Loom­ing ice storm de­lays K.C. game

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The AFC di­vi­sional play­off game be­tween the Steel­ers and Chiefs on Sun­day has been moved from an early af­ter­noon kick­off to prime time be­cause of an ice storm due to hit the Kansas City area this week­end.

The game was orig­i­nally sched­uled to kick­off at 10:05 a.m. Pa­cific time. It will now start at 5:20 p.m. to give road crews and pub­lic safety of­fi­cials more time to treat roads and park­ing lots.

The fore­cast calls for ice to move into the area Fri­day, and for per­sis­tently cold tem­per­a­tures through­out Satur­day and Sun­day. More pre­cip­i­ta­tion is ex­pected Sun­day, though mostly in the form of cold rain.

The time change means the Pack­ers-Cow­boys game sched­uled to kick off at 1:40 p.m. Pa­cific time on Fox on Sun­day will be the lead-in for the Steel­ers-Chiefs game, which will re­main on NBC.

Land­ing in Den­ver: Bill Mus­grave, who was not re­tained as the Raiders’ of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor, has been hired by new Bron­cos head coach Vance Joseph as the team’s quar­ter­backs coach.

The Bron­cos also hired for­mer Charg­ers head coach Mike McCoy as of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor.

Rooney Rule: The NFL will have at least eight mi­nor­ity head coaches in 2017, ty­ing the most for the be­gin­ning of one sea­son.

With the hir­ings of An­thony Lynn by the Charg­ers and Vance Joseph by the Bron­cos, the eight mi­nor­ity coaches will equal the num­ber in 2011.

Five of those men — Marvin Lewis, Mike Tom­lin, Jim Cald­well, Hue Jack­son and Ron Rivera — re­main head coaches, though Cald­well has switched from the Colts to the Lions, and Jack­son went from the Raiders to the Browns. The Jets’ Todd Bowles is the other.

Robert Gul­liver, the NFL’s chief hu­man re­sources of­fi­cer, cites the ef­fec­tive­ness of the Rooney Rule, which man­dates that teams in­ter­view mi­nor­ity can­di­dates for coach­ing and gen­eral man­ager po­si­tions. That rule also has been ex­trap­o­lated to in­clude other NFL jobs.

“The rule is firmly em­bed­ded,” Gul­liver said Fri­day. “It makes us bet­ter.”

Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy agrees.

“To me, the Rooney Rule is do­ing what it is sup­posed to do,” Dungy said. “It’s not just to in­ter­view mi­nor­ity coaches, but to in­ves­ti­gate ev­ery can­di­date and make a thor­ough list and high­light the per­son who fits you.

“If you ex­plore it and take your time, you usu­ally come out with a good can­di­date.”

Briefly: Re­ceiver Jordy Nel­son will miss the Green Bay Pack­ers’ di­vi­sional round play­off game on Sun­day against the Dal­las Cow­boys be­cause of in­jured ribs . ... The Pan­thers pro­moted Steve Wilks from de­fen­sive backs coach to de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor to re­place new Bills coach Sean McDer­mott . ... Steel­ers as­sis­tant coach Joey Porter will travel to Sun­day’s play­off game in Kansas City af­ter pros­e­cu­tors dropped all but two mi­nor charges stem­ming from an al­ter­ca­tion out­side a Pitts­burgh bar last week­end . ... The Jaguars hired Joe DeCamil­lis as spe­cial teams co­or­di­na­tor . ... David Modell, the first pres­i­dent of the Ravens and the son of for­mer team owner Arthur Modell, died of cancer at 55.

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