NFL NOTEBOOK

Hirings include zero minorities

The Associated PressJanuary 19, 2013 

Eight NFL teams hired coaches and seven more filled general manager positions. None of those jobs went to a minority.

Now the league is considering revisions to the “Rooney Rule,” which mandates that teams must interview at least one minority candidate for front-office and head coaching jobs.

“While there has been full compliance with the interview requirements of the Rooney Rule and we wish the new head coaches and general managers much success, the hiring results this year have been unexpected and reflect a disappointing lack of diversity,” Robert Gulliver, the NFL’s executive vice president of human resources, said in a statement.

“We have already started the process of developing a plan for additional steps that will better ensure more diversity and inclusion on a regular basis in our hiring results.”

There were 203 minority coaches in the NFL in 2012, including six head coaches. With Lovie Smith and Romeo Crennel out, four minorities will start the 2013 season as head coaches. That’s the fewest since 2003.

Panthers promote Shula to offensive coordinator

After 14 years Mike Shula is getting another chance to run an NFL offense. The Panthers named Shula as their new offensive coordinator and promoted two other assistant coaches.

Richard Rodgers was named special teams coordinator and Ricky Proehl was promoted as the wide receivers coach.

Shula served as quarterbacks coach the past two seasons. Shula, who coached Alabama from 2003-2006, spent four seasons (1996-99) as the offensive coordinator at Tampa Bay.

Other moves

The New York Jets hired Seattle executive John Idzik to be their general manager. Marty Mornhinweg was hired as offensive coordinator ...

Cleveland named Ray Horton to be its defensive coordinator. ...

A source says Stanford offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton has accepted the same position with Indianapolis, where he will be reunited with quarterback Andrew Luck.

Bengals lineman arrested with gun at airport

Cincinnati tackle Andre Smith was free on bond after his arrest on a charge of carrying a loaded .38-caliber handgun at Atlanta’s

Hartsfield Jackson International Airport.

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