Reid to handle playcalling: It seemed a curious decision for newly-hired Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid to add the thoroughly unproven Doug Pederson to be his offensive coordinator. But it makes more sense after Reid says he plans to call the plays himself. However the head coach did have a lot of praise for the young coordinator. As a player, Pederson was a career backup quarterback — including one season playing for Reid in Philadelphia — and has been an NFL coach for just four seasons. Both coaches will have their work cut out for them trying to rebuild an offense that doesn’t offer much besides running back Jamaal Charles.
Marshall to have hip surgery: For the third time since 2009, Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall will have surgery on his hip. The good news is that the injury isn’t considered serious and should only keep Marshall down for two weeks. While the number of procedures might be a little disconcerting, the veteran is coming off a career year, catching 118 passes for 1,508 yards and 11 touchdowns. He’s also working on a string of six straight seasons with more than 1,000 receiving yards. Add new head coach Marc Trestman to that and there’s little reason to think Marshall can’t be a top three fantasy receiver next season.
Bell expects more passes in 2013: The Detroit Lions hired Curtis Modkins as their new running backs coach and running back Joique Bell likes the move. The duo worked together in Buffalo when Bell was a rookie and the young back credits Modkins with helping him improve as a pass catcher and pass protector. It’s a skill that Bell hopes comes in handy next season. He finished 2012 as Detroit’s second-leading rusher and had the third-most receptions as he worked in a rotation with Mikel Leshoure. With the Lions likely remaining a pass-first offense, the back that can best contribute to the aerial attack will be the back that sees the most snaps.
– Marcas Grant
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