December 17, 2015 |
EVERY YEAR, for reasons I still haven't been able to ascertain, the Southern California town of Newport Beach honors the last player picked in the NFL draft. They call him "Mr. Irrelevant" and they fly the guy out to the left coast and wine and dine him and shower him with gifts and have a banquet in his honor, then put him back on a plane, so he can try to make somebody's practice squad. Three years ago, Bruce Arians was the Mr. Irrelevant of that year's NFL head-coaching hires.
September 12, 2014 |
ANDREW LUCK phoned Zach Ertz last week and the former Stanford teammates wished each other luck in their season openers. They also discussed meeting up before Monday night's game at Lucas Oil Stadium, where for the first time in each of their burgeoning professional careers they will play as opponents. Luck, the Colts' third-year quarterback, and Ertz, the Eagles' second-year tight end, are rising stars at their respective positions. Their talent was apparent early in each of their careers at Stanford, where they connected nine times for touchdowns in two seasons on the field together, in 2010 and 2011.
November 29, 2013 |
Bruce Arians is as old-school as Stetson hats and Remington typewriters and a Rusty Nail on the rocks. In his world, the song always sounds better on vinyl, no 21st-century sitcom comes close to being as funny as The Andy Griffith Show, and quarterbacks ought to stay in the pocket and out of harm's way. Arians is 61 years old. It has been 25 years since Temple fired him after his six seasons there as head coach, more than 30 years since he...
June 18, 2013 |
A contrite Chad Johnson apologized Monday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for disrespecting a judge when the former NFL star slapped his attorney on the backside in court last week. Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh accepted Johnson's apology and cut back his jail term for a probation violation from 30 days to the seven days he had served since the rear-swatting. Johnson, a flamboyant receiver formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, said that he'd had time to think about why his flippant attitude was wrong - especially in a domestic violence case.
February 4, 2013 |
BILL PARCELLS, Warren Sapp, Cris Carter, Jonathan Ogden and Larry Allen were elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. The class of 2013 also included a pair of senior selections, Curley Culp and Dave Robinson. Five players failed to get in on the final vote: Jerome Bettis, Charles Haley, Andre Reed, Michael Strahan and Aeneas Williams. Earlier Saturday, the selection committee eliminated Tim Brown, Kevin Greene, Will Shields and former owners Edward DeBartolo Jr. and Art Modell.
January 18, 2013 |
THE ARIZONA Cardinals filled the NFL's final head-coaching vacancy by hiring Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. The team confirmed the hiring in a release Thursday night, saying Arians received a 4-year contract with a club option for a fifth year. The 60-year-old Arians, a longtime NFL assistant who was Temple's head coach from 1983 to '88, went 9-3 as Colts interim head coach while Chuck Pagano was undergoing treatment for leukemia this season. Arians arrived in Arizona on Wednesday night, had dinner with top team officials, then interviewed on Thursday and met with reporters to indicate his interest in the job. He was offered and accepted the job Thursday night.
January 14, 2013 |
Temple's worst football decision in the last 25 years? No-brainer: firing Bruce Arians. Maybe it seemed like a good idea at the time, a quarter-century back, since Arians won only seven games in his final two seasons on North Broad Street. That's what you do when teams win seven games in two seasons, right? Time to bring in a new man. Unless you're Temple. Arians should have gotten a raise. Yes, it's obvious now that the man can coach. He went on to a productive career as an NFL assistant, was offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh, impressively took charge of the Indianapolis Colts this season when cancer hit head coach Chuck Pagano, and now is on the frequent-interviewee list for open head coaching spots, including with the Eagles, who are expected to meet with Arians on Tuesday.
January 7, 2013 |
BALTIMORE - Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said offensive coordinator Bruce Arians was doing "fine" and was expected to be released from the hospital Monday after Arians missed Sunday's 24-9 playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. A team official said that Arians was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center on Sunday with nausea and headaches. Arians, 60, was ill and left the Colts practice facility on Thursday but returned the next day. The Eagles have requested permission to interview Arians for their head coaching position.
January 6, 2013 |
BALTIMORE - There's no telling how effective Ray Lewis will be Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts after missing 12 weeks with a torn right triceps. Fortunately, for the Ravens, he's already provided an emotional lift. With his announcement that he will step into retirement after Baltimore completes its 2013 playoff run, Lewis gave the slumping Ravens a boost heading into their wild-card game. "Just having him back on the field is an inspiration," Baltimore defensive coordinator Dean Pees said.
January 2, 2013
CANDIDATES Here is a look at the announced candidates for the Eagles' head-coaching job: * MIKE NOLAN Current job: First season as Falcons defensive coordinator NFL experience: Head coach of 49ers from 2005-08; 18-37 record. Has coached in NFL since 1987. Defensive coordinator for Ravens, Jets, Redskins, Giants, Broncos and Dolphins and linebackers coach for Broncos. Notes: Son of former 49ers and Saints head coach Dick Nolan. Mike Nolan wore a suit and tie during games as a tribute to his father . . . Graduate of Oregon . . . 53 years old. * DIRK KOETTER Current job: First season as Falcons offensive coordinator NFL experience: Jaguars offensive coordinator, 2007-11.