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Can Jim Haslett help calm down Vontaze Burfict's on-field incidents. The Packers and Cardinals had an instant classic Saturday Night. The Chiefs completely mishandle the game clock while the Patriots looked unstoppable.

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NFL VP Blandino: Bryant TD wasn't a catch
In addition to his remarks about plays during the Steelers-Bengals playoff game that resulted in nearly $64K in fines for both teams, NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino said Friday that Martavis Bryant's acrobatic touchdown in the corner of the end zone should not have been ruled a catch, as he saw it. But Blandino added that because it was initially ruled a catch, there wasn't enough evidence to overturn it via instant replay.

Hue Jackson plans to call plays, not hire an offensive coordinator
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Can Jim Haslett smooth out the Vontaze Burfict roller coaster?
Age, maturity and a modern-day media landscape where it's easy for overhyping to occur may be the root causes of Vontaze Burfict's string of fine-earning offenses, new Cincinnati Bengals linebackers coach Jim Haslett believes.

NFL fines add insult to injury for Bengals
The NFL added insult to injury to the Bengals' heartbreaking loss to the Steelers when they handed out fines to both teams Friday. The Steelers got off with a slap on the wrist - and worse - the officiating crew that lost control of the game, seemed to call it with a jaundiced eye toward the Bengals and didn't flag Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter when he came on the field at the end, received no discipline, according to reports.

Bengals' Haslett: Burfict is 'one of the top linebackers in the NFL'
Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict had a three-game suspension levied against him for repeated violations of player-safety rules, but his new coach thinks very highly of him.

Bengals, Steelers continue to ruin each other’s seasons
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Tennessee Titans hire Mike Mularkey as head coach
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