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[January 23, 2017]
Jan 22 (The Sports Xchange) -
The Washington Redskins decided to stay in-house for their new
defensive coordinator by promoting outside linebackers coach Greg
Manusky to the position, according to multiple reports Sunday.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden fired Joe Barry on Jan. 6 after his second
year as defensive coordinator in Washington (8-7-1), which saw its
28th-ranked defense in yards allowed taken to task in late-season
losses to the Dallas Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers
and New York Giants.
The Redskins also fired defensive backs coach Perry Fewell and
defensive line coach Robb Akey after the disappointing season.
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The Pittsburgh Steelers downplayed an early Sunday morning incident
when a fire alarm was pulled at the team hotel in Boston.
None of the players or coaches had to evacuate their rooms after the
alarms went off around 3:40 a.m. ET.
The Steelers will play the New England Patriots on Sunday night in
the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass.
Burt Lauten, the Steelers' director of communications, told NFL
Network that quiet was restored within minutes of the alarm
sounding. When firefighters arrived, they determined it was a false
alarm and cleared the scene.
Massachusetts State Police apprehended and charged a man who pulled
the fire alarm.
Dennis Harrison, 25, of East Boston, has been charged with
disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and pulling a false fire
alarm at the Steelers' airport hotel, according to a statement from
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Later Sunday morning, fire alarms also went off at Gillette Stadium
as sprinklers came on in the concession area, which led to a partial
evacuation of mostly media and stadium workers.
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Chip Kelly, the former head coach in Philadelphia and San Francisco,
reportedly could be in line to replace Atlanta Falcons offensive
coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who is expected to become the next coach
of the 49ers.
Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported Sunday that the Falcons have lined
up three candidates to take the job, including the man that Shanahan
would replace with the 49ers. Glazer reported that Kelly is one of
the potential additions to Falcons head coach Dan Quinn's staff.
NFL rules give Shanahan the opportunity to have a second interview
with the 49ers next week should the Falcons advance to the Super
Kelly, 53, was fired by the Eagles less than three seasons into his
tenure as head coach in December 2015 but remained out of work only
one month before the 49ers hired him last January.
Kelly was fired at the end of the 2016 season after the 49ers
finished 2-14 in his lone year in San Francisco. (Editing by Andrew
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