The New York Jets have hired Marty Mornhinweg as their offensive coordinator, replacing the fired Tony Sparano.
Mornhinweg spent the past 10 years as an assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles, including the past seven as the team’s offensive coordinator.
He was previously the head coach of the Detroit Lions, and was also an assistant with San Francisco and Green Bay.
Sparano was fired after one season as the Jets’ offensive coordinator as New York finished 30th in overall offense.
Mornhinweg is expected to bring a more wide-open passing approach to the Jets, who have relied more often on a “Ground-and-Pound” philosophy under Rex Ryan. It is uncertain if startin quarterback Mark Sanchez, owed $8.25 million in guarantees, or backup Tim Tebow, expected to be traded or released, will remain with the team.
The Jets also hired Seattle Seahawks executive John Idzik to be their general manager, ending a search that included 10 candidates and lasted nearly three weeks.
Crabtree linked to assault • Police in San Francisco say they’re investigating a sexual assault allegation involving 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree. Police said in a statement released Friday night that the alleged assault occurred in a city hotel room early Sunday after the 49ers’ playoff victory over the Green Bay Packers.
The statement says Crabtree has been interviewed with his attorney present and has cooperated with the probe. The receiver hasn’t been detained or arrested, and agreed to be available for further questions in the future. A spokesman for the 49ers was traveling with the team to Atlanta and couldn’t immediately comment.
Shula hired by Carolina • After 14 years Mike Shula is getting another chance to run an NFL offense. The Panthers named Shula as their new offensive coordinator and promoted two other assistant coaches.
Richard Rodgers was named Carolina’s special teams coordinator after taking over that role on an interim basis last season, and Ricky Proehl was promoted as the Panthers’ new wide receivers coach after working as an assistant in 2012.
Horton joins Browns • Ray Horton, who spent the past two seasons as Arizona’s defensive coordinator, was named to the same position with the Browns on Friday. The 52-year-old recently interviewed with Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner before the team chose Rob Chudzinski as its sixth coach since 1999. Horton replaces Dick Jauron, who was not retained on Chudzinski’s staff.
Chargers retain McCoy • New Chargers head coach Mike McCoy has retained defensive coordinator John Pagano. Also being retained are assistant coaches Don Johnson (defensive line), Joe Barry (linebackers) and Greg Williams (assistant linebackers).
Pagano took over as defensive coordinator after the 2011 season, and the Chargers improved from 16th in total defense to ninth overall last season.
Pagano says he looks forward to continuing to build the defense to where the team wants it to be.
Cowboys hire Marinelli • The Dallas Cowboys have hired former Detroit head coach Rod Marinelli as defensive line coach. The Cowboys reported the move on the team’s website. Marinelli was the defensive coordinator under Lovie Smith with the Chicago Bears.
Cincinnati tackle arrested • Cincinnati Bengals tackle Andre Smith was free on bond after his arrest on a charge of carrying a loaded gun at Atlanta’s airport. Smith, 25, was arrested around 4:50 p.m. Thursday at a security checkpoint at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. A .38-caliber handgun was found in his carry-on bag, said Atlanta police Sgt. Greg Lyon.
Counting on Abraham • The Atlanta Falcons plan on having defensive end John Abraham ready to lead their pass rush Sunday in the NFC title game. Abraham was limited in practice Friday for the third straight day, but he expects to start when the Falcons host San Francisco.