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12/31/2012 - 10:21am
Belichick: Time to talk playoff preparation

Patriots coach Bill Belichick indicated Monday morning that the team will now divide its time over the next few days between taking a chance to do some self-scouting, as well as looking ahead to their next potential playoff opponent.

On a conference call, Belichick said that it'll be "combination of both things," but "where the emphasis will fall is still to be determined." Belichick said that logistically, it'll be a lot like the regular season, where the advance scouts will look at the potential opponents, while the coaching staff handles what's on tap for the week.

"That's what we'll talk about as a staff here [Monday]," Belichick said. "I think that heading into this weekend, today, we'd be getting ready for a game this coming Sunday, and we were prepared to do that. But that's not the case right now, so we'll kind of re-evaluate right now and go from there."

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12/31/2012 - 10:16am
Ryan's job safe, Tannenbaum fired
By: DJ Bean

The Jets fired general manager Mike Tannenbaum on Monday, a day after the team finished the regular season with a 6-10 record. 

However, owner Woody Johnson said following Tannenbaum's firing that the team has no intentions to fire head coach Rex Ryan, who has two years remaining on his contract. 

"I believe that he has the passion, the talent, and the drive to successfully lead our team," Johnson said of Ryan. 

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12/31/2012 - 9:10am
Crennel fired, Pioli's status unclear
By: DJ Bean

 

The Chiefs fired coach Romeo Crennel on Monday, with Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt saying afterwards that "no final determination has been made" regarding the status of general manager Scott Pioli. 

Crennel, formerly the Patriots defensive coordinator and Browns head coach, led the Chiefs to a 2-14 record this season, netting them the first overall pick in the 2013 draft. He was promoted from defensive coordinator to head coach of the team last season after the firing of Todd Hailey after 13 games. 

Pioli left the Patriots in 2009 to join the Chiefs, but since his arrival the team has gone just 23-40. 

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12/31/2012 - 7:40am
Mashup: Jets reportedly will fire Sparano

The Jets plan to fire offensive coordinator Tony Sparano following the team's dismal offensive performance this season, according to an ESPN report. Sparano was hired last offseason after being fired as head coach of the Dolphins, but the Jets finished 30th in total offense and were unable to produce much from the wildcat package Sparano had success with in Miami.

Of course, part of the offense's troubles can be traced to the quarterback position, where Mark Sanchez struggled and neither Greg McElroy nor Tim Tebow showed much in limited action. Sanchez returned to his starting role for Sunday's finale against the Bills due to McElroy's concussion, and he continued to cough up the ball, turning it over twice (one interception, one fumble) in New York's 28-9 loss.

"This game was a microcosm right here of everything we’ve done this year," linebacker Calvin Pace said after the Jets fell to 6-10. "I know those guys [on...

12/31/2012 - 7:22am
Brady on D&C: 'We're playing tough'

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan on Monday morning, following Sunday's 28-0 victory over the Dolphins that clinched the No. 2 seed in the AFC playoffs and a first-round bye.

"We've definitely made some improvements over the course of the year, which we always hope to do," Brady said. "We were at one point 2-3, not feeling very good about where we were at. To finish 12-4 is pretty good considering where we started. And the four games we lost were all real competitive games. If we can just keep getting better and continue to improve, we're as competitive as any team left. I think that gives us a lot of confidence here heading into the playoffs."

Added Brady: "We're in a decent position. We're playing hard, we're playing tough. We won some close games, we lost some close games. I just hope that still our best football's ahead of us. I really do. We've been waiting for our guys...

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