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Buccaneers add Butch Barry as assistant OL coach (The Associated Press) Courtesy of
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Former Central Michigan assistant Butch Barry is joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as assistant offensive line coach. Yahoo! Thu, Feb 05
 
Which of the seven new NFL head coaches was the best hire? (Shutdown Corner) Courtesy of
When Dan Quinn could finally accept the Atlanta Falcons' head-coaching job after Super Bowl XLIX, there were no more NFL vacancies. With the coaching carousel stopped (unless we get an unexpected firing this offseason), it's time to take a look at the seven teams that made a change, and figure out which team made the best hire. We're not just looking at the coach himself, but also if the team improved itself by firing its old coach and bringing in new blood: 7. Jim Tomsula, San Francisco 49ers Tomsula might be the next Don Shula; I have no idea. But what we know now is this: The 49ers ran off Jim Harbaugh, who has been incredibly successful at every stop and a top 5 NFL coach, top 10 at worst. And they replaced him with a defensive line coach who has been a NFL head coach for one game, as an interim. Thereâs a lot to live up to there. 6. Jack Del Rio, Oakland Raiders I felt bad for the Raiders fans when the âJon Gruden will take the Raiders job! No, itâll be Jim Harbaugh!â madness was happening. That was not realistic, but good job by their agents parlaying that into a lot of money for their clients. What the Raiders did get is a solid coach with a good reputation as a coordinator and some head-coaching experience (68-71 with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have cratered since he was fired), and most important â Del Rio wanted the job. Iâm not sure this was a grand slam hire or anything, but it was probably as good as the Raiders could have done. 5. Dan Quinn, Atlanta Falcons Iâm always a bit leery of just taking the coordinator from the top unit. Itâs probably unfair to Quinn, but itâs also fair to wonder how heâll do without Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Bobby Wagner, Michael Bennett, K.J. Wright, Cliff Avril ⦠you get the idea. His players love him, he came off very well during Super Bowl week, and he was a hot name. Weâll see if Atlanta made the right hire. 4. Gary Kubiak, Denver Broncos Yahoo! Thu, Feb 05
 
Tuesday's Sports In Brief (The Associated Press) Courtesy of
NFL Josh Gordon has been pushed out of bounds again by the NFL. --- UFC LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has tested positive for steroid use. Yahoo! Wed, Feb 04
 
Browns having great offseason, now perhaps in trouble for texting controversy (Shutdown Corner) Courtesy of
I feel for Cleveland Browns fans. Really, I do. They deserve better than being beaten over the head with bad news repeatedly. This week alone, the Browns have announced 2014 first-round pick Johnny Manziel checked into a treatment facility , the NFL announced Browns receiver Josh Gordon is suspended at least a year for the latest in an amazingly long line of failed NFL's substance abuse policy tests, and now there's a report the Browns could face serious penalties over a texting allegation. In January there was a report from Mary Kay Cabot of the Northeast Ohio Media Group that a high-ranking official was texting about play calls from the press box to the sideline. Not only is that amazingly out of line in common NFL protocol, it's against league rules against electronic communications during games. The report said offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan wanted to leave because of Browns' dysfunction, and one of the reasons was the texts. Shanahan is now the Atlanta Falcons' offensive coordinator. Cabot reported Wednesday that the alleged texting Browns official was general manager Ray Farmer, and the NFL is investigating. Farmer's messages were reportedly relayed to the coaches on the sideline. Cabot wrote there could be a multi-game suspension for Farmer, a large fine or even loss of draft pick. It's not like we didn't know of the Browns' dysfunction issues before, between multiple assistants turning them down for their head-coach opening last offseason after they fired Rob Chudzinksi after one year, and the total overhaul of the front office out of the blue, but it's still pretty brutal. No matter what kind of penalties the Browns get, the reports on the whole ordeal are yet another embarrassment for a really beleaguered franchise. - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab Yahoo! Wed, Feb 04
 
National Football League roundup (Reuters) Courtesy of
(The Sports Xchange) - Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll indicated Tuesday that the team is negotiating a new contract with running back Marshawn Lynch. Carroll also said during a radio interview that cornerback Richard Sherman might not need Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery after all. Sherman injured the ulnar nerve on a hit by teammate Kam Chancellor in the second half of the NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers. - - - New England coach Scott O'Brien will retire after 24 seasons in the NFL, including the last six seasons as the special teams coach for the Patriots. Yahoo! Tue, Feb 03
 
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Sean Renfree Duke
 
 
 
 
 
Matt Ryan Boston College
 
 
 
 
 
T.J. Yates North Carolina
 
 
 
 
 
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Patrick DiMarco South Carolina
 
 
 
 
 
Devonta Freeman Florida State
 
 
 
 
 
Steven Jackson Oregon State
 
 
 
 
 
Jacquizz Rodgers Oregon State
 
 
 
 
 
Antone Smith Florida State
 
 
 
 
 
Jerome Smith Syracuse
 
 
 
 
 
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Drew Davis Oregon
 
 
 
 
 
Harry Douglas Louisville
 
 
 
 
 
Devin Hester Miami (FL)
 
 
 
 
 
Julio Jones Alabama
 
 
 
 
 
Courtney Roby Indiana
 
 
 
 
 
Eric Weems Bethune-Cookman
 
 
 
 
 
Roddy White Alabama-Birmingham
 
 
 
 
 
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Bear Pascoe Fresno State
 
 
 
 
 
Levine Toilolo Stanford
 
 
 
 
 
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Matt Bryant Baylor
 
 
 
 
 
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Jonathan Babineaux Iowa
 
 
 
 
 
Kroy Biermann Montana
 
 
 
 
 
Malliciah Goodman Clemson
 
 
 
 
 
Ra'Shede Hageman Minnesota
 
 
 
 
 
Tyson Jackson LSU
 
 
 
 
 
Stansly Maponga Texas Christian
 
 
 
 
 
Jonathan Massaquoi Troy State
 
 
 
 
 
Cliff Matthews South Carolina
 
 
 
 
 
Corey Peters Kentucky
 
 
 
 
 
Paul Soliai Utah
 
 
 
 
 
Osi Umenyiora Troy State
 
 
 
 
 
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Joplo Bartu Texas State
 
 
 
 
 
Prince Shembo Notre Dame
 
 
 
 
 
Marquis Spruill Syracuse
 
 
 
 
 
Tyler Starr South Dakota
 
 
 
 
 
Nate Stupar Penn State
 
 
 
 
 
Sean Weatherspoon Missouri
 
 
 
 
 
Paul Worrilow Delaware
 
 
 
 
 
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Robert Alford Southeastern Louisiana
 
 
 
 
 
Ricardo Allen Purdue
 
 
 
 
 
Javier Arenas Alabama
 
 
 
 
 
Sean Baker Ball State
 
 
 
 
 
Charles Godfrey Iowa
 
 
 
 
 
Kemal Ishmael Central Florida
 
 
 
 
 
Dwight Lowery San Jose State
 
 
 
 
 
Robert McClain Connecticut
 
 
 
 
 
William Moore Missouri
 
 
 
 
 
Dezmen Southward Wisconsin
 
 
 
 
 
Desmond Trufant Washington
 
 
 
 
 
Josh Wilson Maryland