Mike Bianchi: Hiring Urban Meyer is most important day since Jaguars were born
ORLANDO, Fla. — Congratulations, Jacksonville Jaguars. You have done it. You have pulled off the most significant, spine-tingling feat we’ve seen in Duval since Molly Hatchet released “Flirtin’ with Disaster.” Except you are flirtin’ with dominance. You have gone from the most unwatchable team in the NFL to the most interesting, intriguing franchise in all of sports You have gone from a blight on Jacksonville’s civic landscape to Urban renewal. You have hired Urban Meyer as your new head coach. And Meyer will soon utilize the No. 1 overall draft pick to likely choose Clemson superstar quarterb...
QB McKenzie Milton making his transition from UCF to FSU
Former UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton said Friday he’s not putting any pressure on himself to come in and be the man after transferring to Florida State. Milton, in his first media availability since transferring to the Tallahassee school, answered a multitude of questions and said he will ease into his new surroundings. He hopes to be ready and on the field when the Seminoles face Notre Dame on Sept. 5. “I don’t necessarily feel pressure. The only pressure I feel right now is to learn this playbook and just know my job inside and out,” said Milton, a redshirt senior. “I feel like when I get ...
Seahawks free agent Josh Gordon returns to suspended list, and his NFL future seems cloudier than ever
SEATTLE — Whether Josh Gordon will again play in the NFL seems an even bigger question after his conditional reinstatement by the league was rescinded Friday. According to the league’s official transaction wire, Gordon has again been placed on the suspended list indefinitely. He would have to be taken off the list to be eligible to play. Gordon was on a one-year contract with the Seahawks this season and is an unrestricted free agent. His suspension was lifted conditionally in December, and the Seahawks hoped he would return for the final two games of the regular season and then the playoffs. ...
The Seattle Times
Jets hire Niners’ defensive coordinator Robert Saleh as head coach
NEW YORK — The Jets let Robert Saleh out of the building, but they didn’t let him get far. The San Francisco 49ers’ defensive coordinator agreed in principle on Thursday night to become the 20th head coach in Jets franchise history, just one day after completing his in-person, second interview at the team’s facility in Florham Park, N.J. “The @nyjets got a great one!” Niners corner Richard Sherman tweeted. Saleh, 41, had left the Jets Wednesday afternoon and promptly flew to Florida to interview with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, making Philadelphia the sixth team to interview Saleh of the seven...
New York Daily News
Reports: Falcons make offer to Titans OC Arthur Smith
ATLANTA — The Falcons made an offer Friday to Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith to become their new head coach, according to NFL Media and ESPN. The Falcons have not immediately confirmed the reports, but posted them to their team website. NFL Media is league-owned and the Falcons are part-owners. Smith, who has no NFL head coaching experience and has been a coordinator for only two seasons, completed his virtual interview for the head coaching position with the Falcons on Monday. He had a second interview Wednesday, according to NFL Media. The Falcons confirmed the first int...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Jeff Seidel: Lions new GM Brad Holmes is an exciting hire who wants 'game wreckers'
DETROIT — There is a lot to like about Brad Holmes, the Detroit Lions' new general manager. This is the guy who helped pick Aaron Donald after the Lions picked Eric Ebron. Case closed. Drop the mic. Welcome to the Motor City. That’s enough of a resume, by itself, to endear him to Lions fans, many of whom look at the Lions’ decision to pass on Donald as the ultimate symbol of organizational futility. But wait. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Holmes, the director of the Rams' drafts the past eight years, helped take Todd Gurley, who became the 2017 NFL offensive player of the year. This is t...
Detroit Free Press
Who is Scott Fitterer? Here are a few things to know about the Panthers’ GM to be.
The Panthers have offered Seattle Seahawks Vice President of Operations Scott Fitterer their general manager job. Fitterer, who was one of 15 candidates, was late addition to the interview process. He interviewed with the Panthers on Monday and Wednesday. He would replace former GM Marty Hurney. Here is what you need to know about Fitterer: ▪ Age: 47 ▪ Place of birth: Seattle ▪ NFL background: Fitterer began his pro football career with the New York Giants before joining the Seattle Seahawks’ staff in 2001 as an area scout. Over the years, he moved up the ranks and was promoted to director of ...
The Charlotte Observer
Michael Cunningham: Terry Fontenot’s Saints work makes him good Falcons hire
It’s hard to evaluate Terry Fontenot’s ability as an NFL general manager because there’s no track record to judge. I can’t say how he will manage the salary cap, which is job No. 1 for the next Falcons GM. There are no trades or free-agent signings to evaluate. Fontenot’s NFL scouting background is on the pro side, not college, so there are no draft picks to scrutinize. But, at the risk of ruffling some feathers among the Falcons faithful, the best case for Fontenot as the team’s next GM is that he’s worked for the Saints for nearly two decades. The Falcons, a losing organization, seek a footb...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Detroit Lions to hire 'proven leader' Brad Holmes as next general manager
Searching for new football leadership this offseason, the Detroit Lions solved half the puzzle on Thursday, hiring Los Angles Rams director of college scouting Brad Holmes as the franchise's next general manager. According to multiple reports, it's a five-year deal. "On behalf of the entire Lions organization, I am thrilled to welcome Brad Holmes to Detroit," owner Sheila Ford Hamp said in a statement. "Several weeks ago when we embarked on this process, it was critical that we find the right person to fit our vision for this team. It was evident early on that Brad is a proven leader who is re...
The Detroit News
Eagles want to interview Cowboys OC Kellen Moore for head coach
The Dallas Cowboys have already had to fend off interest from Boise State to keep Kellen Moore as the team’s offensive coordinator. Now, they will have to survive a challenge from their NFC East division rivals. The Philadelphia Eagles have requested an interview with Moore for their head coaching vacancy, per reports. Moore signed a three-year deal to stay with the Cowboys after being courted by Boise State, his alma mater, for its coaching job. The Eagles fired head coach Doug Pederson on Monday and hit the ground running. They have interviewed Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Bra...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram