Jets plan to speak to Billick, report says

Nfl Notes

January 06, 2009|By From Sun news services

Former Ravens coach Brian Billick is being considered for head coaching vacancies for the New York Jets and Detroit Lions, according to NFL.com.

A league source told the Web site that New York is planning to interview Billick this week and that he is "a viable candidate for the Jets' job."

Billick, who led the Ravens to the Super Bowl title in 2001, was fired after 2007 season after going 5-11, his worst year with the team. He is working as an analyst for Fox.

He recently told the New York Post that he would be receptive about possibly returning to coaching, but he declined to comment on talks with specific teams.

Billick told the Post: "I am in a unique position, because the Ravens still owe me for a couple of years, and having a Super Bowl ring on my finger gives me a little latitude to step back and pick the right place."

More Jets: : Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski was expected to interview with New York either last night or today, ESPN.com reported, even as it appeared that school officials have not backed down from a threat that if Jagodzinski talks to the Jets he's fired.

The Associated Press confirmed that Jagodzinski has been invited to interview for the job to replace the fired Eric Mangini.

BC athletic director Gene DeFilippo told ESPN.com: "I wish Jeff would not take this interview and would remain as head coach at BC."

A BC official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to the AP because the school was not commenting publicly, said the former Packers offensive coordinator committed to stay in Chestnut Hill longer than two years when he was hired.

Also, the Jets will interview Cardinals offensive line coach Russ Grimm on Thursday in Arizona about its coaching vacancy, a person familiar with the search told the AP.

AP Defensive Player of the Year: : Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison won the honor, beating out the Dallas Cowboys' DeMarcus Ware in balloting by a nationwide panel of 50 sportswriters and broadcasters.

Harrison, who had a career-high 16 sacks to set a team record and led the NFL with a career-high seven forced fumbles, received 22 votes to 13 for Ware. Ravens safety Ed Reed, the 2004 winner, got eight votes.

"That's something that everybody in the league would love to have, to be voted the top player in the league for that year," said Harrison, an undrafted free agent who was cut several times by the Steelers and once by the Ravens. "In my mind, I think I do - and it's going to sound boring - what the defense allows me to do and what my teammates allow me to do."

Chargers: : Running back LaDainian Tomlinson isn't sure whether a week's worth of treatment and rest for a groin injury is going to be enough to allow him to play Sunday in the AFC divisional game at Pittsburgh.

"This is a tough injury," he said yesterday. "I would probably venture to say it's probably the toughest of my career. We'll see what happens."

The injury, suffered in the final regular-season game, robbed Tomlinson of his burst and shiftiness to the point that he came out of Saturday's victory after a scoring run in the second quarter.

Rams: : Former Giants coach and Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Fassel is among perhaps five candidates St. Louis could interview for its coaching vacancy this week.

Broncos: : Buccaneers secondary coach Raheem Morris moved up his interview 48 hours and met with Denver about its coaching vacancy.

Chiefs: : Scott Pioli, Patriots player personnel executive, was scheduled to meet with Kansas City owner Clark Hunt yesterday about the Chiefs' GM position, persons with knowledge of the meeting told the AP.

Packers: : Six assistant coaches were fired, including defensive coordinator Bob Sanders.

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