NFL Notebook: Wife of Novacek found dead
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The wife of former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jay Novacek was found dead in a home.
A Burleson, Texas, spokesperson said police in this Fort Worth suburb responded to a call of a possible suicide early Monday.
The Tarrant County medical examiner identified the woman as LeAnne Novacek, 45, whose home address was listed in the nearby town of Joshua.
Authorities haven't said how she died but are investigating.
Jay Novacek starred for the Cowboys in 1990-96 and recently was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Mike Martz, a headstrong coach who orchestrated the "Greatest Show on Turf" while molding Kurt Warner into a Pro Bowl quarterback with the Rams, is Chicago's new offensive coordinator. Martz's hiring ended a nearly monthlong search to replace the fired Ron Turner. His job is to turn around a struggling offense and get the most out of quarterback Jay Cutler after the team failed to meet high expectations this season. Cutler threw a league-leading 26 interceptions after a blockbuster trade with Denver. The Bears went 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the third consecutive year since the 2006 team's Super Bowl run, leading to a major coaching shake-up in which Turner and five other assistants were let go.
The Bears are still looking for a defensive coordinator.
Cleveland and the Dolphins swapped salary cap experts. The Browns hired Matt Thomas as their vice president of football administration. He replaces Dawn Aponte, who accepted the position of senior vice president of football operations with Miami.
First Published February 2, 2010 12:00 am