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BEARS FINALLY GET THEIR MAN: Don't blame Dick Jauron if he's the only one in the Chicago Bears' organization not wringing his hands over the Dave McGinnis debacle.

After all, Jauron got his first head coaching job out of the mess."To want something as badly as we wanted this job, and then feel like you're out of it and then suddenly to have an opportunity, was very exciting and very draining," Jauron said Sunday after he was introduced as the new coach. "I can't tell you how good it feels to stand here in front of you."

Probably about as good as the Bears felt to put the disaster of the last 48 hours behind them. The Bears were all set to name McGinnis, Arizona's defensive coordinator and a former Chicago assistant, as the new head coach Friday, even sending out faxes with the announcement and adding him to the team's voice mail system.

There was just one problem: McGinnis hadn't even been offered the job yet.

Furious over the premature announcement, he broke off talks and decided Saturday the job wasn't for him. That left team president Michael McCaskey with an image problem and a coaching vacancy.

By hiring Jauron, Jacksonville's defensive coordinator the past four seasons, McCaskey took care of both problems.

COWBOYS LB ARRESTED: A linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys was arrested after he fled from deputies who tried to pull him over for speeding, police said in Lacoochee, Fla. Darren Hambrick was charged with fleeing a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer without violence Sunday.

Hambrick, who just finished his first season with the Dallas Cowboys, was arrested in his hometown of Lacoochee in Pasco County, about 39 miles northeast of Tampa.