Month: February 2018

The Eagles finally bring Philadelphia its first Super Bowl win

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The No. 2 pick in the 1999 NFL draft, quarterback Donovan McNabb ended a three-year Eagles playoff drought in just his second season. However, his first three NFC East title-winning seasons all ended with the same disappointment: a costly defeat one step short of the Super Bowl.
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When David Akers’ ensuing onside kick failed, it all but sealed the Eagles’ fate. While a defensive stand got the ball back with 46 seconds left, Philadelphia had zero timeouts and 96 yards to cover for a game-winning touchdown. That faint glimmer of hope faded when McNabb threw his second interception of the game, keeping the City of Brotherly Love without a Super Bowl title for at least 13 more years.

I think blame can get passed all around the organization and it starts with me, Lions general manager Bob Quinn told co-host Gil Brandt and me Monday night on SiriusXM NFL Radio. I’m in charge of delivering the players and hiring the head coach.

If anyone wants to point a finger as to why the running game did not work last year, they can point it at me.

Quinn believed Detroit’s core group of running backs 锟斤拷 Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick, Zach Zenner, Dwayne Washington and Tion Green 锟斤拷 would be good enough to generate a credible rushing threat if nothing else. Quinn had witnessed first-hand that a running back-by-committee approach can thrive during his time working in New England’s personnel department before becoming Detroit’s general manager in 2016.

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The 19-0 start to a game was the most on record for the Clippers and most for any team since Washington scored the first 20 against Brooklyn last April 11.

Colts to add Bobby Johnson to coaching staff, source says

New Colts head coach Steven Souza Youth jersey Frank Reich’s staff continues to fall into place.
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A source told Sporting News that Bobby Johnson will be hired as the team’s assistant offensive line coach.

Johnson spent the past three seasons as the Raiders’ tight ends coach. He interviewed last month for the Raiders’ head coaching vacancy even though team owner Mark Davis was already set to finalize Jon Gruden’s hiring.
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There are plenty of good fits to improve the interior. The Titans’ Josh Kline, the Jaguars’ Patrick Omameh and the Chiefs’ Zach Fulton top the ideal, reasonable free-agent list. Should the Jets not go QB, RB or defense with No. 6 overall, Notre Dame guard Quinton Nelson would be a can’t-miss pick as an exceptional pulling athlete. A little later, Georgia’s Isaiah Wynn and Arkansas’ Frank Ragnow have appeal because of their pro-position versatility. Auburn’s Braden Smith (guard) and Alabama’s Bradley Bozeman (center) are more position-specific targets.

Finding tackle solutions will be harder, but the Jets can start by considering the Patriots’ Cameron Fleming for left tackle. Between Wynn, Pittsburgh’s Brian O’Neill, Western Michigan’s Chukwuma Okorafor and UCLA’s Kolton Miller, there are intriguing prospects in the draft beyond the early first round.

The Buccaneers receiver’s 2016 Chevy Silverado was found crashed into a tree and abandoned with bullet holes and marijuana inside on Dec. 24 in Tampa.

Jackson, who Tampa Bay police said isn’t a suspect, was out of town at the time and said he didn’t give anyone permission to use the truck.

Police say Jackson’s friend Therrian Fontenote was the one driving the car during the crash, however, there is not enough evidence nor eyewitness accounts for charges to be filed.

We don’t have enough information to definitively say who was driving when the crash took place, Tampa Police spokesperson Janelle McGregor said.

Jackson initially tried to report the vehicle stolen, but under police pressure he admitted Fontenote was driving the truck.

The case stalled as Jackson didn’t follow up with the report, and Fontenote has not come forward, even though there were warrants for his arrest at the time of the crash due to outstanding traffic violations.

J.D. Martinez continuing physical at Red Sox spring training camp

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Considering it took four months for the Boston Red Sox and J.D. Martinez to get together, what’s another day before they make things official?
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Martinez arrived at the Red Sox’s spring training facility Wednesday and underwent a physical, the last step in finalizing his five-year, $110 million contract. But for a second day in a row, the team announced there would not be a news conference to introduce the free-agent slugger because the physical had not been completed.

Martinez has had a long Marcus Foligno Youth jersey injury history. In 2016, he crashed into the outfield wall and fractured his right elbow. Last year, he missed the season’s first few weeks with a sprained Lisfranc ligament in his right foot.

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The 2014 second-round pick started his career with 1,124 rushing yards and nine touchdowns as a rookie. But his yards per carry plummeted from 5.1 as a rookie to 3.6 in 2015, even if he finished the season with a league-leading 11 rushing touchdowns.

Hill was progressively phased out of the Bengals’ offense as he struggled with an ankle injury, and he fell on the depth chart behind Giovani Bernard and 2017 draft pick Joe Mixon. Now 25, Hill will hit free agency and could be a steal if he recreates his 2014 form with another roster.

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Ohtani would be subject to the same in-season position qualification rules as any other player, meaning that he could add additional field positions with 10 appearances at any one spot, or relief pitcher eligibility with five relief appearances. In either case, he’d still need to be slotted in either an active hitter or pitcher position in each scoring period.

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Adrian Peterson never was a proper fit with the Saints after carving out a brilliant career in Minnesota.

Now the 32-year-old Peterson begins Act 3 of his NFL career, having been traded to the Cardinals this week.

The 32-year-old running back is expected to play Sunday when the Cardinals host the Buccaneers. And he is expected to be the Arizona feature back, something he was not with the Saints.

Peterson started just one of four games with New Orleans and rushed for just 81 yards on 27 carries. Had that pace continued, he was on pace for a career-low 324 yards.

And the league’s actions didn’t sit well with some outside observers, including Sen. Arlen Specter, who requested a meeting with Goodell in November 2008 to learn why the tapes had been destroyed.

What Specter learned from the one-hour, 40-minute sitdown in February 2008 was that the Pats had been spying on opposing teams for nearly a decade, ever since Belichick’s first year as head coach of the Pats.

“There was confirmation that there has been taping since 2000, when Coach Belichick took over,” said Specter, who called for an independent probe similar to a Mitchell Report on performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. It never materialized.

“I found a lot of questions unanswerable because the tapes and notes had been destroyed,” said the late Pennsylvania lawmaker. “We have a right to have honest football games.”

Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State. The Buccaneers could go one of a few ways with this pick, nabbing Barkley if he makes it out of the top six or fortifying the offensive line by finally upgrading over Donovan Smith. But when you’re looking at both value and need, Chubb is the perfect fit at No. 7. He’s a dominant edge-rusher that gives high effort on nearly every play. With 10 sacks and more than 20 tackles for loss in each of his last two seasons for NC State, he’s the perfect guy to come in and take the Bucs defense to another level.

Christian Wilkins, DE, Clemson. If the Bears re-sign Mitch Unrein, or if Key or Chubb make it to No. 8, the Bears are probably going to go in a different direction. But with how the board plays out here, Wilkins would seemingly be a great fit as a 3-4 base end that can kick inside in nickel downs and be just as effective getting into the backfield. New coach Matt Nagy may want to give Mitchell Trubisky a new No. 1 weapon, but that strategy makes most sense after a trade down. Any team targeting a quarterback may want to give Chicago a call if their desired prospect is still on the board here.

Though Goodell announced during the season that he had formed a committee of former players and coaches to suggest improvements to the rule, the league strongly indicated last week the convoluted process will remain in

Team owners, GMs, coaches would instill upon the players making millions of dollars that preventable punitive post-play misconduct is forbidden.

But here we are. Unfiltered, untreated misconduct has become a standard determinant in both NFL and big-time college games, no end in sight.
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Seattle was bound to start slipping down this list. The Seahawks had no first-round picks three straight years (2013-15). The 2012 class is still an outstanding one, headlined by Wagner and Russell Wilson in the third round. Their recent classes have not been as impressive, but the average draft position of their first pick over the five years is 43.2. It is hard to hit on players when you are drafting that low.

Reggie McKenzie has turned around the Raiders with some great drafting. The 2014 selections of Mack and quarterback Derek Carr are as good a first- and second-round combination as you’ll find. Both look like stars. He added Amari Cooper in 2015 and has built a strong nucleus to his team.

Packers: With no first-round pick, the Packers added defense in the second and third rounds, picking Washington CB Kevin King, who was viewed by analyst as possible first-round talent. The Packers think the 6-3 King has a chance to be a No. 1 cornerback. King gives the Packers their tallest cornerback and is the tallest corner GM Ted Thompson has ever drafted. King also can play multiple positions from safety to the slot cornerback to the outside corner spot.

Texans: They moved up 13 spots and gave up two first-round picks to get Deshaun Watson at No. 12 overall. Watson will sit behind Tom Savage, but for how long? Savage isn’t an established NFL QB, and Houston fans will be clamoring for the dynamic Watson, who was 32-3 in college. The Texans missed badly on Brock Osweiler in free agency a year ago and have no first-round pick in 2018. So Watson better work out for them.

As a matter of fact, when we say they had a huge game, we mean they actually outscored the Colts on their own. The Rams tallied two pick-sixes and also picked up a safety for a total of 16 points.

Patriots’ owner says NFL’s future is through livestreaming

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said the future of NFL broadcasts is in over the top deals like the livestreaming agreement the NFL signed with Amazon this spring.
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Now we play four games a year in London and sell tickets to 80,000 people and we’re going to have a team in London, Kraft said. We’re playing the Raiders in Mexico and have plans to play in Germany, Canada and Brazil and China. I don’t know why not France?

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I don’t hold grudges but I never forget, Kraft responded. Sometimes people mess up at when they’re doing their jobs, but it most organizations people make bad decisions. I’m about the present and the future.

We were unfairly punished but we wound up winning the Super Bowl.

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Yet, according to ESPN, the two likely will keep working together, as O’Brien is believed to be staying in Houston, where he shares a good relationship with rising star Deshaun Watson.

A Facebook group called Boycott the NFL is asking ticket holders to stay home and viewers to tune out the league’s games this Veterans Day weekend.

Boycott the NFL, which has 220,000 followers going into the weekend, added that its members plan to resist watching as long as millionaire football players protest the national anthem.

It appears to be a new day for Rodgers and the Packers’ offense.

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FOX’s new NFL rules guru making the grade

Working in the NFL command center you are a source of constant scrutiny, dissection and anger. But at least you had time.
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There are obviously other sports that I am interested in, Blandino said. FOX has the UFC and that’s something I’ve been a fan of for a long time. There’s other opportunities outside of sports with my comedic background. I like to write and do things more on the creative side. The position I am in now allows me to explore those opportunities and just see what else is out there.

Until then, he will tell you why that wasn’t a catch.

The NFL’s game operations manual says the national anthem must be played prior to every NFL game and that all players must be on the sideline for it. Failure to do so may result in discipline.

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If the rules are changed to make standing mandatory, the question was raised about whether the NFL would have to engage in collective bargaining.

I don’t believe that the anthem per se is an issue that’s collective bargained, Lockhart said.

But the NFL Players Association may launch a legal challenge to any effort to change the manual unilaterally, NBC Sports reported.

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The lack of scoring leaguewide has been an issue through the season’s first two weeks.

The Falcons have hung tough and are having a pretty good season. But pretty good is not quite good enough in the NFC. The Falcons were exposed Sunday by an excellent Vikings team. Julio Jones disappeared from the offense and no one else stepped forward to be a difference-maker.

The Raiders go from playing a team in the Giants that just had benched its starting QB for no good reason, to facing a team in the Chiefs that probably should be benching its starting QB but won’t.

But that’s not the fault of rookies. According to the league, rookies scored 19 touchdowns through the Week 2 games, the most since rookies had 21 touchdowns through two weeks of the 1978 season.

Falcons at Lions … Two of the three 2-0 teams in the NFC face off. The Falcons have shrugged off their Super Bowl debacle and have made a strong early-season case they remain the conference’s top team. But the Lions just won a game against the Giants in which Matthew Stafford threw for only 122 yards. They’re a more complete team than they’ve been.

Barnett is a productive pass rusher who broke Reggie White’s sack record at Tennessee and now follows the former Eagles great to Philadelphia.

Bolles was the first offensive lineman taken in the draft. It was an obvious move for the Broncos. The only question is whether they were right to go with Bolles over Ryan Ramczyk.

The Sam Bradford injury situation remains muddled, with Bradford inactive again. Fox’s Jay Glazer reports that Bradford’s oft-injured knee is a bigger mess than anyone expected and it could be a career-threatening situation for him. Bradford is expected to have Regenokine treatments in an effort to reduce inflammation, the NFL Network reported. Those involve taking Bradford’s blood, spinning it and reinjecting it into the knee.chargers_044

For the past decade, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Los Angeles Rams have been partners in NFL ignominy.

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They have missed the playoffs on an annual basis and usually have drafted in the top 10. The Jaguars have not played a postseason game since 2007, the Rams since 2004. They have been, to use the phrase Jaguars owner Authentic Kelvin Herrera Jersey Shad Khan chose Sunday, a pair of laughingstocks.
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They remain bonded this season, for another reason. They represent NFL parity, a quality once again defining the competitive portion of the season. If any single stat shows the unpredictability of the anyone-can-rise NFL, it’s this: Through 14 games, the best point differentials in the NFL belong to the Rams (plus-166) and Jaguars (plus-165), both of whom stand 10-4 after last season winning four and three games, respectively.

So far this season, the standard deviation of Houston’s 3-point percentage is 6.6 percent. By contrast, the Golden State Warriors’ 3-point percentage has a standard deviation of 8.7 percent, about a third higher. When we look at total 3s made, the Rockets therefore have a slightly smaller standard deviation (3.2 per game) than the Warriors (3.3). That difference isn’t enough to explain Houston being more consistent overall than Golden State, but it does back up Madsen’s original finding that consistency isn’t related to 3-point attempts.

The NFL and players from both the NFL and the NBA have fought back with statements offering varying degrees of criticism of the president, and Trump fired back against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Saturday night. By Sunday morning, he was back at it, suggesting a boycott of the NFL.

If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!

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Now the No. 1 reason happens to be, they like watching what’s happening with yours truly, he said. He also added that the amount of big hits called as penalties are a factor as well.

Today, if you hit too hard, 15 yards, throw him out of the game, he said while mimicking the act of an official throwing a penalty flag. They’re ruining the game, right? They’re ruining the game. It’s hurting the game.