#NFL News and Notes - January 14, 2011

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New England Patriots running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis' running style is why he's emerged as the team's top runner, writes Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald.

Pittsburgh Steelers first-round center Maurkice Pouncey has impressed with his brains and brawn.

Containing Mike Wallace is a priority for the Baltimore Ravens defense.

The New York Jets offensive line will have to contend with multiple fronts from the Patriots.

Quarterback Matt Ryan is the unquestioned leader of the Atlanta Falcons.

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has struggled in pressure-filled moments, writes Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck "absolutely" wants to remain with the team beyond this season.

The Green Bay Packers wide receivers are a close-knit group, writes Gary D'Amato of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

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The Buffalo Bills run defense struggled to set the edge in 2010, writes Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News.

If Brad Childress gets the Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator job, the could pursue Donovan McNabb this off-season.

Newly hired Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur likely shared the same wavelength as team president Mike Holmgren.

The Cincinnati Bengals may have a new radio affiliate in 2011.

Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian pins the team's playoff exit on poor kickoff coverage play.

Tickets prices for the Tennessee Titans will remain the same in 2011.

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker will receive a contract extension.

The Houston Texans have a new defensive backs coach, reports John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Free agent linebacker Eric Bakhtiari signed a future contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.

After an 11-hour interview, John Fox was offered and accepted the Denver Broncos' head coaching position.

Fox is trying to lure several former Carolina Panthers assistants to the Mile High City.

Greg Manusky appears to be the choice to replace Ron Rivera as defensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

With posts in Denver, Cleveland, and Carolina filled, the Oakland Raiders are the only NFL team without a head coach.

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh has yet to hire an assistant coach.

Fullback Charles Ali signed a "Reserve/Future" contract with the Arizona Cardinals.

Brad Childress and Josh McDaniels are potential offensive coordinator candidates for the St. Louis Rams.

Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier has no time frame for filling out his coaching staff, Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

The Detroit Lions would like to retain defensive end Turk McBride this off-season.

Browns defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will interview for the vacant Dallas Cowboys' coordinator position.

New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell will remain with the team after not landing a head coaching position this off-season.

Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman will take a standard approach to an unusual off-season, writes Jonathan Tameri of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen remains hopeful that Albert Haynesworth will remain with the team in 2011.

The New Orleans Saints will have some contractual decisions to make this off-season.

Chargers special teams Rich Bisaccia squashed the notion that his lateral move had anything to do with animosity within the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Today's NFL birthdays: Cardinals rookie cornerback Marshay Green (25), Panthers linebacker Jon Beason (26), Lions rookie cornerback Prince Miller (23), Chiefs guard Darryl Harris (26), Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather (27), Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (23), Eagles defensive end Victor Abiamiri (25), Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich (31), Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson (28), free agent cornerback Brian Kelly (35), guard Fred Matua (27), defensive tackle Babatunde Oshinowo (28), linebacker Justin Roland (25), and tight end Ernest Wilford (32).

Retired linebackers Shawn Barber (36) and Terry Wooden (44), tight end Kyle Brady (39), defensive back Lee Flowers (38), and wide receiver Gene Washington (64).

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