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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

It all comes down to how the Panthers are helping Newton. Or whether they ever do.

The league office may have to weigh in (again) on how fast Newton cleared concussion protocol after that aforementioned pancake hit. That’s an old story, too: the blind spot about how bad a beating he’s taking and whether it’s ever enough to take him out of a game, at any point of the season, much less a playoff game.

A bombshell ESPN report said Belichick is considering leaving the Pats after owner Robert Kraft forced him to trade backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo largely because of Tom Brady’s insecurity. Belichick was an assistant coach with the Giants from 1979-90, serving as defensive coordinator under Bill Parcells for the last six years of that run.

The source had not spoken to Belichick since the ESPN story broke, but said he is certain, The Giants are the only place he wants to be.

Belichick exuded rare emotion as NFL Films documented him before a Patriots-Giants preseason game in 2009, the final year of Giants Stadium.

This is a great organization, said a teary-eyed Belichick, per the Daily News. It’s hard not to get choked up about it. I loved it here. I loved it here.

We caution that while a Belichick/Giants reunion makes sense in the wake of the ESPN report, it’s only speculation at this point.

If football isn’t in the cards for Favre’s offspring, what sport is?

I’m not going to encourage them to play [football]. I’m not going to discourage [them], Favre said. But I say this to everyone who will listen: if my grandsons were to say, and they call me Paw-Paw, if they were to say Paw-Paw, will you be my caddy in golf, I think I’m going to do golf instead of football, I would be much more happy, satisfied and excited by that than by them playing football.

Every tackle I would be cringing, hoping they get up and not shaking their head and saying they got a headache. But the likelihood of that happening by them playing football is very high. So I’d much rather them choose a safer route.

We thought it would be fun to record what an offseason of training looks like for a 40-year-old athlete, Brady told the Times in an email.

While Patriots coach Bill Belichick will be almost completely absent from the series, there is footage of Brady speaking with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels through video chat.

Tuesday, Brady took aim at the ESPN report detailing unrest in the New England franchise involving its legendary quarterback, Belichick and Patriots owner Robert Kraft, calling it far from any truth that I know.patriots_018_7b0b1a017dd7d943-180x180