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Eagles say Mike Groh will coach wide receivers (The Associated Press)

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:41:54 PST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Eagles have agreed to terms with Mike Groh to be their wide receivers coach.

Belichick, Brady help Patriots to record 9th Super Bowl trip (The Associated Press)

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:09:44 PST

Bill Belichick has done something neither Chuck Noll, Tom Landry nor Bill Walsh ever managed. Same for Tom Brady, besting the likes of Terry Bradshaw, Roger Staubach and Joe Montana.

NFC championship: Falcons look to rewrite history vs Packers (The Associated Press)

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 08:15:13 PST

The NFC championship is quite a mismatch. The Atlanta Falcons are playing as well as they have all season. For much of their existence, the Falcons were burdened with cartoonish ownership, laughable draft picks and horrific personnel moves such as trading away a strong-armed young quarterback in the early 1990s.

Matchups for the NFC championship game (The Associated Press)

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:53:45 PST

Matchups for the NFC championship game Sunday between the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons:

Falcons don't belong in such elite company? Guess again (The Associated Press)

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 07:33:32 PST

If you're wondering what the Falcons are doing in the NFL's version of the Final Four with the Patriots, Steelers and Packers, you aren't alone. While recent history has belonged pretty much to New England and Pittsburgh in the AFC, and Green Bay is a usual suspect in the NFC chase to the Super Bowl, Atlanta seems like an interloper.

Friday's Sports in Brief (The Associated Press)

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:38:47 PST

Roger Federer showed against 10th-seeded Tomas Berdych that his first two wins against qualifiers at the Australian Open really were warmups. The 17-time Grand Slam champion, seeded 17th after spending six months on the sidelines last season, only needed 90 minutes to beat Berdych 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 in the third round. This was against a rival who played the Wimbledon final in 2010 and reached the quarterfinals or better in Australia the previous six years.

NFL-National Football League roundup (Reuters)

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:17:45 PST

Bill Belichick considers Donald Trump a personal friend, but when the new President of the United States used the pre-inauguration stage Thursday night to give the New England Patriots a shoutout, the stone-faced coach maintained his game face. Asked at his Friday press conference ahead of the AFC Championship game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday whether he's ever been mentioned by a president-elect in an inauguration speech before, Belichick said, "No." When asked for his reaction, Belichick said: "We have a big game." Belichick did send a letter of support to Trump during the height of the campaign. Quarterback Tom Brady is also a supporter.

Vikings shed OC Pat Shurmur's interim tag, hire 2 assistants (The Associated Press)

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:25:57 PST

Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur's interim tag has been shed by coach Mike Zimmer, a step toward stability for the team's offense following a tumultuous season. The widely expected move was finalized Friday by the Vikings, who also fired quarterbacks coach Scott Turner and hired running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu and tight ends coach Clancy Barone.

Aaron Rodgers trolls the Falcons over them pumping crowd noise into Georgia Dome (Shutdown Corner)

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:07:34 PST

For years, the Green Bay Packers would gladly share their suspicions that the Minnesota Vikings were pumping noise into the Metrodome. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has a dry sense of humor at times, and he got off a pretty good joke on Friday. “It’s really loud in there,” Rodgers said, according to Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Adrian Peterson wants to remain with Vikings but also eyeing Giants, Bucs, Texans (Shutdown Corner)

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:00:45 PST

The Minnesota Vikings could look a lot different next season if they decide to move on from Adrian Peterson. Peterson has an unwieldy salary-cap number and could be a victim of cost coming off an injury-decimated season and set to turn 32 in March. A lot has to take place,” Peterson said on Thursday.

Redskins interview Manusky for defensive coordinator job (The Associated Press)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:01:05 PST

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- The Washington Redskins have interviewed outside linebackers coach Greg Manusky for their defensive coordinator job.

NFL-National Football League (Reuters)

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 15:26:45 PST

The NFL continues its investigation of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott related to the assault accusations made by his ex-girlfriend over the summer. The league has submitted follow-up questions to Elliott about the claims made in July, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Elliott, 21, is still in the process of responding to the questions, which he received within the past month, according to Sunday's ESPN report.

Broncos hire Davidson to lead O-line's revival (The Associated Press)

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 14:47:16 PST

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- The man charged with fixing the Denver Broncos' biggest bugaboo is new offensive line coach Jeff Davidson.

McDermott short on boasts, specifics as Bills new coach (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:59:07 PST

The crowd was smaller and the bold promises far fewer on Friday, when Sean McDermott ushered in the post-Rex Ryan era for the Buffalo Bills. Low key and to the point, McDermott spent much of his inaugural news conference as Buffalo's new coach emphasizing discipline and culture change for a franchise that hasn't made the playoffs in 17 consecutive seasons. ''I understand the expectations that come with the job and I accept that challenge,'' McDermott said.

Playoff history for Packers and Cowboys dates back decades (The Associated Press)

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 23:28:50 PST

Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant has more recent memories, and they're painful for reasons other than the cold. Two of the league's marquee franchises share a postseason history that dates back five decades. ''I hope the Cowboys don't spoil it, or I'll be really (angry) if they do,'' said former Packers offensive lineman Jerry Kramer.

After 51 years, Falcons still chasing first championship (The Associated Press)

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:01:30 PST

For only the eighth time in the franchise's 51-season history, the Falcons are among the final eight teams in the NFL playoffs. Of course, they have never won a Super Bowl title, an unachieved goal that looms in front of this high-scoring team heading into Saturday's divisional round game against the Seattle Seahawks. ''It would be a huge,'' said defensive lineman Jonathan Babineaux, the team's longest-tenured player.

For Rodgers, Pack, Hail Mary is more than wing and a prayer (The Associated Press)

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:01:34 PST

Three times over the past 13 months, including last week against the Giants, the Packers quarterback has dropped back at the end of a half, reared back and thrown the ball high toward the end zone. The ball has dropped on the trajectory of a javelin from the sky and landed in a Green Bay receiver's hands. ''Because he's done it before, you're thinking, 'You never know,''' said Roger Staubach, the Hall of Fame Cowboys quarterback who famously coined the term 'Hail Mary' for the desperation heave he used to beat Minnesota in 1975.

Broadway Brock? Can Osweiler lead Texans to historic upset (The Associated Press)

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:26:27 PST

Before this weekend, just five NFL playoff games since 1966 have featured a team favored by at least 15 points. Oddsmakers don't think Brock Osweiler should guarantee the 16-point underdog Houston Texans can beat Tom Brady and the Patriots in New England. In fact, even if Brady were not playing, the Patriots would be favored by nearly two touchdowns.

NFL Futures Deals (Rotoworld)

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:58:00 PST

Nick Mensio keeps track of all the reserve/future contracts signed around the NFL.

Mistakes, missed opportunities help foil Giants at Lambeau (The Associated Press)

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 19:24:09 PST

Missed opportunities kept Eli Manning and the New York Giants from another postseason victory at Lambeau Field. This wasn't the kind of night that star Odell Beckham Jr., and fellow receivers Victor Cruz and Sterling Shepard envisioned after taking heat from some fans and media for a trip to Miami on their day off to celebrate a regular-season-ending win over Washington. ''There was nothing that could connect seven days ago to today and how we came out and played and executed,'' Beckham said.

The Latest: All 4 divisional games regular-season rematches (The Associated Press)

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 17:08:07 PST

There will be a familiar feel to the NFL playoffs next weekend: Every divisional-round game will be a rematch from the regular season, the first time that's happened in six years. The first times around, Dallas beat Green Bay 30-16 in Week 6, Seattle beat Atlanta 26-24 the same week, New England beat Houston 27-0 in Week 3, and Pittsburgh beat Kansas City 43-14 in Week 4. The Green Bay Packers have advanced in the NFL playoffs with a 38-13 victory over the New York Giants.

Texans-Patriots point spread is huge, but it's not the largest playoff spread ever (Shutdown Corner)

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 13:46:11 PST

If you believe in point spreads, let’s assume that the New England Patriots are heading to the AFC championship game.

49ers interview Kyle Shanahan for coach, George Paton for GM (The Associated Press)

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 15:15:37 PST

The San Francisco 49ers interviewed Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan for their head coach opening and Minnesota assistant general manager George Paton for their GM vacancy. Team CEO Jed York met with both candidates on Friday as part of his cross-country tour of interviews as he seeks to replace coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke following a 2-14 season that tied the worst mark in franchise history.

NFL teams ran less, but several playoff teams had balance (The Associated Press)

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 12:54:38 PST

NFL teams ran the ball less than ever in 2016, yet six playoff teams had a 1,000-yard rusher. Ezekiel Elliot (Cowboys), Jay Ajayi (Dolphins), Le'Veon Bell (Steelers), LeGarrette Blount (Patriots), Devonta Freeman (Falcons) and Lamar Miller (Texans) each topped 1,000 and will run again in January.

Matt Ryan voted quarterback on Associated Press All-Pro team, edging Tom Brady (Shutdown Corner)

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 11:32:21 PST

If the vote for the 2016 Associated Press All-Pro team is any indication – and it generally is – Atlanta Falcons’ quarterback Matt Ryan will be celebrating his first MVP win in a few weeks.

3 rookies, Ryan, highlight revamped AP All-Pro Team (The Associated Press)

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 11:21:02 PST

The Associated Press 2016 NFL All-Pro Team is showing off the new wave of pro football stars. Three rookies among 17 first-time selections highlight the team, including Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott, and Kansas City's Tyreek Hill, who is a unanimous choice as a punt returner. Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan, edging New England's Tom Brady, who was suspended for four games, is another first-time All Pro.

NFL mock draft 3.0: 6 quarterbacks land in two-round projection (Shutdown Corner)

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 07:17:20 PST

There are so many unknowns right now as it relates to the NFL draft. Underclassmen have until Jan. 16 to declare, and there are currently six head-coaching openings, along with a few vacant general manager spots. We’re also a little more than two weeks away from the Senior Bowl, plus free agency starting in two months, and NFL teams are just now starting to put together the broad sketches for the draft boards they’ll roll out in April.