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FILE - Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith instructs his players during NFL football training camp in Nashville, Tenn., in this Friday, Aug. 21, 2020, file photo. The New York Jets interviewed Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, for their head coaching vacancy. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool, File)

Falcons pick Titans offensive coordinator Smith as new coach

Jan. 15, 2021 9:00 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have chosen offense and youth as the calling cards of their new coach. Atlanta agreed to terms with Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith on Friday to become the team's head coach. Smith, only 38, has no experience as a head coach. The Falcons' last...

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.(AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

Jets hire 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh as coach

Jan. 15, 2021 12:16 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets were searching for a leader, someone who could bring a frustrated, playoff-starved franchise back to respectability. They think they found their guy in Robert Saleh. The Jets reached an agreement in principle with the popular and energetic San Francisco 49ers defensive...

Panthers make it official: Scott Fitterer is their new GM

Jan. 14, 2021 10:30 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers have hired Seattle Seahawks vice president of football operations Scott Fitterer to become their new general manager. The team said Fitterer agreed to a five-year contract late Thursday night after being offered earlier in the day. “We thought Scott was the best...

Chicago Sky give 4-year extension to GM and coach James Wade

Jan. 14, 2021 5:44 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Sky signed general manager and coach James Wade to a a four-year contract extension Thursday. Wade is now under contract with the Sky through the 2025 season. “I feel like I found a home,” Wade said. “I truly appreciate the organization for trusting in me and...

This undated photo provided by the Minnesota Vikings shows George Paton. John Elway's replacement as Broncos general manager will be Vikings executive George Paton. Elway announced the hiring Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. Paton spent the last 14 seasons with Minnesota, including the last six as vice president of player personnel and assistant general manager. He's been one of the hottest names on the GM circuit in recent years. (Minnesota Vikings via AP)

Broncos hire ex-Vikings exec Paton as Elway's GM successor

Jan. 13, 2021 5:28 PM EST

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Elway’s hand-picked successor as Broncos general manager is Vikings executive George Paton. Elway announced the hiring Wednesday, a day after Paton visited the team’s state-of-the-art headquarters where the Super Bowl 50 trophy looks like a tribute to a bygone era...

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.(AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

Jets complete 2nd interview with 49ers' Saleh without deal

Jan. 13, 2021 4:19 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — 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 without apparently reaching a deal. Saleh was the first of the nine known candidates to speak remotely with the...

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer watches the team's NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit. The Seahawks fired Schottenheimer on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, following a season in which the team set several offensive records but coach Pete Carroll had clear issues with how the offense operated. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Seahawks fire offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer

Jan. 12, 2021 8:51 PM EST

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks fired offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer on Tuesday following a season in which the team set several offensive records but coach Pete Carroll had clear issues with how the offense operated. Seattle announced the move, citing “philosophical...

FILE - AFC defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, of the Los Angeles Chargers, watches during the first half of the NFL Pro Bowl football game against the NFC, in Orlando, Fla., in this Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, file photo. The Las Vegas Raiders have hired Gus Bradley as their new defensive coordinator with the task of turning around one of the league's worst units. Coach Jon Gruden decided to bring on the experienced Bradley on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, to fill that role Paul Guenther had for the first two-plus seasons on his staff before being fired in December. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

Raiders hire Gus Bradley as new defensive coordinator

Jan. 12, 2021 3:07 PM EST

The Las Vegas Raiders hired Gus Bradley as their new defensive coordinator Tuesday with the task of turning around one of the league’s worst units. Coach Jon Gruden decided to bring on the experienced Bradley to fill the role Paul Guenther had for the first two-plus seasons on his staff before being fired...

FILE - In this Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, file photo, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick yells from the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Inglewood, Calif. President Donald Trump will present one of the nation’s highest civilian honors to Bill Belichick, the football coach of the New England Patriots and the only coach to win six Super Bowl titles. The presentation of the Presidential Medal of Freedom is expected Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File)

Belichick won't get Presidential Medal of Freedom after all

Jan. 12, 2021 12:53 AM EST

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick announced Monday night that he will not accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom, saying “remaining true to the people, team and country I love outweigh the benefits of any individual award.” In a delicately worded, one-paragraph statement, the six-time...

Panthers interview 2 more, expect GM decision this week

Jan. 11, 2021 8:52 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers met with executives Scott Fitterer of the Seattle Seahawks and Omar Khan of the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday, the 14th and 15th candidates to interview for their vacant general manager position. The team says it expects to choose a new GM this week. Fitterer...