Several teams will look for new head coaches
Sun., Jan. 1, 2006
By noon Monday, the Houston Texans likely will have called a select number of candidates to arrange interviews for their newly vacated coaching job. Names may include Gary Kubiak, Jerry Gray, Gregg Williams and/or Mike Martz.
With that, the race will be on.
The race to rebuild, to find a new leader, an inspired vision or just a better coach.
In the NFL, this month promises to be a mad scramble. At least four coaches either have been or will be fired. As many as eight coaches could be out of work. The Detroit Lions already canned Steve Mariucci. The Texans will dump Dom Capers tomorrow. Martz will surrender his job in St. Louis once he reaches a settlement.
This, then, is the endangered coach watch.
•Martz: A brilliant offensive mind, he’d be an excellent fit in Houston. His record of 56-36 (.609), including postseason, is the best of any coach about to be deposed.
•Jim Haslett: New Orleans won’t fire Haslett, but he has been worn down by a skinflint owner and the aftereffects of Hurricane Katrina. Speculation is he’ll ask out of his contract.
•Mike Sherman: Green Bay gave him full control in 2000, and his personnel decisions proved his undoing. Sherman might keep his job, but likely won’t take another one.
•Mariucci: He went to the playoffs four times with the 49ers, and even with the debacle in Detroit is 75-71 overall. He needs to take over a veteran team.
Jack Snow in critical condition
Former Notre Dame and Los Angeles Rams standout receiver Jack Snow was in critical condition at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, where he is battling a staph infection.
Since retiring from football, Snow has worked in many capacities for the Rams, including a long tenure as the team’s analyst on its radio broadcasts.
Snow, who had both hips replaced last spring, was hospitalized with the infection shortly after Thanksgiving. He improved enough to move to a rehabilitation facility, and a full recovery was expected. But his condition deteriorated last week, and he was readmitted to the hospital.
Former Bears halfback dies
Harry “Flash” Clarke, a halfback on the Chicago Bears’ 1940, ‘41 and ‘43 championship teams, died at a nursing home in Morgantown, W.Va. He was 89 and had Alzheimer’s disease.
Cowboys receiver Glenn cited
Dallas Cowboys receiver Terry Glenn was cited for public intoxication late Friday, police said.
An off-duty officer caught Glenn urinating behind a fast-food restaurant, Cpl. Jamie Kimbrough said.
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