Friday, January 12, 2007

Whisenhunt Gets Second Interview With Cardinals

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt will get a second interview for the head coaching job of the Arizona Cardinals.

Whisenhunt was to be in Tempe for the session today, joining former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike Sherman as the candidates to get a second meeting with Cardinals officials. Sherman had his second interview yesterday.

It was not known whether there were any other finalists to replace Dennis Green, who was fired after three losing seasons. Whisenhunt and fellow Steelers assistant Russ Grimm are considered leading candidates to replace Bill Cowher in Pittsburgh.

Georgia Tech Coach Chan Gailey will be interviewed tomorrow for the Steelers' coaching job, the fifth coach to meet with the team since Cowher resigned last week.

Denver hired former Green Bay defensive coordinator Jim Bates as assistant head coach-defense and promoted defensive backs coach Bob Slowik to defensive coordinator.

Thomas Tapeh, the only fullback on the roster, is questionable for tomorrow night's playoff game at New Orleans because of a knee injury.

Defensive end Robert Geathers's breakout season earned him one of the biggest contract extensions in franchise history.

Geathers signed a six-year extension that will pay him $14 million next season in various bonuses and salary, making him one of the team's top-paid players. He can earn $32.5 million in salary and bonuses over the six-year deal.

Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones can have public intoxication and disorderly conduct charges against him dismissed if he stays out of trouble the next six months.

Rutherford County (Tenn.) General Sessions Court Judge David Loughry agreed to dismiss the charges stemming from a nightclub incident in Murfreesboro last August if Jones meets the conditions.

Jones attended the hearing but declined to talk to reporters.

Jones will have to stay out of trouble and complete the anger management counseling he is already enrolled in through the NFL.

He was also ordered to pay court costs on the disorderly conduct charge. The judge set a new court date for July 5. If Jones meets all those conditions, the misdemeanor charges would be dismissed and the case would be expunged

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