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Cowboys could be moving to 4-3 defense

Cowboys could be moving to 4-3 defense

profootballtalk.com Updated Jan 8, 2013
So with the Cowboys firing defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and with coach Jason Garrett explaining that the franchise plans to “move forward in a different direction philosophically on defense,” the obvious conclusion to be drawn is that the team could
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  • Def. coordinator Ryan dismissed by 8-8 Cowboys

    Def. coordinator Ryan dismissed by 8-8 Cowboys

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Dallas defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was fired Tuesday after his injury-depleted unit struggled in a pair of season-ending losses that kept the Cowboys out of the playoffs for a third straight year.
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  • Redskins' RG3 to have knee surgery

    Redskins' RG3 to have knee surgery

    CNNSI.com Jan 8, 2013
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- A person familiar with the situation says Robert Griffin III will have surgery Wednesday to repair a torn ligament in his right knee.
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  • Report: Panthers interview two for GM position

    Report: Panthers interview two for GM position

    ESPN.com Jan 8, 2013
    A person familiar with the situation says the Carolina Panthers interviewed New York Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross and Montreal Alouettes general manager Jim Popp on Tuesday for their vacant GM position.
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  • Robert Griffin III to undergo LCL surgery, possible ACL surgery…

    Robert Griffin III to undergo LCL surgery, possible ACL surgery, could be ready for 2013 season

    The knee injury suffered -- and re-suffered -- by Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III against the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday afternoon's wild-card loss could very well be serious enough to keep the star player out for a significant period…
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  • Mike Shanahan: A coach who overrules the doctors should be fire…

    Mike Shanahan: A coach who overrules the doctors should be fired

    profootballtalk.com Jan 8, 2013
    Redskins coach Mike Shanahan is adamant that he did not overrule team doctors in the decision to play quarterback Robert Griffin III after Griffin suffered a knee injury - so adamant that he says if he did that, he would deserve to be fired. In a conver
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  • Justin Smith will be pulled if he isn’t productive

    Justin Smith will be pulled if he isn’t productive

    profootballtalk.com Jan 8, 2013
    In the aftermath of last Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and quarterback Robert Griffin III both said part of the reason Griffin wasn’t pulled despite being at less than 100 percent was because the team felt he was still th
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  • Don't Bury Mike Shanahan At Wounded Knee

    Don't Bury Mike Shanahan At Wounded Knee

    Three months ago, the head coach of a professional football team made a terrible, terrible decision. On Sept. 30, up by a point with less than two minutes to go, Carolina's Ron Rivera decided to punt the ball away to the Atlanta Falcons, even though it …
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  • NFL requires certification of field fitness within 72 hours of …

    NFL requires certification of field fitness within 72 hours of kickoff

    profootballtalk.com Jan 8, 2013
    The condition of FedEx Field during Sunday’s Seahawks-Redskins game has raised new questions about the lack of uniformity and consistency among playing surfaces.  And that prompted us to track down some more information about the NFL’s standards when
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  • Eagles to meet Lovie

    Eagles to meet Lovie

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Jan 8, 2013
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Eagles will interview Lovie Smith for their coaching vacancy on Thursday.
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  • Jay Gruden says he’ll interview for other jobs, but plans to st…

    Jay Gruden says he’ll interview for other jobs, but plans to stay in Cincinnati

    Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden has yet to declare he won’t be the Eagles or the Cardinals coach.  But he has come close to doing that. In an interview with his current team’s website, Jay Gruden says he’ll interview with Philly and Arizon
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  • ESPN fires Rob Parker

    ESPN fires Rob Parker

    profootballtalk.com Jan 8, 2013
    Rob Parker, the commentator who created controversy when he questioned whether Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is a “cornball brother” because he has a white fiancee, has been fired by ESPN. “Rob Parker’s contract expired at year end. Eval
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  • Will Giants prioritize linebacker?

    Will Giants prioritize linebacker?

    ESPN.com Jan 8, 2013
    Football Outsiders' Vince Verhei takes a look at three NFC playoff contenders that didn't make it and tries to identify the biggest areas in which they need to improve. Two of these teams -- the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys -- play in the NFC …
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  • The Cowboys Took A Swipe At The NHL On Twitter, But The Dallas …

    The Cowboys Took A Swipe At The NHL On Twitter, But The Dallas Stars (Eventually) Gave It Right Back

    deadspin.com Jan 8, 2013
    Hockey's back! (We think.) And no one in Dallas gives a shit! (Which actually might be true.) Ah, but when you've won just one playoff game in 16 years-and counting!-it's probably not a good idea to throw shade at one of your neighbors the way the Dal
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  • Andy Reid: I don’t regret making Juan Castillo defensive coordi…

    Andy Reid: I don’t regret making Juan Castillo defensive coordinator

    profootballtalk.com Jan 8, 2013
    In a conversation with the Philadelphia media after he was officially named the Chiefs’ head coach, Andy Reid reflected on his long tenure coaching the Eagles without criticizing anyone - and without expressing regret for his most controversial decisi
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  • Jerry shouldn't force Norv on Garrett

    Jerry shouldn't force Norv on Garrett

    ESPN.com Jan 8, 2013
    Ed Werder has a theory that the Dallas Cowboys' firing of running backs coach Skip Peete on Monday could be the start of a series of firings on the offensive coaching staff. Ed believes, based on the conversations he's had with people close to the situa…
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  • Hey, you guys remember the chat?

    Hey, you guys remember the chat?

    ESPN.com Jan 8, 2013
    I mean, right? The last time we had our regular Tuesday chat, our division still had a chance to put three teams in the playoffs. Today, we are the only division without one in. It has been a while. But the chat is back! After missing the last two weeks…
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  • Breakfast links: Non-RG III edition

    Breakfast links: Non-RG III edition

    ESPN.com Jan 8, 2013
    There are other things going on in our division besides this Robert Griffin III knee injury, right? Let's see if we can't find a few for the links. Washington Redskins Wide receiver Pierre Garcon has a phobia about surgery and does not want to have it o…
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  • Dez Bryant having finger surgery today

    Dez Bryant having finger surgery today

    profootballtalk.com Jan 8, 2013
    Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant held off on a life-altering (at least for his finger) finger surgery with his team still in the playoff hunt. He’ll wait no longer, as he tweeted last night he’s having surgery today on his broken left index finger. ”
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  • Redskins fullback Darrel Young accuses Seahawks of cheap shots

    Redskins fullback Darrel Young accuses Seahawks of cheap shots

    profootballtalk.com Jan 8, 2013
    Washington Redskins fullback Darrel Young isn’t happy with the actions of the Seattle Seahawks in the Redskins’ 24-14 season-ending loss on Sunday. According to Jim Corbett of the USA Today, Young says the Seahawks took cheap shots against running bac
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  • We Went There: Ravens-Colts and Redskins-Seahawks

    We Went There: Ravens-Colts and Redskins-Seahawks

    grantland.com Jan 8, 2013
    The Ravens and Redskins have been two nearby teams at opposite ends of the NFL spectrum for most of the past decade. They're case studies in how to ru...
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  • Video - NFL32OT: The Breakout Team 01:57

    NFL32OT: The Breakout Team

    Jan 8
    Episode 244: Herm Edwards breaks down who will be the breakout team in 2013. The NFL32OT crew discuss which New York team had the most disappointing season.
  • Video - Dr. Kaplan On Griffin III's Injury 03:08

    Dr. Kaplan On Griffin III's Injury

    Jan 8
    Source: Robert Griffin III expected to undergo surgery on torn LCL in right knee.
  • Video - Source: RG III To Have Surgery 03:49

    Source: RG III To Have Surgery

    Jan 8
    Source: Robert Griffin III expected to undergo surgery on torn LCL in right knee this week.
  • Video - Source: Cowboys Fire Rob Ryan 02:10

    Source: Cowboys Fire Rob Ryan

    Jan 8
    Calvin Watkins on the Cowboys firing defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.

Sports Columnists

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    Jan 8
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    Jan 8
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    Jan 8
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  • Notre Dame Fighting Irish TE Tyler Eifert will forgo senior season for NFL…

    Jan 8
    Notre Dame junior tight end Tyler Eifert said Monday night after the Irish's 42-14 loss to Alabama that he would enter April's NFL draft.