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Rooney Rule might be revised

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...

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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," said John Wooten, chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation.

Eight teams hired new coaches and seven more filled general-manager positions with the New York Jets completing their search by hiring Seahawks executive 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," said Robert Gulliver, the NFL's executive vice president of human resources.

"We have already started the process of developing a plan for additional steps that will better ensure more diversity and inclusion on a regular basis in our hiring results," he added.

Crabtree questioned in sexual-assault case

SAN FRANCISCO — Police in San Francisco said they're investigating a sexual-assault allegation involving 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree.

Police said the alleged assault occurred in a city hotel room early Sunday after the 49ers' playoff victory over the Green Bay Packers.

Crabtree has been interviewed with his attorney present and has cooperated. The receiver hasn't been detained or arrested, and has agreed to be available for further questions.

Notes

• Atlanta defensive end John Abraham (ankle) was limited in practice for the third straight day, but he expects to start when the Falcons (14-3) host San Francisco (12-4-1). Abraham and defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (shoulder) are listed as questionable.

• The 49ers released Billy Cundiff, making David Akers the only kicker on the roster.

• The Cleveland Browns considered Ray Horton for their head-coaching vacancy and hired him as defensive coordinator. Cleveland hired TV analyst Michael Lombardi as their vice president of player personnel.

• The Philadelphia Eagles released defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, and he was expected to get a similar job with Arizona.

• The Dallas Cowboys hired former Detroit coach Rod Marinelli as defensive-line coach.

• The Chicago Bears hired Jacksonville's Mel Tucker as their defensive coordinator.

• Stanford offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton has accepted the same position with the Indianapolis Colts, where he will be reunited with quarterback Andrew Luck.

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

• The Carolina Panthers named Mike Shula as their new offensive coordinator.

• New San Diego coach Mike McCoy retained defensive coordinator John Pagano.

• Dallas Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer will play in his first Pro Bowl, replacing the injured Clay Matthews of Green Bay.

• Cincinnati Bengals tackle Andre Smith was free on bond after his arrest on a charge of carrying a loaded gun at Atlanta's airport.

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