AFC West: Jason Garret

AFC West news and notes

January, 6, 2009
1/06/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

  • Dallas offensive coordinator Jason Garrett praised Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler on his way to interviewing for the Denver head coaching job. The Broncos are working on finalizing an interview for a seventh coaching candidate Thursday. Minnesota defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier will be the sixth candidate to interview Wednesday.
  • The expected retirement of center Tom Nalen is not catching the Broncos off guard. Nalen missed the past 27 games due to injury and the team wasn't counting on their longtime great in 2009.
  • The word around the league is that the Chiefs and New England executive are continuing talks about him taking over as general manager.
  • Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers finished fourth in the NFL offensive player of the year voting.

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

ESPN.com's Tim Griffin is reporting that Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has taken his name out of the mix for consideration for the Denver Broncos job.

This is no surprise. I expected Stoops to make a call on whether he was interested in jumping to Denver and the NFL early in the week leading up to Thursday's national title game. The last thing Stoops wanted was a distraction.

He closed the door.

Of course, Stoops could get back in the game after his Sooners play Thursday. But for now, it looks like Denver will be looking at other options.

Stoops was a wild card anyway. Bowlen has long been fascinated by Stoops as Oklahoma alum. Now, Bowlen can go back to concentrating on NFL assistants.

The process begins Saturday night. Bowlen and top executive Joe Ellis are meeting with Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. Other candidates include Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Raheem Morris, New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Dallas offensive coordinator Jason Garrett.

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