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Seven coaching vacancies currently exist. (That number could soon be six.) The guy whose termination created one of them - former Bears coach Lovie Smith - reportedly has drawn interest for only two of them. The demand should be higher. Smith ledUpvote Share Tweet
The season for coaches changing jobs continues. According to Brett McMurphy of ESPN, Florida International University is set to name Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterbacks coach Ron Turner as their next head coach. Turner had previously been a head coach at …Upvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Updated Jan 3, 2013Feeling sorry for Las Vegas casinos is a tough proposition, we grant you. But this past NFL season, sports books across Vegas took an absolute bath thanks to a most unlikely scenario: good teams playing even better than expected. The Los Angeles Times i…Upvote Share TweetThere have been various accounts and reports regarding the magnitude of the buyout necessary to extricate Bill O’Brien from his contract at Penn State after only one season. Whatever it was, it played a role in O’Brien’s decision to stay put. PerUpvote Share TweetHe has been a loyal and long-term employee of the Packers. And he soon could be getting his shot. Packers director of operations John Dorsey is in demand, in at least two locations. Per a league source, the G.M. position in Kansas City will be his ifUpvote Share TweetMore news from the Irving, Tex. crash last month that claimed the life of Dallas Cowboys practice squad player Jerry Brown Jr.: the Dallas News is reporting that an autopsy has revealed that Brown's blood alcohol content was actually below the legal dri…Upvote Share Tweet
Report: Nation's Top High School Football Coach May Step DownIf you're looking for a legendary coach amid today's high school football landscape, it's hard to top Bob Ladouceur's credentials. But after 399 wins over 34 seasons at De La Salle High School in the Bay Area and throughout a tenure that has produced mo…Upvote Share TweetThe New York Giants would like Michael Strahan to take a little time out from talking to Kelly Ripa and spend some time talking to Jason Pierre-Paul. Giants General Manager Jerry Reese said on WFAN that he wants Strahan, who set the NFL’s single-seasonUpvote Share Tweetyahoo.com Updated Jan 3, 2013Saturday, January 5, 2012 - 4:30 p.m. ET NBC For the second consecutive January, the Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans will meet in an AFC wild-card playoff game at Reliant Stadium. When the two clubs met on Jan. 7, 2012, the Bengals seemed to be in…Upvote Share TweetKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs should be quite familiar by now.Upvote Share TweetSANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- San Francisco 49ers placekicker David Akers says he received death threats on Twitter and has closed the account.Upvote Share TweetIf you believe the reports, one of the most captivating eras in recent college football history ends tonight. Chip Kelly will coach Oregon against Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl, and then he'll interview for NFL head-coaching jobs (chats with Philly, C…Upvote Share TweetIt may seem like sheer sacrilege to criticize Ray Lewis as he heads into what will likely be his final game in Baltimore on Sunday. But amid all the talk of Lewis announcing his retirement this week, few have asked this question: At age 37 and coming of…Upvote Share TweetINDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indianapolis Colts want offensive coordinator Bruce Arians to stick around a little longer.Upvote Share TweetPHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Philadelphia Eagles will interview Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Sunday in Denver.Upvote Share TweetThe Raiders and Lions pick third, and fifth, respectively in this year’s draft. But they’ll get the first up-close look at some of the top prospects at the Senior Bowl. While the “honor” of coaching in Mobile, Ala., usually falls to the teams at tUpvote Share Tweet
Coughlin: Pain of missing playoffs indescribableFour days after the New York Giants' season ended, Tom Coughlin said he's going stir crazy not being able to defend the team's title in the postseason.Upvote Share Tweet
Justin Pugh declares for draftAnother underclassman threw his hat in the ring for consideration in April’s draft. Syracuse left tackle Justin Pugh announced that he will forgo his final year with the Orange. Pugh started every game he played in his time at Syracuse and was All-Big EUpvote Share TweetThe 49ers had a welcome face back in uniform at practice on Thursday. Defensive lineman Justin Smith, out since December 16th with a torn triceps that will require surgery, took part in individual drills with the 49ers during their afternoon practice. M…Upvote Share Tweet
Redskins’ Adam Carriker tweets some trash talk to Romo, Vick, EliOrdinarily, it’s not a good look for a player who hasn’t seen the field in three months to talk trash. Unless it’s legitimately funny. So on the “funny” exception, we’ll pass along a good piece of trash talk that Redskins defensive end Adam CaUpvote Share TweetBrandon Browner didn't mind being forced to sit out the final four games of the regular season due to suspension because it was fun watching his Seattle Seahawks continue to roll toward the postseason.Upvote Share TweetOn Wednesday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that it would be “uncomfortable” around the team in the coming days and weeks as he tries to make changes that will break the team “out of that cycle” of finishing in the middle of the pack. When you’Upvote Share TweetThe Deadspin NFL Coach Challenge Challenge is a tournament pitting the throwing motions of 20 NFL coaches against one another. More »Upvote Share TweetThere's no questioning the credentials of former NFL executive Bill Polian. When you build teams to a championship or near-championship level as Polian did with the Buffalo Bills (1986-1993), Carolina Panthers (1994-1997) and Indianapolis Colts (1998-20…Upvote Share TweetWith Andy Reid reportedly poised to become the next coach of the Chiefs (of course, it’s been close for six hours now), plenty of names are bubbling up for the position of G.M., if/when Reid takes the job. Here’s the most important thing to keep in miUpvote Share Tweet
PFT on NBC Sports Network: Golden Tate, Duane BrownWe’re getting closer to the start of the playoffs and Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network has a couple of players from teams playing this weekend lined up for interviews on Thursday’s episode. Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate was involved in theUpvote Share Tweet
Peyton Manning has nothing but love for the gloveEarning home field advantage through the AFC playoffs was huge for the Broncos. But even bigger might have been the results of quarterback Peyton Manning found while adjusting to the conditions in Denver. Dealing with weather was always an issue for him…Upvote Share Tweet
Jordy Nelson has no doubts he’ll play on SaturdayPackers coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday that the team’s medical staff still had some doubts that wide receiver Jordy Nelson’s knee would be well enough to allow him to play on Saturday night against the Vikings. Nelson progressed to a full practiceUpvote Share Tweet
Potential Top 10 pick Bjoern Werner enters NFL draftBjoern Werner, a Florida State defensive end who is regarded as a potential Top 10 pick, has decided to leave school and enter April’s NFL draft. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Werner was born and raised in Germany and only began playing American football whenUpvote Share TweetThe Jets won’t be cooperating with the league’s policy requiring the head coach to be made available to the media within one week after the last game of the season. The Professional Football Writers of America won’t be pushing the issue when it coUpvote Share Tweet
Security Kicked Out An Entire Section Of Raiders And Chargers FansThese seats are the absolute cheapest at Qualcomm Stadium: upper deck, behind an end zone, near the scoreboard. They're empty in this video, but not for a lack of tickets sold. This is the aftermath of a section-wide fight that went down in the fourth q…Upvote Share TweetEarlier this week, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan answered a question about his son, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, interviewing for head coaching jobs by saying he thought the time for that was after the Redskins’ season came to an end. That suggesUpvote Share TweetWith Andy Reid no longer in the picture, the Arizona Cardinals have received permission to interview Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Todd Haley for their head coaching job, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.Upvote Share TweetWhen head coaches get fired, their assistants are left to their own devices. But rather than wait for NFL jobs to get filled to try his luck, former Chargers special teams coach Rich Bisaccia just took a job at Auburn. Bisaccia was named assistant head …Upvote Share TweetSome people might think Adrian Peterson may be deflated after coming up just nine yards shy of breaking Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record, but Mike Florio thinks the opposite. Florio thinks Peterson could be motivated to try and break the reUpvote Share Tweet
Your Coach Sucks At Managing The Clock. Does It Really Matter?Drew Magary's Thursday Afternoon NFL Dick Joke Jamboroo runs every Thursday during the NFL season. More »Upvote Share TweetTwo years ago, the Titans hired Jim Skipper as their running backs coach and signed running back Chris Johnson to a gargantuan contract extension. Johnson hasn’t quite lived up to his salary, and Skipper may be paying for that with his job. The Titans wUpvote Share Tweet
The Brotherhood: A funny thing happened along the Bengals' way to …A funny thing happened along the Bengals' way to stockpiling defenders no one else wanted: They built a dominant unit, one that will make its mark in January, Ben Reiter says.Upvote Share Tweet
Still America's Team: An Analysis Of Twitter Behavior Before Cowboys-RedskinsIt was a good year to be a Redskins fan. Seven straight wins to close out the season. First playoff appearance since 2007. First NFC East title since 1999. A rookie running back who set the team record for rushing yards. And, of course, Black Jesus. Mor…Upvote Share TweetWhile the Vikings are freezing themselves in preparations for Saturday night’s playoff game at Green Bay, one of their biggest names is in sunny Florida. But Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said he had no objections to injured wide receiver Percy Harvin doUpvote Share TweetGiants' Cruz optimistic about getting an extensionUpvote Share TweetPeyton Manning tied yet another NFL record Thursday when he won his sixth career Offensive Player of the Month award.Upvote Share TweetIf you were gambling on the pick for the December AFC special teams player of the month when the month began, there’s not much chance you bet on the eventual winner. When December started, Josh Brown was on the veteran kicker tryout circuit, popping upUpvote Share TweetTexans defensive end J.J. Watt finished the year the same way he started it, bookending his September AFC defensive player of the month award with the December version. He posted a league-high six sacks and four forced fumbles in December, along with 27…Upvote Share TweetDays after they were named the PFT offensive and defensive rookies of the year, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly have received a couple of less prestigious awards. The NFL has announced that Wilson and Kuechly are…Upvote Share TweetOne-minute drill: Peter King's team-by-team playoff previewsUpvote Share Tweet
Blair Walsh wins NFC special teams player of monthVikings kicker Blair Walsh keeps not missing, so he keeps winning awards. The rookie was named NFC special teams player of the month for December. He was actually 11-of-12 on field goals for the month, but hit all five attempts from 50 yards or longer. …Upvote Share Tweet
Bonnie Bernstein Explains Ray Lewis's Crimes With An Unfortunate Parable About Middle Schoolers SmokingSomewhere along the line, we as a nation apparently chose to forgive/forget the fact that Ray Lewis was involved in a murder at a Super Bowl party in 2000. That Lewis and his friends got into a fight with another group, and two people in that other grou…Upvote Share TweetThe Redskins are riding a seven-game winning streak into Sunday’s game against the Seahawks and one of the biggest reasons for their turnaround after a 3-6 start has been the improved play of the defense. They forced 15 turnovers and sacked quarterbacksUpvote Share Tweet
Something's Gotta GiveRookie QBs reviving non-playoff teams aren't the only thing the Redskins and Seahawks have in common, but who continues deeper into January? Peter King has the answer.Upvote Share Tweet
Geno Smith selects Select Sports GroupEven in a draft class that is currently believed to lack high-end quarterbacks, the best quarterbacks in the class will attract plenty of attention and competition. West Virginia’s Geno Smith has made his choice, hiring Erik Burkhardt and Jeff Nalley ofUpvote Share TweetWell, the regular season has ended, and I finished strong with a 13-3 mark. More importantly, I went 4-1 in the five games on which MDS and I disagreed, pushing the final margin to 11 games. With only 11 postseason games and one agreement on the four w…Upvote Share TweetSuspended defensive coordinator Gregg Williams won't return to the St. Louis Rams next season, according to sources.Upvote Share Tweet
Ahmad Bradshaw: You never know who will be backGiants running back Ahmad Bradshaw battled through a slew of injuries this season to post 1,015 rushing yards in 14 games, the second time that he’s topped the 1,000-yard mark in his career. As he was cleaning out his locker and saying goodbye to his teUpvote Share TweetCowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant had to leave the stadium in a wheelchair after injuring his back during Sunday night’s season-ending loss to the Redskins and he was still on crutches Tuesday, leading to tests over the last few days to determine the extUpvote Share Tweet
Robert Griffin III: What a Good Quarterback Meansnytimes.com Updated Jan 3, 2013Do you have a top quarterback or not? Everything in the N.F.L. can change based on that question.Upvote Share Tweet
Bills may have some degree of interest in Jim HaslettThe Bills are trying to get in on the Chip Kelly derby, but they’re clearly putting together a Plan B. And one of the names on the Plan B (or maybe C) list seems to be Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett. There was an item in the Washington PostUpvote Share TweetEli Manning and Michael Vick have done a lot to puncture the notion that Lambeau Field gives the Packers a home-field advantage that’s impossible to overcome in recent years and now a member of the Packers is saying that he’d just as soon play on theUpvote Share TweetThe Buffalo News has an incredible package of stories and photos celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Bills’ comeback playoff win against the Oilers. Dave Hyde of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel takes a look at the best and worst of the Dolphins’ seUpvote Share TweetDays after he was fired by the Cardinals, Ken Whisenhunt has had his second interview for a new job. Whisenhunt interviewed Wednesday with the Browns about their head coaching vacancy, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and CEO JoUpvote Share Tweet
Two Florida Gators declare for NFL Draft following Sugar BowlFollowing their 33-23 loss to the Louisville Cardinals in the Sugar Bowl on Wednesday night, Florida junior safety Matt Elam and junior defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd announced their intentions to declare for the NFL draft. Elam was named a first-team A…Upvote Share Tweet
NFL needs developmental league, for plenty of reasonsWhen the NFL pulled the plug on whatever the World League was known as in its final existence, the NFL likewise removed the ability of young players to get much-needed live reps. But it’s more than players who benefit from a league that helps develop taUpvote Share Tweet
Colts Owner Jim Irsay Is Ready For The Playoffs: "Time To Let The Monster Feed!!!!!!!!!!!!!"The Andrew Luck-led Indianapolis Colts, by some unexplainable circumstance, pulled off an 11-5 record this season and secured a wild-card playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday. Colts owner Jim Irsay? Oh, he's ready to party, as you can s…Upvote Share Tweetnydailynews.com Updated Jan 3, 2013Alabama coach Nick Saban arrived with his SEC championship team Wednesday afternoon to prepare for Monday’s BCS national championship game against top-ranked Notre Dame in Miami amid a swirl of speculation that he may leave for the NFL at season’s endUpvote Share Tweet
Overrated Colts and Wild-Card Round Probabilitiesnytimes.com Updated Jan 3, 2013A good case can be made that Indianapolis's surprising 11-5 record was more a result of a weak schedule than anything else.Upvote Share Tweet
Seahawks back to full strength entering playoffsAfter 16 regular season games the Seattle Seahawks enter the playoffs with just about as healthy a roster as possible. Running back Marshawn Lynch was the only player listed on Seattle’s injury report on Wednesday. He was limited with a back injury thatUpvote Share Tweet
With Rex Ryan fleeing to Bahamas, NY Jets coach leaves a trail of unanswered questions that won't go awaynydailynews.com Updated Jan 3, 2013Rex Ryan, bless his heart, is suddenly running scared of notebooks and microphones. Woody Johnson just hasn’t been the same since his pal Mitt Romney did just about as well on Election Night as the Jets did on Thanksgiving Night, minus the Butt Fumble,Upvote Share Tweet
About Last Night: Ray Lewis, Pregame Dance to Retiregrantland.com Updated Jan 3, 2013In case you were busy explaining why your "flu-like symptoms" aren't just a cover for a two-day New Year's Eve hangover, here's what you missed in spo...Upvote Share Tweet
NFL32OT: A Tough Task AheadJan 3Episode 242: Chris Mortensen discusses which rookie quarterback will have a tougher task this postseason. Merril Hoge makes his pick for MVP. The NFL32 crew discuss Adrian Peterson's desire to play on special teams.
Cold Hard FactsJan 3Mark Schlereth shares which teams he believes are poised to win on Wild-Card Weekend.
How they got here: Green Bay PackersJan 3The Green Bay Packers are heading into the 2012 playoffs with momentum and energy. Relive the memorable moments they experienced on their road to the postseason.
Jim Trotter: With poise beyond his years, Wilson leads Seahawks into playo…Jan 3RENTON, Wash. -- Seahawks rookie Russell Wilson was among the league's most productive quarterbacks over the final nine weeks of the season, throwing for 18 touchdowns, rushing for four others, posting a passer rating in excess of 104.0 on seven occasio…
2012 NFL playoffs -- John Clayton's First and Goal: Wild-Card RoundJan 3With the Ravens' wild-card game possibly being Ray Lewis' last at home, emotions will run high in Baltimore, John Clayton writes.
One-minute drill: Peter King's team-by-team playoff previewsJan 3One-minute drill: Peter King's team-by-team playoff previews
Peter King: NFL Wild-Card PicksJan 3Peter King: NFL Wild-Card Picks