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Mike Ditka critical of proposal to eliminate kickoffs

Mike Ditka critical of proposal to eliminate kickoffs

profootballtalk.com Updated Dec 11, 2012
Ever since Roger Goodell floated the idea proposed by Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano to eliminate kickoffs in a TIME magazine feature last week, many people have called the proposal ridiculous. Former Chicago Bears tight end and coach Mike…
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  • Lions place Corey Williams on injured reserve

    Lions place Corey Williams on injured reserve

    Defensive tackle Corey Williams has been bothered by knee problems all year and they’ve now caused his season to end three games early. The Lions placed Williams on injured reserve Tuesday after missing four of the last five games because of the injury.
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  • Tagliabue’s ruling suggests Saints were targeting Peyton Mannin…

    Tagliabue’s ruling suggests Saints were targeting Peyton Manning, too

    profootballtalk.com Dec 11, 2012
    The bounty case has only ever mentioned two quarterbacks whom the Saints faced on their early 2010 run to the Super Bowl:  former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner and former Vikings quarterback Brett Favre.  Though common sense suggests that the team”
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  • Bears place Robbie Gould, two others on injured reserve

    Bears place Robbie Gould, two others on injured reserve

    Olindo Mare is officially the new kicker for the Chicago Bears. The Bears placed Robbie Gould on injured reserve Tuesday, shortly after Mare won a competition over fellow veterans Billy Cundiff and Neil Rackers for the right to be the replacement should…
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  • Packers-Bears II: Futures in the balance

    Packers-Bears II: Futures in the balance

    ESPN.com Dec 11, 2012
    You know how we are around here. We don't like to live in the moment. We want to look ahead, to anticipate what's next, to project and speculate and prognosticate. When at all possible, we look for deep meaning and revealing symbolism in everyday events…
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  • Texans, Ravens, 49ers, Packers can clinch divisions this week

    Texans, Ravens, 49ers, Packers can clinch divisions this week

    profootballtalk.com Dec 11, 2012
    Two of the NFL’s eight division titles have already been clinched. By Sunday night, that number could grow to six. The Texans, Ravens and Packers all clinch their divisions if they win on Sunday, while the 49ers will clinch the NFC West if they win and
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  • NFL: Week 14 knee-jerk reactions

    NFL: Week 14 knee-jerk reactions

    ESPN.com Dec 11, 2012
    You’ve heard the chatter by the sports pundits and on the talk shows. Heck, you might even have heard it here. So, are the knee-jerk reactions about your team based in reality? Our NFL bloggers weigh in.
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  • NFC playoff standings*: Week 14

    NFC playoff standings*: Week 14

    ESPN.com Dec 11, 2012
    Some of you are interested. Some of you hate me for it. But as long as I'm the NFC North blogmaster, we're going to post weekly updates of the NFC playoff standings*. The Green Bay Packers' loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 3 ended in unique and sing…
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  • NFC North chat alert

    NFC North chat alert

    ESPN.com Dec 11, 2012
    Just five days separate us from perhaps the biggest game of the NFC North season. The Green Bay Packers could win the division with a victory Sunday over the Chicago Bears, and by all means, it's time to start chatting about it. I'll be over at SportsNa…
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  • BBAO: On Charles Woodson, Clay Matthews

    BBAO: On Charles Woodson, Clay Matthews

    ESPN.com Dec 11, 2012
    We're Black and Blue All Over: It's been six games for Charles Woodson and four for Clay Matthews. The Green Bay Packers are heading into a game with direct playoff implications. So will it be all hands on deck Sunday at Soldier Field? Packers coach Mik…
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  • Video - Double Coverage: Will Vikings run Adrian Peterson 2000 yards? 03:44

    Double Coverage: Will Vikings run Adrian Peterson 2000 yards?

    Dec 11
    Steve Wyche and Mark Kriegel debate if the Minnesota Vikings will game-plan running back Adrian Peterson's quest for 2000 yards in order to make the playoffs.

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    Dec 11
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  • Peter King: Tagliabue ruling points finger at Saints organization, coaches

    Dec 11
    In vacating the 31 games' worth of player suspensions and fines handed to four players over the Saints' bounty sanctions, former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue today, in effect, slammed the Saints' coaching staff and organization for the existence of a…
  • Do not blame Roger Goodell for New Orleans Saints bounty scandal

    Dec 11
    Everything that's gone wrong for Saints is fault of man in charge during scandal, Sean Payton, writes Jeffri Chadiha.