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FILE - At left, in an Aug. 9, 2018, file photo, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton watches from the sideline during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, in Jacksonville, Fla. At right, in a Nov. 19, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay watches on the sideline during an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, in Los Angeles. One way or another, the NFC Championship between the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints will be won by a coach named Sean _ and with an Irish surname _ who designs and calls plays for one of the most innovative and productive offenses in the NFL. (AP Photo/File)
January 19, 2019 - 12:54 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — One way or another, the NFC Championship between the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints will be won by a coach named Sean — with an Irish surname — who designs and calls plays for one of the most innovative and productive offenses in the NFL. The ties between the Saints'...
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Cleveland Browns new NFL football head coach Freddie Kitchens, right, answers questions after a news conference, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
January 14, 2019 - 6:59 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Freddie Kitchens ran some Wishbone formation, pulled off a few trick plays and had wide receiver Jarvis Landry throw passes. Cleveland's offense was unpredictable, imaginative and wide-open under Kitchens last season. It will be again. Kitchens said Monday he will continue to call...
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FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens talks to quarterback Baker Mayfield during an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, in Cleveland. A person familiar with the decision says the Cleveland Browns are hiring Freddie Kitchens as their coach. Kitchens, who had a dazzling eight-week run as the team’s interim offensive coordinator, is finalizing his contract and will be named Cleveland’s ninth coach since 1999, said the person who spoke Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team is not commenting on the imminent hire. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)
January 12, 2019 - 1:48 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Freddie Kitchens had something on his coaching resume no other candidate could match. He made Baker Mayfield a better quarterback. Kitchens, who helped Mayfield turn his rookie season into a record-breaking one during an impressive eight-game stint as the Browns offensive...
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FILE - In this June 5, 2017, file photo, Miami Dolphins associate head coach/special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi gestures as he speaks after an NFL football practice, in Davie, Fla. Rizzi is the fifth candidate to interview for their head coaching job. Rizzi joined the Miami staff in 2009 and has won the endorsement of such current and former Dolphins as Jason Taylor, Brian Hartline, Kiko Alonso and Kenyan Drake. He has been special teams coordinator since 2011 and has also been associate head coach since 2017. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
January 11, 2019 - 6:00 pm
MIAMI (AP) — A person familiar with the decision says New England Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores is a finalist in the Miami Dolphins' coaching search, and they're expected to offer him the job when his team's postseason ends. The person confirmed the decision to The Associated Press on...
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New Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians smiles as he is introduced during a news conference Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
January 10, 2019 - 7:11 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay's bid to lure Bruce Arians out of retirement and back to the NFL included a pitch from baseball manager Joe Maddon. The 66-year-old coach grew up in York, Pennsylvania, not far from Maddon's hometown of Hazelton. He and the Chicago Cubs skipper have grown close since...
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FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens is shown before an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, in Cleveland. A person familiar with the decision says the Cleveland Browns are hiring Freddie Kitchens as their coach. Kitchens, who had a dazzling eight-week run as the team’s interim offensive coordinator, is finalizing his contract and will be named Cleveland’s ninth coach since 1999, said the person who spoke Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team is not commenting on the imminent hire. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)
January 09, 2019 - 9:55 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns didn't have to go far to find their new coach. Freddie Kitchens was already in the building. The 44-year-old Kitchens, who had a dazzling eight-week run as interim offensive coordinator, is finalizing a contract to become Cleveland's ninth coach since the franchise's...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018 file photo, Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase watches the first half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y. A person familiar with the decision says the New York Jets have hired former Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase as their head coach. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019 night because the team had not yet announced the hiring.(AP Photo/Adrian Kraus, File)
January 09, 2019 - 8:29 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets hired former Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase as their head coach Wednesday night, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. Gase was 23-26 in three seasons with Miami, including a playoff game in 2016, before being fired last week. It turns out...
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FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2018 file photo Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury walks off the field after the team's NCAA college football game against Texas in Lubbock, Texas. The Arizona Cardinals have hired Kingsbury, a move aimed at providing guidance for young quarterback Josh Rosen and resuscitating the worst offense in the NFL. The Cardinals announced the hiring Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2018 after a long interview earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson, file)
January 08, 2019 - 7:43 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although Kliff Kingsbury was Southern California's offensive coordinator for just 34 days, Clay Helton says he isn't mad after the Arizona Cardinals swooped in. Kingsbury became the Cardinals' head coach and left the Trojans in the lurch Tuesday, leaving LA just over one month...
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FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2018 file photo Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury walks off the field after the team's NCAA college football game against Texas in Lubbock, Texas. The Arizona Cardinals have hired Kingsbury, a move aimed at providing guidance for young quarterback Josh Rosen and resuscitating the worst offense in the NFL. The Cardinals announced the hiring Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2018 after a long interview earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson, file)
January 08, 2019 - 6:58 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have hired former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury, a move aimed at providing guidance for young quarterback Josh Rosen and resuscitating the worst offense in the NFL. The Cardinals announced the hiring Tuesday after a long interview earlier in the day, saying...
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FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2018, file photo, Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) talks with offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur before a preseason NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in Nashville, Tenn. A person familiar with the decision says LaFleur has accepted Green Bay’s offer to become the next head coach of the Packers. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski, File)
January 07, 2019 - 9:15 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers are turning to fast-rising offensive whiz Matt LaFleur to aid Aaron Rodgers and end a two-year absence from the postseason. LaFleur accepted an offer Monday to become the next head coach of the Packers, according to a person familiar with the decision...
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