Seahawks coaches talk often about how the run game is not just about the offensive line

When the Seahawks signed Marcel Reece before Week 14, there was little reason to believe he’d be a difference-maker down the stretch. Seattle had drifted away from runs that involved the fullback, and the team didn’t add Reece until Will Tukuafu suffered a concussion.

During the regular season, Rawls ran the ball 109 times, and only seven of those carries (for 5 yards) came out of the I-formation with a fullback.

But this past Saturday was a different story.
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“That was the plan going in — to get [Reece] a little more involved now that he¡¯s been here a couple weeks,” said Tom Cable, assistant head coach/offensive line coach. “Just normal ball for us. If you think about it, we looked more like we¡¯ve always looked.”

Here, the Seahawks were in 11 personnel (one running back, one TE), and the Lions had two deep safeties. This is a major difference from what Seattle will see in the divisional round. The Falcons are a single-high safety team, which gives them an extra defender to play the run.

Seahawks coaches talk often about how the run game is not just about the offensive line. Tight ends and wide receivers have to do their parts as well. On this particular play, the tight end is often asked to help block an edge defender.
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This was not a shotgun run in which Russell Wilson was reading the edge defender. And the scheme allowed Willson to get a favorable matchup.

“This covers everything so the tight end doesn¡¯t squeeze down from the right,” Mudd said. “If you had him squeezing down from the right, this would be full zone. And the tight end would stay out there. They can¡¯t read the defensive end that¡¯s outside the right tackle because the quarterback¡¯s underneath center. So they just man-blocked that side, put the tight end in on the offside ¡®backer and then took the center, left guard, left tackle and committed them to the defensive tackle, the defensive end and that ¡®backer (No. 54).”

Andy Dalton sat at his locker Monday afternoon after his team’s dynamic overtime victory over the Seattle Seahawks

That depends on San Diego’s desire to run a two-tight end offense, but that’s something they might do more with Gates back and rookie running back Melvin Gordon itching for a big game. Gordon has 56 carries for 228 yards on the season, but he has yet to find the end zone.

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Andy Dalton sat at his locker Monday afternoon after his team’s dynamic overtime victory over the Seattle Seahawks the day before and listened to all of this.

Same sting. Nothing new. Nothing personal.

But Jordan is Jordan, and watching him was an experience that can’t be compared with anyone else. He completed the impossible in his own individually brilliant way. By the same reasoning, Aaron Rodgers is Aaron Rodgers, and seeing him in full flight is unique in its own way.

He is the deadliest and most valuable player in the National Football League and he’s only getting better.

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Compared to the typical front-office executive, Phil Jackson comes with a lot of baggage

Whether it’s criticizing star Carmelo Anthony for holding the ball too much, his strong association with the triangle offense or angering the league’s best player with his word choice, Jackson brings unique issues.

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So it’s time to ask: Is Jackson worth the trouble?

An unlikely contributor emerged in Ron Baker, who didn’t play in the first three quarters, but he played all 12 minutes in the fourth quarter as Jeff Hornacek kept Derrick Rose on the bench.

Baker had six points and a career-high four assists. He finished plus-18, by far the best plus-minus of his 12-game career (previous best was plus-8). Baker had totaled two minutes, 59 seconds of playing time in the Knicks’ previous eight games.

Entering Friday, the Knicks had lost 109 straight games when trailing by at least 13 points entering the fourth quarter.

The last time the Knicks won a game after trailing by at least 13 points entering the fourth quarter was on Jan. 1, 2010, when they beat the Hawks after entering the fourth down by 13. It’s the fourth time in the past 20 seasons that the Knicks came back from at least 13 points down entering the fourth quarter.

It was the largest deficit overcome to win entering the fourth quarter of Anthony’s career.

The NHL is a business

The NHL is a business. Yes, it is a business dependent upon its fans and fan interest, but that’s fan interest as a whole, not the interest of a select group of fans.

The formula has proven successful so far for the league and the participating teams, but in recent years fan fatigue has become apparent. The league increased the number of outdoor games in 2011, bringing back the Heritage Classic that February, a month after the Winter Classic.

The Cardinals are a team full of capable Joe Pavelski Authentic Jersey starters, short on high-end talent. Carlos Martinez, however, breaks the mold. He led the team in fWAR in 2016, and is projected to do the same in 2017. You James Develin Game Jersey might be aware of the fact that fWAR only considers fielding-independent results, and that might sell Carlos short. I found that while his K’s have dropped this year, he was allowing weaker contact.

That could just be random, or it could be a logical result from a strategy of pitching more to contact. Don’t take my word for it? That’s understandable. Fangraphs writer Rylan Edwards found that Carlos was the only pitcher in baseball with three pitches with above-average movement vertically and horizontally. That seems to earn him both more called strikes than average, as well as weaker contact than average.

While there is understandably a lot of excitement surrounding Top Prospect Alex Reyes and the chance he becomes an ace, El Gallo is the Cardinals player most likely to obtain superstar status in the near future. He also only has three years of control left. Newest VEB writer Josey Curtis has already floated the idea, as has Jeff Todd of MLBTradeRumors.com.

Former Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli, who was New England’s vice president of Player Personnel from 2002-2008

Former Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli, who was New England’s vice president of Player Personnel from 2002-2008, fired Crennel at the conclusion of the 2012 season. Four days later, Pioli was ousted as well. The environment in Kansas City had reportedly grown so toxic that team employees, including ex-head coach Todd Haley, believed Pioli had bugged their cellphones.

The situation doesn’t appear to be that bad in Houston, though there have been numerous reports of discontent between O’Brien and general manager Rick Smith. Most notably, the two feuded over whether to cut quarterback Ryan Mallett after he had missed a team flight in late October. The Texans released Mallett Oct. 27.

Coughlin’s future with the organization and in the league as a whole is murky at best. He’s led the Giants to a pair of Super Bowl titles, but questionable decisions have led to many of the team’s losses over the past few seasons. The Giants have been completely unable to close out games in the final quarter.

New York lost to the New England Patriots, 27-26, then to Washington by just four points, and in their last game they fell to the New York Jets in overtime. That’s an eight point differential over the past three games, all of which have been losses.

But winning the NFC East is still a possibility. New York split the season series against Dallas and Washington, and with a pivotal game against Philadelphia set up for Week 17 (the same week the Cowboys and Washington will play each other), they can split that series as well. But the remaining schedule includes very tough games against the Carolina Panthers and Minnesota Vikings.

In other words, they can’t afford to lose their Monday Night Football game against the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins hold a 5-7 record like the Giants, but they are in fourth place in the AFC East and are also well out of the race for a wild card spot. Interim head coach Dan Campbell has led the Dolphins to a few wins since Joe Philbin was fired just four games into the season, but there isn’t much confidence in the team these days.

The Boston Red Sox were the AL East’s top team in 2016

The Boston Red Sox were the AL East’s top team in 2016, and after adding Chris Sale this offseason, they should be the favorites again in 2017. Can the Toronto Blue Jays or Baltimore Orioles keep pace, or will the New York Yankees move back into contention behind some of their young talent? What has to happen for the Tampa Bay Rays to get back in the mix in the division?

There are still a huge number of free agents available, but let’s look at the AL East and where each team stands right now in its hunt for the 2017 postseason (teams are listed in the order they finished in last season’s AL East standings).

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The Lakers and the NBA have given Kobe’s crew unprecedented access. Anywhere Kobe is, his crew can go — the training room, team charters, the crew members could probably follow him into the showers like Ron Artest did after the Lakers lost the 2008 NBA Finals to the Boston Celtics.
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If anything, the Rockets do understand that — regardless of how well James Harden (32 points and 12 assists Monday) plays — their defense can push them to bigger things overall and allows the offense to flow more effectively.

D’Antoni is correct that the second half got away from the Rockets, particularly the fourth quarter, when Harden sat and the Suns outscored Houston 35-24. When the game meant something in the first half, the Rockets controlled it throughout and never lost the lead.

The fact that the Wolves were one of 10 teams scheduled to play on Christmas Day

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The former senator did contribute some original work, using his ties to law enforcement to strong-arm former New York Mets clubhouse attendant Kirk Radomski into revealing titillating new details.

But in the end, the lasting impact of the Mitchell report was to cast the names of 86 players to the public mob to be tarred and feathered without respect to context.

Most rival executives expect the Magic to rank among the league’s most active teams between now and the Feb. 23 trade deadline; Nikola Vucevic, Mario Hezonja and Elfrid Payton have all been rumored to be in play. Orlando, though, is quietly 11-8 against sub-.500 teams, which actually ranks as the East’s best record among the seven clubs in the conference currently outside the top eight.

The Magic, in other words, are holding their own against teams of the same standard in their bid to sneak into the postseason.

The fact that the Wolves were one of 10 teams scheduled to play on Christmas Day — for the first time in franchise history — tells you everything you need to know about the sort of expectations outsiders had for this team coming into the season.

Drew Brees will play vs. Jaguars in Week 16 despite torn plantar fascia

Elite Kids Ryan Getzlaf Jersey The New Orleans Saints will have quarterback Drew Brees active and in the starting lineup for a Week 16 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars, despite a painful foot injury, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Brees suffered a torn plantar fascia in his right foot in the Saints’ Week 15 loss to the Detroit Lions and Rapoport said that sources have told him it’s a wonder he’s walking, let alone continuing to play. Brees was injured in the second quarter but performed well in the Saints’ loss to the Lions, throwing three touchdowns in the second half despite the fact that he was throwing off of his injured foot.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Norman will also appeal his punishment and plans to contend that he was provoked by Beckham and “facemasked him to get him away.”

Authentic Womens Jay Novacek Jersey Norman comes out of the unhinged but entertaining battle between the two looking better, but the NFL felt he did enough himself to warrant punishment. Norman did target Beckham on the ensuing play after the completely inexcusable helmet-to-helmet hit from the Giants receiver. Retaliation is never a good excuse for going after someone in the NFL, and the league wants to make this clear.

Norman didn’t receive a punishment for having a baseball bat on the field in pregame warmups, which reportedly set off Beckham and started the heated battle between the two Pro Bowl players. Panthers head coach Ron Rivera has since said that his players are no longer allowed to carry the bat on to the field anymore.

Collins took over as the starting left guard in 2015

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Since then, Frederick has become an immovable force at the bottom of the pocket, a presence that has allowed Prescott, when pressured on the edge, to step up cleanly, keep his eyes downfield and deliver the ball on target. Frederick also makes the pre-snap reads and blocking calls that are key to the Cowboys’ zone-blocking scheme.

“I felt like regardless of how our defense was playing, if we could set the tone offensively, vis-a-vis it would help out the defense, give them a little confidence when they took they field that they’re not behind or against the field position every single time, as they were many times in that four-game stretch.”

Rodgers has certainly done his part. In the past four games, he has completed 70.7 percent of his passes, has seven touchdowns and no interceptions with a passer rating of 114.5.

That completion percentage ranks fourth in the NFL over this stretch and his passer rating first. He’s the only quarterback in the league to play in multiple games since Week 12 and not throw an interception. Only two other quarterbacks have 4-0 records in this stretch: Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger.
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And Rodgers is the only one to do it while playing with two separate leg injuries — a strained right calf and a pulled left hamstring.

Can Toledo’s Logan Woodside carve through Appalachian State’s defense?

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Osweiler got hooked after throwing two interceptions on his first 11 pass attempts. The Texans survived that and won behind backup quarterback Tom Savage.

Griffen also committed a neutral-zone infraction that gave the Colts a first down on third-and-5. Minnesota quarterback Sam Bradford got picked off by Mike Adams, and the Vikings’ defense was dissected by a Colts offense that was content to keep Minnesota in its base personnel, run the ball and exploit throwing windows over the middle.

It’s not the most one-sided defeat of Zimmer’s tenure with the Vikings, but given what was at stake, it might be the most unnerving. And as the Vikings head to Green Bay next week for a date with a Packers team that has won four straight, they have more questions than answers.

Will Peterson — who didn’t play most of the second half after gaining 22 yards on six carries — see the field again this season? Should the Vikings push to get Harrison Smith back for the Packers game, as they’d initially hoped to do? What caused such a collapse in a game in which the Vikings still had everything to play for?
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The Vikings will be asked many of those questions this week, and they’ll have plenty of questions to pose on themselves, too. A season that began with championship aspirations — which seemed to persist even after injuries to Teddy Bridgewater and Peterson — is officially on the brink.