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Cowboys will let defensive assistants interview elsewhere, but possibly not leave
profootballtalk.com Updated Jan 10, 2013
These are strange times for the remaining members of the Cowboys defensive coaching staff. According to the Dallas Morning News, the club has given the defensive assistants permission to speak to other teams after the firing of Rob Ryan. However, they …Share Tweet
Brian Kelly rumors about leaving Notre Dame for Philadelphia Eagles would be harsh news in a rough week for Fighting IrishThe mood surrounding Notre Dame’s football program changed dramatically this week. Just five days ago, the top-ranked Irish were confident they were on the verge of their first national championship since 1988. But Alabama splashed cold water on that idShare TweetAt least Rob Chudzinski will have no trouble adjusting to Cleveland. The latest coach of the Browns has been employed twice before by the team, as tight ends coach in 2004 (he served as interim offensive coordinator for the final games of the season) an…Share TweetThe last time the 49ers beat the Packers, Alex Smith was the quarterback. The last time the 49ers played in the divisional round (and won), Alex Smith was the quarterback. So as the 49ers prepare to face the Packers in the divisional round of the playo…Share Tweet
In NFL divisional playoff round, Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers looking for revenge on San Francisco 49ers just one of many innydailynews.com Jan 10, 2013Home is where the heart and barbecued shrimp are, and for Peyton Manning, the Big Easy is also where he and little brother Eli grew up and where the Lombardi Trophy will be waiting on Feb. 3 to be hoisted amid all the confetti in the Superdome.Share Tweet
Bieniemy could be running backs coach in Kansas CityEric Bieniemy left an NFL job with the Vikings two years ago to become the offensive coordinator at the University of Colorado. Now, he could be heading back to the NFL. John Henderson of the Denver Post reports that Bieniemy “is under strong considerShare Tweet
Kevin Smith disappointed the Lions didn’t use him more in 2012Lions running back Kevin Smith has had an on-again, off-again run in Detroit, the only team for which he has played during five NFL seasons. Though on the roster to end the season, it definitely has become off again, given that Smith finished the season…Share TweetSANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- David Akers is keeping his job as San Francisco's starting kicker. For now, anyway.Share TweetMike Pettine intends to bring his aggressive approach to Buffalo in a bid to transform the Bills' high-priced, yet underachieving defense.Share TweetOn Thursday, running back Chris Rainey started the day as a member of the Steelers. While he technically will still finish the day as a member of the Steelers, it’s only a matter of time before he isn’t. The Steelers waived Rainey after he was arresShare TweetBengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden interviewed with the Cardinals Thursday, and said he might be visiting with the Eagles next week. You’ve got to respect the casual approach the younger Gruden has taken to the interview process, after admitting hShare TweetESPN.com Jan 10, 2013Bernie Kosar spent more than 10 years in persistent pain, the effects of more than one dozen documented concussions he sustained in 13 years as an NFL quarterback.Share TweetIf at first you don’t succeed, give it a shot with a new general manager. A year after interviewing for the Jaguars job that went to Mike Mularkey, Brian Schottenheimer will get a chance to replace him. According to multiple reports, the Jags asked forShare Tweet
Justin Smith remains limited in practice, but signs point to him playingIf the RG3 knee injury, which came at a time when he clearly shouldn’t have been playing, will spark a culture change in the NFL when it comes to injured players playing, it may take a little while for the shift to begin. Maybe, perhaps, until God isn”Share TweetMinnesota general manager Rick Spielman said Thursday the organization has no concerns about Percy Harvin's character or attitude with a pivotal offseason ahead for the wide receiver's future with the Vikings.Share TweetThe Vikings’ unlikely turnaround from 3-13 to 10-6 has resulted in another opportunity for a player to swap a week of wintry Minnesota for sunny Honolulu. Linebacker Chad Greenway will get his second trip to the Pro Bowl, replacing Cowboys linebacker DeShare TweetEveryone knows Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt had a good season, but Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was “good season” doesn’t even come close to describing how well Watt played in 2012. According to Phillips, Watt had the greatest seShare TweetBears special teams coach Dave Toub is part of the cast of thousands interviewing for the Bears head coaching job. But it doesn’t take much reading of the tea leaves to think he’s not the leading candidating, since the Bears are letting him look at laShare Tweet49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said earlier this week that he had a “leader in the clubhouse” in the competition between David Akers and Billy Cundiff to serve as the team’s kicker against the Packers. Harbaugh revealed his choice on Thursday and it turneShare TweetThe Bengals’ postseason is over. But one of their players will be playing in one more game. Tight end Jermaine Gresham has been added to the AFC Pro Bowl roster, the Bengals announced on Thursday. He replaces Steelers tight end Heath Miller, who sufShare TweetIf you were looking forward to seeing Tim Tebow playing quarterback or any other position for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2013, you can stop doing that now. At his introductory press conference, newly-hired general manager David Caldwell slammed the doo…Share TweetFormer Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt interviewed for a second time with the Cleveland Browns on Thursday, league sources confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Share TweetBaltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos Saturday, January 12, 4:30 p.m. ET Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colo. Both divisional playoff games in the AFC feature rematches of December blowouts. In Week 15, the Broncos went into Baltimore…Share TweetLast month, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen breathlessly reported it’s a “virtual certainty” that Tim Tebow will be a Jaguar in 2013. I don’t think that term means what he thinks it means. (Unless he thinks it means “95 percent” certain.) Either waShare TweetLinebacker Terrell Suggs and the rest of the Ravens head to Denver this weekend for a date with the Broncos, which makes his visit to Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network a good time to preview that contest. Erik Kuselias will talk to Suggs about wha…Share TweetDetroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh paid $130,000 to settle a lawsuit by a woman who claims she was injured in a December 2011 car crash in Oregon involving the Detroit Lions' star, according to a Detroit Free Press report.Share TweetAs the Ravens prepare to try to break a nine-game losing streak against quarterback Peyton Manning, the availability of one of their best defensive players suddenly is in question. Receiver Torrey Smith was a new addition to the Ravens’ injury report, wShare TweetTwo of the three wide receivers who missed practice for the Packers on Wednesday were back on the field Thursday, providing a strong sign that they’ll be ready to go when the Packers face off with the 49ers on Saturday. Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson werShare Tweet
Saturday divisional round preview: Justin Smith could make all the difference in Packers-49ers rematchGreen Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers Saturday, January 12, 8:00 p.m. ET Candlestick Park, San Francisco, Calif. When the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers faced off in Week 1 of the 2012 NFL season, it was a game of defense above all. Despit…Share Tweet
Players oppose possible elimination of kickoffsDENVER (AP) The eight teams left in the NFL playoffs can thank their special teams for a good part of their success. That's one reason players are still upset Commissioner Roger Goodell has floated the idea of abolishing kickoffs altogether.Share TweetOne way or another, Jake Matthews was going to wind up following Luke Joeckel. Either Matthews, who is the son of Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews and a cousin of Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, would follow his fellow Texas A&M offensive tackle’s lead anShare TweetThe big news of the day for those with an anti-football agenda was that Junior Seau had chronic traumatic encephalopathy. But Mike Florio says this should surprise no one. Seau played football for 20 years. The real question is how will this change beha…Share Tweet
Save The Black Quarterbackdeadspin.com Jan 10, 2013Drew Magary's Thursday Afternoon NFL Dick Joke Jamboroo runs every Thursday during the NFL season. More »Share Tweet
Broncos pair has the best nickname in the playoffsWhat a difference a year makes for Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker. The Denver Broncos' two most productive receivers have significantly upped their yardage since last year's Tim Tebow-led season. They are preparing to play in the divisional round of t…Share Tweet
Tom Clements interviewing with Bears ThursdayPackers offensive coordinator Tom Clements will have to turn his attention away from the 49ers for a little bit on Thursday. Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com reports that Clements is going to interview with the Bears for their head coaching job befo…Share TweetThe latest knee injury suffered by Redskins Robert Griffin III, as bad as it is for him and his team, could do some good. It could force greater sensitivity to the quality of playing surfaces throughout the NFL. According to USA Today, the NFL Players A…Share TweetThe NFL is back up to six head coaching vacancies as new Jags GM Dave Caldwell fired Mike Mularkey after just one season at the helm. It doesn’t happen often, but it goes to show that one bad year can get you fired in the NFL. Greg Roman, the 49ers’ oShare TweetAfter firing defensive coordinator Rob Ryan on Tuesday, the Cowboys have identified their top candidate to replace him: Monte Kiffin. Kiffin, the guru of the Tampa 2 defense, is the leading candidate in the eyes of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and coach Ja…Share TweetColts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians has been released from the hospital, which means that it’s time for him to start talking to teams about head coaching jobs. One of the teams reportedly interested in Arians is the Chargers. During an interview wiShare Tweet
Andrews sounds a cautious note about RG3 comebackEven though every seemingly routine procedure which results in anything other than death is referred to as a “successful surgery,” celebrity surgeon Dr. James Andrews seems to be trying to pump the brakes on his latest high-profile operation. After yeShare Tweet[Editor's note: Another day, another update to the various coaching and G.M. vacancies. For the first time since December 31, the list has grown, thanks to the termination of Mike Mularkey's employment in Jacksonville.] Arizona Cardinals: The CardiShare TweetThere have been reports of one of Andy Reid’s former quarterbacks coaches with the Eagles, Brad Childress, joining Reid in Kansas City with the Chiefs. If that happens, it doesn’t look like Childress will be the team’s offensive coordinator becauseShare Tweet
Brady, Belichick, Peyton can set NFL playoff recordsIf this weekend’s games go as expected, the AFC’s Super Bowl team will be quarterbacked by either Peyton Manning or Tom Brady for the eighth time in the last 12 years. So it’s no surprise that in addition to trying to get back to the Super Bowl withShare TweetTitans owner Bud Adams’ dissatisfaction with the Titans was no secret as the season wound down, but it didn’t wind up costing General Manager Ruston Webster or coach Mike Munchak their jobs. The same wasn’t true for others in the organization, howevShare Tweet
Going On A Run?: The Pats have lived and died on the pass, but it …The Pats have lived and died on the pass, but it hasn't gotten them far lately. That might change with a dedication to the run unseen since their last Super Bowl, Ben Reiter says.Share TweetFOX gave Brian Billick a bump into the booth for one of this weekend’s playoff games, which means he’ll be in Atlanta to call the Falcons against the Seahawks on Sunday. On Thursday, though, he’ll be visiting with Mike Florio on PFT Live to discussShare TweetThe Jaguars' Mike Mularkey-who was the NFL's interim least-interesting head coach after Pat Shurmur's firing on Black Monday-finally got the axe today. Jacksonville had spent the days immediately after the season's end hunting for a new general manageShare Tweet
Catch Me If You Can: Just when you think you have him ... nope. One Aa…Just when you think you have him ... nope. One Aaron Rodgers trait could make the difference in the game of the weekend, Peter King writes as he picks divisional round winners.Share TweetMarc Trestman hasn’t coached at the NFL level since 2004. And yet he now finds himself under consideration for multiple NFL head-coaching jobs. It’s not a complete shock. Last year, the Colts considered both Trestman and his Montreal Alouettes’Share Tweet
Dual-threat QBs like Robert Griffin III the wave of the future in the NFL, but the thrill may be short-livednydailynews.com Jan 10, 2013There are Giants fans out there — admit it if you're one — who secretly, or maybe not so secretly, are a bit giddy over Robert Griffin III's misfortune. That's human nature, albeit a darker side. But for football fans in general, everybody got screwedShare TweetAlthough the Steelers aren’t happy with an 8-8 season, owner Art Rooney II says he’s very happy with his coach and his quarterback. Rooney told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he doesn’t blame head coach Mike Tomlin for a season that everyone agreeShare TweetThe Lions opted to retain General Manager Martin Mayhew and coach Jim Schwartz after a 4-12 season, but that doesn’t mean the status quo will remain in place across the entire organization. Schwartz and defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham both saidShare TweetIn their search for a new general manager, the New York Jets have interviewed San Francisco 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble, New York Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross and current Jets assistant GM Scott Cohen. The Jets were in…Share TweetBringing Mike Pettine in as defensive coordinator means the Bills will likely be bringing more pressure. There are open concerns that TE Michael Egnew won’t (or shouldn’t) make the Dolphins roster next year, a year after being taken in the third roundShare Tweet
Taylor Lewan stays at Michigan despite first-round draft gradeMichigan left tackle Taylor Lewan has made the surprising decision to return to school for his senior year and wait until 2014 to enter the NFL draft. Lewan says he has been told he would be a first-round pick if he came out this year, but he has more h…Share TweetAs intimidating a foe as the Seahawks might be, the Falcons’ biggest challenge this week will be playing against their own history. They’ve rolled up big win totals in the regular season (56 the last five seasons, only the Patriots with 60 have more),Share Tweet
Divisional Round Probabilities: Atlanta-Seattle Coin Toss Gamenytimes.com Jan 10, 2013The most evenly matched game of the divisional round of the playoffs will probably come down to a few plays, with Seattle holding a slight edge.Share TweetAfter he was fired as the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator, Rob Ryan said injuries were the biggest problem he faced. “When we weren’t short-handed, we were kicking ass,” Ryan said. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, however, doesn’t remember it that way.Share Tweetnytimes.com Jan 10, 2013Thee latest pool of candidates for the Jets includes Jerry Angelo, the former general manager of the Chicago Bears.Share TweetSeattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman thinks the Atlanta Falcons receiving corps provides the biggest challenge his team has faced all season. The Falcons’ duo of Julio Jones and Roddy White, along with tight end Tony Gonzalez, are among the mostShare Tweet
Marcus Vick sentenced to jail time for contempt of courtWhile his brother, Michael, spent most of the year in the headlines for his poor play and the struggles of the Philadelphia Eagles, former Miami Dolphins quarterback Marcus Vick has been in the headlines for his exploits off the field. Those exploits ha…Share TweetThe Jets are expanding their search for a new general manager, setting up interviews with Miami assistant GM Brian Gaine and Pittsburgh executive Omar Khan.Share Tweet
Wyoming Falls From The List Of Unbeatens As Boise State Hits Buzzer-Beating Three-Pointer To Win In Laramiedeadspin.com Jan 10, 2013Wyoming's been perhaps the most under-the-radar undefeated team this season-high-flying Larry Nance, Jr. notwithstanding-and came into tonight's home matchup against Boise State with confidence they'd advance their record to 14-0. Of course, this hasShare Tweet
Browns Name Rob Chudzinski Head CoachJan 10Chris Mortensen with the latest on the Browns' hiring of Rob Chudzinski.
NFL32OT: The Pressure Is OnJan 10Episode 246: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss whether Colin Kaepernick can lead the 49ers past Green Bay. Steve Young breaks down the expectations for Matt Ryan in the playoffs. The NFL32 crew discuss the Seahawks-Falcons matchup.
Cleveland Browns hire Rob Chudzinski as head coachJan 10The Cleveland Browns have hired former Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski as their head coach.
Cleveland Browns hire Rob Chudzinski as head coachJan 10The Cleveland Browns have hired former Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski as their head coach.