More interviews didn’t equal more minority hirings in NFL
(AP Photo)The NFL expanded the Rooney Rule to give more minority candidates opportunities to become a head coach and reward teams who develop them. The Houston Texans hired David Culley this week, making the 65-year-old longtime assistant the league’s third Black head coach hired. Culley and Saleh join Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin, Miami’s Brian Flores and Washington’s Ron Rivera as the league’s only minority head coaches. “We didn’t make as much progress on the head coaching side as we would have liked,” Rooney said. AdPerhaps an increase in minority executives will lead to more minority head coaches.
Texans hire Culley as coach amid drama surrounding Watson
FILE - This is an Aug. 17, 2020, file photo showing David Culley of the Baltimore Ravens NFL football team. David Culley has been hired as the coach of the Houston Texans, a person familiar with the hiring told The Associated Press. (AP Photo)HOUSTON – David Culley became the coach of the Houston Texans believing Deshaun Watson would be his quarterback. “We have added a very well respected and experienced member to our Texans' family in our new head coach, David Culley," McNair said. The 65-year-old Culley becomes the fourth coach in Texans history, replacing Bill O’Brien, who was fired after the team opened the season 0-4.
AP Source: QB Watson requests trade from Houston Texans
Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson speaks during a news conference following an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. Star quarterback Deshaun Watson has requested a trade from the Houston Texans, a person familiar with the move told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File)HOUSTON – Star quarterback Deshaun Watson has requested a trade from the Houston Texans, a person familiar with the move told The Associated Press. The same source who told The AP about the trade request said Watson made the ask before Culley’s hire. The only other minority candidate who was hired as a head coach this offseason was the New York Jets' Robert Saleh, the league's first Muslim American head coach.
Arthur Smith’s visit to Detroit reportedly canceled, emerges as the favorite in Atlanta
That includes the Detroit Lions, who spoke to him virtually earlier this week and then scheduled another in-person interview on Friday. The club has talked to three candidates with experience on the whistle: Former Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, Lions interim coach Darrell Bevell and Saints assistant head coach Dan Campbell, who once had a spell as the Dolphins’ interim head coach. Another former head coach, Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, is expected to speak with Detroit on Friday. Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and former 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh also landed interviews in Detroit, but Saleh has taken the Jets job. There has also been some speculation the Lions could be interested in Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley, now that they’ve hired Holmes from that same team.mlive.com
Jets hire 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh as coach
FILE - San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh is shown during an NFL football game against Arizona Cardinals, in Santa Clara, Calif., in this Sept. 13, 2020, file photo. The search for a new coach continues for the New York Jets after they completed an in-person interview with San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, without apparently reaching a deal. The Jets reached an agreement in principle with the popular and energetic San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Thursday night to hire him as their head coach. The 20th coach in franchise history, Saleh beat out Smith, Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Carolina offensive coordinator Joe Brady, Buffalo offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, Indianapolis defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, New Orleans defensive backs coach Aaron Glenn, former Cincinnati coach Marvin Lewis, and Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley. He’s also the fifth former defensive coordinator to get the job among New York’s last six hires, with Gase the only exception.
Lions to interview Titans OC Arthur Smith, Saints assistant head coach Dan Campbell this week
Campbell, the New Orleans Saints’ assistant head coach, will interview with Detroit today. Smith, the Tennessee Titans’ offensive coordinator, will interview on Tuesday. Detroit has also spoken with former Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Lions interim head coach Darrell Bevell and 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh. The club also reportedly requested to interview Todd Bowles, the Buccaneers defensive coordinator and former head coach of the New York Jets. Detroit’s pool of known candidates for the general manager position has climbed to 11: Former Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff, former Texans general manager Rick Smith, former Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli, ESPN analyst Louis Riddick, Saints assistant general manager for pro personnel Terry Fontenot, Rams college scouting director Brad Holmes, Vikings assistant general manager George Paton, Saints assistant general manager Jeff Ireland and internal candidates Rob Lohman, Lance Newmark and Kyle O’Brien.mlive.com
Lions sticking to virtual interviews until head coach, general manager finalists emerge
ALLEN PARK -- The Detroit Lions plan to stick with virtual interviews for their vacant head coach and general manager jobs until a finalist or two emerges. Detroit has confirmed seven interviews for its general manager job. Those include former Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff, former Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli, former Texans general manager Rick Smith, ESPN analyst Louis Riddick and internal candidates Lance Newmark, Kyle O’Brien and Rob Lohman. He made it clear the team would hire the perfect candidate, whether that means picking a coach before a general manager or waiting until the Super Bowl. “Right now, I’m assuming that the candidates we’re interviewing, one of them will be our next head coach, and one of them will be our next general manager,” Wood said.mlive.com