#NFL News and Notes - January 5, 2011

NFL Playoff News and notes

Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey will interview for two head coaching positions during the bye week.

A calm Jay Cutler is the key to the Chicago Bears' playoff success, writes David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune.

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid is unlikely to change his pass-heavy approach to play-calling.

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is excited to play in his first NFL playoff game.

New Orleans Saints middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma was added to the NFC's Pro Bowl roster on Tuesday.

The Green Bay Packers defense isn't worried about the offense's ability to score points.

A major roster overhaul has keyed the New England Patriots' success this season, writes Ian Rapoport of The Boston Herald.

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Aaron Smith took a big step in his recovery from a partially torn triceps injury on Tuesday.

Protecting Peyton Manning is the key to an Indianapolis Colts win on Saturday night, writes Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star.

A lackluster offense could cause division on the Baltimore Ravens, writes Mike Preston of The Baltimore Sun.

New York Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards has bought into the team concept, writes Jenny Vrentas of The Star-Ledger.

NFL News and Notes

Today could be the day the Dallas Cowboys make their decision on a head coach official, writes Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

New York Giants safety Antrel Rolle discussed his up-and-down season.

Removing Donovan McNabb won't cure all that ails the Washington Redskins offense, writes Rick Maese of the Washington Post.

Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier wasn't willing to disclose his vision for the offense.

The Detroit Lions are unlikely to make significant changes in 2011, writes Chris McCosky of The Detroit News.

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson isn't optimistic about labor talks with the NFLPA.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers center Jeff Faine is not a lock to return in 2011, writes Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times.

With Trent Baalke in as general manager, the San Francisco 49ers will turn their attention to landing Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh.

Auburn quarterback Cam Newton may not be available when the Arizona Cardinals make the 5th pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, writes Dan Bickley of The Arizona Republic.

St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford thinks playing right away was the best thing for him to do this season.

To stay with the team in 2011, Buffalo Bills linebacker Aaron Maybin needs to improve this off-season.

The Miami Dolphins have reached out to Harbaugh, too, Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel reports.

NFL offensive coordinators Mike Mularkey, Marty Morhinweg, and Pat Shurmur will interview for the Cleveland Browns head coaching job.

Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer details how Marvin Lewis' two-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals came to be.

Former Houston Oilers head coaches voiced their support for Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher.

Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio is handing over defensive play-calling duties to Mel Tucker.

Wade Phillips will interview for the Houston Texans defensive coordinator position, reports John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

John Elway is excited to run the football operations of the Denver Broncos.

With Tom Cable let go, Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Hue Jackson is the top choice for head coach, reports Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Several San Diego Chargers face uncertain futures with the team, writes Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Today's NFL birthdays: Cowboys guard Travis Bright (28), free agent safety Tra Battle (26), fullback Casey Cramer (29), tight end Andrew Davie (28), and wide receiver Derek Kinder (25).

Hall of Fame head coach Chuck Noll (79) and center Jim Otto (73).

Retired cornerbacks J.B. Brown (44) and Ray Crockett (44), safety Corey Chavous (35), running backs Joe Cribbs (53) and Warrick Dunn (36), defensive lineman Marty Lyons (54), and former NFL quarterback and head coach Sam Wyche turns 66.

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