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Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

One more Patriots route to look at vs. the Jags Cover 3 defense (see example below). Here, New England can run the post-wheel concept to clear some space for the underneath out route. With Chris Hogan (Z) running the post (pushing the CB down the field) and Brandin Cooks (W) releasing on the wheel (removing the curl defender), Danny Amendola (X) now has room to break on the out route. Work to the vacated zone on a high-percentage throw for QB Tom Brady. Good call on third down to move the sticks.

Brady Henderson ESPN 

Not that it's ever easy, but firing Kris Richard had to be incredibly hard for Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. They go all the way back to Carroll's first season at USC in 2001. Richard, a starting cornerback on that team, made a seminal play in the program's turnaround when he returned an interception 57 yards for a touchdown to give USC a victory over Arizona. Richard then coached under Carroll the past decade, including the past three as Seattle's defensive coordinator.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots can also use the play-action seam (see example below) in the AFC Championship vs. the Jags. By reducing the split of the Z receiver (run-alert for the defense), and pulling the guard on play-action, the Patriots can force the linebackers to attack downhill. And that creates an open window for QB Tom Brady to hit Rob Gronkowski (U) on the quick seam route.

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Would expect the Patriots to run a bunch of Cover 3 beaters (three-deep, four-under zone) versus the Jags in the AFC Championship. This example (see below) allows QB Tom Brady to work the inside seams (Rob Gronkowski and Chris Hogan) with the shallow cross underneath (Brandin Cooks). The outside receivers? Basically decoys to hold the CBs (open up the windows to target the seam routes).

Brady Henderson ESPN 

The Seahawks announced several moves with their coaching staff on Tuesday, most of which had already been reported. Brian Schottenheimer is the new offensive coordinator, Mike Solari is the new offensive-line coach and Ken Norton Jr. replaces Kris Richard as the defensive coordinator. Additionally, Michael Barrow has been fired as linebackers coach. That had not been previously reported. Barrow had the title of assistant head coach/defense, which means Pete Carroll has replaced his top two assistants on each side of the ball.

Cameron Wolfe ESPN Staff Writer 

Delanie Walker headed to the Pro Bowl to replace Travis Kelce who opted out due to injury. Titans now have four at Pro Bowl: Jurrell Casey, Taylor Lewan, Brett Kern, Walker.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Heyward headed to the Pro Bowl after all. Heyward replaces the injured Khalil Mack on the AFC roster. Twelve sacks in the year gets it done.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers have signed starting slot corner Mike Hilton to a one-year contract. Hilton was one of the team's most effective blitzers with four sacks off the edge. The team also signed tight end Xavier Grimble and long snapper Kameron Canaday to new deals this week.

Cameron Wolfe ESPN Staff Writer 

Play Action Marcus Mariota completed 68.6% of his passes, 11.1 yards per attempt, 9 total TDs, 4 INTs. Mariota not on play action: 60.1%, 5.98 ypa, 9 total TDs, 11 INTs. Mariota was 16th in NFL in play action use. Needed to see more of it.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Tomlin knows onside kick call vs Jax not analytically friendly but doesn't care. "I don't fear failure," he said.

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Brady Henderson ESPN 

Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner will not play in the Pro Bowl. The Buccaneers announced that Kwon Alexander was added to the NFC roster as Wagner's replacement. Wagner dealt with a hamstring injury for the second half of this past season. He was one of four Seahawks initially named to the Pro Bowl. The others: quarterback Russell Wilson, tight end Jimmy Graham and free safety Earl Thomas. Wide receiver Doug Baldwin was added as an injury replacement.

Katherine Terrell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bengals long snapper Clark Harris is going to the Pro Bowl. Long snappers aren't voted into the Pro Bowl, so Harris was chosen by the Steelers coaching staff.

Rich Cimini ESPN Staff Writer 

Good news for disgruntled Jets fans: The team announced that season-ticket prices for 2018 will decrease by an average of 11 percent. More than half the seats at MetLife Stadium will have price decreases and the price for the other seats will stay the same. Fans now will have the option to purchase a season ticket in the mezzanine without PSL benefits. According to the Jets, the average ticket price will be the lowest since the stadium opened in 2010 — the last year they made the playoffs.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs linebacker Kwon Alexander has been added to the Pro Bowl. He will be stepping in for the injured Bobby Wagner.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Clete Blakeman has been assigned as referee for Sunday's AFC Championship Game. Blakeman is highly rated, having worked Super Bowl 50.

Rob Demovsky ESPN Staff Writer 

Packers WR Davante Adams has been added to the Pro Bowl as a replacement for Atlanta's Julio Jones. Adams did not play in the final two games of the regular season because of a concussion but said shortly after the season that he had been cleared from his second concussion of the year and third in 14 months.

Courtney Cronin ESPN Staff Writer 

Vikings released practice squad tackle Storm Norton and signed tight end Nick Truesdell, who was with the team in training camp. The move comes days after Minnesota waived TE Kyle Carter to make room for Sam Bradford on the 53-man roster. Truesdell was signed to the practice squad.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked about comments to Tony Dungy creating perception that it's OK for teams to look ahead, Mike Tomlin went in on a self-proclaimed ‘soapbox.'

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Detroit Lions linebacker Jarrad Davis and punt returner Jamal Agnew were both named to the Pro Football Writers Association All-Rookie team Tuesday. Davis was the Lions' first round pick in 2017 and Agnew, who has also been named an All-Pro by the PFWA, was a fifth-round pick. Agnew was also named a first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press earlier this month.

Brady Henderson ESPN 

Mike Solari has served as the primary offensive-line coach for five teams over 19 seasons. Here's how Solari's teams have finished in rushing over his last three stops: Giants (2016-17) were 29th and 26th; 49ers (2010-14) were 19th, eighth, fourth, third and fourth; Seahawks (2008-09) were 19th and 26th (under Mike Holmgren and Jim L. Mora). There's a lot of variance there, but the best of those results came with a team that Pete Carroll's Seahawks faced twice a season. That's probably no coincidence.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Roethlisberger on weekly show: Body and mind feel good for another year, not committing to beyond 2018 based on his preparation process, ‘I'm sorry' to Steelers fans for not getting it done.

Pat McManamon ESPN Staff Writer 

The Browns are interviewing former Giants coach Ben McAdoo today as they continue searching for an offensive coordinator.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Ben Roethlisberger doesn't sound like a QB who wants OC Todd Haley gone. Said on weekly radio show the least player/coach change with ‘special' group, the better. "We're on the cusp," he said. Met with Haley at length Monday and two felt good about their work together.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints punter Thomas Morstead said he was diagnosed with torn cartilage, not broken ribs. Said it bruised his ego because it "doesn't sound as cool," but doctors assured him it hurts just as much. Said he felt better after a local shot, but it still hurt to punt. But he said he figured a bad punt would hurt just as much as a good punt, so he might as well hit some good ones.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Tom Brady previewed Patriots-Jaguars on his weekly interview on sports radio WEEI: "It's been a busy couple days. We practiced against them in training camp and we haven't seen much of them all year. Yesterday was a ton of film. It was good because it really kind of gets you focused on where you need to be. This is the biggest challenge we've faced all year. We've had a good offense. They've had the best defense. And that's always a challenge when you go up against those guys. When you watch them play over the course of the season, you can see why. There is not a lot of time for the quarterback to throw, and I think the whole secondary knows it. The linebackers know it. And they're aggressive. They take chances. They get a lot of turnovers. They have a really good scheme, and the quarterback is just under pressure all day."