Bucs veteran cornerback Ronde Barber and guard Davin Joseph have been added to the NFC squad for the Pro Bowl.
They will join teammate and rookie kick returner Clifton Smith in the all-star game on Feb. 8 in Honolulu. Injured Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks will be replaced by the Seahawks' Julian Peterson.
Barber, the NFC's first alternate, replaces Green Bay CB Charles Woodson. Joseph, also the first alternate, steps in for Dallas G Leonard Davis.
Barber, 33, had some struggles early, when he was beaten for touchdowns in three games, but bounced back to tie for the team lead in interceptions (four). It will be his fifth Pro Bowl appearance. "Throughout my career I have been fortunate to be on some great teams, and my selection to the Pro Bowl is further evidence of that," Barber said.
Joseph, 25, a former first-round pick, is making his first appearance and is the first Bucs offensive lineman in the Pro Bowl since C Jeff Christy and G Randall McDaniel after the 2000 season. "It is heck of an honor and I am thrilled," Joseph said. "I wish I could bring my other four offensive linemen with me, but I will do my best to represent them and our entire team the best way that I can in Hawaii."
Caldwell takes over
One day after Tony Dungy announced his retirement, Jim Caldwell confronted the most difficult question he faces as the Colts' new coach: What will he change in the post-Dungy era?
"He's very tough to follow," Caldwell said at his introductory news conference. "But I'm not competing with Tony. I want to build on the success we have had and move forward."
Separating the coaches is tough enough.
Both are 53 and had long careers as assistants and one head-coaching job before joining the Colts. Both openly discuss their religious beliefs and prefer actions to words. Both embrace the importance of working in the community as much as they do winning championships.
Yet Caldwell's first, and perhaps most challenging, task will be proving he's more than Dungy's identical twin.
"I am my own person and I suspect that I may be a bit more emotional, at times, than him,'' Caldwell said. ''I worked for him for eight years, and I never heard him raise his voice one time, so I might break that record."
CHIEFS NAME GM: Scott Pioli, who helped build a dynasty at New England, is Kansas City's new general manager. Pioli, 43, will have complete charge of football operations, reporting only to board chairman Clark Hunt. The fate of coach Herm Edwards and his staff was not immediately known, but Pioli's hiring likely means Edwards will not be back, ESPN.com reported. Among the top candidates to succeed Edwards is Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. Pioli became vice president of player personnel for the Patriots in 2002 and spent nine years working with coach Bill Belichick.
LIONS SEARCH: Todd Bowles, Dolphins assistant head coach, interviewed with Detroit as a potential replacement for the fired Rod Marinelli. Bowles, 45, is one of several candidates to assume the reins of the worst team in league history. "0-16 is a challenge," he said. "Everyone (in Detroit) wants to win. That alone has similarities to Miami and makes it attractive to me."
RETIREES SUIT: A federal judge has upheld a jury award of $28.1-million to retired players who sued the NFL Players' Association for failing to properly market their images.
BEARS: Jon Hoke will be named defensive backs coach after seven seasons in a similar post with the Texans. Hoke replaces the fired Steven Wilks.
BRONCOS: New coach Josh McDaniels hired former 49ers coach Mike Nolan as defensive coordinator.
SEAHAWKS: Robert Prince was hired as wide receivers coach, and coach Jim Mora is retaining a dozen members of predecessor Mike Holmgren's staff.
TEXANS: Frank Bush was promoted to defensive coordinator after two seasons as senior defensive assistant. Richard Smith was fired after Houston finished 22nd in total defense.
Information from Times wires was used in this report.