber can turn the team into a viable playoff contender.