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Dick LeBeau won’t be back with Titans

The Titans hired Mike Vrabel as their new head coach on Saturday and the former Texans defensive coordinator is now working on putting together his coaching staff. According to multiple reports, it won’t include Dick LeBeau. LeBeau was the team’s defensive coordinator for the last two seasons, but it’s no great surprise that the Titans [more]

Jaguars go from run of top-five picks to 29th

The Jaguars are going to have to scout differently this year. With yesterday’s loss to the Patriots, the Jaguars will pick 29th in the 2018 NFL Draft, the lowest they’ve picked in the first round since 2000, when they burned the 29th pick on R. Jay Soward. But the draft status also shows how far [more]

Colts ask for second interview with Josh McDaniels

We’ve known for some time now that the Colts are expected to make Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels their next head coach, but nothing can become official until the Patriots are done playing this season. We now know that will be sometime on the evening of February 4 in Minneapolis, but the team can chat [more]

T.J. Lang added to NFC Pro Bowl roster

Guard T.J. Lang was selected for one Pro Bowl during his eight years with the Packers and he’ll be going for the second time after his first season with the Lions. Lang was named as a replacement to the NFC roster on Friday. He will take the place of Redskins guard Brandon Scherff, who withdrew [more]

Whatever happened to Jim Schwartz as a Giants’ coaching candidate?

As the coaching carousel began to spin, Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz emerged as an early favorite for the job. But then the Giants didn’t promptly request permission during the bye week to interview Schwartz. Then, after PFT pointed out that the Giants hadn’t requested permission to interview Schwartz, they did. Then, the Giants didn’t [more]

Report: Dolphins looking to hire Lions defensive line coach Kris Kocurek

The Miami Dolphins are trying to hire Detroit Lions defensive line coach Kris Kocurek, according to Albert Breer of The MMQB. Kocurek was given permission to interview with Miami. He’s still under contract with the Lions despite the team’s firing of head coach Jim Caldwell earlier this month. Kocurek was first hired by the Lions [more]

Matt Patricia is on to Jacksonville (and eventually Detroit)

While all reports suggest Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia will be the next Lions coach at the end of the season, he borrowed a page from his boss on Monday when asked about his future. He’s on to the AFC Championship Game. “I’m really just in the same place as I was last week,” Patricia [more]

Cliff Avril says he wants to keep playing despite neck injury

Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril isn’t willing to call in a career just yet. Avril injured his neck in an October win over the Indianapolis Colts and had surgery in November to address disc issues in his neck. He was injured when the back of Jacoby Brissett‘s foot caught him in the chin as he [more]

NFL teams continue to make mockery of the rule regarding assistant-coach hires

Technically, teams looking to hire head coaches can’t hire assistant coaches from other teams that are still playing until those teams are finished playing. But technically doesn’t matter; more and more often, teams have a wink-nod deal with their next head coach while he’s still employed as an assistant coach with another team. Last year, [more]

Titans will pick 25th, as more spots in draft order set

Four more teams know where they’re picking in the 2018 NFL Draft, as a result of the weekend’s results. The Titans will pick 25th, as they have the lowest record of the divisional round losers, followed by the Falcons, Saints and Steelers. The 29th and 30th picks will be held by the losers of the [more]

More talk that Matt Patricia is likely the Lions’ head coach

PFT reported last weekend that the Patriots were bracing for defensive coordinator Matt Patricia to leave for Detroit as the Lions’ next head coach, and although there’s been plenty of reporting linking Patricia to the Giants, Detroit still appears to be the likely destination. Although Patricia can’t formally take a job until the Patriots’ postseason [more]

Teams with vacancies likely waiting for coaches who are still coaching

The Cardinals, Lions, Giants, and Colts continue to search for coaches. The prevailing thinking in league circles is that the searches have ended, and that they’re simply waiting for the opportunity to formalize their hires. They can’t, because all four teams are believed to be targeting coaches who are still coaching as assistants with teams [more]

Calvin Johnson insists Lions have not reached out to repair relationship

Calvin Johnson remains separated from the Lions, the only team he played for in a nine-year career, and he is adamant they have not sought to repair the relationship. “Ahh . . . no. They say they have, but no,” Johnson said on SiriusXM NFL Radio, via Alex Marvez of the Sporting News. Johnson retired [more]

Pat Shurmur focusing on Saints, after job interviews

Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur knows his future may lie beyond Minnesota. But because he’s a football coach, he’s compartmentalizing, and trying to keep all his attention on Sunday’s divisional round game against the Saints. Via the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Shurmur said he “enjoyed” his head coaching interviews with the Bears, Lions, Cardinals and [more]

Lions receiver T.J. Jones has shoulder surgery

Detroit Lions receiver T.J. Jones announced on his Twitter account on Thursday that he had surgery to repair a shoulder injured in a December game against the Chicago Bears. “Surgery went great today,” Jones wrote. “Thank you for the well wishes and love. Positive vibes and a mindset to attack my rehab are going to [more]

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