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Chargers hire Gus Bradley to become defensive coordinator - SBNation.com
He’s back as a defensive coordinator, this time in Los Angeles.

Jadeveon Clowney fined by NFL for dragging Tom Brady to the ground - SBNation.com
Looks like Brady got protected, after all.

Brandon Carr explains why we’ll get a Falcons vs. Steelers Super Bowl - SBNation.com
We asked the Cowboys cornerback to preview this weekend’s conference championship games.

How do the Patriots stop Le'Veon Bell? - SBNation.com
The Steelers have Le’Veon Bell and the most dominant offensive line in the playoffs. That’s going to be a problem for the Patriots.

5 Defensive Players to Watch at Shrine Game
A few defensive players to keep an eye on during the 2017 East-West Shrine Game.

Bucs Mock Draft Roundup 1.0 | Pewter Report
Tis the season of mock drafts. To hardcore NFL fans, it is a four-month long celebration culminating with their favorite team making seven picks.

SR's Fab 5: Will Koetter Give Up Play-Calling? Hendrickson A Pass-Rushing Option For Bucs | Pewter Report
Will Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter give up play calling duties? What tight ends that stood out at the EW Shrine might be available to the Bucs?

Atlanta Falcons' Matt Ryan is NFC South offensive MVP - Atlanta Falcons Blog- ESPN
With career bests in almost every category, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is our unanimous choice for NFC South offensive MVP.

Bucs add two ex-Falcons: QB Sean Renfree, OL James Stone | Tampa Bay Times
The Bucs have had success in the last two seasons signing players who worked under Dirk Koetter with the Falcons -- center Joe Hawley, running backs Jacquizz Rodgers and Antone Smith, receiver Freddie Martino -- and did so again Friday, agreeing to terms with quarterback Sean Renfree and signing offensive lineman James Stone to futures contracts.

Bucs GM Jason Licht on 2016 season: 'It's progress' | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — In his first comments since the season ended, Bucs general manager Jason Licht struck a tone of unfulfilled ambition and encouragement about one of the youngest teams in the NFL.

Rich McKay: Catching up with the former Bucs GM with Atlanta a win away from the Super Bowl | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — Falcons president Rich McKay has always been a guy who keeps his head when others are losing theirs. The former Bucs general manager's biggest strength is his calm amid chaos, be it Michael Vick's arrest or Bobby Petrino quitting during the season.

Like father, like son: Hardy Nickerson Jr. the spitting image of former Bucs star | Tampa Bay Times
ST. PETERSBURG — The resemblance is striking, from the familiar face and constant smile to a veteran 230-pound presence on the football field. His father, who made five Pro Bowls in his seven seasons with the Bucs from 1993-99, has never been more flattered to hear a prospect compared to his style of play.