Steel­ers as­sis­tant Porter ar­rested in bar after vic­tory

Albuquerque Journal - - NFL - FROM JOUR­NAL WIRES

PITTS­BURGH — Pitts­burgh Steel­ers as­sis­tant coach Joey Porter has been ar­rested at a Pitts­burgh bar fol­low­ing the team’s wild-card win over the Mi­ami Dol­phins.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened just hours after the Steel­ers de­feated the Dol­phins 30-12 on Sunday in the open­ing round of the NFL playoffs.

Po­lice say se­cu­rity guards at The Flats on Car­son sum­moned a po­lice of­fi­cer who was work­ing nearby due to an un­ruly cus­tomer who was al­legedly as­sault­ing a door­man. The cus­tomer was later iden­ti­fied as Porter.

Po­lice say Porter was taken to Al­legheny County Jail. He faces charges in­clud­ing ag­gra­vated as­sault, sim­ple as­sault, re­sist­ing ar­rest, pub­lic drunk­en­ness and ter­ror­is­tic threats. It’s un­clear if he has an at­tor­ney who can com­ment on the charges.

The Steel­ers say they’re aware of the in­ci­dent and are “still gath­er­ing in­for­ma­tion.”

GI­ANTS: Missed op­por­tu­ni­ties kept Eli Man­ning and the New York Gi­ants from an­other post­sea­son vic­tory at Lam­beau Field.

Squan­dered scor­ing chances early; a botched kick­off re­turn in the sec­ond half; and a num­ber of dropped passes in be­tween con­trib­uted to the Gi­ants’ 38-13 loss to the Pack­ers in an NFC wild-card game on Sunday.

This wasn’t the kind of night that star Odell Beck­ham Jr., and fel­low re­ceivers Vic­tor Cruz and Ster­ling Shep­ard en­vi­sioned after tak­ing heat from some fans and me­dia for a trip to Mi­ami on their day off to cel­e­brate a reg­u­lar-sea­son-end­ing win over Washington.

“There was noth­ing that could con­nect seven days ago to today and how we came out and played and ex­e­cuted,” Beck­ham said. “There’s just noth­ing in the world. That’s not re­al­is­tic.”

Beck­ham had just four catches for 28 yards on 11 tar­gets. The Gi­ants’ top three re­ceivers were shut out of the end zone by a banged-up sec­ondary.

The Gi­ants had de­fen­sive lapses, too, most no­tably on Aaron Rodgers’ des­per­a­tion pass to Ran­dall Cobb, who some­how was left open in the back of the end zone for a 42-yard catch at the end of the first half.

Asked if Cobb pushed off a de­fender, coach Ben McA­doo said: “It’s a box­out-type play. Who’s more phys­i­cal, who’s lower, so you can keep your feet on the ground and box each other out and go up and make a play on the ball.”

CHIEFS: ESPN’s Adam Schefter re­ported Kansas City will at­tempt to ex­tend coach Andy Reid’s con­tract this off­sea­son. Reid, 58, has a year left on the five-year con­tract he re­ceived be­fore the 2013 sea­son.

GM John Dorsey, how­ever, might have suit­ors. NFL Net­work’s Ian Rapoport re­ported that Dorsey, who is in the last year of his deal and has not signed a con­tract ex­ten­sion, has emerged as a se­ri­ous can­di­date for the Green Bay Pack­ers’ gen­eral man­ager job, pro­vided long­time GM and Dorsey men­tor Ted Thomp­son de­cides to re­tire soon.

BROWNS: The club for­mally an­nounced it has hired Gregg Wil­liams as de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor and fired Ray Hor­ton late Sunday morn­ing.

The Browns, with a 14-year playoff drought, haven’t gone with­out a head coach­ing or co­or­di­na­tor change since the off­sea­son after the 2009 sea­son.

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