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Looking at 2013 cap spaceWith the 2012 regular season over, let’s take a look at where the NFC South teams stand in relation to the 2013 salary cap. Atlanta Falcons: They have $113 million committed toward a cap that is expected to be slightly more than $120 million. Don’t exShare TweetCNNSI.com Jan 1, 2013LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery says too many playoff misses and the inability to develop a productive offense led to coach Lovie Smith's firing.Share Tweet
Jimmy Graham led NFL in dropsAlthough Drew Brees became the first quarterback ever to have three 5,000-yard passing seasons, he’s numbers could have been significantly better if his receivers had provided some more help. New Orleans finished second in the league with 43 dropped pasShare Tweet
Rebuilding The Right WayCNNSI.com Jan 1, 2013It's the day after Black Monday, and a third of the league is figuring out what direction to take. They'd be wise to follow the blueprint the Rams adopted in 2012, Peter King writes.Share TweetJosh Freeman became Tampa Bay Buccaneers' first 4,000-yard passer and also threw for more touchdowns in a season than any player in franchise history, but he'll still have to compete for the starting job next season.Share TweetAs Atlanta offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter interviews for jobs as a head coach, it’s time to take a look at one of the most significant wrinkles he brought to the Falcons. That’s the screen-passing game. Predecessor Mike Mularkey rarely used the scShare Tweetprofootballtalk.com Jan 1, 2013In recent weeks, former Bills, Panthers, and Colts G.M. Bill Polian has been linked in various rumors and speculation to the G.M. position in Kansas City, if/when it becomes open. Of course, it’s not yet open. It possibly will be, if owner Clark HuntShare Tweet
Around the NFC SouthTime for a run through the top headlines from around the NFC South: ATLANTA FALCONS When the Falcons had the first-round bye back in the 2010 season, coach Mike Smith gave his team some time off. Although Smith usually is a creature of habit, he’s takinShare TweetThe Mike Smith tree, or the Thomas Dimitroff tree, doesn’t have the same kind of ring to it. But no teams has been or is being picked over more heavily than the Falcons’ right now. Along with previously reported interviews for offensive coordinator DiShare Tweet
Peter King: Rams started their rebuilding effort the right way in 2012; ma…Jan 1On Black New Year's Day, as 11 NFL teams try to figure out what to do with either their organization, GM, coach, coaching staffs -- or all of them -- I bring you my Smart Team of the Year: the St. Louis Rams.
Jim Trotter: Seahawks defense short on marquee names, but not superstar pl…Jan 1There were 53 cornerbacks selected in the 2011 NFL draft, and Richard Sherman wasn't among the first 33 chosen. If you think that doesn't grate on him, then you don't know Sherman, who was taken in the fifth round by the Seattle Seahawks.