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Jaguars to add Ron Middleton as tight ends coach

Jaguars to add Ron Middleton as tight ends coach

profootballtalk.com Updated Feb 5, 2013
With the Super Bowl now in the books and college football’s national signing day coming on Wednesday, the remaining coaching vacancies left in the NFL are likely to be filled in the near future. The Jacksonville Jaguars have gone into to college ranks t
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  • Report: Eagles won't cut Vick before deadline

    Report: Eagles won't cut Vick before deadline

    The Philadelphia Eagles will not release quarterback Michael Vick before a Wednesday deadline that guarantees him $3 million, according to a Philadelphia Inquirer report.
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  • Joe Flacco’s agent says he should be league’s highest paid QB

    Joe Flacco’s agent says he should be league’s highest paid QB

    profootballtalk.com Feb 5, 2013
    Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has made the playoffs in each of his five seasons in the NFL and now has a Super Bowl ring and MVP award under his belt as well. According to Brian A. Shactman of CNBC, Flacco’s agent, Joe Linta, will be looking t
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  • Saints will interview Grantham then Ryan

    Saints will interview Grantham then Ryan

    profootballtalk.com Feb 5, 2013
    Earlier tonight, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the Saints plan to hire Rob Ryan to be the team’s next defensive coordinator.  Thereafter, Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that Ryan will be interviewed on Friday, a day after
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  • When it comes to Chris Johnson, decision time coming for Titans

    When it comes to Chris Johnson, decision time coming for Titans

    profootballtalk.com Feb 5, 2013
    If the Titans don’t cut running back Chris Johnson by February 9, $9 million of his $10 million base salary in 2013 will become fully guaranteed. Despite multiple reports that the Titans won’t cut Johnson, it appears that Johnson has yet to receive an
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  • Montana would have used a unique approach for receivers who com…

    Montana would have used a unique approach for receivers who complained

    It’s easy to figure out where 49ers quarterback Joe Montana comes down on the question of whether Jerry Rice or Randy Moss is the greatest receiver of all time. Still, it’s one thing to guess at what Montana would say and to hear him say it. Montana s
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  • Obama congratulates Ravens on Super Bowl

    Obama congratulates Ravens on Super Bowl

    ESPN.com Feb 5, 2013
    President Barack Obama is congratulating the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens.
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  • Report:  Saints plan to hire Rob Ryan

    Report: Saints plan to hire Rob Ryan

    profootballtalk.com Feb 5, 2013
    The Sons of Anarchy are coming to Bourbon Street. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Saints plan to hire Rob Ryan to be the team’s next defensive coordinator. Ryan, who notoriously boasted he’d have a new job in “like five minutes” after being
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  • Source: Te'o takes indefinite leave from Twitter

    Source: Te'o takes indefinite leave from Twitter

    ESPN.com Feb 5, 2013
    Manti Te'o's Twitter account no longer exists. The account using the handle, @MTeo_5, disappeared from the social media platform during the Super Bowl broadcast Sunday.
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  • Aaron Rodgers thinks it’s time for Favre to re-enter Packers fa…

    Aaron Rodgers thinks it’s time for Favre to re-enter Packers family

    profootballtalk.com Feb 5, 2013
    On Saturday night, at the NFL’s second annual postseason awards show, current Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and former Packers quarterback Brett Favre made a joint appearance.  Rodgers said Tuesday that he hopes it’s the first step in a new era b
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  • Record 3 million stream Super Bowl online

    Record 3 million stream Super Bowl online

    CNNSI.com Feb 5, 2013
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The Super Bowl was streamed online by 3 million people, an increase from the 2.1 million who watched the big game online last year, according to CBS.
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  • Browns cut defensive end Rucker after 1 year

    Browns cut defensive end Rucker after 1 year

    The Browns' switch on defense started with Frostee Rucker being shifted out the door.
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  • $3.4M in fake Super Bowl goods seized in Ohio

    $3.4M in fake Super Bowl goods seized in Ohio

    ESPN.com Feb 5, 2013
    Federal customs officials say bogus Super Bowl jerseys are among $3.4 million in counterfeit goods that have been seized from shipping hubs at two Ohio airports.
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  • Report:  Eagles talking contract with Dennis Dixon

    Report: Eagles talking contract with Dennis Dixon

    profootballtalk.com Feb 5, 2013
    After successfully pretending to be Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick, Dennis Dixon could now be getting to reprise the role for which he’s most famous:  Dennis Dixon. According to Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com, the Eagles are in contract talks w
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  • No word yet on Ngata’s knee MRI

    No word yet on Ngata’s knee MRI

    profootballtalk.com Feb 5, 2013
    When it comes to the MRI scheduled to be performed Tuesday on the knee of Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, the key word is nada. As in nothing.  As in no one is saying anything. The latest word on the subject of Ngata’s knee came from Aaron Wilson
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  • Chris Rainey passes through waivers unclaimed

    Chris Rainey passes through waivers unclaimed

    profootballtalk.com Feb 5, 2013
    Chris Rainey, the 2012 fifth-round draft pick who showed promise as a rookie with the Steelers but was sent packing after the latest in a long line of off-field issues, has passed through the NFL’s waiver wire unclaimed. All 31 other teams could have pi
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  • Rams claim former Lions WR Young off waivers

    Rams claim former Lions WR Young off waivers

    The St. Louis Rams have claimed former Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young off waivers, the team announced Tuesday.
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  • Niners championship gear donated to charity

    Niners championship gear donated to charity

    ESPN.com Feb 5, 2013
    The San Francisco 49ers may have lost the Super Bowl, but items proclaiming them champions will be put to good use.
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  • New era, new logo: Jags unveil redesigned look

    New era, new logo: Jags unveil redesigned look

    The Jacksonville Jaguars have a new logo to signify a new era.
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  • Four years of service is the dividing line for the players bein…

    Four years of service is the dividing line for the players being released

    profootballtalk.com Feb 5, 2013
    Now that the offseason finally has begun and rosters have unlocked and players can be released, there’s an important distinction that becomes relevant for the first time since late October. Any player who is released with less than four years of service
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  • Cap-conscious Giants release veteran LB Boley

    Cap-conscious Giants release veteran LB Boley

    The New York Giants released veteran linebacker Michael Boley on Tuesday.
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  • Cowboys promote Wes Phillips to tight ends coach

    Cowboys promote Wes Phillips to tight ends coach

    profootballtalk.com Feb 5, 2013
    Having a member of the family as the current or former head coach of the Cowboys appears to be a prerequisite for coaching the team’s tight ends. The team announced Tuesday that Wes Phillips has been promoted to the tight ends coaching job after spendin
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  • Jets Finalize Coaching Staff

    Jets Finalize Coaching Staff

    nytimes.com Feb 5, 2013
    The team announced a group that includes seven new coaches and five others who will assume new responsibilities in 2013.
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  • The Newest Bengal Just Got Out Of Prison, So That's A Plus

    The Newest Bengal Just Got Out Of Prison, So That's A Plus

    deadspin.com Feb 5, 2013
    The Bengals added Brandon Joiner to their active roster yesterday, the first day he was eligible. Cincinnati signed the undrafted Arkansas State linebacker last spring, less than a month before he began a prison sentence for aggravated robbery and felon…
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  • Lions cut veterans Peterman, Vanden Bosch

    Lions cut veterans Peterman, Vanden Bosch

    The Detroit Lions continued their roster purge Tuesday by releasing veteran guard Stephen Peterman and defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch, the team announced.
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  • PFT on NBC Sports Network: Bryant McKinnie, AFC North offseason…

    PFT on NBC Sports Network: Bryant McKinnie, AFC North offseason needs

    profootballtalk.com Feb 5, 2013
    It took a while for Bryant McKinnie to work his way into the Ravens lineup at left tackle, but the wait wound up being worth it. McKinnie won a Super Bowl ring on Sunday night and celebrated it with a parade in Baltimore on Tuesday, which should give hi…
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  • Legal tampering period launches on March 9

    Legal tampering period launches on March 9

    profootballtalk.com Feb 5, 2013
    For the NFL, the ball drops at 345 Park Avenue on Tuesday, March 12, at 4:00 p.m.  That’s when the 2013 league year begins. This year, the clock strikes twelve - sort of - three days earlier. From Saturday, March 9 through Monday, March 11, teams w
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  • Harbaugh plays it coy about Alex Smith’s future

    Harbaugh plays it coy about Alex Smith’s future

    profootballtalk.com Feb 5, 2013
    The 49ers might have a “great respect” for deposed quarterback Alex Smith, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to give him away if they don’t have to. During today’s wrap-up news conference, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh cited his “great personal
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  • Outside the Game: Prince Amukamara has a royal lineage that exp…

    Outside the Game: Prince Amukamara has a royal lineage that explains his name

    yahoo.com Feb 5, 2013
    New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara is a first-generation American -- his parents came to the U.S. from Nigeria, and his African heritage is something that he takes with him wherever he goes. More than that, the one-time Super Bowl champion has …
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  • Leslie Frazier: Hopefully everything works out with Harvin

    Leslie Frazier: Hopefully everything works out with Harvin

    Wide receiver Percy Harvin will be one of the most watched Vikings this offseason as the team and player try to figure out if their working relationship will continue in 2013. Just after the end of the season, coach Leslie Frazier said he saw no reason …
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  • Here's More Footage Of Rob Gronkowski Dancing Shirtless In Vega…

    Here's More Footage Of Rob Gronkowski Dancing Shirtless In Vegas

    Earlier today, we enjoyed some footage of Rob Gronkwoski boogieing at XS Nightclub in Las Vegas. Thanks to reader Tony, we have been blessed with even more Gronktastic dancing. Although this clip doesn't feature any wrestling moves, it does have the add…
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  • Goldson wants long-term security from 49ers

    Goldson wants long-term security from 49ers

    San Francisco 49ers franchise safety Dashon Goldson believes he has earned a long-term contract, and hopes not to play on a one-year deal again in 2013.
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  • Kaepernick to start training within a week

    Kaepernick to start training within a week

    Still steaming over the Super Bowl loss, Colin Kaepernick packed up his belongings in the 49ers locker room and made plans with teammates to work out this offseason.
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  • Quirks of the Game: The Other Calls That Altered the Course of …

    Quirks of the Game: The Other Calls That Altered the Course of the Super Bowl

    nytimes.com Feb 5, 2013
    Plenty of people were discussing the Super Bowl officials' noncall on the 49ers' final play, but there were other officiating decisions that played roles in the game.
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  • A weird, wacky and wild Super Bowl

    A weird, wacky and wild Super Bowl

    ESPN.com Feb 5, 2013
    From the laying on of hands to complaints about the laying off of penalties, it was a bizarre Super Bowl, Rick Reilly writes.
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  • Easterbrook: Baltimore wins classic

    Easterbrook: Baltimore wins classic

    ESPN.com Feb 5, 2013
    Baltimore's old, exhausted defense saves best for last in classic Super Bowl.
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  • Rabid Ravens fans celebrate with team at parade

    Rabid Ravens fans celebrate with team at parade

    BALTIMORE (AP) Baltimore celebrated with its Super Bowl champion Ravens on Tuesday, with thousands of fans in purple lining the streets of Charm City and packing the team's stadium for a celebration.
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  • Outside experts to investigate dome outage

    Outside experts to investigate dome outage

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com Feb 5, 2013
    Officials of the Superdome and its utility company said Tuesday that they will hire outside experts to investigate the cause of a 34-minute power failure that halted the Super Bowl.
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  • Matt Birk not sure if he’s retiring

    Matt Birk not sure if he’s retiring

    profootballtalk.com Feb 5, 2013
    Ravens center Matt Birk said before the Super Bowl that his exit from the NFL would be much quieter than that of his teammate Ray Lewis. Birk’s just not sure when that departure will come. He flirted with the idea of retirement last year before choosing
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  • Jets finally confirm they fired Dave DeGuglielmo

    Jets finally confirm they fired Dave DeGuglielmo

    profootballtalk.com Feb 5, 2013
    The Jets announced a handful of coaching changes Tuesday, confirming something they denied not all that long ago. The most prominent of the moves was the firing of offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo, and replacing him with tight ends coach Mike Devli…
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  • Ray Lewis shows off signature dance one last time at Ravens’ Su…

    Ray Lewis shows off signature dance one last time at Ravens’ Super Bowl rally (Video)

    For his last time on the Baltimore Ravens stage, Ray Lewis wasn't going to let some trophy get in the way of his dancing. At the Ravens' Super Bowl rally on Tuesday, Lewis brought the Lombardi Trophy out onto the field. After picking up a piece of grass…
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  • If NFL doesn’t put on a halftime show, someone else will

    If NFL doesn’t put on a halftime show, someone else will

    Regardless of the potential for rain, snow, sleet, and/or a plague of locusts, the NFL will have a halftime show at Super Bowl XLVIII. It’ll happen for one very good reason.  If the NFL doesn’t do a halftime show, someone else will.  And it will be
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  • Is America Ready For Gus Johnson, Soccer Announcer?

    Is America Ready For Gus Johnson, Soccer Announcer?

    deadspin.com Feb 5, 2013
    Last spring, Gus Johnson showed up in the unlikeliest of places. Less than a year removed from parting ways with CBS and joining Fox, Johnson was decidedly out of his comfort zone. A familiar voice over college hoops, and with Fox the NFL and college fo…
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  • Patriots not sure they can trust Aqib Talib on a multi-year con…

    Patriots not sure they can trust Aqib Talib on a multi-year contract

    profootballtalk.com Feb 5, 2013
    Aqib Talib played well for the Patriots after they acquired him from the Buccaneers just before the trade deadline, but that doesn’t mean he’ll be in New England for long. Comcast SportsNet’s Mike Giardi reports that the Patriots have enough concern
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  • Add Terrell Suggs cap number to list of Ravens’ concerns

    Add Terrell Suggs cap number to list of Ravens’ concerns

    profootballtalk.com Feb 5, 2013
    The Ravens front office has earned their rings.  In the coming weeks, they’ll earn their money. The team’s starting quarterback, absent a long-term deal, could enter the new league year with a cap number in excess of $20 million.  Other key players
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  • Rob Gronkowski parties in Vegas, smacks his twice-broken forear…

    Rob Gronkowski parties in Vegas, smacks his twice-broken forearm in the process

    yahoo.com Feb 5, 2013
    Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. Two things we know about New England Patriots tight Rob Gronkowski: He's one of the most prolific receivers in the NFL, and he's a bit of an oddball. There have been enough calls of "Gronk being …
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  • Something To Talk About

    Something To Talk About

    CNNSI.com Feb 5, 2013
    We're two days removed from Super Bowl XLVII, and the offseason looms. But a couple of Sunday's controversies still have people -- including Peter King -- buzzing.
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  • NFL spokesman debunks reports about halftime concerns

    NFL spokesman debunks reports about halftime concerns

    profootballtalk.com Feb 5, 2013
    If the NFL is good at anything (other than making money, which it is great at), it’s maintaining the appearance of order. So there’s no surprise that as reports mount about concerns about the logistics of an outdoor Super Bowl halftime show in MetLife
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  • The Joe Flacco to Jacoby Jones touchdown, recreated with Lego f…

    The Joe Flacco to Jacoby Jones touchdown, recreated with Lego football players (Video)

    yahoo.com Feb 5, 2013
    We've never been inside the offices of SI for Kids, but we've always imagined it as a fun playland. The type of place that's littered with the latest Nerf creations, legions of the latest Starting Lineup figures and piles and piles of baseball cards. Ou…
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  • Retired NFL Players Are Depressed And Don't Even Know It: Study

    Retired NFL Players Are Depressed And Don't Even Know It: Study

    deadspin.com Feb 5, 2013
    The most striking aspects of the new head-trauma study of former NFL players published in JAMA Neurology are not the formal findings per se. In many ways, those merely quantify and validate suspicions that even casual fans likely hold. The rub is that 4…
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  • Jacoby Jones grabs the SI cover

    Jacoby Jones grabs the SI cover

    profootballtalk.com Feb 5, 2013
    Joe Flacco got the Corvette, but Jacoby Jones gets the cover. Sports Illustrated opted to place the man who could have been the game’s MVP on the front page of the Super Bowl XLVII issue.  Jones generated a Super Bowl-record 290 yards, with a 56-yard t
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  • Lack of halftime show in Super Bowl XLVIII could be just one of…

    Lack of halftime show in Super Bowl XLVIII could be just one of many problems with MetLife Stadium experiment

    yahoo.com Feb 5, 2013
    As you're not doubt aware, Super Bowl XLVIII is set to be played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., which will make it the first intentionally cold-weather outdoor Super Bowl in NFL history. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said that the gam…
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  • Ted Ginn’s father wants him out of San Francisco

    Ted Ginn’s father wants him out of San Francisco

    profootballtalk.com Feb 5, 2013
    During Super Bowl week, Ted Ginn passed on a chance to air grievances about his lack of a role in the 49ers offense. The man who shares his name wasn’t quite so magnanimous while speaking with Tim Warsinskey of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Ted Ginn Sr.,
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  • Panthers hire veteran assistant Bruce DeHaven

    Panthers hire veteran assistant Bruce DeHaven

    profootballtalk.com Feb 5, 2013
    The Panthers didn’t hire an experienced special teams coach, but they may now have the league’s most experienced assistant to the assistant. After promoting assistant special teams coach-turned interim Richard Rodgers to the full gig (after he replace
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  • A Pixar Animator Sketches The NFL Season

    A Pixar Animator Sketches The NFL Season

    deadspin.com Feb 5, 2013
    Austin Madison is an animator for Pixar, and has worked on movies including Ratatouille, Toy Story 3, and Up. But this is perhaps his finest work: a series of sketches throughout the NFL season, previewing one or two of each week's games. More »
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  • CBS criticized for failing to bleep Flacco F-bomb

    CBS criticized for failing to bleep Flacco F-bomb

    profootballtalk.com Feb 5, 2013
    As Joe Flacco celebrated on the field after the Ravens won the Super Bowl, he yelled to a teammate, “This is f—king awesome.” Unfortunately, the CBS microphones picked up the F-bomb and broadcast it to 100 million or so people who were watching. Tha
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  • CBS Had A Reporter In The NFL Control Room When The Stadium Wen…

    CBS Had A Reporter In The NFL Control Room When The Stadium Went Dark And Didn't Use Him

    deadspin.com Feb 5, 2013
    CBS had at least one honest-to-God reporter at the Superdome on Sunday: Armen Keteyian, who was on assignment for 60 Minutes Sports. When the lights went out, he was wrapping up an interview with an NFL exec, Frank Supovitz, senior VP for events. Paydir…
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  • Pixar’s NFL: This ‘movie’ needs to happen, pronto

    Pixar’s NFL: This ‘movie’ needs to happen, pronto

    yahoo.com Feb 5, 2013
    All right, this is flat-out awesome. Austin Madison is an animator for Pixar who worked on "Ratatouille," "Brave" and several other flicks, and he's apparently also an NFL fan. He's posted an enormous online album of sketches transfo…
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  • Recapping Strategic Calls in Super Bowl

    Recapping Strategic Calls in Super Bowl

    nytimes.com Feb 5, 2013
    Two statistical analysts agreed that 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh made some tactical and mathematical blunders against his brother.
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  • Evaluating the Criticism of Randy Moss

    Evaluating the Criticism of Randy Moss

    nytimes.com Feb 5, 2013
    Dwight Clark and Bill Romanowski pointed the blame-game finger directly at Randy Moss for not giving his full effort at the Super Bowl.
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  • Dolphins went against own philosophy to draft Ryan Tannehill

    Dolphins went against own philosophy to draft Ryan Tannehill

    profootballtalk.com Feb 5, 2013
    When it comes to the NFL Draft, most teams have certain rules they stand by when it comes to who they will select. Most teams (mainly anyone except Oakland or Jacksonville) won’t select a kicker or punter until the later rounds of the draft. Some teams
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  • Justin Smith to undergo surgery, rehab expected to last three m…

    Justin Smith to undergo surgery, rehab expected to last three months

    profootballtalk.com Feb 5, 2013
    San Francisco 49ers defensive end Justin Smith is expected to undergo surgery this week to repair a partially torn triceps suffered in December. According to Matt Maiocco of Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area, it is expected to be a three-month rehabilitation f…
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  • Video - NFL32OT: Lewis' Legacy Lives On 02:27

    NFL32OT: Lewis' Legacy Lives On

    Feb 5
    Tim Hasselbeck breaks down the impact of losing Ray Lewis on the Ravens. The NFL32 crew discuss their top ten quarterbacks.
  • Video - Rob Ryan or Romeo Crennel to Saints? 00:45

    Rob Ryan or Romeo Crennel to Saints?

    Feb 5
    Will Rob Ryan or Romeo Crennel fill the New Orleans Saints' defensive coordinator vacancy? Ian Rapoport has the latest on the team's current search.
  • Video - Rob Ryan or Romeo Crennel to Saints? 00:45

    Rob Ryan or Romeo Crennel to Saints?

    Feb 5
    Will Rob Ryan or Romeo Crennel fill the New Orleans Saints' defensive coordinator vacancy? Ian Rapoport has the latest on the team's current search.
  • Video - Chicago Hot Button: Should Bears keep Hester? 01:53

    Chicago Hot Button: Should Bears keep Hester?

    Feb 5
    ESPN Chicago's Tom Waddle and Marc Silverman discuss whether the Bears should keep Devin Hester for 2013.

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    Feb 5
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