NFL notebook: Eagles interview Billick
The Eagles interviewed former Ravens coach and current Fox analyst Brian Billick for their coaching vacancy, a person familiar with the meeting told the Associated Press on Sunday.
Billick, who led Baltimore to a Super Bowl title in the 2000 season, met with the Eagles last Monday, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to discuss it.
The Eagles are known to have interviewed eight other candidates, including three high-profile college coaches who decided to stay at their schools. They were Notre Dame's Brian Kelly, Oregon's Chip Kelly and Penn State's Bill O'Brien.
Philadelphia fired Andy Reid on Dec. 31, a day after finishing 4-12 in his 14th season.
Billick hasn't coached since 2007. He was 80-64 in nine seasons with the Ravens, leading them to two division titles and a 5-3 record in four playoff appearances.
CSNPhilly.com first reported Billick's interview.
The 58-year-old Billick began his NFL coaching career in Minnesota as a tight ends coach in 1992. After two seasons, he was promoted to offensive coordinator and helped the Vikings set a then-record 556 points in 1998.
Known for having a dynamic offense in Minnesota, Billick never come close to matching it in Baltimore. His offense never ranked higher than 14th in total yards and cracked the top 10 in points just once.
Gronkowski needs surgery
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski needs surgery on his broken left arm, a person with knowledge of the injury told The Associated Press.
Gronkowski was injured on the Patriots' eighth offensive play of Sunday's 41-28 victory over Houston. He previously missed five regular-season games and is done for these playoffs.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not released details of the injury.
“I'm not sure,” coach Bill Belichick said after the game when asked if Gronkowski had broken his arm.
Porter expects to go elsewhere
Broncos' cornerback Tracy Porter, who sat out 10 games and the playoffs because of illness or injury, is almost certain to be playing elsewhere next season. He signed a one-year, $4 million contract in the offseason.
Packers face changes
Still numb from the rout in San Francisco that ended their trying season, the Packers headed into an offseason sure to bring change — some of it big. Receivers Greg Jennings and Donald Driver, key parts of the team that won the Super Bowl two years ago, are all but gone, and cornerback Charles Woodson may have played his last game for Green Bay.
Woodson, linebacker A.J. Hawk and big tight end Jermichael Finley are all under contract for next year. But they're all due raises, too, and the Packers have to begin making tough decisions because they need to lock up long-term deals with James Jones, Clay Matthews and B.J. Raji. All will be free agents after next season.
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