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Brian Gaine introduced as Texans general manager

HOUSTON (AP) Brian Gaine has had a long journey to the top. After 19 years serving in various roles in the personnel departments of several NFL teams, Gaine is the one calling the shots now. ”I started at the bottom and worked my way to the top at every level of every organization that I’ve been in,” said Gaine, who ...

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Resilient Vikings have taken their cue from Zimmer

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Mike Zimmer was already smiling more than usual, sporting a relaxed look of satisfaction rarely revealed in public during the NFL season, when he really let his guard down a few minutes into his postgame news conference deep inside Minnesota’s still-buzzing stadium. “Hey, let’s open these things up!” Zimmer blurted out mid-sentence, prodding a Vikings ...

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Nick Wright reacts to the report that multiple Steelers partners will lobby owner Art Rooney to fire Mike Tomlin

NICK WRIGHT: Mike Tomlin is not a perfect head coach. – No. NICK WRIGHT: The thing is, there are no perfect head coaches. Oh, what about Bill Belichick? Well, yeah, he’s perfect if we want to ignore the multiple scandals that have been associated with that football team that have cost them draft picks. He’s the closest we come to ...

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Nick Wright analyzes Mike Tomlin’s coaching stats

NICK WRIGHT: I want to address what you said, Jenna. Because I think a lot of people believe it. This year, the AFC North, when you break it down like that, it can seem like those were six easy wins. But because this year it was so slanted towards the great teams being in the NFC, I think the AFC ...

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Buchanan Award winner Jackson goes after the big catch

(STATS) – Darius Jackson’s father wasn’t a fan of his son’s fishing habits when he was young. Darius often threw his line out, reeled it in and tossed it out again. He’d even take the worm off his line and throw it into the water instead of keeping it as bait. Years later, the lack of patience remains with Jackson, ...

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Jaguars running back Fournette not hurt in car accident

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette escaped injury after what authorities say was a minor, three-car crash. The team said its star running back’s car was rear-ended about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, and that he was not hurt. He was able to drive home after the crash. The Florida Highway Patrol says Fournette was not at fault ...

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Resilient Vikings have taken their cue from Zimmer

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Mike Zimmer was already smiling more than usual, sporting a relaxed look of satisfaction rarely revealed in public during the NFL season, when he really let his guard down a few minutes into his postgame news conference deep inside Minnesota’s still-buzzing stadium. “Hey, let’s open these things up!” Zimmer blurted out mid-sentence, prodding a Vikings ...

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Doug Pederson emerges from Class of 2016 NFL coaches

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Doug Pederson was too close to Andy Reid to get fan approval when the Philadelphia Eagles hired him to replace Chip Kelly. Pederson was Reid’s first starting quarterback in Philadelphia back in 1999 when he groomed rookie Donovan McNabb. Then Pederson served as an assistant coach under Reid for seven seasons with the Eagles and Chiefs. Because ...

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Drew Brees plans on returning to Saints next season

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Drew Brees dispensed with technicalities regarding his contract and spoke as if his return to New Orleans next season was virtually assured. “It’s the same way I felt two days ago. It’s the same way I felt 12 years ago. I’ll be here as long as they’ll have me,” Brees said Tuesday in the locker room ...

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Vikings pivot to Eagles, after big break to beat Saints

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Their minds still racing with childlike exuberance over the stunning last-snap victory that sent them to the NFC championship game, many of the Minnesota Vikings remained awake several hours past midnight. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes replayed the video clip of the winning touchdown “about a thousand times” at home, searing the image of Stefon Diggs leaping ...

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