#NFL News and Notes - January 7, 2011

NFL Playoffs News and Notes

Atlanta Falcons players wouldn't mind seeing the Seahawks upset the Saints on Saturday.

Re-signing 34-year old center Olin Kreutz should be a priority for the Chicago Bears, writes Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.

The Philadelphia Eagles defense is out to prove its doubters wrong.

Off-season preparation helped Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ben Obomanu take advantage of his opportunity, writes Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune.

New Orleans Saints cornerback Jabari Greer's first match-up with Seahawks wide receiver Mike Williams was an eye-opening experience.

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is earning his players' respect, writes Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Trust in Bill Belichick is the key to the New England Patriots' success, writes Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald.

Avoiding and forcing turnovers led to the Pittsburgh Steelers being the #2-seed in the AFC Playoffs.

Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Fili Moala has been a force in his second season.

The Kansas City Chiefs have developed a blue collar reputation, writes Kent Babb of The Kansas City Star.

Instincts and extensive film study make Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed such a special player.

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez will be dink and dunking in Indianapolis.

NFL News and Notes

Jason Garrett was named the eighth head coach in Dallas Cowboys history on Thursday.

New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell met with Panthers' brass about their head coaching position.

Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan has the team pointed in the right direction, writes Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post.

Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier is set to interview a pair of former head coaches for positions on his staff.

Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew is on good terms with Pro Bowl wide receiver Calvin Johnson.

Possibly playing for the Carolina Panthers wasn't behind Andrew Luck's decision to stay in school.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris wants to win the NFC South in 2011.

St. Louis Rams assistant strength coach Chuck Faucette has been let go, reports Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Bill Davis has been relieved of his duties.

San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke has some additional head coaching candidates in mind if he can't land Jim Harbaugh.

The Oakland Raiders may be returning to excellence.

Nick Canepa of the San Diego Union-Tribune looks back at some of the decisions San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith made in the off-season.

The Denver Broncos' head coaching search is complicated, writes Mike Klis of The Denver Post.

Tennessee Titans players are wondering who will replace Vince Young at quarterback.

Newly hired Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips likes the talent he's inheriting.

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew had successful knee surgery on Wednesday.

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has decided to retain head coach Tony Sparano for 2011.

Buffalo Bills nose tackle Kyle Williams was added to the AFC Pro Bowl roster on Thursday.

Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur will interview with the Cleveland Browns today.

If the Cincinnati Bengals keep offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski, running back Cedric Benson is likely gone, writes Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Today's NFL birthdays: Lions defensive end Barry Turner (24), Giants center Adam Koets (27), Steelers offensive tackle Ramon Foster (25), free agent offensive lineman Michael Butterworth (26) and Robert Okeafor (23), wide receiver Bobby Engram (38), cornerback Jack Ikegwuono (25), and linebacker Brad Kassell (31).

Retired offensive lineman Brian Baldinger (41), running back back Erric Pegram (42), and retired linebacker and current Chargers defensive coordinator Ron Rivera (49).

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