Joe Lombardi: “Added layers of complexity” in coaching Calvin Johnson ProFootballTalk (Josh Alper) — One of the things that offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi learned during his first season with the Lions is that getting the ball to Calvin Johnson isn’t as easy as just telling him to run down the field and throwing the ball in his direction. Lombardi learned that the way he could use Johnson was impacted…
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Jets players enjoy seeing Patriots in another controversy ProFootballTalk (Darin Gantt) — We’ve found someone more skeptical of Bill Belichick’s #DeflateGate claims than Bill Nye the Science Guy. Jets Pro Bowlers Nick Mangold and Sheldon Richardson said after the Pro Bowl they weren’t surprised to hear their division rivals involved in another controversy. “That’s the Patriots,” Richardson said, via Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post. “I’m not…
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Giants matriarch Ann Mara recovering after a fall ProFootballTalk (Darin Gantt) — The Giants didn’t have a season to remember, but things got worse for team matriarch Ann Mara recently. Via Ebenezer Samuel of the New York Daily News, the matriarch of the team is recovering after slipping on ice and hitting her head. The 85-year-old Ann is the wife of late Giants owner Wellington Mara, and…
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Pete Carroll knows every step of football handling procedures now ProFootballTalk (Josh Alper) — In his first of two press conferences about the NFL’s investigation into the use of under-inflated footballs during the AFC Championship game, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said that he had no knowledge of the way footballs were prepared for games. He was the only coach facing questions about whether his team was breaking the rules…
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Odell Beckham: I played with two hamstring tears all season ProFootballTalk (Josh Alper) — Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham made as big a splash as we’ve ever seen from a rookie wide receiver in 2014 and he did it despite playing in just 12 games as a result of an early-season hamstring injury. Those 12 games produced 91 passes for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns, but Beckham suggested that even…
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Injured Legion of Boom Members Unworried

NY Times: The Fifth Down (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) — The two All-Pros in the Legion of Boom promise they'll be ready and "fearless" for the Super Bowl.
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Pro Bowl a Testing Range for Quirky Rules

NY Times: The Fifth Down (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) — The odd rules that the NFL tried in the Pro Bowl made for a strange sideshow.
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Brent Grimes makes insane, back-to-the-ball interception in Pro Bowl Shutdown Corner (Eric Edholm) — GLENDALE, Ariz. — In a game with 1,063 combined yards of offense, it was a defensive play that was the highlight of the Pro Bowl. Miami Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes — aka "Optimus Grimes" — was one of the few defenders who really showed up to play in the 32-28 Team Irvin over Team Carter game. J.J. Watt might have won defensive MVP honors, but Grimes' interception was ridiculous. ...
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NFL wants to make it tougher on kickers, but is that a good thing? Shutdown Corner (Frank Schwab) — GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Pro Bowl goal posts just looked weird. The NFL trotted out experimental goal posts that were much narrower than regulation, and the uprights were much higher, too. Adam Vinatieri was not a fan. The Indianapolis Colts kicker, one of the most accurate ever and probably the kicker with the best chance to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame someday (Jan Stenerud is the...
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Sports Briefing | Pro Football: Team Irvin Claims Pro Bowl

NY Times: The Fifth Down (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) — Few moved very fast, no one flattened a quarterback and there were no bone-jarring hits in Team Irvin’s 32-28 victory over Team Carter during Sunday’s Pro Bowl in Glendale, Ariz.
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Life is good for J.J. Watt, Pro Bowl MVP who dominates everything Shutdown Corner (Eric Edholm) — GLENDALE, Ariz. — After he had been awarded the Defensive MVP at the 2015 Pro Bowl, posing with NFL cheerleaders and standing next to the brand new GMC sport-utility vehicle he just won for those honors, J.J. Watt was pulled away for an NFL Network interview clear across the University of Phoenix Stadium field. As the 25-year-old Watt traversed the field, the once sold-out crowd, which had...
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Watt Dances and Dazzles at the Pro Bowl

NY Times: The Fifth Down (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) — J.J. brought some Wattage to the Pro Bowl with an array of athleticism and hip-shaking shimmying.
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Ryan Gamble Pays Off as Team Irvin Wins Pro Bowl

NY Times: The Fifth Down (By REUTERS) — Matt Ryan threw the winning score on a fourth down to give Team Irvin a dramatic 32-28 victory over Team Carter in the NFL Pro Bowl on Sunday.
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Odell Beckham was 'never really healthy' as rookie with two hamstring tears Shutdown Corner (Frank Schwab) — GLENDALE, Ariz. – New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. put on another show in the Pro Bowl, which is no surprise because that's what he did in just about every other game he played as a rookie. He had five catches for 89 yards in the Pro Bowl and even among the game's best players he stood out. What's more amazing is what he shared in the locker room afterward. "I was never really...
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Watt Gets 2 Turnovers, Dances in Friendly Pro Bowl

NY Times: The Fifth Down (By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) — Some of the best played football on Sunday, a gentler, friendlier version of the game.
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