NFL notebook: Cowboys add sixth new coach
BY Associated Press
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
2/12/13 at 3:33 AM
The Dallas Cowboys have a full coaching staff again with the addition of running backs coach Gary Brown.
Brown's hiring was formally announced Monday. He spent the past five seasons in the same role at Cleveland, and replaces Skip Peete, who was let go with a year remaining on his Dallas contract.
Brown is the sixth new coach hired for coach Jason Garrett's staff since Dallas missed the playoffs for the third consecutive season.
The new coaches include defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, defensive line coach Rod Marinelli and special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia. Derek Dooley is the new receivers coach, and Frank Pollard was named an assistant offensive line coach.
Bills cut veterans Barnett, Wilson: The Buffalo Bills have begun reshaping their defense under new coach Doug Marrone by releasing two veterans: linebacker Nick Barnett and safety George Wilson.
Barnett is a 10-year NFL veteran, who never missed a start in his two seasons in Buffalo after signing with the team in free agency. Wilson was a respected leader and voted a five-time team captain during his eight seasons in Buffalo. He was also the team's NFL Players Association representative.
Miami stadium deal might hinge on 2016 Super Bowl: Even if voters approve using tax money to help upgrade the Miami Dolphins' stadium, a deal might be contingent on the NFL awarding the 2016 Super Bowl to the city.
The Dolphins confirmed Monday they've reversed their position and agreed to a referendum. A no vote would scuttle the plan.
Should the measure pass, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said, county commissioners still ought to have final approval - and insist on assurances from the NFL that the city will host the 50th Super Bowl in 2016.
"I don't want to be eligible for things," Gimenez said. "I want to actually land something."
NFLPA still concerned about Chargers doctor: NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith said Monday the union is concerned about David Chao remaining as the San Diego Chargers' team doctor even though he reportedly has been cleared by an independent panel.
"The fact is that despite having previous malpractice liability judgments against him, neither the Chargers nor the NFL initiated an inquiry or provided any oversight of the doctor the team selected to provide care for our players," Smith said in a statement released to The Associated Press.
At a pre-Super Bowl news conference, Smith called for Chao to be replaced as team doctor, and the NFLPA filed a complaint.