Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Evening AFC West news and notes
By Bill Williamson
St. Louis coach Steve Spagnuolo said he did talk about the “SpyGate” incident involving the Broncos and Josh McDaniels before Spagnuolo hired McDaniels to be his offensive coordinator on Tuesday. McDaniels was fired nine days after it was announced the Broncos filmed a San Francisco walk–through practice the day before the two teams played in London on Oct. 31. McDaniels was fined by the NFL for not reporting it, but it was never proven McDaniels knew of the plan to tape the practice nor whether he viewed it. The team’s video director was fired.
Spagnuolo said he was satisfied with McDaniels’ response. McDaniels didn’t dwell much on his Denver days in his conference call with St. Louis media Wednesday. He said he was appreciative of his opportunity in Denver, but he made it clear he was ready to move forward with his new job.
- New Baltimore defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano took a couple of shots at the Raiders. It had been reported that Pagano was a candidate to be defensive coordinator. It didn’t seem like the former Oakland assistant would have been interested.
- Jackson’s attempt to make Baltimore assistant coach Al Saunders his offensive coordinator has taken the next step.
- Oakland tight end Zach Miller was officially named to the AFC Pro Bowl roster. It was expected since San Diego tight Antonio Gates was not medically cleared to play. He has a foot injury.