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The Jets ultimately could be replacing Mike Tannenbaum with another Mike Tannenbaum. The recently-fired G.M. rose through the ranks as a cap-and-contracts specialist. Now that the Jets are having trouble replacing Tannenbaum with a traditional “footbaUpvote Share TweetAfter interviewing four candidates for their general manager position, the Jets have decided to expand their search.Upvote Share Tweet
Pats list 20 players as injured, limitedIf the Patriots are hiding injuries, they’re probably not doing it by concealing injured players from the official report. Instead, if they’re hiding injuries, they are routinely listing so many injured players that it becomes virtually impossible tUpvote Share Tweet
Good health didn't help the AFC EastInjuries are a tricky thing in the NFL. There is no rhyme or reason to it. You never know when they're coming, and they can happen in bunches or not much at all. For the most part, the AFC East was fortunate with injuries in 2012. For example, no starti…Upvote Share Tweet
PFT on NBC Sports Network: Brandon Lloyd, playoff previewsWe’re another day closer to the Divisional Round of the playoffs with plenty to talk about before this weekend’s games. Patriots wide receiver Brandon Lloyd will drop by Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network to help us get ready for New England’sUpvote Share TweetGiven his pending free agency, and their tight salary cap situation, it didn’t look good for a long-term deal between the Jets and safety LaRon Landry anyway. His Week 17 tardiness probably won’t be the deciding factor, but it can’t help. AccordingUpvote Share Tweet
Would Mario Williams be happy as OLB?The Buffalo Bills made a quality hire for defensive coordinator Wednesday by nabbing Mike Pettine of the New York Jets. Pettine’s 3-4 defenses have been strong in New York the past four seasons. Mario Williams #94 DE Buffalo Bills 2012 STATS Tot46 Solo3Upvote Share Tweetbuffalobills.com Jan 9, 2013DAILY REPORT— Six Bills were named to the Pro Football Focus All-AFC East Team. The Bills selections are RB C.J. Spiller, WR Stevie Johnson, OG Andy Levitre, DT Kyle Williams, FS Jairus Byrd and KR Leodis McKelvin. 2012 PFF All-AFC East Team >>>Upvote Share TweetThe Buffalo Bills have hired former New York Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine to be their defensive coordinator, a source told ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen.Upvote Share Tweetdeadspin.com Jan 9, 2013Seahawks corner Richard Sherman is an NFL trash-talker ready-made for the internet age. He was one of the NFL's best defensive backs as a rookie in 2011, and yet he didn't register in the national consciousness until he threw a "U MAD BRO?" To…Upvote Share Tweet
TE Chandler having surgery Thurs.buffalobills.com Jan 9, 2013Bills TE Scott Chandler is having ACL surgery today coming off the Week 16 knee injury he sustained against the Dolphins. He appeared on the John Murphy Show Tuesday evening to discuss his upcoming procedure. “I’m doing well right now,” Chandler tolUpvote Share Tweet
Deion Branch: We’re a lot better than last yearOn the surface, there isn’t much obvious difference between this year’s Patriots team and the one that lost to the Giants in the Super Bowl last year. They won the AFC East, earned a first-round bye (albeit not the first seed) and head into their firsUpvote Share Tweet
Patriots-Texans II: Respecting HoustonPlayers in the New England Patriots' locker room are not taking the route of Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy this week. The reigning AFC champs are showing the Houston Texans plenty of respect leading into Sunday's playoff game, despite trouncing…Upvote Share TweetPatriots DT Vince Wilfork may make life miserable for Texans RB Arian Foster on Sunday. People in Buffalo aren’t sure what to make of the decision to hire Doug Marrone. Asked if he’s certain the franchise has the right people in place to build a winneUpvote Share TweetA year ago, third-string quarterback Greg McElroy unloaded on his own team, talking about “extremely selfish individuals” and a “really corrupt mindset within the locker room.” To hear how much things changed, you’d think the Jets were still inUpvote Share Tweet
Brilliant Move: Colin Kaepernick, like his coach, shows uncanny i…CNNSI.com Jan 9, 2013Colin Kaepernick, like his coach, shows uncanny intangibles. Plus, he brings long-term comfort to the franchise, making Jim Harbaugh look ingenius, writes Michael Rosenberg.Upvote Share Tweet
NFL32OT: Broncos Look To Repeat Against RavensJan 9Episode 245: Suzy Kolber and Chris Mortensen discuss the upcoming matchup between the Ravens and Broncos. Mark Schlereth breaks down the effectiveness of Aldon Smith. The NFL32 crew discuss the divisional playoff matchups.
Reiss' P.A.T.Jan 9In this week's edition of P.A.T., Mike Reiss speaks with Logan Mankins and previews the Patriots' divisional-round matchup with the Texans.
Countdown Daily AccuScore: HOU-NEJan 9Prim Siripipat goes inside the numbers for the Texans-Patriots
Patriots Preparing For TexansJan 9ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss discusses New England's preparations for Sunday's playoff game against Houston.
Kerry J. Byrne: Numbers show that Harbaugh will come to regret Kaepernick …Jan 9San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh will regret the decision to bench highly efficient quarterback Alex Smith in favor of Colin Kaepernick in the middle of the season. And there's a good chance that moment of regret will come Saturday night at Candle…
Don Banks: No shortage of storylines surrounding NFL's elite eightJan 9The best weekend of the NFL season is just ahead, with the league's elite eight colliding in a burst of divisional-round playoff football. Here are eight of the best storylines that provide a backdrop for the action to come:
Sports Guy Time Machine: Baseball HOF RevisitedJan 9Here's a column I wrote about the Baseball Hall of Fame in January 2007 for ESPN The Magazine, back when I still cared who made it. Six years later, I...