Jets Fire Mike Tannenbaum and keep Rex Ryan

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After 7 seasons on the job the New York Jets have fired GM Mike Tannenbaum. The Jets will keep Head Coach Rex Ryan after a dismal 6-10 season. In Tannenbaum’s seven seasons, the Jets went 57-55, made the playoffs three times and won four playoff games.

During his tenure they have had had two head coaches, Eric Mangini and Rex Ryan. “Trader Mike” as he was known made some questionable decisions, back in 2009 bringing in the aging Brett Favre and drafting Vernon Gholston in 2008.

Jets owner Woody Johnson said the search will begin immediately and has hired the firm Korn/Ferry International, which will conduct the search for a new GM. The search will be run by former Seahawks Jed Hughes.

Browns Fire Head Coach Pat Shurmur and GM Tom Heckert

In the worst kept secret of ‘Black Monday’ around the NFL, the Cleveland Browns have canned head coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert.

The futures of Shurmur and Heckert came into question as soon as Jimmy Haslam purchased the Browns from Randy Lerner during the preseason. Haslam hired former Eagles president Joe Banner to oversee the team and replace Mike Holmgren, who named Heckert as his general manager in 2010. Shurmur was hired as head coach the following year.

Banner, Heckert and Shurmur were all with the Eagles during the previous decade. Those ties, though, didn’t help Shurmur or Heckert keep their jobs as Banner seeks to place his own fingerprints on the Browns.

The Browns will move quickly with a search for a new head coach.

University of Alabama coach Nick Saban, University of Oregon coach Chip Kelly, Penn State University coach Bill O’Brien and New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels are among the potential head coach candidates on the Browns’ radar, according to reports.

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden, Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians both former Browns assistant coaches are other potential candidates who could receive interest.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings might pursue Shurmur as an offensive coordinator. He also could reunite with his mentor, coach Andy Reid, at his next stop. The Philadelphia Eagles reportedly fired Reid.

Jaguars Fire GM Smith

The Jacksonville Jaguars have announced the firing of GM Gene Smith. This after the team was a franchise worst 2-14. Smith was the one who was the one who brought in Head Coach Mike Mularkey. The fate of the head coach will be decided by the new general manager of the team. Early candidates for that job are rumored to be Arizona Cardinals director of player personnel Jason Licht and 49’ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble.

Cowboys Scalped by Redskins 28-18; Fail to Make Postseason Yet Again

The Cowboys went to Washington Sunday night hoping to ground rookie star QB Robert Griffin III. Instead, they were grounded by their own mistakes, and in end they were too much to overcome in a 28-18 setback.

The loss drops the Cowboys to 8-8, and they will miss the playoffs for the third straight season, having stumbled in a make-or-break end-of-regular-season game for the third time in five years.

Tony Romo threw three interceptions, matching his total from the last eight games combined.

A poor throw was picked by Rob Jackson when the Cowboys had a chance to drive for a winning score in the final minutes.

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Packers 37-34 Loss to Vikings Sets Up Wild Card Rematch in Lambeau Saturday

The Packers had the two-seed on their minds Sunday in Minnesota, but instead will have to get ready to now host a Vikings team that in the end, were one drive better.

That’s the mindset of the Pack as they head home Sunday night, losers 37-34 to the Vikings on a final play Blair Walsh field goal after allowing a long run by Adrian Peterson to set it up.

The Pack still are the NFC North Division Champs, but fall to 11-5 and to the NFC No. 3 seed. Their five-game winning streak against the Vikings ended.

Aaron Rodgers played a whale of a game, going 28 of 40 for 365 yards and four touchdowns and no interceptions, connecting with Jordy Nelson from 2 yards to tie the game with 2:54 remaining.

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NFL Sets Wild Card Weekend, Times for Divisional Playoff Games

The first weekend of the playoffs are set with the Redskins 28-18 win over the Cowboys Sunday night, and here’s the slate of games for weekend one in the NFL.

Saturday

4:30 p.m.: Bengals at Texans (NBC)
8 p.m.: Vikings at Packers (NBC)

Sunday

1 p.m.: Colts at Ravens (CBS)
4:30 p.m.: Seahawks at Redskins/ Cowboys (Fox)

Divisional Playoffs schedule

(All times Eastern)

Saturday

4:30 p.m.: Bengals/ Colts/ Bengals at Broncos (CBS)
8 p.m.: Packers/ Redskins/ Cowboys/ Seahawks at 49ers (Fox)

Sunday, Jan. 13

1 p.m.: Redskins/ Cowboys/ Seahawks/ Vikings at Falcons (Fox)
4:30 p.m.: Texans/ Ravens/ Colts at Patriots (CBS)

Pittsburgh Steelers End Season 8-8; Top Cleveland Browns 24-10

It wasn’t pretty, but then again, what really was in 2012?

Nevertheless, the Steelers ended the season on a high note Sunday, beating the battered but frisky Cleveland Browns 24-10 at Heinz Field.

The game featured a number of scuffles between the teams, and included Steelers C/G Doug Legursky taking a shot at Browns LB Craig Robertson, and then later on Cleveland NT Phil Taylor taking down Steelers OT Kelvin Beachum.

In the end, it was almost like a Steelers-Browns game that actually mattered.

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NFL Week 17 Inactives – Early Games

Tampa Bay at Atlanta

Buccaneers: RB Michael Smith, DT Matthew Masifilo, LB Jacob Cutrera, WR Chris Owusu, DT Corvey Irvin, G Roger Allen, CB Eric Wright

Falcons: QB Dominique Davis, OL Phillipkeith Manley, DT Travian Robertson, S Willam Moore, CB Christopher Owens, C Joe Hawley, OL Harland Gunn

New York Jets at Buffalo

Jets: WR Chaz Shilens, QB Greg McElroy, TE Dustin Keller, CB Ellis Lankster, OL Calel Schlauderaff, LB Bryan Thomas

Bills: QB Tarvaris Jackson, DT Jay Ross, S Da’Norris Searcy, OL Keith Williams, WR Kevin Elliott, OL Chris Scott, DE Mark Anderson

Baltimore at Cincinnati

Ravens: NT Haloti Ngata, S Bernard Pollard, WR Anquan Boldin, OL Marshall Yanda, LB Terrell Suggs, WR Tandon Doss, LB Ray Lewis

Bengals: CB Terence Newman, WR Dane Sanzenbacher, DE Devon Still, TE Richard Quinn, S George Iloka, CB Jason Allen, DT Brandon Thompson

Chicago at Detroit

Bears: QB Josh McCown, RB Armando Allen, LB Brian Urlacher, DT Nate Collins, LB Blake Costanzo, S Chris Conte, T Cory Brandon

Lions: QB Kellen Moore, DE Ronnell Lewis, RB Kevin Smith, OT Corey Hilliard, S Ricardo Silva, OL Jason Fox, CB Drayton Florence

Jacksonville at Tennessee

Jaguars: DT Jerome Long, G Uche Nwaneri, TE Allen Reisner, OL Eben Britten, DE John Chick, CB Antwaun Molden, RB Montell Owens

Titans: QB Rusty Smith, WR Damian Williams, TE Craig Stevens, OL Kevin Matthews, DT DaJohn Harris, CB Ryan Mouton, T Daniel Baldridge

Houston at Indianapolis

Texans: G Antoine Caldwell, CB Stanford Routt, CB Alan Ball, LB Brooks Reed, OL Cody White, DT Terrell McClain, T Andrew Gardner

Colts: S Tom Zbikowski, OL Tony Hills, DT Antonio Johnson, DE Cory Redding, C Samson Satele, RB Delone Carter, WR Nathan Palmer

Carolina at New Orleans

Panthers: QB Jimmy Clausen, WR Joey Adams, LB James Anderson, DE Greg Hardy, RB Jonathan Stewart, C Geoff Hangartner

Saints: DE Akiem Hicks, TE Mike Higgins, CB Jabari Greer, OL Ricky Henry, DT Tyrunn Walker, LB Scott Shanle, WR Saalim Hakin

Philadelphia at New York Giants

Eagles: OL Danny Watkins, RB Chris Polk, DT Fletcher Cox, WR George Salas, TE Evan Moore, LB Mychal Kendricks, OL Matt Kopa

Giants: RB Ryan Torain, WR Ramses Barden, DE Adewale Ojomo, S Tyler Sash, DT Chris Canty, TE Adrien Robinson, S Jayron Hosley

Cleveland at Pittsburgh

Browns: TE Jordan Cameron, RB Trent Richardson, OL Jarrod Shaw, QB Brandon Weeden, CB Sheldon Brown, QB Colt McCoy, LB Adrian Moten

Steelers: QB Byron Leftwich, CB Curtis Brown, NT Alemeda Ta’amu, CB Justin King, DT Hebron Fangupo, WR David Gilreath, LB Marshall McFadden