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Thursday morning one-liners

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The Buffalo News breaks down the tenure of former Bills head coach and current Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey in Buffalo.

The Dolphins have signed QB Tom Brandstater and OL James Marten to reserve/future contracts.

New Patriots DL Atiyyah Ellison didn’t hesitate when he received a call from New England to be part of the team’s playoff run.

Jets QB Mark Sanchez is choked up about the death of an 11-year-old boy he recently befriended who had a rare form of cancer.

Ravens S Ed Reed is glad he doesn’t have to face Colts QB Peyton Manning in the first round of the playoffs.

This FOXSports.com mock draft has the Bengals selecting Georgia WR A.J. Green with the fourth overall pick.

Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch was surprised to learn of the Browns’ interest in Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur as a head coaching candidate.

Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports ranks Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger as the second best playoff quarterback left standing, behind only Tom Brady.

The Texans’ website breaks down the team’s statistical bests from 2010.

Colts coach Jim Caldwell is a polar opposite from his opponent in the wild-card round.

Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio confirmed that RB Maurice Jones-Drew’s knee surgery is “expected to get him back to normal.”

Titans QB Vince Young has a backer in former Houston Oilers QB Warren Moon.

The Denver Post suggests that Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey could be a good match for the Broncos because of his history with athletic QBs like Tim Tebow.

The Chiefs previously tried signing new WR Kevin Curtis earlier this season, but lost out in the bidding war to the Dolphins.

Cam Inman of the Oakland Tribune believes that coach Tom Cable’s ouster could cause dissension among Raiders players.

Chargers FB Jacob Hester, the team’s 2010 Special Teams Player of the Year, discusses the departure of special teams coordinator Steve Crosby.

ESPNDallas.com explains why Cowboys owner Jerry Jones didn’t target a big-name head coach this time around.

Giants S Antrel Rolle admits his “mind was just wandering” on the field at times in his first season with New York.

The Eagles shook up their practice squad at the running back position Wednesday.

Redskins LB London Fletcher expects to be back for a 14th NFL season in 2011.

The Bears worked out three free agent wide receivers this week: Jake Allen, Aundrae Allison, and Emmanuel Arceneaux.

The Lions have signed six players to futures contracts, including 2010 Mr. Irrelevant Tim Toone.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel updates the health status of the Packers, including some good news regarding DE Cullen Jenkins (calf).

2010 sixth-round pick Joe Webb is considered a “long shot” to be the Vikings’ starting QB in 2011.

The Falcons’ triplets (QB Matt Ryan, RB Michael Turner, WR Roddy White) have been a consistent source of fantasy production this season.

Former Panthers DL coach Brian Baker is headed to the University of North Carolina to be Butch Davis’ assistant head coach/defensive line.

Saints RB Reggie Bush had his best game of the year in Week Seventeen, which perhaps bodes well after the team lost Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory for the season this week.

Bucs C Jeff Faine may not be long for Tampa Bay.

The Cardinals are expected to have the easiest 2011 schedule in the league.

Should the 49ers miss out on Jim Harbaugh, they’re expected to target offensive coordinators to fill their head coaching vacancy.

The Seahawks have placed TE Chris Baker (hip) and OG Chester Pitts (concussion) on injured reserve, ending their seasons.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch provides a full rundown of Rams QB Sam Bradford’s pass targets during his rookie year.

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6 Responses to “Thursday morning one-liners”
  1. footballhistorian says: Jan 6, 2011 8:19 AM

    For item #6: I’m not thinking that Cam Newton is going to be as great as everyone thinks – someone posted at the FoxSports website that he’d become another Vince Young. He comes across as an arrogant jerk. Lot’s of athletic talent, but that in and of itself rarely makes it. QB is probably the hardest position in professional sports. Focus, maturity, intelligence are all as important as physical skill. I’ll be interested to see what his Wonderlic turns out to be. Young’s was 6 if memory serves (and oh by the way – Fisher did a lot to try to protect VY’s image when that number leaked…nice pay back from Young).

  2. nokoolaidcowboy says: Jan 6, 2011 8:46 AM

    Jets QB Mark Sanchez is choked up about the death of an 11-year-old boy he recently befriended who had a rare form of cancer.

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    Football aside, Mark Sanchez is a class act. A lot pro athletes could learn a lot from this story.

    Divas need not apply.

  3. nokoolaidcowboy says: Jan 6, 2011 8:50 AM

    ESPNDallas.com explains why Cowboys owner Jerry Jones didn’t target a big-name head coach this time around.

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    Because Jerry is too stupid to see the value in hiring a seasoned coach. By hiring someone of Jason Garrett’s ilk, the team will experience growing pains. Only fan boys believe that a rookie coach will have the ability to take a team to the playoffs and beyond because of the talent pool on the team. He is asking alot, but then being able to control the coach is more important to Mr. Jones. Get used to the drought.

  4. shotgunformation5wide says: Jan 6, 2011 8:58 AM

    Titans QB Vince Young has a backer in former Houston Oilers QB Warren Moon.

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    Moon: Adams did me the same way in Houston. They replaced me with some guy called the ‘Commander’! LMAO!

  5. masteel says: Jan 6, 2011 10:08 AM

    I might appreciate the #2 listing of Ben as a clutch playoff-QB ….but I would like to hope and believe if (when) the opportunity arises – that Ben outduels the #1 Brady in these upcoming playoffs !!

    Go STEELERS & Ben

  6. daviericky says: Jan 6, 2011 10:10 AM

    This FOXSports.com mock draft has the Bengals selecting Georgia WR A.J. Green with the fourth overall pick.

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    Yeeaaaaahhhh…. There isn’t an O-Lineman selected until pick 19 in that mock. I know mocks are a crap shoot, but come on.

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