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nydailynews.com Jan 8, 2013Woody Johnson stopped just short of giving Rex Ryan part ownership in the franchise - who knows, maybe he has - but he has included him as part of the process to pick the Jets’ new general manager and made his continued employment a non-negotiable cShare TweetWith a need at defensive end due to Chris Clemons being lost for the season due to a torn ACL and meniscus, the Seattle Seahawks have again looked to an unexpected place to address their need. The Seahawks are expected to sign defensive end Patrick Chuk…Share TweetSo with the Cowboys firing defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and with coach Jason Garrett explaining that the franchise plans to “move forward in a different direction philosophically on defense,” the obvious conclusion to be drawn is that the team couldShare TweetARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Dallas defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was fired Tuesday after his injury-depleted unit struggled in a pair of season-ending losses that kept the Cowboys out of the playoffs for a third straight year.Share TweetNew Bills coach Doug Marrone has made his first hire. And it’s a hire that Marrone previously has made. According to Tim Graham of the Buffalo News, Marrone has hired Nathaniel Hackett, who served as Marrone’s offensive coordinator at Syracuse. ThShare TweetWASHINGTON (AP) -- A person familiar with the situation says Robert Griffin III will have surgery Wednesday to repair a torn ligament in his right knee.Share TweetThe bounty case is over, for the most part. But with the NFL soon descending on New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII, plenty more will be said about the situation - especially since Saints coach Sean Payton remains suspended as the franchise is preparingShare TweetA person familiar with the situation says the Carolina Panthers interviewed New York Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross and Montreal Alouettes general manager Jim Popp on Tuesday for their vacant GM position.Share Tweet
Panthers keep finding scapegoats, bigger problems remainGoing into his third year with the Panthers, Ron Rivera has a 13-19 record. His record of offering up those who might not necessarily be the problem is far more impressive. In addition to the previously reported firing of running backs coach John Settle…Share TweetThe knee injury suffered -- and re-suffered -- by Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III against the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday afternoon's wild-card loss could very well be serious enough to keep the star player out for a significant period…Share TweetAuthorities say Oakland Raiders linebacker and former University of Alabama player Rolando McClain has bonded out jail on charges of violating rules on car window tint and trying to lie to police about his identity.Share TweetThe Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to hire Atlanta director of player personnel Dave Caldwell as general manager, charging him with turning around one of the league's worst teams.Share Tweet
Mike Shanahan: A coach who overrules the doctors should be firedRedskins coach Mike Shanahan is adamant that he did not overrule team doctors in the decision to play quarterback Robert Griffin III after Griffin suffered a knee injury - so adamant that he says if he did that, he would deserve to be fired. In a converShare Tweet
Justin Smith will be pulled if he isn’t productiveIn the aftermath of last Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and quarterback Robert Griffin III both said part of the reason Griffin wasn’t pulled despite being at less than 100 percent was because the team felt he was still thShare TweetENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- There's a new "Gloved One" - in Denver, at least.Share TweetWith Dave Caldwell becoming the G.M. in Jacksonville, the first order of business will be to determine whether to retain coach Mike Mularkey. And while their mutual history in Atlanta could help, Caldwell has other ties that run far deeper. As Matt Mai…Share Tweet
Klein makes agent hireFormer Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein has seen his draft stock take a hit in recent weeks. Once regarded as one of the top quarterbacks in the class of 2013, the man who finished third for the Heisman Trophy could be waiting for a while on draft…Share TweetBill Cowher, who coached the Steelers for 15 seasons but has seemed content working in television since leaving Pittsburgh after the 2006 season, says he expects to return to the sidelines eventually. Asked by Neil Best of Newsday if he plans to coach a…Share Tweet
No Nelson, but Finley returns to Packers practiceThe Packers don’t have to submit an injury report today, so there’s not much in the way of official comment on any of their injured players. But reporters there can call the roll. According to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press Gazette, wide receiverShare TweetNow for some seriously awful news surrounding the New York Jets: Linebacker Bryan Thomas, a veteran of 11 seasons, is trying to get into a special probation program because he allegedly beat up his wife more than two months ago. More »Share TweetThree months ago, the head coach of a professional football team made a terrible, terrible decision. On Sept. 30, up by a point with less than two minutes to go, Carolina's Ron Rivera decided to punt the ball away to the Atlanta Falcons, even though it …Share TweetApparently, keeping extra kickers is what all the cool kids out West are doing. With Steven Hauschka suffering a calf injury, the Seahawks have signed veteran Ryan Longwell after a tryout Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Ed Werder. Longwell hasn’t kickedShare TweetThe Cardinals introduced Steve Keim as their general manager on Tuesday and it didn’t take long before he reminded everyone that he’s experienced both the highs and lows of life in the Cardinals organization. Keim, who had been the team’s vice presiShare TweetRunning back Willis McGahee returned to practice for the first time on Tuesday since the Broncos placed him on injured reserve with a designation to return in November. McGahee said Monday that he’s not ready to play in a game yet as he recovers from anShare TweetLeslie Frazier has one year left on his contract and no concern about his future. The Minnesota Vikings coach said Tuesday he and his agent will speak soon with team officials about his deal.Share TweetAt this time last year, there wasn’t much doubt that a quarterback was going first in the draft. Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III both had their supporters, but it was a safe assumption that the Colts were coming away with one of them. Even though theShare Tweet
Catch up on the day’s news with PFT on NBC Sports NetworkWe’ve got playoff games to look forward to and coaching searches to update on Tuesday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network. Erik Kuselias, Mike Florio, Ross Tucker and Shaun King will look at the storylines from all of the games in theShare Tweet
NFL requires certification of field fitness within 72 hours of kickoffThe condition of FedEx Field during Sunday’s Seahawks-Redskins game has raised new questions about the lack of uniformity and consistency among playing surfaces. And that prompted us to track down some more information about the NFL’s standards whenShare TweetPHILADELPHIA (AP) The Eagles will interview Lovie Smith for their coaching vacancy on Thursday.Share TweetThe Panthers made a change at their best-funded position, but not the one that gave their fans a Twitter heart attack for a moment. According to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, the Panthers fired running backs coach John Settle Tuesday, the first …Share TweetVikings coach Leslie Frazier said Monday that receiver Percy Harvin will remain with the team in 2013. Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder has somewhat less optimism. “I’m not sure, I don’t know,” Ponder told Paul Allen of KFAN on Tuesday. ”Share Tweet
One thing to know: Dysfunction in New YorkThink again if you believe the Jets will operate as a smooth franchise after making multiple changes up and down the organization this off-season. With coach Rex Ryan still in place, Mike Florio says New York is guaranteed to be a dysfunctional team onc…Share TweetNick Saban's future is considered uncertain at this point, and Mike Florio believes a return to the NFL may be next for the decorated college football coach. After a failed two-year stint with the Dolphins, Saban may be looking to turn his NFL legacy ar…Share TweetBengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden has yet to declare he won’t be the Eagles or the Cardinals coach. But he has come close to doing that. In an interview with his current team’s website, Jay Gruden says he’ll interview with Philly and ArizonShare TweetVikings coach Leslie Frazier made sure to leave no wiggle room when he answered a question Tuesday about quarterback Christian Ponder’s status heading into the 2013 season. “He’s our starter,” Frazier said, via Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com. PondeShare TweetESPN will not renew its contract with commentator Rob Parker, who was suspended last month following remarks he made on ESPN2's First Take in which he questioned Robert Griffin III's "blackness."Share TweetTexas A&M Aggies offensive tackle Luke Joeckel announced Tuesday that he's entering the NFL draft.Share TweetNine days after the New York Jets closed out their circus-like 2012 regular season with a 28-9 loss to the Buffalo Bills, head coach Rex Ryan and owner Woody Johnson met with the media to discuss what went wrong with the team this season and how the two…Share TweetThe New York Jets' starting quarterback job is essentially open as of now.Share Tweet[Editor's note: Every day, we'll post a new update on the various coaching and G.M. vacancies, until all of them are filled. Or until we lose interest. Or forget to do it.] Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals reportedly are negotiating with Steve KeiShare Tweet
Circle The Wagons?: The jury is out on whether Doug Marrone can turn …The jury is out on whether Doug Marrone can turn the Bills into a viable threat in the AFC East. Look at his pedigree, though, and you'll see encouraging signs, Peter King writes.Share Tweet
Replacement refs more popular than CongressThe NFL’s replacement officials became a national punchline during the first three weeks of the season, and they were finally given the boot after a disastrous decision to award the Seahawks a game-winning touchdown in a Monday night meeting with the PaShare Tweet
Outside the Game: Jay Cutler inspires others with Type 1 DiabetesChicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has faced monstrous defensive linemen and skilled pass defenders, gone through disappointing seasons, and traversed the inevitable NFL churn through two different teams and a revolving cast of characters. So, with al…Share TweetDuring his Tuesday morning press conference, Jets coach Rex Ryan made one thing clear: defensive coordinator Mike Pettine won’t be back. Ryan declined to name Pettine’s likely replacement, even though it seems that Ryan already knows who it will be.Share TweetEarlier today, Jets head coach Rex Ryan and owner Woody Johnson finally held their mandatory postmortem press conference pushed back by one legendary Bahamian vacation. Most of the questions tackled the team's identity and philosophy and plans to find t…Share TweetRavens running back Ray Rice fumbled twice on Sunday. He would prefer that reporters not bring that up when interviewing him. When he was asked about those fumbles, Rice said he didn’t understand why one game was being held against him after he played 1Share Tweet
The Cowboys Took A Swipe At The NHL On Twitter, But The Dallas Stars (Eventually) Gave It Right Backdeadspin.com Jan 8, 2013Hockey's back! (We think.) And no one in Dallas gives a shit! (Which actually might be true.) Ah, but when you've won just one playoff game in 16 years-and counting!-it's probably not a good idea to throw shade at one of your neighbors the way the DalShare Tweet
PFT Live: Bob Glauber, Wendy’s Rapid ReactionThe Jets have finally held their press conference. Now it’s time to talk about. Bob Glauber of Newsday will join Mike Florio on PFT Live Tuesday to talk about the long-awaited press conference featuring Jets coach Rex Ryan and owner Woody Johnson. The tShare Tweet
Rex Ryan: I need an offense that reflects who I amJets coach Rex Ryan said in his first public comments since the end of the season that he plans to reshape the team’s offense in his own image, making them more aggressive and physical offensively. “I don’t think I’ve done as good a job of implemeShare Tweet
Nate Burleson thinks Titus Young needs to channel Scottie PippenThe Lions haven’t made any decisions about wide receiver Titus Young’s future with the team, but one of his teammates thinks that he knows what Young needs to do in order to succeed in Detroit. To fellow wideout Nate Burleson, it is as simple as knowiShare Tweet
Andy Reid: I don’t regret making Juan Castillo defensive coordinatorIn a conversation with the Philadelphia media after he was officially named the Chiefs’ head coach, Andy Reid reflected on his long tenure coaching the Eagles without criticizing anyone - and without expressing regret for his most controversial decisiShare Tweet
Bears GM Phil Emery assembles lengthy list of head coaching candidatesChicago Bears general manager Phil Emery hopes to have a new head coach in place by Jan. 19's East-West Shrine game and has a lengthy list of candidates to sort through. Emery fired Lovie Smith, in part, because of a failure over the years to develop th…Share TweetThe Ravens closed out their victory over the Colts in their Wild Card game with a kneeldown and one last home-field rendition of Ray Lewis‘ “squirrel” dance. It came at the end of a day devoted to Lewis, who announced he’d be retiring after the seShare Tweet
Vikings' Allen to have surgery after Pro BowlMinnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen said he'll wait until after the Pro Bowl to have surgery on his left shoulder to repair a torn labrum he's had for months.Share TweetOK, so now it looks like Phil Emery is just showing off. Emery has expanded the list of known candidates to coach the Bears to a lucky (or, depending on the final decision, unlucky) 13. The latest, according to Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune, is Bear…Share Tweet
Rod Marinelli could remain in ChicagoOne of the coaches not on the Bears’ ever-expanding list of head coaching candidates is their current defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli. According to a report by Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune, that doesn’t mean Marinelli is without a future in CShare TweetHow great was Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s season? It was so great that he’s still doing great things, even after the season ended. Via the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, a Twitter campaign launched by friends of a Fairport, New York teenShare TweetAn offseason that may see the Jets lose more position coaches than the franchise may have anticipated rolled along this morning with the news that offensive coordinator Tony Sparano has been fired after one season. ESPN's Chris Mortensen was the first w…Share Tweet
Candlestick Park looks a lot like FedEx FieldOne of last weekend’s four playoff games was played on a field that has been called “crappy” and “horrible” and anything and everything but “actual grass.” This weekend, the ultimately reality show that is the NFL will have as another sourceShare TweetMark Gaughan of the Buffalo News thinks the Bills got themselves a strong presence in coach Doug Marrone. Dolphins WR Davone Bess has some of the best fundamentals in the game. The Patriots have done well against defenses coordinated by Wade Phillips in…Share TweetThose who are interested in personal narratives may find the story of Notre Dame linebacker Manti T'eo more compelling than do the scouts, coaches, and personnel executives who are now responsible for deciding where T'eo will go in the 2013 NFL Draft. T…Share TweetOregon Athletic Director Rob Mullens says he’s thrilled that Chip Kelly has spurned NFL teams to remain the coach of the Ducks. But Mullens says he fully expects to have more NFL teams go after Kelly in the future. “If we’re winning 11, 12, 13, 14 gShare Tweet
Draft gets a big (and great) name, Barkevious Mingo declaresHe’ll end up being one of the biggest names in this year’s NFL Draft, but he’s already one of the best names. LSU’s Barkevious Mingo has declared he’ll leave school a year early to enter the draft, according to Randy Rosetta of the New Orleans TShare TweetCowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant held off on a life-altering (at least for his finger) finger surgery with his team still in the playoff hunt. He’ll wait no longer, as he tweeted last night he’s having surgery today on his broken left index finger. ”Share TweetWashington Redskins fullback Darrel Young isn’t happy with the actions of the Seattle Seahawks in the Redskins’ 24-14 season-ending loss on Sunday. According to Jim Corbett of the USA Today, Young says the Seahawks took cheap shots against running bacShare TweetThe Bears plan to interview Minnesota Vikings assistants Mike Singletary and Mike Priefer for Chicago's head-coaching opening, according to multiple reports.Share TweetStanford tight ends Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo combined for 93 catches and 10 touchdowns for a Cardinal team that went 12-2 with a 20-14 win over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. Now both will be headed to the NFL. According to Jon Wilner of the San Jose M…Share TweetThe Baltimore Ravens have received a one-week roster exemption for cornerback Asa Jackson. Jackson has completed a four-week suspension for a violation of the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy and is eligible to play this week against the DenveShare TweetIndianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is back home after spending a night in a Baltimore area hospital on Sunday. Arians was checked into a hospital in Baltimore Sunday morning prior to the Colts playoff match up with the Baltimore Raven…Share TweetThe MRI performed on Seahawks pass-rusher Chris Clemons revealed he suffered a torn ACL and meniscus in his left knee that will require surgery and end his season.Share Tweetgrantland.com Jan 8, 2013The Ravens and Redskins have been two nearby teams at opposite ends of the NFL spectrum for most of the past decade. They're case studies in how to ru...Share Tweet
I Suck at Football, Week 18: Nolo Contenderegrantland.com Jan 8, 2013My sister finds an apartment and a roommate and moves out of my house the morning of the last Bengals game of the season. It takes maybe 30 minutes to...Share Tweet
NFL32OT: The Breakout TeamJan 8Episode 244: Herm Edwards breaks down who will be the breakout team in 2013. The NFL32OT crew discuss which New York team had the most disappointing season.
Jaguars Name Falcons Director Of Player Personnel New GMJan 8Atlanta Falcons director of player personnel David Caldwell has reached agreement on a deal to become the Jacksonville Jaguars' new general manager.
PTI Big Finish January 8thJan 8PTI runs down Tuesday's top stories.
Dr. Kaplan On Griffin III's InjuryJan 8Source: Robert Griffin III expected to undergo surgery on torn LCL in right knee.