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Jets G.M. candidates included Randy Mueller, too

Jets G.M. candidates included Randy Mueller, too

profootballtalk.com Updated Jan 17, 2013
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 a
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  • Vilma's defamation suit against Goodell dismissed

    Vilma's defamation suit against Goodell dismissed

    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.
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  • Some closure on bounty scandal

    Some closure on bounty scandal

    ESPN.com Jan 17, 2013
    As 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, NF
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  • Checking on Falcons' injuries

    Checking on Falcons' injuries

    ESPN.com Jan 17, 2013
    The 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 a
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  • Niners honorary captains include a pair of Hall of Fame finalis…

    Niners honorary captains include a pair of Hall of Fame finalists

    profootballtalk.com Jan 17, 2013
    The 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…
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  • Report: Carmichael will turn down interviews, intends to stay w…

    Report: Carmichael will turn down interviews, intends to stay with Saints

    profootballtalk.com Jan 17, 2013
    Earlier 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 becau
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  • Experts: Falcons have no chance

    Experts: Falcons have no chance

    ESPN.com Jan 17, 2013
    It 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 Exper
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  • Teammate says Tony Gonzalez now “97 percent” on retirement

    Teammate says Tony Gonzalez now “97 percent” on retirement

    profootballtalk.com Jan 17, 2013
    Falcons 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”
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  • Why Julio Jones is perfect fit for Falcons

    Why Julio Jones is perfect fit for Falcons

    ESPN.com Jan 17, 2013
    They 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 in
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  • One Step From New Orleans

    One Step From New Orleans

    CNNSI.com Jan 17, 2013
    There 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.
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  • Panthers reportedly interview Shula for OC job

    Panthers reportedly interview Shula for OC job

    The Carolina Panthers interviewed quarterbacks coach Mike Shula for their vacant offensive coordinator position on Wednesday, a person familiar with the situation said.
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  • Falcons look for Michael Turner encore

    Falcons look for Michael Turner encore

    ESPN.com Jan 17, 2013
    The 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 have
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  • Dungy suspects Wilson, Kaepernick helped change Chip Kelly’s mi…

    Dungy suspects Wilson, Kaepernick helped change Chip Kelly’s mind

    profootballtalk.com Jan 17, 2013
    Last 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 …
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  • PFT’s Championship Game picks

    PFT’s Championship Game picks

    profootballtalk.com Jan 17, 2013
    Last 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 the
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  • Jaguars hire Bradley as coach

    Jaguars hire Bradley as coach

    CNNSI.com Jan 17, 2013
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) The Jacksonville Jaguars hired Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley as head coach Thursday, the latest move in the team's rebuilding project.
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  • Report: Bucs drop another defensive assistant

    Report: Bucs drop another defensive assistant

    profootballtalk.com Jan 17, 2013
    The 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 Repo
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  • NFC Championship Game on the air

    NFC Championship Game on the air

    ESPN.com Jan 17, 2013
    The 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 si
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  • Around the NFC South

    Around the NFC South

    ESPN.com Jan 17, 2013
    Time 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 ran
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  • Aqib Talib trade working out well for Patriots

    Aqib Talib trade working out well for Patriots

    profootballtalk.com Jan 17, 2013
    When 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 …
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  • Conference Title Game Probabilities, and the Kaepernick Effect

    Conference Title Game Probabilities, and the Kaepernick Effect

    nytimes.com Jan 17, 2013
    It's difficult to assess the value Colin Kaepernick has on the odds of the N.F.C. title game, but let's try anyway.
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  • Video - Vilma's Lawsuit Dismissed 02:54

    Vilma's Lawsuit Dismissed

    Jan 17
    ESPN.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.
  • Video - Offensive Keys On Championship Sunday 02:27

    Offensive Keys On Championship Sunday

    Jan 17
    Ron Jaworski delivers a staple of each offense that must be stopped for defenses to be victorious on Championship Sunday
  • Video - New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma's lawsuit dismissed 05:49

    New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma's lawsuit dismissed

    Jan 17
    New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma's defamation lawsuit against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been dismissed.
  • Video - NFL Playoffs: Who Do You Trust? 03:28

    NFL Playoffs: Who Do You Trust?

    Jan 17
    Mark Schlereth and Redskins LB London Fletcher discuss which teams they trust the most among five different categories.

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  • Peter King: NFL Playoffs Conference Championship Picks

    Jan 17
    Peter King: NFL Playoffs Conference Championship Picks
  • Peter King: It's time to make room for Joe Flacco in the upper echelon of …

    Jan 17
    This story appears in the Jan. 21, 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated. Buy the digital version of the magazine here.