New York Giants hire Shurmur as next head coach
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur has been hired as the New York Giants head coach.
The Giants announced the hiring late Monday afternoon, less than 24 hours after Shurmur and the Vikings were beaten by the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC title game.
The 52-year-old Shurmur replaces Ben McAdoo, who was fired in early December with the team mired with a 2-10 record and owners and fans upset with his handling of the benching of two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning.
Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo took over for the final four games and posted a 1-3 record.
"He has an outstanding track record in developing young players, and it is clear his players respond to his guidance and direction," co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch said in a statement.
"We interviewed six talented and qualified candidates, and we feel like Pat, with his vision and experience, is the right person to lead our team."
The Giants won't officially introduce Shurmur until Friday. A winter storm in the Midwest is preventing him from coming to New Jersey on Tuesday and he will be at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, from Tuesday night through Thursday.
Shurmur returns to the head coaching ranks for the first time since leading the Cleveland Browns in 2011-12. He takes over a troubled team that posted a 3-13 record a year after making the playoffs.
AP source: Browns hiring fired Steelers coordinator Haley
CLEVELAND — Hue Jackson is finally handing off his Browns offense.
Cleveland's coach, who has handled game-planning and play-calling duties while going 1-31 over two seasons with the Browns, is hiring former Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
Jackson interviewed other quality candidates but chose Haley, who spent six seasons guiding Pittsburgh's high-powered offense before he was fired following a playoff loss last week, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press on Monday night.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the move.
A former head coach with Kansas City, Haley's familiarity with the AFC North will be a huge plus for Jackson as he tries to turn around the Browns following a historic 0-16 season.
The 50-year-old Haley worked in Pittsburgh with some of the NFL's best offensive players — quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le'Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown. The trio made the Steelers a challenge for any defense, and the team ranked in the Top 10 in scoring in each of the past four seasons.
The Steelers averaged 25.4 points per game last season while the Browns managed a league-low 14.6.
Haley will inherit an offense in Cleveland with far less talent than he had in Pittsburgh, but the Browns are expected to upgrade their offense through free agency and in the draft. They'll likely use either the No. 1 or No. 4 overall picks on a quarterback and could land Southern Cal's Sam Darnold, UCLA's Josh Rosen or Wyoming's Josh Allen, the top three prospects.
Seahawks part ways with defensive assistant Travis Jones
RENTON, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks have "mutually parted ways" with defensive assistant coach Travis Jones after five seasons with the team.
The Seahawks announced the decision Monday. Jones served as Seattle's defensive line coach from 2013-16 and moved into a defensive assistant role with the team for the 2017 season.
Jones, 45, joined Seattle the year the Seahawks won the Super Bowl with the best defense in the NFL. Before joining the Seahawks, Jones spent five seasons as a coach with the New Orleans Saints.
Clint Hurtt was Seattle's defensive line coach in 2017.
Jones is the fifth member of Seattle's coaching staff from the 2017 season that will not be returning.
New coach Mike Vrabel: Titles proof Titans' approach works
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee general manager Jon Robinson got his NFL start as a scout with the New England Patriots, the same team his new head coach Mike Vrabel won three Super Bowl rings as a linebacker.
Yes, it seems like the Titans are trying to implement the Patriot Way in Music City.
Vrabel said that's what it looks like — until the Titans win big themselves.
"You have to be able to win championships before people start giving you ways to do things," Vrabel said Monday. "So that'll be our ultimate goal. ... Until we can win a championship doing that, there's not going to be this Titan Way. It will be talked about in the building. But people from outside the building, they won't believe in us, they won't have faith in us until you win."
The Titans introduced Vrabel as their new coach Monday. They agreed to terms with Vrabel on Saturday , just five days after firing Mike Mularkey coming off the franchise's first playoff win in 14 years.
This is the first head coaching job for Vrabel, 42.
Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk noted Robinson and Vrabel have known each other for years. She also likes Vrabel's experience and vision for building on back-to-back 9-7 seasons.
"I believe he will do everything he can to bring this town a championship," Strunk said.
Vrabel is coming off his first season as defensive coordinator for the Texans. Vrabel started his NFL career in Pittsburgh under coach Bill Cowher before signing with New England under coach Bill Belichick, and he finished in Kansas City. In 2011, he joined the staff at his alma mater, Ohio State, coaching linebackers and then defensive linemen.
Panthers name Washington new defensive coordinator
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers wasted little time naming a new defensive coordinator after Steve Wilks left to become head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera promoted defensive line coach Eric Washington as Wilks' replacement on Monday, just hours after the hiring of Wilks became official. Rivera said after the season that had a hunch Wilks would get a head coaching job, and was prepared in the event that it happened.
Wilks' departure means the Panthers will enter next season with three new coordinators.
Rivera fired offensive coordinator Mike Shula two days after the season and replaced him with Norv Turner. Special teams coordinator Thomas McGaughey was replaced by former assistant coach Chase Blackburn. McGaughey's contract was up and he wanted to pursue other options.
It's the second straight season the Panthers have lost a defensive coordinator to a head coaching gig.
Last year the Buffalo Bills hired Sean McDermott as their new head coach.
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