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O'Brien staying at Penn State after Browns talk

O'Brien staying at Penn State after Browns talk

ESPN.com profootballtalk.com Updated Jan 3, 2013
Bill O'Brien will remain coach of Penn State next season, he said Thursday, turning away several NFL teams that were interested in talking to him for their head coaching vacancies.
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  • Wild-card weekend preview: Arian Foster is the key to Texans ma…

    Wild-card weekend preview: Arian Foster is the key to Texans making return trip to New England

    yahoo.com Jan 3, 2013
    Saturday, January 5, 2012 - 4:30 p.m. ET NBC For the second consecutive January, the Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans will meet in an AFC wild-card playoff game at Reliant Stadium. When the two clubs met on Jan. 7, 2012, the Bengals seemed to be in…
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  • Source: Reid, Chiefs nearing deal

    Source: Reid, Chiefs nearing deal

    CNNSI.com Jan 3, 2013
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs should be quite familiar by now.
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  • On the field, Ray Lewis’s return may not mean much for Ravens

    On the field, Ray Lewis’s return may not mean much for Ravens

    It may seem like sheer sacrilege to criticize Ray Lewis as he heads into what will likely be his final game in Baltimore on Sunday. But amid all the talk of Lewis announcing his retirement this week, few have asked this question: At age 37 and coming of…
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  • Where they rank on offense, defense

    Where they rank on offense, defense

    ESPN.com Jan 3, 2013
    Here's a look at the final NFL rankings for the 2012 season: CINCINNATI BENGALS Offense: Overall (22nd), run (18th), pass (17th) and scoring (12th). Defense: Overall (6th), run (12th), pass (7th) and scoring (8th). CLEVELAND BROWNS Offense: Overall (25t…
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  • The Brotherhood: A funny thing happened along the Bengals' way …

    The Brotherhood: A funny thing happened along the Bengals' way to …

    CNNSI.com Jan 3, 2013
    A funny thing happened along the Bengals' way to stockpiling defenders no one else wanted: They built a dominant unit, one that will make its mark in January, Ben Reiter says.
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  • Kiper's All-Rookie team: Five from division

    Kiper's All-Rookie team: Five from division

    ESPN.com Jan 3, 2013
    It wasn't a stellar year for the 2012 draft class in the AFC North, but five newcomers from the division were still named to Mel Kiper Jr.'s All-Rookie team. You'll need a subscription to read the entire piece because it's part of Insider. Here are the …
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  • One-minute drill: Peter King's team-by-team playoff previews

    One-minute drill: Peter King's team-by-team playoff previews

    CNNSI.com Jan 3, 2013
    One-minute drill: Peter King's team-by-team playoff previews
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  • Oregon’s Chip Kelly being pursued by the Bills, Browns and Eagl…

    Oregon’s Chip Kelly being pursued by the Bills, Browns and Eagles

    yahoo.com ESPN.com Jan 3, 2013
    Here's a Thursday afternoon roundup of the NFL head coaching rumor mill: Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals are one of three teams interested in former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid. The Cardinals were scheduled to meet with Reid on Thursday, h…
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  • Ben Roethlisberger's Moment in Time

    Ben Roethlisberger's Moment in Time

    ESPN.com Jan 3, 2013
    ESPN.com's "Moment in Time" piece features Ben Roethlisberger's miracle tackle on Jan. 15, 2006, that helped the Steelers upset the top-seeded Colts. Roethlisberger's heroics were set up by Jerome Bettis' first fumble of the year. With the Ste…
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  • Bonnie Bernstein Explains Ray Lewis's Crimes With An Unfortunat…

    Bonnie Bernstein Explains Ray Lewis's Crimes With An Unfortunate Parable About Middle Schoolers Smoking

    deadspin.com Jan 3, 2013
    Somewhere along the line, we as a nation apparently chose to forgive/forget the fact that Ray Lewis was involved in a murder at a Super Bowl party in 2000. That Lewis and his friends got into a fight with another group, and two people in that other grou…
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  • Something's Gotta Give

    Something's Gotta Give

    CNNSI.com Jan 3, 2013
    Rookie QBs reviving non-playoff teams aren't the only thing the Redskins and Seahawks have in common, but who continues deeper into January? Peter King has the answer.
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  • Peter King: NFL Wild-Card Picks

    Peter King: NFL Wild-Card Picks

    CNNSI.com Jan 3, 2013
    Peter King: NFL Wild-Card Picks
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  • Ken Whisenhunt is an intriguing candidate

    Ken Whisenhunt is an intriguing candidate

    While the assumption is Oregon's Chip Kelly is at the top of the Browns wish list, Cleveland continued with its coaching search, interviewing former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt, according to ESPN's Chris Mortsensen. Whisenhunt wouldn't make the same …
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  • Bengals' Brown named player of month

    Bengals' Brown named player of month

    ESPN.com Jan 3, 2013
    Cincinnati Bengals kicker Josh Brown has been impressive in replacing the injured Mike Nugent this month. In fact, he was among the most impressive players in December. Brown was named the AFC special teams player of the month. Signed Dec. 6 after Nugen…
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  • Bengals look to end playoff win drought

    Bengals look to end playoff win drought

    ESPN.com Jan 3, 2013
    The Bengals got one streak off their back when they clinched back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time since 1981-82. Now, they're looking to end another mark of postseason futility. Cincinnati hasn't won a playoff game since Jan. 6, 1991. The…
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  • Colts Owner Jim Irsay Is Ready For The Playoffs: "Time To …

    Colts Owner Jim Irsay Is Ready For The Playoffs: "Time To Let The Monster Feed!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    deadspin.com Jan 3, 2013
    The Andrew Luck-led Indianapolis Colts, by some unexplainable circumstance, pulled off an 11-5 record this season and secured a wild-card playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday. Colts owner Jim Irsay? Oh, he's ready to party, as you can s…
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  • Nick Saban's denials that he'll leave Alabama for Cleveland Bro…

    Nick Saban's denials that he'll leave Alabama for Cleveland Browns ring hollow considering his past

    nydailynews.com Jan 3, 2013
    Alabama coach Nick Saban arrived with his SEC championship team Wednesday afternoon to prepare for Monday’s BCS national championship game against top-ranked Notre Dame in Miami amid a swirl of speculation that he may leave for the NFL at season’s end
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  • About Last Night: Ray Lewis, Pregame Dance to Retire

    About Last Night: Ray Lewis, Pregame Dance to Retire

    grantland.com Jan 3, 2013
    In case you were busy explaining why your "flu-like symptoms" aren't just a cover for a two-day New Year's Eve hangover, here's what you missed in spo...
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  • Video - Cold Hard Facts 02:04

    Cold Hard Facts

    Jan 3
    Mark Schlereth shares which teams he believes are poised to win on Wild-Card Weekend.
  • Video - How they got here: Baltimore Ravens 02:43

    How they got here: Baltimore Ravens

    Jan 3
    Follow the Baltimore Ravens as they battle through injuries and divisional foes on their way to the NFL playoffs and a Wild Card matchup with the Indianapolis Colts.
  • Video - Brian Billick On Ray Lewis' Upcoming Retirement 04:31

    Brian Billick On Ray Lewis' Upcoming Retirement

    Jan 3
    Ray Lewis syas he will retire after the playoffs.
  • Video - Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice: 'We're right where we need to be' 04:31

    Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice: 'We're right where we need to be'

    Jan 3
    Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice joins "NFL Total Access" to discuss the legacy of teammate Ray Lewis and what we can expect from him during Wild Card Weekend.

Sports Columnists

  • Jim Trotter: With poise beyond his years, Wilson leads Seahawks into playo…

    Jan 3
    RENTON, Wash. -- Seahawks rookie Russell Wilson was among the league's most productive quarterbacks over the final nine weeks of the season, throwing for 18 touchdowns, rushing for four others, posting a passer rating in excess of 104.0 on seven occasio…
  • 2012 NFL playoffs -- John Clayton's First and Goal: Wild-Card Round

    Jan 3
    With the Ravens' wild-card game possibly being Ray Lewis' last at home, emotions will run high in Baltimore, John Clayton writes.
  • One-minute drill: Peter King's team-by-team playoff previews

    Jan 3
    One-minute drill: Peter King's team-by-team playoff previews
  • Peter King: NFL Wild-Card Picks

    Jan 3
    Peter King: NFL Wild-Card Picks