NFL notebook: Recent Auburn hire headed to Cowboys instead
BY Associated Press
Saturday, January 26, 2013
1/26/13 at 6:17 AM
The Dallas Cowboys have hired Rich Bisaccia as special teams coach three weeks after he joined the Auburn staff in a similar capacity.
New Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said Friday that Bisaccia had "an offer that he felt he could not turn down" after the Tigers hired him to coach running backs and special teams on Jan. 3. The Cowboys reported their hiring on the team's website.
Bisaccia was special teams coach at Tampa Bay from 2002-10 and worked alongside new Dallas defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and defensive line coach Rod Marinelli.
Chiefs announce coaching hires, sign wide receiver: The Chiefs have hired former Packers defensive back Al Harris to coach their secondary and Mark DeLeone as a quality control coach and also retained assistant strength coach Brent Salazar.
They also announced Friday the signing of wide receiver Tyler Shoemaker.
Harris will begin his first full season as an assistant coach. The two-time Pro Bowl defensive back played 15 seasons for the Eagles, Packers, Dolphins and Rams, and has ties to new Chiefs coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey.
DeLeone spent last season working for the Jets, while Salazar will begin his seventh season as the assistant strength coach in Kansas City.
Shoemaker, an undrafted free agent in 2012, was released by Tampa Bay before training camp.
Ravens' Caldwell still longs to be head coach: Jim Caldwell enjoys his job as offensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens, and he's quite good at it.
Before taking over in early December Caldwell had never held the position at any level - yet the Ravens' attack has flourished under his direction. Quarterback Joe Flacco has looked sharp, the play-calling has been unpredictable and Baltimore has scored 90 points in three playoff games to earn a berth in the Super Bowl.
Caldwell's success prompted head coach John Harbaugh to ask him to retain the post in 2013. Caldwell appreciates the opportunity, but has no intention of making "Offensive Coordinator, Baltimore Ravens" the last line on his resume.
The 58-year-old Caldwell wants to be a head coach. He did it in Indianapolis from 2009-11 and is itching for another crack at the top job in his profession.
"At some point in time, if the Lord wills it, I'd love to be able to do it again," Caldwell said Friday. "But it may not happen. Everybody in our profession is looking for an opportunity to run their own program, and I'm no different than anybody else in that regard."
Caldwell might have gotten the chance to at least interview for an opening if he wasn't so busy helping the Ravens earn a date with San Francisco in the Super Bowl next Sunday.
"I had a couple of GMs tell me, 'If it weren't for your guys' success in the playoffs and continuing to play, then he would have been someone we would have interviewed," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "Hopefully next year we're in the same spot, and it will be tough for him to get interviews again. Really, though, I can see him getting that opportunity a year from now."