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De Smith says Saints fans, Sean Payton got the “raw end of the …

De Smith says Saints fans, Sean Payton got the “raw end of the deal”

profootballtalk.com Updated Jan 8, 2013
The bounty case is over, for the most part.  But with the NFL soon descending on New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII, plenty more will be said about the situation - especially since Saints coach Sean Payton remains suspended as the franchise is preparing
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  • Report: Panthers interview two for GM position

    Report: Panthers interview two for GM position

    ESPN.com Jan 8, 2013
    A person familiar with the situation says the Carolina Panthers interviewed New York Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross and Montreal Alouettes general manager Jim Popp on Tuesday for their vacant GM position.
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  • Panthers keep finding scapegoats, bigger problems remain

    Panthers keep finding scapegoats, bigger problems remain

    profootballtalk.com Jan 8, 2013
    Going into his third year with the Panthers, Ron Rivera has a 13-19 record. His record of offering up those who might not necessarily be the problem is far more impressive. In addition to the previously reported firing of running backs coach John Settle…
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  • Jaguars select Falcons' Caldwell as new GM

    Jaguars select Falcons' Caldwell as new GM

    The Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to hire Atlanta director of player personnel Dave Caldwell as general manager, charging him with turning around one of the league's worst teams.
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  • Don't Bury Mike Shanahan At Wounded Knee

    Don't Bury Mike Shanahan At Wounded Knee

    deadspin.com Jan 8, 2013
    Three months ago, the head coach of a professional football team made a terrible, terrible decision. On Sept. 30, up by a point with less than two minutes to go, Carolina's Ron Rivera decided to punt the ball away to the Atlanta Falcons, even though it …
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  • Panthers shake up coaching staff

    Panthers shake up coaching staff

    When owner Jerry Richardson decided to let Ron Rivera stay as coach of the Carolina Panthers on Saturday, you pretty much knew there would be some other movement. After going 7-9, Rivera had to convince Richardson he had some changes in mind that would …
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  • Report:  Jags want Caldwell to be G.M.

    Report: Jags want Caldwell to be G.M.

    profootballtalk.com Jan 8, 2013
    After three interviews with the Jaguars for their vacant G.M. position, Falcons director of player personnel Dave Caldwell agreed to take a second interview with the Jets.  It sparked rumblings that Caldwell was looking for more money from the Jaguars t…
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  • Asante Samuel at his best in postseason

    Asante Samuel at his best in postseason

    ESPN.com Jan 8, 2013
    One of the reasons the Atlanta Falcons traded for Asante Samuel back in the spring was because the veteran cornerback knows how to win. Samuel has been on two Super Bowl championship teams with New England and also spent time with Philadelphia. Samuel h…
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  • NFC South afternoon update

    NFC South afternoon update

    ESPN.com Jan 8, 2013
    Time to catch up on some news and notes from all corners of the division: TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS General manager Mark Dominik said the first step in deciding if Ronde Barber will return for another year will be for the veteran defensive back to decide if …
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  • Atlanta's offensive playing time

    Atlanta's offensive playing time

    ESPN.com Jan 8, 2013
    We already showed you the playing-time breakdown for the Atlanta Falcons defense. Now, let’s switch over to the offensive side, where the Falcons had 1,073 plays. Here’s the complete breakdown of how many snaps each offensive player got, followed by m
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  • Around the NFC South

    Around the NFC South

    ESPN.com Jan 8, 2013
    Let's take a quick tour of the top headlines from around the division: ATLANTA FALCONS The Falcons may have a little edge on the Seahawks when it comes to preparation. The Falcons were off all last week and the coaching staff used that time to prepare f…
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  • Good omen for Falcons?

    Good omen for Falcons?

    ESPN.com Jan 8, 2013
    Here are some numbers that should be very encouraging for fans of the Atlanta Falcons. Quarterback Matt Ryan completed a league-best 68.6 percent of his passes in the 2012 season. That’s the 13th best completion percentage in history for quarterbacks th
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  • Video - Jaguars Name Falcons Director Of Player Personnel New GM 03:26

    Jaguars Name Falcons Director Of Player Personnel New GM

    Jan 8
    Atlanta Falcons director of player personnel David Caldwell has reached agreement on a deal to become the Jacksonville Jaguars' new general manager.
  • Video - Will Atlanta Falcons stop Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch? 01:18

    Will Atlanta Falcons stop Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch?

    Jan 8
    Will the Atlanta Falcons find a way to stop Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch? Heath Evans explains why the Falcons defense has a tough task ahead of them.
  • Video - Can Seahawks give Falcons WRs trouble? 02:21

    Can Seahawks give Falcons WRs trouble?

    Jan 8
    The dangerous receiving corps of the Atlanta Falcons will take on the big and physical secondary of the Seattle Seahawks. So which side of the ball will prevail? Solomon Wilcots and Charley Casserly give their answers.
  • Video - NFC Road Team With Best Chance To Win 02:34

    NFC Road Team With Best Chance To Win

    Jan 8
    Mark Schlereth, Herm Edwards and Eric Mangini discuss which NFC road team has the best chance to win this weekend.

Sports Columnists

  • Peter King: Marrone appears to have right pedigree to turn around Bills; m…

    Jan 8
    I don't know if Doug Marrone will win in Buffalo. No one does. He probably needs a new quarterback. He has to figure out why a defense that should have been top 10 in the NFL this year let everyone down and finished 22nd in yards allowed and a mind-bogg…
  • Don Banks: My best and worst preseason NFL predictions

    Jan 8
    When it comes to NFL predictions, I have a favorite credo that I trot out from time to time to remind myself what we're up against in this business: It's the NFL, nobody knows anything, and if they say they do, they're lying. I would imagine the coachin…
  • NFL playoffs 2013 - Peyton Manning's next move

    Jan 8
    Peyton Manning has had one of the finest seasons of his Hall of Fame career, but he needs to find the right reason to keep playing.
  • Notre Dame Fighting Irish TE Tyler Eifert will forgo senior season for NFL…

    Jan 8
    Notre Dame junior tight end Tyler Eifert said Monday night after the Irish's 42-14 loss to Alabama that he would enter April's NFL draft.