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Wednesday's roundup: Jim Schwartz up for Bills job

Associated Press

Buffalo, N.Y. — Bills defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, a former Lions coach, already has been interviewed for the team's coaching job, as was Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmer, who went to Michigan State.

There are at least 10 candidates on the Bills list.

Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson interviewed Wednesday, and former Jets coach Rex Ryan is on deck.

The Bills also reportedly were granted permission from the Browns to interview offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. He is the son of two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Mike Shanahan, who is also a candidate after being interviewed by the Bills in San Francisco last weekend.

The Bills are taking an exhaustive, wide-reaching approach to the search under new owners Terry and Kim Pegula, who bought the franchise in October. Both owners are sitting in during the interviews, along with general manager Doug Whaley and team president Russ Brandon.

In addition, reports are former Bills general manager Buddy Nix and scouts David G. Smith and David W. Smith will not return.

Nix held the role of special assistant since stepping down as general manager in May 2013. The Smiths had a combined 58 years NFL experience, and each held the title of scout emeritus.

The Bills already met with three assistants currently working for teams still in the playoffs: Seahawks coordinators Darrell Bevell (offense) and Dan Quinn (defense), and Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase. The Bills also interviewed Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich.

Extra points

Washington has been working on the final details of a deal to hire Scot McCloughan as general manager.

McCloughan is a former executive with the 49ers and Seahawks.

... St. Louis city officials say the owner of the Rams isn't returning calls, so they plan to work directly with the league on keeping an NFL team in town.

Owner Stan Kroenke is part of a group that announced plans Monday for an 80,000-seat stadium in the Los Angeles suburbs. The Rams were in Los Angeles until 1995.

A Rams spokesman declined comment. Messages left at Kroenke's office were not returned.

... Television ads for this year's Super Bowl football game are selling for a record $4.4 million to $4.5 million, Comcast Corp.'s NBC officials said.

... Jethro Pugh, a defensaive tackle on the "Doomsday Defense" that helped the Cowboys win two Super Bowls in the 1970s, has died of natural causes in Irving, Texas.

He was 70.

Personnel dept.

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is headed to the Arizona desert to work with Kurt Warner this offseason.

... Panthers defensive tackle Star Lotulelei will miss Saturday night's divisional playoff game against the Seahawks with a broken bone in his foot.

... Bears cornerback Tim Jennings was arrested and admitted into the Gwinnett County Detention Center in Georgia, charged with speeding, reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol.

... Aaron Rodgers didn't practice because of a calf injury, though coach Mike McCarthy still expects his starting quarterback to be ready on Sunday when Green Bay hosts Dallas.

"No, I'm going Sunday," the quarterback said. "Just a matter of how."

... Seahawks defensive tackle Jordan Hill was placed on injured reserve. He suffered a severe calf injury while working out last weekend.