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Raiders pick Jackson as their new head coach

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders promoted offensive coordinator Hue Jackson to head coach on Monday after he helped the team more than double its scoring output in his first year with the franchise.

Jackson will be formally introduced at a news conference Tuesday -- two weeks after the Raiders announced they were not picking up an option to keep coach Tom Cable.

"The fire in Hue will set a flame that will burn for a long time in the hearts and minds of the Raider football team and the Raider Nation," owner Al Davis said in a statement.

Jackson was widely considered the leading contender to get the job as soon as the Raiders announced Cable's departure. This is Jackson's first head coaching job at any level.

Jackson was hired a year ago to take over the play-calling duties from Cable and oversaw a transformation on offense. Oakland scored more than twice as many points in 2010 as it did in '09 -- and the Raiders won eight games and avoid an eighth straight losing season.


Favre files papers

MINNEAPOLIS -- Don't believe Brett Favre is finally done?

Well, the NFL's all-time leader of almost every major passing mark has at least filled out the forms.

Favre has made another move toward leaving the game for good by filing retirement papers with the league, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed Monday.

This is merely a procedural matter, to start the clock on a player's pension and Hall of Fame eligibility. It's worth noting, too, that Favre has done this before, only to change his mind. Retired players can request to be reinstated at any time.

But the news, first reported by Fox Sports on its website, was another sign that Favre's thrill-filled 20-year career has come to an end, as he repeatedly insisted throughout a painfully disappointing 2010 season for the Minnesota Vikings.

The 41-year-old threw for only 11 touchdowns in 13 games and was intercepted 19 times.


Daboll off to Miami

MIAMI -- The Miami Dolphins are looking to another low-scoring team for an offensive coordinator.

The Dolphins are expected to hire Cleveland Browns coordinator and St. Francis High School graduate Brian Daboll, a person familiar with the negotiations said Monday. The person said the Dolphins have decided on Daboll and are expected to announce the hiring later this week.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because a deal hadn't been finalized.

Daboll was the Browns' coordinator the last two seasons and wasn't expected to be retained after they fired coach Eric Mangini following a second successive 5-11 season. Dan Henning left the Dolphins after three seasons as their coordinator.

New Browns coach Pat Shurmur is expected to interview candidates to replace Daboll this week. Shurmur initially plans to call Cleveland's plays and will bring in a coordinator he can groom.

Daboll's job this season was complicated because of injuries at quarterback, and the Browns finished last in the AFC in points with 271, two less than the Dolphins. Miami finished 21st in yardage and Cleveland 29th this season, and both teams were criticized for predictable, conservative play-calling.


Around the league

*New Carolina coach Ron Rivera has begun to fill his staff, with Sean McDermott reportedly picked as defensive coordinator.

*Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron will be retained by coach John Harbaugh.

*Mike McCoy is staying on as the Denver Broncos' offensive coordinator.

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