Cardinals coach Bruce Arians confirms he plans to promote from within for his next defensive coordinator.
The Arizona Republic reported as much two weeks ago. XTRA 910 Arizona's Mike Jurecki has reported that DBs coach Nick Rapone is the favorite to replace Todd Bowles, though OLBs coach James Bettcher is also believed to be on the map. Arians has said he'll make a decision by next week.
Ex-Giants DC Perry Fewell is interviewing for the Redskins' DBs coach opening on Monday.
Fewell is a candidate for the same job in San Francisco. Fewell has been coordinating NFL defenses since 2006, and served as at least a DBs coach since 1998. His experience would make him a nice addition for any staff.
CBS' Jason La Canfora reports ex-Bills OC Nathaniel Hackett is scheduled for a second interview regarding the same position in St. Louis.
Per La Canfora, new Bills OC Greg Roman would also like to keep Hackett on staff. The Redskins and Jaguars are reportedly interested in Hackett as a potential quarterbacks coach.
NBC Washington reports the Raiders are interested in Louisville DC Todd Grantham for their defensive-coordinator vacancy.
Dianna Marie Russini reports Grantham is the "favorite" for the job. New coach Jack Del Rio has had trouble interesting top talent in coordinating his defense. Perhaps it's because they believe Del Rio will operate as the team's de facto coordinator. Grantham has spent the past five years at the college level, but has plenty of NFL experience. He coordinated the Browns' defense from 2005-07.
Tom Brady has dealt with a cold for the last few days but never missed practice.
Tommy has a case of the sniffles and will also have to use a fully inflated football against the Seahawks Sunday. We're not sure how he'll survive these dual obstacles.
CSN Bay Area says it appears Rob Chudzinski is the 49ers' top candidate for their offensive coordinator vacancy.
Chudzinski's contract as a "special assistant" with the Colts expires Monday, making him a coaching free agent. At worst, he's one of the top candidates available. At best, he's at the top of the list. Other names linked to San Francisco include Mike Shanahan and Geep Chryst.
Aaron Rodgers said re-signing free agent RT Bryan Bulaga should be a high priority.
Bulaga, the No. 23 overall pick in 2010, finally got healthy in 2014 and shined. He started 17 games (including playoffs), excelling as a pass blocker for Rodgers. Bulaga, our No. 1 tackle available in free agency and just 25 years old, will not be cheap.
A source tells NJ.com that the Rams have interest in Nick Foles if the Eagles decide to trade him this offseason.
Foles is 14-4 as a starter over the last two seasons, but there's plenty of reason to believe he is not Chip Kelly's guy for the long haul. Kelly inherited Foles, he prefers a mobile quarterback, Foles regressed sharply as a thrower in Year 2 and the Eagles could be plotting a move up in the draft for Oregon QB Marcus Mariota. According to NJ.com, the QB-desperate Titans and Texans would also have interest in Foles, who has one year remaining on his rookie contract. The Rams have already said Sam Bradford (ACL surgery) will face competition in training camp.