Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Capers interviews with Cowboys for job as linebackers coach

Capers interviews with Cowboys for job as linebackers coach

The Dallas Cowboys�interviewed former Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans head coach Dom Capers at Valley Ranch on Tuesday according to the Dallas Morning News.

Capers, who was the defensive coordinator in Miami last season, is up for the vacant position as linebackers coach.

A�noted defensive coach, Capers has expertise in the 3-4 scheme. Last week, owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he wanted head coach Wade Phillips to hire coaches who were familiar with the 3-4 scheme. But hiring Capers, the defensive coordinator with Miami the last two seasons, appears to be a sign that the Cowboys want veteran coaches to go with Phillips and to help defensive coordinator Brian Stewart. Stewart, who just completed his first season as coordinator, coached under Capers in Houston.

Eagles hire Whipple as offensive assistant

Former UMass coach Mark Whipple — who was out of the league for one year after serving as the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterbacks coach — hooked on as an offensive assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles according to the Boston Globe.

"Bill Cowher and I talked about him last year when I thought maybe I would lose [quarterbacks coach] Pat [Shurmur] about maybe coming in and working with the quarterbacks and Bill told me that, when he came back [to the NFL to be a head coach], that would be the first guy that he would hire. I said, 'Wow, I've got to really look at this guy.' "

New England's victory parade could be on Super Tuesday
A Super Bowl win for the New England Patriots on Sunday would set up a big-league conflict between politics and sports in a city that is obsessed with both: The victory parade would have to be on Super Tuesday, when Massachusetts votes with 21 other states in critical Democratic and Republican presidential primaries the Boston Globe reported.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino said�Monday that there is no choice. The players would not be able to get back from Phoenix early enough for a Monday parade. And a number of Patriots have to travel to Hawaii Wednesday for the Feb. 10 Pro Bowl.

City officials have been planning a route that would skirt polling places and are putting extra police officers on call. More than 200 officers are needed to guard ballots each election day. Hundreds more are typically needed to control massive crowds during victory rallies.

Brady's minor ankle sprain becomes an issue
His right ankle was so heavily taped, it could have been mummified according to the New York Daily News. When he moved, he walked with what was described as a "slight limp."

It's official now. Tom Brady's "minor" high ankle sprain is an issue, even if the Patriots keep treating it as if Gisele just broke a fingernail.

The good news for the Pats was that yesterday Brady took every snap during their first practice of Super Bowl week, an hour and 40-minute session. He's definitely playing. And the Giants' pass rush can definitely start thinking about how this injury might affect him and whether any hits could take him out of this biggest of games.

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