NFL Notebook: Horton defends Rooney Rule process
• Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton said he was “disappointed” at not getting a head coaching job, but believes the NFL's policy for promoting minority candidates works. Horton, who spent the past two seasons with Arizona, interviewed with several teams for head coaching vacancies this offseason. The former Steelers assistant said he respects the process — and the league's Rooney Rule — and believes owners hired coaches they felt gave their teams the best chance to win. Minority candidates were shut out of 15 coaching and top front-office jobs this offseason.
• Falcons owner Arthur Blank has been courted by business interests in Los Angeles about bringing the NFL back to the nation's No. 2 media market, according to an NFL.com report. Blank reportedly shared the information with two unnamed Atlanta city council members in a meeting with Georgia state officials to discuss a new open-air stadium in downtown Atlanta.
• Former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum took responsibility for the Tim Tebow trade, ESPN reported. “Ultimately that was my decision to trade for Tim,” Tannenbaum said in his first interview since being fired.
• The Rams decided not to hire Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator.
• The Bills will play one regular-season game per year at Toronto's Rogers Centre for the next five seasons.
• The speaker of the North Carolina House said there's a fear the Panthers could move if they don't get financial help to upgrade Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers want to renovate the 74,000-seat stadium in Charlotte.
• A federal court in Philadelphia will hear arguments in April on motions to dismiss lawsuits filed by thousands of former NFL players about concussions.
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