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Cards hire Arians as coach

TEMPE, Ariz. — The Cardinals hired Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians as coach Thursday night. Neither Arians nor the Cardinals were available for comment.

Arians, 60, went 9-3 as the Colts' interim coach this season while Chuck Pagano had treatment for leukemia. Arians replaces the fired Ken Whisenhunt.

The hiring upset Arizona defensive coordinator Ray Horton, USA Today reported. Horton, who also interviewed for the job, had a heated confrontation with GM Steve Keim, Phoenix's 910-AM reported.

Yahoo Sports reported that Horton won't remain with the team and will be replaced by Todd Bowles, recently let go as Eagles defensive coordinator.

Jags hire Seahawks defensive coordinator

JACKSONVILLE — The Jaguars hired Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley as coach. He joins general manager Dave Caldwell, who was hired last week.

"Gus more than met every criteria we insisted on from our new head coach," Caldwell said in a statement released by the team. "His intangibles and leadership abilities are exceptional."

Bradley, 46, will be introduced at a news conference today.

Vilma suit dismissed: A federal judge dismissed Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma's defamation lawsuit against commissioner Roger Goodell in connection with the bounty case. Judge Ginger Berrigan ruled that under federal law, any reme­dies must be pursued under the collective bargaining agreement. Vilma has 30 days to appeal. His lawyer said they are considering.

Marinelli moves: Rod Marinelli will not return as Bears defensive coordinator, but he will join new Cowboys coordinator Monte Kiffin as defensive line coach, the NFL Network reported, the same position he held under Kiffin with the Bucs.

Mike Shula gets look: The Panthers interviewed quarterbacks coach Mike Shula, 47, for offensive coordinator. The Bucs' offensive coordinator from 1996-99 seeks to replace new Browns coach Rob Chudzinski.

Hilliard hired: The Bills named former Gator and Bucs receiver Ike Hilliard receivers coach. He spent the past two seasons in the same position with the Redskins.

Offensive Coordinators: Denver quarterbacks coach Adam Gase was promoted to replace Mike McCoy, who was hired as San Diego coach. Cleveland hired Norv Turner, recently fired as San Diego coach. San Diego hired Whisenhunt.

Leaf imprisoned: Former quarterback Ryan Leaf was moved from a drug treatment center to the Montana State Prison for threatening a staff member. In May, he pleaded guilty to burglary and criminal possession of dangerous drugs after being charged with breaking into two houses and stealing prescription painkillers.

Cards hire Arians as coach 01/17/13 [Last modified: Friday, January 18, 2013 12:02am]
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