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Hall of Famer Joiner retires after 44-year career

Hall of Famer Joiner retires after 44-year career

ESPN.com profootballtalk.com Updated Jan 22, 2013
Hall of Famer Charlie Joiner has retired from his job as wide receivers coach for the San Diego Chargers.
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  • Panthers hire Ken Dorsey as quarterbacks coach

    Panthers hire Ken Dorsey as quarterbacks coach

    profootballtalk.com Jan 22, 2013
    The Carolina Panthers have promoted from within to fill yet another position on their coaching staff. According to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, the Panthers have promoted pro scout Ken Dorsey to the role of quarterbacks coach. Dorsey takes t…
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  • NFL draft bust JaMarcus Russell is attempting a comeback

    NFL draft bust JaMarcus Russell is attempting a comeback

    yahoo.com Jan 22, 2013
    One of the biggest draft busts in NFL history is trying to re-kindle his football career. Yahoo! Sports has learned that JaMarcus Russell is planning a comeback attempt that he hopes will see him play in the league again. The former No. 1 pick in the 20…
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  • Seahawks could struggle to find trade partner for Matt Flynn

    Seahawks could struggle to find trade partner for Matt Flynn

    profootballtalk.com Jan 22, 2013
    While several teams in the market for a quarterback could benefit from acquiring Seattle Seahawks backup Matt Flynn, it may not mean they are willing to give up anything to get him. According to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, the Seahawks’ attempts to tra
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  • Settlement doesn’t necessarily mean Mendenhall “won” his case …

    Settlement doesn’t necessarily mean Mendenhall “won” his case against Champion

    profootballtalk.com Jan 22, 2013
    As Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall prepares to hit the free-agent market, he won’t have to worry about his pending lawsuit against an apparel company that dumped him after he made controversial remarks regarding the death of Osama bin Laden and
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  • Six weeks after Josh Brent’s drunk driving arrest and Jerry Bro…

    Six weeks after Josh Brent’s drunk driving arrest and Jerry Brown’s death, Cowboys DT Jay Ratliff arrested for DWI

    Apparently, it takes more than the death of a friend and teammate, and the arrest and incarceration of another, to wake Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff to the simple reality that driving drunk is a really stupid thing to do. Cowboys linebacker Je…
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  • Outside The Game: Patrick Peterson prepares friend Tyronn Mathi…

    Outside The Game: Patrick Peterson prepares friend Tyronn Mathieu for an NFL career

    We all make mistakes, sometimes very big ones. But if we're lucky, there's someone around to pick us up, to help us to our feet, to get us back on the right path. Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals has taken on this challenge with Tyronn Mathieu,…
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  • Tuck says Te’o situation a “crazy, crazy, crazy thing”

    Tuck says Te’o situation a “crazy, crazy, crazy thing”

    profootballtalk.com Jan 22, 2013
    It’s been a strange week for former Notre Dame football players.  From the ridiculously gullible Manti Te’o to the incredibly cynical Tim Brown, a pair of Golden Domers have bookended the spectrum of human trust. Former Notre Dame football player Jus
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  • Senior Bowl Report: South team’s defense is defined by its line

    Senior Bowl Report: South team’s defense is defined by its line

    yahoo.com Jan 22, 2013
    MOBILE, Al. -- It's fairly common knowledge that the 2013 draft class is very deep on the defensive line, and the standouts for the South team at Tuesday's Senior Bowl practice bore that out. From well-known to unsung, several players made themselves no…
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  • Rex Ryan involved in minor three-car accident in Pennsylvania

    Rex Ryan involved in minor three-car accident in Pennsylvania

    yahoo.com nytimes.com Jan 22, 2013
    You thought there's be one week without news of a Jets wreck, didn't you? And you would be wrong. In this case, though, it's an actual wreck, as reports have surfaced that coach Rex Ryan was involved in a minor three-car wreck in Pennsylvania last week.…
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  • NFL hoping to decide future of Pro Bowl by April

    NFL hoping to decide future of Pro Bowl by April

    CNNSI.com Jan 22, 2013
    HONOLULU (AP) -- The NFL is hoping to decide the fate of the Pro Bowl by the time it releases next season's schedule in April. And the fate of the league's all-star game will largely depend on how much effort this year's participants put into the game.
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  • League continues to resist in-stadium first-down laser

    League continues to resist in-stadium first-down laser

    profootballtalk.com Jan 22, 2013
    The NFL desperately wants to enhance the in-stadium experience.  But the NFL continues to resist an innovation that would make watching the game in person a lot more like watching it at home. For years, the technology has existed to implement a laser sy…
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  • Chiefs now have six Pro Bowlers

    Chiefs now have six Pro Bowlers

    profootballtalk.com Jan 22, 2013
    The Kansas City Chiefs won two games in 2012.  They now have three times as many Pro Bowlers. The Chiefs have announced that linebacker Justin Houston has been named to the AFC team, replacing Broncos linebacker Von Miller. Houston, a third-round pick i…
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  • 2002 Raiders coaches will face inevitable questions about Tim B…

    2002 Raiders coaches will face inevitable questions about Tim Brown’s accusations

    More and more Raiders players are chiming in on receiver Tim Brown’s accusation regarding former coach Bill Callahan’s motivation for switching the offensive game plan two days before the start of Super Bowl XXXVII. Eventually, members of the 2002 Rai
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  • Vikes' Rudolph added to Pro Bowl for Gonzalez

    Vikes' Rudolph added to Pro Bowl for Gonzalez

    Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph has been added to the NFC Pro Bowl team as an injury replacement for Tony Gonzalez of the Atlanta Falcons.
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  • Rodney Harrison on what happened to the Patriots, Falcons

    Rodney Harrison on what happened to the Patriots, Falcons

    profootballtalk.com Jan 22, 2013
    NBC’s Rodney Harrison played for the Patriots and lives in Atlanta.  So he’s uniquely qualified to offer up informed opinions about the two teams that lost in Sunday’s conference championship games. Rodney appeared on Tuesday’s PFT Live to discus
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  • Highway To Recovery: Just months after tearing his ACL, Marcus …

    Highway To Recovery: Just months after tearing his ACL, Marcus Lattimo…

    CNNSI.com Jan 22, 2013
    Just months after tearing his ACL, Marcus Lattimore has his sights on the NFL -- and in 2013. The rehabbing back is on a mission, and not letting doubt creep in, says Andy Staples.
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  • Ex-Bengals cheerleader's libel lawsuit trial starts

    Ex-Bengals cheerleader's libel lawsuit trial starts

    ESPN.com Jan 22, 2013
    A former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader who had sex with her underage student told him she fell in love the first time he walked into the classroom where she was teaching freshman English, according to text messages read in court Tuesday.
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  • Gregg Williams can look for work, but isn’t reinstated

    Gregg Williams can look for work, but isn’t reinstated

    profootballtalk.com Jan 22, 2013
    While Sean Payton was allowed back into the NFL today, Gregg Williams is still waiting. Williams, who was suspended indefinitely for his role in the bounty scandal that cost Payton a year, can apply for work, however. A source told Nakia Hogan of the Ne…
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  • Chris Kuper needs another surgery on his leg

    Chris Kuper needs another surgery on his leg

    profootballtalk.com Jan 22, 2013
    Broncos guard Chris Kuper spent all of last offseason recovering from surgery after a nasty left ankle dislocation in the final week of the 2011 season. Kuper didn’t suffer the same injury, but he’s going to be on the rehab track again this year. Kupe
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  • Pro Bowl's future may hinge on the '13 showing

    Pro Bowl's future may hinge on the '13 showing

    ESPN.com Jan 22, 2013
    The NFL is hoping to decide the fate of the Pro Bowl by the time it releases next season's schedule in April. And the fate of the league's all-star game will largely depend on how much effort this year's participants put into the game.
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  • Senior Bowl Report: North Team defensive backs look to impress …

    Senior Bowl Report: North Team defensive backs look to impress in different ways

    yahoo.com Jan 22, 2013
    MOBILE, Al. -- While the main story in most Senior Bowls is about the quarterbacks by nature, this year's somewhat underwhelming crop of signal-callers has a lot of people looking elsewhere when it comes to position groups of interest. That's what Shutd…
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  • First-down line could be coming to NFL stadiums

    First-down line could be coming to NFL stadiums

    ESPN.com Jan 22, 2013
    Fans watching NFL games on television have grown accustomed to the imaginary yellow line that runs across the field in accord with the first-down marker.
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  • Jets' Ryan receives warning after 3-car crash

    Jets' Ryan receives warning after 3-car crash

    ESPN.com Jan 22, 2013
    New York Jets coach Rex Ryan was involved in a car accident last week in Bethlehem, Pa., the team's public relations department confirmed on Tuesday.
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  • Colts promote Joe Gilbert to offensive line coach

    Colts promote Joe Gilbert to offensive line coach

    profootballtalk.com Jan 22, 2013
    The Colts didn’t look all that far for Harold Goodwin’s replacement as the team’s offensive line coach. In a statement Tuesday, the team announced that Joe Gilbert would be promoted from assistant offensive line coach to the top job. Gilbert was a l
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  • Patriots sign Armond Armstead out of USC, CFL

    Patriots sign Armond Armstead out of USC, CFL

    profootballtalk.com Jan 22, 2013
    He might not necessarily be Cameron Wake, but the 49ers are taking a chance on a Canadian defensive lineman who could turn out to be worth the gamble. According to ESPNBoston.com, the Patriots signed former Southern Cal defensive lineman Armond Armstead…
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  • The first pro sack Ray Lewis ever made? On a quarterback named …

    The first pro sack Ray Lewis ever made? On a quarterback named Jim Harbaugh

    Tired of every story about the Super Bowl being about Ray Lewis or a Harbaugh? You're in luck, because here's a story about Ray Lewis AND a Harbaugh! Let's go all the way back to 1996, Week 7. The Oilers were still in Houston. Brett Favre was still a yo…
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  • Jones: Garrett won't call plays for Cowboys in '13

    Jones: Garrett won't call plays for Cowboys in '13

    Jones: Garrett won't call plays for Cowboys in '13
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  • PFT on NBC Sports Network: Chris Ault, Tim Brown

    PFT on NBC Sports Network: Chris Ault, Tim Brown

    profootballtalk.com Jan 22, 2013
    49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is one of the fastest rising players in the NFL and his college coach will stop by Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network to talk about his former pupil. Chris Ault, who recently stepped down as the head coach at the …
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  • Branden Albert wants to stay in K.C. and at tackle

    Branden Albert wants to stay in K.C. and at tackle

    profootballtalk.com Jan 22, 2013
    Branden Albert is set to become a free agent in March and he said Tuesday that his representatives have spoken to new Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey about staying in Kansas City. Albert told Danny Parkins of 610 Sports in Kansas City that he doesn’t
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  • Jeff Ireland is looking for playmakers

    Jeff Ireland is looking for playmakers

    profootballtalk.com Jan 22, 2013
    Dolphins General Manager Jeff Ireland met the media at the Senior Bowl on Tuesday and made no attempt to cloak his intentions for the offseason. “We’re looking for playmakers on offense. Look, we had two guys with over 60 catches (Brian Hartline and 
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  • Browns hire defensive line coach Joe Cullen

    Browns hire defensive line coach Joe Cullen

    profootballtalk.com Jan 22, 2013
    Joe Cullen has a new job, and he’s definitely going to need pants for this one. The former Jaguars defensive line coach has been hired for the same position with the Browns, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Cullen spent three s
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  • Charlie Garner agrees with Tim Brown, sort of

    Charlie Garner agrees with Tim Brown, sort of

    profootballtalk.com Jan 22, 2013
    We may need to put together a scorecard of the former Raiders who disagree and who agree with the suggestion by receiver Tim Brown that former coach Bill Callahan deliberately sabotaged Super Bowl XXXVII by changing the game plan two days before kickoff…
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  • Russell Wilson: I didn’t ask for a new contract

    Russell Wilson: I didn’t ask for a new contract

    On Sunday, Chris Mortensen of ESPN created a bit of a whirlwind when he reported that Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s agent Bus Cook asked the team for a new contract even though the Collective Bargaining Agreement makes it impossible for a rooki
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  • The Silverdome Has Been Abandoned To The Elements

    The Silverdome Has Been Abandoned To The Elements

    deadspin.com Jan 22, 2013
    The Silverdome hasn't hosted the Lions since 2001. The city of Pontiac auctioned it off in 2009 to the highest bidder. The highest bid was $550,000. "It was a bit surprising," the new owner said. "There were really very few bids." More »
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  • Study: CTE signs found in living ex-NFL players

    Study: CTE signs found in living ex-NFL players

    ESPN.com Jan 22, 2013
    Brain scans performed on five former NFL players revealed images of the protein that causes football-related brain damage -- the first time researchers have identified signs of the crippling disease in living players.
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  • Lincoln Kennedy disagrees with Tim Brown, too

    Lincoln Kennedy disagrees with Tim Brown, too

    profootballtalk.com Jan 22, 2013
    We’re still waiting for one or more teammates of former Raiders receiver Tim Brown to corroborate his non-suggestion suggestion that former Raiders coach Bill Callahan “sabotaged” the team in Super Bowl XXXVII by changing the game plan two days befo
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  • Rex Ryan Wrecked His Red Mustang After Running A Stoplight In P…

    Rex Ryan Wrecked His Red Mustang After Running A Stoplight In Pennsylvania Last Week, According To Police

    deadspin.com Jan 22, 2013
    Rex Ryan was already having a multi-car pileup of an offseason, metaphorically. Now comes word that the Jets head coach literally had one last week: A tipster wrote us yesterday to say that a week earlier, Ryan was in a three-car crash in Bethlehem, Pa.…
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  • Jaguars hire Mike Mallory as special teams coordinator

    Jaguars hire Mike Mallory as special teams coordinator

    profootballtalk.com Jan 22, 2013
    After five seasons on the staff of the Saints, Mike Mallory is the new special teams coordinator of the Jaguars. The Jaguars announced today that new head coach Gus Bradley added Mallory to his staff. Mallory was a two-time All-Big Ten linebacker at Mic…
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  • Titus Young threatens to quit football if he doesn’t get the fo…

    Titus Young threatens to quit football if he doesn’t get the football

    profootballtalk.com Jan 22, 2013
    The Lions may have been better off with the second-round pick they used on receiver Titus Young by simply saying, “Pass.” Young, who was exiled from the team via an injured reserve designation after lining up “multiple times” in the wrong place du
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  • NFL looking into Brady's slide into Ravens' Reed

    NFL looking into Brady's slide into Ravens' Reed

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Jan 22, 2013
    NEW YORK (AP) The NFL is looking into Tom Brady's leg-up slide that hit Ravens safety Ed Reed in the AFC championship game.
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  • New imaging technique spots evidence of potential brain damage …

    New imaging technique spots evidence of potential brain damage in living football players

    profootballtalk.com Jan 22, 2013
    The concussion crisis may have just opened a new door. Researchers for the first time have detected changes in the brains of football players who are still alive.  Specifically, new brain imaging techniques have detected abnormal tau proteins in five re…
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  • "Find The Asshole, That's Where That Knuckle Goes": A…

    "Find The Asshole, That's Where That Knuckle Goes": A Young Jim Harbaugh On How To Play Quarterback

    deadspin.com Jan 22, 2013
    The two-minute video clip above is taken from a much longer video, in which Jim Harbaugh imparts his wisdom of the quarterback position on an assembly of quarterback coaches. The entire video is over an hour long, but we've cut it down to the most enter…
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  • Romanowski “flabbergasted” by Tim Brown’s claims

    Romanowski “flabbergasted” by Tim Brown’s claims

    profootballtalk.com Jan 22, 2013
    The teammates of former Raiders receiver Tim Brown are starting to speak out regarding his I’m-not-saying-I’m-just-saying-style suggestion that coach Bill Callahan “sabotaged” Super Bowl XXXVII by dramatically changing the game plan two days befor
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  • Joe Vitt: I’ll forgive, but I’ll never forget what the NFL impo…

    Joe Vitt: I’ll forgive, but I’ll never forget what the NFL imposed on us

    profootballtalk.com Jan 22, 2013
    The NFL reinstated Sean Payton as head coach of the Saints today, which means Joe Vitt can officially move aside from his role as interim head coach and give the job back to Payton. But Vitt can’t completely move on: In comments to the New Orleans Times
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  • Stevie Johnson wants to see a quarterback competition

    Stevie Johnson wants to see a quarterback competition

    profootballtalk.com Jan 22, 2013
    The Bills have a new coach in Doug Marrone and many people expect to see them have a new quarterback next season as well. Ryan Fitzpatrick didn’t have a very good year in 2012, especially when it came to throwing the ball down the field, and there was p
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  • NFL says Payton can return to Saints immediately

    NFL says Payton can return to Saints immediately

    NEW YORK (AP) Sean Payton is back as coach of the New Orleans Saints.
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  • Patriots Player's House Robbed During AFC Championship

    Patriots Player's House Robbed During AFC Championship

    Patriots journeyman safety Derrick Martin nearly enshrined himself as a good luck charm-he was on the Packers two years ago when they won the Super Bowl (though he finished the season on IR) and was a Giant when they took the Lombardi Trophy last year.
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  • Ninkovich says the Patriots dynasty is over

    Ninkovich says the Patriots dynasty is over

    profootballtalk.com Jan 22, 2013
    On last night’s Pro Football Talk, we took up a Twitter question from the great Kige Ramsey regarding the media’s habit of still treating the Patriots like they are still a dynasty. The Pats still get that treatment because, unlike other NFL dynasties
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  • Two Falcons safeties are going to the Pro Bowl

    Two Falcons safeties are going to the Pro Bowl

    profootballtalk.com Jan 22, 2013
    With the 49ers going to the Super Bowl, safeties Dashon Goldson and Donte Whitner will have to pass on the Pro Bowl. So the NFL turned to the team that the 49ers beat in the NFC Championship Game to replace them on the roster. The Falcons have announced…
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  • Harbaughs only texting before Super Bowl

    Harbaughs only texting before Super Bowl

    ESPN.com Jan 22, 2013
    Jim and John Harbaugh have exchanged a handful of text messages, and plan to leave it at that. No phone conversations necessary while the season's still going. No time for pleasantries, even for the friendly siblings.
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  • Monte Kiffin “real excited” to get back into the NFL

    Monte Kiffin “real excited” to get back into the NFL

    While many men his age are sipping a glass of prune juice and reading a newspaper this time of day, Monte Kiffin was out interviewing prospective football players in Mobile, Ala. this morning. And that had him fired up. The 72-year-old Kiffin told Calvi…
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  • Ex-Eagles DC Castillo joins Ravens staff for XLVII

    Ex-Eagles DC Castillo joins Ravens staff for XLVII

    CNNSI.com Jan 22, 2013
    Ex-Eagles DC Castillo joins Ravens staff for XLVII
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  • Pat White plans an NFL comeback

    Pat White plans an NFL comeback

    profootballtalk.com Jan 22, 2013
    With the rise of mobile quarterback, a mobile quarterback from Mobile is back in Mobile in the hopes of attracting the attention of a coach looking for a mobile quarterback. According to Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post, White showed up at the Senior Bo…
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  • Senior Bowl Report: Quarterbacks looking to set themselves apar…

    Senior Bowl Report: Quarterbacks looking to set themselves apart in tightly contested draft class

    yahoo.com Jan 22, 2013
    MOBILE, Al. -- While at least one quarterback will be taken in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, there are those who would argue quite convincingly that there really isn't a first-round talent at the position this year -- that it's more the nature …
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  • Falcons holding out hope for Gonzalez’s 5 percent

    Falcons holding out hope for Gonzalez’s 5 percent

    profootballtalk.com Jan 22, 2013
    All year long, Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez stood firm on his 95 percent retirement pledge. But those closest to him see the door cracked, and they’re trying to get their foot in. “I’m hoping for the 5 percent,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said, a
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  • Billick says the media should leave Belichick alone

    Billick says the media should leave Belichick alone

    profootballtalk.com Jan 22, 2013
    Patriots coach Bill Belichick has come under heavy criticism in recent days for his failure to speak and/or his failure to say anything when speaking. Curiously, the loudest voices come from analysts employed by CBS, which is widely perceived in media c…
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  • Tuesday morning one-liners

    Tuesday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Jan 22, 2013
    Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson didn’t mind being compared to former Bills QB Jim Kelly. A look at possibilities for the Dolphins should they want a receiver in the draft. Patriots DE Chandler Jones reflected on a rookie year interrupted by injuries. The Jets
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  • Clark Hunt says he learned football’s “a people business”

    Clark Hunt says he learned football’s “a people business”

    profootballtalk.com Jan 22, 2013
    Going 2-14 will try the patience of any owner. But when you couple it with off-field tragedy, it makes for a year few could imagine. “Of the 15-20 years I’ve been actively involved in this business, it was by far the most difficult for me personally,
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  • Jim Washburn headed to help Lions pass rush

    Jim Washburn headed to help Lions pass rush

    profootballtalk.com Jan 22, 2013
    Not only is Lions coach Jim Schwartz adamant about sticking with his Wide 9 alignment, he’s bringing in one of its main proponents to help him. According to Mike Garafolo of USA Today, former Eagles assistant Jim Washburn will join the Lions as a defens
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  • Chip Kelly contract worth $32.5 million

    Chip Kelly contract worth $32.5 million

    profootballtalk.com Jan 22, 2013
    Chip Kelly had turned down the NFL before, he had even turned down the Philadelphia Eagles once as well, but the contract extended to the former Oregon head coach last week was a big factor in getting Kelly to do an about face and accept the Eagles offe…
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  • Fourth-and-Short: Reexamining the NFL's Final Four

    Fourth-and-Short: Reexamining the NFL's Final Four

    grantland.com Jan 22, 2013
    This week's Fourth-and-Short has four more thoughts on the four conference championship teams. In the cases of the 49ers and Ravens, it's time to begi...
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  • Video - NFL32OT: It's A Coaching Carousel 02:56

    NFL32OT: It's A Coaching Carousel

    Jan 22
    Episode 253: John Clayton breaks down the recent hiring of head coaches. The NFL32 crew discuss Joe Flacco's performance in the AFC Championship game.
  • Video - Super Bowl Preview: Akers, Castillo and Payton 02:05

    Super Bowl Preview: Akers, Castillo and Payton

    Jan 22
    John Clayton delivers the latest news in advance of Super Bowl XLVII
  • Video - Which Harbaugh would you rather play for? 01:42

    Which Harbaugh would you rather play for?

    Jan 22
    The Harbaugh brothers will battle each other for a Super Bowl title. Which brother would you rather play for? Former Super Bowl champions Darren Sharper and Shaun O'Hara give their answers.
  • Video - Would the San Francisco 49ers be in Super Bowl with Alex Smith? 01:30

    Would the San Francisco 49ers be in Super Bowl with Alex Smith?

    Jan 22
    If the San Francisco 49ers never made the switch to Colin Kaepernick, would they still be going to the Super Bowl? Kurt Warner weighs in on Alex Smith and Kaepernick.

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