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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 aShare Tweet
Titans keep Loggains at OC, hire 3 assistantsDowell Loggains will remain the offensive coordinator for Tennessee, and coach Mike Munchak has hired three new assistants -- Sylvester Croom, Shawn Jefferson and George Henshaw.Share TweetLAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Rod Marinelli will not return as the Chicago Bears' defensive coordinator next season.Share TweetSeattle 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…Share Tweet
NFL should be concerned about “catfishing”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 phenomenShare TweetThe Arizona Cardinals have hired Bruce Arians as their new head coach.Share Tweet
Jeremy Bates is out in ChicagoIt 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 firstShare Tweet
Third-and-Long: Kyle Long taking different path to the NFL than father Howie and brother Chrisyahoo.com Jan 17, 2013LOS 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 …Share Tweet
Cowboys quietly looking for new offensive coordinatorOver 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 coordinShare Tweet
Andrew Luck and Reggie Wayne appear on ‘Parks and Recreation’ (VIDEO)yahoo.com Jan 17, 2013On 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.)…Share TweetThe 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 …Share TweetNEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Jets are closing in on hiring a general manager, with Seattle executive John Idzik the apparent front-runner.Share TweetThe 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 …Share TweetFor 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 roShare Tweet
Devin Thomas ends retirement, signs with LionsWide receiver and kick returner Devin Thomas has ended his brief retirement to sign with the Detroit Lions.Share Tweet
Custody fight over Belcher's child stays in Mo.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.Share TweetThe 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 GeneralShare TweetNew 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.Share TweetOf 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 draShare TweetRaiders 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 interesShare TweetThe 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 afShare TweetThe Patriots on Thursday put tight end Rob Gronkowski on season-ending injured reserve.Share TweetWherever 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 10Share Tweet
PFT on NBC Sports Network talks to Andy Reid at 5 p.m. ETAndy 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…Share TweetCorey 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. GrShare TweetIf 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.Share Tweet
Must-See TV: What is the most intriguing quarterback matchup? …CNNSI.com Jan 17, 2013What 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.Share TweetFormer NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has been moved from a central Montana drug treatment center to the state prison in Deer Lodge.Share Tweet
Niners honorary captains include a pair of Hall of Fame finalistsThe 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…Share TweetThere 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 toldShare TweetThe 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.Share TweetDoug Marrone has hired three more assistants to his new Buffalo Bills staff, including Ike Hilliard taking over as receivers coach.Share TweetEarlier 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 becauShare Tweet
Everything Supposedly Bad For The NFL Is Good For The NFLDrew Magary's Thursday Afternoon NFL Dick Joke Jamboroo runs every Thursday during the NFL season. More »Share TweetFalcons 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”Share Tweet
Another Famous Samoan Football Player Slowly Backs Away From The Manti Te'o ScandalWe 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…Share Tweet
Quirks of the Game: For Coaches, a Tough Road Back to Super Bowlnytimes.com Jan 17, 2013The 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.Share TweetNew 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’tShare TweetFormer Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt will become the offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.Share Tweet
Darnell Dockett Wants To Cheer Up Manti Te'o By Taking Him To The Strip ClubThis 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 »Share Tweet
One Step From New OrleansCNNSI.com Jan 17, 2013There 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.Share TweetAfter 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…Share Tweet
NFLPA again says players would accept MLB-style HGH testingLast 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 wouldShare TweetWith 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…Share Tweet
Suggs convinced ref not to flag him for challenging a friend to a fightThe 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 sShare TweetBoston mayor Thomas Menino added to his blooper reel Wednesday, referring to Patriots 'Wilcock' and 'Gonk'.Share TweetThe Carolina Panthers interviewed quarterbacks coach Mike Shula for their vacant offensive coordinator position on Wednesday, a person familiar with the situation said.Share TweetThe 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 CShare TweetThe 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 atShare Tweet
Brandon Joiner released from prison, can rejoin BengalsShortly 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 thShare Tweet
Patriots defense, with addition of Aquib Talib and young, talented players, starting to play like Bill Belichick’s Super BowlNow 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.Share TweetThe 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…Share Tweet
NFL 2012: Which Teams Actually Had Injuries, And Which Teams Just Lied On The Injury Report?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…Share Tweet
PFT’s Championship Game picksLast 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 theShare TweetLast 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…Share Tweet
Report: Bucs drop another defensive assistantThe 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 RepoShare Tweet
Justin Smith: I’ll be more comfortable this week49ers 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…Share Tweet
Deion, wife to share custody pending divorceHall of Famer Deion Sanders and his estranged wife, Pilar, must share custody of their three children pending the couple's divorce.Share TweetA 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 candidatShare TweetWhen 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,” LewisShare TweetThe 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 …Share TweetJets 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’Share Tweetnytimes.com Jan 17, 2013It's difficult to assess the value Colin Kaepernick has on the odds of the N.F.C. title game, but let's try anyway.Share Tweet
NFL wants nothing to do with proposed Las Vegas stadiumThe 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 isShare TweetThe Browns have hired a pair of executive vice presidents, filling out their front office under new owner Jimmy Haslam.Share Tweet
NFL32OT: A New Look For EaglesJan 17Episode 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.
Source: Cardinals Hire Arians As Head CoachJan 17Bruce Arians accepts offer to become Cardinals head coach.
Vilma's Lawsuit DismissedJan 17ESPN.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.
Menino, the mumblin' mayorJan 17Boston 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."
Peter King: NFL Playoffs Conference Championship PicksJan 17Peter King: NFL Playoffs Conference Championship Picks
Peter King: It's time to make room for Joe Flacco in the upper echelon of …Jan 17This story appears in the Jan. 21, 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated. Buy the digital version of the magazine here.