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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 teUpvote Share Tweet
How viable is Steve Sarkisian as an NFL head coaching candidate?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 professionaUpvote Share TweetBrowns 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 agUpvote Share TweetThe 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 threUpvote Share TweetThis 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.Upvote Share TweetAlthough 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 AprUpvote Share TweetEarlier 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 cornerUpvote Share TweetDolphins 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 …Upvote Share Tweet
Defensive coaches will draw some interest, tooThe 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…Upvote Share TweetWhen 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 milliUpvote Share Tweet
Pats activate Jermaine Cunningham, waive Ron BraceThe 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…Upvote Share TweetRich 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 JetsUpvote Share Tweet
Hopes were high when the NY Jets beat Buffalo Bills in Week 1, but it was just the dawn of a new errornydailynews.com Dec 29, 2012Remember 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 locUpvote Share Tweet
Franchise tag in play for Dolphins’ Sean SmithThe 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 isUpvote Share TweetJustin 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 FriUpvote Share Tweet
33 Bowl Games Ranked As If They Were Dishesdeadspin.com Dec 29, 2012The 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 …Upvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Dec 29, 2012As 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Dolphins could have nearly $47 million worth of cap spaceThe 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. AccoUpvote Share Tweet
NY Giants coach Tom Coughlin responsible for team's second-half collapsenydailynews.com Dec 29, 2012Tom 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…Upvote Share TweetQuentin 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 ChargersUpvote Share TweetReport: Reid interested in Chargers job if Turner firedUpvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Dec 29, 2012Report: Vick unwilling to restructure current dealUpvote Share Tweet
Ex-Steelers center Cherundolo dies in Fla. at 96Former Pittsburgh Steelers center and coach Chuck Cherundolo has died in Florida at the age of 96.Upvote Share TweetTom 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 “atUpvote Share Tweet
Drew Brees Is Now Being Used To Sell Bath Salts (The Kind You Smoke)deadspin.com Dec 29, 2012This 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…Upvote Share TweetThe 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 arUpvote Share TweetDallas 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Payton reporting prompts ESPN to twist news termsFOX’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 heUpvote Share Tweet
Seattle’s John Schneider should edge an impressive field as NFL Executive of the Yearyahoo.com Dec 29, 2012RENTON, 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, …Upvote Share Tweet
Game of “multi-level musical chairs” is unfoldingYes, 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 deUpvote Share Tweetnytimes.com Dec 29, 2012Mark Sanchez is back at quarterback for the Jets, and the reason is partly because of his Week 1 success against the Bills.Upvote Share Tweetnytimes.com Dec 29, 2012How Eagles quarterback Michael Vick performs in his return is the ultimate wild card, but the Giants can expect to see mobility.Upvote Share TweetThe 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 FridayUpvote Share Tweet
Lynch thinks Schiano wore out the Bucs, physically and mentallyThe 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…Upvote Share TweetPatriots 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 beingUpvote Share Tweet
Offensive innovator Chris Ault leaves Nevada, could head to NFLMost 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 asUpvote Share Tweet
Benson, Brees remained confident of Payton dealNew 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 principleUpvote Share TweetBroncos 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 …Upvote Share Tweet
Fox: Handing out the big end-of-season awardsVikings' Adrian Peterson has made comeback for the ages; is he the 2012 MVP?Upvote Share Tweet
Garrett Staying Put After Payton DealDec 29John Clayton talks about Sean Payton's deal with the Saints and what that means for Jason Garrett and the Cowboys.
Chances Peterson Breaks RecordDec 29"First Take" debates whether Adrian Peterson will be able to break the single-season rushing record Sunday against the Packers.
More Faith In Romo Or RG III?Dec 29Dan Graziano, Christian Fauria and Ryen Russillo discuss which quarterback they trust more, Tony Romo or Robert Griffin III.
Ware Playing Through The PainDec 29John Clayton expects DeMarcus Ware to play Sunday night against the Redskins despite his injuries.