NFL

Conference championship ratings almost certainly will drop

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — The apples-to-apples comparison of last year’s conference championship games to this year’s conference championship games will be hampered by one major difference between the broader circumstances from this same weekend from 12 months ago. Last year at this time, much of the northeast was buried in snow after a blizzard hit on Friday and Saturday,…
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Jim Irsay: Peyton Manning won’t be joining the Colts

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — Colts owner Jim Irsay finally has done that which seemed quite possible if not likely three weeks ago: He has fired G.M. Ryan Grigson. At a press conference to announce the move, Irsay said that Peyton Manning will not be joining the team as the G.M. But Irsay may have taken his position on Peyton…
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Blandino explains accuracy of Chiefs holding call

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — The outrage over the holding call that wiped out what would have been a game-tying two-point conversion last Sunday night in Kansas City was entertaining but, ultimately, not accurate. Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher held Steelers linebacker James Harrison. In his weekly officiating video, NFL senior V.P. of officiating Dean Blandino confirmed the accuracy of…
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With three receivers hurt, Packers call one up from practice squad

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Michael David Smith) — The Packer have called in reinforcements for their ailing receiving corps. Max McCaffrey, a rookie receiver who has yet to play in an NFL game, has been promoted from the Packers’ practice squad to their active roster. That means he could play tomorrow in the NFC Championship Game against the Falcons. Three Packers receivers —…
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Pat McAfee celebrates the firing of Ryan Grigson, apparently

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — If you’re wondering what Colts players think about the decision to fire G.M. Ryan Grigson, look no farther than the Twitter page of Colts punter Pat McAfee. “Thank God,” he tweeted not long after the news broke. He then followed it with an observation that “‘Unwarranted Arrogance’ just ran into a brick wall called karma.”…
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Reports: Colts have fired GM Ryan Grigson after five seasons

Yahoo.com: Shutdown Corner (Shalise Manza Young) — Ryan Grigson is out as general manager of the Colts after five years. (AP) Well here’s a somewhat surprising one for a mid-January afternoon: via multiple reports , the Indianapolis Colts have fired general manager Ryan Grigson. It’s another odd decision by owner Jim Irsay, who waited until a disappointing regular season for the Colts had been over for three weeks before making the...
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What’s Jim Irsay’s next move? Presumably, he already knows

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — Nearly three weeks after the Colts’ season ended and a full week after it became obvious that owner Jim Irsay was courting Peyton Manning to run the team and Jon Gruden to coach it, Irsay finally has made a move. With Irsay expected to announce that G.M. Ryan Grigson has been fired, the question becomes…
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Colts fire Ryan Grigson

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Michael David Smith) — After five seasons and little progress, Ryan Grigson is out as the General Manager of the Colts. Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay fired Grigson today, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The Colts have announced that Irsay will speak to the media later this afternoon, but they have not confirmed that Grigson is out. It has been…
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Brady, Eli, Peyton have identical postseason passer ratings

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Michael David Smith) — Tom Brady, Eli Manning and Peyton Manning have decidedly different reputations for playoff performance, and yet their postseason statistics are strikingly similar. In fact, heading into Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, Brady has a career postseason passer rating of 87.4. That happens to be exactly the same career postseason passer rating as both Manning brothers. The…
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Jared Goff says Rams can run Redskins' deep passing offense under Sean McVay

Yahoo.com: Shutdown Corner (Eric Edholm) — Jared Goff has had time to rest up from a trying first season, let his body heal, spend a little time in Mexico with his friends … but now he’s ready to go back to work. He has a new head coach, a new offensive system and new perspective heading into his first full offseason of work in the NFL. The Los Angeles Rams quarterback spent much of last season waiting his turn (for much of it as the...
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Packers add Christine Michael to injury report

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Zac Jackson) — The Packers have added running back Christine Michael to their injury report. The team lists Michael as questionable for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game due to a back injury. On Friday the Packers listed three wide receivers — Jordy Nelson, Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison — as questionable. There were no changes announced Saturday, so all…
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Bill Belichick going for postseason win No. 25

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Michael David Smith) — Patriots coach Bill Belichick is already the all-time leader in career postseason victories, and so each time he wins it sets a new record, and it hardly even seems worth mentioning. But Belichick is going for a milestone win on Sunday in the AFC Championship Game: No. 25. Belichick is 24-10 in the postseason as…
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Family connection helped Rams lure Wade Phillips from Denver

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — New Broncos coach Vance Joseph hoped to retain defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. New Rams coach Sean McVay lured Phillips to Los Angeles. So how did McVay pull it off? He explained the coordinator coup during a visit to Friday’s PFT Live. “The one unfortunate part of this business is you don’t get a chance to see your…
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Enforcement of illegal substitution rule doesn’t match its language

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — Cowboys receiver Brice Butler’s NFL career may not last very long, but at least his name will be attached to an obscure rule, at least until the next time the rule is applied. It’s quite possible that the rule wasn’t applied correctly as to Butler. NFL senior V.P. of officiating Dean Blandino explained in his weekly officiating…
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Spring League invites Johnny Manziel, Ray Rice, Vince Young

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — There’s never a shortage of eventually-failed football leagues, and with two of them angling to join the list of ventures that will later pull the plug, they’re both trying to stand out for at least a little while, before the inevitable demise. The new Spring League, which received some advance notoriety when the #fakenews of…
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