Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Evening Black and Blue notes
By Kevin Seifert
Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
A few evening notes from the NFC North:
- St. Louis interim coach Jim Haslett became at least the third candidate to interview for Green Bay's defensive coordinator job, according to Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also has the story along with some details of Haslett's visit. This is an interesting decision by Haslett, who is also one of five finalists for the Rams' permanent job. Haslett actually hired McCarthy to be his offensive coordinator when he became New Orleans' head coach.
- Detroit's interview with San Diego defensive coordinator Ron Rivera was shifted to Wednesday, according to ESPN's John Clayton. The Lions have at least three finalists for their job: Tennessee defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, Miami assistant head coach/defensive backs Todd Bowles and Minnesota defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.
- The Packers have interviewed at least one candidate for their open special teams coordinator job. Kansas City special teams coach Mike Priefer has spoken with McCarthy, according to my AFC West colleague, Bill Williamson. Priefer, who joined the Chiefs in 2006 after stints with the N.Y. Giants and Jacksonville, is part of a staff that is not expected to be retained by new general manager Scott Pioli.
- Packers cornerback Charles Woodson pulled out of the Pro Bowl because of an unspecified injury, presumably a fractured toe that bothered him for most of the season. Tampa Bay's Ronde Barber was named to fill Woodson's spot on the NFC roster.