Here are the top stories from Tuesday:
What is the Cardinals' kryptonite? Poor punt coverage. Seattle exposed that in Week 17, when star rookie Tyler Lockett fielded four punts and returned them for 139 yards, which is more punt return yardage than the Chargers generated all season (84). This isn't a momentary lapse for the Cardinals. Their punting unit has cost Arizona 12.7 points of field position this year. Only the Texans and Jets have been worse. More from Bill Barnwell on every playoff team's kryptonite.
Who was the NFL's most disappointing team this season -- Cowboys or Eagles? Marty Callinan has the answer.
The Browns made a bold move on Tuesday, hiring Paul DePodesta of the New York Mets as their chief strategy officer. The Browns expect DePodesta to help members of the team's player-development, sports-science, high-performance and analytics departments maximize their efforts. He will also have a significant voice in determining Browns personnel decisions, including what, if anything, the team does this offseason with former first-round draft pick Johnny Manziel. More from Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter.
Ben Roethlisberger had a simple message for second-year WR Martavis Bryant, who was held to two total catches in Weeks 16 and 17: "You've got to get tough and you've got to make tough plays and you've got to make tough catches and you have to find ways to do everything you can to help this team." More from Jeremy Fowler.
Who is and isn't a coaching candidate for the Giants? It's a legitimate possibility the team will choose to promote current offensive coordinator Bob McAdoo. When the Giants hired McAdoo two years ago, many in the organization, including Tom Coughlin, believed he possessed the qualities of a future NFL head coach. This is sooner than they expected to consider McAdoo, but they didn't expect to go 6-10 in each of the past two seasons. More potential candidates from Dan Graziano.
The Ravens lost nine games by one score, which was tied with San Diego for most in the league. Playing so many teams close was admirable for a Baltimore team short-handed that was for much of the season without its starting quarterback, top running back, No. 1 wide receiver and best pass-rusher. Getting Joe Flacco and other injured players back will help Baltimore bounce back in 2016. More from Mike Sando on the non-playoff teams primed to rebound next season.
Jerry Jones says he is open to "some risks" at the backup quarterback spot. Hmm, we wonder who he could be talking about. More from Todd Archer.
From ESPN Stats & Information research: During their 10-game winning streak, the Chiefs have allowed just 12.8 points per game while enjoying a plus-16 turnover margin, both best in the NFL.
Lance Briggs pokes fun at the new hairdo of his former Bears teammate Brian Urlacher:
— Lance Briggs (@LanceBriggs) January 5, 2016