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He was the guy who wasted a first-round pick on Tim Tebow, a player almost no one else thought could play quarterback at the NFL level.

He went 8-8 in his first season, plunging to a 2-8 finish after starting with six consecutive victories. They were alive in the playoff hunt on the final day of that season, but lost at home by 20 points to the Chiefs. KC finished that year — no kidding — 4-12.

It got no better in the second season, when he was allowed to coach a dozen games but won just three of them. Management had seen enough. After firing him, the Broncos made the playoffs the next five years in a row, including two Super Bowls and one championship.

Forget the offseason. This would be the top storyline of the 2018-19 postseason if the stars align for that matchup. Imagine if Raiders coach Jon Gruden’s return coincides with a playoff matchup against the Patriots – 17 years after the Tuck Rule” game on Jan. 19, 2002, that is considered the launch point for Belichick, Brady and eight Super Bowl appearances.

Would a Raiders’ victory knock down the rest of the Patriots’ dominoes the AFC has been hoping would fall while simultaneously renewing one of the NFL’s most-fabled franchises?

Going back to the first hire of the offseason, the Bears wasted no time in landing Matt Nagy, who succeeded Pederson as the Chiefs’ offensive coordinator. The Colts’ pursuit of McDaniels was predicated on the fact that they wanted an offensive-minded coach to reboot the career of a hopefully healthy Andrew Luck. Reich, as Pederson’s latest right-hand man, is the right man for the task.

The biggest difference between McDaniels and Reich is experience. McDaniels turns 42 in April, but he’s had a previous head-coaching stint in Denver plus multiple long stretches on New England’s staff. Reich turned 56 in December, but he entered coaching late, only 10 years ago.

After being one of the best-ever backup QBs for the Bills behind Jim Kelly, Reich has built his second NFL career in his own right. In 2008, his first shot came with the Colts’ offensive staff under the legendary Tom Moore. That crosses over into another familiar coaching name with the Colts — Bruce Arians.

Arians, as interim coach during Luck’s rookie season in 2012, was NFL coach of the year filling in for Chuck Pagano. Arians got his head-coaching shot later than most, and unexpectedly. After few winning seasons with Indianapolis and Arizona, his short time in that capacity will go down as a success. Reich’s age shouldn’t be a factor, because as Arians did, he connects well to young players.
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is on the verge of handing President Trump a significant political victory by calling on his players to stand for the national anthem.

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Despite Elliot’s plea for an independent arbiter, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell selected Harold Henderson, a former league executive, to hear the case.

Becker and Poliakoff sports attorney Daniel Wallach shed light on the biggest obstacle facing Elliot and his powerful legal team: The NFL arbitration process is not like a typical courtroom appeal.

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The NFL’s procedure does not include many of the niceties afforded by courtroom evidence rules such as upholding Sixth and Seventh Amendment rights, including the right of the accused to confront his accuser.

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NFL ratings turnaround hits big speed bump

The NFL’s ratings comeback has stalled.
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The TV audience for NFL games, down sharply from last season, had been closing the gap with 2016 for the last seven weeks 锟斤拷 until last weekend.

NBC’s Sunday Night Football game between the Oakland Raiders and the Miami Dolphins attracted 14.4 million viewers, down 22 percent from SNF’s Week 9 game last year, according to data compiled by Sports Media Watch.

It doesn’t get any easier for the NFL from here on. Last season, audiences were tamped down, in part, because attention was diverted to the raucous presidential campaign.

Ratings picked up last season with Week 10, the first post-Election Day slate of games 锟斤拷 an increase in viewerhip that may be hard to match this year.

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McNair said Trump’s divisive and counterproductive words couldn’t have come at a worse time for the country.

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It causes me to wonder what is ESPN about because I thought it was about news and information and highlights, and I’m not sure that is the point of emphasis anymore, Werder said on The Doomsday Podcast.
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How is ESPN going to cover the NFL without all of the people who just lost their jobs? What happens without Merril Hoge and Ron Jaworski to ‘NFL Matchup’? What happens to ‘NFL Insiders’ without a number of analysts, former general managers like Joe Banner and Mark Dominik? Are we really about to see a time when ESPN can no longer afford to cover its most valuable property in the way that historically it has?

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NFL owners stop short of making rule to stand for national anthem

NFL owners will not to force players to stand for the national anthem, even though they agree they should, league Commissioner Roger Goodell said on Wednesday.
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Another issue we spent a great deal of time talking about this morning was how much we believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem, he said following an owners’ meeting in Manhattan.

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Goodell refused to wade into the political debate.

I have not communicated with Trump, Goodell said. We are trying to stay Larry Johnson Jersey out of politics. We are not looking to get into politics. What we are looking to do is continue to keep people focused on football.

The league isn’t taking Trump’s bait, according to New York Giants owner John Mara.

We’re all aware that that’s going to continue, but we just can’t allow ourselves to get baited by that. We’re going to do what we think is right, he said.

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Nathanson added that NFL ratings were also hurt by poor matchups, something he said is lnot so much of a challenge this year.

It does look like the NFL has constructed a better primetime schedule this year, he said, noting the NFL game power rankings were up solidly this season over last.

The slide in NFL ratings was the talk of the media world 锟斤拷 and beyond 锟斤拷 last year. It came after years of steady growth.

The league attracted $3.5 billion in advertising revenue in 2016 and draws the most consistent TV audience of young male adults.

There were scores of stories about the ratings slide, with everything from ex-San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the pre-game national anthem to the threat of concussions and the poor off-field behavior of some players being blamed for the ratings fumble.

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The long-term status of Miami Dolphins linebacker Lawrence Timmons is uncertain after the veteran defensive player went missing Saturday

It probably isn’t a recipe worth following — spotting teams double-digit leads time and time again — but it’s working. This team, short-handed and embattled as it is, is finding a way to get the job done.

You can’t overstate the job Pearl has done in getting Auburn to this point, but it’s also impossible to overlook how the program got into this position in the first place.

The Dolphins, with what was supposed to be their season opener postponed to November because of Hurricane Irma, relocated to California ahead of Sunday’s game against the Chargers and, on Saturday, the team was unable to locate him. Although he was accounted for Sunday, he was listed as inactive ahead of the 4:05 p.m. EDT kickoff. Timmons had started 101 consecutive NFL games.

Jones’s aim, he and his associates have said, is to slow the negotiating process so that all owners have time to consider whether paying Goodell so handsomely is wise. Some owners have interpreted it as a move to oust Goodell in what amounts to a temper tantrum by Jones over the six-game suspension given to Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott under the personal conduct policy. Jones has said the two issues are unrelated. He has said he has the league’s best interests at heart.

“We do need to improve,” he said following a Cowboys’ victory over the Washington Redskins late last month, talking about the “challenging times” being faced by the NFL. “There’s no question about that. We need to improve throughout, every constituency in the NFL …. This could be a great occasion for us to look for accountability, get it and move forward in a very productive way.”

It is a season that has included President Trump urging owners to fire players who protest during the anthem; Houston Texans owner Robert McNair enraging players by saying during an owners’ meeting that the NFL “can’t have the inmates running the prison”; and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began the players’ protest movement last season, filing a grievance accusing teams of colluding to keep him out of the league.
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The Packers haven’t ruled out the possibility of Rodgers playing again this season.

Asked which measure the pro-discipline owners favor taking against Jones, the person said: It depends on how far he goes.
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It is not realistic, however, for league leaders to try to force Jones to sell the Cowboys, that person said. The Cowboys are estimated by Forbes to be worth more than $4 billion.
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The NFL, in a letter from an outside attorney for the league to Boies, has said it considers Jones to be engaged in conduct detrimental to the league.

But there would be no reason to put Rodgers back on the field in the final weeks of the regular season if they are out of playoff contention. The next chance for Hundley and the Packers comes Sunday in Chicago. Their season may not be on the line quite yet, but it’s getting close. Rodgers is not around to rescue them the way he did last season, when the Packers won their final six games of the regular season Kurt Warner Womens Jersey following a 4-6 start and then reached the NFC title game.

Some of them expressed surprise at the report when contacted by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Billionaire Thomas Tull told the P-G, Art Rooney and Coach Tomlin have my full support. Larry Paul, who holds shares along with his brother Stephen, said they were not aware of the PFT report and offered support for Rooney.
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The source that spoke to PFT indicated there were issues with how Tomlin handled the Jacksonville game, particularly at the end, and the team’s supposed lack of discipline.

In August, after the incidents in Charlottesville, a poll conducted by NPR, PBS NewsHour and Marist asked Americans whether they agreed or disagreed with a number of movements and ideologies. More than half of Republicans and those who supported Trump said they disagreed with the ideology of Black Lives Matter. Specifically, 64 percent of Republicans and 68 percent of Trump supporters said they mostly disagreed with Black Lives Matter. By contrast, 70 percent of Republicans and 68 percent of Trump supporters 锟斤拷 the same number 锟斤拷 said they mostly disagreed with the beliefs of white nationalists.

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When a team hasn’t been to a Super Bowl in a long time, it creates even more pressure and excitement once it reaches this point.

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That’s certainly the case for three of the teams left, and none of them have ever been Super Bowl champions. The Eagles have not been to the Super Bowl since Donovan McNabb and Andy Reid led them there in 2004 (they also won the NFC title in 1980).
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Goodell declined to address Wednesday what the league would do Authentic Max Scherzer Jersey if a team disciplines a player for refusing to stand for the anthem. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones previously has said that his team would bench any player who protests during the anthem and thereby, in Jones’s view, shows disrespect to the American flag.

I think our clubs all see this the same way: that we want our players to stand, Goodell said. We’re going to continue to encourage them to stand. We’re going to continue to work on these issues in the community. 锟斤拷 I can’t deal with hypotheticals right now. We’ll deal with those issues as they come up.

We believe everyone should stand for the national anthem, Goodell said at the conclusion of the October owners’ meeting. That’s an important part of our policy. It’s also an important part of our game that we all take great pride in. And it’s also important for us to honor our flag and our country, and we think our fans expect us to do that.

Goodell and owners said then that they were focused on discussions with the players about league support of players’ community activism. They said they hoped that such support would convince players to voluntarily stand for the anthem, although they cautioned there was no formal or implied agreement that NFL support of players’ activism would lead to all players standing.

This is not a trade-off, Jed York, the chief executive officer of the San Francisco 49ers, said at the October meeting. From what I’ve read, there are some players that have said that they’re still not considering standing yet. And that never came up in the meeting. 锟斤拷 This has been, ‘How do we take protest to progress?’ How do we make sure that we move these issues forward that matter to the players and I think that matter to the owners?

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Mavs slow recent slide with season sweep of Wizards, 98-75

Dennis Smith Jr. scored his first points on a 360-degree dunk before the rookie Dallas guard focused more on the bigger task: trying to slow the high-scoring Washington duo of Bradley Beal and John Wall.
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The Mavericks did that Monday night, holding the Wizards guards to 28 percent shooting in a 98-75 victory that completed a two-game season sweep of the Eastern Conference playoff contenders while easing Dallas’ slide back toward to the bottom in the West.

A notable exception: The percentage of white Republican sports fans (and Republican-leaning independents) who said the protests were a problem was 84 percent. The percentage of white Democrats (and leaners) who said the same? Sixty-one percent.

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The Browns own the top pick in the draft and also select fourth overall. While some players might not want to play for a team that went winless in 2017, Allen is embracing the possibility.

If I’m fortunate enough to become a Cleveland Brown, you can expect everything from me, Allen said Monday during an interview with the Bull and Fox show on Cleveland’s 92.3 The Fan. I want to be the guy that turns around the Cleveland Browns. The guy that does that is going to be immortalized in Cleveland forever.

Allen looks like an NFL quarterback at 6-5, 233 pounds, and has the athleticism and arm strength needed to play at the next level. He battled injuries in 2017, missing two games and threw for 1,812 yards with 16 touchdowns and six interceptions. He completed just 56.3 percent of his passes and had a 56-percent completion percentage in 2016, when he threw for 3,203 yards with 28 touchdowns and 15 picks.

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Leonard Fournette says Steelers fan was involved in his traffic accident

Remember that minor fender-bender involving Leonard Fournette Tuesday in Jacksonville? Turns out the motorist who ran into him was not only a Steelers fan, her family had been at the Jaguars’ game in Pittsburgh last Sunday.

The Jaguars rookie running back was uninjured in the three-car, chain-reaction crash on I-295, and the woman who ran into the back of his 2017 Mercedes Maybach was also OK бн although quite surprised to see who she had hit.

It definitely felt good to be out there, Wilson said. I really did miss my teammates and just being out there. It’s a lot of fun and felt good to get back in it.

Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said Wilson was the difference in the game.

She’s a world-class player, Mitchell said. One of the best human beings on the planet that plays women’s basketball.

Former Kentucky forward Alexis Jennings added 17 points and seven rebounds for the Gamecocks (16-3, 5-2). The junior averaged 8.9 points and 5.4 rebounds during her two seasons with the Wildcats.

Former Sooners wide receiver and current Dolphins wideout Kenny Stills was live on Instagram talking football when Mayfield’s verified account popped up among those monitoring the event.

According to the Miami Herald, the Dolphins will be looking to add a quarterback in the draft this April and may even add one in the first round.
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The final game of the Divisional Round was a ridiculous roller-coaster battle between the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints.

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The Vikings nearly blew a 17-0 lead and had multiple heartbreaking moments near the end, but Stefon Diggs made the play of his life to seal the 29-24 victory.
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The Vikings’ defense came to play in the first half, locking down Drew Brees and the Saints’ entire attack. It was an entirely different story after halftime, as Brees came to life and led the Saints to 14 unanswered points. They took the lead late in the fourth quarter, and that’s when madness ensued.

It was almost as if he’d spent that afternoon trying to convince someone that he wasn’t a bad guy. Helen entered the room periodically, worried about what he’d say. She is a lawyer, but better yet, she’s the daughter of Boots Donnelly, a legendary coach at Austin Peay and Middle Tennessee State who’s in the College Football Hall of Fame.
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Helen worried that whatever he said would come back to haunt him, that it would be picked apart and used against him when he tried to eventually get another head-coaching job. She knew her husband was awkward in these settings. He’s hard to warm up to, she said at the time.

But for an afternoon, Marrone did his part in trying to reveal his human side. He ate hummus, talked about his kids and said he wanted to C.J. Anderson Authentic Jersey be a head coach again someday. He didn’t reveal his reason for leaving Buffalo, but it’s assumed that two things happened: that Marrone was uneasy about his future with new management, and that he thought he was getting the job with the New York Jets that had just opened up. (The Jets went with Todd Bowles.)

CBS has been one of our most trusted and valuable partners for over 50 years, and we’re happy to extend our relationship with them in new and exciting ways, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement announcing the partnership. Distribution of our games on CBS All Access is a win for the millions of NFL fans across the country, especially those looking to watch our games on these emerging digital platforms.

One other observation on Brady’s injury came from NFL.com’s Mike Garafolo, who was told that Brady’s hand was a bloody mess after he hit it on the buckle of someone’s helmet.