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The irony of the overlap between football and religion is that the ultimate prize in the NFL is worshiped like the golden calf from Exodus 32. Folks in Baltimore will eventually be able to bow at the sculpted likeness of linebacker Ray Lewis. Via ESPN.c…Upvote Share Tweet
Jim Harbaugh: A penalty is a penalty on the first play or the last playAfter the officials did not call pass interference against Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith on the 49ers’ final offensive play of the Super Bowl, many observers who agreed with the non-call said that in a key play with the championship on the line, the offUpvote Share Tweet
League’s new officiating guru defends key Super Bowl non-callDean Blandino wasn’t in charge of the league’s officials during Super Bowl XLVII. But he is now, and he’s doing his best to explain away the decision not to throw a flag on Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith for defensive holding/pass interference agaiUpvote Share Tweet
PFT on NBC Sports Network: Jerod Mayo, AFC East offseason previewWe’re easing into the offseason this week on Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network and Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo will help us with that process on Thursday. Mayo will talk to Erik Kuselias about the state of the Patriots after their loss to the RUpvote Share Tweet
Rewriting History: Now that 2012 is wrapped, we have some perspectiv…CNNSI.com Updated Feb 7, 2013Now that 2012 is wrapped, we have some perspective on last season's rookies. If teams could do the first round over again, who would they draft? Don Banks has the answer.Upvote Share TweetHere's what the Cleveland Browns should do with their prime free agents. The NFL free-agency period begins March 12. SHOULD RE-SIGN K Phil Dawson. It should be a priority to keep Dawson. He made 29 of 31 field goals (93.5 percent) in 2012, including sev…Upvote Share TweetRavens running back Ray Rice thinks his quarterback is the best in the game right now, and he has two reasons. The Super Bowl title is one, but Rice may have some mild head trauma after an accident during the Ravens victory parade. Rice was the latest t…Upvote Share Tweet
Ravens won’t restructure contracts to keep team togetherWhen the Ravens won Super Bowl XXXV, they restructured a lot of contracts to ensure that the nucleus of their title team remained together as long as possible. The result was not a repeat championship. The Ravens made the playoffs in two of the next thr…Upvote Share Tweet
PFT Live: Joe Linta, Anthony BechtThanks to his Super Bowl MVP award and expiring contract, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is the man of the hour. That’s going to make for a busy few weeks for Joe Linta, Flacco’s agent and the man responsible for hammering out a new deal with the RavenUpvote Share TweetThe Eagles appear to have found a defensive coordinator, and it was neither a college coach waiting for National Signing Day, nor someone involved in the Super Bowl. According to Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com, the Eagles are hiring former Browns assista…Upvote Share TweetBrowns coach Rob Chudzinski has reached into his recent past to find his team’s running backs coach. John Settle was fired by the Panthers before Chudzinski left his post as the team’s offensive coordinator, but it clearly wasn’t because ChudzinskiUpvote Share Tweet
McShay's mock draft 2.0: AFC NorthESPN draft analyst Todd McShay put together his Mock 2.0 . As always, you'll need an Insider subscription to see the entire post. But I have received permission to share with you some details about the teams in the division: 6. Cleveland Browns Kiper's …Upvote Share Tweet
Tony Casillas: 1990s Cowboys used medicine meant for horsesFormer Cowboys defensive lineman Tony Casillas says that when the team was winning Super Bowls in the 1990s, players frequently used a medication meant for horses. Asked on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas about Ray Lewis’s alleged use of a banned substance contUpvote Share TweetLast year, the Steelers had to cut players like linebacker James Farrior and receiver Hines Ward in order to get in line with the 2012 salary cap. As Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette explains it, last year’s changes could be a “drop in theUpvote Share Tweet
First look at free agency: Cincinnati BengalsHere's what the Cincinnati Bengals should do with their prime free agents. The NFL free-agency period begins March 12. SHOULD RE-SIGN DE Michael Johnson, OT Andre Smith, CB Terence Newman, CB Adam Jones, LB Thomas Howard, DT Pat Sims, DE Wallace Gilberr…Upvote Share TweetAfter he was abruptly and unceremoniously cut by the Texans on May 1, receiver/kick returner Jacoby Jones found a new home in Baltimore. Now, after playing an indispensable role in the Ravens’ Super bowl win, Jones hopes it’s permanent. “I want toUpvote Share TweetLike every morning in the AFC North blog, here's your wake-up call ... RAVENS: Even though Cam Cameron was fired as Ravens offensive coordinator during the regular season, he remained close with John Harbaugh and even texted the Ravens coach through the…Upvote Share Tweet
Cold Hard FactsFeb 7Darren Woodson shares his thoughts on who should be the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL and which player is worth the most.
Would Baltimore Ravens have won Super Bowl without Ray Lewis?Feb 7Dwight Freeney and Donovan McNabb join "NFL Total Access" to discuss how important the emotional leadership of retiring linebacker Ray Lewis was to the Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl run.
The Baltimore Ravens have offseason prioritiesFeb 7Albert Breer joins "NFL Total Access" with a report from Maryland about what the Baltimore Ravens offseason personnel priorities are, and how they will address them.
Inside the Huddle: Super Bowl Red Zone, Refs, Stats and TacklesFeb 7Inside the Huddle reveals Super Bowl secrets: Kaepernick's red zone playoff stats, officials in denial over defensive holding calls, the increase in Super Bowl scoring production and what will happen to all those left tackles who are now free agents?
Don Banks: Williams, Titans may be the best thing for each otherFeb 7To paint Tennessee's hiring of well-known NFL pariah Gregg Williams on Thursday as nothing more than an act of desperation is not a totally baseless characterization. For either Titans head coach Mike Munchak or Williams himself.
Don Banks: Taking a second look at 2012 NFL Draft's first roundFeb 7With the Super Bowl in the books, we can now stand clear enough to view the NFL's 2012 season through the prism of history, all 267 games worth (256 in the regular season and 11 in the playoffs). Before looking ahead to 2013, let's look back one last ti…