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Hiring rule may change

Jim Caldwell nearly went undefeated as a rookie coach in Indianapolis three years ago and he’s one win away from returning to the Super Bowl as an assistant with Baltimore.

Yet Caldwell didn’t get one interview for any of the eight coaching vacancies in the NFL this year.

“That’s almost impossible for me to comprehend,” John Wooten, chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation, told The Associated Press on Friday.

Eight teams hired new coaches and six more filled general manager positions with one opening remaining. None of those jobs went to a minority.

Now the league is considering revisions to the “Rooney Rule,” which mandates that teams must interview at least one minority candidate for front-office and head coaching jobs.

“While there has been full compliance with the interview requirements of the Rooney Rule and we wish the new head coaches and general managers much success, the hiring results this year have been unexpected and reflect a disappointing lack of diversity,” Robert Gulliver, the NFL’s executive vice president of human resources, said in a statement.

There were a total of 203 minority coaches in the NFL in 2012, including six head coaches. With Smith and Romeo Crennel out, only four minorities will start the 2013 season as head coaches. That’s the fewest since 2003.

Bears hire assistants

The Bears hired Jacksonville’s Mel Tucker as their defensive coordinator to replace Rod Marinelli.

New Bears coach Marc Trestman wanted to retain Marinelli, but he chose not to return. Dallas hired Marinelli as its defensive line coach.

Tucker spent the past four seasons as the Jaguars’ defensive coordinator and was assistant head coach this season. The Jaguars were 30th in the league in total defense in 2012, but they were sixth the year before at 313 yards per game.

The Bears also hired Matt Cavanaugh as their quarterbacks coach and Skip Peete as their running backs coach on Friday along with two of Trestman’s assistants with the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes – tight ends coach Andy Bischoff and assistant defensive line coach Michael Sinclair.

Around the league

Police in San Francisco say they’re investigating a sexual assault allegation involving 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree. … Cleveland hired Michael Lombardi as the team’s vice president of player personnel. The Browns also named Ray Horton their new defensive coordinator. Horton spent the past two seasons with Arizona, which ranked second in the NFL in interceptions. …

Cincinnati tackle Andre Smith was free on bond after his arrest on a charge of carrying a loaded gun at Atlanta’s airport. …

Atlanta defensive end John Abraham (ankle) and defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (shoulder) are listed as questionable for Sunday’s NFC title game. …

The Jets hired Seattle Seahawks executive John Idzik to be their general manager and hired Marty Mornhinweg as their offensive coordinator… San Diego coach Mike McCoy retained defensive coordinator John Pagano.