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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees got to enjoy an early 40th birthday party/victory party after Sunday's game. But he said his actual birthday on Tuesday was "a very normal day. Come in early and get grinding on the film. Get home in time for dinner and hang out with the kids, have a little cake, and read bedtime stories, and tell them to quit talking and laughing and go to bed." Brees famously held up his 1-year-old son, Baylen, after winning the Super Bowl nine years ago. Now back in the NFC title game for the first time since, he has four kids and said they're "so football-crazed now, that's what makes this fun." He said the other day that he was touched when his middle son, Bowen, said his favorite thing to do is "go to the Saints facility with my Dad."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints officially placed DT Sheldon Rankins on injured reserve with his torn Achilles on Wednesday. Other than that massive loss, their injury report was manageable. WR Keith Kirkwood (calf) and TE Benjamin Watson (illness) did not practice Wednesday. G Andrus Peat (hand), T Ryan Ramczyk (shoulder) and C Max Unger (knee) were limited.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos Vic Fangio on newly-hired offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello: "With the addition of Rich Scangarello as our offensive coordinator, we're getting an experienced coach who was a trusted and valued assistant with Kyle Shanahan for three seasons. He worked wonders with all the quarterbacks who started for San Francisco during the previous two years as quarterbacks coach. With his background and knowledge, it's the perfect time for Rich to be an offensive coordinator in the NFL. I find this opportunity for Rich very similar to when I first became a defensive coordinator many years ago, and he is ready to take this step in his career." Scangarello certainly has some work to do given since 2005 the highest a Broncos team without Peyton Manning at quarterback has finished in scoring is 16th in 2008 — Mike Shanahan's last season as coach.

Jeff Legwold ESPN Senior Writer 

Broncos coach Vic Fangio continues to fill out his coaching staff and now has secured his offensive and defensive play-callers over the last two days. San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks coach Rich Scangarello formally agreed to his deal to be the Broncos offensive coordinator this afternoon while Ed Donatell agreed Tuesday to be the team's defensive coordinator. Scangarello will be the Broncos' fourth different offensive coordinator in the last four seasons.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Newly-hired Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is looking to fill out his staff. From what I'm hearing, some names under consideration are: LBs — Blake Williams, his son; DBs — Dennard Wilson (retained from previous Jets staff); DL Clyde Simmons. Assistant DBs — Steve Jackson (previous Jets staff). Simmons and Williams were with Williams last season in Cleveland. Wilson and Jackson coached with Williams in previous stops. Kris Kocurek was eyed for the DL job (he coached under Adam Gase last year in Miami), but he was hired by San Francisco.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Don Muhlbach heading to his second Pro Bowl as a long-snapper. That's two Lions players in the Pro Bowl now, joining Darius Slay.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs have rounded out their coaching staff. Among the notable additions? Kacy Rodgers is the defensive line coach. Antwaan Randle El and former Bucs safety Cody Grimm

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams LT Andrew Whitworth, born and raised in Louisiana, said he won three high school state titles at the Superdome, in addition to a national championship while at LSU. "That place means a lot to me," he said.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams CB Marcus Peters, on Sean Payton: "I see y'all trying to make it something it's not, man. Just all respect to Sean Payton. I just love the fact that he's a competitor. It wasn't nothing to be disrespectful. I was pissed off."

Lindsey Thiry ESPN 

Sean McVay said Wednesday that Todd Gurley felt good coming off Saturday's win over the Cowboys, but that Gurley would be limited in practice this week. "We would continue to do that regardless," McVay explained. "That's just because of the workload that he's had."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady the dad: "It's a lot of fun, great for me. My daughter's 6, she's a great cheerleader for us. My oldest son is into every play, my middle son is not into any play. It's perfect. We get to talk about it on the way home. They're understanding more and more, but they're still my kids, so they don't care much about [Dad]. They'd rather hang with Gronk and Jules, and all those other guys."

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

In the big picture, team president Art Rooney II doesn't buy the notion that the Steelers are a 'circus' for the off-field storylines. "I don't know where it comes from. As far as I'm concerned, it's nonsense," Rooney II said. "We work hard to get to where we are. If you evaluate the season, we didn't achieve our goal of winning the division but we finished a half-game (out) of winning the division. We had lots of opportunities to get there. It's disappointing, but I'm not sure how that makes you a circus."

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Starting center David Andrews: Never worn sleeves in a game before and don't plan to do so Sunday. "It's the AFC Championship Game. I don't really care what the temperature is," he says.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Why Gregg Williams? New Jets coach Adam Gase explained his decision to hire the controversial Williams as his defensive coordinator, saying, "He was always a challenge, always loved the way his guys played, the intensity they played with. They defended every blade of grass. I mean, they would always get after it. It was always really tough to move the ball, it was tough to get in the end zone and you knew you were in for a 60-minute battle. His guys always just always played exactly the way you want a defense to play." (Via SiriusXM NFL radio)

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

To recap the Jaguars' new staff hirings: John DeFilippo as offensive coordinator; George Warhop as OL coach; Terry Robiskie as RB coach; Tim Walton as secondary/CBs coach; David Merritt as assistant DL coach. Promotions: John Donovan from offensive assistant to assistant RBs coach; Jason Rebrovich from assistant DL coach to DL coach; Joe Danna from assistant secondary coach to secondary coach/safeties.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Lions hire Darrell Bevell as offensive coordinator

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton wasn't asked directly about Marcus Peters' "gumbo" comments at first. Instead he was asked if he's more of a chicken and andouille or seafood gumbo kind of guy. Payton said next question, but smiled and said he knew where the reporter was going with the question. ... When asked a follow-up, Payton said he has a lot of respect for Peters, and the Saints' goal in the 2015 draft was actually to come away with "Peat and Peters" with their two first-round picks — but they missed out on Peters.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

What a year it's been for Saints LB Demario Davis. He has never been to the playoffs before choosing New Orleans this year. And now he's doing this before the NFC Championship Game.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

In an interview with a group of reporters, Steelers president Art Rooney II said "we're not closing any doors" on Antonio Brown but signs of him staying don't look positive. Rooney still hasn't spoken to Brown, which he calls 'disappointing,' but makes clear he won't disparage him.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

"You're going against good football coaches there. They'll have a plan for you and how do you handle that? That's the next challenge and that's what he's focusing on. There's nobody better than Bill (Belichick) at that. We've got to make sure we have things he can work with." — Chiefs coach Andy Reid on what he's telling Patrick Mahomes this week.

Brady Henderson ESPN 

A spokesperson with the United States District Court's Eastern District of Pennsylvania confirms that Mychal Kendricks' sentencing date for his insider trading case has been moved from Jan. 25 to April 4, as Field Gulls reported. Kendricks played in four games with the Seahawks in 2018 before suffering a season-ending leg injury in his first game back from an eight-game NFL suspension. He's scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent and Pete Carroll has said the Seahawks want Kendricks back in 2019.

Lindsey Thiry ESPN 

The Rams have constructed a large tent over their parking lot, where they will hold two walkthroughs on Wednesday. Their fields are covered with tarps, with heavy rain moving across Southern California this week.

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

Jarvis Landry will join Myles Garrett, Denzel Ward and (alternate) Joel Bitonio in the Pro Bowl. Landry was added to the roster when Houston receiver DeAndre Hopkins withdrew because of injury. This is the fourth year in a row Landry will play in the game.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills on Wednesday re-signed backup OL Jeremiah Sirles to a one-year deal. Signed during the season, he is capable of playing all positions along the offensive line. He was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots are practicing in full pads today, which is significant to note because there are limited opportunities to do so, per NFL rules. Last week, Patriots players felt they had a good full-pad practice on Wednesday to set the table for their win over the Chargers, and they hope to duplicate that this week.