NFL Notebook: Ryan will not extend deals for 5 coaches
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New York Jets coach Rex Ryan said five assistant coaches will not be back with the team next season, including assistant quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo.
Ryan said yesterday that the contracts of DeFilippo, assistant defensive backs coach Doug Plank, special teams assistant Kevin O'Dea, pass rush specialist Chuck Smith and defensive quality control coach Brian Smith expired and would not be extended.
The announcement comes a day after the Jets lost to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship game.
DeFilippo is pursuing a job as an NFL quarterbacks coach after helping rookie Mark Sanchez develop this season. Chuck Smith is going to Tennessee to be the Volunteers' defensive line coach.
Quarterback Brett Favre isn't the only star player who could retire from the Minnesota Vikings.
Defensive tackle Pat Williams said he's "50-50" on whether he'll return for the final year of his contract. At 37, Williams is the second-oldest player on the team behind Favre, 40
Williams, a three-time Pro Bowl pick, said he feels fine physically, but is mentally "drained" after a devastating end to his 13th NFL season. The Vikings lost to the New Orleans Saints in overtime of the NFC championship game Sunday.
Quarterback Tom Brady said he won't need surgery this offseason. Brady played much of the season with finger and rib injuries, after missing all but the first quarter of the previous season with a left knee injury that required surgery.
Brady said at a commercial appearance that he dealt with bumps and bruises and is excited he won't have surgery. He also feels good that he can get started right away on offseason activities. Earlier, he withdrew from the Pro Bowl, scheduled for Sunday in Miami, because of his finger injury, the Patriots said.
Brady also said the Colts and Saints were the best teams all season and deserve their spots in the Super Bowl.
Coach Tom Cable is headed to the Senior Bowl while owner Al Davis still mulls his fate for next season. Cable will be part of the Raiders contingent at the college all-star game in Mobile, Ala., this week. Raiders senior executive John Herrera says Davis' evaluation of Cable is still ongoing. ESPN reported over the weekend that Davis has decided to keep Cable for 2010. Herrera said no decision has been made. Cable went 5-11 in his first full season as Raiders coach. He is 9-19 since replacing Lane Kiffin early in the 2008 season, leading the Raiders to their NFL-worst seventh consecutive season with at least 11 losses.
Kennedy Pola, running backs coach for the Jaguars for the past five seasons, has been named to the same post with Tennessee.
The following players were added to their respective Pro Bowl rosters: Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis; Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and cornerback Mike Jenkins; Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and strong safety Quintin Mikell; Redskins middle linebacker London Fletcher; Giants guard Chris Snee and tackle David Diehl. ... A long list of intriguing story lines -- and two close contests -- earned huge television ratings for the NFL's conference championships Sunday. The games drew the most viewers in 28 years, averaging 52.9 million people, up 34 percent from a year ago. ... The crew of space shuttle Atlantis plans to deliver to the Pro Football Hall of Fame a coin that traveled into space for use in the official coin toss at Super Bowl XLIV. The crew finished an 11-day trip in November that included three spacewalks.
First Published January 26, 2010 12:00 am