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Bears announce the promotion of Sean Desai to defensive coordinator

The Bears announced the promotion of Sean Desai from safeties coach to defensive coordinator. Desai, 37, replaces Chuck Pagano, who announced his retirement Jan. 13 after 36 years in coaching. Desai originally joined the Bears in 2013 and is the only remaining holdover from former coach Marc Trestman’s staff. Desai spent six seasons as a [more]

Former Bears, Broncos kicker Roger LeClerc dies at 84

Former Bears kicker Roger LeClerc died Thursday, the team announced. He was 84. LeClerc was a member of the Bears’ 1963 NFL championship team. The Bears selected LeClerc in the 15th round of the 1959 draft out of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He spent the first seven seasons of his eight-year NFL career with [more]

Ravens announce the hirings of Rob Ryan, Anthony Weaver

The Ravens announced the hirings of Rob Ryan and Anthony Weaver to their defensive staff. Ryan will serve as inside linebackers coach and Weaver as run game coordinator/defensive line coach. In a news release, head coach John Harbaugh said the team continues to interview candidates for their defensive backs coaching position. “Rob is a proven [more]

Bucs will be fine without Antonio Brown

Would the Buccaneers be better off with Antonio Brown on Sunday at Green Bay? Sure.  But they won’t be worse off without him. Brown, who has been ruled out for the NFC Championship with a knee injury, joined the team primarily as insurance against an injury to receivers Mike Evans or Chris Godwin. Both are [more]

Reports: Bears promoting Sean Desai to defensive coordinator

Chicago has found its replacement for the retired Chuck Pagano. The Bears will promote safeties coach Sean Desai to defensive coordinator, according to multiple reports. Desai has been with the Bears since 2013 when he started out as a quality control assistant, working with Chicago’s defensive backs and linebackers. He also assisted the special teams [more]

Falcons retire No. 44 for 2021 season in honor of Hank Aaron

The Atlanta Falcons announced plans to honor the memory of Hank Aaron after Aaron’s death on Friday. Aaron died at the age of 86 and his passing has led to tributes from all corners of the United States. Many have come from Atlanta, which is where Aaron played after the Braves moved from Milwaukee and [more]

Report: Matt Patricia returning to Patriots

Former Lions head coach Matt Patricia is reportedly headed back to New England. Jim McBride of the Boston Globe reports that Patricia will be joining the Patriots to assist the coaching staff in a variety of roles. There’s no word on what kind of title Patricia will have in his return to the team. Patricia [more]

Antoine Winfield questionable for Sunday

The Buccaneers have turned in their final injury report of the week and it includes just two players with injury designations for the NFC Championship Game. Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians revealed that wide receiver Antonio Brown will miss the game with a knee injury before the report was released. Rookie safety Antoine Winfield drew [more]

Kevin King questionable with back injury, AJ Dillon cleared to play

Packers cornerback Kevin King did not practice on Friday with a back injury and he’s now been listed as questionable. Earlier on Friday, head coach Matt LaFleur said the Packers will see how King progresses through the weekend to determine whether he can play in the NFC Championship Game. Running back AJ Dillon has no [more]

Matt Rhule has final say on roster, but “that’s not something I’m real interested in”

Panthers head coach Matt Rhule may have final say over the makeup of the team’s roster, but he said on Friday that he’s more interested in other things. Rhule’s comments came during General Manager Scott Fitterer’s introductory press conference and he said they are getting to know each other after Fitterer was hired this week. [more]

Kevin King misses practice with back injury

The Packers added cornerback Kevin King to their injury list on Friday. Head coach Matt LaFleur said that King did not take part in the team’s final practice of the week because of a back injury. LaFleur said that the team will monitor his condition over the next couple of days before making a call [more]

Buccaneers activate Vita Vea, waive Earl Watford

It looks like Bruce Arians may have been playing coy during his Friday press conference. Tampa Bay has activated defensive tackle Vita Vea off injured reserve to play in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the Packers. Vea has been out since suffering a fractured ankle in Week 5 against Chicago. At that point, the third-year [more]

Report: Seahawks are expected to promote Larry Izzo to special teams coordinator

Former Seahawks special teams coordinator Brian Schneider is reportedly headed to Jacksonville, and Seattle apparently didn’t have to look far to find his replacement. The Seahawks will promote are expected to promote Larry Izzo to special teams coordinator, NFL media’s Tom Pelissero reports. Izzo was Settle’s assistant special teams coach but took over the role [more]

Tom Brady on Antonio Brown: We all wish he could be out there with us

Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians announced Friday that wide receiver Antonio Brown is out for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the Packers, a chance from his earlier stance that Brown would be a game-time decision. Brown is one of several effective offensive weapons for the Buccaneers, who can likely effectively replace him. Still, quarterback Tom [more]

Bruce Arians: No determination on Vita Vea’s status for Sunday

Buccaneers defensive tackle Vita Vea has been designated to return from injured reserve, but a decision about playing this weekend remains up in the air. Vea has practiced every day this week and head coach Bruce Arians reiterated on Friday that he has looked good in his return from a broken leg. He didn’t say [more]

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