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Memo to NY Jets coach Rex Ryan: It is time for you to stop all …

Memo to NY Jets coach Rex Ryan: It is time for you to stop all of your sobbing

Rex Ryan showed more passion on Friday than he has all season talking about the Jets. If Woody Johnson doesn’t fire him, it will be helpful if he brings that emotion into next season, although crying in front of his team is getting a little old.
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  • Report: Vick won't restructure deal with Eagles

    Report: Vick won't restructure deal with Eagles

    Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick is not willing to restructure his contract to remain with the team, according to a report by the Philadelphia Inquirer.
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  • Should the Jets keep Rex or clean house?

    Should the Jets keep Rex or clean house?

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    On Friday’s edition of Pro Football Talk, Peter King and yours truly took up the question of whether the Jets should bring back coach Rex Ryan for another season. King says yes.  I used to agree, but in light of a recent stream of daily distractions an
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  • 49ers' Davis practices, hoping to play vs. Cards

    49ers' Davis practices, hoping to play vs. Cards

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Vernon Davis is anxious to get back on the field with the San Francisco 49ers and help them build momentum for the playoffs during Sunday's regular-season finale against Arizona.
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  • Source: Payton, Saints agree to 5-year deal

    Source: Payton, Saints agree to 5-year deal

    Sean Payton and the Saints have agreed to a five-year contract extension, a league source told ESPN. The terms of the extension are undisclosed, but may be similar to the deal that was earlier disapproved by the league, according to a league source.
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  • One thing to know: Power struggle in N.Y.?

    One thing to know: Power struggle in N.Y.?

    yahoo.com Dec 28, 2012
    Forget about a QB controversy, Rex Ryan is now occupied with the possibility of losing his job. After telling Jets' ownership he'd prefer to be fired than coach a 2013 team that will be virtually the same as this current squad, Ryan is making sure he'll…
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  • Position Statement: MJD moving on?

    Position Statement: MJD moving on?

    yahoo.com CNNSI.com Dec 28, 2012
    Maurice Jones-Drew is one of the most reliable running backs in the NFL, but more than two months after suffering a foot sprain in a game against the Raiders, the Jaguars have finally put MJD on the injured reserve list. While only a week remains in the…
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  • Mike Wallace unsure if his future is in Pittsburgh or elsewhere

    Mike Wallace unsure if his future is in Pittsburgh or elsewhere

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    Steelers receiver Mike Wallace has been ruled out of Sunday’s season finale with a hamstring injury, and as a soon-to-be free agent, he acknowledged today that he has considered the possibility that he has played his last game for the Steelers. “I def
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  • Deadspin Up All Night: I Could Liken You To A Werewolf

    Deadspin Up All Night: I Could Liken You To A Werewolf

    deadspin.com Dec 28, 2012
    Thank you for your continued support of Deadspin. Watch the bowls and the mostly meaningless NFL games this weekend with the usual gang. More »
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  • Week 17 injury report roundup

    Week 17 injury report roundup

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    And so another regular season comes to an end. For some players, it is just a prelude to greater heights in the postseason. For others, it is one last chance to leave a good impression at the end of a disappointing season for the team. And for a final g…
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  • J.J. Watt lines up against kids from Newtown

    J.J. Watt lines up against kids from Newtown

    yahoo.com Dec 28, 2012
    Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt is two sacks shy of the NFL's single-season record. He will get a chance to break the record held by Michael Strahan on Sunday as he  faces the Indianapolis Colts, but first, Watt took time to hang out with the kid…
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  • Randall Cobb, Justin Smith headline Week 17”²s injury reports

    Randall Cobb, Justin Smith headline Week 17”²s injury reports

    yahoo.com Dec 28, 2012
    In the premier matchup of the weekend, Sunday night's Dallas Cowboys-Washington Redskins game that will decide the NFC East, the Redskins listed right tackle Tyler Polumbus (head) and safety DeJon Gomes (knee) as "questionable". Polumbus was c…
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  • Jim Schwartz denies tension with Lions G.M. Martin Mayhew

    Jim Schwartz denies tension with Lions G.M. Martin Mayhew

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    Lions coach Jim Schwartz says he and General Manager Martin Mayhew have a fine relationship, despite a report to the contrary. A day after Don Banks of SI.com reported that tension has developed between Schwartz and Mayhew about the collection of player…
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  • NFL dishes fines: $55K for Reed, $31K for Newton

    NFL dishes fines: $55K for Reed, $31K for Newton

    NEW YORK (AP) - Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed was fined $55,000 by the NFL for his high hit on the New York Giants' Victor Cruz last weekend.
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  • Bears RB Forte (ankle) expects to start vs. Lions

    Bears RB Forte (ankle) expects to start vs. Lions

    CNNSI.com Dec 28, 2012
    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte expects to start Sunday against the Bears despite an ankle injury suffered last week.
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  • Michael Oher fined 10K for chop block

    Michael Oher fined 10K for chop block

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    Safety Ed Reed got the biggest fine of the week for the Ravens, but he wasn’t the only member of the team to owe the NFL a cut of his paycheck this week. Tackle Michael Oher has been fined $10,000 for a chop block on Giants defensive end Mathias Kiwanuk
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  • Bengals finagle final-game sellout

    Bengals finagle final-game sellout

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    The Cincinnati Bengals, whose fans became fickle even as the team powered its way to a franchise-first back-to-back playoff appearances in non-strike seasons, have managed to fill up Paul Brown Stadium for the last home game of 2012. The Bengals have an…
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  • Dolphins' Bess out for season finale at Patriots

    Dolphins' Bess out for season finale at Patriots

    ESPN.com Dec 28, 2012
    Receiver Davone Bess has been ruled out of the Miami Dolphins' season finale Sunday at New England because of a back injury.
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  • PFT on NBC Sports Network: Ray Rice, Week 17 preview

    PFT on NBC Sports Network: Ray Rice, Week 17 preview

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    We’ve reached the end of the last full week of 2012 and it is also the last week of the regular season, which means that we’ve got an overstuffed hour of Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network coming your way this afternoon. There will be a ton of ta
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  • Wilfork fined $30,000, but Chung escapes without one

    Wilfork fined $30,000, but Chung escapes without one

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork was fined $30,000 for unnecessary roughness, after hitting Jaguars offensive lineman Steve Vallos in the head last week. The play resulted in a penalty during the game, occurring after a Patrick Chung interception…
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  • Brian Urlacher returns to practice, doubtful for Sunday

    Brian Urlacher returns to practice, doubtful for Sunday

    If the Bears do advance to the playoffs, it looks like linebacker Brian Urlacher would have a good chance of playing in their first game. His chances of helping them get to the playoffs are still up in the air. Urlacher, who has missed the last three ga…
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  • Terrelle Pryor to get 1st start in Raiders' finale

    Terrelle Pryor to get 1st start in Raiders' finale

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Terrelle Pryor will make his first career start at quarterback for the Oakland Raiders in their season finale in San Diego.
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  • Broncos' Holliday doubtful, Porter out vs. Chiefs

    Broncos' Holliday doubtful, Porter out vs. Chiefs

    ESPN.com Dec 28, 2012
    Kick returner Trindon Holliday is doubtful for the Denver Broncos' season finale against Kansas City because of a sprained ankle.
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  • Ryan wants to be Jets coach for 'next 15 years'

    Ryan wants to be Jets coach for 'next 15 years'

    CNNSI.com Dec 28, 2012
    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - No matter what, Rex Ryan wants to be the New York Jets coach for years to come.
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  • Newton fined twice, for ref-bump and kick against Raiders

    Newton fined twice, for ref-bump and kick against Raiders

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    Cam Newton has made multiple donations to the Human Fund this week. Along with his previously reported $21,000 fine for bumping referee Jerome Boger, Newton has also been fined another $10,000 for his actions in last week’s game against the Raiders. The
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  • Ware is probable, will wear shoulder harness

    Ware is probable, will wear shoulder harness

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    In an era where NFL players want to wear less and less gear, Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware has no choice but to wear more. According to Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ware will be adding a shoulder harness to his total equipment en…
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  • Giants facing numbers issues at cornerback

    Giants facing numbers issues at cornerback

    ESPN.com Dec 28, 2012
    The New York Giants may be severely compromised at cornerback when they face the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Both starter Prince Amukamara and backup Jayron Hosley are listed as doubtful for the Giants' regular-season finale.
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  • Donovan McNabb Sounds Like He's Taking A Little Joy From The Ea…

    Donovan McNabb Sounds Like He's Taking A Little Joy From The Eagles' Struggles

    Donovan McNabb is the best quarterback in Eagles history-this isn't even up for discussion. Deep down, with the benefit of a little distance, people in Philadelphia realize this. And while they may not regret hounding an over-the-hill McNabb out of town
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  • Lomas Brown now claims Mitchell wasn’t hurt on his intentional …

    Lomas Brown now claims Mitchell wasn’t hurt on his intentional miss

    A funny thing happened in the course of Lomas Brown trying to walk back his claim last week that he once intentionally missed a block in order to get his teammate Scott Mitchell injured: Brown says he has discovered that his memory is wrong, and the pla…
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  • Giants S Phillips (foot) questionable vs. Eagles

    Giants S Phillips (foot) questionable vs. Eagles

    CNNSI.com Dec 28, 2012
    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Giants safety Kenny Phillips was listed as questionable after missing the last three games because of a sprained right knee and could be available for perhaps his final game in a Giants uniform Sunday against Philadelphia.
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  • Report: Ryan perfers firing if Jets will not spend

    Report: Ryan perfers firing if Jets will not spend

    CNNSI.com Dec 28, 2012
    Report: Ryan perfers firing if Jets will not spend
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  • Jackson, Nicks scam Uncle Sam, legally

    Jackson, Nicks scam Uncle Sam, legally

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    The fiscal cliff finally is intersecting with the NFL. Lost in the suggestion that the notoriously cap-rich Buccaneers chewed up a few million in current-year cap space (which could have been carried to 2013 anyway) by shifting millions in base salary d…
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  • Bengals place Mike Nugent on IR

    Bengals place Mike Nugent on IR

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    Bengals kicker Mike Nugent tried to practice Wednesday, but he apparently didn’t respond well. According to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Bengals placed Nugent on injured reserve Friday. Nugent didn’t practice Thursday after giving it a sh
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  • Which TV Market Is Getting Screwed This Sunday? An Analysis Of …

    Which TV Market Is Getting Screwed This Sunday? An Analysis Of Week 17 NFL Viewing Maps

    deadspin.com Dec 28, 2012
    The NFL's regional programming rules are famously byzantine, but luckily the506.com cuts through the bullshit for you, providing weekly maps that allow us to answer the only question that really matters: Which fans are the most screwed this Sunday? More…
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  • Jones-Drew (surgery) out at least until May

    Jones-Drew (surgery) out at least until May

    Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is having surgery on his left foot and will be out at least until May.
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  • Browns third-stringer Lewis likely to start at QB

    Browns third-stringer Lewis likely to start at QB

    BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Injured Browns quarterbacks Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy are not practicing, making it almost certain that third-stringer Thad Lewis will start the season finale at Pittsburgh.
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  • Tennessee fans are tuning out the Titans

    Tennessee fans are tuning out the Titans

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    The fans in Tennessee are speaking with their remote controls and declaring that they’re fed up with the Titans. Sunday’s 55-7 loss to the Packers had a 16.5 local TV rating, the lowest local rating for a Titans game since the 2005 season, Jim Wyatt o
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  • Weeden, McCoy, Richardson all ruled out for Browns

    Weeden, McCoy, Richardson all ruled out for Browns

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    Thad Lewis, come on down. Browns coach Pat Shurmur announced Friday afternoon, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, that Lewis will make his NFL debut as the team’s starting quarterback against the Steelers this Sunday. The writing’s been
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  • Kareem Jackson fined twice after last week’s game

    Kareem Jackson fined twice after last week’s game

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    Last Sunday was a costly day for Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson. The Texans lost to the Vikings, costing them a shot to clinch a first round bye in the playoffs, and Jackson wound up owing the league $26,250 for a pair of infractions that drew fines f…
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  • Larry Fitzgerald wants no part of being the GM

    Larry Fitzgerald wants no part of being the GM

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    There might not be a player in the league whose talented is wasted by his surroundings to the degree of Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. But he knows his job is to catch passes, not to hire or fire or make personnel decisions. “I keep everythin
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  • All On The Line: The Redskins offense is designed to mitigate a…

    All On The Line: The Redskins offense is designed to mitigate a go…

    CNNSI.com Dec 28, 2012
    The Redskins offense is designed to mitigate a good pass rush. And with DeMarcus Ware dinged up, the Cowboys' playoff hopes could come down to Tony Romo, writes Peter King.
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  • Bucs re-do Jackson and Nicks deals to create cap room

    Bucs re-do Jackson and Nicks deals to create cap room

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    The Buccaneers were among the most active teams in free agency last year, and they’re setting the stage to be able to again next year if they choose. According to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com, the Bucs restructured the deals of wide receiver Vincent Jackso
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  • PFT Live: Cowboys talk with Charean Williams, PFT Planet calls …

    PFT Live: Cowboys talk with Charean Williams, PFT Planet calls and tweets

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    The NFC East race will come down to Sunday night and Friday’s PFT Live will devote a big chunk of time to discussing the clash between the Cowboys and the Redskins. Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram will join Mike Florio to discuss the Co
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  • Matt Leinart: I deserve to start

    Matt Leinart: I deserve to start

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    The Raiders haven’t named their starting quarterback for Sunday’s finale against the Chargers, but one of the candidates believes that he’s deserving of the starting job. While Matt Leinart says he’d be supportive of Terrelle Pryor in the event th
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  • Champ Bailey, Julius Peppers top list of NFL Pro Bowl bonuses

    Champ Bailey, Julius Peppers top list of NFL Pro Bowl bonuses

    yahoo.com Dec 28, 2012
    While the debate over whether or not to continue holding the Pro Bowl is expected to continue this offseason, being named to the annual All-Star game is still considered to be quite an achievement. Yes, it can be a popularity contest as a portion of the…
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  • Prince Amukamara had a setback last week

    Prince Amukamara had a setback last week

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    A lot of things have to fall into place in order for the Giants to make the playoffs this year, but the only part they can control is winning their game against the Eagles on Sunday. That task would be a little more difficult if cornerback Prince Amukam…
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  • Brandon Marshall won’t be rooting for the Packers

    Brandon Marshall won’t be rooting for the Packers

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    The Bears can get to the playoffs only if they beat the Lions and if the Packers knock off the Vikings.  But that won’t make Bears receiver Brandon Marshall buy a share of Packers non-stock stock. “I’m not cheering for anybody but the Bears,” Mar
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  • Cliff Avril has no regrets about turning down a long-term deal

    Cliff Avril has no regrets about turning down a long-term deal

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    Lions defensive end Cliff Avril says that he has no regrets about turning down any long-term deals offered by the team before he signed his franchise tag tender to play this season for $10.6 million. Avril wanted more than the Lions were offering and ga…
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  • Gonzalez likes “proving people wrong,” whoever they are

    Gonzalez likes “proving people wrong,” whoever they are

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    Many great players will find motivation wherever they can, even if they have to invent it. That’s what Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez has apparently done, saying he took pride in making his 13th Pro Bowl because it gave him an opportunity for “provin
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  • Minority coaches not getting opportunities to run offenses

    Minority coaches not getting opportunities to run offenses

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    A decade ago, Cyrus Mehri and the late Johnnie Cochran demonstrated that the NFL was doing a poor job of giving African-American coaches fair opportunities to progress to the highest levels of the sport.  Mehri and Cochran made such a compelling case th…
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  • Fitzpatrick doesn’t have much to say about future with Bills

    Fitzpatrick doesn’t have much to say about future with Bills

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    Because the topic of a new quarterback for the Bills has been discussed so much it feels like it has already happened, the old quarterback wasn’t in much of a talkative mood this week. Asked by Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News if he thought Sunday was h
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  • Sherman says leak of his positive test will be “dealt with”

    Sherman says leak of his positive test will be “dealt with”

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman prevailed Thursday in what many believed was a no-win situation - persuading the NFL to scuttle the results of one of its drug tests. Sherman’s next challenge will be even more difficult. He said in the aftermath of
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  • Mike Shanahan: No one in NFL history has played at RG3”²s level

    Mike Shanahan: No one in NFL history has played at RG3”²s level

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    Redskins coach Mike Shanahan was the head coach of a Broncos team that had a Hall of Fame quarterback in John Elway, and he was the offensive coordinator of a 49ers team that had two Hall of Fame quarterbacks in Joe Montana and Steve Young. But Shanahan…
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  • Week 17 Picks: Redskins, Bears should earn playoff berths

    Week 17 Picks: Redskins, Bears should earn playoff berths

    yahoo.com Dec 28, 2012
    Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins In his first game against the Cowboys, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin completed 19-of-27 pass attempts for 304 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-31 win on Thanksgiving. Griffin is not 100 percent, but neither a…
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  • Friday morning one-liners

    Friday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    Bills DE Mario Williams donated a pickup truck to a married couple who are both active duty Marines. Dolphins P Brandon Fields feels he was a Pro Bowl snub. Patriots CB Aqib Talib says that his hip injury has improved. Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sp…
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  • Perry Fewell puts blame for Giants D on not Perry Fewell

    Perry Fewell puts blame for Giants D on not Perry Fewell

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    It’s obvious the Giants defense isn’t what it once was. But if you ask their defensive coordinator why, he makes it clear it’s not the coaching. “We’ve prepared better than what we’ve played,” Perry Fewell said, via Ralph Vacchiano of the Ne
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  • Polamalu hopes “humbling” season gets Steelers’ attention

    Polamalu hopes “humbling” season gets Steelers’ attention

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    For much of a lost season, the Steelers looked surprised by the fact they were losing. And for veteran safety Troy Polamalu, he hopes it was a wake-up call for the team, which can no longer roll out of bed and take a winning season for granted. “I hope
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  • Dustin Keller doesn’t want the franchise tag

    Dustin Keller doesn’t want the franchise tag

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    The circus may not be leaving town, but the some of the guys who work for it may want out. Tight end Dustin Keller, a first-round pick whose rookie contract expires in March, doesn’t want to be held in place by the franchise tag. “I don’t want to be
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  • Soon-to-be free agent Josh Cribbs is frustrated in Cleveland

    Soon-to-be free agent Josh Cribbs is frustrated in Cleveland

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    Browns receiver and return man Josh Cribbs becomes a free agent this offseason, and he sounds like he could use a fresh start. Although Cribbs says he’d like to remain in Cleveland, he also lashed out at Browns fans on Twitter after Sunday’s loss to t
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  • Report: Rex Ryan would rather get fired than accept the status …

    Report: Rex Ryan would rather get fired than accept the status quo

    Jets coach Rex Ryan wants owner Woody Johnson to make one of two decisions after the season ends on Sunday: Either fire him, or give him the power and the money to make the changes within the team that Ryan thinks are necessary. In a story headlined “Re
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  • Buffalo Bills looking for help to shovel snow from stadium

    Buffalo Bills looking for help to shovel snow from stadium

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    Winter weather conditions through western New York have left the Buffalo Bills in need of some assistance. The Bills are asking for fans to come help shovel snow from Ralph Wilson Stadium in advance of their season finale against the New York Jets on Su…
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  • NY Jets backup quarterback Greg McElroy chooses to be brave ins…

    NY Jets backup quarterback Greg McElroy chooses to be brave instead of smart about concussion symptoms, could have been tragic a

    nydailynews.com Dec 28, 2012
    There is a special dimension of the bizarre reserved just for the Jets. If there were any doubt about that, it was erased when Rex Ryan stepped to the podium and uttered the phrase, “You’re not going to believe this one,” at the Jets’ training fac
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  • Mike Westhoff hopes to find media niche after retirement

    Mike Westhoff hopes to find media niche after retirement

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    New York Jets special teams coach Mike Westhoff is retiring following Sunday’s season finale against the Buffalo Bills. It marks the end of his 30 years coaching in the NFL where he’s been highly regarded as one of the most innovative special teams co
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  • Dick LeBeau intends on returning to Steelers next season

    Dick LeBeau intends on returning to Steelers next season

    profootballtalk.com Dec 28, 2012
    Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau will likely return for another season as the head of the vaunted Steelers’ defense. According to Chris Adamski of the Associated Press, the 75-year old LeBeau told his players this week he plans on c
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  • Video - NFL32OT: RG III Best Of The Best? 03:09

    NFL32OT: RG III Best Of The Best?

    Dec 28
    Episode 240: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss Redskins coach Mike Shanahan comments on RG III. Steve Young breaks down which quarter in the AFC needs home field advantage the most. The NFL32 crew discuss Adrian Peterson and the Vikings.
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    NFL Kickoff OT: Week 17 Predictions

    Dec 28
    NFL Kickoff OT breaks down the key matchups for the final week of the regular season.

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  • Peter King: Cowboys on familiar ground with win-or-go-home Week 17

    Dec 28
    In the offseason, Dallas coach Jason Garrett visited the Yankees' spring-training home in Tampa, and sought out Derek Jeter. Garrett was raised in Yankee country, so he has great respect for the Yankee shortstop, and he wanted to ask him about leadershi…
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    Dec 28
    Football records might not resonate like those in baseball, but there are five NFL records that stand above the rest, John Clayton writes.
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    Dec 28
    The Sports Guy's computer is on the fritz, but that didn't stop him from making his Week 17 picks.