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Next Chargers coach, G.M. will report to owner’s son, John Span…

Next Chargers coach, G.M. will report to owner’s son, John Spanos

profootballtalk.com Updated Dec 29, 2012
While it’s been widely reported that the Chargers will fire General Manager A.J. Smith and coach Norv Turner after Sunday’s season finale, another change that hasn’t been reported before could result in a member of the Spanos family that owns the te
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  • How viable is Steve Sarkisian as an NFL head coaching candidate…

    How viable is Steve Sarkisian as an NFL head coaching candidate?

    profootballtalk.com Dec 29, 2012
    University of Oregon head coach Chip Kelly isn’t the only Pac-12 head coach who is getting attention as a possible head coach in the NFL. Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian is also being rumored as a possibility for making the jump to the professiona
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  • Report: Browns will fire Shurmur, Heckert after Sunday’s game

    Report: Browns will fire Shurmur, Heckert after Sunday’s game

    Browns coach Pat Shurmur and General Manager Tom Heckert have been viewed as goners for months. It will soon become official. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the decision has already been made to fire Shurmur and Heckert after Sunday’s finale ag
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  • Mike Wallace among three Steelers placed on IR

    Mike Wallace among three Steelers placed on IR

    profootballtalk.com Dec 29, 2012
    The Pittsburgh Steelers had already ruled out wide receiver Mike Wallace, tackle Mike Adams and cornerback Curtis Brown from being able to play in the team’s season finale against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. On Saturday, the Steelers placed all thre
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  • Sunday Morning Quarterback: NY Jets owner Woody Johnson, coach …

    Sunday Morning Quarterback: NY Jets owner Woody Johnson, coach Rex Ryan are made for each other

    This is why the marriage between Woody Johnson and Rex Ryan should not go to divorce court just yet: They need each other and nobody better might want either one of them.
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  • Geno struggles, Stedman shines in Pinstripe Bowl

    Geno struggles, Stedman shines in Pinstripe Bowl

    profootballtalk.com Dec 29, 2012
    Although neither team is ranked nationally, Saturday’s Syracuse-West Virginia Pinstripe Bowl offered plenty of 2013 NFL draft implications. Mountaineers senior Geno Smith is seen in most circles as likely to be the first quarterback off the board in Apr
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  • Bucs activate Eric Wright as they close in on record

    Bucs activate Eric Wright as they close in on record

    profootballtalk.com Dec 29, 2012
    Earlier this week, Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano sounded unsure about activating Eric Wright after his four-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing substances policy. Apparently, he’s been convinced that having his best corner
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  • Randy Starks continuing to play after his mother’s death

    Randy Starks continuing to play after his mother’s death

    profootballtalk.com Dec 29, 2012
    Dolphins defensive tackle Randy Starks has not missed a game this season, but he has missed the last two weeks of practice while dealing with the death of his mother. Although both Starks and the Dolphins have been quiet about the situation and allowed …
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  • Defensive coaches will draw some interest, too

    Defensive coaches will draw some interest, too

    profootballtalk.com Dec 29, 2012
    The rise in offense, fueled by the importation of creative college concepts to the NFL level, has created a significant perceived demand for offensive-minded coaches. But plenty of defensive coaches will draw interest in the looming coaching carousel, e…
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  • $8 million salary makes Sean Payton America’s top-paid coach

    $8 million salary makes Sean Payton America’s top-paid coach

    When Sean Payton returns to coach the Saints after his yearlong suspension, he’ll do so with a salary that may make him America’s highest-paid coach, in any sport. Payton’s five-year contract with the Saints is expected to pay him more than $8 milli
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  • Pats activate Jermaine Cunningham, waive Ron Brace

    Pats activate Jermaine Cunningham, waive Ron Brace

    profootballtalk.com Dec 29, 2012
    The Patriots added some depth to several thin areas with a series of roster moves. According to Field Yates of ESPNBoston.com, the Pats activated defensive end Jermaine Cunningham Saturday, after he served a four-game suspension for violating the league…
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  • Dustin Keller downgraded to out, may be done with Jets

    Dustin Keller downgraded to out, may be done with Jets

    profootballtalk.com Dec 29, 2012
    Rich Cimini of ESPN New York reports that tight end Dustin Keller (ankle) has been downgraded to out for Week Seventeen and did not make the trip to Buffalo for Sunday’s season finale. Keller was listed as doubtful on Friday’s injury report. The Jets
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  • Hopes were high when the NY Jets beat Buffalo Bills in Week 1, …

    Hopes were high when the NY Jets beat Buffalo Bills in Week 1, but it was just the dawn of a new error

    nydailynews.com Dec 29, 2012
    Remember when the Jets biggest problem was trying to keep Santonio Holmes from tearing apart the locker room at the end of last season? Remember how Coach Rex Ryan, acting as the Jets’ Dean of Discipline, vowed to keep his finger on the pulse of the loc
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  • Franchise tag in play for Dolphins’ Sean Smith

    Franchise tag in play for Dolphins’ Sean Smith

    profootballtalk.com Dec 29, 2012
    The Miami Dolphins will be operating with a healthy dose of salary cap space this offseason, which should allow the team to retain core impending free agents while also being active on the open market. The Dolphins’ most valuable in-house free agent is
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  • Justin Smith will need triceps surgery after season

    Justin Smith will need triceps surgery after season

    profootballtalk.com Dec 29, 2012
    Justin Smith knows he’s going to need surgery eventually. But the 49ers defensive tackle is hoping he’s able to play through the pain and weakness associated with his partially torn triceps tendon and get through the playoffs. Smith told reporters Fri
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  • 33 Bowl Games Ranked As If They Were Dishes

    33 Bowl Games Ranked As If They Were Dishes

    deadspin.com Dec 29, 2012
    The custom of calling post-season collegiate contests "bowl" games stems from the granddaddy of them all, the Rose Bowl, so-called for the eponymous bowl-shaped stadium. But our first association with the word "bowl" of course is as …
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  • Coach of the Year: Could it be anyone but Bruce Arians?

    Coach of the Year: Could it be anyone but Bruce Arians?

    yahoo.com Dec 29, 2012
    As Cmndt. Eric Lassard of the "Police Academy" series might say, there have been many, many, many fine coaches this year, doing many, many, many fine things. But taking everything into account, it's hard to think of anyone but Indianapolis Col…
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  • Dolphins could have nearly $47 million worth of cap space

    Dolphins could have nearly $47 million worth of cap space

    profootballtalk.com Dec 29, 2012
    The Dolphins have given their fans reason for some degree of hope this year, particularly if quarterback Ryan Tannehill continues to develop. They’re also in a position where they can offer him more help, and by extension more hope for the fanbase. Acco
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  • NY Giants coach Tom Coughlin responsible for team's second-half…

    NY Giants coach Tom Coughlin responsible for team's second-half collapse

    nydailynews.com Dec 29, 2012
    Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning were the best coach-quarterback combination in the NFL coming into the 2012 season. They had won two Super Bowls together the previous five years, twice beating Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, who have been the gold standard o…
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  • Quentin Jammer prepares for his last game as a Charger

    Quentin Jammer prepares for his last game as a Charger

    profootballtalk.com Dec 29, 2012
    Quentin Jammer, who joined the Chargers as the fifth overall pick in the 2002 NFL draft, has been with the team longer than any of his teammates - and longer than all but three players in franchise history. But Jammer expects to suit up for the Chargers
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  • Report: Reid interested in Chargers job if Turner fired

    Report: Reid interested in Chargers job if Turner fired

    Report: Reid interested in Chargers job if Turner fired
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  • Report: Vick unwilling to restructure current deal

    Report: Vick unwilling to restructure current deal

    CNNSI.com Dec 29, 2012
    Report: Vick unwilling to restructure current deal
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  • Ex-Steelers center Cherundolo dies in Fla. at 96

    Ex-Steelers center Cherundolo dies in Fla. at 96

    ESPN.com Dec 29, 2012
    Former Pittsburgh Steelers center and coach Chuck Cherundolo has died in Florida at the age of 96.
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  • Report: Gronkowski will return against Dolphins

    Report: Gronkowski will return against Dolphins

    profootballtalk.com Dec 29, 2012
    Tom Curran of Comcast SportsNet New England reports that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is expected to return from his fractured left forearm in Week Seventeen against the Dolphins. Per Curran, Gronkowski will be “suited up” and available for “at
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  • Drew Brees Is Now Being Used To Sell Bath Salts (The Kind You S…

    Drew Brees Is Now Being Used To Sell Bath Salts (The Kind You Smoke)

    deadspin.com Dec 29, 2012
    This should be obvious, but if you want to sell narcotic bath salts masquerading as aromatherapy powder, there's no better packaging than Drew Brees, photoshopped to make it look like he's wearing Heath Ledger's Joker makeup (we think). It's basic marke…
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  • Vernon Davis not optimistic about playing Sunday

    Vernon Davis not optimistic about playing Sunday

    profootballtalk.com Dec 29, 2012
    The San Francisco 49ers can lock up the NFC West division with a Week Seventeen win over the Arizona Cardinals. It sounds increasingly likely, however, that they’ll be playing Sunday’s game without concussed tight end Vernon Davis. In a late-Friday ar
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  • Cowboys' Ware to play with shoulder brace

    Cowboys' Ware to play with shoulder brace

    ESPN.com Dec 29, 2012
    Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware said Friday that he'll play with a brace on his right shoulder, which keeps popping out, during Sunday's regular-season finale against the Washington Redskins.
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  • Payton reporting prompts ESPN to twist news terms

    Payton reporting prompts ESPN to twist news terms

    profootballtalk.com Dec 29, 2012
    FOX’s Jay Glazer often jokes that ESPN misspells his name when he breaks a story and then ESPN puts the same story on the crawl at the bottom of its screen with the word “sources” instead of “Glazer” in front of the news. We didn’t realize he
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  • Seattle’s John Schneider should edge an impressive field as NFL…

    Seattle’s John Schneider should edge an impressive field as NFL Executive of the Year

    yahoo.com Dec 29, 2012
    RENTON, Wash. -- Through his three years as the general manager of the Seattle Seahawks, John Schneider has made his way by going against the grain. To Schneider, conventional wisdom is what he makes it, and in conjunction with head coach Pete Carroll, …
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  • Game of “multi-level musical chairs” is unfolding

    Game of “multi-level musical chairs” is unfolding

    profootballtalk.com Dec 29, 2012
    Yes, there’s still one full slate of regular-season games to play.  But plenty of assistant coaches (and soon-to-be-fired head coaches) are doing more than thinking about their future. They’re also acting on it, sparking what one league source has de
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  • Matchup: Jets (6-9) at Bills (5-10)

    Matchup: Jets (6-9) at Bills (5-10)

    nytimes.com Dec 29, 2012
    Mark Sanchez is back at quarterback for the Jets, and the reason is partly because of his Week 1 success against the Bills.
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  • Matchup: Eagles (4-11) at Giants (8-7)

    Matchup: Eagles (4-11) at Giants (8-7)

    nytimes.com Dec 29, 2012
    How Eagles quarterback Michael Vick performs in his return is the ultimate wild card, but the Giants can expect to see mobility.
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  • Jones-Drew will have surgery, out until May

    Jones-Drew will have surgery, out until May

    profootballtalk.com Dec 29, 2012
    The placement of Maurice Jones-Drew on injured reserve wasn’t simply aimed at clearing a roster spot for the last game of the regular season. Jones-Drew will now have surgery, and he’ll be out of action until May. Coach Mike Mularkey explained Friday
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  • Lynch thinks Schiano wore out the Bucs, physically and mentally

    Lynch thinks Schiano wore out the Bucs, physically and mentally

    profootballtalk.com Dec 29, 2012
    The rookie wall has taken on a somewhat different dynamic in Tampa. Typically, we hear about first-year NFL players having a hard time when football season extends beyond the 11 or 12 games with which they are familiar.  For first-year NFL head coach Gr…
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  • Saturday morning one-liners

    Saturday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Dec 29, 2012
    Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm) has increased his practice reps to a normal level. Dolphins LB Karlos Dansby has never made it to the Pro Bowl, and he says he doesn’t care; “I’m about breaking records and reaching milestones. I’m about being
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  • Offensive innovator Chris Ault leaves Nevada, could head to NFL

    Offensive innovator Chris Ault leaves Nevada, could head to NFL

    profootballtalk.com Dec 29, 2012
    Most NFL fans probably don’t know the name of Chris Ault, the longtime University of Nevada head coach who announced on Friday that he is stepping down. But NFL fans may be hearing more about him soon. Ault, who has spent almost all of his adult life as
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  • Benson, Brees remained confident of Payton deal

    Benson, Brees remained confident of Payton deal

    profootballtalk.com Dec 29, 2012
    New Orleans NFL and NBA owner Tom Benson sat in his courtside seats for Friday night’s Hornets game, joined by the Archbishop of New Orleans, and eventually, the head Saint. Before the game ended, Sean Payton joined his boss after agreeing in principle
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  • J.J. Watt: Don’t count me out for MVP

    J.J. Watt: Don’t count me out for MVP

    profootballtalk.com Dec 29, 2012
    Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and Vikings running back Adrian Peterson are engaged in a two-man race for the NFL Most Valuable Player award. But Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt thinks it should be a three-man race. Watt, a heavy favorite to win …
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  • Fox: Handing out the big end-of-season awards

    Fox: Handing out the big end-of-season awards

    ESPN.com Dec 29, 2012
    Vikings' Adrian Peterson has made comeback for the ages; is he the 2012 MVP?
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  • Video - Garrett Staying Put After Payton Deal 00:45

    Garrett Staying Put After Payton Deal

    Dec 29
    John Clayton talks about Sean Payton's deal with the Saints and what that means for Jason Garrett and the Cowboys.
  • Video - Chances Peterson Breaks Record 05:22

    Chances Peterson Breaks Record

    Dec 29
    "First Take" debates whether Adrian Peterson will be able to break the single-season rushing record Sunday against the Packers.
  • Video - More Faith In Romo Or RG III? 07:13

    More Faith In Romo Or RG III?

    Dec 29
    Dan Graziano, Christian Fauria and Ryen Russillo discuss which quarterback they trust more, Tony Romo or Robert Griffin III.
  • Video - Ware Playing Through The Pain 00:38

    Ware Playing Through The Pain

    Dec 29
    John Clayton expects DeMarcus Ware to play Sunday night against the Redskins despite his injuries.