Minnesota considers next year
Associated Press
Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Brett Favre and the Minnesota Vikings have begun their offseason sooner than they hoped.

The question now is whether Favre will be around when next season starts.

Players gathered at the practice facility Monday for the final team meeting in the aftermath of their devastating NFC championship game loss at New Orleans.

Several Vikings said the overtime defeat hurt worse the day after.

Favre was not in the locker room when it was open to reporters. He said after the game that he would take time to talk over his future with his family before making a decision on whether to return for a 20th NFL season.

JETS: New York came within a win of going to the Super Bowl in a surprisingly successful first season for Rex Ryan and rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez .

The Jets cleared out their lockers a day after their 30-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship game.

Ryan says he told his players to wear their Jets gear with pride because it's no longer the "Same Old Jets."

- Ryan said five assistant coaches will not be back with the team next season.

The contracts of assistant quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo , assistant defensive backs coach Doug Plank , special teams assistant Kevin O'Dea , pass rush specialist Chuck Smith and defensive quality control coach Brian Smith had expired and would not be extended, Ryan said.

DeFilippo is pursuing a job as an NFL quarterbacks coach after helping Sanchez develop this season. Chuck Smith is going to Tennessee to be the Volunteers' defensive line coach.

PATRIOTS: Tom Brady says he won't need surgery this offseason. The New England quarterback played much of the season with finger and rib injuries, after missing all but the first quarter of the previous season with a left knee injury that required surgery.

BIG RATINGS: The NFL's conference championship games drew the most viewers in 28 years.

The two games Sunday averaged 52.9 million viewers, up 34 percent from last season.

The dramatic NFC championship attracted 57.9 million viewers, the most since San Francisco beat Dallas on "The Catch" in 1982.

The Colts' win over the Jets on CBS drew 46.9 million viewers.

From the Tuesday, January 26, 2010 edition of the Augusta Chronicle
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