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Mike Groh leaves Alabama to become Bears’ receivers coach

Mike Groh leaves Alabama to become Bears’ receivers coach

profootballtalk.com Updated Feb 21, 2013
New Bears head coach Marc Trestman is filling out his coaching staff by hiring away a receivers coach from Alabama. Mike Groh has left his job as Alabama’s wide receivers coach to take the same job in Chicago, BamaOnline.com first reported. Groh, the so
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  • 2013 Combine Day 1 Snap Judgments

    2013 Combine Day 1 Snap Judgments

    CNNSI.com Feb 21, 2013
    Coaches made the biggest headlines on a slow first day at the combine. From newbie Chip Kelly to endangered Mike Munchak, Don Banks breaks down Thursday's key takeaways.
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  • Lions: Mikel Leshoure and explosive runs

    Lions: Mikel Leshoure and explosive runs

    ESPN.com Feb 21, 2013
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Based on your feedback, many of you want to use the occasion of the NFL scouting combine to discuss the Detroit Lions' offensive backfield. You want to know how, when and with what frequency the Lions will upgrade their running back posi…
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  • The NFL Will Get Rid Of Its Dumbest Rule

    The NFL Will Get Rid Of Its Dumbest Rule

    deadspin.com Feb 21, 2013
    On Thanksgiving, Jim Schwartz boned Jim Schwartz by throwing a challenge flag on Justin Forsett's 81-yard touchdown. But really, the NFL boned Jim Schwartz-the rule that you can't challenge a play that's automatically reviewed, and if you try, you're pe
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  • Reading the tea leaves on Brian Urlacher

    Reading the tea leaves on Brian Urlacher

    INDIANAPOLIS -- At this time of the NFL offseason, tea leaves are all we've got. Few teams are saying anything definitive about their roster plans. Those that do fall under heavy suspicion of telling competitive white lies. So goes our limited environme…
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  • Vikings GM reiterates no-trade policy on Harvin

    Vikings GM reiterates no-trade policy on Harvin

    Vikings general manager Rick Spielman can't say it enough: Percy Harvin will remain in Minnesota, and he's not going to discuss contracts in public.
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  • Tentative 2013 NFC North draft picks

    Tentative 2013 NFC North draft picks

    ESPN.com Feb 21, 2013
    INDIANAPOLIS -- As the NFL scouting combine gets underway, we have an official but tentative round-by-round list of draft choices for NFC North teams. The quick breakdown is in the chart below, courtesy some spreadsheet magic from NFC West colleague Mik…
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  • Vikings 'digging' into players' social media

    Vikings 'digging' into players' social media

    ESPN.com Feb 21, 2013
    INDIANAPOLIS -- If they aren't already, draft-eligible players should be aware that at least one NFL team -- and surely many others -- have been digging into their social media to create a more complete character assessment. Minnesota Vikings general ma…
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  • Calvin Johnson broke receiving record playing through broken fi…

    Calvin Johnson broke receiving record playing through broken fingers

    profootballtalk.com Feb 21, 2013
    Lions receiver Calvin Johnson broke the NFL record for receiving yards in a season in 2012. And that was even harder than previously known. Johnson played with at least two broken fingers most of the season and is still being seen around Detroit with hi…
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  • James Jones ready to be Packers' No. 1 WR

    James Jones ready to be Packers' No. 1 WR

    ESPN.com Feb 21, 2013
    INDIANPOLIS -- So I'm about to step into a marathon availability session Thursday morning here at the NFL scouting combine. It will include Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman and general manager Phil Emery, Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz and Minnesota …
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  • Updated NFC North salary cap space

    Updated NFC North salary cap space

    ESPN.com Feb 21, 2013
    INDIANAPOLIS -- So a lot of you are asking about salary cap space during this period leading up to NFL free agency. Below are the most updated numbers I have. I should once again emphasize that the salary cap is fluid and will remain so until the NFL an…
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  • Red flag rule on track to be tweaked

    Red flag rule on track to be tweaked

    profootballtalk.com Feb 21, 2013
    The Texans-Lions game on Thanksgiving had everything.  Included a horrible call that led to a long touchdown run that wasn’t reviewed via replay because Detroit coach Jim Schwartz threw the red challenge flag when he shouldn’t have thrown it. The blu
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  • BBAO: 'Schwartz rule' re-contemplated

    BBAO: 'Schwartz rule' re-contemplated

    ESPN.com Feb 21, 2013
    We're Black and Blue All Over: INDIANAPOLIS -- The NFL scouting combine includes not only evaluations of draft-eligible players. Teams are also managing their salary cap and negotiating with their own free agents. Meanwhile, the league's competition com…
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  • Video - Trestman, Emery Speak At The Combine 02:20

    Trestman, Emery Speak At The Combine

    Feb 21
    Jeff Dickerson and Michael Wright discuss how Bears' GM Phil Emery and head coach Marc Trestman dealt with questions regarding Brian Urlacher, Henry Melton and Jay Cutler at the NFL Combine
  • Video - Percy Harvin to stay a Viking? 01:17

    Percy Harvin to stay a Viking?

    Feb 21
    Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman has some strong words to say about wide receiver Percy Harvin's future with the organization.

Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: Eagles far from giving up on Foles; more combine Day 1 Snaps

    Feb 21
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Musings, observations and the occasional insight from a somewhat slow first day at the NFL's annual scouting combine at Lucas Oil Stadium...
  • NFL combine -- Thursday observations about Bucs, Joeckel, more

    Feb 21
    Greg Schiano made it clear at the combine that Josh Freeman is the Buccaneers' starting quarterback, writes John Clayton.