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Rex likely will stay, Tannenbaum could be reassigned

Rex likely will stay, Tannenbaum could be reassigned

profootballtalk.com Updated Dec 6, 2012
Changes are likely coming to the Jets if (when) another season ends without a playoff berth.  Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News shed some light during Thursday’s PFT Live on what could happen. Mehta firmly believes that coach Rex Ryan will be bac
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  • AccuScore: Dolphins lose again

    AccuScore: Dolphins lose again

    ESPN.com Dec 6, 2012
    The Miami Dolphins are slumping and have lost four of their last five games. According to AccuScore, that slump will continue. AccuScore projects the 49ers (8-3-1) will win comfortably at home against Miami. This is a very long road trip for the Dolphin…
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  • Patriots using racquetball paddles to prepare themselves for th…

    Patriots using racquetball paddles to prepare themselves for the J.J. Watt Swat

    yahoo.com Dec 6, 2012
    It's common practice for quarterback coaches to use brooms in practice to simulate defensive pressure for their quarterbacks on non-contact days, but as the New England Patriots prepare for their "Monday Night Football" tussle with the Houston…
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  • Mark Sanchez Is A Bad Quarterback. That's Why He Shouldn't Try …

    Mark Sanchez Is A Bad Quarterback. That's Why He Shouldn't Try To Play It Safe.

    During Sunday's Fox telecast of Mark Sanchez's public flogging, in between the moments when Brian Billick repeated "jump street" and read copy for New Girl, a graphic popped up: Mark Sanchez, it read, had turned the ball over 81 times since hi…
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  • Key matchup: Aqib Talib vs. Andre Johnson

    Key matchup: Aqib Talib vs. Andre Johnson

    ESPN.com Dec 6, 2012
    There are plenty of great matchups to watch when the Houston Texans (11-1) travel to play the New England Patriots (9-3) on "Monday Night Football." But one to really keep an eye on will be the battle between newly acquired Patriots cornerback…
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  • Mike Westhoff, asked to describe the Jets?...

    Mike Westhoff, asked to describe the Jets?...

    deadspin.com Dec 6, 2012
    Mike Westhoff, asked to describe the Jets? "I don't know. Close the door on your head and tell me how bad it hurts." More »
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  • Harry Reid makes a comparison between Republicans and the Jets

    Harry Reid makes a comparison between Republicans and the Jets

    If there’s been a story covered more fervently than the Jets’ quarterback conundrum in the last few days, it is the efforts to find a legislative solution in the House and Senate to stop us from going over the “fiscal cliff.” The two stories conve
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  • The FBI Is Raiding The House Of Former NFL Tackle Jason Fabini

    The FBI Is Raiding The House Of Former NFL Tackle Jason Fabini

    deadspin.com Dec 6, 2012
    We don't know what goes on in Fort Wayne, Ind. We've never been there and have no desire to visit. But we do know that today, in Fort Wayne, local, state, and federal officials carried out a raid on two homes owned by longtime NFL offensive tackle Jason…
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  • Still no timetable for Mark Anderson’s return

    Still no timetable for Mark Anderson’s return

    profootballtalk.com Dec 6, 2012
    Defensive end Mario Williams has picked up his game after a disappointing start to the season, but the Bills’ other big free agent signing on the defensive line may not get a chance to make an improvement on his own slow start. Anderson remains out afte
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  • Vince Young vows to “fight hard” for another chance in the NFL

    Vince Young vows to “fight hard” for another chance in the NFL

    profootballtalk.com Dec 6, 2012
    It sounds unlikely: A 29-year-old two-time Pro Bowl quarterback is openly begging for another chance in the NFL, and all 32 NFL teams are saying, “No. thanks.” But that’s exactly the situation Vince Young is in right now. Young, who has been a free
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  • Flashbacks of Henne vs. Sanchez debate

    Flashbacks of Henne vs. Sanchez debate

    ESPN.com Dec 6, 2012
    Remember when there was intense debate in the AFC East blog about which quarterback was better: Chad Henne or Mark Sanchez? Miami Dolphins and New York Jets fans couldn't get enough of these young gunslingers. They were expected to develop and eventuall…
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  • Jaguars offense looks like it will be more shorthanded than usu…

    Jaguars offense looks like it will be more shorthanded than usual

    profootballtalk.com Dec 6, 2012
    One of the funniest things about the Jets pulling Mark Sanchez in the 7-6 victory over the Cardinals last week is that he wasn’t even the worst quarterback on the field. Bad as Sanchez was, Ryan Lindley was worse and wound up playing the entire game. We
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  • AccuScore: Jags beat Jets

    AccuScore: Jags beat Jets

    ESPN.com Dec 6, 2012
    The New York Jets made their quarterback decision and went back to Mark Sanchez. But according to AccuScore, it doesn't really matter who is under center this week for New York. AcccuScore predicts the hosting Jacksonville Jaguars (2-10) will beat the J…
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  • Peter King: NFL Week 14 Picks

    Peter King: NFL Week 14 Picks

    CNNSI.com Dec 6, 2012
    If the Pats get the AFC's No. 2 seed, they'll have earned it, thanks to a brutal two-game stretch that starts now. Can they slow the Texans' playmakers? Peter King picks Week 14.
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  • Patriots breaking out the sporting goods to prepare for Watt

    Patriots breaking out the sporting goods to prepare for Watt

    profootballtalk.com Dec 6, 2012
    For years, basketball coaches have prepared their teams for shot-blockers by giving practice players tennis rackets. The Patriots are only facing J.J. Watt and the Texans this week, not Dikembe Mutombo, so they’re using racquetball racquets. “I know c
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  • Bills lose another lineman: Hairston to IR

    Bills lose another lineman: Hairston to IR

    ESPN.com Dec 6, 2012
    Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Chris Hairston has been placed on injured reserve and will miss the rest of the season with a bone injury in his right ankle.
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  • Tebow not quite ready to return to Jets' lineup

    Tebow not quite ready to return to Jets' lineup

    ESPN.com Dec 6, 2012
    New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow returns to his hometown this weekend to face the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he's likely to be a spectator.
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  • PFT Live: Jets talk with Manish Mehta, Week 14 picks

    PFT Live: Jets talk with Manish Mehta, Week 14 picks

    profootballtalk.com Dec 6, 2012
    The Jets have decided to turn back to Mark Sanchez at quarterback, a decision that will be a big part of the discussion on Thursday’s edition of PFT Live. Mike Florio will talk to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News about the Jets’ choice, which c
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  • Darnell Dockett Apologizes For Fighting Teammate Over "Let…

    Darnell Dockett Apologizes For Fighting Teammate Over "Let Them Score" Strategy, Still Clearly Doesn't Understand Why He Was Wro

    deadspin.com Dec 6, 2012
    On Sunday, the Jets had the ball deep in Arizona territory and a one-point lead. The directive came in from the Cardinals' sideline: Let them score a touchdown, so Arizona could get the ball back down eight with more than a minute remaining. Sound advic…
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  • Buffalo resident ensures local broadcast of Bills game

    Buffalo resident ensures local broadcast of Bills game

    profootballtalk.com Dec 6, 2012
    With more than 10,000 unsold non-premium tickets available as of last week for Sunday’s game between the Rams and the Bills, Buffalo was destined to have a second straight local blackout. Thanks to Russell J. Salvatore, that won’t happen. According to
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  • Can Williams set personal sack record?

    Can Williams set personal sack record?

    ESPN.com Dec 6, 2012
    Considering the slow start, it’s hard to fathom that Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams has a chance to set a new career best in sacks this season. Williams, who has 9.5 sacks, is just five shy of eclipsing his personal record of 14 sacks in 200
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  • Thursday morning one-liners

    Thursday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Dec 6, 2012
    The Bills will be plugging in two first-time starters on the offensive line this week. Dolphins rookie Jonthan Martin is excited about switching from RT to LT after the injury to Jake Long. Jets backup QB Tim Tebow reached out to a teen who was injured …
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  • Week 13 Film Review, Horror Edition

    Week 13 Film Review, Horror Edition

    nytimes.com Dec 6, 2012
    The Jets' Mark Sanchez deserved to be benched after his second interception in the opening quarter against Arizona.
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  • AccuScore: Patriots beat the Texans

    AccuScore: Patriots beat the Texans

    ESPN.com Dec 6, 2012
    The Houston Texans (11-1) and New England Patriots (9-3) will have a huge matchup with playoff implication on "Monday Night Football." So who will win this big game? According to AccuScore, New England will leave Gillette Stadium with the vict…
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  • NY Giants are the anti-NY Jets, a picture of stability at quart…

    NY Giants are the anti-NY Jets, a picture of stability at quarterback, despite another up-and-down regular season

    nydailynews.com Dec 6, 2012
    Nobody troubled Tom Coughlin on Wednesday about whether Eli Manning or David Carr will be starting at quarterback against the New Orleans Saints. Taken out of context, it might be a reasonable question. After all, Manning ranks only 16th in the NFL quar…
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  • Weighing the Gravity of the So-Called Playoff Preview

    Weighing the Gravity of the So-Called Playoff Preview

    grantland.com Dec 6, 2012
    Monday night's Patriots-Texans game is exciting for a number of reasons. You can spin it as a possible matchup between the league's best offense and i...
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  • Video - NFL32OT Monday Night Football Preview 03:08

    NFL32OT Monday Night Football Preview

    Dec 6
    The NFL32 crew discuss the Monday Night matchup between the Texans and the Patriots.
  • Video - How Are The Patriots Preparing For The Texans? 02:00

    How Are The Patriots Preparing For The Texans?

    Dec 6
    NFL Live looks at the Patriots are preparing for the Texans.
  • Video - Countdown Daily Prediction: Texans-Patriots 01:20

    Countdown Daily Prediction: Texans-Patriots

    Dec 6
    The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Houston at New England
  • Video - Countdown Daily Prediction: Dolphins-49ers 00:48

    Countdown Daily Prediction: Dolphins-49ers

    Dec 6
    The NFL Live crew makes their picks for Miami at San Francisco

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    Dec 6
    No. 1 seeds are on the line this weekend, but that distinction isn't as valuable as it once was, John Clayton writes.