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Ex-secretary of state James Baker will head Houston’s bid for Super Bowl LI, says John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
Ryan Grigson said it’s humbling to join the list of men voted NFL executive of the year, says Phil Richards.
To which I say: He narrowly beat John Elway. Elway’s biggest move was being John Elway, and having the résumé that made him the most appealing guy for Peyton Manning to work with. Sometimes I really wonder about people asked to vote for awards, in this case coaches and executives.
Has Jim Caldwell turned Joe Flacco into an elite quarterback? Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun considers the question.
A Florida man pleaded guilty in a fraud case involving Dwight Freeney, says the Associated Press.
Gus Bradley added three assistants to his staff, says Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. “Todd Wash, Bradley’s defensive line coach the last two years in Seattle and a fellow alum of North Dakota State, was let out of his contract by Seahawks coach Pete Carroll to join the Jaguars in the same capacity.” Also hired were Luke Butkus as assistant offensive line coach and Tony Sorrentino as offensive quality control coach.
The Ravens and Niners have blueprints the Jaguars would be wise to follow, says O’Halloran.
Titans safety Michael Griffin and former Titans defensive lineman John Thornton like the idea of Gregg Williams joining the coaching staff, says John Glennon of The Tennessean.
Matt Hasselbeck is picking the 49ers, says Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean.