• Opposites attract, and while Rex Ryan needs a dose of humility and professionalism, Tony Sparano needs some confidence and swagger. Together Jeff Darlington writes that they could be surprisingly effective and complement each other on the Jets’ sideline, quickly becoming a Starsky and Hutch coaching duo.
  • Todd Haley is in New York today for a meeting that could lead to him being hired as a new assistant coach/passing game coordinator to work alongside Sparano. So in the very near future, the Jets’ facilities could be home to three of the most despised coaches in football.
  • The Jets’ coaching shake up that included the dismissal of offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and two positional coaches (Bill Callahan and Henry Ellard) begins the cleansing process after a season of dysfunction, but it’s only a beginning. Several players told Manish Mehta that if the Colts either release or dangle a healthy Peyton Manning as trade bait, making a play for the four-time MVP and ending Mark Sanchez‘s time as the team’s starting quarterback is a “no-brainer.”
  • We now know who will be at least partly responsible for that Manning decision, with the Colts reportedly set to hire Ryan Grigson as their new general manager. Grigson was the Eagles’ director of player personnel.
  • Matt Bowen looks at the “swap boot,” a common misdirection scheme used by the Broncos to give Tim Tebow options down field while he’s rolling out of the pocket.
  • Since the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick tandem started its reign in New England, a playoff drought of any kind has been quite rare. But that’s what the Patriots will face Saturday night, as a team that strung together 10 straight playoff wins in the early part of the last decade has now endured two quick exits.
  • Brady surely doesn’t need extra motivation this weekend, but if he wants some he can wrap the new Hollywood’s hottest looks contest results around his arm. There’s no way his supermodel wife should finish behind a 42-year-old Jennifer Aniston.
  • At one point this season the Packers had three fewer losses than the rest of the league. Now due to injuries and defensive weaknesses that have grown, Mark Maske doesn’t think a team that nearly went undefeated is as dominant as it once was.
  • Hue Jackson was quite candid while speaking with Yahoo’s Mike Silver, saying that despite how yesterday’s events unfolded in Oakland, Mark Davis played a greater role in his dismissal than new Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie.
  • Cowboys fans didn’t like the contract extensions given to Gerald Sensabaugh and Orlando Scandrick earlier this season. But Blogging the Boys tells us that with the team’s other pending free agents, those deals had to be done.
  • Our partners in blogging nonsense at theScore.com’s Buzz had another quality Tebowmania find last night. Friends, we give you “Tim Tebow’s fire,” an 80s remix that will have you irritating the hell out of co-workers all morning, and another prized jewel that should be added to the Internet’s growing album of Tebow songs

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