Kubiak Back In Denver – NFL Roundup
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Gary Kubiak (KOO'-be-ak) is back with the team he spent most of his career with, as a player and coach.
Kubiak has been introduced as the 15th head coach of the Denver Broncos. He said he was prepared to remain Baltimore's offensive coordinator after turning down opportunities to interview for two other head coaching jobs. He says he changed his mind after hearing from Broncos president John Elway.
Kubiak spent 13 seasons either backing up Elway at quarterback or drawing up blueprints as his offensive coordinator.
UNDATED (AP) — Former Bears head coach Marc Trestman has been named the offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens, replacing Gary Kubiak.
Doug Marrone (mah-ROHN') has joined the Jacksonville Jaguars as assistant head coach and offensive line coach after one season as Buffalo's head coach.
The New York Jets have hired Chan Gailey as their offensive coordinator.
Vic Fangio becomes the Bears' defensive coordinator after four seasons in that capacity with San Francisco.
The Redskins hired San Diego linebackers coach Joe Barry, who was once in charge of the only 0-16 defense in NFL history.
Bill Musgrave has been hired as the Raiders offensive coordinator under new head coach Jack Del Rio.
DETROIT (AP) — The agent for Dominic Raiola (ray-OH'-luh) says the veteran center has been informed by the Detroit Lions that he is not part of their plans next season. Raiola has played all 14 of his NFL seasons with Detroit, starting 203 games.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has been added to the Pro Bowl for the injured Aaron Rodgers. Dalton was a seventh alternate in voting for the Pro Bowl last month. Green Bay lost the NFC championship game to Seattle with Rodgers playing with an injured calf. This will be Dalton's second trip to the Pro Bowl as he also made it during his 2011 rookie season.
PHOENIX (AP) — The NFL will continue to experiment with making the extra point attempt harder to convert at this weekend's Pro Bowl.
The uprights will be at the standard 18.6 feet for field goal attempts but will be squeezed down to 14 feet on extra points. The kick also will be moved back from the 2-yard line to the 15, essentially making it a 33 1/2-yard kick attempt.
The league has looked into making point-after kicks more difficult as kickers have become almost automatic from the short distance. Teams converted 99.3 percent of extra point attempts this season.
The NFL moved extra point attempts during the preseason.
UNDATED — The NFL says its investigation into whether the New England Patriots used under-inflated footballs in the AFC championship game is ongoing following a report Tuesday night that claimed the league found 11 balls were not properly inflated.
ESPN cited anonymous league sources saying 11 of the Patriots' 12 allotted game footballs were under-inflated by two pounds. The network did not say how that occurred.
League executive vice president for football operations and former Patriot Troy Vincent told The Associated Press that the investigation is underway, adding that the NFL is still awaiting findings.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says the investigation is the least of his worries. And tight end Rob Gronkowski tweeted a photo of himself spiking the ball with the words: "WARNING GRONKING MAY CAUSE DEFLATION."