NFL roundup: Jets hire Idzik as GM, Mornhinweg as OC

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The New York Jets announced Friday that they hired John Idzik as general manager and NFL.com reported that Marty Mornhinweg is the team's new offensive coordinator.

Idzik replaces Mike Tannenbaum, who was fired after the regular season.

Idzik was with the Seattle Seahawks since 2007, most recently as vice president of football administration. He oversaw the team's contract negotiations, salary cap compliance and the football operations budgets.

Idzik coached at Duke, the State University of New York at Buffalo and for the Aberdeen Oilers (Scotland) of the British American Football League.

Starting in 1993, he spent 11 seasons in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' front office, working his way up to assistant general manager in 2001. In 2004, he began a three-year stint as senior director of football operations for the Arizona Cardinals, before going to Seattle.

Mornhinweg, who was the Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator since 2006, replaces Tony Sparano. He was let go by the Jets after one season.

---Mike Lombardi is returning to the NFL as vice president of player personnel for the Cleveland Browns, the team announced Friday.

Lombardi, who has worked as an NFL Network and NFL.com analyst since 2008, is a former longtime personnel executive with the San Francisco 49ers, Browns, Philadelphia Eagles and Oakland Raiders.

Lombardi first joined the Browns' scouting staff in 1987 and was named pro personnel director in 1989 and director of player personnel in 1993. During his first stint with Cleveland, the Browns won two AFC Central titles and advanced to the playoffs in 1994 under then-coach Bill Belicheck.

Lombardi worked in the front office with the Raiders from 1999 to 2007 before joining the NFL Network. During his stay in Oakland, the Raiders reached the Super Bowl.

The Browns named Ray Horton as their defensive coordinator. Horton served in the same capacity for the Arizona Cardinals for the past two seasons, and interviewed for the Cardinals' head coaching job that went to Bruce Arians on Thursday.

---The Carolina Panthers announced Friday that they promoted Mike Shula to offensive coordinator.

Shula has been the team's quarterbacks coach the past two seasons. He replaces Rob Chudzinski, who recently became the Cleveland Browns head coach.

Shula was previously offensive coordinator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and head coach at the University of Alabama.

Also, Richard Rodgers had the interim label removed as special teams coach and Ricky Proehl was promoted from assistant wide receivers coach to wide receivers coach.

---The San Francisco 49ers are sticking with David Akers.

San Francisco announced Friday that it waived kicker Billy Cundiff.

Cundiff was signed by the 49ers on Jan. 1 to compete with the struggling Akers. The 49ers decided to keep Akers as their regular kicker but left Cundiff on the roster prior to their playoff victory over the Green Bay Packers last week. However, they did not activate him for the game.

Cundiff has played in 106 games, converting 139 of 184 (75.5 percent) of his field goal attempts and 217 PATs in his career.

---The San Diego Chargers announced Friday that they are retaining defensive coordinator John Pagano and three other assistants as part of new head coach Mike McCoy's staff.

Pagano, Don Johnson (defensive line), Joe Barry (linebackers) and Greg Williams (assistant linebackers) are returning.

Pagano has been with the Chargers since 2002 and completed his first season as the team's defensive coordinator.

Pagano is the longest-tenured coach on the staff, starting off as the team's quality control coach for the defense.

---The Buffalo Bills added three assistants to the staff of new head coach Doug Marrone.

Ike Hilliard, a former NFL player, moves over after one season with the Washington Redskins to coach wide receivers, John Anselmo will be a special teams assistant and Hal Luther was named assistant strength and conditioning coach.

Anselmo coached for four years on Marrone's staff at Syracuse, the last two as assistant head coach and linebackers coach. Luther also was with Marrone at Syracuse as director of strength and conditioning.

The Bills also announced that offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett will be the quarterbacks coach.

---The Chicago Bears reached agreement with quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh and running backs coach Skip Peete, the team announced Friday.

Cavanaugh returns to the Bears after working as their offensive coordinator in 1997 and 1998. The former NFL quarterback spent the past four seasons as quarterbacks coach with the New York Jets.

Prior to his stint with the Jets, Cavanaugh was offensive coordinator in college at Pitt and with the Baltimore Ravens.

---Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck could be reunited with his former college offensive coordinator.

ESPN.com reported Friday that Stanford's Pep Hamilton is a leading candidate to replace former Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, who took the Arizona Cardinals' head-coaching job Thursday.

Hamilton, the Cardinals' offensive coordinator during Luck's senior season, is one of a handful of candidates for Arians' job and could be interviewed Friday by the Colts according to ESPN.com.

After one season as Stanford's wide receivers coach in 2010, Hamilton was elevated to offensive coordinator in 2011. The Cardinal averaged 43.2 points with Luck at quarterback in his final year and then rolled to a 12-2 season in 2012 that ended with a Rose Bowl victory.

---Cincinnati Bengals right tackle Andre Smith was arrested Thursday at the Atlanta airport on a gun charge.

Smith allegedly attempted to board a plane with a .38-caliber handgun, according to several reports. He appeared in court Friday morning and was released on a $3,000 bond.

A preliminary hearing was set for Feb 4, NFL.com reported.

Smith, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, has come on for the Bengals the past two seasons after getting off to a slow start due in part to injury issues.

Smith enters the offseason as a free agent.

---Former Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will meet this weekend in St. Louis with the Rams about their open coordinator position, according to multiple reports Friday.

Ryan was fired by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Jan. 8 after Dallas finished 8-8 in 2012.

The Rams are looking to replace a group of assistants that filled in last season for defensive coordinator Greg Williams, who was suspended by the NFL because of his role in the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal before coming to the Rams last January. The team announced earlier this month that Williams wouldn't return next season.

---The NFL hinted at changes in the Rooney Rule after none of the eight head-coaching vacancies and seven general-manager openings have been filled this year by minority candidates.

The Rooney Rule, which was established 10 years ago, requires that NFL teams interview minority candidates as part of the hiring process.

---Alicia Keys will sing The Star-Spangled Banner before Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3 in New Orleans, the NFL and CBS announced Friday.

Keys, a multiple Grammy Award winner, will perform for the third time at the Super Bowl, a record for an entertainer.
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