Colts, Panthers, and Texans Start Second Round of Interviews, Super Bowl Officials Announced, and Other NFL Bullets

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Colts, Panthers, and Texans Start Second Round of Interviews, Super Bowl Officials Announced, and Other NFL Bullets


It’s mornings like these that I’m glad I work from home. Wake up, see the snow outside, and curse mother nature. Until I realize that I only have to drive two blocks to drop my daughter off at school (my son takes the bus). After I drop Mads off at school, it’s back home to the comfort of my desk in my office. Sorry to those that don’t. Let’s get into some Xs and Os.

  • We’ve got movement on the head coaching front in the last 24 hours. The Indianapolis Colts are reportedly bringing in interim head coach Jeff Saturday for a second interview this week. Saturday will meet with the Colts again this week, per multiple reports.
  • But Saturday won’t be the only candidate getting a second interview with the Colts. According to Adam Schefter, Indianapolis will bring seven head coach candidates in for second interviews. Those interviews will span into next week, so don’t expect the Colts to be the first to make a hire.
  • As we outlined in yesterday’s coaching search update, Indianapolis has interviewed as many as 12 candidates. Saturday will be one of the seven candidates to get a second interview. So, that leaves six more names to figure out.
  • One of those candidates is Denver defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero. Evero has been one of the hotter names this cycle. Evero will get a second interview with the Colts and is reportedly impressed in his interview with the Texans and has a second interview there today.
  • The Panthers are giving second interviews to Steve Wilks and Frank Reich. Ian Rapoport believes that the Panthers will focus on experience in their next head coach. Carolina also met with Sean Payton on Monday afternoon.
  • On the coordinator front, the Buccaneers have requested to interview Jaguars pass game coordinator Jim Bob Cooter. After firing Byron Leftwich last week, Tampa Bay has an opening at offensive coordinator (among other positions).
  • Seahawks associate head coach and defensive assistant Sean Desai is getting another interview. Desai will meet with the Dolphins regarding their vacancy at defensive coordinator. Desai’s mentor Vic Fangio will also be interviewing with Miami for the DC position.
  • The officiating crew for the Super Bowl has been announced. Carl Cheffers will be the referee. This will be Cheffers’ third Super Bowl.
  • In other news, 49ers defensive end Charles Omenihu was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery on Monday night. The 49ers said they “are aware of the matter involving Charles Omenihu and in the process of gathering information.”
  • According to a report by The Athletic, Police responded to a call at a house on Monday evening. Upon arrival, a woman said that her boyfriend (Omenihu) pushed her to the ground during an argument. Officers did not see any visible injuries to the woman. However, she did complain of arm pain. Based on the victim’s description of events, Omenihu was arrested.
  • You can read more about the arrest here:
  • If you missed it, I hit the tape on Tuesday to figure out how the Bengals beat the Chiefs in their Week 13 matchup. The defense and defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo’s game plan was the story.
  • Check it out:
  • The Buffalo Bills were supposed to be playing in the Super Bowl. Instead, they’ll watch the AFC Championship from home as they try to figure out what’s next.
  • Also, the PFWA will announce their MVP and Offensive/Defensive Player of the Year awards this afternoon:
  • Hey, the Bulls suck again!
  • Is a Darnell Mooney extension on the horizon?

Author: Patrick K. Flowers

Patrick is the Lead NFL Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickKFlowers.