Arizona hires Welter as first female coach
Jen Welter will help coach Arizona Cardinals inside linebackers this summer — and she’ll be making history in the process.
The Cardinals announced Monday they have added Welter to their staff as a coaching intern during training camp and preseason. It is believed she is the first woman to hold a coaching position of any kind in the NFL.
“Coaching is nothing more than teaching,” Cardinals Coach Bruce Arians told the team’s website Monday. “One thing I have learned from players is, ‘How are you going to make me better? I don’t care if you’re the Green Hornet, man, I’ll listen.’ I really believe she’ll have a great opportunity with this internship through training camp to open some doors for her.”
Welter, who will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday, this year was an assistant coach of the Indoor Football League’s Texas Revolution, working with linebackers and on special teams. She was believed to be the first woman to coach in a men’s pro football league.
“She came for an OTA and I met her, and I thought she was the type of person that could handle this in a very positive way for women and open that door,” Arians said.
Earlier this year, the NFL hired its first female on-field official.
BROWNS: Johnny Manziel had an uneventful summer, but his improved behavior hasn't changed his position on Cleveland's depth chart.
Browns coach Mike Pettine said Monday that veteran Josh McCown will open training camp as the team's No. 1 quarterback, but Manziel, the former Heisman Trophy winner who had a disastrous rookie season, still has a chance to win the job based on his performance.
Meeting with reporters in advance of the team opening camp later this week, Pettine said McCown likely will start the season opener against the New York Jets on Sept. 13. However, Pettine said Manziel can potentially unseat McCown.
"I don't think anything's changed," Pettine said. "The repetitions will be handled that way, with Josh as the 1. I wouldn't say I'm guaranteeing today that Josh McCown is going to be the starter against the Jets. A lot can happen in a preseason."
Manziel, who spent 10 weeks during the offseason in a Pennsylvania rehab facility specializing in drug and alcohol addiction, reported to the team's facility on Monday. Unlike last summer, Manziel did not make any headlines with his off-field conduct and Pettine was impressed that the QB recently worked out in Florida with former NFL coach and TV analyst Jon Gruden.
"This was vacation time for a lot of guys, so the fact that he sought out Jon and went down there and worked with him and was thinking about football, to me I see that as nothing but a positive," Pettine said.
PANTHERS: Carolina Panthers offense tackle Jonathan Martin, the lineman harassed during the Miami Dolphins' 2013 bullying scandal, is contemplating retirement following a back injury.
Martin's agent Ken Zuckerman told The Associated Press on Monday his client recently injured his back during a workout. Zuckerman said doctors informed Martin he's not allowed to do any activity for six weeks and needs surgery, putting his availability for the season in question.
NFL.com first reported Monday that Martin planned to retire.
The Panthers said they had no new information regarding Martin's status.
Zuckerman said he advised Martin "not to rule anything out," but added that his client would rather retire than have surgery.
Martin, 25, signed with Carolina earlier this offseason. He's been working with the second team. He participated in all drills during the team's OTAs and minicamps last month.