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Reid makes coordinator hirings with Chiefs

Doug Pederson, Bob Sutton reportedly new Chiefs coordinators
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The Chiefs reportedly have hired Bob Sutton as their new defensive coordinator and Doug Pederson as their new offensive coordinator.

The 61-year-old Sutton has spent the last 13 seasons with the New York Jets, 10 as linebackers coach.

Pederson, 44, was an NFL quarterback for 12 seasons and has been an offensive assistant with Andy Reid and the Philadelphia Eagles for the past four years.

Reid interviewed Brad Childress about a non-coordinator position earlier in the week, while Ray Farmer and John Dorsey auditioned for the GM vacancy.

Chargers open coaching search with Lovie Smith

Lovie Smith to interview with San Diego Chargers
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Former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith will interview with the San Diego Chargers on Friday.

New GM Tom Telesco may also meet with Colts OC Bruce Arians, who says he's interested in the San Diego gig.

No Broncos among HOF finalists

Finalists for Class of 2013
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Four first-year eligible nominees – Larry Allen, Jonathan Ogden, Warren Sapp, and Michael Strahan – are among the 15 modern-era finalists who will be considered for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame when the Hall’s Selection Committee meets in New Orleans, La. on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013.

Terrell Davis, Steve Atwater, Karl Mecklenburg, and John Lynch didn't make the cut. This was Lynch's first year of eligibility; Davis has been a semifinalist for six straight years but never went beyond that, while Mecklenburg and Atwater's hall bids have been cut short here for the second year in a row.

What now for the Ultimate Teammate™?

Message delivered loud and clear to Tim Tebow: QB's game is not suited for the NFL
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Sure, Tebowmaniacs point to his record in 2011 and how he beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs and blah, blah, blah. What they ignore is that Denver’s defense was really good last season, Tebow pulled out more improbable escapes than Criss Angel and that, when faced with good strategy by teams like New England and even Kansas City, Tebow was an unworkable mess as a quarterback.

That’s where Tebowmaniacs do him the most harm. Instead of understanding his faults – he’s a horrible practice player with bad mechanics who can’t read defenses – they say, “Just look at the record.” In doing that, Tebow and his group of enablers (starting with his father and brother Rob) seem to think nothing is wrong, that he can go on playing the way he does until somebody in the NFL wises up and just gives Timmy a chance to start again….Maybe instead of coddling Tebow by making him a co-No. 2 quarterback the way Ryan did when the Jets played Jacksonville in December, people who actually coach in the league will say openly, “You’re not good enough.”

And this is exactly what Tebow needs to hear…Tebow is a good kid and obviously well-meaning. He’s the kind of person who may have been able to make the changes if he was told that this was the only way he could survive in the league. If a team would spend a couple of years with Tebow on the bench as a No. 3 quarterback and teach him simple things – such as the difference between two-deep and three-deep coverage – Tebow might be able to make it.

More than likely, though, it’s probably too late and Tebow’s only real hope of staying in the league is to shift to fullback or H-back or some other non-essential position. That’s because, starting with the absurdly bad decision by former Denver coach Josh McDaniels to draft him in the first round, Tebow has suffered through perhaps the most mismanaged career in the history of the NFL. It has been so bungled that Tebow could be out of football in a few months if he doesn’t wise up.

Now that the Jaguars have officially said no to the idea of Teebs coming to Jacksonville, I'm thinking the Oakland Raiders need to step up and put an end to this madness.

Legwold’s revenge?: Not all coaching pursuits make sense

Cowboys eye Monte Kiffin for DC
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If Kiffin is hired, the Cowboys would be switching from a 3-4 defensive front to a 4-3, forcing pass-rusher DeMarcus Ware to play defensive end, with his hand on the ground for the first time in his career.

Kiffin resigned as defensive coordinator at USC, where his son Lane is the head coach, and expressed his desire to return to the NFL.

Jones, Garrett and Kiffin could not be reached for comment.

Andy Reid was interested in appointing Kiffin to be his defensive coordinator when he took over the Kansas City Chiefs but Kiffin was not interested in that opportunity.

Kiffin going to Dallas to coach the players they have there isn't actually too much worse a fit than a Peyton Manning/Norv Turner collaboration.  The Cowboys have CBs who are best at playing man coverage, and now they want to go to Tampa 2?  It would require a position change for DeMarcus Ware, and the indentification and acquisition of 2 quality DTs, and also a box safety.  It would also likely foreshadow the departure of OLB Anthony Spencer, which isn't a total surprise.  

I'm scratching my head, because if the owner wants to win now, a dramatic change in defensive schemes isn't the way to accomplish that.  This seems like chasing a big name, for the sake of doing so.  Maybe Legwold is right, and it is "possible" for the completely absurd to happen.

Knowshon Moreno: I’m running with my eyes now

Knowshon Moreno Says He Is No Longer Trying to Go Too Fast and It Has Been the Key to His Success
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I feel better like I said earlier using my eyes and being more patient. The last couple of years I was trying to do too much and trying to run too fast and this and that and not let things develop. I feel different the way I’m using my eyes and letting things develop more.

For some guys, it takes them a little while to figure out the pro game. Remember, Knowshon was drafted following his sophomore season at Georgia, and even now, he's only 25 years old, with 605 NFL carries under his belt.

He's under contract with Denver at $1.7M next season, and the team holds an option on Knowshon for the 2014 campaign, although reports vary widely on its cost.

And then there were eight

Jaguars fire Mike Mularkey
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The Jacksonville Jaguars dismissed coach Mike Mularkey after one season, the team announced Thursday.

Mark Mike Mularkey, we hardly knew ye.

DT and ED: Black and Decker

Decker and Thomas winning together
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And how a white teammate from the far north, Eric Decker, has become best friend to a black kid from Georgia. (“Black and Decker,” they like to call themselves.)

You might become best friends, too, if you both had to deal with the joy and the hell of playing with a picky perfectionist like Manning every day.

“Our favorite,” Decker says, “is when he comes to you on the sideline after you screw up and asks you a question he already knows the answer to. He’ll be like, ‘Now, on the down and in, are you supposed to cut that up at 5 yards or 7?’ And you’ll be like, ‘Five,’ even though you both know you were at 7. And he’ll be like, ‘Oh, OK. Thanks.’”

We weren't particularly fond of the "Salt and Pepper" nickname, and while "Black and Decker" is still a reference to the color of Demaryius's skin, this is far more creative. Well done, guys.

Also of note is John Elway's claim that Thomas and Decker were a big part of his sales pitch to Manning.

Since we won't subject ourselves to reading Rick Reilly unprompted anymore, thanks to Reddit, via KSK, for doing so first.

News Flash: Von Miller is above average

Von Miller wants to become the NFL's Derrick Rose
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“I’ve never been around a player like him,” said Denver defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, who spent 11 years in the NFL as a player and the past 16 as a coach. “He’s incredibly quick, but he also has more strength that you’d expect.

Such a display was last season against the New York Jets when Miller made a quick move to the outside against 318-pound offensive tackle Wayne Hunter. As Hunter quickly backpedaled, Miller put his right hand to Hunter’s chest and tossed Hunter aside on the way to sacking quarterback Mark Sanchez. In all, the play took around two seconds.

“That’s why I like so many of those two-sport guys,” Fox said. “With Von, it’s like he’s running almost parallel to the ground sometimes, like his torso is almost six inches off the ground or something crazy like that and he’s going full speed.”

Fox then laughed and said, “Oh yeah, that’s all coaching.”

This piece by Jason Cole mostly concerns Miller's latest foray into athletic shoes, but the quotes about his athletic ability were too much to pass up.

It's also proof that there's good money to be made with your ass to the ground at full speed.  

Ravens already bitching and moaning—about bitching and moaning

Ravens say Peyton Manning's protests win over referees
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“It’s known that they’re going to complain or if they get thrown down and look at a ref they’re going to get a flag thrown against the defense,” [Brendon] Ayanbadejo said. “We’ve seen that happen against us before with Tom Brady. We always teach the same rules, regardless of the quarterback: hit them in the strike zone. If you’re within a step of his arm motion, hit him.”

But only one roughing-the-passer penalty has been thrown for a hit on Manning this season. Perhaps the lack of penalties can be explained by Manning’s knack for getting the ball away in time — Denver gave up 21 sacks during the regular season, second fewest in the league.

Other Baltimore players share non-specific resentment for the quarterback who had offseason neck surgery that forced him to miss the 2011 season. The Ravens weren’t penalized in December for roughing up Manning, but they think they have to walk on egg shells. “Peyton Manning is one of the best of all time,” defensive lineman Ma’ake Kemoeatu said. “We want to get in there and get him down. At the same time you have to try not to get a penalty for hitting Peyton Manning.”

This type of talk is utterly hilarious coming from a team who tried to bully its way to a victory in their first matchup against the Broncos.  Cary Williams and Anquan Boldin both learned that wasn't going to happen. 

So what's the next step?  Complain, of course.

The Ravens still don't get it.  It's not the year 2000.  There are eight teams left in the playoffs, and they are the weakest in the herd.

They're not the Ravens.  They're prey.