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Eli Manning replaces Aaron Rodgers in Pro Bowl

Eli Manning replaces Aaron Rodgers in Pro Bowl

profootballtalk.com ESPN.com Updated Jan 15, 2013
With Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers unable to play in the Pro Bowl due to a handful of injuries, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has been named to the NFC roster to replace him. Manning completed 60-percent of his passes for 3,948 y…
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  • Retired RB Jones set to donate brain to science

    Retired RB Jones set to donate brain to science

    ESPN.com Jan 15, 2013
    Thomas Jones, a retired running back who played for five teams in 12 NFL seasons, has decided to donate his brain to the Sports Legacy Institute to be studied for evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
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  • Marc Ross withdraws from Jets G.M. contention

    Marc Ross withdraws from Jets G.M. contention

    profootballtalk.com Jan 15, 2013
    The list of candidates for the New York Jets general manager job has apparently shrunk by one. According to Brian Costello of the New York Post, New York Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross has pulled his name out of contention for the job. Ro…
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  • NY Jets need to hire personnel expert as general manager, not a…

    NY Jets need to hire personnel expert as general manager, not another salary-cap specialist such as Mike Tannenbaum

    nydailynews.com Jan 15, 2013
    The Jets stink right now and have sunk to their lowest level since the forgettable and thankfully short-lived Rich Kotite era for one basic reason: The roster is bad.
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  • Broncos promote Cory Undlin to secondary coach

    Broncos promote Cory Undlin to secondary coach

    profootballtalk.com Jan 15, 2013
    The Denver Broncos made the decision Tuesday to not renew the contract of secondary coach Ron Milus in the wake of the Broncos double overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens last Saturday. It didn’t take long for the Broncos to fill the role as they have
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  • Chargers tell San Diego they’re not moving in 2013

    Chargers tell San Diego they’re not moving in 2013

    profootballtalk.com Jan 15, 2013
    Under the terms of the NFL’s relocation policy, there’s only one team that could as a practical matter move to Los Angeles in 2013.  And that team has informed the mayor of its current city that it is staying put. According to Sam Farmer of the Los A
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  • Cards add Bevell to list; reportedly Arians, too

    Cards add Bevell to list; reportedly Arians, too

    The Arizona Cardinals' list of potential coaches lost a name when the San Diego Chargers hired Mike McCoy.
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  • Criticism of Capers gives Greene indigestion

    Criticism of Capers gives Greene indigestion

    profootballtalk.com Jan 15, 2013
    Kevin Greene has known and worked with Dom Capers for decades, so it’s no surprise the Packers outside linebackers coach will defend his defensive coordinator. It’s the colorful manner in which he defended him which is so fantastic. Asked by Tyler Dun
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  • Haslam hints at Browns uniform changes

    Haslam hints at Browns uniform changes

    profootballtalk.com Jan 15, 2013
    Not long after the Browns hired CEO Joe Banner, he tiptoed around the possibility of a uniform change during an appearance on PFT Live. On Tuesday, owner Jimmy Haslam did more than tiptoe. During a press conference announcing that the Factory of Sadness…
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  • Kenjon Barner and Dion Jordan starred at Oregon, but the NFL ch…

    Kenjon Barner and Dion Jordan starred at Oregon, but the NFL challenge starts now

    yahoo.com Jan 15, 2013
    LOS ANGELES -- The Oregon Ducks came as close as they could to the number-one BCS ranking, and two of the primary reasons for the team's success in 2012 were running back Kenjon Barner and defensive end/linebacker Dion Jordan. Barner ran for 1,767 yards…
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  • Bills' Marrone adds former Syracuse assistants

    Bills' Marrone adds former Syracuse assistants

    Newly hired Bills coach Doug Marrone turned to several of his former assistants at Syracuse in continuing to fill out his new staff in Buffalo.
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  • Report:  Brandon Marshall needs hip surgery

    Report: Brandon Marshall needs hip surgery

    profootballtalk.com Jan 15, 2013
    Brandon Marshall may not be defending his Pro Bowl MVP award. Marshall, according to Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com, needs arthroscopic surgery on his hip. It’s unclear whether the looming procedure will keep Marshall from playing in the Pro Bowl.
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  • The NFL Is Pretty Damn Funny When Subjected To Some Bad Lip Rea…

    The NFL Is Pretty Damn Funny When Subjected To Some Bad Lip Reading

    deadspin.com Jan 15, 2013
    If you use the internet on a regular basis, you've probably come across one of those Bad Lip Reading videos. Many of them are funny, but this one in particular caught our attention because it features NFL players. More »
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  • Tebow says he's uncertain 'what my future holds'

    Tebow says he's uncertain 'what my future holds'

    CNNSI.com Jan 15, 2013
    NEW YORK (AP) -- From nearly unstoppable to nearly invisible.
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  • Denver mayor hurt practicing Ray Lewis' dance

    Denver mayor hurt practicing Ray Lewis' dance

    ESPN.com Jan 15, 2013
    Denver Mayor Michael Hancock insists he is not trying to renege on a bet after he injured his leg at a stock show.
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  • Chiefs announce Dave Toub is their new special teams coordinato…

    Chiefs announce Dave Toub is their new special teams coordinator

    profootballtalk.com Jan 15, 2013
    We noted this morning that Dave Toub was likely to leave the Bears and become the special teams coordinator of the Chiefs, and this afternoon it became official. The Chiefs have announced that Toub signed his contract as special teams coordinator today.…
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  • Dolphins’ Denney, Lions’ Muhlbach named Pro Bowl long snappers

    Dolphins’ Denney, Lions’ Muhlbach named Pro Bowl long snappers

    profootballtalk.com Jan 15, 2013
    The Pro Bowl ballot does not include long snappers, because, really, who can identify the NFL’s best long snappers? But someone has to long snap in the Pro Bowl, so the coaching staffs of the AFC and NFC teams each choose a long snapper. And today came
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  • During Bar Fight, Wyoming Basketball Player Allegedly Kicked Un…

    During Bar Fight, Wyoming Basketball Player Allegedly Kicked Unconscious Man In Face "Like It Was A Football"

    deadspin.com Jan 15, 2013
    On Dec. 31, when news emerged that Wyoming senior guard Luke Martinez-the second-leading scorer on a team that was still undefeated at the time-had broken his hand, the injury was reported as having happened during an "off-campus incident." Yesterday,
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  • Victor Cruz prepares for restricted free agency

    Victor Cruz prepares for restricted free agency

    profootballtalk.com Jan 15, 2013
    With the new labor deal utilizing mandatory four-year contracts for all drafted players, restricted free agency will become relevant in the future only when an undrafted player (or when a player cut from his rookie contract) finishes his three season in…
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  • Donte Whitner: 49ers didn’t understand “magnitude of the moment…

    Donte Whitner: 49ers didn’t understand “magnitude of the moment” last year

    profootballtalk.com Jan 15, 2013
    Last year’s trip to the NFC Championship Game was a new experience for many 49ers afters years of missing the playoffs in San Francisco. The 49ers are back in the game again this year safety Donte Whitner says that last year’s experience was education
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  • Who Has The Funniest Challenge-Flag-Throwing Motion, Andy Reid …

    Who Has The Funniest Challenge-Flag-Throwing Motion, Andy Reid Or Mike Smith?

    deadspin.com Jan 15, 2013
    The Deadspin NFL Coach Challenge Challenge is a tournament pitting the throwing motions of 20 NFL coaches against one another. More »
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  • Ravens owner texted Harbaugh while Ravens trailed

    Ravens owner texted Harbaugh while Ravens trailed

    profootballtalk.com Jan 15, 2013
    Well, it’s not exactly “Win one for the Gipper,” but a flu-ridden Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti did text coach John Harbaugh during last week’s playoff win, offering encouragement at a time when his team was still behind. According to Aaron Wilson
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  • PFT on NBC Sports Network welcomes Jermichael Finley

    PFT on NBC Sports Network welcomes Jermichael Finley

    profootballtalk.com Jan 15, 2013
    Packers tight end Jermichael Finley said earlier this week that he hopes to remain with Green Bay despite reports that the team has decided to move in a different direction. We’ll hear more on that front from Finley when he sits down for a chat with Eri
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  • Rex Ryan not involved in first wave of Jets G.M. interviews

    Rex Ryan not involved in first wave of Jets G.M. interviews

    profootballtalk.com Jan 15, 2013
    As the Jets search for a man who’ll have to work with and possibly decide (in time) the fate of coach Rex Ryan, coach Rex Ryan has had no role in the selection process. According to Albert Breer of NFL Network, Ryan wasn’t present for the first wave o
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  • Andrew Whitworth replaces Ryan Clady on AFC Pro Bowl team

    Andrew Whitworth replaces Ryan Clady on AFC Pro Bowl team

    profootballtalk.com Jan 15, 2013
    When the names of this years Pro Bowl players were announced last month, Bengals tackle Andrew Whitworth expressed some strong feelings about the process used to put the teams together. “It’s a joke to me,” Whitworth said, via the Dayton Daily News.
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  • Browns' home now named FirstEnergy Stadium

    Browns' home now named FirstEnergy Stadium

    An electric utility has bought the naming rights to Cleveland Browns Stadium, which will be known as FirstEnergy Stadium.
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  • Chargers introduce Mike McCoy as new head coach

    Chargers introduce Mike McCoy as new head coach

    The San Diego Chargers have made it official: Their new head coach is Mike McCoy. McCoy, who has spent the last four seasons as offensive coordinator of the Broncos, officially becomes the 15th head coach in the history of the Chargers franchise today. …
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  • Report: Britt's dad says WR set to talk to cops

    Report: Britt's dad says WR set to talk to cops

    Kenny Britt's father told the Tennessean that his son will meet with Jersey City police on Wednesday regarding an incident last weekend in which he allegedly drove a friend to the hospital after the man had been stabbed at a party.
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  • Joe Flacco, The Big-Armed Oaf Who Saved Baltimore

    Joe Flacco, The Big-Armed Oaf Who Saved Baltimore

    deadspin.com Jan 15, 2013
    Joe Flacco has played five full seasons in the NFL, and in each one, he has thrown for less than 4,000 yards and completed less than 64 percent of his throws. He has never been sacked fewer than 30 times, and he has never thrown more than 25 touchdowns.…
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  • Charlotte Council approves plan to give Panthers $125 million

    Charlotte Council approves plan to give Panthers $125 million

    profootballtalk.com Jan 15, 2013
    The Panthers have not soiled their hands by shaking down the city of Charlotte for money to upgrade their stadium. But they are certainly willing to catch whatever might be generously thrown at them, and the Charlotte City Council voted 7-2 last night t…
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  • J.J. Watt says the best is yet to come

    J.J. Watt says the best is yet to come

    profootballtalk.com Jan 15, 2013
    The Texans are finished after losing to the Patriots last Sunday, which means one of the greatest individual seasons by a defensive end has also come to an end. J.J. Watt will add no more sacks or batted passes to a resume that’s likely to make him the
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  • Banner says there’s a frontrunner for G.M. job, but won’t say w…

    Banner says there’s a frontrunner for G.M. job, but won’t say who it is

    profootballtalk.com Jan 15, 2013
    As the Browns search for a new General Manager, CEO Joe Banner says there’s a frontrunner for the job.  But, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Banner won’t say who it is. Banner added that the first wave of interviews will in
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  • Phil McConkey takes aim at NFLPA, Drew Brees

    Phil McConkey takes aim at NFLPA, Drew Brees

    profootballtalk.com Jan 15, 2013
    When retired players sound off about their current financial and/or medical conditions, the blame primarily lands in the lap of the league.  Indeed, the thousands of players who recently have sued the NFL have not (yet) sued the NFLPA, even though the u…
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  • Panthers' Newton back at Auburn to take classes

    Panthers' Newton back at Auburn to take classes

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is enrolled at Auburn for spring semester.
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  • Calvin Johnson out of Pro Bowl, Vincent Jackson in

    Calvin Johnson out of Pro Bowl, Vincent Jackson in

    profootballtalk.com Jan 15, 2013
    Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson earned a trip to the Pro Bowl this year by setting a new single-season record for receiving yards, but he won’t be playing in the game. Johnson has pulled out of the Pro Bowl to rest the nagging injuries he picked up o
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  • Outside the Game: Daughter’s illness leads Chicago’s Charles Ti…

    Outside the Game: Daughter’s illness leads Chicago’s Charles Tillman to help hospitals

    yahoo.com Jan 15, 2013
    "I knew something was wrong when Coach Smith walked over to me and said, 'They're taking your daughter to the hospital. You need to go home.'" In 2008, Charles Tillman, the Chicago Bears' two-time Pro Bowl cornerback, had to leave practice bec…
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  • Panthers owner sure GM, Rivera can 'fix things'

    Panthers owner sure GM, Rivera can 'fix things'

    Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is confident new general manager Dave Gettleman and coach Ron Rivera are the right men to "fix things" in Carolina.
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  • Divisional games rack up the ratings

    Divisional games rack up the ratings

    profootballtalk.com Jan 15, 2013
    The NFL’s best non-Super Bowl weekend of the year didn’t generate big TV numbers only in Seattle. Nationally, the four divisional playoff games became the four most-watched shows of the week, with an average audience of 34 million for each contest. An
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  • Lions taking a risk letting Avril approach free agency

    Lions taking a risk letting Avril approach free agency

    profootballtalk.com Jan 15, 2013
    Letting defensive end Cliff Avril walk into free agency is as risky for the Lions as his playing under a one-year deal was for his future earnings this year. So with many big-money decisions on deck in Detroit, it’s hard to tell right now which side won
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  • Baltimore hotel fires up a well-choreographed Ray Lewis-themed …

    Baltimore hotel fires up a well-choreographed Ray Lewis-themed laser show

    yahoo.com Jan 15, 2013
    Check this out: a Ray Lewis-themed laser light show at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. It began this weekend, and will presumably continue as long as the Ravens win in the playoffs. Our take: nice, but cuts off way too fast to be accurate. This show …
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  • Eagles, Bradley not close to a deal, yet

    Eagles, Bradley not close to a deal, yet

    profootballtalk.com Jan 15, 2013
    The fact that Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley will interview with the Eagles for a second time on Tuesday coupled with pre-existing rumors that Bradley is the leading candidate for the job has created a sense that Bradley could soon be the te…
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  • Is Something Wrong?: Critics are still buzzing over the Broncos…

    Is Something Wrong?: Critics are still buzzing over the Broncos' costl…

    CNNSI.com Jan 15, 2013
    Critics are still buzzing over the Broncos' costly decision-making Saturday, but what role does Peyton Manning's health play in the situation? Peter King tackles that and more.
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  • Rob Gronkowski's Twice-Broken Arm Might Always Be At Risk

    Rob Gronkowski's Twice-Broken Arm Might Always Be At Risk

    Rob Gronkowski broke his left forearm back in November, and had surgery to fix it. He returned for Week 17, played sparingly, then broke his left forearm in the Patriots' first playoff game. It's easy enough to jump to the conclusion that he came back t…
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  • Giants' Thomas plans 3rd return from torn ACL

    Giants' Thomas plans 3rd return from torn ACL

    Terrell Thomas says he will make a third comeback from an ACL injury.
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  • High Risk, High Reward

    High Risk, High Reward

    CNNSI.com Jan 15, 2013
    Jim isn't the only Harbaugh to have a bold late-season move pay off. In Baltimore, the switch to Jim Caldwell as OC has the once free-falling Ravens thriving, Don Banks writes.
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  • PFT Live: Eagles talk with Tim McManus, Coaching Carousel

    PFT Live: Eagles talk with Tim McManus, Coaching Carousel

    profootballtalk.com Jan 15, 2013
    Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley is the hot name in the Eagles coaching search at the moment and we’ll be talking about the Eagles on Tuesday’s edition of PFT Live. Tim McManus of 97.5 The Fanatic will join Mike Florio to talk about the proc
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  • Reid to call Chiefs' offense, keep 3-4 defense

    Reid to call Chiefs' offense, keep 3-4 defense

    Andy Reid said Monday that he will make the offensive play calls himself this season and the Kansas City Chiefs will continue to use a 3-4 defense.
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  • Jim Harbaugh again says he’s half the coach John Harbaugh is

    Jim Harbaugh again says he’s half the coach John Harbaugh is

    profootballtalk.com Jan 15, 2013
    49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is as competitive as anyone who has played or coached or even watched football.  When he and his brother, John, were kids, the competitiveness manifested itself in the fact that Jim could throw a football over a large tree in th…
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  • With McCoy out of mix, Cardinals’ job becomes murky

    With McCoy out of mix, Cardinals’ job becomes murky

    profootballtalk.com Jan 15, 2013
    The Cardinals feared losing defensive coordinator Ray Horton to a head-coaching job.  After the two other head-coaching jobs for which Horton interviewed (Browns and Bills) went to other candidates, the Cardinals’ reportedly hatched a plan to keep Hort
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  • Richardson looks forward to meeting Chudzinski

    Richardson looks forward to meeting Chudzinski

    profootballtalk.com Jan 15, 2013
    Browns running back Trent Richardson has a new coach.  And, as mentioned in the Tuesday morning one-liners, Richardson really wants to meet him. “I like what [Chudzinski] did with Cam [Newton],” Richardson said, per Branson Wright of the Cleveland Pl
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  • Ravens have no doubts about Justin Tucker

    Ravens have no doubts about Justin Tucker

    profootballtalk.com Jan 15, 2013
    It often takes any rookie time to earn the trust of his elders. When it’s a rookie kicker, it’s doubly hard. But for Ravens kicker Justin Tucker, there’s never been a sense that his team didn’t have confidence in him. Tucker’s double-overtime ga
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  • Pete Carroll wants a few good pass rushers

    Pete Carroll wants a few good pass rushers

    profootballtalk.com Jan 15, 2013
    The Seahawks started their offseason on Monday and coach Pete Carroll didn’t waste much time identifying an area where he wants to see the team improve next season. Carroll wants to juice up the pass rush before the start of the 2013 season. The Seahawk
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  • Sunk Costs: Mark Sanchez and the Concorde

    Sunk Costs: Mark Sanchez and the Concorde

    nytimes.com Jan 15, 2013
    The Jets don't have a general manager, but they still have their quarterback, and that remains their biggest problem.
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  • Pat Bowlen will be “ticked off for a month” after loss

    Pat Bowlen will be “ticked off for a month” after loss

    profootballtalk.com Jan 15, 2013
    The Broncos season came to a disappointing end on Saturday night and owner Pat Bowlen said Monday that the loss to the Ravens is going to linger for a while. Bowlen, making his first public comments since before the season, had plenty of praise for the …
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  • Bucs GM: No 'urgency' for new Freeman deal

    Bucs GM: No 'urgency' for new Freeman deal

    ESPN.com Jan 15, 2013
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik confirmed Monday that quarterback Josh Freeman will enter the 2013 season without a new contract.
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  • Tuesday morning one-liners

    Tuesday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Jan 15, 2013
    The Bills should have been paying attention to the quality of the quarterbacks in the playoffs last weekend. How far from the playoffs are the Dolphins? Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is happy to have Brian Daboll join the coaching staff.…
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  • Collin Klein still doesn’t look like an NFL quarterback

    Collin Klein still doesn’t look like an NFL quarterback

    profootballtalk.com Jan 15, 2013
    Former Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, who came in third place in last month’s Heisman Trophy voting, is the top star at the East-West Shrine Game. But he’s not the top NFL prospect. Not by a long shot. The reviews are in on Klein’s first Shr
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  • Nearly every person in Seattle was watching Seahawks

    Nearly every person in Seattle was watching Seahawks

    profootballtalk.com Jan 15, 2013
    Bigfoot, Ken Griffey Jr. and the ghost of Jimi Hendrix could have carried an NBA team back into Seattle Sunday, and there’s a very good chance no one would have noticed. Nearly 87 percent of all televisions that were on in the Seattle market were tuned
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  • Fox, Elway stand by decision to take knee

    Fox, Elway stand by decision to take knee

    ESPN.com Jan 15, 2013
    John Fox would tell Peyton Manning to take the knee again.
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  • Falcons relief stems from rediscovered run game

    Falcons relief stems from rediscovered run game

    profootballtalk.com Jan 15, 2013
    The Falcons have reason to feel relief, beyond finally getting the much-discussed playoff win. The fact they found their run game again gives them reason to believe they might get another one. For all the individual parts of Sunday’s comeback win over t
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  • Kubiak reiterates that Schaub is “our quarterback”

    Kubiak reiterates that Schaub is “our quarterback”

    As the Texans deal with the wreckage of a season of failed expectations thanks in part to subpar performances by their starting quarterback in big games, the head coach has reiterated what is obvious in light of Matt Schaub’s contract:  Schaub will rem
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  • Chiefs will draft best player available, not reach for a quarte…

    Chiefs will draft best player available, not reach for a quarterback

    profootballtalk.com Jan 15, 2013
    New Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey says he wants to select the best player available with the first overall pick in this year’s NFL draft, and that he won’t address a specific need at quarterback - or any other position. Dorsey says he expects t
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  • Matt Flynn could be trade option for teams needing a quarterbac…

    Matt Flynn could be trade option for teams needing a quarterback

    profootballtalk.com Jan 15, 2013
    When Matt Flynn signed with the Seattle Seahawks last off-season, he knew he was going to have to compete for the team’s starting quarterback job. He didn’t expect to be competing with Russell Wilson. The Seahawks signed Flynn last March to a three-ye
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  • Rey Maualuga uncertain of Bengals future

    Rey Maualuga uncertain of Bengals future

    profootballtalk.com Jan 15, 2013
    In a season where Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga was upstaged by undrafted rookie Vontaze Burfict, the former second-round draft pick is uncertain his future remains with the Bengals. According to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Maualu…
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  • Cleveland Browns to sell naming rights to stadium

    Cleveland Browns to sell naming rights to stadium

    profootballtalk.com Jan 15, 2013
    Jimmy Haslam, the newest owner of the Cleveland Browns, is getting close to taking an unprecedented step in Browns franchise history. According to John Funk of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, the Browns are expected to announce this week they have agreed to…
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  • Video - NFL32OT: Ravens-Patriots Meet Again 02:13

    NFL32OT: Ravens-Patriots Meet Again

    Jan 15
    Episode 249: Jason Taylor breaks down the Ravens defense going up against Tom Brady and the Patriots offense. The NFL32 crew discuss Texans head coach Gary Kubiak's comments on Matt Schaub.
  • Video - Hornets Cruise Past 76ers 00:53

    Hornets Cruise Past 76ers

    Jan 15
    Hornets top 76ers 111-99 for their fifth win in six games.
  • Video - Matty grows up 01:32

    Matty grows up

    Jan 15
    Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan finally won his first playoff game Sunday in dramatic fashion. Kurt Warner believes Ryan has matured immensely since last season.
  • Video - From then to now 01:31

    From then to now

    Jan 15
    Charley Casserly explains how the Baltimore Ravens defense has changed since they beat the New England Patriots in Week 3.

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