The Patriots receiver was taken to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion following a devastating hit from Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins. The Patriots quickly ruled him out for the remainder of the game.
A wide-open Cooks had caught a 23-yard pass from Tom Brady and was trying to evade Eagles defenders when Jenkins nailed him with a blindside hit.
The expansive window of Brady’s success in New England, with one dynasty building on another, is what slams the door vs. other players.
When Sporting News interviewed Tom Brady before the 2000 draft, he wanted to sell to scouts the idea that, despite everything they thought they saw, the intangible of his fiery desire was off the charts. He still uses the same lines to describe his passion for dominating the game.
Super Bowl 52 will be broadcast on NBC and streamed on the NBC Sports app. A start time has yet to be officially announced but the game has kicked off around 6:30 p.m. ET. in previous years. NBC will also have pre-and-post game coverage.
NBC will receive about $5 million for a 30-second commercial during its Super Bowl coverage, according to a report by Sports Illustrated media writer Richard Deitsch. Deitsch also reported that as of Jan. 14, NBC had fewer than 10 commercial spots available for purchase.
Let’s be clear: This Brady retirement speculation only applies if the Patriots beat the Eagles on Sunday. The competitive fire that continues to fuel Brady in Year 18 likely would not allow him to quit on the heels of another title-game loss. Those two missed opportunities against the Giants still haunt Brady, one of those guys who remembers more about the devastating losses than the career-defining wins.
The trade also could be meaningful to Garoppolo’s future. He is eligible for unrestricted free agency after this season. But with Brady having turned 40 and no other quarterback of the future in the fold, the Patriots might be inclined to try to keep Garoppolo beyond this season. Could that include using their franchise-player tag on a backup quarterback?
San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid, one of the players whose kneeling prompted Pence’s exit, said after the game that “this is not about the military. This is not about the flag. This is not about the anthem. My mother served in the armed forces. Three of my uncles served in the armed forces. .?.?. I have the utmost respect for the military, for the anthem, for the flag.”
There is no easy way to calculate how many NFL players, like Reid, have personal ties to the military. But it is possible to calculate which states have produced current NFL players at the highest rates (using data from Sports Reference and the Census Bureau) and compare the results to military enlistment rates.
In other words, we can see whether the environments most likely to promote military service — patriotic environments, presumably — are the same environments most likely to yield pro football players.
It was a fairly disappointing season for QB Matt Ryan after his MVP performance in 2016, and the Atlanta offense was not the same without departed coordinator Kyle Shanahan. But the presence of Ryan, WR Julio Jones and RB Devonta Freeman make the Falcons a dangerous opponent for the Rams thanks to their postseason experience.
Tomlin’s dubious decisions continued to include failing to overrule two terrible calls on essential fourth-and-inches situations. He then chose to follow his gut — which told him his defense had been terrible and the 1-in-10 chance of recovering an onside kick was greater than getting a three-and-out — and wound up handing Jacksonville a clinching field goal.
Kansas State star defensive end Jordan Willis was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year but many overlooked the Wildcat star given the lack of defensive firepower in the Big 12. As such, he did nothing but answer all the questions with an extraordinary workout. He ran 4.53 in the 40, threw up 24 reps on the bench, jumped 39 inches on the vertical, over 10 feet in the broad jump and his shuttle times were outstanding (6.85 seconds on the three-cone and 4.28 on the short shuttle). Former Kansas State All-American linebacker Mark Simoneau has trained Willis since his days in high school and did a fabulous job getting Willis ready for Indy.
It’s silly to believe that grown men cannot go about their business because they might be asked a question about something one of their teammates did. But NFL coaches believe in it. NFL teams believe in it. And they avoid distractions at all costs when a player’s on-field talents do not outweigh the threat that distraction presents.
From what I’ve seen, a lot of coaches aren’t willing to do a lot of things Coughlin and Belichick carry out at the NFL level. Many are afraid of coaching players hard. I know Belichick isn’t afraid to push the best quarterback in NFL history, and that’s exactly how Coughlin is. They’re equal in that sense. But a lack of this kind of tenacious leadership from the top is what eliminates 80 percent of teams from being able to compete consistently with Belichick’s Patriots. I know Coughlin coaches harder and demands more out of players than at least three-fourths of coaches in the league. That’s why Coughlin’s teams have enjoyed success vs. Belichick.
Carr: In New York, and from what I see in Jacksonville this season, Coughlin’s teams run very simple schemes on offense and defense. When Steve Spagnuolo was the Giants’ defensive coordinator in 2007 and ’08, he’d always want to do these elaborate defenses, and Coughlin immediately shut those down. It sounds crazy, but Coughlin wanted the opposing offense to know the scheme — even Tom Brady.
Things went decidedly downhill from there, of course. Kelly was given more power by Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and the results were calamitous. He overhauled the roster in highly questionable fashion and was ousted by Lurie less than one full season later.
So back to those final moments. It is not overstating the situation to say that the AFC might have turned on them. The Steelers and Patriots have both won their divisions and, with both at 11-3, the victorious Patriots now own the all-important tiebreaker for home-field advantage. And a key to having a chance to topple the Patriots in the playoffs is to get them out of Foxborough.
The Steelers were seven yards from nearly guaranteeing they would not have to make the trip to New England for what still feels like an inevitable rematch. But the Patriots have a way of making their opponents, even the mentally tough ones like the Steelers, unravel. They make them overthink. They make them nervous. They make them do things that make no sense.
“I would hope not, but I really don’t know,” James said when asked if Lue could be fired. “I don’t know what’s going to happen with our team. I have no idea what conversations have been going on. Me personally, I’ve been trying to stay as laser-sharp as I can to keep my guys ready to go out and play.
“Obviously, it hasn’t resulted in wins, but I got to stay as fresh mentally as much I can with the struggles. I can’t worry about job securities and trades and things of that nature. I just stay as focused as I can every night to go out and compete and try to help us win ballgames.”
“Obviously I think there’s an expectation of the way I play on Sunday and how I’m going to play,” Rodgers said when he met with reporters this week. “I enjoy those expectations. I enjoy meeting those or exceeding those. … Hopefully it gives a lift to some of the guys. But I’m not coming back to save this team. I’m coming back to play quarterback the way I know how to play it. And hopefully we all raise the level of our play collectively and find a way to win these three games.”
But with three head coaching jobs now filled and three openings left — the Rams, San Francisco 49ers and San Diego Chargers — it suddenly appears possible that at least one of the offensive coordinators once thought to be at the head of this class — the New England Patriots’ Josh McDaniels and the Atlanta Falcons’ Kyle Shanahan — could be passed over.
A year ago, there were seven new head coaches hired league-wide, and all seven were offensive coaches.
Ballage presents a strong physical build for a running back, and has pro-caliber speed and agility. He was never the lead back for a sustained period in college, however, averaging fewer than 10 carries a game over his career. He was a factor as a receiver as a junior (44-469, one TD) but did not receive those opportunities this past fall (20-91). Showing an ability to run, catch, and pass-protect during Senior Bowl practices will give him a chance to leapfrog some of the underclassmen that make his an extremely competitive running back class.
After the Saints swept the regular-season series with the Panthers, they completed the hat trick on Sunday with a 31-26 victory in an NFC wild-card game at the Superdome.
The Panthers (11-6) had a chance late, getting the ball back down by five with under two minutes remaining. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton drove his team to the New Orleans 21-yard line, but Saints safety Vonn Bell sacked Newton on fourth-and-23 from the 34-yard line to clinch it.
The Pro Bowl tight end was about the only offense the Panthers had in New Orleans. Olsen finished with eight catches for 107 yards and the touchdown. Newton went 24 of 40 for 349 yards and two touchdowns. Newton and the Panthers needed someone other than Olsen to make a play and it just didn’t happen until rookie running back Christian McCaffrey scored on a 56-yard catch-and-run with 4:09 remaining. McCaffrey, who had 37 rushing yards, finished with six receptions for 101 yards.
Two of the past three first-round picks have been disciplined now—cornerback Eli Apple for a season of immaturity and unprofessionalism, and Flowers for a poor attitude and oft-indifferent play. Flowers and Apple were the ninth and 10th overall picks, respectively, in the 2015 and 2016 drafts (the Giants bypassing Todd Gurley in ’15 and Taylor Decker in ’16 at big need positions), and now Gettleman is going to have to decide if these poor draft choices have any future in blue.
I’m not worried about it, not going to milk it or anything.As usual, our collective perception is distorted by spectacle.At the beginning gets a shot by .
The Giants just finished one of the worst seasons (3-13) in their 93-year history. They’ve become a team of mercenaries, with very little Giants’ tradition or veteran pride.
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From retired greats like Donovan and Guillermo Barros Schelotto (now one of of three Argentines to win the MLS MVP award), to fellow Timbers, rivals and even AS Monaco’s Radamel Falcao (a former teammate at Porto), appreciation for Valeri’s talent was almost always accompanied by words about the man. Montreal’s Ignacio Piatti and Dallas’s Maxi Urruti called Valeri a “great person.” Teammates dubbed him a “role model” (David Guzmán) and a “big brother” (Zarek Valentin), and Donovan himself said Valeri is “an inspiration to all of us.”
But Kyle Lowry’s pending free agency and imminent decline narrows their window relative to some of the other teams they’re up against.You get set and get to your places and the puck.” Not long after Barkov and Huberdeau received a huge ovation from the fans when they stepped on the ice for the first time, the Ducks grabbed a 1 lead at 9 on a long wrist shot by defenseman Hampus Lindholm that Reimer would love to have another crack at.Cardinals, becoming a franchise icon second only to Stan Musial.His generosity, towering personality and incomparable sense of humor truly be missed.it’s no stretch to say that a lot of Oregon’s success 2012 depend heavily on Barner’s ability to assume a super hero’s role.
When it came time to pick a real college, she chose Providence, arriving in 1983, the same year the men’s team welcomed a new point guard of its own: Donovan, whose not-so-svelte build at the time led to much grief from coach Rick Pitino. “I like to tease Billy and tell him he was the second best point guard in the class of ’87,” says Burke. “But the real truth of the matter is the only thing I had over Billy was that my physique was far better our first couple of years.”
Donovan, who dropped 30 pounds and led the Friars to the Final Four as a senior, says, “I defer to Doris.”
Van Gundy, who was a Providence graduate assistant at the time, remembers Burke as a “gym rat.” Her coach for her final two seasons, Bob Foley, says, “She just had that thirst for knowledge. I remember Doris trying to get into [the men’s] practices to watch Pitino, but Rick didn’t let women in because of the things that were said.” (Though one has a hard time imagining Burke—who has been interviewing cranky coaches for more than a decade as a sideline reporter, a duty she still performs for some games, including the NBA Finals—being put off her game by a few salty words.)
If the NFL playoffs were beginning next weekend, the Eagles and Saints would be the top seeds in the NFC with the Steelers and Patriots getting first-round byes in the AFC.
Those four teams have emerged as obvious championship contenders, but they’re not alone. While the Eagles improved to an NFL-best 8-1 record with a 51-23 throttling of the Broncos on Sunday, the Rams (6-2) and Panthers (6-3) joined the Steelers (6-2), Patriots (6-2), Vikings (6-2) and Chiefs (6-3) as teams with at least six wins after nine weeks.
(And now he’s dealing with an un-Packers-like issue off the field.) Jamaal Williams had promise but got banged up early, and Devante Mays blew his chance Sunday with an early fumble. That’s a lot of focus on one position not to find an answer when the Packers need it most.
They at least should be more of a challenge to a Saints defense that has performed well against some … questionable opposition the last three weeks (Brett Hundley, Mitchell Trubisky, an injured Jameis Winston/Ryan Fitzpatrick).
Denver finally appears to get a stop as Brady throws a pass to James White on third down that loses 3 yards, but Denver has too many men on the field on the ensuing punt and is called for the penalty, giving the Patriots a first down.
Touchdown, Patriots. Denver’s defense has no answers for New England. The Patriots march down the field and score on an 8-yard run by Dion Lewis to increase their lead to 34-16. The Broncos only had 10 defenders on the field when Lewis ran it in.
Facing a third-and-14, Tevin Coleman catches a pass, bounces off a defender and gains 15 yards to keep Atlanta’s drive alive.
On this night, the Clippers steamroll the Granada-Huntley-EC/Truman Jaguars, 76-0. There are no offensive tackles in the nine-man game, which makes team speed a major advantage. Just five minutes into the first quarter, Plonsky, the senior receiver, jets past his man coverage and scores his 41st career receiving touchdown, tying the state record held by Michael Floyd, now with the Vikings.
Meanwhile, Bamba was filling binders with information ranging from the tempo the Longhorns played to the quality of the business school. For each one of his finalists — Texas, Kentucky, Duke and Michigan — Bamba dissected what each program had to offer, helping to guide his decision.
“It means a lot to me to step on this field and carry on that tradition of good receivers.”
Thielen’s relationship with Vikings tradition makes him one of the most popular jerseys among tailgaters on Sunday morning, with the Vikes hosting the Lions at noon. A Minnesota State-Mankato alum, Thielen is the rare NFL player who has spent his entire youth, college and pro career in one state.
Quarterback Joe Flacco (six touchdowns, eight interceptions) and the NFL’s 30th-ranked run defense have underperformed, although the latter did a nice job bottling Miami’s Jay Ajayi in last Thursday night’s 40-0 shutout.
It’s uncertain whether Flacco (concussion) will be ready to return for Sunday’s game against Tennessee. Regardless, the Ravens need more consistent production in the passing game to remain viable in the AFC North race.
Georgia simply won’t call the Dawgs off in the first quarter. Clearly, Kirby Smart’s plan is to come in and embarrass the Gators like a guy who went 1-3 as a player at Georgia against Florida and is 0-1 as Georgia’s head coach against the Gators.
“I have no retirement plans whatever,” Roush said. “The article came from an ill-advised stream of consciousness I had at the end of last season.” He then said: “People retire in order to go do things they’re passionate about. I already have a job that allows me to be passionate beyond my imagination as a youngster.” Roush turns 75 on April 19.
Khalil Mack (30 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 11 quarterback hurries) continues to play at an elite level, but the overall play of his unit will keep him from repeating as NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
The entire offense has regressed, and the defense isn’t markedly improved from last year’s No. 26 ranking.
In the early days of college football, Chicago was a powerhouse. The original Monsters of the Midway were founding members of the Big Ten conference. The Maroons played in a 50,000-seat stadium and were coached by Amos Alonzo Stagg, a legendary football pioneer who led the team to seven Big Ten titles and claimed two national titles.
Thank God for the Browns. They’re the only dependable team. They’re 0-6 for the second straight year, and they’re stuck down the same rabbit hole they simply cannot escape. Even the other 0-6 team, San Francisco, is ridiculously competitive. Margin of the 49ers’ last five losses: 3, 2, 3, 3 and 2 points, respectively.
I don’t love any team. But before getting to the newsreel of the weekend (and the coming week), here’s how I see the top five:
Kansas City (5-1). The last vision you have of a team is usually the one you remember best, so you might find this strange. But the Chiefs are 15-2 versus teams not named Pittsburgh since Oct. 1, 2016, and they’ve got a 12-game winning streak in a tough division. They’ve just got to protect Alex Smith better and keep Tyreek Hill upright.
Enter Garoppolo, who probably won’t start against the Cardinals this week but might be ready to enter the lineup against the Giants on Nov. 12. With the 49ers on bye the following week, Garoppolo will likely be under center no later than Nov. 26, when the fourth-year quarterback will be up against the mighty Seahawks.
Dawgs quarterback Jake Fromm just lofted a beautiful 17-yard touchdown pass to Javon Wims, who absolutely Randy Moss’d poor Marco Wilson, to inflate Georgia’s blowout to 14-0. Not exactly the slant Gators defensive back Chauncey Gardner Jr. was looking for, either.
We haven’t even hit the 30-minute mark in this midday football bonanza and we have yet another touchdown! This time, it’s Wimbush, who brings Notre Dame level with NC State at 7-7 with a dart to Durham Smythe.
The Jaguars suddenly look like they’re a good quarterback away from being one of the best teams in football, given how effectively they can run the ball and hold up on defense
The Bills are clearing out space and may move on from Tyrod Taylor. The Browns and Jets will happily throw a dump truck of money at Cousins. (The Cardinals probably won’t be able to afford him.)
If Cousins hits the market and wants to get paid, he won’t lack for suitors. No team might be quite as appealing as the familiarity he sought with Shanahan, though, which strengthens Washington’s position. Sure, if Roethlisberger retires, Cousins would be a great replacement, but that’s hardly a lock. It’s entirely possible that the relationship between Cousins and this Washington administration has been destroyed to the point that Cousins might have no choice but to leave, but if Washington finally makes a real offer to its best quarterback in a generation, Cousins might be more apt to listen if Garoppolo is entrenched in San Francisco.