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Bum Phillips, ex-Oilers coach, dies at age 90

Bum Phillips, ex-Oilers coach, dies at age 90

ESPN.com Updated Oct 18, 2013
Bum Phillips, the folksy Texas football icon who coached the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints, died Friday. He was 90.
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  • N.F.L. Roundup: Receiver for Falcons Will Miss First Game

    N.F.L. Roundup: Receiver for Falcons Will Miss First Game

    Roddy White, a four-time Pro Bowl selection and Atlanta’s career-leading receiver, was one of three starters listed as out on Friday’s injury report.
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  • Falcons' plan at LB remains up in the air

    Falcons' plan at LB remains up in the air

    ESPN.com Oct 18, 2013
    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith said he has options at linebacker. It will be interesting to see what those are if Akeem Dent doesn't return to the lineup Sunday. Dent, who missed the last game with an ankle injury, was back at p…
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  • NFC South Week 7: Week 7 in the NFC south comes up with the Sai…

    NFC South Week 7: Week 7 in the NFC south comes up with the Saints …

    saintsgab.com Oct 18, 2013
    Week 7 in the NFC south comes up with the Saints leading the division bye 2 1/2 games. While the Saints are on their bye week, the Panthers are hosting the Rams in a pivotal game for their season. A win could get them up to .500 for the year and with ga…
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  • Malcolm Jenkins, Brandon Spikes draw fines from league

    Malcolm Jenkins, Brandon Spikes draw fines from league

    profootballtalk.com Oct 18, 2013
    The Saints and Patriots played right down to the wire last Sunday that featured plenty of excitement on the way to a 30-27 Patriots win. It also featured a couple of fines for players who violated league edicts. Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins was fined $…
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  • Sean McDermott is master of Carolina D

    Sean McDermott is master of Carolina D

    ESPN.com Oct 18, 2013
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Linebacker Thomas Davis was explaining how he got two sacks in Sunday's 35-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings, giving all the credit to Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott for putting him in the right position. &…
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  • Falcons waive safety; roster spot open

    Falcons waive safety; roster spot open

    ESPN.com Oct 18, 2013
    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith seemed content with his team earlier in the week, but Smith never ruled out making a roster move. That is exactly what the Falcons did Friday by waiving safety/special-teamer Shane Schillinger. Sch…
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  • Practice report: Bucs set for Georgia Dome

    Practice report: Bucs set for Georgia Dome

    ESPN.com Oct 18, 2013
    TAMPA, Fla. -- Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano doesn’t usually flash his sense of humor to the media, but that changed a bit Friday. Talking about the challenge of playing in a noisy Georgia Dome, Schiano fired off a one liner. “If it’s any louder than it…
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  • Carson Palmer: We have a stretch of winnable games coming up

    Carson Palmer: We have a stretch of winnable games coming up

    profootballtalk.com Oct 18, 2013
    The Cardinals dropped their second game in five days to the Seahawks on Thursday night, but their quarterback sees brighter days ahead for the 3-4 Cardinals. Arizona hosts the injury-riddled Falcons next weekend and then host the disappointing Texans af…
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  • Josh Freeman: Bucs didn’t see me as the guy, I strongly disagre…

    Josh Freeman: Bucs didn’t see me as the guy, I strongly disagree

    profootballtalk.com Oct 18, 2013
    For all the disagreements Josh Freeman and Greg Schiano had in Tampa, the one that really mattered was the most fundamental of all: Freeman believed he was the franchise quarterback, and Schiano did not. Freeman, now the Vikings’ starting quarterback, s…
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  • Double Coverage: Rams at Panthers

    Double Coverage: Rams at Panthers

    ESPN.com Oct 18, 2013
    The Carolina Panthers and St. Louis Rams put on an offensive showcase in a 2003 NFC divisional playoff game at the Edwards Jones Dome. The Rams overcame an 11-point deficit in the final 2:39 of regulation and the Panthers ended the 29-23 double-overtime…
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  • Buccaneers defensive coordinator says fans can have a soda, pla…

    Buccaneers defensive coordinator says fans can have a soda, plan schemes with him

    yahoo.com Oct 18, 2013
    Are you one of those people who takes joy in watching trainwrecks? Then get your butt down to Tampa, Florida. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan, reacting to the scores of armchair coaches who are calling for more man defense, says…
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  • Jonathan Vilma can return to practice next week

    Jonathan Vilma can return to practice next week

    profootballtalk.com Oct 18, 2013
    A Saints defense that has exceeded every expectation this year could be getting a key part back soon. Inside linebacker Jonathan Vilma tweeted out word yesterday that he’d be allowed to practice when the Saints come back from their bye week, according t…
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  • Week 7 N.F.L. Matchups

    Week 7 N.F.L. Matchups

    nytimes.com Oct 18, 2013
    Atlanta is still harboring hopes that it can mount a winning streak, despite the season-ending foot injury to wide receiver Julio Jones, but Tampa Bay is saddled with nearly biblical obstacles.
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  • Video - 'Playbook': Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons 03:21

    'Playbook': Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons

    Oct 18
    Are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers using cornerback Darrelle Revis properly? The "Playbook" gang breaks down the problems that the Bucs are having on both sides of the ball.
  • Video - Roddy White Out Against Buccaneers 02:06

    Roddy White Out Against Buccaneers

    Oct 18
    Damien Woody discusses the impact of Roddy White's injuries on the Falcons.
  • Video - Bum Phillips Dies At 90 00:57

    Bum Phillips Dies At 90

    Oct 18
    Former Oilers and Saints coach Bum Phillips has died at the age of 90.

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    Oct 18
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