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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…Upvote Share Tweet
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).Upvote Share TweetThe 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…Upvote Share Tweet
NY Jets need to hire personnel expert as general manager, not another salary-cap specialist such as Mike Tannenbaumnydailynews.com Updated Jan 15, 2013The 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.Upvote Share TweetThe 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 haveUpvote Share TweetUnder 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 AUpvote Share TweetThe Arizona Cardinals' list of potential coaches lost a name when the San Diego Chargers hired Mike McCoy.Upvote Share TweetKevin 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 DunUpvote Share TweetNot 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Kenjon Barner and Dion Jordan starred at Oregon, but the NFL challenge starts nowLOS 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…Upvote Share TweetNewly hired Bills coach Doug Marrone turned to several of his former assistants at Syracuse in continuing to fill out his new staff in Buffalo.Upvote Share TweetBrandon 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.Upvote Share Tweet
The NFL Is Pretty Damn Funny When Subjected To Some Bad Lip ReadingIf 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 »Upvote Share Tweet
Tebow says he's uncertain 'what my future holds'NEW YORK (AP) -- From nearly unstoppable to nearly invisible.Upvote Share Tweet
Denver mayor hurt practicing Ray Lewis' danceDenver Mayor Michael Hancock insists he is not trying to renege on a bet after he injured his leg at a stock show.Upvote Share TweetWe 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.…Upvote Share Tweet
Dolphins’ Denney, Lions’ Muhlbach named Pro Bowl long snappersThe 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 cameUpvote Share Tweet
During Bar Fight, Wyoming Basketball Player Allegedly Kicked Unconscious Man In Face "Like It Was A Football"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,Upvote Share Tweet
Victor Cruz prepares for restricted free agencyWith 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Donte Whitner: 49ers didn’t understand “magnitude of the moment” last yearLast 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 educationUpvote Share Tweet
Who Has The Funniest Challenge-Flag-Throwing Motion, Andy Reid Or Mike Smith?The Deadspin NFL Coach Challenge Challenge is a tournament pitting the throwing motions of 20 NFL coaches against one another. More »Upvote Share TweetWell, 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 WilsonUpvote Share Tweet
PFT on NBC Sports Network welcomes Jermichael FinleyPackers 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 EriUpvote Share TweetAs 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 oUpvote Share TweetWhen 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.Upvote Share TweetAn electric utility has bought the naming rights to Cleveland Browns Stadium, which will be known as FirstEnergy Stadium.Upvote Share TweetThe 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. …Upvote Share TweetKenny 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Joe Flacco, The Big-Armed Oaf Who Saved BaltimoreJoe 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.…Upvote Share TweetThe 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…Upvote Share TweetThe 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 theUpvote Share TweetAs 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 inUpvote Share TweetWhen 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…Upvote Share TweetAUBURN, Ala. (AP) Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is enrolled at Auburn for spring semester.Upvote Share TweetLions 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 oUpvote Share Tweet
Outside the Game: Daughter’s illness leads Chicago’s Charles Tillman to help hospitals"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…Upvote Share TweetPanthers owner Jerry Richardson is confident new general manager Dave Gettleman and coach Ron Rivera are the right men to "fix things" in Carolina.Upvote Share Tweet
Divisional games rack up the ratingsThe 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. AnUpvote Share Tweet
Lions taking a risk letting Avril approach free agencyLetting 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 wonUpvote Share Tweet
Baltimore hotel fires up a well-choreographed Ray Lewis-themed laser showCheck 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 …Upvote Share TweetThe 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Is Something Wrong?: Critics are still buzzing over the Broncos' costl…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.Upvote Share TweetRob 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…Upvote Share TweetTerrell Thomas says he will make a third comeback from an ACL injury.Upvote Share TweetJim 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.Upvote Share Tweet
PFT Live: Eagles talk with Tim McManus, Coaching CarouselSeahawks 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 procUpvote Share TweetAndy 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.Upvote Share Tweet49ers 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…Upvote Share TweetThe 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 HortUpvote Share TweetBrowns 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 PlUpvote Share TweetIt 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 gaUpvote Share TweetThe 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 SeahawkUpvote Share Tweet
Sunk Costs: Mark Sanchez and the Concordenytimes.com Updated Jan 15, 2013The Jets don't have a general manager, but they still have their quarterback, and that remains their biggest problem.Upvote Share TweetThe 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 …Upvote Share TweetTampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik confirmed Monday that quarterback Josh Freeman will enter the 2013 season without a new contract.Upvote Share TweetThe 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.…Upvote Share Tweet
Collin Klein still doesn’t look like an NFL quarterbackFormer 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 ShrUpvote Share Tweet
Nearly every person in Seattle was watching SeahawksBigfoot, 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 tunedUpvote Share TweetJohn Fox would tell Peyton Manning to take the knee again.Upvote Share Tweet
Falcons relief stems from rediscovered run gameThe 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 tUpvote Share TweetAs 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 remUpvote Share TweetNew 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 tUpvote Share TweetWhen 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-yeUpvote Share Tweet
Rey Maualuga uncertain of Bengals futureIn 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…Upvote Share TweetJimmy 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…Upvote Share Tweet
NFL32OT: Ravens-Patriots Meet AgainJan 15Episode 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.
Hornets Cruise Past 76ersJan 15Hornets top 76ers 111-99 for their fifth win in six games.
Matty grows upJan 15Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan finally won his first playoff game Sunday in dramatic fashion. Kurt Warner believes Ryan has matured immensely since last season.
From then to nowJan 15Charley Casserly explains how the Baltimore Ravens defense has changed since they beat the New England Patriots in Week 3.
Peter King: Peyton's arm and conservative Broncos; catching up with Reid; …Jan 15Five items, a sort of mini-MMQB, for a Championship Week Tuesday ...
Don Banks: Once left for dead, Ravens a threat again thanks to bold Caldwe…Jan 15Everyone understood it was a bold and risky move to make at such a vital position so late in the season. But that Harbaugh guy clearly knew what he was doing, because it has quickly elevated his team's offensive production to new heights and brought a S…
NFL playoffs -- Harbaugh's risk will pay off for 49ersJan 15Jim Harbaugh's gamble on Colin Kaepernick will pay off with a Super Bowl title.
Grantland Channel Presents: House EatsJan 15Joe House and I became friends for two reasons: eating and basketball. When we went to school together at the College of the Holy Cross, we would play...