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After nearly two months, still no sign of missing Hillsdale man

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HILLSDALE, Mo. – The last time Shemika McGee saw her son, Jarius McGee, was in early September in Hillsdale.

After nearly two months, Jarius is still missing, and Shemika hasn’t heard anything from him.

“I think that he got a phone call, and with the phone call, it just led to something else which led to him missing and I just want him back at home,” she said.

McGee said her son would come and go like many young adults and wasn’t in any trouble that she knew of.

When he left, she said he didn’t have the usual things he would carry like his wallet or headphones.

“We really don’t have anything to go off other than the fact that he’s missing,” McGee said.

Hillsdale Chief of Police John Bernsen said an investigation is ongoing and the department is waiting on Jarius’ phone records.

“Every time we try to chase down a lead it’s always a dead end so that’s why we’re trying to put out the word out so much. We know somebody has seen him. Somebody knows something,” Chief Bernsen said.

Looking for an Angel President Theda Person heard about Jarius missing through social media. Now her non-profit organization has joined the search.

“I’ve created a flyer I’ve contacted Missouri State Highway Patrol to make sure that a flyer was created because law enforcement didn’t really do that,” Person said.

Person believes more can be done in the search is prepared to help McGee as needed.

“1f we say that we care about those that we are serving then we should be more intentional,” she said.

She said with McGee missing this long, he could be anywhere. When asked if he were another race would there be a more thorough investigation, Person thinks so.

“Definitely we can see with the Gabby Petito case and other cases,” Person said.

McGee just wants to know where her son is.

“I mean anything that you can think of goes through my mind,” she said. “Where’s he at, who could he be with? There’s a lot of things going through my mind.”

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Man allegedly strangles his wife in a Centennial library and surrenders to police

A father who was rescued along with his 5-year-old son from a fenced-off drainage culvert in southeast Denver has been charged with attempted first-degree murder.

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The Chicago Bears have a new GM. Here’s what we know about the search for a new head coach — including the latest 2nd-round interviews.

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It should be a busy week at Halas Hall. Here’s what to know about the Chicago Bears’ searches for a new coach and GM — including the latest interviews.

The Chicago Bears are set for a busy week.

The Bears are finalizing a deal to make Ryan Poles, the Kansas City Chiefs executive director of player personnel, their new general manager on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

Poles, 36, has been with the Chiefs for 13 years, working his way up from player personnel assistant to college scouting administrator and coordinator, director of college scouting, assistant director of player personnel and now executive director of player personnel this season. He was part of the Chiefs team that won Super Bowl LIV.

Here’s s look at the other GM candidates the Bears interviewed:

  • Reggie McKenzie: What to know about the Dolphins senior personnel executive
  • Ran Carthon: What to know about the 49ers director of pro personnel
  • Eliot Wolf: What to know about the Patriots senior consultant
  • Ed Dodds: What to know about the Colts assistant general manager
  • Monti Ossenfort: What to know about the Titans director of player personnel
  • Jeff Ireland: What to know about the Saints assistant general manager
  • Champ Kelly: What to know about the Bears assistant director of player personnel
  • Kwesi Adofo-Mensah: What to know about the Browns VP of football operations
  • Glenn Cook: What to know about the Browns VP of player personnel
  • Morocco Brown: What to know about the Colts director of college scouting
  • Omar Khan: What to know about the Steelers VP of football and business administration

On the head coaching front, the Bears reportedly have second interviews scheduled with Matt Eberflus, Dan Quinn and Jim Caldwell.

Here’s s look at the other coach candidates the Bears interviewed:

For the latest Bears news, follow Brad Biggs, Colleen Kane and Dan Wiederer — and sign up for our free alerts on your phone, desktop and inbox.

Here’s what to know about the searches.

What can Bears offer a new GM and coach? The pros and cons in 4 areas, including what the team has in QB Justin Fields.

As the five-person Bears search committee narrows its choices, it also will be selling what the franchise has to offer the next GM and coach. Six other teams are looking for a coach, and three others are trying to find a GM.

So what exactly is the appeal of the Bears jobs, and what is the downside to what the next GM and coach will inherit?

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A riveting NFL playoff weekend has implications for the Bears: 5 coaching candidates are now free, Aaron Rodgers’ looming decision — and an in-demand GM possibility

The weekend slate of NFL playoff games was more than just riveting television for Bears fans.

Five coordinators under consideration for the Bears head coaching job coached in the games. One executive in the running to be the Bears general manager saw his team advance to the AFC championship game. And one longtime thorn in the Bears’ side ruminated about what’s next after his loss.

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Column: The Bears’ meticulous search for a GM and head coach hasn’t put them behind the rest of the NFL. But time — and wins and losses — will be the judge of their process.

As the Bears continue their methodical process vetting candidates simultaneously for their general manager and head coach openings, action should pick up soon.

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How has the search for a new coach and GM been so far? And what does Bill Polian’s involvement mean? 4 questions for the Bears.

The Chicago Bears have been busy since firing Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy on Jan. 10. The team is in the process of interviewing 15 general manager and 11 coaching candidates, and the lists could grow.

As the interview process continues, our Bears team weighs in on four timely topics.

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‘Thorough, diligent and exhaustive’: Inside the Bears’ search for a new coach and GM — and why the ever-growing candidate list could be a concern

Within some league circles, there is a belief that the Bears don’t have a comprehensive understanding of how this process should work, even with Pro Football Hall of Fame executive Bill Polian helping to run the show.

But after such a lengthy stretch of futility, the most common reaction to George McCaskey’s news conference was a hard eye roll and a “we’ll see about that” response.

As the Bears march on, here are six other notes, nuggets and snippets of chatter from the first week-plus of the team’s searches.

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A blowout playoff win followed by an interview with the Bears. For Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, this is the definition of ‘strike while the iron is hot.’

If the Bears were intent on doing comprehensive research for their simultaneous searches for a new head coach and general manager, perhaps their Saturday night homework should have ended with a peek into the interview rooms at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y.

You don’t have to be a sophisticated football evaluator to understand what the Bills did Saturday night was extraordinary and rare. They possessed the ball eight times and assembled an eye-popping drive chart: touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown, “victory formation.”

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Op-ed: We’ve seen progress, but more can be done to make the NFL’s front offices more inclusive

Creating a new playbook. Specializing with intentionality. Identifying and lifting up the game-changers. Trusting the process.

That’s not just how winning teams are assembled in the NFL. That’s also how inclusive front offices are also built, writes Troy Vincent Sr., executive vice president of football operations for the NFL.

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‘The roster needs work.’ How does the Bears coaching job stack up with the other NFL openings? A look at how attractive each team is.

How attractive is the Bears coaching job? Quarterback Justin Fields is considered a young player with upside. Ownership has supported its football operation, recently pouring a ton of money into a renovation of Halas Hall. The Bears are considered an attractive home and have some young talent on the roster.

The Tribune polled 19 league executives, coaches and veteran agents with knowledge of rosters and how teams operate, asking them to rank the seven openings, which assumes the Raiders job opens.

>>> Read the full story here

How will the Bears conduct their searches for a new GM and coach? And what do we know about the search committee?

While George McCaskey said he ultimately will make the decision on the next GM and coach, the Bears assembled a five-person search committee — McCaskey, Hall of Fame executive Bill Polian, Phillips, vice president of player engagement LaMar “Soup” Campbell and senior vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion Tanesha Wade.

>>> Read the full story here

Why the NFL’s ‘socialistic enterprise’ means the Bears win at the bank — even when they lose on the field

When the Bears lowered the lid on another disappointing season, it was easy to view them as an NFL franchise in disarray. But when you look at things another way, the Bears are doing just fine.

Every home game was a sellout, or close to it. TV ratings remained high. And when Forbes released its annual list of estimated team values, the Bears had shot up 16% year-over-year, to $4.1 billion. Only six NFL teams are worth more.

That’s not even counting the new stadium the Bears appear ready to build in Arlington Heights.

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George McCaskey promises a ‘thorough, diligent and exhaustive’ search for the next Bears GM and coach after firing Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy

During an hourlong video conference, George McCaskey said he consulted “a number of people” in NFL circles before making the decisions and finalizing his conclusion Sunday night. He said Bears owner Virginia McCaskey, 99, also was consulted as part of the team’s board of directors.

“Everybody wants to win one for her,” McCaskey said. “And we’re doing everything we can to make that happen. At one point in our conversations, I asked her for her assessment of our season, and she said, as only a mother can, ‘I’m very, very disappointed.’”

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George McCaskey’s inability to recall when the Bears united with Bill Polian is peculiar. But Polian’s influence on the upcoming coach and GM searches is now paramount.

The revelation came subtly from Bears Chairman George McCaskey.

Bill Polian had been tabbed to jump into the driver’s seat for the upcoming coach and general manager searches. And, boy, were the most important leaders at Halas Hall pumped.

Yet McCaskey also seemed to be suffering from a bit of selective amnesia. He couldn’t remember exactly when Polian linked up with the team. “At some point during the season,” McCaskey said. “I can’t recall when.”

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‘This is a results-driven league’: Bears players react to the firings of coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace

Running back David Montgomery acknowledged that he was emotional. Given the news that Bears coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace had been fired a day after the team finished its 6-11 season, Montgomery couldn’t wall off a combination of disappointment, sadness and sentimentality.

“It’s pretty emotional for me,” he said.

Pace was the GM who traded up in the 2019 draft to select Montgomery at No. 73 in the third round. Nagy was the energetic coach with whom Montgomery developed a close bond during their three seasons working together.

Even if the news wasn’t all that stunning to anyone inside or outside of Halas Hall, the finality still packed a punch.

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From George Halas to Matt Nagy: What was said about each Bears coach when they were hired

The day a new Bears coach is introduced can be one of the most thrilling for fans.

As the search to find the next coach of the Bears begins, here’s a look back at when each of the team’s previous 16 coaches were introduced by team management.

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How Matt Nagy’s 34-31 record stacks up with other Bears coaches

With a loss to the Vikings in the last game of the 2021 season, Bears coach Matt Nagy ended his fourth — and final — season with the team with a 34-31 record.

Here’s a look back at how Nagy’s coaching record compares, season-by-season and amongst 15 former Bears coaches.

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The Bears are seeking their 17th head coach. Here’s a look at how past coaches fared — and when they left the franchise.

The Bears will be looking for their 17th head coach in the franchise’s 100-plus-year history. Some of the previous 16 were significantly more successful than others, but either way, the Bears never have fired a coach midseason — nice work if you can get it.

Here’s a look at how Bears coaches fared and what the circumstances were when they left the franchise.

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Chicago Bears reportedly are seeking 2nd interviews with coaching candidates Jim Caldwell and Dan Quinn. Here’s the latest in the NFL’s firing and hiring cycle.

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Chicago Bears reportedly will request 2nd interviews with Jim Caldwell and Dan Quinn. Here’s the latest in the NFL’s firing and hiring cycle.

Change is in the air. “Black Monday” arrived in the NFL the day after the regular season ended with a flurry of major changes around the league.

A week later, the Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, Miami Dolphins, Houston Texans and Las Vegas Raiders were searching for new head coaches, and the Bears, Vikings, Giants and Raiders needed new general managers.

As a new cycle of firing and hiring proceeds, we’re tracking all of the latest moves.

Tuesday

The Bears will name Ryan Poles their new general manager, according to multiple reports.

Poles, the Kansas City Chiefs executive director of player personnel, was at Halas Hall for his second interview Tuesday, and by noon, NFL Network and ESPN reported the Bears were working on a deal with the man who will replace Ryan Pace.

Poles, 36, has been with the Chiefs for 13 years, working his way up from player personnel assistant to college scouting administrator and coordinator, director of college scouting, assistant director of player personnel and now executive director of player personnel this season. He was part of the Chiefs team that won Super Bowl LIV.

Monday

The Bears are interested in speaking again with the Tennessee Titans’ Monti Ossenfort and the New England Patriots’ Eliot Wolf, NFL Network reported.

The scoop: Ossenfort and Wolf would join the Chiefs’ Ryan Poles as GM candidates to receive second interviews.

Ossenfort, the Titans director of player personnel, has been in Tennessee for two seasons after spending 14 years in the Patriots scouting department.

Wolf has been a Patriots senior consultant for two years and was previously the Cleveland Browns assistant general manager for two years. Before that, he spent 14 years with the Green Bay Packers, including as director of football operations. He is the son of former Packers GM Ron Wolf.

The Bears will request second interviews with Jim Caldwell and Dan Quinn, NFL Network reported.

The scoop: Caldwell and Quinn — two of the more experienced possibilities for the Bears — join Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus as the only candidates reported to be asked for second interviews. The Bears have interviewed 10 coaching candidates with another, New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, set to have his first interview Tuesday.

Caldwell was head coach of the Colts for three seasons and the Detroit Lions for four seasons, going 62-50 with four playoff appearances in that time. He was set to be the Miami Dolphins assistant head coach/quarterbacks coach in 2019 but stepped away for health reasons.

Quinn, the Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator, was the Atlanta Falcons head coach for more than five seasons, going 43-42 with two playoff appearances, including a Super Bowl LI loss to the New England Patriots. The Falcons fired him in October 2020 after a 0-5 start.

Saturday

The Chicago Bears have scheduled a second interview with GM candidate Ryan Poles, according to ESPN.

The scoop: Poles, the Kansas City Chiefs executive director of player personnel, is the first GM candidate known to be scheduled for a second Bears interview. He has been in high demand this month, making it to the second round of interviews with the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings. The Giants hired Joe Schoen. The Vikings are set to interview Poles on Wednesday, one day after the Bears’ scheduled meeting, according to NFL Network. He had his first interview with the Bears on Friday.

Poles has been with the Chiefs for 13 years, working his way up through multiple GMs and coaches. He was part of the college scouting staff when the Chiefs drafted quarterback Patrick Mahomes in 2017. Poles was an offensive lineman at Boston College and signed as an undrafted free agent with the Bears in 2008 but never played in the NFL.

Friday

The New York Giants have hired Joe Schoen to be their general manager, the team announced.

The scoop: The Bears interviewed Schoen, the Buffalo Bills assistant general manager, for their vacancy Sunday. Now he’s off the market after the Giants chose him over finalists Adam Peters and Ryan Poles. Schoen has been in his current role for five seasons and also worked with the Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers. He will now dive into hiring a new head coach, with Bills coordinators — and Bears candidates — Brian Daboll and Leslie Frazier potential connections. Three teams remain in the hunt for a new GM: the Bears, Vikings and Raiders.

Wednesday

Bears GM candidate Ed Dodds withdrew his name from consideration, NFL Network reported.

The scoop: Dodds, the Indianapolis Colts assistant general manager, interviewed with the Bears on Monday. He has been with the Colts since 2017, starting as the vice president of player personnel, and was with the Seattle Seahawks for 10 years before that. Dodds has been a GM candidate for several offseasons, but he reportedly turned down an interview request from the Cleveland Browns in 2020 and withdrew from the Carolina Panthers search in 2021. Dodds is also a candidate this year for the Raiders GM job.

The Bears are scheduling Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus for a second interview, according to multiple reports.

The scoop: Eberflus, who had his first interview with the Bears on Monday, is the first coach reported to make it to the second round of interviews. Eberflus has been the Colts defensive coordinator for four seasons and before that was the Dallas Cowboys linebackers coach for seven seasons. He also has worked for the Cleveland Browns and spent 17 years coaching in college.

Eberflus also made it to the second round of interviews with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Bears still are interviewing both GMs and coaches, with Tampa Bay Buccaneers coordinators Byron Leftwich and Todd Bowles and Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn reportedly scheduled for coaching interviews later this week.

Other teams reportedly have requested interviews with Bears defensive coordinator Sean Desai and assistant director of player personnel Champ Kelly.

The scoop: The Seattle Seahawks, who fired defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. on Tuesday, have put in a request to talk to Desai, The Athletic reported. Desai has been with the Bears for nine seasons and was promoted to coordinator in 2021 after Chuck Pagano retired.

Kelly interviewed for the Bears GM position last week, and now he will interview with the Raiders, NFL Network reported. He has been with the Bears for seven seasons, starting as the director of pro scouting before he was promoted to his current role. The Raiders fired GM Mike Mayock on Monday.

Jan. 17

The Las Vegas Raiders fired general manager Mike Mayock, the team announced.

The scoop: Mayock was the Raiders GM for three seasons, and his teams went 25-24, including 10-7 in 2021. The decision comes a day after a 26-19 playoff loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, the Raiders’ only postseason appearance in Mayock’s tenure. Mayock previously was a draft analyst with NFL Network and a TV announcer. Raiders coach Jon Gruden resigned in October after some of Gruden’s old emails containing racist, homophobic and misogynistic language surfaced. Interim coach Rich Bisaccia led the team to a 7-5 record the rest of the way. The Raiders are interviewing candidates for GM and coach, though they haven’t announced what Bisaccia’s future is with the team.

Jan. 13

The Houston Texans fired coach David Culley after one season.

The scoop: The Texans finished 4-13 in the only season under Culley, 66, a longtime NFL assistant in his first job as a head coach. The Texans were playing without Deshaun Watson amid allegations of sexual assault against the quarterback. Week 1 starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor played in only six games because of injury, and the Texans turned to rookie Davis Mills to start 11 games.

Since 1994, Culley has been a wide receivers coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs, with which he was also the assistant head coach, a quarterbacks coach with the Buffalo Bills and the assistant head coach/wide receivers coach/pass game coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens.

The Carolina Panthers are interviewing Bears special teams coordinator Chris Tabor, according to ESPN.

The scoop: Tabor was the Bears special teams coordinator for all four seasons under Matt Nagy, and he served as interim head coach for one game in 2021 when Nagy had COVID-19. He previously was the Cleveland Brown special teams coordinator for seven seasons, spanning multiple head coaches.

Jan. 12

The Chicago Bears added two more names to their general manager interview pool.

The scoop: The Bears have requested an interview with Pittsburgh Steelers vice president of football and business administration Omar Khan and New England Patriots senior consultant Eliot Wolf, ESPN reported. Khan had GM interviews last year with the Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans. Wolf, the son of former Green Bay Packers GM Ron Wolf, has worked with the Packers, the Seattle Seahawks and Cleveland Browns.

Here are the updated candidate lists:

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Coaches

Jan. 11

The Chicago Bears list of requested interviews has reached at least 8 general manager candidates and 9 coaching candidates.

The scoop: Recently fired Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores was a big name to pop up in a lengthy list of candidates the Bears have contacted about interviews.

NFL Network reported the Bears set up the interview with Flores, who went 24-25 in three seasons with the Dolphins. His last two seasons were winning ones, but the Dolphins didn’t make the playoffs.

Here are the other coaching candidates who reportedly have been requested:

Former Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith is among the biggest names to be expected to interview with the Bears. Here’s a list of others:

The New York Giants fired coach Joe Judge after two seasons.

The scoop: In his first NFL head coaching stint, Judge, 40, went 10-23, including 4-13 in 2021. Playing without quarterback Daniel Jones down the stretch, the Giants lost their final six games by a combined score of 163-56. After the 29-3 loss to the Bears in Week 17, Judge went on an 11-minute rant defending his team while talking to the media.

It is the second big Giants move in two days after general manager Dave Gettleman announced his retirement Monday. With Judge out, there are now seven NFL head coaching jobs open.

Jan. 10

The Chicago Bears fired general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy.

The scoop: Pace is out in Chicago after seven seasons during which his teams went 48-65, qualified for the postseason twice and failed to record a playoff victory. In his first NFL head coaching stint, Nagy finished 34-31 with two playoff losses over four seasons.

The Bears never found the right fit between Nagy and a quarterback during his tenure , running through Mitch Trubisky, Nick Foles, Andy Dalton and Justin Fields. Nagy’s offense remained stuck in the bottom third of the league in many categories . The Bears finished 6-11 this season.

The Bears have reached out to former Eagles coach Doug Pederson to schedule an interview for their head coaching role, according to a league source. An ESPN report also indicated the Bears have requested permission to interview Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier for the job. The team, according to NFL Network, has also requested to speak with Colts director of college scouting Morocco Brown for the GM opening.

The Minnesota Vikings fired general manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer

The scoop: Spielman was with the Vikings since 2006, first as the vice president of player personnel and then as the general manager since 2012. In that time, the Vikings went 132-123-2 with six playoff appearances.

Zimmer, a longtime NFL defensive coordinator, became the Vikings head coach in 2014. He led three seasons of 10 or more wins, three playoff appearances and two playoff victories. The Vikings finished 8-9 after a victory over the Bears on Sunday.

New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman announced his retirement after four seasons in that role.

The scoop: In 2018, Gettleman became the general manager in an organization where he had spent 13 years previously in front office roles. But his efforts to resuscitate the franchise failed with the Giants experiencing their worst four-year stretch of losing in team history.

The Giants went 19-46 under Gettleman’s watch, including a 4-13 faceplant this season during which the offense finished last in the NFC in both total yardage and scoring. Gettleman announced his retirement Monday but may have been fired if he hadn’t. The future of coach Joe Judge remains uncertain and may hinge on what happens with their intensifying GM search.

The Miami Dolphins fired coach Brian Flores after three seasons.

The scoop: Flores was fired in his third season despite posting back-to-back winning seasons. The Dolphins were 5-11 in his first year, 10-6 in 2020 and 9-8 this season, but they didn’t make the playoffs in his tenure.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross released a statement saying he “determined that key dynamics of our football organization weren’t functioning at a level I want it to be and felt that this decision was in the best interest of the Miami Dolphins.” General manager Chris Grier will remain with the team in his current role, ESPN reported.

Jan. 9

The Denver Broncos have fired head coach Vic Fangio after three seasons.

The scoop: Fangio didn’t record a winning season in his three in Denver. He finished 19-30 in his first stint as an NFL head coach, including 7-10 this season. Fangio, 63, was a defensive coordinator in the NFL for 19 seasons, including four in Chicago, before he joined the Broncos in 2019.

Fangio’s defense this season ranked in the top 10 in yards and points allowed. But the Broncos offense didn’t produce well enough under Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Lock, the latest in a revolving door of quarterbacks in Denver recent years.

Dec. 30-Jan. 7

The Jaguars have conducted at least five interviews to replace Urban Meyer.

The scoop: The Jaguars fired Urban Meyer on Dec. 16 after just 13 games with the team.

The team already has gotten deep into their search to replace him, reportedly interviewing former Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson, former Indianapolis Colts and Detroit Lions coach Jim Caldwell, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore.

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