#NFL News and Notes - January 12, 2011

NFL Playoffs News and Notes

With a winter storm hitting the area, some Atlanta Falcons have been staying overnight at the team's headquarters.

The Chicago Bears realize that running the ball is important in January.

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck faces an uncertain future with the Seattle Seahawks, writes Danny O'Neil of The Seattle Times.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' preparation sets him up for on-field success, writes Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Many New England Patriots have never experienced a playoff win.

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Aaron Smith has a chance to play on Saturday.

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin hopes to get more one-on-one match-ups against the blitzing Steelers defense.

New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie hopes to repeat his shutdown performance from Week 2.

NFL News and Notes

Buffalo Bills running backs came up short of their 2010 goals, writes Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News.

The Miami Dolphins need to find a mobile quarterback, writes Mike Berardino of the Sun-Sentinel.

Cleveland Browns receivers coach George McDonald has accepted the same position at the University of Miami.

Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer previews the Cincinnati Bengals' free agent situation.

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay backs head coach Jim Caldwell.

Tennessee Titans Pro Bowl rookie return specialist Marc Mariani drew a large crowd at an autograph session in his hometown.

Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter interviewed for the Broncos head coaching job on Tuesday.

Improving the defense is a top priority for the Houston Texans, writes John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Despite the two lopsided losses to close the season, the Kansas City Chiefs are confident in their growth in 2010.

Denver Broncos outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil is the key to the defense's improvement in 2011, writes Jeff Legwold of The Denver Post.

Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group looks at the potential free agents on the Oakland Raiders.

The San Diego Chargers have a new special teams coach, and now must find a new defensive coordinator.

San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke will leave no stone unturned in his search for a franchise quarterback.

49ers defensive coordinator Greg Manusky interviewed for the same position with the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday.

The St. Louis Rams have their bookend offensive tackles, writes Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier will remain committed to Adrian Peterson's featured role in the offense.

Detroit Lions return specialist Stefan Logan was a Pro Bowl-caliber acquisition for general manager Martin Mayhew.

New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell interviewed for the Browns head coaching job on Tuesday.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will likely be franchised this off-season.

Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder acknowledged the team's personnel mistakes the last few seasons.

Former Dallas Cowboys tight end Dan Campbell interviewed for an assistant offensive line coaching position with the team.

New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas still sees a future with the team.

To replace their longtime special teams coach, who departed for the Chargers, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have promoted Dwayne Stukes.

Newly hired Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera promises to have an aggressive, physical football team.

Today's NFL birthdays: Ravens guard Chris Chester (28), Packers nose tackle Howard Green (32), Texans defensive end Jarvis Green (32), Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway (28), Eagles cornerback Gerard Lawson (26), Steelers punter Daniel Sepulveda (27), and free agent defensive lineman/fullback Dan Klecko (30).

Retired cornerback Ray Brown (62), quarterback Cade McNown (34), wide receiver Drew Pearson (60), and nose tackle Henry Thomas (46).

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