NFL notebook: Cardinals hire ex-Steelers coordinator Arians as new head coach

| Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, 10:00 p.m.

The Arizona Cardinals have filled the NFL's final head coaching vacancy by hiring Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians.

The team confirmed the hiring Thursday night, saying Arians received a four-year contract with a club option for a fifth year.

The longtime assistant and former Steelers coordinator went 9-3 as Colts interim head coach while Chuck Pagano was undergoing treatment for leukemia last season.

Arians, 60, arrived in Arizona on Wednesday night, had dinner with top team officials, then interviewed Thursday and met with reporters to indicate his interest in the job.

He was offered and accepted the job Thursday night. Arians was the sixth known candidate interviewed to replace Ken Whisenhunt, who was fired after six seasons.

Jags hire Seattle's Bradley as coach

The Jaguars hired Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley as head coach Thursday, the latest move in the team's rebuilding project.

He joins general manager David Caldwell, who led the coaching search after being hired last week.

Bradley spent the last four seasons in Seattle, where his defense improved each of the last three years and finished in the top 10 in points and yards the last two.

This season, the Seahawks ranked first in the NFL in points allowed (15.3), fourth in yards (306.2) and tied for fourth in takeaways (31).

New-look Browns turn to Turner on offense

The Browns named Norv Turner their offensive coordinator. Turner, fired by the Chargers as coach this month, led San Diego to a 59-43 record in six years with three division titles. He also was coach of the Redskins (1994-2000) and Raiders (2004-05).

Whisenhunt lands job with Chargers

The Chargers hired former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt to serve as the team's offensive coordinator.

Before coming to Arizona, he was the offensive coordinator for the Steelers from 2004 to 2006, winning a Super Bowl in his final season in Pittsburgh.

Kelly gets a hero's welcome in Philly

Torn between loyalty to his players and accepting a new challenge, Chip Kelly ultimately chose the NFL and the Eagles.

He just needed more time to make the decision.

“The hardest thing for me to do was to leave Oregon,” Kelly said at a news conference introducing him as the 21st coach in team history. “I knew it was a great fit, but it was whether I could leave what I have. I love those guys and it had to be a special place for me to leave.”

Ex-QB Leaf booted from drug treatment center

Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf is in prison after threatening a staffer and violating his therapeutic plan at a drug treatment center.

Leaf was serving nine months of a five-year sentence at the Nexus Treatment Center in Helena, Mont., after pleading guilty to burglary and criminal possession of dangerous drugs.

Custody fight over Belcher's child stays put

Judges have determined the custody fight over the daughter of dead Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher and his slain girlfriend will be waged in Missouri.

Vilma's suit tossed

A federal judge has dismissed Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma's defamation lawsuit against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in connection with the bounty case.

Around the league

Seattle moved quickly to fill its vacant defensive coordinator position by hiring Dan Quinn away from Florida to replace Gus Bradley, who left to become the head coach in Jacksonville. ... The Patriots have placed tight end Rob Gronkowski on injured reserve with a forearm injury, guaranteeing he'll miss the rest of the season.

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