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That may be the news on the assistants coaches front. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that Green Bay is finishing negotiations with former team QB coach and 49ers assistant Mike McCarthy to be its new head coach.

That leaves OC Sean Payton and DC Mike Zimmer with one job possibility each. Zimmer remains in the running for the Rams job while Payton is in New Orleans tonight and tomorrow to interview for the Saints job.

The Packers were expected to wait until Friday to interview Steelers assistant Russ Grimm but GM Ted Thompson obviously felt McCarthy had shown enough to merit signing today.

Both the Rams and Saints will interview candidates after Payton and Zimmer. New Orleans will talk to recently fired head men Mike Martz and Mike Sherman before making a decision.

Payton had been rumored as a strong candidate in Green Bay, but McCarthy's hiring improves the chances that both coordinators will return for 2006.

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