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Raheem Morris will interview for Browns defensive coordinator p…

Raheem Morris will interview for Browns defensive coordinator position

profootballtalk.com Updated Jan 16, 2013
The Browns have a new head coach.  They soon may have a new defensive coordinator. Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Redskins defensive backs coach Raheem Morris will interview for the job on Friday. Morris previously served as head coach …
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  • Falcons expect DE Abraham to play vs. Niners

    Falcons expect DE Abraham to play vs. Niners

    ESPN.com Jan 16, 2013
    Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith said that he expects defensive end John Abraham will play in Sunday's NFC title game.
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  • Falcons think being physical the way to stop Kaepernick

    Falcons think being physical the way to stop Kaepernick

    profootballtalk.com Jan 16, 2013
    The Falcons didn’t do a great job of putting hands on Russell Wilson last weekend, but they’re vowing to make sure 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick doesn’t treat them the same way. “If you get the opportunity to blow up somebody and make a state
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  • No magic to 'Matty Ice'?

    No magic to 'Matty Ice'?

    ESPN.com Jan 16, 2013
    Since almost the day he first stepped onto an NFL field, Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan has been thrilling fans with his late-game heroics. Put Ryan in a press-conference setting and chances are good he’s not going to thrill. He’s always polite, but he
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  • Quick hits from Mike Smith

    Quick hits from Mike Smith

    ESPN.com Jan 16, 2013
    Atlanta coach Mike Smith just finished his Wednesday news conference. There was no earth-shattering news, but let’s run through a bunch of little nuggets. Smith said defensive end John Abraham, who aggravated an ankle injury in Sunday’s win against Se
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  • Harbaugh goes old school to motivate his players

    Harbaugh goes old school to motivate his players

    profootballtalk.com Jan 16, 2013
    The 49ers might be road favorites this weekend against the Falcons in the NFC Championship Game, but coach Jim Harbaugh took a step to remind his players that many of them were underdogs not that long ago. As a motivational ploy, Harbaugh had photos pul…
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  • Still no action on Sean Payton’s reinstatement

    Still no action on Sean Payton’s reinstatement

    profootballtalk.com Jan 16, 2013
    Saints coach Sean Payton remains suspended, at least through the Super Bowl.  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell remains no closer to accelerating the reinstatement effort. Recently, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello refuted an ESPN report that the reinstatement pe…
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  • Kiper's NFC South mock draft

    Kiper's NFC South mock draft

    ESPN.com Jan 16, 2013
    Mel Kiper Jr. has put out his first mock draft , so let’s take a look at what he’s projecting from the NFC South in the first round. Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has Tampa Bay taking Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree. In some ways, I like this call. Put Og
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  • PFT Live: Jacoby Jones and Panthers talk with Darin Gantt

    PFT Live: Jacoby Jones and Panthers talk with Darin Gantt

    profootballtalk.com Jan 16, 2013
    Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones turned in one of the most memorable plays of this season last Saturday when he reeled in a 70-yard pass for a game-tying touchdown with less than a minute to play in what became a 38-35 overtime win over the Broncos. Jo…
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  • Falcons' Nolan not bitter about 49ers firing

    Falcons' Nolan not bitter about 49ers firing

    ESPN.com Jan 16, 2013
    Mike Nolan knows a thing or two about the San Francisco 49ers. His father coached the team and he did, too. And now, he'll try to keep them out of the Super Bowl.
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  • Report: Panthers eventually will be sold

    Report: Panthers eventually will be sold

    Erik Spanberg has a story that is sure to set off some concern in the Carolinas. Spanberg reports that Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has mandated the team be sold within two years of his death. Richardson, 76, appeared to be in good health at a Tuesda…
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  • Media day for NFC Championship Game

    Media day for NFC Championship Game

    ESPN.com Jan 16, 2013
    It’s not as big or as centralized as the Super Bowl’s media day, but Wednesday will serve the same purpose for the NFC Championship Game. Once upon a time, things were structured so that news conferences were held the Friday before championship games
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  • Mike Smith solid in all situations

    Mike Smith solid in all situations

    ESPN.com Jan 16, 2013
    The Atlanta Falcons just put out their release for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game and there’s one page that jumped out at me. It’s the one that breaks down Mike Smith’s 56-24 record in his first five seasons. We already know that’s the second-be
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  • Would Mike Smith have been fired if the Falcons had lost?

    Would Mike Smith have been fired if the Falcons had lost?

    As the Falcons were in the process of blowing a 20-point lead against the Seahawks on Sunday, I wondered aloud on Twitter whether anyone, everyone, or no one would be fired if the Falcons lost. In the end, the Falcons survived (in case you hadn’t heard)
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  • Saints lose Kromer to Bears

    Saints lose Kromer to Bears

    ESPN.com Jan 16, 2013
    The drama that’s been following the New Orleans Saints for the last 10 months hasn’t stopped. The latest development is that the team lost a valued member of its coaching staff. Adam Schefter reported that offensive line coach Aaron Kromer will be the
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  • Video - NFL32OT: How To Stop A Running Quarterback 02:08

    NFL32OT: How To Stop A Running Quarterback

    Jan 16
    Episode 250: Mark Schlereth breaks down how the Falcons should stop Colin Kaepernick. The NFL32 crew discuss if new Eagles head coach Chip Kelly's offense will work in the NFL.
  • Video - 'Sound FX': Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons 04:59

    'Sound FX': Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons

    Jan 16
    The Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks battled down to the wire in their NFC Divisional matchup. Take a listen and hear how players and coaches reacted to playing in this instant classic.
  • Video - 'Do Your Job': NFC Championship Game 02:10

    'Do Your Job': NFC Championship Game

    Jan 16
    Heath Evans explains what Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan needs to do and what he cannot do if his team is going to have a chance at beating the San Francisco 49ers.
  • Video - Best of Championship Wednesday 01:52

    Best of Championship Wednesday

    Jan 16
    Players from the Falcons, Patriots, Ravens and 49ers took to the podium to address the media. Check out our collection of the best quotes from Championship Wednesday.

Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: Kelly's move from Pacific Northwest will shake up traditional E…

    Jan 16
    I know the Philadelphia Eagles hired Chip Kelly to build a complete program and his task is to do more than fix an offense that has lost its way. But I still think nobody had a worse day Wednesday than Jim Haslett, Perry Fewell and Monte Kiffin, the thr…
  • Don Banks: Hero of last year's AFC Championship Game, Sterling Moore will …

    Jan 16
    Sterling Moore doesn't know yet if he'll watch the game at home in Dallas, or meet up with a couple teammates and head for "a Buffalo Wild Wings or something like that.''
  • Jim Trotter: Remarkably resilient Gore getting better with age in San Fran…

    Jan 16
    SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- For obvious reasons, we spent much of the season marveling at the freakish recuperative powers of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who made a serious run at the single-season rushing record despite being less than a year remo…