>>Pro Football Writers Select Rodgers MVP
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers was selected as the 2014 NFL Most Valuable Player, chosen in voting conducted by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA).
The PFWA also announced that Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was selected as the 2014 Offensive Player of the Year, and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt was named the 2014 Defensive Player of the Year.
Rodgers, 10-year veteran who led a prolific Packers offense with 38 touchdown passes and 4,381 passing yards, is the 40th MVP honored by the PFWA. This the second MVP award for Rodgers, who also was selected in 2011.
Rodgers started all 16 games in 2014 and completed 65.6 percent of his passes for 4,381 yards, 38 touchdowns and a 112.2 passer rating with a career-low five interceptions as the Packers went 12-4 in the regular season.
>>Bears Interview Fox
(Lake Forest, IL) -- The Bears are still looking to replace Marc Trestman. Reports say former Broncos head coach John Fox met with the Bears on Wednesday to discuss their open position. Fox and Denver split ways after the team lost to the Colts in the Divisional Round.
>>49ers Promoting Jim Tomsula To Head Coach
(Santa Clara, CA) -- The San Francisco 49ers are promoting from within for the franchise's next head coach. The Niners have agreed to terms with defensive line coach Jim Tomsula [[ tom-SOO-luh ]] to replace the departed Jim Harbaugh. Tomsula will be formally introduced as the 19th head coach in team history on Thursday. The 46-year-old has been head coach for San Francisco before, serving as interim coach in the final game of the 2010 season after Mike Singletary was fired. Tomsula has been defensive line coach for the 49ers since 2007.
>>Jets Hire Todd Bowles As Head Coach
(Florham Park, NJ) -- Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles is the new head coach of the New York Jets. Bowles takes over for Rex Ryan to become the franchise's 18th head coach. The 51-year-old had been with Arizona the past two seasons, and in 2013 had one of the top rushing defenses in the league. Bowles takes over a Jets squad that finished 4-and-12, but had a top-five defense against the run. The former NFL safety returns to the Jets, where he previously coached in 2000. Bowles was born and raised in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He replaces Rex Ryan, who is now the head coach of the Buffalo Bills.
>>Colts' McNary Charged With Rape
(Indianapolis, IN) -- Indianapolis Colts linebacker Josh McNary is being charged with rape. The "Indianapolis Star" reports McNary is facing one count of rape, one count of criminal confinement and one count of battery. The incident in question allegedly happened in downtown Indianapolis on December 1st. The U.S. Military Academy product recorded 28 total tackles and a half-sack, but primarily played on special teams in 15 games this season for the Colts. According to a league source, the team was unaware of the investigation and is seeking additional information. The Colts play the Patriots in the AFC title game on Sunday.
>>Seahawks' Quinn Favorite For Falcons Head Coaching Job
(Flowery Branch, GA) -- The Atlanta Falcons apparently have their eye on Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Quinn is the favorite to become the next head coach of the Falcons, who fired Mike Smith after a seven-year run. With the Seahawks still in the playoffs, Quinn has been unable to meet with teams for another round of interviews. He previously interviewed for the Jets' job, but that went to Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. The Falcons are also talking to Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, but Quinn is considered the leading contender.
>>Report: Redskins To Hire Joe Barry As New DC
(Ashburn, VA) -- The Redskins are making moves to hire a new defensive coordinator. NFL Network is reporting Washington plans to hire Joe Barry to fill the position. Barry has been the San Diego Chargers linebackers coach since 2011, and before that served as defensive coordinator for Detroit. The Redskins have been looking for a new defensive coach since mutually parting ways with Jim Haslett two weeks ago.
>>Raiders Name Del Rio Head Coach
Jack Del Rio is an NFL head coach again.
According to multiple reports, Del Rio has reached an agreement with the Oakland Raiders, meaning the 51-year-old will move from one of the NFL's best teams over the past three seasons to one of its worst.
NFL.com reported that Del Rio will receive a four-year contract. He will become the Raiders' seventh full-time head coach since 2004.
Del Rio joins the Raiders after two seasons as defensive coordinator for AFC West rival Denver. The Broncos had the NFL's third-ranked defense during the regular season, a jump of 11 places from Del Rio's first year at the helm.
He was head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2003 until he was fired in 2011 near the end of his ninth season. The Jaguars were 68-71 under Del Rio, making the playoffs twice.
He takes over on a full-time basis for Dennis Allen, who was fired by Oakland in September after the Raiders lost their first four games. Allen was 8-28 in two-plus season at the helm.
Former Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano served as interim coach for the Raiders after Allen's firing, leading them to a 3-9 mark the rest of the way.
>>Oregon QB Mariota to Enter NFL Draft
As expected, Oregon junior quarterback Marcus Mariota, winner of the Heisman Trophy for the 2014 season, is entering the 2015 NFL draft.
Mariota announced his decision in a release Wednesday.
Mariota's decision to go pro comes two days after the Ducks' 42-20 loss to Ohio State in the national title game.
A three-year starter, Mariota led Oregon to a 36-5 record, and set an NCAA record by passing for a touchdown in all 41 career starts. He became the first player in Pac-12 history to account for 5,000 yards of total offense in a single season, reaching 5,224 on Monday in the title game, and he became the first player in FBS history to finish a season with a plus-50 ratio of touchdowns (58) to turnovers (seven).
It's possible that Mariota could go to Tampa Bay as the first overall pick in the draft.