League may revisit Rooney Rule

Posted: January 19, 2013

Eight NFL head coaches were fired at season's end and all have been replaced, but none of those jobs went to a minority candidate. Ditto six general manager positions.

Now the league is considering revisions to the Rooney Rule, whereby teams are to interview at least one minority candidate for front-office and head-coaching jobs.

"While there has been full compliance with the interview requirements of the Rooney Rule and we wish the new head coaches and general managers much success, the hiring results this year have been unexpected and reflect a disappointing lack of diversity," said NFL executive vice president Robert Gulliver. "We have already started the process of developing a plan for additional steps that will better ensure more diversity."

New bosses

Speaking of hires, two more should be noted:

NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi, an Ocean City, N.J., native who played football at Valley Forge Military Academy, is the Browns' new vice president of player personnel.

The Jets hired Seahawks executive John Idzik to be their general manager.

49er under suspicion

San Francisco police said Friday they're investigating a sexual-assault allegation involving 49ers wideout Michael Crabtree.

The alleged assault occurred in a city hotel room early Sunday after the 49ers' playoff victory over the Green Bay Packers. Police said Crabtree has been interviewed with his attorney present and has cooperated with the probe. The receiver has agreed to be available for further questions.


- From wire reports


The Eagles hired University of Oregon coach Chip Kelly.

The Arizona Cardinals hired Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.

The Buffalo Bills hired former Syracuse coach Doug Marrone.

The Chicago Bears hired former Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman.

The Cleveland Browns selected former Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski.

The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.

The Kansas City Chiefs went with former Eagles coach Andy Reid.

The San Diego Chargers hired Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.

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