The Denver Post is reporting that the Broncos are close to hiring former Atlanta and Seattle coach Jim L. Mora as defensive coordinator.
If Mora gets the job, he’ll be Denver’s sixth defensive coordinator in six seasons. Denver should improve defensively under the guidance of Mora and new head coach John Fox, a defensive specialist. Denver was last in the NFL in total defense and points allowed in 2010.
Pro Football Weekly named Kansas City Chiefs’ general manager Scott Pioli as the executive of the year. Pioli’s strong drafting and free-agent pickups of running back Thomas Jones and offensive lineman Casey Wiegmann and Ryan Lilja helped the Chiefs turn around and win the AFC West.
Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles and Oakland punter Shane Lechler made the magazine’s first-team all-NFL team. Oakland defensive lineman Lamarr Houston, linebacker Rolando McClain kick returner Jacoby Ford and Kansas City safety Eric Berry were named to the all-rookie team. The Raiders were also were represented in another all-rookie team.
Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley raised some eyebrows when he said he didn’t want to play in a cold-weather city. My reaction? I’m sure everybody would like to work in a warm climate, but it doesn’t always work out that way. Fairley -- who will likely be a target of Denver with the No. 2 pick -- will get over it if he has to play in chilly weather.