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Identifying zone-read plays makes it tough to protect QBs

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — If Chip Kelly, Pete Carroll and other NFL coaches want to run zone-read plays, their quarterbacks are fair game — even when they don't have the ball.

The league's competition committee has made it clear quarterbacks won't get special protection until they establish a passing posture. The rules aren't changing this year despite concerns that arose after Terrell Suggs was penalized for tackling Sam Bradford's knees on a handoff in a Ravens-Eagles game last Saturday.

Longtime Saints recall the team's role in Katrina recovery

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Coming off a career-threatening injury, Drew Brees had little choice but to sign with a downtrodden franchise in a disaster zone. Sean Payton became coach of the Saints only after being passed over for the job he really wanted in Green Bay.

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1Green Bay Packers (6)0-0375-
2Seattle Seahawks (4)0-0367-
3New England Patriots (2)0-0359-
4Indianapolis Colts0-0339-
5Denver Broncos0-0326-
6Dallas Cowboys0-0317-
7Baltimore Ravens0-0314-
8Pittsburgh Steelers0-0297-
9Arizona Cardinals0-0267-
10Cincinnati Bengals0-0262-
11Philadelphia Eagles0-0253-
12Detroit Lions0-0234-
13San Diego Chargers0-0222-
14Miami Dolphins0-0219-
14Carolina Panthers0-0219-
16Minnesota Vikings0-0214-
17Kansas City Chiefs0-0210-
18Houston Texans0-0204-
19Buffalo Bills0-0184-
20St. Louis Rams0-0162-
21New Orleans Saints0-0161-
22New York Giants0-0134-
23Atlanta Falcons0-0109-
24San Francisco 49ers0-0104-
25New York Jets0-0103-
26Chicago Bears0-091-
27Oakland Raiders0-069-
28Washington Redskins0-066-
29Cleveland Browns0-059-
30Tampa Bay Buccaneers0-041-
31Jacksonville Jaguars0-035-
32Tennessee Titans0-020-

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