Thursday morning one-liners


The Bills are giving it the old college try with a new coaching staff, populated mostly with inexperience.

The Dolphins ought to be more interested in free agent WRs than drafting one, according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.

The Patriots are focusing on their deep ball defense to contain Ravens WR Torrey Smith (and maybe they should try a “not falling down” drill).

Jets QB Tim Tebow is working out in Arizona, but didn’t shed any light on his future.

Ravens RB Bernard Pierce was limited in practice yesterday.

There is no real consensus about what the Bengals need among mock-drafters.

The Browns might not have landed Chip Kelly, but they did hire Sashi Brown and Brent Stehlik.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said they’d consider drafting a younger backup for QB Ben Roethlisberger in the earlier rounds.

Some former Texans take a look back at the current season, and what lies ahead.

There’s open lobbying in Indianapolis to keep Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians in place.

It’s no accident the assistant coaches the Jaguars allowed to leave were on the offensive side of the ball.

The Titans are in good salary cap position if they wanted to spend for help this offseason.

The Broncos hope to have a replacement for offensive coordinator Mike McCoy by the weekend.

New Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said “You don’t have to junk the system,” in regards to staying in a 3-4 defense.

Raiders legend John Madden defended coach Dennis Allen by saying he “was playing the game without a full deck.”

The Chargers say having consultant Ron Wolf aboard added something to the coach and GM searches.

New Cowboys defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin has first-hand knowledge of how explosive new Eagles coach Chip Kelly’s offense can be — to the tune of averaging 601 yards per game in three meetings.

Giants QB Eli Manning is looking forward to hanging out with his brother and his teammates at the Pro Bowl.

Ron Jaworski said new Eagles coach Chip Kelly is going to have to adapt his style to the NFL.

Not only did the Redskins lead the league in rushing and yards per play, they also set a franchise record for fewest turnovers (14) and games without a turnover (six).

Bears QB Jay Cutler is sold on new coach Marc Trestman (he obviously hasn’t talked to Tim Brown).

The Lions could be looking at pass-rush options, picking fifth in the draft.

Packers veteran DT Ryan Pickett “definitely has another good year left in him,” according to defensive line coach Mike Trgovac.

Former Vikings coach Bud Grant approves of the Bears move to dip into the CFL.

Falcons DE John Abraham practiced on a limited basis Wednesday.

Tom Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer says of the Panthers’ request for public money: “If this feels like a shakedown, it’s a genteel shakedown.”

Saints LT Jermon Bushrod will be watching the NFC Championship Game with his bags packed, hoping to make the Pro Bowl as a replacement.

The Buccaneers figure to add CBs in bulk this offseason to fix a league-worst pass defense.

Paola Boivin of the Arizona Republic thinks the Cardinals reputation for being cheap no longer applies.

Taking a look at how Rob Ryan would potentially fit with the Rams as defensive coordinator.

For 49ers DT Justin Smith, there’s a “love-hate relationship” with the arm brace he has to wear to stay on the field.

The Seahawks enter the offseason troubled by a trend of letting late leads slip away.