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Eagles prevent Texans from interviewing rising front office star

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Eagles prevent Texans from interviewing rising front office star

The Eagles aren't losing Joe Douglas without a fight.

News of the Texans' interest in Douglas to fill their vacant general manager post came out Friday, but the Eagles aren't simply going to let their top personnel man walk. 

According to MMQB's Albert Breer, the Eagles have denied the Texans' initial request to interview Douglas for the opening.

The Eagles are able to deny the request for now because they're still in the playoffs. That will buy them some time, but because this vacant job comes with final say on roster decisions, they won't be able to block the Texans forever.

Douglas is already the Eagles' vice president of player personnel, but perhaps they could give him a fancy new title and a pay raise to try to keep him. They have to do whatever they can because Douglas has been with the Eagles since just May 2016 and has completely revamped their scouting department. Losing him would arguably be worse than losing one of their assistant coaches.

When Jeff Lurie reinstated Howie Roseman to power, it came on the condition Roseman find a top-notch personnel man to bring in. Roseman found Douglas and the two have seemingly been working well together. While Roseman is known for his contract work and ability to pull off trades, Douglas is a scouting man who excels in the draft.

The Texans reportedly want to move quickly to replace Rick Smith, who is stepping away from his post as GM to care for his wife Tiffany, who is suffering from breast cancer.

If the Texans do want to fill the spot soon, the Eagles' winning in the playoffs, it could go a long way in keeping Douglas in-house.

Eagles in danger of losing critical front office member

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Eagles in danger of losing critical front office member

Maybe the Eagles are in danger of losing more than just their assistant coaches. 

According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas is one of the people the Texans are interested in for their open general manager position. 

Douglas is one of six names McClain has on their list. 

Douglas is under contract and the Eagles will likely do everything they can to block the Texans, but it becomes tougher because the Texans' new GM will have "full authority over personnel." 

The Eagles hired Douglas in May of 2016 to take over the personnel department. When Jeff Lurie put Howie Roseman back into power, one of the conditions was that he find a top-notch personnel man. That man was Douglas. As far as we know, the two have been able to work well together. 

Douglas brought Andy Weidl with him and made Weidl the assistant director of player personnel as he revamped the scouting department.

A longtime member of the Ravens' front office, Douglas spent a short time in Chicago before taking the job with the Eagles. He was thought to have a huge role in the draft and his influence has been felt with other moves too. His fingerprints have been all over some major moves, like trading for Tim Jernigan, signing Alshon Jeffery and drafting Derek Barnett and others. 

The Eagles have taken over Douglas' scouting philosophy, so losing him would be a huge blow. They need to do everything they can to keep him happy. 

The Texans have an opening at GM because former GM Rick Smith is taking a year-long leave of absence to help care for his wife Tiffany, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Houston plans to move swiftly to fill the position.

Panthers star LB suspended 2 games for hit

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Panthers star LB suspended 2 games for hit

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis has been suspended for two games by the NFL following his helmet-to-helmet hit on Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams.

The league announced the decision Monday.

Adams left Sunday's 31-24 loss to Carolina in the third quarter with a concussion after being blindsided by Davis following a Carolina interception. Davis was penalized 15 yards, but not ejected.

Davis, the 2015 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year, was visibly upset on the sideline after the play.

Adams, who has suffered two concussions this season, took to social media on Monday to criticize Davis, saying there is no room in the game for hits like that.

"We supposed to be in this together n look out for one another not mess with a mans livelihood and hand out unnecessary concussions," Adams said on Twitter. "We all got mouths to feed what if I did that to him and his kids can't eat."

Adams also Tweeted: "I'll never understand it. Game is already dangerous enough and we got Pro Bowl players out here head hunting and saying they "didn't mean to harm me"

Davis responded to Adams on Twitter, offering an apology.

"I understand your frustration and I do apologize for the hit! In no way was I trying to hurt you," Davis tweeted. "My first instinct was turn and make a block. In all sincerity I do apologize. I truly respect you as a player and I made a mistake!"

Davis has three days to appeal (see story).

Panthers: Becker promoted, to run day-to-day operations
The Panthers have announced Tina Becker has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer and been given full control of the day-to-day management of the organization.

The move comes after the NFL launched an investigation into alleged sexual and racist misconduct by longtime owner Jerry Richardson. The 81-year-old is stepping away from the daily operation of the team and will focus on the pending sale of the franchise.

"These have been some of the most difficult days of my 19 years with the Panthers, but I am lifted up by the strong resolve and the commitment our employees have shown to this organization," Becker said in a news release Monday. "Our team on the field is performing at a very high level, and I believe is bound for the Super Bowl.

"My immediate focus will be to ensure the corporate side of the organization performs at the same high level, while addressing the real concerns that have been raised in recent days."

Team president Danny Morrison had resigned earlier in the year, and there was no COO before, or after, his resignation (see full story).

Texans: O'Brien emphatically says he'll never resign
HOUSTON -- Coach Bill O'Brien was emphatic on Monday about his desire to remain with the Houston Texans, a day after the team dropped to 4-10 with an embarrassing 45-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

"I will never quit as the head football coach of the Houston Texans," he said. "Ever."

O'Brien, who has one more season left on his contract, was asked if he had thought about resigning after the Texans complete what will be the first losing season in his time with the team.

"I'm not a quitter," he said. "I was raised in a family that believed in family, faith, education and never quit. So, I never will."

O'Brien's job security has become a topic of discussion in recent weeks as injuries and inconsistent quarterback play have led to four straight losses, one win in the last eight games. He spent a sizable chunk of his media availability Monday discussing his future, his relationship with general manager Rick Smith, and whether he would like to sign an extension to remain with the Texans (see full story).

Bengals: Lewis noncommittal about next year
CINCINNATI -- Marvin Lewis went to sit in his customary chair for his Monday media availability and discovered that it had been adjusted to a lower setting.

He laughed after discovering that his seat at the front of the room no longer fit.

The Bengals' coach will finish his 15th season in Cincinnati amid a full-blown discussion about whom the chair will fit in a few weeks. Lewis said Monday that he hasn't talked to owner Mike Brown about his contract, which ends after this season.

Although he emphatically denies a report that he's decided to leave, Lewis was noncommittal Monday about what happens next.

Asked if he wants to be back in Cincinnati next year, he replied by saying only, "I want to coach football." Asked again if he wants to coach in Cincinnati next year, he simply said, "Sure" (see full story).