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It’s been difficult to keep track of the various candidates for the Jets G.M. job because, well, there are just too many of them. There’s another one who previously had been unknown. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that former Saints aUpvote Share Tweet
New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma's defamation lawsuit against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in connection with the bounty case was dismissed by a federal judge on Thursday.Upvote Share Tweet
Some closure on bounty scandalAs NFL commissioner Roger Goodell gets ready to head to New Orleans for the Super Bowl, it appears there is some closure on the Saints’ bounty scandal. Judge Helen Ginger Berrigan dismissed linebacker Jonathan Vilma's defamation suit against Goodell, NFUpvote Share TweetThe Atlanta Falcons appear to be about as healthy as possible as they get ready for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers. Defensive end John Abraham practiced on a limited basis for the second straight day. Abraham aggravated aUpvote Share Tweet
Niners honorary captains include a pair of Hall of Fame finalistsThe 49ers will have a trio of honorary captains when San Francisco squares off against the Falcons on Sunday, as the Niners stand on the doorstep of the Super Bowl. Two of them are on the doorstep of a fairly important doorstep of their own. Eddie DeBar…Upvote Share TweetEarlier on Thursday there was a report that the Jaguars have requested permission to interview Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael for the same role on new coach Gus Bradley’s staff. It doesn’t look like an interview will happen and not becauUpvote Share TweetIt appears as if the consensus is that the Atlanta Falcons have very little chance to defeat the San Francisco 49ers in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game. At least that’s what Las Vegas odds-makers and lots of media members are saying. The ESPN NFL ExperUpvote Share TweetFalcons tight end Tony Gonzalez won a playoff game for the first time in his career last week, an experience that left him quite emotional after Matt Bryant’s winning field goal went through the uprights. According to tight end Michael Palmer, it didn”Upvote Share Tweet
Why Julio Jones is perfect fit for FalconsThey are three very different personalities. But put Julio Jones, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez together and they become one. They form what might be the best receiving trio in the NFL. “The big thing is that none of us are selfish,’’ Jones said inUpvote Share Tweet
One Step From New OrleansCNNSI.com Updated Jan 17, 2013There will be little margin for error in Sunday's conference title games. Both contests look like thrillers, perhaps classics. Who will reach Super Bowl XLVII? Peter King picks.Upvote Share TweetThe Carolina Panthers interviewed quarterbacks coach Mike Shula for their vacant offensive coordinator position on Wednesday, a person familiar with the situation said.Upvote Share TweetThe Atlanta Falcons need Michael Turner, for now. Maybe it’s for no longer than two more games, but the Falcons need Turner to be the running back he was Sunday against Seattle and the player he was the previous four seasons. If they’re going to haveUpvote Share TweetLast week, Chip Kelly was adamant that he had decided to stay at Oregon rather than leave for the NFL. Yesterday, Kelly announced that he has decided to leave to coach the Eagles. So what changed? Tony Dungy, the former Buccaneers and Colts coach whose …Upvote Share Tweet
PFT’s Championship Game picksLast week, MDS and yours truly agreed on every pick. After Saturday’s games, it looked like we’d be Thelma-and-Louiseing our way to an 0-4 weekend. But after getting it wrong by relying on the Broncos and Packers, we were perfect on Sunday with theUpvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Updated Jan 17, 2013JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars hired Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley as head coach Thursday, the latest move in the team's rebuilding project.Upvote Share Tweet
Report: Bucs drop another defensive assistantThe Buccaneers defense struggled mightily against the pass this season, something that already caused the team to allow defensive backs coach Ron Cooper to depart for a job at the University of South Florida. Now they’ve made another change. Pewter RepoUpvote Share Tweet
NFC Championship Game on the airThe broadcast crews and the entertainment have been set for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game between the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers. The FOX television broadcast will feature Joe Buck and Troy Aikman with Pam Oliver and Erin Andrews as the siUpvote Share TweetTime for a look at the morning headlines from around the division: TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS The Bucs reportedly have parted ways with defensive line coach Randy Melvin. This comes after defensive backs coach Ron Cooper left the team. Tampa Bay’s defense ranUpvote Share TweetWhen the Patriots sent a fourth-round draft pick to the Buccaneers for cornerback Aqib Talib just hours before the trade deadline, they were taking a major risk. Talib had talent, but he had also had so much off-field trouble that the Bucs were sick of …Upvote Share Tweetnytimes.com Updated Jan 17, 2013It's difficult to assess the value Colin Kaepernick has on the odds of the N.F.C. title game, but let's try anyway.Upvote Share Tweet
Vilma's Lawsuit DismissedJan 17ESPN.com NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas has the latest on Jonathan Vilma's defamation lawsuit against Roger Goodell, which has been dismissed by U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan.
Offensive Keys On Championship SundayJan 17Ron Jaworski delivers a staple of each offense that must be stopped for defenses to be victorious on Championship Sunday
New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma's lawsuit dismissedJan 17New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma's defamation lawsuit against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been dismissed.
NFL Playoffs: Who Do You Trust?Jan 17Mark Schlereth and Redskins LB London Fletcher discuss which teams they trust the most among five different categories.
Peter King: NFL Playoffs Conference Championship PicksJan 17Peter King: NFL Playoffs Conference Championship Picks
Peter King: It's time to make room for Joe Flacco in the upper echelon of …Jan 17This story appears in the Jan. 21, 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated. Buy the digital version of the magazine here.