Senior Bowl: Lofton Discusses Chat with Bills

News and Notes swirling around the Senior Bowl....

MOBILE, AL - Senior Bowl week is not only a time for NFL execs to talk about the newest prospects, it's an opportunity to talk about job prospects as well.

Chargers' wide receivers coach James Lofton spoke briefly about his recent interviews with the Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills, the first time he has interviewed for an NFL head coaching position.

"It was interesting," Lofton said Tuesday. "I got to make an off-season and in-season plan which helped me really understand the process."

The Bills ended up choosing Dick Jauron as their head coach but the Raiders' job remains open - the only team without a head coach. The most popular choice of remaining candidates left on the open market is Steelers' offensive coordinator Ken Wisenhunt.

It's been a very interesting week so far here in Mobile as there are many decisions that are on the horizon for NFL teams coming up as well as some coaching hires that are being considered for various positions around the league. Here's the latest buzz from Mobile with breaking news from the New York Jets front.

The buzz around the field this morning is Mike Heimindinger will leave the New York Jets and the team will fill their offensive coordinator position with either Chris Palmer or Steve Fairchild, former offensive coordinator of the St. Louis Rams. In regard to coaching vacancies, scout.com was told early Tuesday that former New York Jets defensive coordinator Donnie Henderson would be hired in the same capacity with the Lions. scout.com was also informed that Jets' offensive line coach Doug Marone had secured a job with another team and veteran offensive line coach Tony Wise (Panthers, Dolphins) would likely replace him.

Surprisingly, new Saints' head coach Sean Payton tried for the second time last weekend to hire Cowboys' offensive line coach/running game coordinator Tony Sparano as his offensive coordinator scout.com has confirmed but Dallas head coach Bill Parcells denied Payton permission to interview him.

In free agent news, a league source told scout.com that Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Jon Runyan would like to stay with the team and would be willing to accept a little less than market value--but not much less. The durable veteran lineman feels that he can play at least three to four more years and would like to get a long-term deal.

We spoke at length with Colorado defender Brian Iwuh, who has been used exclusively at linebacker here in Mobile. Rated as the highest strong-safety in the nation coming into his senior season, Iwuh said teams have spoke with him about playing both positions. Iwuh said he will request in the coming days that the Tennessee Titans staff, which is coaching the North, use him in the secondary.

The Kansas City Chiefs were gushing over Maurice Stovall in the stands. They like Stovall's hands and size. One thing they are leery about is his inexperience as a return specialist. Ironically enough Stovall was placed as a punt returner at the end of today's session.


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