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Todd Haley’s departure from the Steelers came as no surprise, but the writing was on the wall for some time.

During a radio appearance with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith at Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis, running back Le’Veon Bell revealed that the former offensive coordinator didn’t always see eye to eye with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
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I feel like it was a lot of third downs Todd would maybe call something that Ben didn’t like, Bell said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. There’s certain plays that Ben didn’t like. As a player, you’ve always got plays that you like, plays you dislike. It would be a big situation, and Todd would call a play that Ben don’t necessarily like, and he tried to go out there and just execute it because the play is called.

Randy’s only kind of going to give Ben what he wants, you know, make him comfortable, Bell said. Because third downs, that’s the biggest thing, that was our Achilles heel was third downs and red zone.

The Steelers finished the regular season 13-3 before their hopes of winning a seventh Super Bowl were halted one game into the playoffs, though they opened at 8-1 odds Monday behind the Patriots and Eagles to win the championship next season.

As if an extra obstacle had to be put in their path, Philly had to beat the defending champions and the defining dynasty of this generation, the Patriots, on Sunday night in Minneapolis to do it. And one more wall to scale: They did Ben Bishop Jersey it with their backup quarterback, Nick Foles, instead of the second-year sensation they lost to a knee injury with a month remaining in the regular season, Carson Wentz.

Wentz was a serious NFL MVP candidate when he went down. Tom Brady won the award instead. Foles, though, has a trophy Brady couldn’t get, couldn’t add to the five he already possessed.

Limited Womens DeShawn Shead Jersey In years to come, that may be remembered as strongly as the fact the Eagles took their name off a short list they despised being on, the list of teams that have never won a Super Bowl. It was no small feat proving that Brady was not invincible, that beating him in the ultimate game was not the sole province of Eli Manning, and that even an MVP season at age 40 and an eighth trip to the Super Bowl in an unprecedented career wasn’t guaranteed to have a happy ending.

Limited Womens Brendan Langley Jersey On the other hand, it won’t be forgotten that Foles won a Lombardi Trophy as a backup quarterback for the first time since 锟斤拷 Brady did it in Super Bowl 36, the dawn of the dynasty. (Nor will it be forgotten that Foles helped himself by catching a touchdown pass , to go with the one he threw earlier.)

Perhaps Kelly will resurface in the NFL at some point.

He is friendly with Bill Belichick and there was speculation he might have been a candidate to replace Josh McDaniels as the New England Patriots’ offensive coordinator if McDaniels had moved on to a head coaching role.

But, then again, the Jacksonville Jaguars reportedly interviewed Kelly before promoting Doug Marrone to be their full-time head coach, removing his interim tag, and they didn’t hire Kelly as their head coach or even as Marrone’s offensive coordinator. There was speculation about the Atlanta Falcons possibly hiring Kelly as their offensive coordinator upon Kyle Shanahan’s post-Super-Bowl departure to be Kelly’s successor with the 49ers. But the Falcons went with Steve Sarkisian.

He added later: “We know how important this is to our sponsors, our partners, our licensees. It’s important to us, also. We all share that.”

The league’s game operations manual, sent by the league to teams, requires that players be on the sideline for the anthem and says they should stand for it. It leaves open the possibility of league-imposed discipline for a failure to be on the sideline for the anthem. There is no violation and no potential discipline mentioned for a failure to stand for the anthem.

Minnesota’s second killer gaffe came with the Vikings down 14-7 late in the second quarter and driving. Eleven plays into a six-plus-minute march, Keenum turned the ball over on a vicious strip-sack by rookie pass-rusher Derek Barnett to set up Philly’s second touchdown. Fourteen Eagles points off two turnovers amounted to total disaster for a Vikings team that never recovered.

Motoring a Philly ground game that piled up 110 yards at 3.7 yards per rush, LeGarrette Blount and Jay Ajayi authored a handful of key gallops, highlighted by Blount ripping through Minnesota’s front-seven for an 11-yard touchdown that put Philly up 14-7. Blount’s 10 rushing touchdowns in the playoffs since 2013 are four more than any other player and more than Eric Dickerson (4), Walter Payton (2), Jim Brown (1), and Barry Sanders (1) put up in the postseason combined.cowboys_068

The Cavs fell 148-124 to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday, tying a franchise record for most points allowed in regulation.

I think the biggest thing that can happen is can’t no one be sensitive to whatever it needs to be, Wade said. There’s [for example] 13 things that’s wrong and coach decides to point out one thing and you’re the one that he points out, you can’t be sensitive to it. You’ve got to understand that you can be better and this can be done better. We have to take accountability. I think we want it because we want to win. We’re looking for it. So hopefully in these next few weeks before the All-Star break we can start getting a little more accountable to ourselves and to this team and just play a little better.

I’m sure everybody’s handling it their own way, Dwyane Wade said. Some might handle it with a couple bottles of wine, some may handle it other ways. But only speaking on my behalf as a competitor, these times suck. These times are the times that make everything else, you understand the importance of winning games, you understand how hard it is to win championships. It makes you appreciate things when you go through the tough times.

Mike Cernovich, a right wing firebrand and conspiracy theorist, dubbed Papa John’s America’s pizza in a tweet thanking the company. (It’s unclear for what, exactly.)

Schnatter, in the earnings call, blamed poor NFL leadership — not the players directly — for hurting Papa John’s shareholders because of the league’s failure to resolve the current debacle to the player’s and owner’s satisfaction.

Following one of the most inept defensive performances in Cavaliers history, LeBron James said his team looked primed for a short postseason appearance, barring any changes.

They are 3-9 since Christmas Day.

Playoffs? We can’t even start thinking about that, not the way we’re playing right now, James said. We could easily get bounced early in the playoffs if they started next weekend. Haven’t even began thinking about the postseason.
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NFL takes over investigation of Panthers owner Jerry Richardson

The NFL has stepped in and taken over the investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct against Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy announced Sunday.

According to ESPN, the league will retain an outside counsel to conduct the probe after the team announced its investigation into Richardson on Friday. The Panthers had initially retained Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan, LLP.

Panthers spokesman Steven Drummond said the team is committed to the investigation and working toward providing a comfortable workplace environment.

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To watch the Flyers’ up-tempo, start-to-finish play against Pittsburgh, you’re left asking yourself where was this February when all of the good the team had piled up a 10-game win streak evaporated.Pass to Monahan.All of them have a big role on special teams.

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Bradshaw also scored the go-ahead touchdown in last year’s victory over Navy.

The Eagles appear to kick a go-ahead field goal from 54-yards away. But the Rams are called for a leverage penalty, giving Philadelphia an automatic first down to extend its drive. The Eagles trail 35-34 with the ball on the Rams 21 and 5:54 to play.

Turnover Rams. Chris Long comes around the corner and knocks the ball away from Goff. Eagles safety Rodney McLeod recovers it and they’ll start their drive at the Rams 25.

Goff throws an incomplete pass on third down but the Eagles are called for defensive pass interference to keep the Rams drive alive.

Field goal Eagles. The Eagles drive stalls when Foles’ pass to Jay Ajayi comes up short of the first down marker. Jake Elliott enters and kicks a 41-yard field goal as Philadelphia cuts its deficit to 35-34 with 9:54 to play.

The Eagles move near midfield on a 10-yard pass from Foles to Alshon Jeffery.

Jaguars cornerback A.J. Bouye took exception to how Seattle’s defensive players handled themselves.

Army cut its deficit in the series to 60-51-7 in a matchup of bowl-bound teams. The Black Knights claimed the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy thanks to an earlier victory over Air Force.

“That trophy hadn’t been in our possession for 21 years,” said Monken, in his fourth season. “To be able to accomplish that with this team is a great source of pride.”

In a game that included only three passes — Army completed its lone toss — the Black Knights produced a 13-play, 65-yard drive to take a late lead. John Trainor tiptoed the sideline for 8 yards one play before Bradshaw’s 12th touchdown of the season.chargers_074-180x180

The weather conditions, specifically heavy winds

The Lions are probably looking at a 9-7 season, but that might not be enough to get them into the postseason. Detroit lost to playoff contenders Atlanta, Carolina and New Orleans and won’t play another NFC contender outside of the division again this season. The Lions would still have to overtake the Falcons (4-4), Redskins (4-4), Cardinals (4-4), Seahawks (5-3) and Cowboys (5-3) just to get the sixth seed.

So while Florida State cruised to a 77-6 win, the game was determined as a “no contest” in the betting world since games aren’t official until 55 minutes are played. It wasn’t a loss for those who laid the 52 points, but it wasn’t a win either. Now at 0-9-1 ATS this season, the Seminoles are in danger of becoming just the second FBS team in 25 seasons to go winless against the number.

But if the Titans really want to vie for the division, they’ll need Marcus Mariota to take over more games. The QB has a good Pro Football Focus grade despite not putting up big numbers, ranking No. 8 at the position to match his jersey number. With rookie first-rounder Corey Davis back at wideout, Mariota is up to a full complement of receivers. Coach Mike Mularkey also has been committed to letting Mariota take off and run more often to spark the offense.

The weather conditions, specifically heavy winds, contributed to this game’s low over/under of 42. It certainly looked like those bettors on the over were going to breeze to a win as LSU led 30-10 late in the third quarter. Needing just three more points to be scored, Tennessee reached the LSU 7-yard line before eventually turning it over on downs.nike_steelers_720

Jared Goff was a four-star prospect coming out of high school

Jared Goff was a four-star prospect coming out of high school, ranked No. 218 in the 247Sports Composite. Sonny Dykes saw a strong-armed player perfectly suited for his “Bear Raid” passing attack, naming Goff the first true freshman to start a season opener in school history. Goff set handfuls of school records (that he went on to break later in his career), but a 1-11 record made that first year a struggle.

Rosen, on the other hand, was as blue-chip as they come, a five-star prospect ranked as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback and No. 12 overall coming out of St. John Bosco in Bellflower, California. Like Goff, he enrolled early and was named the starter for the season opener as a freshman.

“Is that a good thing?” he asked.

“He’s a real football guy, like Tom [Brady], like Peyton [Manning], guys like that. They’re deep, deep into it.”

At this point in the fall, most NFL evaluators have finished scouting their primary schools and are now cross-checking certain positions around the country or checking out pop-up players (scouting slang for late-bloomer prospects that emerge during the fall).

With that in mind, I reached out to five executives and asked them this question: Who is the most underrated QB in college football? Here are their answers.

“I’d say Justin Herbert at Oregon. Dude can sling it and the Ducks really fell off after he went down (with an injury).”

“Rosier has stepped in for (Brad) Kaaya and the team hasn’t missed a beat. In fact, his mobility has probably improved them at the position. He shows the arm talent to develop into a next-level prospect with another year under (coach Mark) Richt.”
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Carson Wentz, Tyreek Hill would make fine ‘Madden’ upgrades

Carson Wentz, Tyreek Hill would make fine ‘Madden’ upgrades

The first EA Major of the 2018 season happened this weekend in Burbank, California, and congratulations to Michael Skimbo who bested Raidel “Joke” Brito in the finals to take home the belt. Well, the belt I kept trying to steal as host of the “Player’s Lounge” on the EA stream. It had been a few years since I was this immersed in the championship run and I’m more impressed at ever at the level of play by all of the competitors. It was cool to see some familiar faces, along with a new crop of gamers who are going to take this sport to the next level.

Skimbo is closing in on Eric “Problem” Wright for the title of best Madden player on the planet.

I think the ‘Hawks will keep winning. As for the Eagles, well they are looking great. But at the same time, that Jason Peters injury is going to loom large. Jordan Hicks’ season-ender doesn’t help, either. The Eagles might very well capture the top seed in the playoffs. And many strides will be made for a championship run — but not until next year.

“I practiced some and never got it, but my grandpa called one day and said, ‘Your cousin Drew has learned it, can you do it yet?’ ” Goedert recalled. “I said, ‘Oh, yeah, I learned it, too,’ even though I really hadn’t. Well, then, I had to learn it.”

He learned it alright, well enough to ride one with a 6-foot seat, so tall Goedert had to mount it from the side of Phillips’ pickup truck. And it’s not something he left behind in childhood; he rode it as recently as the summer of 2016 at the Lake City Fourth of July parade, a 20-minute ride from Britton down Highway 10.

“If I called him right now and asked him to do another parade, he’d do it in a second,” said Goedert’s mother, Mary.
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Cam Newton Jersey skipped his mandatory press conference altogether.

Mike Mulvihill, a Fox Sports vice president, told SBJ that the problem isn’t that there is too much NFL on TV, but that there is too much football all the way around — including college.

“The rise in football availability is pretty dramatic,” Mulvihill said. “This is what drives fragmentation in every area of television. … You can argue whether there’s greater or lesser interest in the game of football than there was ten years ago. But clearly, whatever that interest is, it’s being spread out over quite a few more windows than it was ten years ago.”

For his part, Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Broadcasting and Sports, worried that there is football fatigue by every Sunday of the week and noted that the biggest ratings fall is among viewers aged 18 to 34 years.

“Cam didn’t intend to be discourteous toward any specific media member,” the team said, via NFL.com. “In his mind, after answering questions for nine minutes, he had fulfilled his obligations.”
But because it’s Newton and because Newton has a bad history with press conferences, this will almost definitely create noise. After losing Super Bowl 50 to the Broncos, Newton walked out of his press conference after just a couple minutes. And earlier this season, Newton made a sexist comment to Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue.

“It’s funny to hear a female talk about routes like that,” Newton said after being asked about route running. “It’s funny.”

Newton later apologized. Last week, Cam Newton Jersey skipped his mandatory press conference altogether.

It’s been a turbulent season for the Panthers, who are 4-3 after a loss to the Bears in which they scored three points while the Bears defense scored 14 points off two costly Panthers’ turnovers. Newton hasn’t been at his best after working his back from a shoulder injury this offseason. He’s thrown more interceptions (10) than touchdowns (9) and has generated an 80.9 passer rating. Still, Newton and the Panthers are only half a game back of the Saints in the NFC South.

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49ers’ Marquise Goodwin pays tribute to wife’s strength after loss of son

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin paid tribute to his wife, Morgan, after a heartbreaking 48 hours in the couple’s lives.

“So that’s what’s so cool about the situation is, my wife, how supportive she is and how encouraging she is, all these great things that she does for me to help me go out there and play the way that I did. I think it speaks more about her character than mine because here she is, she could be holding me back, she could make me feel guilty about having to go and play football, which is just a game, in the grand scheme of things, and what we dealt with was a real-life situation, a death. Not only a death but a death to our infant child. So, situations like that, you only make it through that with your faith in God.”

John Wall had 31 points and 11 assists, and Bradley Beal added 22 points for the Wizards.

The Hornets battled back behind the gritty play of Walker. He made a driving layup with 17 seconds left and then added two free throws with 2 seconds remaining to tie it.

Howard blocked Beal’s baseline jumper at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime.

Charlotte carried the momentum into the extra period with Walker knocking down a leaning 3-pointer from the top of the key after a scramble for a loose ball. Lamb followed with a block and a coast-to-coast layup for a 5-point lead.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added a driving layup and Lamb buried a jumper from just beyond the foul line to push the lead to six with 1:24 remaining. But the big basket came when Lamb shot an air-ball on a 3-pointer and Howard grabbed the ball out of the air and laid it in to beat the shot clock.broncos_097-500x500

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