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FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2020, file photo, then-San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh cheers on his team from the sideline during the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, in Seattle. The New York Jets' new head coach is charged with turning around the fortunes of a franchise that has missed out on the playoffs the past 10 seasons — the NFL's longest active drought — and has a few generations of frustrated fans impatiently waiting for at least a chance at another Super Bowl. After all, it has been 52 years and counting.  (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear, File)

Saleh begins tough task of changing Jets' identity, culture

Jan. 23, 2021 2:52 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The toughest part of the job begins now for Robert Saleh. The New York Jets' new head coach is charged with helping turn around the fortunes of a franchise that has missed out on the playoffs the past 10 seasons — the NFL's longest active drought — and has a few generations of...

FILE - Aug. 21, 2020, file photo, Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith instructs his players during NFL football training camp in Nashville, Tenn. Smith, the new Atlanta Falcons coach, has started building his staff by hiring offensive coordinator Dave Ragone, defensive coordinator Dean Pees and special teams coach Marquice Williams.  (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool, File)

Falcons' Smith adds veteran Gary Emanuel, 3 more assistants

Jan. 23, 2021 2:47 PM EST

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — New Atlanta Falcons coach Arthur Smith is building his staff. He added four assistants Saturday, including veteran defensive line coach Gary Emanuel. Emanuel coached the New York Giants' defensive line in 2018-19. He has 38 years coaching experience, including 10 in the NFL. He...

Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski, left, talks with Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid after an NFL divisional round football game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Kansas City. The Chiefs won 22-17. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Chiefs' Reid, Bills' McDermott to match wits for AFC title

Jan. 23, 2021 1:49 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ten years after firing Sean McDermott as his defensive coordinator, Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid will stare across the field inside Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday and see his protégé trying to spoil his hopes of a Super Bowl repeat. Funny thing: Even after firing him,...

Buffalo Bills Defensive Coordinator Leslie Frazier walks the field before an NFL divisional round football game against the Baltimore Ravens Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Orchard Park, N.Y. All four defensive coordinators who will be trying to shut down high-powered offenses in the NFL playoffs this weekend have been head coaches before, providing valuable experience in the conference championships.(AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

D-coordinators bring head coaching chops to NFL title games

Jan. 22, 2021 4:52 PM EST

All four NFL teams playing in the conference championships have a defensive coordinator who flopped as a head coach but who has the chops as a lieutenant to help his team and his head coach get to the Super Bowl. The NFC championship pits high-powered offenses led by Tampa Bay’s Tom Brady, who is making...

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2018, file photo, Shane Beamer, then-assistant football coach at Oklahoma, speaks during a news conference in Norman, Okla. South Carolina's Shane Beamer hasn't had the smooth start every first-time football coach dreams about after getting the job. (Steve Sisney/The Oklahoman via AP, File)

New coach Beamer completes his South Carolina football staff

Jan. 22, 2021 4:38 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — New South Carolina football coach Shane Beamer has made the final hires for his on-field staff. Beamer has hired former Marshall offensive line coach Greg Adkins for the same job with the Gamecocks. He had earlier hired ex-Illinois defensive ends coach Jimmy Lindsey to handle the...

University of Tennessee's new Director of Athletics Danny White speaks during a press conference announcing his hiring in Knoxville, Tenn., Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (Caitie McMekin/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP, Pool)

Vols' new AD plans to move quickly hiring new football coach

Jan. 22, 2021 3:24 PM EST

Danny White is embracing the opportunity Tennessee is giving him to rebuild a Power Five program and not even the prospect of potential NCAA punishment deterred him from taking the athletic director job. “I've never worked at the big brand place until now, and I actually like the fact that the brand needs...

In this 2013 photo provided by the Seattle Seahawks is Scott Fitterer, at that time an executive with the team. The Carolina Panthers NFL football team hired Fitterer on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, to become their new general manager. (Seattle Seahawks via AP)

Panthers new GM Fitterer plans to 'be in on every deal'

Jan. 22, 2021 2:57 PM EST

CHARLOTTE N.C. (AP) — Scott Fitterer says he plans to “be in on every deal” as he takes over as the Carolina Panthers' new general manager. Fitterer’s comments came after he was asked in his introductory news conference Friday if he’d be interested in trading for Texans...

FILE - In this March 11, 2015, file photo, then-Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew speaks during a news conference in Allen Park, Mich. Washington has hired Martin Mayhew to be its new general manager. The hiring of Mayhew makes Washington the only team in the NFL with a Black team president and GM. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Washington hires Martin Mayhew as general manager

Jan. 22, 2021 12:46 PM EST

Ron Rivera bulked up his front office Friday, hiring Martin Mayhew to be Washington's general manager and Marty Hurney to serve as executive vice president of football and player personnel. The moves give Rivera two seasoned NFL executives to work with going into his second season coaching and running football...

FILE- In this Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, file photo, Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni speaks during a news conference at the NFL football team's facility in Indianapolis. The Philadelphia Eagles are nearing a deal to hire Nick Sirianni to be their head coach, according to two people familiar with the decision. Both people spoke to The Associated Press Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't officially announced the hiring.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

AP sources: Eagles plan to hire Colts OC Nick Sirianni

Jan. 21, 2021 10:37 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nick Sirianni's success working with various quarterbacks with different styles comes in handy in his new job. The Philadelphia Eagles are nearing a deal to hire Sirianni to be their head coach, according to two people familiar with the decision. Both people spoke to The Associated...

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley watches his players before an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Miami Gardens, Fla. On Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, the Los Angeles Chargers hired Staley to become the team's head coach. (AP Photo/Doug Murray, File)

Chargers' new coach Staley looking to connect with Herbert

Jan. 21, 2021 8:21 PM EST

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Brandon Staley's first phone call after he accepted the Los Angeles Chargers head coaching job Sunday was to his wife, Amy. His second was to franchise quarterback Justin Herbert. On Thursday, right before he was formally introduced as the 17th head coach in franchise history,...