Month: January 2018

Franchise quarterbacks still matter.

If the Patriots beat the Jaguars on Sunday, this will be the 14th time in 15 years that the AFC team in the Super Bowl will be quarterbacked by Brady, Roethlisberger or Peyton Manning.
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The last 14 Super Bowl-winning teams have been quarterbacked by Brady four times; Roethlisberger, Peyton Manning and Eli Manning twice each; and Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson and Joe Flacco once apiece.

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With the increase of three, four and even five wide receiver sets, the ability to drop into coverage is crucial for linebackers in the modern NFL. Lacking that ability significantly hurts a linebacker’s ability to play every down, which is why Foster’s Alabama teammate in 2015, Reggie Ragland, fell to the second round in the 2016 draft despite being an excellent run defender. Foster is plenty capable in coverage, with the potential to become a very good coverage linebacker. That gives him extra value and appeal.

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When we come back, our mentality is to turn it up even more than we already have, Jenkins said. It’s not about how you start. It’s about how you finish. Real ball is played in November and December. We look at our schedule moving forward and we’ve got some really good teams and some games that obviously are very important for the long haul. .?.?. We come back [after the bye] against Dallas on the road in Devin Funchess Youth jersey the division. We don’t have much time to look too far ahead because we’re back at it.

In that grind-it-out tilt, Bortles became just the third starting signal-caller to win a playoff contest with more rushing (88) than passing yards (87), joining Michael Vick and Bob Griese along the way.

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This might be the best year, God, in the last 20 years, said Arians, who will not be traveling to Mobile for the first time in nearly 30 years. That little thing that’s going to be the difference, to go try to find that out this year would have been intriguing. Who processes information the best? Who’s got the most grit?
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He’s even considering a job in television to remain part of the game, but while Arians will miss the annual trip to Alabama, he’s also enjoying his free time and has been golfing regularly in Arizona.

I think that was one of the best defensive halves I’ve been a part of, fifth-year senior Devon Hall said. That was fun. I’m not going to lie. That was fun.

Coach Tony Bennett agreed, calling it some of the best defense we’ve played.

I thought they were just so active with their hands, Bennett said, and everything was contested.

The Blue Devils forced 21 turnovers in Tuesday night’s 84-70 victory over the Demon Deacons.

By their own high standards, this counts as an off night for an offense that is the nation’s second-most efficient in the Pomeroy rankings. And they were outrebounded 37-31 by a Wake Forest team with two 7-footers in the rotation.

It didn’t really matter with the defense playing like this.

We just decided it wasn’t going to be an easy night for the other side when it very well could have been after getting down in the first half. Again, nothing but a lot of respect and a lot of credit to our guys for their makeup and fortitude.

Seeing Bill Belichick, Matt Patricia and company dissect Wentz’s skills would have been as entertaining as anything in this game. Dealing with what the Eagles Authentic Mike Green Jersey still bring won’t be easy, but Wentz’s injury robbed this Super Bowl of that chess match.

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Patriots LB James Harrison posts photo of assault rifle, causing backlash

James Harrison is drawing some unwanted attention ahead of New England’s big game.

The Patriots linebacker on Wednesday posted a photo on Instagram of a custom AK-47-style gun that later caused a bit of backlash.

That new Deebo Draco, Harrison wrote as he described the gun, which displays his No. 92 and his Deebo nickname.

Strunk stated that we did discuss extending [Mularkey’s] future with our team over the past week, but in those discussions about the direction of the team, it became evident that we saw different paths to achieve greater success.

It’s fair to wonder if those different paths were rooted in the future of an offense that flatlined for much of this season before finally coming to life in Tennessee’s wild-card win over the Chiefs.

While Mularkey’s Exotic Smashmouth offered moments of great potential in 2016, the attack devolved into an identity-free mess this past autumn and gave the team no shot to compete in Saturday night’s divisional-round thrashing by the Patriots.

The video features Michael Strahan’s extreme elation on the set of Fox NFL Sunday as he watched Stefon Diggs’ unlikely game-winning touchdown.

Miami coach Jim Larranaga and his staff spent recent practices pushing his players to whip the ball around the perimeter, keep things moving and set up each other for good looks.

The results looked pretty good.

Bruce Brown Jr. scored 19 points and No. 25 Miami shot 58 percent to hold off North Carolina State 86-81 on Sunday, turning in its best offensive output since November.


The Bills had a second-and-9 at their own 35-yard line with 9:39 left in the first quarter and the score 0-0.

The best storyline in sports and entertainment right now is the love affair that Jason Mendoza, a character on the TV show The Good Place, has with the Jacksonville Jaguars and their quarterback, Blake Bortles.
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Jason, played Torrey Smith Authentic Jersey by actor Manny Jacinto, is the dumbest, most endearing, and maybe only Jaguars fan in the history of television. Part of the running joke in the first two seasons is that the team is terrible. At one point Jason 锟斤拷 who is dead because the show takes place in the afterlife 锟斤拷 asks another character, Michael, if Jacksonville has won the Super Bowl since his death. Michael just laughs.

You suspect the Dolphins might want to chalk up 2017 as a lost season after Ryan Tannehill went down with a torn ACL in preseason, but their 28th-ranked defense (by DVOA) is a bigger concern. Miami likely will hit the free-agent market yet again to try to plug holes, even if it means moving on from Jarvis Landry and cutting Ndamukong Suh, who might have worn out his welcome. Questionable contracts from years past might prevent Miami from importing as much new talent as it might like.

In other injury news, cornerback Mackensie Alexander did not practice Friday because of an illness and is listed as questionable. The Vikings also ruled out defensive tackle Shamar Stephen (knee). Stephen is likely the only player on the roster who won’t be available for Sunday’s game.

Meanwhile, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer would not say whether Sam Bradford or Teddy Bridgewater would back up quarterback Case Keenum. Bradford took that role from Bridgewater for last week’s divisional playoff round and is expected to do the same Sunday. Earlier this week, Zimmer left open the possibility that all three quarterbacks will be active.

Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is all but certain to play in Week 2 against the Broncos. The NFL has admitted as much and, as it is already Thursday afternoon when this is being written, it would be surprising if a judge ruled on Elliott’s case in time to make a decision for Week 2. Elliott was suspended for six games on August 12 for a violation of the league’s domestic violence policy.

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Per Pro Football Focus, Smith leads the NFL in deep-ball (20-plus yards) passer rating and accuracy.

He’s got two weapons in Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce who excel in hauling in these kind of passes.
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The Titans allow only 88.8 rushing yards per game, and while the Chiefs are 6-0 when Kareem Hunt rushes for 100 yards or more, they will Lance Stephenson Youth jersey need to generate explosive plays in the air to open up the run game. It won’t be easy. The Titans have allowed only seven completions on passes over 20 yards this season.

The Falcons have to beat the Rams in the red zone.
If you’re looking for an upset this weekend, look no further than the Falcons.

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The Falcons are uber talented, but at times this season, haven’t played that way. The key for the Falcons on Saturday night is finishing in the red zone. The Falcons are 15th in points per game, but third in yards per play, 13th in rushing, eighth in passing, and first on third downs. They should have way, way more points. The Falcons are currently 23rd in red-zone percentage. They need to find creative ways to isolate Julio Jones and create holes in the run game when things condense in the red zone.

The Miami Dolphins have announced several changes in Adam Gase’s coaching staff, including the hiring of Dowell Loggains as offensive coordinator.

Jeremiah Washburn was hired as offensive line coach. Defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo, running backs coach Danny Barrett and defensive line coach Terrell Williams were not retained, the Dolphins said Friday.

Three assistants changed titles. Shawn Jefferson will become assistant head coach/offense, Ben Johnson will become wide receivers coach, and Clyde Christensen will become director of football and player development.

Gase will continue to call plays. He and Loggains were on the Chicago Bears’ staff together in 2015, and Loggains was the Bears’ offensive coordinator the past two years.

The Tennessee Titans’2017 season was in danger of spinning out of control.

Fortunately for them, quarterback Marcus Mariota was able to turn into the skid and get his team into the playoffs for the first time since 2008. He’ll have the chance to extend his season by at least one more week when the Titans travel west for a Wild Card Round showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs. The AFC rivals meet on Saturday, and kickoff is set for 4:35 p.m. ET on ABC/ESPN (live stream).
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The Jaguars beat the Bills, 10-3, on Sunday to advance to the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs, and Bortles couldn’t hit anything. On the CBS broadcast, Tony Romo called out the way Bortles’wobbly passes were getting caught in the crosswind 锟斤拷 passes to one half of the field would always sail high, while passes to the other side of the field would nosedive. Bortles finished 12-of-23 passing for 87 yards 锟斤拷 3.7 yards per attempt 锟斤拷 and one touchdown.
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Only one other quarterback played a full game with a worse per-attempt average this season and won 锟斤拷 another perfectly imperfect passer by the name of Jay Cutler. No quarterback had won a playoff game while passing for fewer than 100 yards since Joe Flacco in 2010.

The fact that Bortles threw the ball so poorly and won speaks volumes about the Jaguars defense, which has been a havoc-wreaking delight all season and held the Bills to just 260 yards while forcing two turnovers.

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His screen is nothing but text messages and missed calls from his assistants.

Ryan Tannehill spent some time with Gruden at his quarterbacks camp before he was drafted in 2012, but that doesn’t mean Gruden knew how to say his name correctly. It’s pronounced Tann-uh-hill. But Gruden called him Tanny-hill. Close enough.

He also had a boatload of oddly specific and sometimes nonsensical nicknames for players — enough that we’re pretty sure he just came up with things to call them because he forgot their names.

He called current Falcons defensive end and former Buccaneers first-round pick Adrian Clayborn “Light Switch,” which Gruden said was “because he can go from 0 to 80 in a hurry.”

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“Electrifying,” said New England safety Duron Harmon. “We were excited to see him, because it’s letting us know he’s making progress, and that’s what we’ve been praying for.”

And the crowd? Harmon: “It’s the stadium where, as a kid, you dream about playing big games on the road, and having everybody in the stadium against you. That’s the kind of game you want to play in and dream to play in.”

Packers promote Brian Gutekunst as new general manager

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Green Bay has promoted director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst to general manager, the team announced Monday.

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Until this week, when it was announced that a left foot fracture would shelve Colson until March, he had been center stage for 11-3 Notre Dame, whose offense over this decade has become one of the nation’s most dependable and entertaining productions. And while coach Mike Brey’s attack has usually been an ensemble affair, this season Colson had become its clear leading man.

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The Falcons will force the Eagles to sustain long drives, so Foles must be patient and get the ball out of his hands quickly on shorter routes. Foles will be in big trouble if the Eagles can’t consistently get to manageable third downs.

On the other side, the Falcons need to go up-tempo as much as possible. The Eagles have a strong front seven and a good pressure package under Jim Schwartz, but they have remained shaky in the secondary all season. Jones and Mohamed Sanu should win their matchups, and some success with Freeman will help in delivering deep shots off play-action.

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It’s funny how everyone complains that holding, pass interference and unnecessary roughness make it impossible to play defense in the NFL, yet here are two not-so crazy challenges for offenses, and no one can stand it.

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