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Demand should be higher for Lovie Smith

Demand should be higher for Lovie Smith

profootballtalk.com ESPN.com Updated Jan 3, 2013
Seven coaching vacancies currently exist.  (That number could soon be six.)  The guy whose termination created one of them - former Bears coach Lovie Smith - reportedly has drawn interest for only two of them. The demand should be higher. Smith led
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  • Dorsey in demand: He has been a loyal and long-term employee of…

    Dorsey in demand: He has been a loyal and long-term employee of the…

    profootballtalk.com Jan 3, 2013
    He has been a loyal and long-term employee of the Packers.  And he soon could be getting his shot. Packers director of operations John Dorsey is in demand, in at least two locations.  Per a league source, the G.M. position in Kansas City will be his if
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  • Colts give Bears permission to talk with Arians

    Colts give Bears permission to talk with Arians

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indianapolis Colts want offensive coordinator Bruce Arians to stick around a little longer.
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  • Lions and Raiders staffs to coach in Senior Bowl

    Lions and Raiders staffs to coach in Senior Bowl

    profootballtalk.com Jan 3, 2013
    The Raiders and Lions pick third, and fifth, respectively in this year’s draft. But they’ll get the first up-close look at some of the top prospects at the Senior Bowl. While the “honor” of coaching in Mobile, Ala., usually falls to the teams at t
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  • Jordy Nelson has no doubts he’ll play on Saturday

    Jordy Nelson has no doubts he’ll play on Saturday

    profootballtalk.com Jan 3, 2013
    Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday that the team’s medical staff still had some doubts that wide receiver Jordy Nelson’s knee would be well enough to allow him to play on Saturday night against the Vikings. Nelson progressed to a full practice
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  • Bears' list so far: No defensive backgrounds

    Bears' list so far: No defensive backgrounds

    ESPN.com Jan 3, 2013
    The Chicago Bears have sought permission to interview seven known candidates this week for their vacant head-coaching position, according to reports. Five are offensive coordinators, two are special-teams coordinators and not one has a primary backgroun…
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  • Your Coach Sucks At Managing The Clock. Does It Really Matter?

    Your Coach Sucks At Managing The Clock. Does It Really Matter?

    deadspin.com Jan 3, 2013
    Drew Magary's Thursday Afternoon NFL Dick Joke Jamboroo runs every Thursday during the NFL season. More »
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  • Vikings shrugging off Harvin’s absence while rehabbing

    Vikings shrugging off Harvin’s absence while rehabbing

    profootballtalk.com Jan 3, 2013
    While the Vikings are freezing themselves in preparations for Saturday night’s playoff game at Green Bay, one of their biggest names is in sunny Florida. But Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said he had no objections to injured wide receiver Percy Harvin do
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  • Vikings-Packers III: Thursday health report

    Vikings-Packers III: Thursday health report

    ESPN.com Jan 3, 2013
    The Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers have essentially wrapped up their practice weeks in advance of Saturday night's wild-card playoff at Lambeau Field. There is a relatively short list of significant injuries in play this week, and by far the mo…
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  • Peterson has a way to get Dickerson in the playoffs

    Peterson has a way to get Dickerson in the playoffs

    After Vikings running back Adrian Peterson came up nine yards short in his effort to set the single-season rushing record, he had a message for the current holder of the record, Eric Dickerson. “I’m coming for you,” Peterson said to Dickerson, via P
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  • Presuming a defensive overhaul for Lions

    Presuming a defensive overhaul for Lions

    ESPN.com Jan 3, 2013
    We noted earlier that Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew admitted he was wrong to count on tailback Jahvid Best to play this season. But that was just one of several acknowledgments and candid comments Mayhew made during an interview session wi…
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  • Blair Walsh wins NFC special teams player of month

    Blair Walsh wins NFC special teams player of month

    profootballtalk.com Jan 3, 2013
    Vikings kicker Blair Walsh keeps not missing, so he keeps winning awards. The rookie was named NFC special teams player of the month for December. He was actually 11-of-12 on field goals for the month, but hit all five attempts from 50 yards or longer. …
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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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  • Packers-Vikings III: Limiting alcohol (?!)

    Packers-Vikings III: Limiting alcohol (?!)

    ESPN.com Jan 3, 2013
    Because I'm sure all of you make a daily habit of watching "Wonder Pets," as I do, I'm going to acknowledge I just said out loud: "This … is … serious." Is there any other way to react to the news that the Green Bay Packers have moved up last call at
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  • Blogger Blitz: The Antoine Winfield factor

    Blogger Blitz: The Antoine Winfield factor

    ESPN.com Jan 3, 2013
    On the second play of the third quarter last Sunday at the Metrodome, the Green Bay Packers completed a 30-yard pass play between quarterback Aaron Rodgers and receiver Greg Jennings. On the fourth play, Jennings ripped off a 45-yard reception and the P…
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  • Greg Jennings isn’t crazy about home-field advantage

    Greg Jennings isn’t crazy about home-field advantage

    profootballtalk.com Jan 3, 2013
    Eli Manning and Michael Vick have done a lot to puncture the notion that Lambeau Field gives the Packers a home-field advantage that’s impossible to overcome in recent years and now a member of the Packers is saying that he’d just as soon play on the
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  • BBAO: Martin Mayhew's 'biggest mistake'

    BBAO: Martin Mayhew's 'biggest mistake'

    ESPN.com Jan 3, 2013
    We're Black and Blue All Over: You can go ahead and put running back near the top of the Detroit Lions' offseason shopping list. Again. Lions general manager Martin Mayhew gave a candid interview Wednesday night to local reporters, admitting that "…
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  • Video - NFL32OT: A Tough Task Ahead 03:10

    NFL32OT: A Tough Task Ahead

    Jan 3
    Episode 242: Chris Mortensen discusses which rookie quarterback will have a tougher task this postseason. Merril Hoge makes his pick for MVP. The NFL32 crew discuss Adrian Peterson's desire to play on special teams.
  • Video - How they got here: Green Bay Packers 02:24

    How they got here: Green Bay Packers

    Jan 3
    The Green Bay Packers are heading into the 2012 playoffs with momentum and energy. Relive the memorable moments they experienced on their road to the postseason.
  • 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 - 2012: Best of Aaron Rodgers 02:33

    2012: Best of Aaron Rodgers

    Jan 3
    Reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers solidified his place among the league's elite by passing for 4,295 yards and 39 touchdowns as the Green Bay Packers were crowned NFC North champions for the second consecutive year.

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