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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 aUpvote Share Tweet
The 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 …Upvote 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.Upvote 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 GeneralUpvote Share Tweet
Expert predictions: Upset in Foxborough?The New England Patriots are favored to beat the Baltimore Ravens in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game. But several ESPN experts sense an upset is brewing in Foxborough. ESPN’s panel picked the Patriots over the Ravens by an 8-4 margin. Merril Hoge, MikeUpvote Share TweetThe Patriots on Thursday put tight end Rob Gronkowski on season-ending injured reserve.Upvote Share TweetDoug Marrone has hired three more assistants to his new Buffalo Bills staff, including Ike Hilliard taking over as receivers coach.Upvote Share TweetAny Buffalo Bills fan with a pulse knows the team desperately needs linebacker help. For starters, Buffalo lacked toughness and was 31st against the run in 2012. Second, new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine will mix in more 3-4 alignments next season.…Upvote Share Tweet
One Step From New OrleansCNNSI.com Updated 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.Upvote Share TweetFrom the outside, it appears the New York Jets had a bevy of issues this season. There were various distractions, led by the Tim Tebow saga. There was poor coaching, particularly on offense. The Jets also had back-biting teammates who ran to the media w…Upvote Share TweetNew England Patriots rookie cornerback Alfonzo Dennard returned to practice Thursday. He missed Wednesday's session due to a mandatory court appearance in Nebraska. Dennard was charged with assault in Nebraska in April and had two court appearances push…Upvote Share TweetBoston mayor Thomas Menino added to his blooper reel Wednesday, referring to Patriots 'Wilcock' and 'Gonk'.Upvote Share Tweet
Patriots' Ridley, Vereen are double troubleLast year in the AFC Championship Game, New England Patriots running backs Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen were two rookies in street clothes -- and neither player was happy about it. Ridley showed flashes in his first year with the Patriots by rushing f…Upvote Share 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.Upvote 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 theUpvote Share Tweet
Ranking team needs: Buffalo BillsThe AFC East blog continues its series this week on ranking team needs. On Thursday we take a peek at the new-look Buffalo Bills, who finished 6-10 last season. No. 1 need: Quarterback Analysis: The Bills are never going to catch the New England Patriot…Upvote Share 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 …Upvote 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.
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."
'Sound FX': 2012 New England PatriotsJan 17Relive the New England Patriots journey to the AFC Championship Game through the sounds of the players and coaches.
Offensive Keys On Championship SundayJan 17Ron Jaworski delivers a staple of each offense that must be stopped for defenses to be victorious on Championship Sunday
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.