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Jets G.M. candidates included Randy Mueller, too

Jets G.M. candidates included Randy Mueller, too

profootballtalk.com Updated Jan 17, 2013
It’s been difficult to keep track of the various candidates for the Jets G.M. job because, well, there are just too many of them. There’s another one who previously had been unknown. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that former Saints a
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  • Titans keep Loggains at OC, hire 3 assistants

    Titans keep Loggains at OC, hire 3 assistants

    ESPN.com Jan 17, 2013
    Dowell Loggains will remain the offensive coordinator for Tennessee, and coach Mike Munchak has hired three new assistants -- Sylvester Croom, Shawn Jefferson and George Henshaw.
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  • Marinelli out as Bears defensive coordinator

    Marinelli out as Bears defensive coordinator

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Rod Marinelli will not return as the Chicago Bears' defensive coordinator next season.
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  • Seahawks give Darrell Bevell new contract

    Seahawks give Darrell Bevell new contract

    profootballtalk.com Jan 17, 2013
    Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell is staying in Seattle after being pursued for a handful of head coaching vacancies around the league. Now he has a new deal in Seattle. According to John Clayton of ESPN, the Seahawks gave Bevell a n…
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  • NFL should be concerned about “catfishing”

    NFL should be concerned about “catfishing”

    profootballtalk.com Jan 17, 2013
    At best for Manti Te’o, he was embarrassingly naive.  Other athletes could be similarly gullible. And the NFL should be concerned about that as the Te’o case unfolds.  If Te’o's version is accurate, any NFL player could fall victim to the phenomen
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  • Cardinals hire Bruce Arians as new head coach

    Cardinals hire Bruce Arians as new head coach

    The Arizona Cardinals have hired Bruce Arians as their new head coach.
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  • Jeremy Bates is out in Chicago

    Jeremy Bates is out in Chicago

    profootballtalk.com Jan 17, 2013
    It was believed that new Bears coach Marc Trestman would keep Jeremy Bates, the quarterbacks coach whose strong relationship with Jay Cutler commenced when they were together in Denver. But the Bears have now announced that Bates is out. It’s the first
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  • Third-and-Long: Kyle Long taking different path to the NFL than…

    Third-and-Long: Kyle Long taking different path to the NFL than father Howie and brother Chris

    yahoo.com Jan 17, 2013
    LOS ANGELES -- Oregon offensive lineman Kyle Long may share a last name and bloodline with his father, Hall-of-Fame defensive end Howie, and his brother, current St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris. He also shares a dream of playing in the NFL, but Kyle …
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  • Cowboys quietly looking for new offensive coordinator

    Cowboys quietly looking for new offensive coordinator

    profootballtalk.com Jan 17, 2013
    Over the weekend, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is pushing coach Jason Garrett to give up his play-calling duties. The process continues.  Per a league source, the Cowboys are quietly looking for a new offensive coordin
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  • Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne appear on ‘Parks and Recreation’ (…

    Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne appear on ‘Parks and Recreation’ (VIDEO)

    yahoo.com Jan 17, 2013
    On Thursday night's "Parks and Recreation," some Indianapolis Colts showed up to make a character's dream come true. Andy Dwyer, as played by Chris Pratt, never had a bachelor party before his wedding (for which he wore a Reggie Wayne jersey.)…
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  • New England’s Chandler Jones won’t tell his Raven brother about…

    New England’s Chandler Jones won’t tell his Raven brother about his ankle

    The brotherly bond between Chandler and Arthur Jones is evident. They come together to support their brother Jon, the UFC light heavyweight champion. They were together when Chandler was drafted to the New England Patriots. However, that brotherly bond …
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  • Jets appear close to hiring new general manager

    Jets appear close to hiring new general manager

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Jan 17, 2013
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Jets are closing in on hiring a general manager, with Seattle executive John Idzik the apparent front-runner.
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  • Decker says Peyton was on board with taking a knee

    Decker says Peyton was on board with taking a knee

    profootballtalk.com Jan 17, 2013
    The Broncos have been criticized for choosing to take a knee with 31 seconds left in regulation on Saturday and the score against the Ravens tied at 35. And since success has a thousand fathers and failure is an orphan, Broncos receiver Eric Decker was …
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  • Chip Kelly dances around question of final say

    Chip Kelly dances around question of final say

    For 14 years, Eagles coach Andy Reid had final say over the team’s roster.  Today, it’s not clear who holds that power. New Eagles coach Chip Kelly was asked whether he has final say on Thursday, and he didn’t answer the question directly. “My ro
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  • Devin Thomas ends retirement, signs with Lions

    Devin Thomas ends retirement, signs with Lions

    ESPN.com Jan 17, 2013
    Wide receiver and kick returner Devin Thomas has ended his brief retirement to sign with the Detroit Lions.
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  • Custody fight over Belcher's child stays in Mo.

    Custody fight over Belcher's child stays in Mo.

    ESPN.com Jan 17, 2013
    Judges decided Thursday that the custody fight over the infant daughter of former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, who fatally shot his girlfriend before killing himself, will be handled in Missouri, not Texas.
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  • Jets G.M. hire coming today or tomorrow

    Jets G.M. hire coming today or tomorrow

    profootballtalk.com Jan 17, 2013
    The Jets should draft linebacker Manti Te’o, if for no reason other than gratitude. Te’o's travails have made us all forget, for a while, the dysfunction enveloping the New York Jets.  But we’ll be reminded of it soon, when the Jets hire a General
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  • Vilma's defamation suit against Goodell dismissed

    Vilma's defamation suit against Goodell dismissed

    New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma's defamation lawsuit against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in connection with the bounty case was dismissed by a federal judge on Thursday.
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  • Mayock “a little bit confused” by Te’o situation

    Mayock “a little bit confused” by Te’o situation

    Of all people in the media, Mike Mayock occupies the most unique position when it comes to the question of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o's draft stock in the wake of the hoax that he was or wasn’t involved in. Mayock is NFL Network’s in-house dra
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  • Reggie McKenzie dismisses idea of moving Darren McFadden

    Reggie McKenzie dismisses idea of moving Darren McFadden

    profootballtalk.com Jan 17, 2013
    Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie met the media on Thursday for the first time since the end of the regular season and he was greeted with plenty of questions about his team’s offense. Running back Darren McFadden was a topic of particular interes
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  • Titans announce coaching moves

    Titans announce coaching moves

    profootballtalk.com Jan 17, 2013
    The Titans didn’t fire their head coach, but they’ve parted ways with plenty of assistant coaches. They’re now filling the gaps that resulted from the moves. The team has announced that Dowell Loggains (pictured), who became offensive coordinator af
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  • Patriots put Gronk on IR, open up roster spot

    Patriots put Gronk on IR, open up roster spot

    The Patriots on Thursday put tight end Rob Gronkowski on season-ending injured reserve.
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  • Trestman said Johnson’s tweet helped them make contact

    Trestman said Johnson’s tweet helped them make contact

    Wherever Jimmy Johnson got the information for last week’s tweet that Marc Trestman was getting the Bears job, it didn’t come from Trestman. That’s because Trestman said he hadn’t spoken with his old mentor from his University of Miami days in 10
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  • PFT on NBC Sports Network talks to Andy Reid at 5 p.m. ET

    PFT on NBC Sports Network talks to Andy Reid at 5 p.m. ET

    profootballtalk.com Jan 17, 2013
    Andy Reid has started to get things organized in Kansas City and the Chiefs coach will check in with Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network on Thursday to let us know how the process is going. Erik Kuselias will talk to Reid about his choices for key p…
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  • Ravens’ Corey Graham says Bears limited him

    Ravens’ Corey Graham says Bears limited him

    profootballtalk.com Jan 17, 2013
    Corey Graham signed as a free agent with the Ravens during the offseason and has played well, starting eight games at cornerback in the regular season and two more in the playoffs, and intercepting Peyton Manning twice in Baltimore’s upset at Denver. Gr
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  • Ravens K Tucker confident he won't miss

    Ravens K Tucker confident he won't miss

    ESPN.com Jan 17, 2013
    If the Baltimore Ravens need a field goal in the waning seconds of the AFC Championship Game, they'll call upon a rookie with little regard for history.
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  • Must-See TV: What is the most intriguing quarterback matchup? ……

    Must-See TV: What is the most intriguing quarterback matchup? …

    CNNSI.com Jan 17, 2013
    What is the most intriguing quarterback matchup? Which coach is under the most pressure? Peter King offers a look into what he'll be watching during Sunday's Championship games.
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  • Leaf booted from treatment center to prison

    Leaf booted from treatment center to prison

    Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has been moved from a central Montana drug treatment center to the state prison in Deer Lodge.
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  • Niners honorary captains include a pair of Hall of Fame finalis…

    Niners honorary captains include a pair of Hall of Fame finalists

    profootballtalk.com Jan 17, 2013
    The 49ers will have a trio of honorary captains when San Francisco squares off against the Falcons on Sunday, as the Niners stand on the doorstep of the Super Bowl. Two of them are on the doorstep of a fairly important doorstep of their own. Eddie DeBar…
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  • Jeffrey Lurie: Jon Gruden made it clear he won’t coach this yea…

    Jeffrey Lurie: Jon Gruden made it clear he won’t coach this year

    profootballtalk.com Jan 17, 2013
    There was talk this offseason that Jon Gruden could be lured to return to coaching with the Eagles. But Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie says that talk didn’t come from Gruden himself. In fact, Lurie said today that when he reached out to Gruden, Gruden told
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  • Browns hire ex-Chargers coach Turner as OC

    Browns hire ex-Chargers coach Turner as OC

    The Cleveland Browns announced six additions to coach Rob Chudzinski's coaching staff Thursday, headlined by Norv Turner, who was named the team's offensive coordinator.
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  • Hilliard among 3 assistants added to Bills staff

    Hilliard among 3 assistants added to Bills staff

    ESPN.com Jan 17, 2013
    Doug Marrone has hired three more assistants to his new Buffalo Bills staff, including Ike Hilliard taking over as receivers coach.
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  • Report: Carmichael will turn down interviews, intends to stay w…

    Report: Carmichael will turn down interviews, intends to stay with Saints

    profootballtalk.com Jan 17, 2013
    Earlier on Thursday there was a report that the Jaguars have requested permission to interview Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael for the same role on new coach Gus Bradley’s staff. It doesn’t look like an interview will happen and not becau
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  • Everything Supposedly Bad For The NFL Is Good For The NFL

    Everything Supposedly Bad For The NFL Is Good For The NFL

    deadspin.com Jan 17, 2013
    Drew Magary's Thursday Afternoon NFL Dick Joke Jamboroo runs every Thursday during the NFL season. More »
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  • Teammate says Tony Gonzalez now “97 percent” on retirement

    Teammate says Tony Gonzalez now “97 percent” on retirement

    profootballtalk.com Jan 17, 2013
    Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez won a playoff game for the first time in his career last week, an experience that left him quite emotional after Matt Bryant’s winning field goal went through the uprights. According to tight end Michael Palmer, it didn”
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  • Another Famous Samoan Football Player Slowly Backs Away From Th…

    Another Famous Samoan Football Player Slowly Backs Away From The Manti Te'o Scandal

    deadspin.com Jan 17, 2013
    We told you earlier how Arizona Cardinals fullback Reagan Maui'a told ESPN he had met Lennay Kekua, which is rather odd because she doesn't actually exist. But also buried in that report was Kekua's reference to another famous Samoan football player: Mo…
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  • Quirks of the Game: For Coaches, a Tough Road Back to Super Bow…

    Quirks of the Game: For Coaches, a Tough Road Back to Super Bowl

    nytimes.com Jan 17, 2013
    The list of coaches who made it - win or lose -- to the Super Bowl with more than one team remains shorter than the similar list in the other sports.
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  • New OC Gase promises “pedal to the medal” for Manning

    New OC Gase promises “pedal to the medal” for Manning

    New Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase is 34 years old, and is calling plays for the first time. The fact he’s calling them for a 36-year-old quarterback in Peyton Manning who has effectively been calling his own since Gase was in college doesn’t
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  • Source: Whisenhunt to steer Chargers' offense

    Source: Whisenhunt to steer Chargers' offense

    Former Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt will become the offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
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  • Darnell Dockett Wants To Cheer Up Manti Te'o By Taking Him To T…

    Darnell Dockett Wants To Cheer Up Manti Te'o By Taking Him To The Strip Club

    deadspin.com Jan 17, 2013
    This Manti Te'o business is on everyone's mind, including Darnell Dockett's. The Arizona Cardinals defensive end is sympathetic to Manti's situation, and has some interesting ideas on how to cheer Manti up: More »
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  • One Step From New Orleans

    One Step From New Orleans

    CNNSI.com Jan 17, 2013
    There will be little margin for error in Sunday's conference title games. Both contests look like thrillers, perhaps classics. Who will reach Super Bowl XLVII? Peter King picks.
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  • Seahawks hire Dan Quinn to replace Gus Bradley

    Seahawks hire Dan Quinn to replace Gus Bradley

    After Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley was hired as the new head coach of the Jaguars, the Seahawks moved quickly to replace him. The Seahawks have announced that Dan Quinn is their new defensive coordinator. Quinn was the defensive coordinator…
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  • NFLPA again says players would accept MLB-style HGH testing

    NFLPA again says players would accept MLB-style HGH testing

    profootballtalk.com Jan 17, 2013
    Last Friday, the NFL and NFLPA demonstrated via a quick back-and-forth that they finally have reached an agreement regarding HGH testing.  Sort of.  In short, each side believes that if the other acted more like its baseball counterparts, the NFL would
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  • Brian Schottenheimer upbeat despite not getting Jags job

    Brian Schottenheimer upbeat despite not getting Jags job

    profootballtalk.com Jan 17, 2013
    With Gus Bradley installed as the new head coach in Jacksonville, Brian Schottenheimer will be returning to his role as offensive coordinator for the Rams. Schottenheimer interviewed with the Jaguars earlier this week, the latest of several interviews t…
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  • Suggs convinced ref not to flag him for challenging a friend to…

    Suggs convinced ref not to flag him for challenging a friend to a fight

    profootballtalk.com Jan 17, 2013
    The NFL Films cameras caught an amusing incident between Ravens defensive end Terrell Suggs and Broncos defensive tackle Justin Bannan during Saturday’s game, in which Suggs challenged Bannan to a fight - but convinced the ref not to throw a flag by s
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  • Boston mayor Menino flubs 'Wilcock,' 'Gonk'

    Boston mayor Menino flubs 'Wilcock,' 'Gonk'

    ESPN.com yahoo.com Jan 17, 2013
    Boston mayor Thomas Menino added to his blooper reel Wednesday, referring to Patriots 'Wilcock' and 'Gonk'.
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  • Panthers reportedly interview Shula for OC job

    Panthers reportedly interview Shula for OC job

    The Carolina Panthers interviewed quarterbacks coach Mike Shula for their vacant offensive coordinator position on Wednesday, a person familiar with the situation said.
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  • Colts hire Tom McMahon as special teams coordinator

    Colts hire Tom McMahon as special teams coordinator

    profootballtalk.com Jan 17, 2013
    The Colts have their new special teams coordinator. Tom McMahon, who spent last season as special teams coach in Kansas City, has been hired in Indianapolis, the Colts announced today. “We’re excited that Tom will be joining our staff,” head coach C
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  • Alfonzo Dennard missed practice to appear in court

    Alfonzo Dennard missed practice to appear in court

    The Patriots said Wednesday that cornerback Alfonzo Dennard missed practice for a non-injury related issue. That’s certainly easier to log into the injury report than “in court in Nebraska.” According to Field Yates of ESPNBoston.com, Dennard was at
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  • Brandon Joiner released from prison, can rejoin Bengals

    Brandon Joiner released from prison, can rejoin Bengals

    profootballtalk.com Jan 17, 2013
    Shortly after undrafted rookie linebacker Brandon Joiner signed with the Bengals in May, he was sentenced to three years in prison as a result of his involvement in a 2007 robbery when he was enrolled at Texas A&M. At the time, Joiner’s attorney said th
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  • Patriots defense, with addition of Aquib Talib and young, talen…

    Patriots defense, with addition of Aquib Talib and young, talented players, starting to play like Bill Belichick’s Super Bowl

    Now the Patriots are one win away from a third Super Bowl appearance in six years, trying for their first championship since the '04 season. You have to like their odds.
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  • Aaron Rodgers not convinced of read-option staying power

    Aaron Rodgers not convinced of read-option staying power

    profootballtalk.com Jan 17, 2013
    The Packers have every reason in the world to believe in the power of the read option, after watching 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick dismantle them in the playoffs. But Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is willing to take a longer view, that the sud…
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  • NFL 2012: Which Teams Actually Had Injuries, And Which Teams Ju…

    NFL 2012: Which Teams Actually Had Injuries, And Which Teams Just Lied On The Injury Report?

    deadspin.com Jan 17, 2013
    Football injuries are random but inevitable. Every year, some teams will spend the season in an MRI machine, and others will end up pretty much unharmed (outside of thousands of micro-concussions). Just as predictably, some coaches will try to obfuscate…
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  • PFT’s Championship Game picks

    PFT’s Championship Game picks

    profootballtalk.com Jan 17, 2013
    Last week, MDS and yours truly agreed on every pick.  After Saturday’s games, it looked like we’d be Thelma-and-Louiseing our way to an 0-4 weekend. But after getting it wrong by relying on the Broncos and Packers, we were perfect on Sunday with the
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  • Matthew Stafford’s contract could be redone this offseason

    Matthew Stafford’s contract could be redone this offseason

    profootballtalk.com Jan 17, 2013
    Last year, the Lions needed to give wide receiver Calvin Johnson a new deal in order to free up cap room to fill out the rest of the roster. Johnson wound up with a fat new contract as a result, something that may have quarterback Matthew Stafford licki…
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  • Report: Bucs drop another defensive assistant

    Report: Bucs drop another defensive assistant

    profootballtalk.com Jan 17, 2013
    The Buccaneers defense struggled mightily against the pass this season, something that already caused the team to allow defensive backs coach Ron Cooper to depart for a job at the University of South Florida. Now they’ve made another change. Pewter Repo
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  • Justin Smith: I’ll be more comfortable this week

    Justin Smith: I’ll be more comfortable this week

    profootballtalk.com Jan 17, 2013
    49ers defensive lineman Justin Smith made his return to the field with a partially torn triceps against the Packers last week and things went well. He played on 53 of the 58 defensive snaps, held up against double teams from the Packers and made eight t…
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  • Deion, wife to share custody pending divorce

    Deion, wife to share custody pending divorce

    ESPN.com Jan 17, 2013
    Hall of Famer Deion Sanders and his estranged wife, Pilar, must share custody of their three children pending the couple's divorce.
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  • Minority candidates shut out this year, so far

    Minority candidates shut out this year, so far

    profootballtalk.com Jan 17, 2013
    A decade ago, Johnnie Cochran and Cyrus Mehri rattled the litigation sword regarding the stunning absence of minority head coaches in the NFL.  The NFL responded promptly with the “Rooney Rule,” which initially required at least one minority candidat
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  • Ray Lewis: No way I’ll waver on retirement

    Ray Lewis: No way I’ll waver on retirement

    profootballtalk.com Jan 17, 2013
    When Ray Lewis announced that he’ll retire after the postseason, his old friend and former teammate Deion Sanders said he thought there was a chance Lewis would change his mind. But Lewis says he’s no Brett Favre. “Nah, I can’t come back,” Lewis
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  • Thursday morning one-liners

    Thursday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Jan 17, 2013
    The Bills are giving it the old college try with a new coaching staff, populated mostly with inexperience. The Dolphins ought to be more interested in free agent WRs than drafting one, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. The Patriots are …
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  • Bart Scott: Jets’ problem is we don’t have enough good players

    Bart Scott: Jets’ problem is we don’t have enough good players

    profootballtalk.com Jan 17, 2013
    Jets linebacker Bart Scott says the problem with the team in 2012 is easy to explain: A lack of talent. Scott said on Inside the NFL that there’s nothing hard to understand about why the Jets went 6-10. That’s what happens when your personnel doesn’
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  • Conference Title Game Probabilities, and the Kaepernick Effect

    Conference Title Game Probabilities, and the Kaepernick Effect

    nytimes.com Jan 17, 2013
    It's difficult to assess the value Colin Kaepernick has on the odds of the N.F.C. title game, but let's try anyway.
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  • NFL wants nothing to do with proposed Las Vegas stadium

    NFL wants nothing to do with proposed Las Vegas stadium

    profootballtalk.com Jan 17, 2013
    The city of Las Vegas is exploring the possibility of building a massive new “Mega-Event Center” on the UNLV campus that would rival Cowboys Stadium in regards to its size and excess. The stadium would be able to host a number of major events if it is
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  • New-look Browns hire two new executive VP's

    New-look Browns hire two new executive VP's

    ESPN.com Jan 17, 2013
    The Browns have hired a pair of executive vice presidents, filling out their front office under new owner Jimmy Haslam.
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  • Video - NFL32OT: A New Look For Eagles 02:14

    NFL32OT: A New Look For Eagles

    Jan 17
    Episode 251: Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson discusses looking forward to working with Chip Kelly and his new offense. The NFL32 crew breaks down which defensive player will have the biggest impact in the AFC Championship game.
  • Video - Source: Cardinals Hire Arians As Head Coach 03:00

    Source: Cardinals Hire Arians As Head Coach

    Jan 17
    Bruce Arians accepts offer to become Cardinals head coach.
  • Video - Vilma's Lawsuit Dismissed 02:54

    Vilma's Lawsuit Dismissed

    Jan 17
    ESPN.com NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas has the latest on Jonathan Vilma's defamation lawsuit against Roger Goodell, which has been dismissed by U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan.
  • Video - Menino, the mumblin' mayor 00:17

    Menino, the mumblin' mayor

    Jan 17
    Boston Mayor Thomas Menino continues flubbing famous sports names as he discusses the impact of Vince "Wilcock" and the confidence he has in Aaron Hernandez filling in for "Gonk."

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    Jan 17
    Peter King: NFL Playoffs Conference Championship Picks
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    Jan 17
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