CHIEFS’ PED­ER­SON WILL BE THE NEXT COACH OF EA­GLES

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philadel­phia » Chiefs of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Doug Ped­er­son ac­cepted the Ea­gles’ of­fer to be­come their next head coach, a per­son with knowl­edge of the de­ci­sion told The As­so­ci­ated Press.

The per­son spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity Thurs­day be­cause the Ea­gles haven’t of­fi­cially an­nounced the hir­ing. Ped­er­son can’t be of­fi­cially hired as long as the Chiefs are in the play­offs. Kansas City plays at New Eng­land on Satur­day.

Ped­er­son started nine games at quar­ter­back for the Ea­gles in 1999 and be­gan his NFL coach­ing ca­reer as an as­sis­tant un­der Andy Reid in Philadel­phia in 2009. Ped­er­son fol­lowed Reid to Kansas City in 2013.

Philadel­phia also in­ter­viewed Adam Gase, who was hired by Mi­ami; BenMcA­doo, who was hired by the New York Gi­ants; Tom Cough­lin; and two of the Ea­gles’ as­sis­tant coaches dur­ing the 2015 sea­son un­der Chip Kelly: Pat Shur­mur and Duce Sta­ley.

Ti­tans hire Robin­son as GMB

nashville, tenn. » The Ti­tans agreed to con­tract terms with Jon Robin­son, Tampa Bay’s di­rec­tor of player per­son­nel, as their gen­eral man­ager.

The Ti­tans also con­firmed in­ter­view­ing Doug Mar­rone for their head coach open­ing, the first can­di­date Ten­nessee has con­firmed.

Robin­son in­ter­viewed with the Ti­tans last week. A na­tive of Union City, Tenn., Robin­son just fin­ished his se­cond sea­son run­ning Tampa Bay’s scout­ing depart­ment and over­see­ing both col­lege and pro scout­ing.

McA­doo ea­ger to lead Gi­ants

B east ruther­ford, n. j. » Ben McA­doo needed two sea­sons to fix the Gi­ants’ of­fense.

His job now is to get the fran­chise back on track.

The Gi­ants con­firmed that the 38-year- oldMcA­doo has been hired to re­place Tom Cough­lin, who stepped down a lit­tle more than a week ago af­ter 12 sea­sons in charge.

McA­doo faces a big chal­lenge. Af­ter win­ning their se­cond Su­per Bowl ti­tle un­der Cough­lin, the Gi­ants have missed the play­offs the past four sea­sons. They have posted los­ing records the past three sea­sons, go­ing 6- 10 the past two.

“We were all im­pressed with his en­ergy, his en­thu­si­asm, his vi­sion and his de­sire,” Gi­ants pres­i­dent and co- owner John Mara said.

McA­doo, who was the Gi­ants’ of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor the past two sea­sons, will be in­tro­duced at a news con­fer­ence Fri­day morn­ing.

“I have been pre­par­ing for this mo­ment my en­tire pro­fes­sional life,” McA­doo said.

Pa­tri­ots’ Jones apol­o­gizes

B foxbor­ough, mass. » Pa­tri­ots de­fen­sive line­man Chandler Jones apol­o­gized to his team­mates and New Eng­land fans Thurs­day for “a pretty stupid mis­take” that sent him, shirt­less and dis­ori­ented, to a lo­cal po­lice sta­tion. Po­lice who went to his house said it smelled like burn­ing mar­i­juana.

Ap­pear­ing in the New Eng­land locker room with two min­utes left in the team’s last me­dia avail­abil­ity of the week, the Pro Bowl pass rusher de­clined to an­swer most ques­tions and said he was fo­cus­ing on Satur­day’s play­off game against the Chiefs.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice records re­leased ear­lier Thurs­day, Jones showed up at the back door of the Foxbor­ough Po­lice sta­tion at about 7: 40 a. m. on Sun­day. “With­out any warn­ing or provo­ca­tion,” Jones dropped to his knees and locked his hands be­hind his head, ac­cord­ing to a write- up of the in­ci­dent by of­fi­cer David J. Foscaldo.

“Mr. Jones was un­able to pro­vide us with a plau­si­ble or le­git­i­mate ex­pla­na­tion as to why he had gone to the rear door of our po­lice sta­tion,” the of­fi­cer wrote. “It was quite ev­i­dent thatMr. Jones was des­per­ately seek­ing our as­sis­tance, and he had not cer­tainly com­mit­ted any crimes.”

Jones was taken by am­bu­lance to a hos­pi­tal, where he was ad­mit­ted and re­leased the same day.

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