Hiring proposal made
After minority candidates were shut out by NFL teams for 15 top jobs, the Fritz Pollard Alliance wants the Rooney Rule to include coordinators, assistant head coaches, and club president positions.
The proposal sent to league executives came a week after no minorities were hired for eight coaching vacancies and seven general manager openings. There are only four minority head coaches going into the 2013 season, the fewest since 2003.
In a letter to Robert Gulliver and Jeff Pash, the NFL’s executive vice president and general counsel, the alliance said: ‘‘We believe pipeline issues are a part of the reason we’ve seen a reduction in head coaches of color over the past few years, and this expansion will diversify the head coaching pipeline.’’
Pro Bowl fate on line
The NFL is hoping to decide the fate of the Pro Bowl by the time it releases next season’s schedule in April. And the fate of the league’s all-star game will largely depend on how much effort this year’s Pro Bowlers put into the game. Goodell nearly canceled the game after uninspiring play last year, but it will be held Sunday at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu . . . Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning will get a chance to be teammates after all — at Sunday’s Pro Bowl. Luck earned his way to the game when the Patriots’ Tom Brady pulled out with an undisclosed injury . . . Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph was added to the NFC team as an injury replacement for Tony Gonzalez of the Falcons . . . ’’ . . . Hall of Famer Charlie Joiner has retired as receivers coach for the Chargers. Joiner, 65, spent 44 years in the NFL as a player and coach, including 21 with the Chargers . . . New Browns coach Rob Chudzinski has hired Joe Cullen as his defensive line coach. Cullen, who played at UMass, was an assistant the past three seasons with Jacksonville . . . Cowboys defensive lineman Jay Ratliff is free on bond after his arrest on suspicion of driving while intoxicated in Grapevine, Texas.