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NFL notes: Jets owner Johnson defends Sanchez

New York Jets owner Woody Johnson defended quarterback Mark Sanchez's work ethic Thursday and said he thinks "everybody's a little frustrated" after the team failed to make the playoffs.

Johnson, appearing on MSNBC to discuss his support of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, says a Daily News report in which an anonymous player said Sanchez was "lazy" is off base. "He's the first guy in the building every morning," he said, "and the last guy to leave."

It's the first time Johnson has commented publicly since Rex Ryan's team finished 8-8 and out of the postseason for the first time in three years.

"There is frustration," Johnson said, "and that's what you want."

Around the league

Cowboys: Dallas has hired Bill Callahan as its new offensive line coach and added a surprise twist, listing him as offensive coordinator. Jason Garrett came to Dallas as offensive coordinator in 2007 and held on to that position after he became head coach midway through the 2010 season. There was no indication of how Callahan having that title would alter, if at all, Garrett's calling plays or other coordinator duties. Also Thursday, Dallas hired Jerome Henderson as its new secondary coach.

Redskins: Former Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris is headed to the Redskins to coach the defensive backs. The 35-year-old Morris was fired by the Bucs last week after a 4-12 season. He had a 17-31 record in three seasons at Tampa Bay.

Bears: Chicago was scheduled to interview former Buccaneers offensive coordinator Greg Olson for their passing coordinator/quarterbacks coach opening on Thursday. The Bears are making some changes after finishing 8-8 and missing the playoffs for the fourth time in five years.

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