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Bruce Arians fined $50,000 by NFL for slapping helmet of Bucs safety Andrew Adams

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TAMPA, Fla. — Bucs coach Bruce Arians has been fined $50,000 by the National Football League for slapping the helmet of safety Andrew Adams during Sunday’s 31-15 win over the Eagles in an NFC wild-card playoff game.

Arians said he was trying to prevent Adams from getting a penalty for pulling Eagles players off the pile following a muffed ...Read more

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Howie Roseman: Jalen Hurts has earned Eagles' starting job in 2022, but every position will be evaluated

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PHILADELPHIA — Jalen Hurts’ offseason started with a vote of confidence from Howie Roseman.

During his season-ending news conference, the Eagles general manager said Wednesday that Hurts did enough good things last year to earn the starting job in 2022 and the offseason would be spent building a team around the 23-year-old quarterback.

“...Read more

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Ron Cook: Steelers have a mountain of an offseason to scale

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PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger is gone, off to his wife and three kids and his life's work, waiting for his gold jacket from Canton. Joe Haden, Terrell Edmunds, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Ahkello Witherspoon, Trai Turner, Chuks Okorafor, Ray-Ray McCloud, James Washington and Miles Killebrew could leave as free agents. Stephon Tuitt might not be ...Read more

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Jeff McLane: Eagles have enough to make an informed decision on Jalen Hurts' future

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PHILADELPHIA — Jalen Hurts was asked Monday if he felt he did enough this season to remain the Eagles’ starting quarterback.

“I think I’ve done a lot of great things this year, a lot of things to learn from,” Hurts said the day after his season ended with a dismal 31-15 playoff loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

His response wasn’t ...Read more

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Jim Souhan: Brady's success diminishes Belichick's 'greatest coach' title

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MINNEAPOLIS — Conventional wisdom holds that Bill Belichick is the best football coach ever, and that Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback ever, and that Aaron Rodgers is this year's Most Valuable Player.

After watching the NFL playoffs this weekend, you have to wonder if only one of those three presumptions holds true.

On Sunday, Brady, ...Read more

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What can Bears offer new GM and coach? Pros and cons in 4 areas, including what the team has in QB Justin Fields.

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CHICAGO — In the week since firing general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy, Chicago Bears Chairman George McCaskey has been inching his way through an interview schedule of more than two dozen candidates to replace them.

As the five-person Bears search committee narrows its choices, it also will be selling what the franchise has to ...Read more

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John Romano: The Bucs are favored against the Rams, so why is your eye twitching?

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TAMPA, Fla. — You began the week in a great mood.

The Bucs had shown up for the playoffs on their best behavior, and the roster was finally beginning to look semi-healthy again. Not to mention, everyone in Tampa Bay was preparing for back-to-back playoff games at home for the first time since 1979.

Then you watched the Rams humiliate the ...Read more

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Cowboys QB Dak Prescott apologizes for praising fans who threw debris at referees

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott apologized on social media Tuesday night for his comments after Sunday’s playoff loss.

Prescott praised fans for throwing debris toward NFL referees as they left the field after the game at AT&T Stadium.

“I deeply regret the comments I made regarding the officials after the game...Read more

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Jaguars' Lerentee McCray arrested after high-speed chase in Florida: affidavit

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Lerentee McCray is charged with attempting to flee a law enforcement officer after a high-speed chase Sunday in Lake County, according to an arrest affidavit.

Officers in Fruitland Park tried to pull over McCray in a Dodge Ram around 1 a.m. after he was clocked going 88 mph in a 50-mph zone ...Read more

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Dieter Kurtenbach: Thoughts on 49ers' playoff matchup with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers

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The NFL and its partners have to be beaming right now.

First the 49ers — football's dominant force on the West Coast — played the Cowboys in the playoffs. Ca-ching!

Now, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers — one of the premier brands in the NFL — host the Niners?

The good stuff just keeps flowing our way.

Last week's game looked clear in ...Read more

Seahawks part ways with defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. Here's who they could hire to replace him.

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SEATTLE — With the Seahawks announcing Tuesday they have parted ways with defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr., the inevitable question is what happens next?

When it comes to Pete Carroll and defensive coordinator hires, you usually don’t go wrong thinking he will bring in someone he already knows.

In fact, of the eight defensive ...Read more

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'He's a freak': Inside Odell Beckham Jr.'s trick pass, other big plays from Rams' win

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LOS ANGELES — The Rams manhandled the Arizona Cardinals in an NFC wild-card game Monday night, their 34-11 victory before 70,625 in SoFi Stadium earning them a berth in the divisional round against the defending Super Bowl-champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a $500,000 bonus for star receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

Beckham's contract contains $3 ...Read more

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In the time it takes to read this, Tom Brady has thrown the football

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Bucs offensive line is hurting.

All-Pro tackle Tristan Wirfs is in a walking boot. His backup, Josh Wells, has a quad injury. Pro Bowl center Ryan Jensen gutted out Sunday’s 31-15 win over the Eagles with a severely sprained ankle but finished the game because “that thing was going to have to be broken for him not to go ...Read more

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First look at NFL divisional playoffs: Rams seek repeat against Tom Brady, Buccaneers

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LOS ANGELES — The NFL is a copycat league — and now the Rams are angling for an instant replay.

They're looking to become the second consecutive team to win the Super Bowl in their home stadium.

A year ago, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made NFL history by doing that, and now the Rams have to get through them — and quarterback Tom Brady — ...Read more

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Cam Akers expresses regret, concern for Budda Baker after ugly moment in Rams' win

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LOS ANGELES — In the heat of the moment, in the late stages of a dominant performance by the Rams that carried them to a wild-card playoff victory over Arizona on Monday, running back Cam Akers did something he soon regretted.

The Rams were up by 20 late in the third quarter, on the way to a 34-11 rout of the Cardinals, when Akers took a ...Read more

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Dylan Hernandez: Rams brace for Tom Brady moments after their wild-card win over Cardinals

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LOS ANGELES — There was humor.

"I'm not playing against him one-on-one," Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford said.

There were nervous smiles.

"It's tough, man," linebacker Von Miller said.

Listening to the Rams speak about Tom Brady was like traveling back in time and hearing basketball players describe Michael Jordan.

Or soccer players ...Read more

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Catherine Raiche makes NFL history, interviews for Vikings GM position

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings announced Monday afternoon they had completed interviews with Buccaneers Vice President of Player Personnel John Spytek and Browns VP of Football Operations Kwesi Adofo-Mensah for their open general manager position. On Monday night, they announced they had completed an interview with Eagles VP of Football Operations ...Read more

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NFL playoff power rankings: Stacking the top contenders heading into the divisional round

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With the NFL’s first “Super Wild Card Weekend” in the books, only eight teams remain in the hunt for the Super Bowl title.

After ranking all 32 teams throughout the 18-week regular season, The Baltimore Sun examines the top contenders heading into the divisional round:

1. Green Bay Packers

Thanks to their first-round bye, the Packers (...Read more

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Cowboys coordinators Kellen Moore, Dan Quinn seeking NFL head coaching jobs

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FORT WORTH, Texas — By all accounts, the Dallas Cowboys are not replacing head coach Mike McCarthy.

But the shocking 23-17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Sunday’s NFC wild-card game, abruptly ended a record-setting season and has ushered in an offseason of uncertainty for the Cowboys, who are facing looming coordinator losses and major ...Read more

Matt Canada back with Steelers? Mike Tomlin won't 'change for the sake of changing.'

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PITTSBURGH — At his annual season wrap-up, which continues to come no later than a week into the NFL playoffs, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin didn't hand out many strong endorsements.

But he sounded more encouraged by the work of offensive coordinator Matt Canada than he did a year ago at this time, shortly before parting ways with Randy Fichtner...Read more