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Report: Rob Ryan is the Rams’ first choice to be their new defe…

Report: Rob Ryan is the Rams’ first choice to be their new defensive coordinator

yahoo.com profootballtalk.com Updated Jan 11, 2013
It took a bit longer than five minutes for him to find a new job, but not too much longer in the grand scheme of things. Three days after he was fired by the Dallas Cowboys, longtime NFL defensive coordinator Rob Ryan may have been hired by the St. Loui…
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  • XTRA910 audio: Divisional round preview

    XTRA910 audio: Divisional round preview

    ESPN.com Jan 11, 2013
    The St. Louis Rams appeared on the NFC West radar Friday night amid reports the team could hire former Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan to fill the same job for the Rams. The fit would seem to be right, in part because Rams coach Jeff Fishe…
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  • Rams shake up college scouting staff

    Rams shake up college scouting staff

    profootballtalk.com Jan 11, 2013
    When new general managers take over in January or February, they usually hang onto the existing scouting staff to get them through the draft in April. But after that, old guys are usually fair game. Still, the Rams diverted from the normal post-draft ho…
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  • Colin Kaepernick raises eyebrows after wearing Brewers cap duri…

    Colin Kaepernick raises eyebrows after wearing Brewers cap during Packers week

    yahoo.com ESPN.com Jan 11, 2013
    Quarterback Colin Kaepernick is widely credited with sparking the San Francisco 49ers in the second half of the NFL season. He's already achieved pre-folk hero status on Candlestick Point. He's also definitely considered a reason the Niners might beat t…
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  • Justin Smith cleared to play, all the 49ers probable

    Justin Smith cleared to play, all the 49ers probable

    profootballtalk.com Jan 11, 2013
    Apparently, the creek has not, in fact, risen. The 49ers appear to be as healthy as anyone’s going to be this time of year, and defensive tackle Justin Smith has been given the go-ahead to return to action. According to Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, S
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  • Niners expecting Smith to play vs. Packers

    Niners expecting Smith to play vs. Packers

    ESPN.com Jan 11, 2013
    San Francisco 49ers Pro Bowl defensive end Justin Smith is listed as probable for Saturday's NFL divisional playoff game against the Green Bay Packers.
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  • Carroll says Lynch will play on Sunday

    Carroll says Lynch will play on Sunday

    profootballtalk.com Jan 11, 2013
    Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday with a foot injury, putting his availability for Sunday’s playoff game against the Falcons in doubt. There is now no doubt. Lynch practiced on a limited basis on Friday, and
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  • Trent Williams fined $7,875 for hitting Richard Sherman

    Trent Williams fined $7,875 for hitting Richard Sherman

    profootballtalk.com Jan 11, 2013
    A post-game skirmish has led the NFL to dock the paycheck of Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams. Williams was fined $7,875 for smacking Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman in the face following Sunday’s game, the NFL has confirmed. That’s about
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  • Chudzinski describes Browns job as 'dream come true'

    Chudzinski describes Browns job as 'dream come true'

    CNNSI.com Jan 11, 2013
    Rob Chudzinski called new job as Browns head coach as 'dream come true.'
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  • Seahawks VP Idzik interviewing with Jets today

    Seahawks VP Idzik interviewing with Jets today

    profootballtalk.com Jan 11, 2013
    The Jets have more candidates for general manager than they have unnamed sources. According to Albert Breer of the NFL Network, Seahawks vice president of football administration John Idzik will interview today for the job. Idzik had worked for the Card…
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  • Noting Crabtree's progress as playoffs near

    Noting Crabtree's progress as playoffs near

    ESPN.com Jan 11, 2013
    San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree is coming off a career season with 1,105 yards on 85 receptions. Crabtree's emergence is notable heading into a playoff game against Green Bay given how poorly the 49ers' wideouts fared in the postseaso…
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  • Sunday divisional-round preview: Falcons’ receivers vs. Seahawk…

    Sunday divisional-round preview: Falcons’ receivers vs. Seahawks’ DBs not your ordinary match-up

    Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons Sunday, January 13, 2013, 1:00 p.m. ET Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga. There are many interesting match-ups to track when the Seattle Seahawks take the Georgia Dome turf against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, but the key b…
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  • Save The Dates: With the divisional round of the playoffs at ha…

    Save The Dates: With the divisional round of the playoffs at hand…

    CNNSI.com Jan 11, 2013
    With the divisional round of the playoffs at hand, the potential Super Bowl matchups are within sight. Don Banks evalauates all the possible pairings and ranks them all.
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  • PFT Live: 49ers talk with Matt Maiocco, PFT Planet calls and tw…

    PFT Live: 49ers talk with Matt Maiocco, PFT Planet calls and tweets

    profootballtalk.com Jan 11, 2013
    We’ve reached Friday, which means we’re just a bit more than 24 hours away from the start of the Divisional Round of the playoffs. The 49ers will be one of the teams playing this weekend and Mike Florio will have Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area on Friday
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  • Quick look at 2013 Hall of Fame finalists

    Quick look at 2013 Hall of Fame finalists

    ESPN.com Jan 11, 2013
    Five of 15 modern-era finalists for 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement have ties to teams currently in the NFC West. Their names are shaded in the chart below: Kevin Greene, Charles Haley, Aeneas Williams, Jerome Bettis and Eddie DeBartolo Jr. …
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  • Opportunity Knocks again

    Opportunity Knocks again

    CNNSI.com Jan 11, 2013
    Three years ago, Ryan Longwell was robbed of the chance to kick the Vikings to the Super Bowl. Now with the Seahawks. Peter King examines if Longwell can rewrite history?
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  • Sando's best guesses: Week 19 predictions

    Sando's best guesses: Week 19 predictions

    ESPN.com Jan 11, 2013
    It's a little early to start previewing a Seattle Seahawks-San Francisco 49ers matchup in the NFC Championship Game. Both teams have hurdles to clear in the NFC divisional playoffs this weekend. It's so close to happening, though, and how sweet it would…
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  • Video - NFL32OT: Texans-Patriots Set For Rematch 02:05

    NFL32OT: Texans-Patriots Set For Rematch

    Jan 11
    Episode 247: Merril Hoge breaks down the Texans-Patriots matchup. The NFL32 crew discuss which quarterback has the most difficult matchup against the opposing defense.
  • Video - 'Playbook': Can the beast be stopped? 04:49

    'Playbook': Can the beast be stopped?

    Jan 11
    Will the struggling Atlanta Falcons' defense be able to slow down Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch? Take a look at who our analysts think will advance to the NFC Championship Game.
  • Video - 'Playbook': Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons 04:08

    'Playbook': Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons

    Jan 11
    Will the Atlanta Falcons have success with the screen pass against the Seattle Seahawks? Find out if our analysts believe the Falcons' offensive line will be able to slow down the Seahawks' high-flying defense.
  • Video - 'Playbook': Who is picking the Packers? 04:20

    'Playbook': Who is picking the Packers?

    Jan 11
    Can the Green Bay Packers put together a running game to help out QB Aaron Rodgers? Find out if any of our "Playbook" analysts think that Rodgers and company can pick up a win in San Francisco.

Sports Columnists

  • Don Banks: Niners-Patriots tops best potential Super Bowl matchups

    Jan 11
    The NFL's divisional round means we're down to the league's elite eight in the playoffs, and that's when the Super Bowl pairing starts to first come into view. There are still 16 potential matchups for Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans next month, and her…
  • Peter King: Ryan Longwell gets chance to rewrite history

    Jan 11
    RENTON, Wash. -- It's so strange to see Ryan Longwell here, out of retirement, into the NFL's Final Eight. This is the day he should have been doing a light jog, just to stay loose as his final pre-race prep for Sunday's Walt Disney World Marathon, whic…
  • The Sports Guy make his divisional playoffs picks

    Jan 11
    Aaron Rodgers's quest for revenge highlights the Sports Guy's inbox while he makes his divisional weekend picks.