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Marino: I’m out of concussion lawsuit

The Los Angeles Times reported Monday that legendary NFL quarterback Dan Marino had joined 14 other players to sue the league about treatment of concussions during their playing days.

By Tuesday, the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale had spoken to Marino and he intends to walk away from the lawsuit.

Marino told Dave Hyde of the Sun-Sentinel: “Within the last year I authorized a claim to be filed on my behalf just in case I needed future medical coverage to protect me and my family in the event I later suffered from the effects of head trauma. In so doing I did not realize I would be automatically listed as a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the NFL. I have made the decision it is not necessary for me to be part of any claims or this lawsuit and therefore I am withdrawing as a plaintiff effective immediately. I am sympathetic to other players who are seeking relief who may have suffered head injuries. I also disclaim any references in the form complaint of current head …

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Is Mike Smith on the hot seat?

Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith signed a contract extension through 2016 this offseason. (John Bazemore / AP)

Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith signed a contract extension through 2016 this offseason. (John Bazemore / AP)

A season after reaching the NFC Championship game, the Atlanta Falcons went 4-12 under head coach Mike Smith.

The offensive line struggled. The wide receivers corps limped (no pun intended) through with injuries to Julio Jones and Roddy White.

Which NFL coach is most likely to be out of a job this season?

  • Jason Garrett, Cowboys (43%, 347 Votes)
  • Rex Ryan, N.Y. Jets (18%, 144 Votes)
  • Mike Smith, Falcons (18%, 144 Votes)
  • Dennis Allen, Raiders (9%, 72 Votes)
  • Joe Philbin, Dolphins (7%, 55 Votes)
  • Gus Bradley, Jaguars (5%, 42 Votes)

Total Voters: 804

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Yeah, yeah, yeah. Blah, blah, blah. Lived it, don’t need to be reminded, right?

This history lesson is brought to you by USA Today in their list of NFL coaches who will start the season under pressure to win.

Smith, who was signed to a contract extension through 2016, makes the list with the likes …

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Could Michael Vick win job as Jets starter?

Does former Falcons quarterback Michael Vick have a chance to start for the Jets or does he not?

Vick’s New York Jets coaches keep telling the media that Vick and Geno Smith are in an open competition for the Jets’ quarterback job, and Vick keeps saying there is no competition, that Smith won the job.

Neither coach Rex Ryan or offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg has named Smith the starter.

Ryan said Wednesday, according to a report at NJ.com: “There is competition. There’s no doubt. We’ve got two guys who are really pushing to be a starting quarterback.”

Ryan made his remarks after the second day of Jets OTAs.

“It’s not closed competition,” he said, feigning seriousness, according to NJ.com.

The website report then said Ryan’s tone then returned to normal as he added, “There’s competition. I don’t mean to make light of it, but in a way I think I should because it’s the second day of OTAs and we have these questions.

“One thing we know for certain: The guy that we think …

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SEC coaches vs. Saints cheerleaders

The New Orleans Saints cheerleading group, the Saintsations, run off after posing for a photo at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort during their annual calendar shoot.  (Devon Ravin / Northwest Florida Daily News)

The New Orleans Saints cheerleading group, the Saintsations, run off after posing for a photo at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort during their annual calendar shoot. (Devon Ravin / Northwest Florida Daily News)

The coaches of the Southeastern Conference are meeting in Destin, Fla., this week, but the big attraction in the Florida panhandle beachfront are the 36 women in tiny white bikinis posing for a platoon of cameras.

The cheerleaders of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints are on the Emerald Coast to shoot their annual calendar. The kings of college football are there to talk schedules and recruiting.

“With over 10,000 calendars sold, the making of the calendar, TV show, the promotional YouTube video, and our internet site, our audience exceeds well over one million,” Saintsations director Fitzmorris Mitchell told the Northwest Florida Daily News. “The annual calendar has become a staple of must-haves for fans.”

The college football conference launches the billion-dollar bonanza …

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Falcons coordinator tops coach candidate lists

With Dirk Koetter (left), Matt Ryan and the Falcons have the No. 6 passing offense in the NFL. (Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com)

With Dirk Koetter (left), Matt Ryan and the Falcons have the No. 6 passing offense in the NFL. (Curtis Compton, ccompton@ajc.com)

Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is drawing interest of NFL teams with newly created coaching vacancies.

Foxsports.com reported Monday that Koetter will likely spend the playoff bye week being interviewed by the Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns. He is scheduled to talk to Kansas City on Tuesday.

With Koetter calling plays, Atlanta has the No. 8 offense in the league and the NFL’s sixth-ranked passing offense.

Koetter joined the Falcons, who went 13-3 this season, after Mike Mularkey become the head coach in Jacksonville.

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Former Falcon Brooking signs with Broncos

Former Falcons and Georgia Tech linebacker Keith Brooking has signed with the Denver Broncos.

Keith Brooking played 11 seasons for the Falcons.

Keith Brooking played 11 seasons for the Falcons.

The 14-year pro played the last three seasons in Dallas after an 11-year career in Atlanta.

Brooking, 36, played in all 16 regular season games for 11 consecutive years but he started just three games last year with the Cowboys, when he was supplanted by Sean Lee.

Brooking recorded 34 tackles in 2011, his lowest total since his rookie season.

“We had him in for a workout and thought he looked outstanding,” Broncos coach John Fox said.

More NFL news:

— 38-year-old Terrell Owens agreed to a contract with the Seattle Seahawks. Owens hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2010 season with Cincinnati, when he caught 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns.

– Veteran safety Brodney Pool, signed in the offseason by the Cowboys to improve their secondary, was cut just a week into camp.

– Tebowmania turned into Wrestlemania at the New York …

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Report: Saints offer Brees record contract

Drew Brees would make more than Peyton Manning's $19.2 million a year. (AP Photo)

Drew Brees would make more than Peyton Manning’s $19.2 million a year. (AP Photo)

Falcons fans hoping the Saints’ miseries would be extended by failing to sign their best player will be dismayed to learn that the team has offered Drew Brees the richest contract in NFL history.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune is reporting that the team and Brees are close to a five-year deal that would pay him between $19.2 million and $20 million a year — surpassing the $19.2 million a year the Denver Broncos are paying Peyton Manning.

The two sides have until July 16 to reach an agreement. If they don’t, Brees will have to play the final year of his contract at a meager $16.4 million under the franchise tag the team has applied to him. And he’d have to wait until after the season to negotiate a new deal.

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What was your favorite Super Bowl ad?

Coca-Cola's "Hard Times" spot featured characters from "The Simpsons." (Coca-Cola Co.)

Coca-Cola's "Hard Times" spot featured characters from "The Simpsons." (Coca-Cola Co.)

The Super Bowl is more than just a game.

While fans of the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts have a rooting interest in the game others watch just for the fanfare and the commercials.

CBS charged about $2.5 million per 30-second spot. Thirty-five companies or groups paid to air spots in this year’s game.

This year’s offerings range from the serious — Focus on the Family’s controversial Tim Tebow spot — to the humorous — Denny’s spot warning chickens to get out of town.

So, which ones had you rooting to see it again and during which ones did you get up for seconds (or thirds)?

Here are some of the highlights:

• Dwight Howard and LeBron James got things started with a recreation of Michael Jordan and Larry Bird’s famous “The Showdown” Super Bowl ad from McDonald’s of 17 years ago.

Betty White felt better after a Snickers bar.

Betty White felt better after a Snickers bar.

• Betty White showed she could take a hit, particularly …

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How would you rate the Falcons’ performance?

Time for the report card on the Falcons’ effort Sunday against the Buccaneers in Tampa Bay. Rate the team on the following four categories: offense, defense, special teams and coaching.

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What grade would you give the Falcons’ offense?

  • A: Excellent
  • B: Good
  • C: Fair
  • D: Poor
  • F: Failed

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What grade would you give the Falcons’ defense?

  • A: Excellent
  • B: Good
  • C: Fair
  • D: Poor
  • F: Failed

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What grade would you give the Falcons’ special teams?

  • A: Excellent
  • B: Good
  • C: Fair
  • D: Poor
  • F: Failed

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What grade would you give the Falcons’ coaches?

  • A: Excellent
  • B: Good
  • C: Fair
  • D: Poor
  • F: Failed

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How would you rate the Falcons’ performance?

Time for the report card on the Falcons’ effort Sunday against the Buffalo Bills at the Georgia Dome. Rate the team on the following four categories: offense, defense, special teams and coaching.

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What grade would you give the Falcons’ offense?

  • A: Excellent
  • B: Good
  • C: Fair
  • D: Poor
  • F: Failed

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What grade would you give the Falcons’ defense?

  • A: Excellent
  • B: Good
  • C: Fair
  • D: Poor
  • F: Failed

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What grade would you give the Falcons’ special teams?

  • A: Excellent
  • B: Good
  • C: Fair
  • D: Poor
  • F: Failed

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What grade would you give the Falcons’ coaches?

  • A: Excellent
  • B: Good
  • C: Fair
  • D: Poor
  • F: Failed

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