- Former OU quarterback Tyler Tettleton joining Browns staff (247sports.com) - The Cleveland Browns are adding former Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton to their staff as an offensive quality control coach according to Bruce Feldman. Cleveland Browns on 247Sports can confirm the move.
- Freddie Kitchens toughness will rub off on the Browns (clevelandbrowns.com) - Gene Stallings put Dabo Swinney on his staff for four years but only had Freddie Kitchens as a player during the final years of his storied coaching career. Still, Stallings pictured Kitchens, the burly Alabama starting quarterback who sent him out a winner with a memorable 1996 Iron Bowl victory over Auburn, as the more likely future head coach.
- Analytics department played a significant role in Kitchens’ hiring (CBS Sports) - The Browns relied on a large contingent to handle their latest coaching search, a group comprised of ownership/family, football operations and analytics, with that final department playing no small role in the decision to decide between rookie play callers Freddie Kitchens and Kevin Stefanski, sources said.
- Freddie Kitchens has Browns fans behind him (cleveland.com) - It’s time for the Browns to win. First, maybe, it’s time to embrace a coach with whom fans want to roll. No, no, no. Fans want to roll with.
- Larry Fitzgerald still undecided on return (ESPN) - Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald told ESPN’s Adam Schefter via text message this week that he is taking some time to collect his thoughts after a grueling season in which Arizona finished with the worst record in the NFL and landed the No. 1 overall pick in the April draft.
- Antonio Brown suitors could be led by Broncos (NFL.com) - As the Antonio Brown saga staggers on for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the prospects of the ultra-talented and unhappy wide receiver being traded look to be gaining momentum. Among the teams that might be interested, based on salary cap space, are the Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers and, perhaps leading the way, the Denver Broncos, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday on NFL Game Day Morning.
- In San Diego, a quandry over the Chargers (NY Times) - A question of unrivaled consequence has descended on this picturesque seaside city: Should the good citizens root for or against the Chargers, the football team that abandoned them a season ago but didn’t go really all that far.
- Chiefs defeat Colts, will host AFC Championship Game (Kansas City Star) - This is where it was supposed to go wrong. This is where the Chiefs bid to host their first AFC Championship would start to slip away. But this is another year and another time.