May 3, 2000 |
Bill Kuharich, former general manager of the New Orleans Saints, was hired yesterday as director of pro personnel for the Kansas City Chiefs. He succeeded John Schneider, who left last week to become personnel director of the Seattle Seahawks. Kuharich, 47, the son of Joe Kuharich, a former college and NFL head coach, will be reunited with Carl Peterson, the Chiefs' president and general manager, whom he worked with in his first pro football job with the USFL's Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars.
June 30, 1995 |
The New Orleans Saints worked out Eagles free-agent middle linebacker Byron Evans yesterday and will decide by next week whether to offer him a contract. "The purpose of bringing him down (to New Orleans) was to see where he is physically and to see what his level of interest (in the Saints) is," said Bill Kuharich, the Saints' vice president of football operations. "After visiting with him, we got the impression that he has a high level (of interest). " Evans, who is recovering from a broken leg and torn ligaments in his right knee suffered last November, was examined by the Saints' medical staff and participated in some movement drills.
January 29, 1997 |
For 11 years, Mike Ditka won hearts and football games in Chicago. Along the way, he gained a reputation as a tough, no-nonsense coach. Yesterday, Ditka made an emotional return to the NFL in a new city, and showed a soft side to his hard-edged approach. "I thought this would be easy," Ditka said, tears in his eyes, his voice shaking, after being introduced as coach of the New Orleans Saints. "It isn't. " Ditka reportedly received a three-year deal believed to be worth $5 million.
March 15, 1995 |
If the New Orleans Saints are able to get cornerback Eric Allen's signature on an offer sheet, it appears they won't have to worry about the Eagles matching the offer. Eagles coach Ray Rhodes indicated yesterday he won't stand in Allen's way if the five-time Pro Bowler is determined to leave Philadelphia. "Eric has his mind made up about leaving," Rhodes said. "That's something he's very adamant about. I'll probably talk to him again. But at some point, we'll have to go in another direction.
November 14, 1997 |
The NFL is looking into what happened along the sidelines when Saints coach Mike Ditka handed his defensive coordinator a $50 bill after the Oakland Raiders game last weekend. It was all in fun, Ditka says. But the commissioner and members of his staff are reviewing the incident, said NFL spokesman Greg Aiello. "The greatest fear of any sport league is gambling," Aiello said Wednesday. The league called Saints general manager Bill Kuharich after Ditka was seen on television paying off a $20 bet to assistant coach Zavin Yaralian.
April 22, 1994 |
Any NFL team that is hoping to hit paydirt with an offensive lineman the way the New Orleans Saints did last year with Willie Roaf has come to the wrong draft. Last year, six offensive lineman, including Roaf, were taken in the first round. And while there is a good possibility that as many or more will be selected in the first round this year, the general consensus of NFL scouts is that teams won't be getting as much bang for their buck as they did a year ago. "Aaron Taylor (of Notre Dame)
January 6, 2000 |
A month ago, Tom Benson promised to improve the moribund New Orleans Saints, but no one knew then just how quick and devastating the changes would be. The owner cut short a vacation in Florida and returned to the Big Easy carrying a meat cleaver. When Benson was finished, the Saints' entire front office had been cut loose. Benson arrived in his office early yesterday and by 10 a.m., Mike Ditka was holding an impromptu news conference in the parking lot. In addition to the coach, Benson also fired president/general manager Bill Kuharich and senior vice president Terry O'Neil, the team's "capologist.
April 1, 1997 |
The Oakland Raiders acquired the second overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft from the New Orleans Saints yesterday in exchange for wide receiver Daryl Hobbs and three draft picks. The Raiders get the second spot behind the New York Jets and the Saints' sixth-round pick, 166th overall, in the deal. "This is where we wanted to be - the No. 2 spot," Oakland senior assistant Bruce Allen said. In addition to Hobbs, the Raiders gave up their first-round pick, 10th overall, as well as a second-round (39th overall)
April 6, 1999 |
The last time NFL scouts got a glimpse of Ricky Williams was six weeks ago at the scouting combine in Indianapolis. He was overweight and out of shape, and his draft stock was doing a swan dive off the 10-meter board. With the draft now just a week and change away, the Heisman Trophy-winning running back will try to climb back up the charts today when he holds his long-awaited workout for NFL teams at the University of California-San Diego. More than a dozen clubs are expected to send representatives to watch Williams run, jump, lift weights and catch passes.
March 4, 1997 |
Six months ago, after getting the cold shoulder from 30 NFL teams, Randall Cunningham stood in front of a microphone in a Philadelphia hotel ballroom and announced that he was pulling the plug on his 11-year pro career. "I just don't have it in my heart to play anymore," he said around that time in explaining his decision. "I don't need to play football until I'm 38 years old. I'm not criticizing anyone else for doing that. I just don't need to. " He might not need to, but the 33-year-old quarterback still wants to. That's why he is flying to New Orleans today for a workout with the Saints and up-close-and-personal chats with club president Bill Kuharich and coach Mike Ditka.