Defensive line coach Wash goes to Jaguars

McClatchy news servicesJanuary 29, 2013 

The Seattle Seahawks will be looking for a new defensive line coach.

First reported by Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union and later announced by the Jaguars, Seahawks defensive line coach Todd Wash has followed good friend Gus Bradley to Jacksonville, where he will coach the defensive line for the Jaguars.

O’Halloran reported that because it was a lateral move, Seattle coach Pete Carroll had to sign off on Wash going to Jacksonville. PRO BOWL PLAY IMPROVED

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday during a one-hour question and answer session on the social network Reddit that he thought the Pro Bowl game was improved from last year.

“I look forward to getting detailed player comment and input over the next few weeks,” Goodell said.

CONGRESS SCOLDS NFLPA

Chastising the NFL Players Association for “remarkable recalcitrance” on testing for human growth hormone, two members of Congress have pledged “to take a more active role” on the issue and say they could ask players to testify before their committee.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa, a California Republican, and ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings of Maryland told NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith in a letter that the union “has prevented meaningful progress on this issue.”

EX-49ER HARRIS CHARGED

Ex-San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Kwame Harris has been charged with felony domestic violence and assault charges from an August beating involving a former boyfriend, a prosecutor and defense lawyer said.

Following a pretrial hearing in the case Monday, a San Mateo County judge set a late April trial date for Harris, who played five seasons with the 49ers and one season with the Oakland Raiders, assistant district attorney Al Serrato said.

The charges stem from an altercation outside a Menlo Park restaurant between Harris, 30, and Dimitri Geier, who suffered several facial fractures that required surgery, Serrato said.

Although a handful of former NFL players have come out as gay, none has while still wearing a uniform. Defense lawyer Alin Cintean said Harris, who played for Stanford before he was drafted by the 49ers in 2003, identifies as gay, but “is not very public about it.”

GUILTY PLEA IN FRAUD CASE

A Florida man has pleaded guilty to a fraud charge in a Los Angeles courtroom in connection with swindling about $2.3 million from Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney.

Michael Stern of Miami entered his plea Monday to a single count. He faces up to 10 years in prison when he’s scheduled to be sentenced May 6.

Prosecutors said Stern and his lover, Eva Weinberg, a financial adviser to Freeney, bilked more than $2 million from the football player via wire transfers.

EXTRA POINTS

Police say Cowboys defensive lineman Jay Ratliff had a blood-alcohol level twice the .08 legal limit the night he was arrested after a car accident this past week. The team is looking for ways to improve how it handles drunken driving. … The Saints said general manager Mickey Loomis agreed to a 5-year extension back in August but the team chose not to discuss it publicly at the time. … The Bears hired former safety Chris Harris as a defensive quality control coach. … The Panthers hired three coaches: Ken Dorsey (quarterbacks), Jim Skipper (running backs) and Al Holcomb (linebackers). – Eric D. Williams

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