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Mike Sullivan to interview with Bears

Mike Sullivan to interview with Bears

profootballtalk.com Updated Dec 31, 2012
There’s another name to add to the list of coaching candidates in Chicago. Mike Garafolo of USA Today reports that the Bears have asked for and received permission to interview Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan for their head coaching vacan
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  • Lions fire three assistant coaches

    Lions fire three assistant coaches

    A 4-12 record wasn’t enough to get Lions coach Jim Schwartz fired, but it did cost three members of his staff. According to Anwar Richardson of MLive.com, the Lions have fired wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson, running backs coach Sam Gash and tight
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  • Randall Cobb calls himself “100 percent” for Saturday night

    Randall Cobb calls himself “100 percent” for Saturday night

    profootballtalk.com Dec 31, 2012
    The Packers played without wide receiver Randall Cobb in Sunday’s 37-34 loss, but Cobb said Monday that there’s no chance they’ll have to go without him in the rematch next Saturday night. Cobb said he’s “100 percent” going to be in the lineup
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  • Bears return man Devin Hester pondering retirement after Lovie …

    Bears return man Devin Hester pondering retirement after Lovie Smith’s firing

    Several Chicago Bears players were upset about Lovie Smith being fired from the team after nine years. Smith was the only person to coach Devin Hester, the wide receiver/return man who is capable of electrifying returns by struggled in 2012. Hester was …
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  • Falcons special teams coach to talk to Bears, Chiefs

    Falcons special teams coach to talk to Bears, Chiefs

    profootballtalk.com Dec 31, 2012
    It might be hard for the Falcons to get much work done this week, as their coaching staff is in demand. According to Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com, Falcons special teams coach Keith Armstrong is set to interview for vacancies with the Chiefs and Bears. F…
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  • Bears names: Mike McCoy, Keith Armstrong

    Bears names: Mike McCoy, Keith Armstrong

    ESPN.com Dec 31, 2012
    In the hours since the Chicago Bears fired coach Lovie Smith, the names of two possible replacements have surfaced: Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and Atlanta Falcons special-teams coordinator Keith Armstrong. Both coaches are available…
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  • Free Head Exam: Minnesota Vikings

    Free Head Exam: Minnesota Vikings

    ESPN.com Dec 31, 2012
    After the Minnesota Vikings' 37-34 win over the Green Bay Packers, here are three issues that merit further examination: Talk about finishing strong. Vikings tailback Adrian Peterson averaged 172.2 yards per game in the month of December, the highest av…
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  • Chargers bring Ron Wolf in as consultant

    Chargers bring Ron Wolf in as consultant

    profootballtalk.com Dec 31, 2012
    The Chargers are going to get a fresh set of eyes on their general manager search, with the Spanos family bringing in former Packers GM Ron Wolf as a consultant. NFL Network’s Albert Breer said Chargers owner Dean Spanos  reached out to Wolf eight or n
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  • The Black Monday Firing That Doesn't Make Any Sense: Lovie Smit…

    The Black Monday Firing That Doesn't Make Any Sense: Lovie Smith

    deadspin.com ESPN.com Dec 31, 2012
    Romeo Crennel, Chan Gailey, Andy Reid, Pat Shurmur, and Norv Turner were fired on Monday for the usual reasons that coaches get fired. All of these guys either led franchises to horrible records (Crennel), disappointed their pitchfork-waving fan bases o…
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  • ‘Black Monday’ recap: Tracking all the head coach/GM firings

    ‘Black Monday’ recap: Tracking all the head coach/GM firings

    "Black Monday" arrived with a vengeance, with the ax falling on some deserving head coaches and general managers, while also hitting at least one not-so-deserving head coach. The Chicago Bears fired one of the more well-respected head coaches …
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  • Bills, Bears, Chargers, Chiefs, Browns, Eagles all fire head co…

    Bills, Bears, Chargers, Chiefs, Browns, Eagles all fire head coaches

    profootballtalk.com Dec 31, 2012
    I noted in my Monday morning column today that it’s the worst day of the NFL year: Black Monday, when coaches and executives lose their job. This Black Monday is even crueler than most. Before noon, six NFL teams had fired their head coaches: The Bills
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  • When The Game Became The Game: An Afternoon With A Deranged, Pi…

    When The Game Became The Game: An Afternoon With A Deranged, Piss-Smelling Vikings Fan (Me)

    deadspin.com Dec 31, 2012
    I was giving my eight-month-old baby a bath on Saturday night when I started to space out. In my head, I was giving Vikings QB Christian Ponder an imaginary pep talk. I was Leslie Frazier, only I was Leslie Frazier if Leslie Frazier were a goofy-looking…
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  • It appears Jim Schwartz is safe

    It appears Jim Schwartz is safe

    ESPN.com Dec 31, 2012
    At about the same time the Chicago Bears were firing coach Lovie Smith, another NFC North coach was in the midst of his annual season-ending news conference. Stranger things have happened, but it's fair to make a couple of educated guesses after Detroit…
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  • Peterson to Dickerson:  “I’m coming for you”

    Peterson to Dickerson: “I’m coming for you”

    Vikings running back Adrian Peterson came within 27 feet of breaking the single-season rushing record, set 28 years ago by Rams running back Eric Dickerson. Peterson has a message for the man who didn’t want Adrian to best the mark of 2,105 yards:  “
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  • Welcome to the offseason

    Welcome to the offseason

    profootballtalk.com Dec 31, 2012
    Every year at this time, we say the same thing. “Welcome to the offseason.” For 20 teams, the offseason has officially begun.  And with that comes the inevitable change that will occur as owners consider the fact that three of the worst six teams fro
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  • Free Head Exam: Detroit Lions

    Free Head Exam: Detroit Lions

    ESPN.com Dec 31, 2012
    After the Detroit Lions' 26-24 loss to the Chicago Bears, here are three issues that merit further examination: The Lions were lulled into thinking they were on the brink of consistent success after last year's breakthrough, but they found out this year…
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  • The final impact of the Fail Mary

    The final impact of the Fail Mary

    profootballtalk.com Dec 31, 2012
    Week Three of the 2012 season (and, necessarily, the referee lockout) ended with a horrendous call at the conclusion of the Monday night game between the Packers and the Seahawks, giving Seattle a win it didn’t earn and Green Bay a loss it didn’t dese
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  • My thoughts on Wild-Card Weekend

    My thoughts on Wild-Card Weekend

    CNNSI.com Dec 31, 2012
    Uneventful Week 17? Nope. There were still playoff spots to be won, and history to be chased. And that was just one man. Peter King breaks down the wrap of the regular season.
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  • Slideshow: Week 17 in your photos

    Slideshow: Week 17 in your photos

    ESPN.com Dec 31, 2012
    Thanks to everyone for submitting photos this season for this fun, new feature. It might not win a Pulitzer Prize each week, but we all deserve a smile on Monday mornings, don't we?
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  • BBAO: Charting our next course

    BBAO: Charting our next course

    ESPN.com Dec 31, 2012
    We're Black and Blue All Over: Good morning to you on the first day of the offseason for half of our division. It's the first day of the postseason for the other half. On the blog, we're stull steam ahead. I'm planning to churn out one last four-set of …
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  • Snap Decisions: Which No. 1 seed can win the Super Bowl?

    Snap Decisions: Which No. 1 seed can win the Super Bowl?

    yahoo.com Dec 31, 2012
    Rodney Harrison says he thinks the Texans are capable of winning one playoff game, but they’re not capable of being a real factor in the postseason. He says they’re having too many issues in all facets of the game right now. He also says that the Viki
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  • Video - Candidates For Bears Head Coaching Job 01:30

    Candidates For Bears Head Coaching Job

    Dec 31
    John Clayton breaks down the coaching situation in Chicago.
  • Video - Countdown Daily Insight: Vikings Unstoppable? 02:15

    Countdown Daily Insight: Vikings Unstoppable?

    Dec 31
    Cary Chow and Eric Allen discuss the week 17 knee-jerk reaction that the Minnesota Vikings are unstoppable
  • Video - Bears Biggest Offseason Concern 03:08

    Bears Biggest Offseason Concern

    Dec 31
    Cary Chow and Eric Allen discuss what the Bears need to focus on in order to make the playoffs in 2013
  • Video - Most Attractive Head Coaching Position 02:16

    Most Attractive Head Coaching Position

    Dec 31
    Tim Hasselbeck and Merril Hoge discuss which open head-coaching position is the most attractive and the least.

Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: Rollercoaster ride had run its course for Bears' Smith; more Sn…

    Dec 31
    Musings, observations and the occasional insight as we take in the furiously fast firing fest that was Black Monday in the NFL...
  • Peter King: Show-stopping Peterson highlights better-than-expected Week 17

    Dec 31
    What a regular season. What a year. What a Sunday.
  • John Clayton's mailbag: Chuck the tuck rule

    Dec 31
    The tuck rule came up three times in the final week of the regular season. It's time to get rid of it.