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01/06/2012 - 12:43pm
Report: McDaniels free to leave Rams

According to Sports Illustrated's Peter King, who will appear on Mut & Merloni at noon, the Rams will not stand in the way of Josh McDaniels leaving for another job. McDaniels joined the Rams after being fired as Broncos coach and is under contract, but King tweeted that the team "won't hold him to his contract."

McDaniels is rumored to be a candidate to replace Billy O'Brien, who is expected to be named Penn State coach Saturday.

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01/06/2012 - 12:08pm
Steelers coach badly burned in house fire

Steelers assistant coach Kirby Wilson, a former Patriots assistant, was badly burned in a house fire in suburban Pittsburgh early Friday morning.

The 50-year-old Wilson, who is in his fifth season as Pittsburgh's running backs coach, was flown to a local hospital. Wilson coached Patriots running backs from 1997-99.

“First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with Kirby and his entire family,” Steelers president Art Rooney said in a statement. “We are saddened to hear about this unfortunate situation but we know that he has the best medical care in the country treating him. The entire organization is praying for Kirby to have a full recovery and we will be by his side through this difficult time.”

The Steelers visit the Broncos on Sunday in an opening-round game of the AFC playoffs.


01/06/2012 - 9:10am
Lombardi on D&C: Expect McDaniels return

NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning. The big news in New England is that Patriots offensive coordinator Billy O'Brien reportedly will become the next head coach at Penn State.

"I do think in his heart he's a college coach," Lombardi said. "He loves college football."

As for the challenge O'Brien faces at Penn State, Lombardi said: "It's definitely going to be an uphill battle. It's going to be a challenge. I'm hoping Penn State understands the challenge, and I'm hoping they're going to give him some time and know that these atrocious events that happened up there aren't going to go away over a weekend. It's going to take some time, and it's going to take some confidence. And it's going to take a little bit of patience on the part of Penn State.

"I think they did the right thing by going with someone who has no lineage to Penn State...

01/06/2012 - 8:39am
Mashup: Ex-Jet rips Sanchez for distractions

The Jets' blame tour continued Thursday with former Jets center Kris Jenkins assigning blame to quarterback Mark Sanchez for not speaking up earlier in the season about selfish teammates. Earlier in the week, rookie quarterback Greg McElroy said there was a "corrupt mindset" in the locker room.

Said Jenkins: "The No. 1 quarterback should have said that a long time ago. It would have been all part of the process of him growing a pair, standing up and being a man. But the thing is, he lost his because he got caught up in the wash that is New York, the spotlight, taking pictures in the magazines and doing all that stuff. That’s just what everybody has seen with Mark Sanchez, they got tired of it."

Former Jets backup QB Erik Ainge (nephew of Celtics boss Danny Ainge) was not pleased that a third-stringer was criticizing his teammates.

Wrote Ainge on Twitter: Someone tell McElroy to keep his mouth shut about the NYJ...

01/06/2012 - 2:16am
Report: Pats have inquired about McDaniels

The Patriots have reached out to the Rams to inquire about former offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels rejoining the New England coaching staff, according to Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. McDaniels would replace offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien, who is set to become the new head coach at Penn State.

McDaniels, who was offensive coordinator in New England from 2006 through 2008, is currently under contract with the Rams as their offensive coordinator for another year. According to Burwell, the Rams also have been approached by the Chiefs regarding McDaniels' services, but there's no word yet as to whether or not St. Louis has given permission for anyone to...

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