Thursday morning one-liners

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The Buffalo News has an incredible package of stories and photos celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Bills’ comeback playoff win against the Oilers.

Dave Hyde of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel takes a look at the best and worst of the Dolphins’ season.

For the Patriots to get to where they need to be, linebacker Brandon Spikes is going to have to make more plays than he has lately.

Since he’s not having press conferences in New York, Jets coach Rex Ryan might as well enjoy some down time in the Bahamas.

The Ravens are getting healthier, with FB Vonta Leach and G Marshall Yanda feeling better.

The Bengals are fortunate to be able to trust their kicking game heading into the playoffs.

NFL Network analyst and potential Browns personnel candidate Mike Lombardi has ties to several of the Browns’ head coaching candidates.

The Steelers signed six players to future contracts, including perpetual Patriots transaction Ross Ventrone.

The Texans were thin and are getting thinner at inside linebacker.

The Colts got five starters and a key backup back on the practice field Wednesday.

Jaguars coaches are unsure if they’re going to be working the Senior Bowl or not.

Titans QB Matt Hasselbeck is comfortable with being Jake Locker’s backup.

Broncos RB Jacob Hester knows from personal experience not to take a long winning streak for granted.

It’s hard to try to find a trend or preference, since Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt hasn’t hired a head coach before.

The Raiders signed six of their practice squaders to future contracts.

The Chargers’ first interview for the GM job was with in-house candidate Jimmy Raye.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett doesn’t sound like a man ready to give up play-calling.

Giants S Antrel Rolle apologized for his team’s “letdown” this season.

The Eagles signed former Panthers second-round DE Everette Brown, along with CB Trevard Lindley.

Add Redskins director of player personnel Morocco Brown to the Cardinals’ GM interview list.

Bears rookie DE Shea McClellin did not disappoint GM Phil Emery (not that you’d expect Emery to bash his first draft pick).

The Lions signed LB Ashlee Palmer and S Don Carey to contract extensions before the end of the regular season.

It’s a good thing RB DuJuan Harris is able to help the Packers, because he was really bad at selling cars.

Vikings QB Christian Ponder is fine, but they’re worried about LB Tyrone McKenzie.

As you might imagine, Falcons coach Mike Smith is glad he’s able to hang onto offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.

Panthers QB Cam Newton was banged up in the regular season finale, but none of the injuries were serious.

Saints LB Curtis Lofton put his name to the Steve Spagnuolo debate, and said he supports the coordinator of the league’s worst all-time defense.

The Buccaneers still aren’t sure about the status of LB Quincy Black after his neck injury.

Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton has his heart set on a head coaching job — somewhere.

Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says to give credit to Rams owner Stan Kroenke for being aggressive in his pursuit of coach Jeff Fisher last year.

For 49ers OLB Aldon Smith, the absence of DT Justin Smith has had a clear impact on his stat line.

CB Brandon Browner is just one of the players coming back for the Seahawks defense.

3 responses to “Thursday morning one-liners

  1. Emperor Jerry Jones should take a serious look at his coaching staff and realize this bunch is going to produce 8-8 tfn.
    Imagine, Jerry, if Lovie Smith was your coach. On second thought, Smith got hosed in Chicago and he’s too classy of a guy to get hosed by Emperor Jones.
    But that would be a very different(and much better) team with Lovie Smith.
    This comes from a Packers fan who hates the Bears but respects Lovie Smith.

  2. Never pass on an opportunity to coach the Senior Bowl. I realize Jax may change coaches, but if they have a chance they have to be a pat of that game. There are not a lot of obvious (legal) competitive advantages in the NFL but this is one. I’m a Niner fan and remember Mike Nolan falling in love with Patrick Willis at the Senior Bowl.

  3. Didn’t Chicago just finish 10-6? Yes they missed the play-offs but there are 19 teams that WISH they could have finished 10-6. The Bears were stupid for firing Lovie and he should be at the top of every owners interview list. I can’t believe no one is talking about him.

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