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The New York Jets are unlikely to fire head coach Todd Bowles before the end of the season, a source told ESPN’s Rich Cimini.

Bowles’ job security has been a source of speculation for several weeks. The Jets’ embarrassing home loss to the lowly Buffalo Bills in Week 10 on Sunday did him no favors in that regard.

Among the reported reasons that New York is reluctant to pull the plug on Bowles during the season is the absence of a logical interim replacement.

Bowles is in his fourth year as head coach of the Jets. The team has dropped four straight contests heading into its bye in Week 11 and owns a 3-7 record for the season.


It’s a matter of time before Joel Quenneville finds his way behind an NHL bench again, but he’ll do so on his own terms.

Quenneville was fired by the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday after 10-plus seasons with Chicago and three Stanley Cups. The 60-year-old definitely wants to coach again and will wait for the opportunity he believes is best, a source told Scott Powers of The Athletic.

There are no current openings, but several teams across the league would jump at the opportunity to add a coach of Quenneville’s caliber. The future Hall of Famer ranks second in NHL history with 890 wins and is coming off the most successful coaching tenure of the salary-cap era.

He’s free to join a new team at any point, though there’s one season left on his contract with the Blackhawks at $6 million.

The Chicago Blackhawks have fired head coach Joel Quenneville after 10 seasons, the team announced Tuesday.

Jeremy Colliton, formerly the head coach of the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs, has been named his replacement. The 33-year-old is now the youngest coach in the NHL, while Quenneville’s run as the league’s longest-tenured bench boss has come to an abrupt end.

Along with Quenneville, assistants Kevin Dineen and Ulf Samuelsson were also fired.

The Blackhawks have gone 3-6-1 in their last 10 games and currently sit two points out of a wildcard spot in the Western Conference. Their latest loss came Saturday evening, when the Calgary Flames scored four unanswered goals to erase Chicago’s 3-1 lead.

Quenneville turned the Blackhawks into a dynasty after being hired in 2008, winning three Stanley Cups from 2010 to 2015 along with three Central Division titles and a Presidents’ Trophy in 2013. His overall record with the club was 446-243-93.

He signed a three-year extension with the Blackhawks in 2016 and is owed the remainder of this year’s salary as well as $6 million for next season, according to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun.

The Los Angeles Kings have fired John Stevens and named Willie Desjardins as interim head coach, the team announced Sunday.

Stevens’ dismissal comes with the Kings sitting in last place in the Western Conference with a 4-8-1 record. A 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday was evidently not enough to save his job.

“This is a critical time in our season and our results to date have fallen well below our expectations,” Kings general manager Rob Blake said in a statement. “With that in mind, this was a difficult decision but one we feel was necessary.”

Stevens was in his second season as head coach. He posted a 45-29-8 record last season before Los Angeles was swept in the first round of the postseason by the Vegas Golden Knights. Stevens previously served as an assistant to former bench boss Darryl Sutter and was a part of two Stanley Cup wins in Los Angeles in 2012 and 2014.

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Marco Sturm is joining the coaching staff as an assistant. He last coached the German national team.

Desjardins was the head coach of the Vancouver Canucks from 2014-15 to 2016-17, posting a 109-110-27 record and making one playoff appearance. He was also the head coach for Team Canada at 2018 PyeongChang, where the team claimed bronze.

Former Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson seems to have a new theory behind what led to his exit.

Jackson was fired on Monday, posting a cumulative 3-36-1 record with the club through three seasons. Cleveland also dismissed offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

Less than a week after being removed as head coach, Jackson blamed his dismissal on the handling of Baker Mayfield.

“I think when you stop and look at it, it’s truly, really about Baker Mayfield,” Jackson said on ESPN’s First Take. “I think they want to do everything they can to put him in the situation … I mean, you got the first pick in the draft – who I think is going to be a franchise quarterback, who’s going to be a sensational player – and he’s not playing as well.

“So again, here is the perfect storm to move forward and move on.”

Mayfield’s rookie season has been volatile, but he has shown glimpses of future stardom, completing 58.3 percent of his passes for 1,471 yards, eight touchdowns, and six interceptions since taking over as the starter.

“I think we played a traditional style of football,” Jackson said. “And that’s OK. There’s nothing wrong with that. But again, the question that was asked of me is, ‘What would you do with Baker?’

“I think that’s where I think the rubber meets the road. You have to do everything you can to make him successful. And if you’re going to do that, then you go back and do the things that made you draft him as the first pick in the draft.”

Although Mayfield has exhibited typical rookie struggles, there’s no easy excuse for Jackson’s dismal tenure. He noted that his dismissal ultimately came down to the lack of success on the field.

“Bottom line, let’s just be clear, we didn’t win enough,” Jackson said. “At the end of the day, when you look at it, we didn’t win enough games. No matter how you cut it, regardless of what they said or how they said it, you gotta win enough games.”

Baker Mayfield challenged his teammates Wednesday to rise up in the face of adversity after the Cleveland Browns fired both head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

“With all the distractions, we will see what kind of men we have in this room,” the rookie quarterback said, according to ESPN’s Pat McManamon. “Not what kind of team that we have but what kind of men can handle a distraction the right way, can come together and focus on doing their job and doing it at a high level against a great team come Sunday.”

The Browns, losers of three straight games, are gearing up to face the 7-1 Kansas City Chiefs. They’ll be led into action by interim head coach Gregg Williams, who had been operating as the defensive coordinator under Jackson.

“For me, it is definitely something new,” Mayfield said of the coaching changes. “It caught me off guard, but (we) have to roll with the punches. Whatever happens, happens. We have to stick together as a team. We have to use this as something to make us come together. Obviously, it could be a huge distraction or it could be something that could bring this locker room even closer.”

Mayfield was dynamite in his Week 3 debut, leading the Browns to their first victory in 635 days, but his play has since tapered off. He was held to a season-low 180 yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week, and has eight touchdown passes against six interceptions for the season.

The Phoenix Suns have fired general manager Ryan McDonough.

McDonough, who had served as the Suns’ general manager since May 2013, will be replaced on an interim basis by vice president of basketball operations James Jones as well as assistant general manager Trevor Bukstein.

“After much thought and a long evaluation of our basketball operations, I have decided to relieve Ryan McDonough of his duties as general manager of the Phoenix Suns,” Suns owner Robert Sarver said in a statement. “Our focus in the short term is to prepare for the upcoming NBA season and to continue pursuing opportunities to strengthen our roster. Over the course of the season, we will explore both internal and external options as we look to restructure our basketball front office leadership.

“On behalf of the entire organization, I want to thank Ryan for his efforts and contributions during his five-plus years with the Suns. We wish him nothing but the best moving forward.”

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports McDonough had been unsuccessfully attempting to acquire a starting-caliber point guard via trade, and teams were asking for an unprotected first-round pick in negotiations. Wojnarowski adds that the 37-year-old executive faced scrutiny over other deals during his tenure, as well as the organization’s draft picks.

Since 2013, Phoenix has made 12 first-round selections: Alex LenNemanja NedovicT.J. WarrenTyler EnnisBogdan BogdanovicDevin BookerDragan BenderGeorgios PapagiannisSkal LabissiereJosh JacksonDeAndre Ayton, and Zhaire Smith.

McDonough’s dismissal comes nine days before the Suns open the 2018-19 NBA season at home against the Dallas Mavericks.