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We take a look at a handful of stories and readings of interest over the past few days, while we substitute for the vacationing whodeyfans.

Catching up with Sam Wyche, the father of the NFL’s no-huddle offense | The MMQB with Peter King
The no-huddle offense has been a staple of the playoffs, a part of game plans as much as screen passes and go routes. No one takes more delight in that than Sam Wyche, who introduced the no-huddle to the NFL with his Cincinnati Bengals in the 1980s—often to the scorn of officials and opponents.

Bengals.com Honors: Defensive Player of the Year
All you need to know about linebacker Vincent Rey is despite starting the last 11 games of this past season, he still showed up for special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons’ meetings.

The 10 Types Of NFL Quarterback | FiveThirtyEight
A more thorough analysis makes use of the complete set of observations. The distribution of each quarterback’s QBR can offer a more thorough understanding of performance. When we look at quarterbacks this way, we find some players who consistently minimize bad games and others who can be brilliant one week and horrible the next, regularly handicapping their teams.

Former Bengals DC Chuck Bresnahan joins UCF
After a two-year stint as the defensive coordinator for the USF Bulls, Chuck Bresnahan will replace Tyson Summers. Bresnahan is the third defensive coordinator for the Knights since December 2013. Bresnahan previously coached with then-defensive coordinator O'Leary at Georgia Tech from 1987-1991.

Hey, NFL media, Cardale Jones wasn't the first college player to announce he's staying
Naturally, NFL media members pitched a balled-up-fists fit at the idea of a player offering quotes to media, days after bawling themselves hoarse at the idea of Marshawn Lynch doing the opposite, with no face more scrunched than that of NBC Sports' Mike Florio.

Sports Guy: The 15th Round
Disclaimer: We’re dumb for spending THIS much time caring about laundry. We’re dumb for caring about athletes 100 times more than they care about us. We’re dumb for creating self-serving narratives, searching for bad blood that doesn’t really exist, pitting athletes against one another just because it’s fun to compare them, or judging their entire careers by certain games or certain moments. And we’re really dumb for using words like “we” and “our” and pretending that we’re on the team too.

The Colts offense has more Boom without the bust
Heading into the postseason, I'm not sure many people would have thought that Dan "Boom" Herron would've been near the top of the consistent, impact performers of the 2014 NFL playoffs list, but here we are. Herron has taken over the role as the lead back for the Colts (he saw 68 of Indy's 75 snaps last week), and his play has been instrumental in helping Andrew Luck and company knock off the Bengals and Broncos to get to the AFC Championship Game.

A prayer for Colts-Patriots craziness, and an ode to the best playoff shootouts ever
The best thing to come out of the Divisional round -- and I'm speaking for the betterment of all of us -- was to see Indianapolis and New England decide to stop giving two spits about the running game. It means there's a chance -- chance -- that we'll get the sort of slap-stupid, id-scratching aerial fun that turns a great game into something magical during the playoffs.

Get to know the new NFL head coaches
For as much as we (rightfully) complain that NFL franchises rely too much on hiring veteran coaches instead of giving younger, more innovative assistants opportunities, only three of the five teams that have found a new head coach so far this offseason have gone with a retread -- Rex Ryan in Buffalo, Jack Del Rio in Oakland and John Fox in Chicago.

Potential jurors questioned in Aaron Hernandez trial
A Massachusetts judge has excused dozens of potential jurors for various reasons in the murder trial of ex-New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez. Bristol County Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh on Friday questioned potential jury members one-by-one in open court to see if anyone had a bias, hardship or other concern that would disqualify that person from hearing the case. The questioning could not be heard by people in the audience.

Joe Paterno's 111 wins that were vacated will be restored
Penn State's football team is getting back 112 wins wiped out during the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, and the late Joe Paterno has been restored as the winningest coach in major college football history. The NCAA announced the new settlement with the school Friday, weeks before a scheduled trial on the legality of the 2012 consent decree it will replace.