Monthly Archives: June 2017

Paul Tagliabue’s Hall of Fame case much stronger with Rooney Rule getting results

A banner year for minority coaching hires couldnt have come at a better time for Paul Tagliabue and his chances at Pro Football Hall of Fame selection.

During his 16-plus years as NFL commissioner, Tagliabue helped oversee implementation of the so-called Rooney Rule. Teams with a head-coaching vacancy are now required to interview at least one minority candidate.

The mandate bore fruit this month with the hiring of Anthony Lynn (Chargers) and Vance Joseph (Broncos) to join Jim Caldwell (Lions), Hue Jackson (Browns), Todd Bowles (Jets), Ron Rivera (Panthers), Mike Tomlin (Steelers) and Marvin Lewis (Bengals).

The Texans are hoping for different results after the 27-0 beatdown they took at Gillette Stadium on Sept. 22. That was one of just five games this season in which the Texans surrendered 27 points or more.

Houston, which has the NFL’s top-ranked defense, has not allowed more than 21 points since a 27-20 loss to the Raiders on Nov. 21.

The Texans shut down the Raiders last weekend, but that with an offense without MVP candidate Derek Carr and instead led by rookie Connor Cook. It will be a much bigger challenge Saturday Cheap Ireland Football Jerseys with two-time league MVP and four-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady.

The guy is the most poised quarterback in the NFL,Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney said of Brady, who has 28 touchdowns and only two interceptions this season. He Cheap Jerseys And Hats doesnt get rattled at all. He just stays calm and thats what makes him so good.

NFL coaching rumors: Josh McDaniels rejects 49ers job, prefers to stay with Patriots

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has turned down the head coaching job with the 49ers to remain in New England.

McDaniels had emerged as a favorite for the 49ers job in recent days, with Cheap Game Jerseys NBC Sports noting he had even started contacting potential assistant coaches. But that same report noted he had serious concerns about uprooting his family from New England McDaniels has four young children to move across the country and take the helm of a team that has churned through three head coaches in the two years.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport says their choice is down to Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan and Seattle assistant Tom Cable, who once coached across the bay in Oakland. The Mercury News reports Shanahan is now the favorite to land the job.

Yet if Brady has an awesome performance and the Patriots win, he also could be in line to be the first four-time Super Bowl MVP. Brady and San Francisco’s Joe Montana are the only two players who have won that award three times. A total of 27 quarterbacks have won the Super Bowl MVP award.

With that in mind, Sporting News ranked the 50 Super Bowl MVP performances from No. 50 Cheap Green Bay Packers Jerseys to No. 1. Montana, Brady and Terry Bradshaw — the only four-time Super Bowl winning quarterbacks — are all over the list.

Can Brady make a fourth appearance this weekend?

NFL Mock Draft 2017: Raiders draft star RB; Bears take chance at QB

With the final game of the 2016-17 college football season having been played, we are set to be without the game for 229 days.

But the end of college football marks the official start of NFL draft season.

The 2017 quarterback class features six underclassmen expected to be drafted within the top 100 picks, marking the first time more than four underclassmen have declared in any draft.

Aside from quarterbacks, the 2017 class offers tremendous depth at running back, pass-rusher, safety and cornerback.

The Steelers held a 20-6 edge at halftime and had almost doubled the Dolphins in total yards, 286-159. Other separating first-half factors in Pittsburgh’s favor were third-down efficiency (2 of 6 for Miami; 3 of 3 for Pittsburgh) and yards per play (6.4 for Miami; 9.5 for Pittsburgh). Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was 11 of 12 passing for 188 yards and two touchdowns, with his one incompletion being an interception. Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore, somewhat surprisingly, was impressive, too. He was 10 of 13 passing for 140 yards in the first half. On the ground, Pittsburgh RB Le’Veon Bell’s 17 first-half carries were good for 99 yards and a touchdown. Miami’s Jay Ajayi got only 20 yards on his nine carries.

Death, taxes and James Harrison making big plays for the Cheap Jerseys And Hats From China Steelers. Miami had driven into field-goal range in the last minute of the first half when Harrison came off the edge, sacked Matt Moore and forced a fumble. Pittsburgh took over on its own 13-yard line and took a knee to send the game to halftime.

Miami desperately needed a stop as Pittsburgh drove into field-goal range with under two minutes to play in the first half. The Dolphins got it when safety Michael Thomas picked Cheap Ireland Jerseys off a tipped Ben Roethlisberger pass and returned it 16 yards to the Miami 27-yard line. It was Roethlisberger’s second bad throw of the drive; a little too high for Antonio Brown.

Patriots vs. Texans: Score, result, highlights for divisional playoff game in New England

Yes, the spread for Saturday night’s divisional playoff game between the Patriots and Texans was enormous. Houston was made well aware the entire week leading up to the game. But the odds created 17 more places for the Texans to find the motivation necessary to pull off an NFL postseason upset for the ages.

The Texans (9-7) cant afford a weak performance by any of their units against a foe as mighty as New England (14-2). Even a strong showing by the offense, defense and special teams might not be enough to upend a Patriots squad that has beaten Houston by an average of 18.4 points in their past five meetings. That includes a 27-0 shutout win in Week 3, sans Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady, who was serving his Deflategatesuspension.

But being such a massive underdog for Saturday’s game has further bonded the Texans and could make the game more competitive than oddsmakers expect.

That kind of boosts us up a little bit,Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney told Houston media earlier this week. Its like, OK, were going to show them.

One of the mentalities this week going into this game is were the Cheap Cycling Jerseys underdogs. Weve always been underdogs all season. Lets go out there and prove to them why were here in this second round now.

In some ways, doing it together is already a victory in itself Cheap Dream Team Jerseys for the Texans.

Rooney Rule working as intended, Fritz Pollard Alliance chairman says

John Wooten, chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which advocates for minority hires at the top levels of NFL franchises, is pleased with the progress teams have demonstrated this year in following the Rooney Rule.

Vance Joseph and Anthony Lynn, both African-Americans, were hired this week as the coaches of the Broncos and Los Angeles Chargers, respectively. From 2012-16, only one minority landed a job as head coach of an NFL team, when the Jets hired Todd Bowles in 2015, ESPN notes.

The Raiders finished the regular season 12-4, but lost to the Texans in last Saturday’s AFC wild-card game. The Raiders were on track to be one of the top two seeds in the AFC, but starting quarterback Derek Carr suffered a broken leg in the fourth quarter of a Week 16 win over the Colts and was lost for the season.

The offense suffered without Carr, who was in the midst of an MVP-caliber season.

Coach Jack Del Rio had voiced frustration during the season over Oakland’s inconsistent running game.

Following a Dec. 8 loss to the Chiefs, Del Rio said he would Cheap Bike Jerseys For Men have like to see a little more big-boy ball.

Sporting News’ Alex Marvez reported earlier Tuesday the Raiders will also part ways with defensive backs coach Marcus Robertson. The Raiders will keep defensive coordinator Cheap China NFL Jerseys Ken Norton Jr. despite the unit ranking 26th in total defense.

Falcons’ ‘fast and physical’ identity starts with Dan Quinn

If you spend any amount of time around Dan Quinn, you’ll notice that there are several words he consistently uses to describe the type of play he wants to see from the defense. It’s not just “fast and physical,” but also “toughness and grit.”

Unfortunately for Los Angeles, those new arrivals will be broken in against some of the NFL’s top defenses. No team in the league held opponents to fewer yards per play than Denver. Kansas City held opponents to a 79.5 passer rating, making quarterbacks look like an analog to Blake Bortles in the process. Oakland boasts the reigning Defensive Player of the Year and bolstered Mack with high-ceiling defensive backs Gareon Conley and Obi Melifonwu in the draft.

The Chiefs are defending division champions. The Raiders were a Derek Carr injury away from making some real noise in the 2016 playoffs. The Broncos are fewer than two years from a Super Bowl title. Moving up the ladder won’t be easy.

The rest of the team’s schedule provides some respite — finishing last in their division means the Chargers get to face opponents like the Jaguars, Browns, and Jets — but it’s not all rainbows. Los Angeles also has to face scary defenses like those of the Patriots and Giants.

That’s going to put a major strain on the Chargers explosive offense, even if Cheap Jerseys Made In USA everyone stays healthy. Los Angeles is betting big that last year’s poor performance was more fluke than a structural problem, and the numbers bear that out. However, with one of the league’s Cheap Jerseys Online Wholesale toughest schedules looming, the Chargers may not have anything to show for their improvement in 2017.

Marshawn Lynch is getting touchdowns in practice and Jack Del Rio is pumped

Marshawn Lynch retired from football following the 2015 season, but he un-retired then signed with the Oakland Raiders back in April. This is very good. His presence is a refreshing and welcome one among NFL wet blanketdom, and Lynch has enthusiastically embraced his new spot with the Raiders. Thank you, Marshawn.

So it’s a happy relief to see Beast Mode running ham all over Oakland’s preseason workouts here in June. Just let Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio show you how excited he is about Lynch’s run game:

That’s Lynch taking a 30-plus yard handoff to the house during practice, and not missing a beat after a year away from football. Good gap, good field awareness, good run. All around stellar stuff.

Your man can still run. Hail Beast Mode. But McCaffrey spent just three years at Stanford and cut his third short, opting to prepare for the NFL instead of play in the team’s bowl game. With no degree and another week until school is out at Stanford, McCaffrey is currently spending his offseason in Denver preparing for the chance to join his teammates on the practice field.

Maclin started his career with the Philadelphia Eagles, who Cheap Giants Jerseys selected him in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. After six productive seasons, Maclin entered free agency in 2015 Cheap Jerseys In Canada and got a massive pay raise, signing a six-year deal with the Chiefs worth up to $55 million, with $22.5 million in guaranteed money.

Kaepernick now should be firmly in the third tier.

The teams that should have been looking at Kaepernick (Bears, Jets, Texans and Browns) all went in different directions, which is why Carroll’s comment was a bit odd. Teams love to find bargains in the NFL, and Kaepernick at this point should be a bargain. When was the last time you saw a team pass on a player because he had too much talent for the role it wanted him to play?

Realistically, Kaepernick now should be firmly in the third tier. Players in that tier are guys like Matt Schaub, Chad Henne, Drew Stanton and Colt McCoy, QBs who once might have been starters but are regarded as better backups. These contracts max out at a base value under $5 million, but they also provide opportunities to add value via incentives that move them into the upper end of the tier two base salary.

Spielman said that was never a detriment.

“The biggest thing when you’re trying to bring anyone up through an organization is to educate and train them,” Spielman said. “One thing we always try to identify are self-starters who have the work ethic and attention to detail where you can trust them to carry out whatever assignment is given them.

“In our eyes, it’s not about being a man or woman or what religion or race you are. It’s who is the most qualified regardless.”

Spielman did add that the Vikings had male scouting interns while Kleine was coming through the ranks who had played football “and she was twice as good.”

“I know she’s going to get things done and in the right way,” he said.

Kleine, who will continue to work under college scouting director Cheap DUKe Basketball Jerseys Jamaal Stephenson, is just one example of female employees given a chance Cheap European Soccer Jerseys to advance through the ranks in the Vikings organization. The team promoted three women to vice president positions on the business side of operations last year and is hiring a female intern (Stephanie Jackson) who will spend time in the business, legal and personnel departments.

Calvin Johnson reportedly had to pay Lions much more than originally thought

When Calvin Johnson surprised the Lions by retiring in March of 2016, the team wanted him to pay back a portion of the $16 million signing bonus he received in 2012.

NFLPA records show Johnson returned $320,000 of his signing bonus to the Lions, but the actual amount might have been more than $1 million.

Decker took to Twitter on Tuesday to thank “the best fans, friends, and Wholesale Jerseys Paypal family” for their concern.

As for how the injury occurred, Caldwell remained evasive, saying “sometimes they are noncontact injuries. I didn’t say this was one of them, but I’m just talking about it doesn’t require that there’s any force contact for that to happen.”

Joe Dahl and Cornelius Lucas have taken turns at left tackle in Decker’s absence. Chances are, one of them will start in Decker’s place until he is fully healed.

“Just kind of the nature of our game,” Caldwell said. “You’ve got to adjust. That’s one of the things that I think our personnel office does a great job of, I think our players do a tremendous job of. We’ll adjust and keep moving.”

Decker was Detroit’s first-round pick in the 2016 draft and started every game his rookie season. He was expected to have a big leadership role on the offensive line this season.

“I think it’s easier to play the quarterback position later on in your career because of the repetition,” Palmer said. “There have been a handful of quarterbacks that have had success early in their careers,” he said, “but you just look at the history of the game. Guys can have success into their 30s just because you rely so much on experience, so much on ‘been there, done that’ type of situations.”

Arians thinks Palmer, who ranks 14th in all-time passing yards, is on the cusp of entering the conversation for the Hall of Fame and is only missing a championship.

“If you put a ring on his finger,” Arians began, “he probably has a Wholesale Jerseys From China chance to be talked about for the Hall of Fame because of his statistics.”

Chris Cooley speculates Redskins GM is drinking again

Redskins president Bruce Allen wants general manager Scot McCloughan so focused on free agency and the draft he’s reportedly banned him from speaking with the media.

Former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley speculated Wednesday however that he thinks the real reason McCloughan isn’t allowed to talk to reporters is because his problems with alcohol have resurfaced.

By cutting Tolbert, Carolina will have $1.5 million in extra salary cap space, according to Spotrac.

“I feel very fortunate to have coached Mike for nearly his entire career,” coach Ron Rivera said in a release. “He was someone we targeted in 2012 because we felt he would be a good addition to our offense and he was very productive for us. He brought great energy and leadership to our locker room and I wish him the best.”

Rivera coached Tolbert in San Diego from 2008-10 and pursued him again in 2012. At the time, Tolbert signed a four-year, $10 contract with $4.2 million guaranteed. He re-signed with Carolina last spring, getting a two-year deal.

Tolbert made the Pro Bowl in 2013, 2015 and 2016 and was a huge piece of Rivera’s offense in 2015, when the Panthers reached Super Bowl 50.

In Gretzky’s eighth straight Hart Trophy-winning season (!), “The Great One” led the NHL in goals, assists, plus-minus and short-handed goals (7). Incredibly, this season only marked Gretzky’s sixth-highest career points total. Hextall had a rookie year for the ages, leading the Cheap Hockey Jerseys Canada league in wins, saves and save percentage. He also took home the Conn Smythe Trophy, even though his Flyers fell to Gretzky’s Oilers in seven games.