Vikes hire Bucs' Tomlin as defensive coordinator


Published: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - New Minnesota coach Brad Childress made his first official hire Tuesday, choosing Tampa Bay defensive backs coach Mike Tomlin to be the Vikings' defensive coordinator.
The 33-year-old Tomlin spent the past five years with the Buccaneers. They led the NFL this season in fewest yards allowed, the second time that happened during Tomlin's tenure.
Before joining Tampa Bay, he was an assistant in the college ranks - at Cincinnati, Arkansas State, Memphis and Virginia Military Institute. A wide receiver at William and Mary, Tomlin switched from coaching on the offensive side to defense in 1997.
He replaces Ted Cottrell, who was fired over the weekend by Childress along with most of the remaining assistants who served under coach Mike Tice.
JAGUARS: Wide receiver Reggie Williams was served a notice to appear in court after police allegedly found a small amount of marijuana in his car during a routine traffic stop.
Williams is charged with possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana, a misdemeanor. But rather than being taken to jail, he was served a notice to appear in court, documents show.
Williams, the team's first-round draft pick in 2004, was stopped Monday night for three traffic infractions, according to police documents.
EAGLES: The team has given agent Drew Rosenhaus permission to seek a trade for Terrell Owens, though it's unlikely a team would give up players or draft picks for the wideout.

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