Looming ice storm delays K.C. game
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.