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Brandon Marshall caught nine passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns in Chicago's Week 6 win over the Giants.

The squeaky wheel got greased. Upset after drawing just five targets in Week 5, Marshall was Jay Cutler's preferred target in the first half, and the duo hooked up for a pair of easy touchdowns. It wasn't all roses, as Marshall committed a drop on an early 4th-and-2 from the Giants' four-yard line. Nevertheless, it's clear Marshall and his quarterback remain very much on the same page. Marshall hasn't cleared 100 yards since Week 2, but will have an excellent shot at doing so in Week 7 against the Redskins' sub-replacement level secondary.
Thu, Oct 10, 2013 11:53:00 PM

A source tells the Cleveland Plain Dealer that Browns OC Kyle Shanahan is on the 49ers' list of head coaching candidates.

Dec 29 - 10:53 AM

Kyle Orton has informed the Bills he's retiring.

Orton is reportedly serious this time, just a few short months after angling his way out of Dallas only to sign an $11M contract with the Bills. The 32-year-old started hot but faded in Buffalo, finishing 287-of-447 (64.2 percent) for 3,018 yards with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. "I just have been going at it for 10 years and it's just a family decision and I've decided to get home and be a dad and call it a day," said Orton. So now the Bills are left with E.J. Manuel and Jeff Tuel as the only quarterbacks on their roster. They have no first-round draft pick as a result of the Sammy Watkins trade.
Dec 29 - 10:04 AM

Bears fired coach Marc Trestman and GM Phil Emery.

Trestman got just two years in Chicago, going 13-19 while sustaining his reputation as an elite offensive mind that's not NFL head coaching material. Perhaps that's fair, but there aren't many people we'd rather have running our offense. Trestman showed his quarterback guru ways last season when he coaxed a white-hot performance out of career journeyman Josh McCown and his system also made Jimmy Clausen look like a serviceable spot-starter this season. Unfortunately, Jay Cutler couldn't hear Trestman's whispers and the defense was inept again. Trestman will be one of the hottest offensive coordinator candidates available over the next month.
Dec 29 - 9:42 AM

Falcons fired coach Mike Smith.

Smith went 66-46 in seven years at the helm of the Falcons and was the 2008 NFL Coach of the Year, but was just 1-4 in four playoff appearances and 10-22 over the last two seasons. There was no way the Falcons could bring him back, even if they somehow had made the postseason in the lowly NFC South. Smith, a defensive-minded head coach, had the league's worst defense this season and No. 27 unit in 2013. He also repeatedly bungled end-game situations. The Falcons join the 49ers and Jets as teams with head coaching vacancies so far on Black Monday.
Dec 29 - 9:26 AM

Jets fired head coach Rex Ryan and GM John Idzik.

Ryan went 20-12 in his first two seasons with the Jets, playing in two straight AFC Championship Games (2009, 2010). In the four seasons since then, he's gone 26-38 with zero playoff appearances and an inability to develop offensive talent. Still, Ryan hits the market as one of the best candidates available, an excellent motivator even if he's best suited to be a defensive coordinator. Ryan's defenses ranked 1st, 3rd, 5th, 8th, 11th and 6th in his six years at the helm. If another head coaching opportunity doesn't materialize for him this offseason, it's possible he'll take a year off and do some television work.
Dec 29 - 8:30 AM

Coach Mike Tomlin said Le'Veon Bell's right knee injury is "not anything major."

Bell has been diagnosed with a scary hyperextension, but no ligament damage. He was able to walk without crutches in the locker room after the game and was not in a brace. Still, hyperextensions can be multi-week injuries in certain cases, leaving Bell questionable for Saturday night's Wild Card game against the Ravens. The Steelers were forced to turn to UDFA Josh Harris following Bell's injury Sunday night. CBS' Jason La Canfora reported Tuesday morning that the Steelers believe it's "possible" Bell can play Saturday night.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 29 - 7:50 AM

A.J. Green is in the concussion protocol.

Green battled through his badly bruised bicep on Sunday night, but wasn't himself as he dropped passes and lost a devastating fourth quarter fumble when the ball was ripped out of his hands. Right after that fumble, he took a shot the head from Steelers S Mike Mitchell. Green will be in a race to get cleared ahead of Sunday's Wild Card game at Indy.
Dec 29 - 7:44 AM

By losing to the Saints in Week 17, the Buccaneers secured the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

It's incredibly early in the process to try predicting such things, but the general thinking among media members is Oregon QB Marcus Mariota and Florida State QB Jameis Winston will both be in play at No. 1 overall. The Titans will pick second, and the Jaguars third. These are picks Nos. 4-10: Raiders (4); Redskins (5); Jets (6); Bears (7); Falcons (8); Giants (9); Rams (10).
Dec 28 - 9:55 PM

Julio Jones caught 4-of-8 targets for 58 yards in the Falcons' Week 17 loss to the Panthers.

Jones was in and out of the game after reportedly aggravating a preexisting knee injury. That's the story of Jones' season, as he battled multiple lower-body ailments despite missing just one game. He still had the best season of his career, totaling 104 catches for 1,593 yards and six touchdowns. Legitimately dominant on the outside when at or near full health, Jones will be a surefire WR1 and first- or second-round pick in fantasy drafts next season. He has one year left on his contract at 25 years old. Matt Ryan also still has a ton of game left at 30.
Dec 28 - 8:35 PM

NFL Network's Jeff Darlington reports Mike Wallace was benched in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Jets for quitting on the team.

Wallace literally quit. After Charles Clay scored a touchdown late in the second quarter, Wallace reportedly "came off the field and told Joe Philbin he no longer wanted to play in the game." Understandably, Wallace's teammates were "very displeased" with Wallace's actions, and he spent the second half sitting on the bench with no one around him. Wallace was a largely effective wide receiver in 2014, particularly in the red zone, but it's now fair to question whether he'll be back with the Dolphins in 2015. He is owed $9.9 million in salary and bonuses.
Dec 28 - 8:18 PM

49ers fired coach Jim Harbaugh.

The 49ers are refusing to call the transaction a firing, but instead a "(mutual agreement) to part ways." Whatever they want to call it, the 49ers are pushing out a coach with one year left on his contract. Harbaugh was a revelation in his first go-around as an NFL head coach, posting a 44-19-1 record across four seasons while reaching the NFC Championship Game three times. Harbaugh's squad lost Super Bowl XLVII to the Ravens, and were one play away from being world champions. It seems absurd that Harbaugh has lost his power struggle with GM Trent Baalke, but it's no secret that his personality is a grating one. Despite the winning, he just couldn't get along with his bosses. Harbaugh is widely rumored to be returning to the college ranks, and his alma mater Michigan. We should have official word some time in the next 48 hours. Whomever the 49ers hire next will be a downgrade, and likely a steep one.
Dec 28 - 8:14 PM




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