Tuesday, January 30, 2007

NFL News and Notes

Add Mike Singletary to the list of candidates to become coach of the Dallas Cowboys.

The Hall of Fame linebacker will interview Tuesday with team owner Jerry Jones. He'll become the eighth candidate considered to replace Bill Parcells.

Best known for his ferocious play with the Chicago Bears, Singletary is a Houston native who played college football at Baylor. He's been coaching in the NFL since 2003, spending two years with Baltimore and the last two with the San Francisco 49ers.

Another 49ers assistant, offensive coordinator Norv Turner, has been viewed as the front-runner in Dallas, but he returned to the Bay Area following his interview Sunday.

UCLA offensive line coach Jim Colletto accepted the same job with the Detroit Lions on Monday, joining a growing list of former assistants to Coach Karl Dorrell.

Colletto, who was with the Bruins for only one season, returns to the pro ranks, where he coached with the Baltimore Ravens from 1999-2004 and Oakland Raiders in 2005.

This is the third time Colletto, a former football and baseball standout at UCLA, has left a Bruins' coaching staff. He also coached at UCLA from 1967-68 and 1980-81.

Colletto is the eighth coach to leave Dorrell's staff since the end of the 2005 season, including offensive coordinator Jim Svoboda, who was fired and replaced by Jay Norvell this month.

Former Cleveland Browns coach Chris Palmer was hired as quarterbacks coach of the New York Giants, taking over the job of making Eli Manning more consistent.

Coach Tom Coughlin said Palmer, 57, will contribute to the game plans, but his main job will be working with Manning.

Mike Tomlin apparently intends to make special teams a priority in his first season as the Pittsburgh Steelers' coach.

Tomlin completed his first staff by hiring five new coaches, including Bob Ligashesky as the special teams coach and Amos Jones as Ligashesky's assistant. The Steelers have never had two coaches devoted to special teams, with Chuck Noll once coaching them himself.

Also added were receivers coach Randy Fichtner, running backs coach Kirby Wilson and offensive line coach Larry Zierlein.

Arizona Cardinals Coach Ken Whisenhunt hired Maurice Carthon as his running backs coach and Richie Anderson as his tight ends coach.

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