NFL IN BRIEF
DOLPHINS INTERVIEW ALLEN FOR HEAD COACHING JOB
Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen is the third candidate to interview for the Dolphins’ coaching job.
He met Saturday with the Dolphins, who earlier interviewed Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores and Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy. Miami is seeking a replacement for Adam Gase, fired Monday after three seasons.
Allen went 8-28 as head coach of the Raiders before he was fired four games into the 2014 season. Since he joined the Saints, they’ve risen from 31st in yards allowed in 2015 to 14th this season.
Jets: The Jets interviewed former Packers coach Mike McCarthy for their head coaching job. Since firing Todd Bowles last Sunday, the Jets have also met with Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and former Dolphins coach Adam Gase.
Broncos: John Elway flew to Boston to interview Patriots linebackers coach and defensive play caller Brian Flores about the Broncos’ head coaching vacancy. Flores, 37, has also interviewed with the Packers, Dolphins and Browns. Flores, who played linebacker at Boston College, broke into the NFL in the Patriots’ scouting department in 2004 and moved onto Bill Belichick’s coaching staff in 2008.
Browns: The Browns interviewed Brian Flores for their head coach opening. Flores met with general manager John Dorsey and other members of Cleveland’s search group. The Patriots assistant is also a candidate in Denver, Miami and Green Bay.
Fines: 49ers safety Antone Exum Jr. was fined 53,482 by the NFL for his hit on Rams wide receiver Robert Woods last Sunday. Exum was penalized for unnecessary roughness on the play in which he hit Woods in his midsection in the third quarter of the 49ers’ 48-32 loss while breaking up a deep pass.
Miami’s Kiko Alonso and Robert Quinn were docked $10,026 for unnecessary roughness, and Buffalo’s Jordan Mills was fined $13,369 for unsportsmanlike conduct after they were all ejected for their roles in a skirmish between the teams last Sunday.
With Bills quarterback Josh Allen already sliding in the third quarter of Buffalo’s 42-17 win, Alonso dived in front of him and kicked the quarterback in the helmet. A scuffle broke out amid a group of players, and Quinn ran in and dived atop the pile.