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49ers issue perfunctory non-statement statement on Crabtree

49ers issue perfunctory non-statement statement on Crabtree

The 49ers have acknowledged the allegation of sexual assault against receiver Michael Crabtree via the issuance of a standard, perfunctory statement that really doesn’t state anything. “We are aware of the allegation against Michael and understand tha
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  • Te’o's fake dead girlfriend claimed she faked her death to avoi…

    Te’o's fake dead girlfriend claimed she faked her death to avoid drug dealers

    As we wait to hear whether and to what extent ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap will vouch for the credibility of an athlete who granted Schaap an exclusive off-camera interview, there is new evidence regarding the lack of credibility demonstrated by Manti Te’o's
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  • Report:  Colts hire Pep Hamilton

    Report: Colts hire Pep Hamilton

    The number of minority play-callers in the NFL has now doubled. According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, the Colts have struck a deal with Stanford offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton for that same position in Indianapolis.  Hamilton coached Colts quarterba…
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  • Manti Te’o gives off-camera interview to Jeremy Schaap

    Manti Te’o gives off-camera interview to Jeremy Schaap

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    Manti Te’o is in the process of giving his first interview since this week’s shocking news broke that the story of his girlfriend dying during his senior season at Notre Dame was a hoax. But it’s an interview that is likely to raise more questions t
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  • Bears make Tucker new DC, add two others

    Bears make Tucker new DC, add two others

    Chicago continued its frenetic pace of adding to the coaching staff, and is finalizing a deal to bring in former Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker for the same position with the Bears, according to NFL sources.
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  • Fox: Time to give Falcons QB Ryan his due

    Fox: Time to give Falcons QB Ryan his due

    Atlanta QB shouldn't need to do more to prove he's clutch and a winner
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  • Joe Namath’s Conference Championship predictions: Harbaugh Bowl…

    Joe Namath’s Conference Championship predictions: Harbaugh Bowl could be a reality

    yahoo.com Jan 18, 2013
    As he did last year, NFL Hall of Famer and New York Jets legend Joe Namath will join Yahoo! Sports and the Shutdown Corner Blog for commentary and analysis. Make sure you like the Official Joe Namath page on Facebook. And with playoff news always breaki…
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  • One thing to know: Can Bruce Arians fix the Cardinals?

    One thing to know: Can Bruce Arians fix the Cardinals?

    Bruce Arians' successful tenure as Colts head interim coach got a few heads to turn, and the Arizona Cardinals saw enough to make him their next coach. After the excitement of accepting a new job passes, Arians needs to address how Arizona can become a …
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  • Position Statement: Where will Alex Smith land?

    Position Statement: Where will Alex Smith land?

    yahoo.com Jan 18, 2013
    The future looks bright in San Francisco as Colin Kaepernick has secured his position under center, but where does this leave Alex Smith? Expected to earn $8 million in 2013, Mike Florio says it makes no sense for the 49ers to invest that much money in …
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  • Peyton Manning gets a new position coach: Greg Knapp

    Peyton Manning gets a new position coach: Greg Knapp

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    Less than three weeks after he was fired as offensive coordinator of the Raiders, Greg Knapp is back in the AFC West. The Broncos have announced that Knapp is their new quarterbacks coach. Knapp fills the spot on the coaching staff that became vacant wh…
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  • Super Possibilities: What has the Falcons reveling in their gam…

    Super Possibilities: What has the Falcons reveling in their game with …

    CNNSI.com Jan 18, 2013
    What has the Falcons reveling in their game with the 49ers? Can the Ravens' defense hold up against the vaunted Patriots' offense? Peter King answers these and more in his Last Word.
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  • Return, retire or test free agency? Steven Jackson undecided

    Return, retire or test free agency? Steven Jackson undecided

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    Rams running back Steven Jackson said before the Rams’ regular season finale that it was possible he might be preparing for his last NFL game. Three weeks later, he still says he isn’t sure if he’ll return to the Rams, leave in free agency or retire
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  • NY Jets owner Woody Johnson sticks to same flawed formula by hi…

    NY Jets owner Woody Johnson sticks to same flawed formula by hiring John Idzik to handle Gang Green's mess 

    Rex Ryan's power base with the Jets, which these days falls a bit short of being Woody Johnson's co-owner, just got a little stronger with the hiring Friday of John Idzik as general manager.
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  • Report: Raheem Morris to interview with Bears

    Report: Raheem Morris to interview with Bears

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    When Raheem Morris signed on to coach the Redskins defensive backs before this season, many felt that it would be a temporary stop on the way back up the ladder for the former Buccaneers head coach. Morris is getting chances to prove those people right.…
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  • Chip Kelly, Mike Vick meet, no resolution imminent

    Chip Kelly, Mike Vick meet, no resolution imminent

    On the second day of his employment as coach of the Eagles, Chip Kelly addressed the first challenge he’ll face from a personnel standpoint. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Kelly and Vick met on Friday.  However, there has been no resolut
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  • John Pagano will remain with Chargers

    John Pagano will remain with Chargers

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    The Chargers’ new head coach Mike McCoy has settled on his defensive coordinator. It’s the same guy who ran things on that side of the ball for Norv Turner. The Chargers announced Friday that John Pagano will stay with the team for the 2013 season. Pa
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  • Bengals lineman is arrested with gun at airport

    Bengals lineman is arrested with gun at airport

    ATLANTA (AP) -- Cincinnati Bengals tackle Andre Smith was free on bond Friday after his arrest on a charge of carrying a gun at Atlanta's airport.
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  • 49ers waive kicker Billy Cundiff

    49ers waive kicker Billy Cundiff

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    The kicking competition in San Francisco is officially over. David Akers will continue to be the kicker for the 49ers as the team announced they have waived Billy Cundiff on Friday. Cundiff was signed nearly three weeks ago amid concerns over Akers cons…
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  • Jets hire Marty Mornhinweg as offensive coordinator

    Jets hire Marty Mornhinweg as offensive coordinator

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    Apparently, the days of ground-and-pound in New York are over, and the speculation about another controversial quarterback has already begun. According to multiple reports, the Jets are going to hire former Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg …
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  • Browns name Horton new defensive coordinator

    Browns name Horton new defensive coordinator

    Ray Horton, who spent the past two seasons as Arizona's defensive coordinator, was named to the same position with the Browns on Friday.
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  • NFL says it is considering changes to Rooney Rule

    NFL says it is considering changes to Rooney Rule

    CNNSI.com Jan 18, 2013
    Jim Caldwell nearly went undefeated as a rookie coach in Indianapolis three years ago and he's one win away from returning to the Super Bowl as an assistant with Baltimore.
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  • Panthers promote Mike Shula to offensive coordinator

    Panthers promote Mike Shula to offensive coordinator

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    The Panthers elected to go for continuity rather than an outside voice, promoting quarterbacks coach Mike Shula to offensive coordinator, according to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer. The Panthers interviewed Hue Jackson and Pat Shurmur (who runs a…
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  • PFT on NBC Sports Network: David Caldwell, weekend preview

    PFT on NBC Sports Network: David Caldwell, weekend preview

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    Four teams are still trying to win the Super Bowl this season while 28 others work to make the moves that will put them in position to challenge for a title in the years to come. On Friday’s Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network, they’ll be covering
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  • Patriots' Jones, Woodhead listed as probable

    Patriots' Jones, Woodhead listed as probable

    ESPN.com Jan 18, 2013
    New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones (ankle) is one of five Patriots players listed as probable for Sunday's AFC Championship Game.
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  • NFL says teams can do better with diversity

    NFL says teams can do better with diversity

    The NFL is considering revisions to the "Rooney Rule," which mandates that teams must interview at least one minority candidate for front-office and head coaching jobs.
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  • Only five Pats on final injury report, and all are probable

    Only five Pats on final injury report, and all are probable

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    Apart from tight end Rob Gronkowski and any other players placed on injured reserve by the Patriots throughout the season, the home team in the AFC title game is healthy. Very healthy. Only five players appear on the injury report, and all are probable …
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  • Buccaneers finally get to hire John McNulty

    Buccaneers finally get to hire John McNulty

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    The Buccaneers tried to hire John McNulty a year ago, but the Cardinals blocked their request to interview him for their offensive coordinator job. Now that he’s available, he gets to join them in a lesser role. Bucs GM Mark Dominik said Friday McNulty
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  • Alicia Keys to sing anthem at Super Bowl

    Alicia Keys to sing anthem at Super Bowl

    We’ve known for a while that Beyoncé Knowles will be the halftime entertainment during the Super Bowl and now we know who will sing The Star Spangled Banner before the game. The NFL announced Friday that Alicia Keys will do the honors in New Orleans ne
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  • Lurie went straight to media with his concerns regarding Banner

    Lurie went straight to media with his concerns regarding Banner

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    On Friday, a feud suddenly emerged between Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and former Eagles president (and current Browns CEO) Joe Banner.  Lurie believes Banner has been criticizing Eagles G.M. Howie Roseman, and Banner denies it. The strangest aspect of t…
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  • It’s been six years since an African-American head coach was hi…

    It’s been six years since an African-American head coach was hired via external search

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    The NFL has acknowledged disappointment regarding the lack of diversity in this year’s round of coaching and G.M. hires.  There’s another trend that the league should regard as even more troubling. As former Buccaneers and Colts coach Tony Dungy, now
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  • Vince Young Is Just Another Bored College Student Again

    Vince Young Is Just Another Bored College Student Again

    deadspin.com Jan 18, 2013
    Cam Newton's decision to re-enroll at Auburn has been a quiet storyline this week, but Newton's not the only national-title-winning QB again giving school the old college try. Vince Young is back in the classroom at the University of Texas, and he more …
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  • Reports: Jets interview Joe Lombardi, Pat Shurmur for offensive…

    Reports: Jets interview Joe Lombardi, Pat Shurmur for offensive coordinator

    When Rex Ryan took over as Jets coach, he made some big promises about bringing a Lombardi to Gang Green. He hasn’t had much luck securing the trophy, so he’s trying another route. Multiple reports indicate the Jets interviewed Saints quarterbacks coa
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  • Steelers’ Kevin Colbert: Sometimes you have to draft character …

    Steelers’ Kevin Colbert: Sometimes you have to draft character risks

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    Steelers G.M. Kevin Colbert announced last week that he was cutting running back Chris Rainey, just hours after Rainey was arrested - and just nine months after Colbert drafted Rainey, despite character concerns stemming from Rainey’s college career.
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  • Watch The Baltimore Police Department's Crazed, Militaristic Tr…

    Watch The Baltimore Police Department's Crazed, Militaristic Tribute To The Ravens (Includes Cop Rap)

    deadspin.com Jan 18, 2013
    Oh dear. What can one even say about this video, created by the Baltimore police department in anticipation of this weekend's AFC championship game between the Ravens and the Patriots? It's got everything that a terrible hype video needs: "Seven Na…
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  • Jaguars introduce Bradley as new head coach

    Jaguars introduce Bradley as new head coach

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have introduced new head coach Gus Bradley, giving the franchise a fresh start with a high-energy guy.
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  • Khan warns Jaguars fans to not be “delusional”

    Khan warns Jaguars fans to not be “delusional”

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    If you’re ever going to be optimistic as an NFL owner, the day to be optimistic is the day you hire a new coach. The inherent implication when you make a change is that things can only get better, but Jaguars owner Shad Khan said during Gus Bradley’s
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  • Bears fill out coaching staff with Cavanaugh, Peete

    Bears fill out coaching staff with Cavanaugh, Peete

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- The Chicago Bears have hired Matt Cavanaugh as their quarterbacks coach and Skip Peete as their running backs coach.
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  • The Other Harbaugh: Working across the country from his more ce…

    The Other Harbaugh: Working across the country from his more celebrat…

    CNNSI.com Jan 18, 2013
    Working across the country from his more celebrated brother, John Harbaugh has made the Ravens one of the most consistent winners in the NFL, writes Peter King.
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  • AFC Championship Game preview: Patriots running game is the key…

    AFC Championship Game preview: Patriots running game is the key to a return trip to the Super Bowl

    yahoo.com Jan 18, 2013
    Baltimore Ravens at New England Patriots 6:30 p.m. ET, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, Mass. Talk about familiarity. This Sunday, the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots will face one another for the sixth time in the last four se…
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  • Chargers add Frank Reich to offensive staff

    Chargers add Frank Reich to offensive staff

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    The Chargers know that if they’re going to have to improve, they’re going to have to get Philip Rivers back on track. They continue to hire solid offensive coaches around him, with Sports Illustrated’s Peter King reporting they’re hiring Frank Rei
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  • PFT Live: Mike Silver, PFT Planet calls and tweets

    PFT Live: Mike Silver, PFT Planet calls and tweets

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    It’s the Friday before the conference title games and we want to know what’s on your mind. Mike Florio will take questions from PFT Planet about the two big games coming our way on Sunday and everything else from around the football world on Friday’
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  • For the NFLPA, its All-Star game is about more than just footba…

    For the NFLPA, its All-Star game is about more than just football

    yahoo.com Jan 18, 2013
    LOS ANGELES -- For the second straight year, the NFL Players Association will hold its Collegiate Bowl at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. The game will take place on Saturday, Jan. 19. at 6:00 p.m. ET. Several interesting names will take the fie…
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  • Brian Urlacher’s future in Chicago unclear

    Brian Urlacher’s future in Chicago unclear

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    Since arriving as a first-round draft pick in 2000, Brian Urlacher has been one of the Bears’ best and most popular players. But he may not have a future in Chicago. New Bears coach Marc Trestman was asked twice on Thursday about Urlacher’s future, an
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  • Chasing History: With a trip to the Super Bowl at stake, this w…

    Chasing History: With a trip to the Super Bowl at stake, this week…

    CNNSI.com Jan 18, 2013
    With a trip to the Super Bowl at stake, this weekend's championship games could change the legacies of Tom Brady, Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan, says Don Banks.
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  • Dean Pees on stopping Brady: Hire Tonya Harding

    Dean Pees on stopping Brady: Hire Tonya Harding

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees is very familiar with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. He’s been part of the defensive staff in Baltimore for the last three seasons, which has meant three matchups with the Patriots, and he spent four years as the
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  • Frank Gore wasn’t sure new offense was “real football”

    Frank Gore wasn’t sure new offense was “real football”

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    The results are good, but 49ers running back Frank Gore was slow to warm to his team’s pistol formation and reliance on read-option runs with Colin Kaepernick at quarterback. He said the first time he saw the offense was on television “probably Oregon
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  • Bills add Ike Hilliard, two other coaches

    Bills add Ike Hilliard, two other coaches

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    The first coaching staff for new Bills head coach Doug Marrone is continuing to take shape. Former NFL wide receiver Ike Hilliard will be the team’s wide receivers coach, jumping from the Redskins after one year in the same position at Washington. He sp
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  • Chris Snee will have hip surgery after Pro Bowl

    Chris Snee will have hip surgery after Pro Bowl

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    Plenty of players drop out of the Pro Bowl every year because of injuries suffered during the season. Giants guard Chris Snee isn’t one of those players. Snee needs hip surgery to repair a torn labrum that bothered him for much of the season, but said T
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  • Woo pig sooie: Cowboys interview Houston Nutt

    Woo pig sooie: Cowboys interview Houston Nutt

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    If you have one of those red plastic pig hats, you’ve got a shot at a job with the Cowboys. According to Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com, the Cowboys interviewed former University of Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt recently. What job he was talking to Ar
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  • NFC Championship Game preview: Colin Kaepernick, solid defense …

    NFC Championship Game preview: Colin Kaepernick, solid defense will lead 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII

    yahoo.com Jan 18, 2013
    San Francisco 49ers at Atlanta Falcons 3 p.m. ET, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga. Aside from Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan serving as the 49ers head coach from 2005-08, there are not many story lines or much of a recent histo…
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  • Friday morning one-liners

    Friday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    WR Donald Jones thinks he’ll be recovered from his season-ending illness in time for the start of Bills offseason work. A look at the possible cap benefits of cutting various members of the Dolphins. Patriots S Devin McCourty says he’s impressed with
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  • Te’o's uncle takes aim at Ronaiah Tuiasosopo

    Te’o's uncle takes aim at Ronaiah Tuiasosopo

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    With linebacker Manti Te’o avoiding the media, others are filling the vacuum of silence. One of them is Te’o's uncle.  Alema Te’o joined 97.5 The Zone in Salt Lake City on Thursday to discuss the situation for more than 30 minutes.  And it quickly
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  • Greg Roman shrugs off lack of head coach interviews

    Greg Roman shrugs off lack of head coach interviews

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    Even before the Jaguars hired David Caldwell as general manager, many thought he’d take his former college roommate Greg Roman with him as head coach. That opportunity never came, as the Jaguars hired Gus Bradley, but Roman shrugged off the suggestion.
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  • Pats rookie Jones (ankle) limited in practice

    Pats rookie Jones (ankle) limited in practice

    ESPN.com Jan 18, 2013
    Patriots rookie defensive end Chandler Jones was the lone New England player limited in Thursday's practice, putting his status for Sunday's AFC Championship Game in question.
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  • Charlotte looking for at least a 10-year tie in Panthers deal

    Charlotte looking for at least a 10-year tie in Panthers deal

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    It looks like the city of Charlotte is going to get something for its money. Ten years worth of something, at least. According to Erik Spanberg of the Charlotte Business Journal, a 10-year tie to the city is the “starting point for negotiations” for t
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  • Tom Brady said “I’m going to be a great one” after his second …

    Tom Brady said “I’m going to be a great one” after his second start

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    Not many people thought Tom Brady was going to become an all-time great quarterback in 2001, when he first took over for an injured Drew Bledsoe. But Brady himself thought so. Damon Huard, who was the Patriots’ third-string quarterback that year, recall
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  • Conference Championship Game Matchups

    Conference Championship Game Matchups

    nytimes.com Jan 18, 2013
    Will Ray Lewis's retirement tour get one more stop?
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  • Seahawks Kam Chancellor, Chris Clemons undergo surgery

    Seahawks Kam Chancellor, Chris Clemons undergo surgery

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor and defensive end Chris Clemons each underwent surgeries on Thursday. Chancellor’s surgery was for an undisclosed injury in his lower right leg. Seahawks team doctor Edward Khalfayan performed the surgery. Chancell
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  • Falcons kicker Matt Bryant can speak to alligators, sort of

    Falcons kicker Matt Bryant can speak to alligators, sort of

    profootballtalk.com Jan 18, 2013
    When his football career is finally over Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant might be able to find a role on the television show Swamp People. According to Jim Corbett of the USA Today, Bryant is somewhat of an “alligator whisperer.” “I was watching
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  • New England Patriots to keep Balitmore Ravens coach John Harbau…

    New England Patriots to keep Balitmore Ravens coach John Harbaugh from Super Bowl clash with brother

    nydailynews.com Jan 18, 2013
    For a good part of the season, it looked like Super Bowl XLVII could be renamed the Manning Bowl On Bourbon St. with Eli’s Giants and Peyton’s Broncos on a collision course that ultimately got sidetracked before the brothers could play for the Lombard
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  • Cousin Sal's Conference Championship Prop Bets

    Cousin Sal's Conference Championship Prop Bets

    grantland.com Jan 18, 2013
    Is it possible that there are only three NFL games left? (Shut it — I'm not counting the Pro Bowl and you shouldn't, either.) I'm starting to ge...
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  • Remembering the Ray Lewis Controversy

    Remembering the Ray Lewis Controversy

    grantland.com Jan 18, 2013
    Since Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis announced that he will retire at the end of Baltimore's season, his quest for another Super Bowl victory to cap his ...
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  • The Sports Guy on AFC and NFC title games

    The Sports Guy on AFC and NFC title games

    grantland.com Jan 18, 2013
    The Sports Guy goes through the rest of his inbox before making his NFL playoffs picks.
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  • The Sports Guy's All-Te'o Mailbag

    The Sports Guy's All-Te'o Mailbag

    grantland.com Jan 18, 2013
    Even the NFL playoffs can wait for the weirdest sports story of our age.
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  • Video - NFL32OT: A New Face For Cardinals 03:17

    NFL32OT: A New Face For Cardinals

    Jan 18
    Episode 252: Kevin Connors and Chris Mortensen discuss the Cardinals new head coach Bruce Arians. Mark Schlereth breaks down the expectations for Joe Flacco this Sunday. The NFL32 crew discuss which player will impact the 49ers-Falcons game.
  • Video - NFL Kickoff Overtime: Title Games 03:16

    NFL Kickoff Overtime: Title Games

    Jan 18
    Trey Wingo, Mark Schlereth and Tedy Bruschi preview the NFC and AFC championship games on Sunday.
  • Video - Bruce Arians: 'I couldn't be happier right now' 04:56

    Bruce Arians: 'I couldn't be happier right now'

    Jan 18
    Newly hired Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians talks about his team's quarterback situation and the first player to give him a congratulatory phone call.
  • Video - Bruce Arians: 'I couldn't be happier right now' 04:56

    Bruce Arians: 'I couldn't be happier right now'

    Jan 18
    Newly hired Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians talks about his team's quarterback situation and the first player to give him a congratulatory phone call.

Sports Columnists

  • Kerry J. Byrne: Changes on offense fueling Ravens, Niners in playoffs

    Jan 18
    The Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers each made major and even controversial decisions on offense this year.
  • Chadiha: Progress for minority coaches stalls

    Jan 18
    The Rooney Rule helped, but the NFL needs another push on hiring minority coaches.
  • Peter King: Ravens owe consistent success to 'other' Harbaugh

    Jan 18
    ATLANTA -- I'll be spending the weekend covering the NFC Championship Game, but before I get too heavy into Niners-Falcons, I wanted to write about the most under-appreciated single person of the NFL weekend: John Harbaugh.
  • Don Banks: History not on Ravens' side as they try to get revenge on Patri…

    Jan 18
    The Baltimore Ravens have worked hard and admirably persevered through multiple challenges this season to get back to the same position they were in last year: playing at New England in the AFC Championship game. But history says the chances of the outc…