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Marty Mornhinweg walks to practice while coaching with the Eagles on Nov. 29, 2011. He was hired by the Jets Friday to serve as their offensive coordinator.
Marty Mornhinweg walks to practice while coaching with the Eagles on Nov. 29, 2011. He was hired by the Jets Friday to serve as their offensive coordinator. AP file photo

Jets hire Seahawks exec John Idzik to be GM

The New York Jets hired Seattle Seahawks executive John Idzik to be their general manager Friday, ending a search that included 10 candidates and lasted nearly three weeks.

Idzik, the Seahawks' vice president of football administration, was selected by owner Woody Johnson and team president Neil Glat over fellow finalists Pittsburgh executive Omar Khan and Jets assistant GM Scott Cohen. The Jets, who fired Mike Tannenbaum on Dec. 31 after seven seasons, announced the hiring of Idzik on their website.

Idzik's primary strengths include managing salaries and the salary cap, but has also worked in player personnel. He has been with the Seahawks the past six seasons after previously working in the front office for Tampa Bay and Arizona.

"It has been very enlightening getting to know Mr. Woody Johnson, Rex Ryan and Neil Glat and I am very grateful for them making me feel very welcomed as a member of the Jets family," Idzik said in a statement issued by the team. "I am eager to get started building on the foundation that is already in place."

The Jets were the last of seven teams needing to fill their GM spot this offseason after Cleveland hired Michael Lombardi for their vacancy earlier Friday. New York used Jed Hughes of Korn/Ferry International to aid them in the search, which included Tom Gamble, David Caldwell, Jerry Angelo, Marc Ross and Ted Sundquist as candidates.

Jets hire Eagles' Mornhinweg as OC

The New York Jets have hired Marty Mornhinweg as their offensive coordinator, replacing the fired Tony Sparano.

Mornhinweg spent the past 10 years as an assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles, including the past seven as the team's offensive coordinator.

He was previously the head coach of the Detroit Lions, and was also an assistant with San Francisco and Green Bay.

Sparano was fired after one season as the Jets' offensive coordinator as New York finished 30th in overall offense.

Mornhinweg is expected to bring a more wide-open passing approach to the Jets, who have relied more often on a "Ground-and-Pound" philosophy under Rex Ryan. It is uncertain if starter Mark Sanchez, owed $8.25 million in guarantees, or backup Tim Tebow, expected to be traded or released, will remain with the team.

NFL considers revisions to Rooney Rule

Jim Caldwell nearly went undefeated as a rookie coach in Indianapolis three years ago and he's one win away from returning to the Super Bowl as an assistant with Baltimore.

Yet Caldwell didn't get one interview for any of the eight coaching vacancies in the NFL this year.

"That's almost impossible for me to comprehend," John Wooten, chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation, told The Associated Press on Friday.

Eight teams hired new coaches and seven more filled general manager positions with the New York Jets completing their search by hiring John Idzik. None of those jobs went to a minority.

Now the league is considering revisions to the "Rooney Rule," which mandates that teams must interview at least one minority candidate for front-office and head coaching jobs.

"While there has been full compliance with the interview requirements of the Rooney Rule and we wish the new head coaches and general managers much success, the hiring results this year have been unexpected and reflect a disappointing lack of diversity," Robert Gulliver, the NFL's executive vice president of human resources, said in a statement.

AP Source: Colts hiring Stanford's Hamilton

A person familiar with the decision says that Stanford offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton has accepted the same position with the Indianapolis Colts, where he will be reunited with quarterback Andrew Luck.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Friday because the deal has not yet officially been announced by the Colts. Team owner Jim Irsay tweeted that the Colts' offense "could have some pep to it this fall."

Hamilton will see familiar faces in Luck, last year's No. 1 overall pick out of Stanford, and tight end Coby Fleener. Luck set NFL rookie records for attempts and yards passing and fell just short of the league's rookie marks for completions and touchdown passes. He tied the league's single-season record for most winning drives in the fourth quarter (seven) and produced a league-high nine wins in one-possession games.

Browns hire Ray Horton defensive coordinator

The Browns considered Ray Horton for their head coaching vacancy. They hired him to fill another one.

Horton, who spent the past two seasons as Arizona's defensive coordinator, was named to the same position with the Browns on Friday. The 52-year-old recently interviewed with Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO Joe Banner before the team chose Rob Chudzinski as its sixth coach since 1999. Horton replaces Dick Jauron, who was not retained on Chudzinski's staff.

Under Horton last season, Arizona's defense ranked second in the NFL in interceptions and third-down efficiency.

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