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Two on Bucs' list wind up assisting

Two coaches who were candidates for the Bucs' coaching job landed on their feet Friday.

Mike Sherman, 57, was named Dolphins offensive coordinator by coach Joe Philbin, who also was a Bucs candidate. Sherman was interviewed twice by the Bucs and was considered the favorite until Greg Schiano's hiring Thursday.

Sherman and Philbin have a relationship that goes back decades. Sherman was Philbin's high school English teacher, and Sherman gave Philbin his first NFL coaching job, with the Packers.

The Dolphins also named Kevin Coyle, 56, as defensive coordinator. Combined, Sherman and Coyle have 68 years of coaching experience.

"They are exactly what I am looking for in terms of leadership, character, and teaching ability," Philbin said.

Meanwhile, former Vikings coach Brad Childress, 55, was hired by close friend Pat Shurmur as Cleveland's offensive coordinator after losing out on the Bucs' job. Shurmur and Childress spent seven seasons together on Andy Reid's staff with the Eagles.

Manning, Irsay try to fix public tiff

INDIANAPOLIS — Peyton Manning and Colts owner Jim Irsay insist they are just fine after a week filled with complaints and comments suggesting a rift had developed following one of the most miserable seasons in team history.

"We would like to dispel any misperception that there might be any hard feelings between us," the two said Friday in a statement issued by the team. "We have always been able to talk and address matters we've faced over the years, not just as owner and player, but as friends."

Colts fans first watched Manning publicly complain about the dour atmosphere at team headquarters, then two days later saw Irsay call out his franchise quarterback at a news conference intended to focus on new coach Chuck Pagano.

BRONCOS: Jack Del Rio, fired as Jaguars coach in November, was named defensive coordinator, reuniting him with coach John Fox. Del Rio was Fox's first defensive coordinator in Carolina in 2002.

RAIDERS: Dennis Allen was announced as coach three days after reports emerged that he was the choice. He replaces fired Hue Jackson.

RAVENS: Dean Pees was promoted from linebackers coach to defensive coordinator, replacing new Colts coach Chuck Pagano, and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron was retained.

Recession has helped nfl, Goodell says: Commissioner Roger Goodell said the recession has helped build TV audiences for games. In an interview to air on 60 Minutes on Sunday, Goodell said the nearly 60 million people who watched Sunday's conference title games show that: "People want to feel part of a group, feel like they're connected. And right now, during these difficult times, they can turn on free television and watch the greatest entertainment that's out there. They can forget their worries … for just a few hours."

CONCUSSIONS: The 5-month old Chicago Concussion Coalition said it has enlisted and trained 10 former players to talk to young athletes, coaches and parents about causes and recognition, and avoiding traumatic brain incidents.

Senior Bowl

What: College all-star game

When/where: 4 p.m. today; Mobile, Ala.

TV: NFL Network

State players: Florida — DL Jaye Howard, RB Chris Rainey FAU — RB Alfred Morris FSU — LB Nigel Bradham, OL Zebrie Sanders Miami — LB Sean Spence.

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