Here are the top stories from Monday:
Tom Coughlin has stepped down as Giants coach after 12 seasons. Dan Graziano wrote about why general manager Jerry Reese shares in the blame of the Giants' failures. And Ian O'Connor wrote about how Coughlin changed his ways and led the Giants to two Super Bowl titles.
Colts agree to that they have agreed to a contract extension with coach Chuck Pagano
Chip Kelly has interest in the 49ers' head-coaching job, according to source reports (by Adam Schefter)
The story behind the 'Even Janitor' call by Panthers QB Cam Newton (by David Newton)
Donald Trump trolls Jets owner Woody Johnson on Twitter (by Rich Cimini)
From Bill Barnwell's story, in which he hands out regular-season awards, on the Moneymaker of the Year: "[Kirk] Cousins came into the year as a quarterback prone to fits of giveaways that eroded virtually all of his value as a passer. After adjusting for era, Cousins threw interceptions more frequently than anybody else in NFL history heading into this season. And then, somehow, after posting four two-interception games in the first six weeks of the year, Cousins simply stopped throwing picks. Ever since launching Washington's comeback win over Tampa Bay in the now-famous "You like that!?" game, Cousins has been a different quarterback altogether."
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has sprained ankle, MRI reveals (by Adam Schefter)
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says running back Marshawn Lynch 'ready to go' for wild-card game (by Sheil Kapadia)
Dismayed Browns offensive tackle Joe Thomas may seek trade to new team in 2016 (by Pat McManamon)
Mike Shanahan to have second interview with Dolphins (by Adam Schefter)
From ESPN Stats & Information research: By holding the Cardinals to six points Sunday, the Seahawks finished the season leading the league in points allowed for the fourth consecutive year.
TC is an exceptional coach and an even better person. It's been a honor to play for a HoF coach. Thank you Coach Coughlin
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) January 4, 2016
As I sit back and reflect on Coach Tom Coughlin, I remember all the one on ones in your office... https://t.co/WyZdYPIVkz
— Justin Tuck (@JustinTuck) January 4, 2016
🐐 + H.O.F = pic.twitter.com/67UBVvomsz
— Prince Amukamara (@PrinceAmukamara) January 4, 2016