Bears’ Fangio has interview with Denver
John Elway met with Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio about the Denver Broncos’ head coaching vacancy Monday, a day after Chicago’s 16-15 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC wild-card playoffs.
At 60, Fangio is the oldest of the five candidates on Elway’s short list as he searches for his fourth head coach in six years. Fangio was also expected to interview for Miami’s head coaching vacancy, but the Dolphins didn’t schedule an interview with him.
Elway, who fired Vance Joseph a week ago, also interviewed former Colts coach Chuck Pagano and Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak, who are both 58, Patriots defensive playcaller Brian Flores, 37, and Rams quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor, 35.
Unlike Munchak and Pagano, Fangio has no NFL head coaching experience, although he has been an assistant for 32 seasons in the NFL.
He has 19 years of coordinating experience for the Panthers, Colts, Texans, 49ers and Bears. He’s built dominant defenses in different eras, successfully adapting to changes in personnel, philosophies and style. The 2018 season was his best as Chicago allowed an NFLlow 17.7 points per game.
Parkey’s kick was blocked: Cody Parkey’s missed 43-yard field goal in the final seconds that gave the Philadelphia Eagles a 16-15 upset win over the Chicago Bears in Sunday’s wild-card playoff game was officially ruled a block by the NFL.
Video showed Philadelphia’s Treyvon Hester tipped the ball, which bounced off the upright and hit the crossbar. Eagles coach Doug Pederson on Monday praised Hester, who began the season on the practice squad, for having “a big hand in the game.”
Browns have interest in Colts aide Eberflus: The Cleveland Browns have interviewed Indianapolis defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, who padded his coaching resume Saturday with an impressive playoff performance.
Eberflus met with Cleveland general manager John Dorsey and other mem- bers of the Browns front office one day after his defense bottled up Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson in the Colts’ 21-7 wild-card win. The Colts sacked Watson three times, harassed him all game and intercepted him once to advance.
Eberflus is in his first season with the Colts. He spent the past seven as the Cowboys linebackers coach.
The 48-year-old Eberflus, who is from Toledo, Ohio, previously worked with the Browns as their linebackers coach in 2009-’10.
Dorsey has now met with six candidates in his first coaching search as Cleveland’s GM. The Browns went 7-8-1 this season after becoming the second team in NFL history to go 0-16.
Dolphins interview Richard: Dallas Cowboys secondary coach Kris Richard is the fourth candidate to interview for the Miami Dolphins’ coaching job.
Fresh off his team’s wild-card playoff win over Seattle, Richard met Sunday with the Dolphins. They earlier interviewed New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, New England Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores and Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross traveled to Dallas for the interview and was a guest of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones at their playoff game Saturday night. Ross is seeking a replacement for Adam Gase, fired Monday after three seasons.
Richard took over the Cowboys’ playcalling duties this season from defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli. Richard spent three years as the Seahawks’ defensive coordinator and was fired after the 2017 season.
Mahomes part of All-Pro squad: Patrick Mahomes and three other Kansas City Chiefs player have made The Associated Press 2018 NFL All-Pro Team. They are joined by the first rookie teammates since 1965 – Colts guard left Quenton Nelson and linebacker Darius Leonard.
Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald was the only unanimous choice Friday in balloting by a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league.
Kansas City’s second-year sensation drew 45 votes at quarterback and is joined on the team by teammates Travis Kelce at tight end, Tyreek Hill as the Mitchell Schwartz flex player and right tackle.
Nelson and Leonard are among four rookies on the squad, a first for the AP team. Seahawks punter Michael Dickson and Chargers safety Derwin James also made it. The last time rookies from the same team were All-Pros was 1965. And that was not a bad combo: Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers, both Hall of Famers.
Chicago also had four All-Pros: edge rusher Khalil Mack, cornerback Kyle Fuller, safety Eddie Jackson and punt returner Tarik Cohen.
Two players made All-Pro for the fifth time: Houston edge rusher J.J. Watt and Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly.
“It means a lot to get back to the top level of the game,” said Watt, a former star at Wisconsin who missed most of the 2016 and ’17 seasons with major injuries.
The team had a split of 14 AFC and 14 NFC members. There were 16 newcomers.
In the draft: Record-setting Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins Jr. said he is leaving school to enter the NFL draft. at
Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio has built a dominant defense in Chicago.