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Eagles owner grateful to be underdogs again - 2018-01-23T11:47:26+00:00
Eagles owner Jeff Lurie wasn’t going to wear any rubber dog masks. But he’s definitely happy that his team is not favored in the Super Bowl. Via Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia, Lurie exulted in the fact the Patriots are favored by anywhere from 5.5-6 points next week. “Are we underdogs again?” Lurie asked. “Great! [more]

Nate Solder looking forward to facing Chris Long - 2018-01-23T11:44:26+00:00
Eagles defensive end Chris Long was involved in one of the biggest plays in the NFC Championship Game when he recovered a fumble caused by Derek Barnett in the first half to end a Vikings scoring chance and set up a touchdown that put the Eagles up 21-3. Patriots cornerback Eric Rowe saw the play [more]

Stephon Gilmore going “gravy” now, after slow start - 2018-01-23T11:32:55+00:00
There were times this year when Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore looked like a bad investment. He was worth every penny Sunday, when he broke up Jacksonville’s final fourth-down attempt, allowing the Patriots to hang on and advance to the Super Bowl. “I came here to have an opportunity to go to the Super Bowl,” Gilmore [more]

Dalvin Cook jogging, feels he could have helped “a lot” - 2018-01-23T11:29:38+00:00
The Vikings expected to have running back Dalvin Cook playing a major role in his rookie season, but the first-round pick tore his ACL in Week Four and missed the rest of the year. That left him on the sideline to watch as the Vikings lost 38-7 to the Eagles in the NFC Championship Game [more]

Eagles fan who ran into a pole is OK, he thinks - 2018-01-23T11:21:32+00:00
So an Eagles fan walks into a bar. He should have seen it coming. Actually, the Eagles fan ran into a concrete bar, planted vertically at a subway platform. Captured by a cell phone video, the moment went viral. Sufficiently viral to prompt the Associated Press to track the guy down. He’s 42-year-old Jigar Desai, who [more]

Former linebacker Monty Grow on trial for healthcare fraud - 2018-01-23T11:06:20+00:00
We already suspected Monty Grow might not be the best caretaker — since he was arrested for leaving a 3-year-old in a car in a strip-club parking lot in 2013. But now, the former Chiefs and Jaguars linebacker is on trial for medical fraud, after he was charged with swindling $20 million from a federal [more]

Ryan Day not leaving Ohio State to join Titans’ staff - 2018-01-23T10:12:10+00:00
Titans coach Mike Vrabel wants to put Marcus Mariota in an offense more like the one he ran in college, but Ryan Day will not be coordinating that offense. Day will remain at Ohio State rather than take the Titans offensive coordinator job, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Vrabel had reportedly been interested in Day [more]

Report: Lions parting ways with quarterbacks coach Brian Callahan - 2018-01-23T07:12:44+00:00
The Detroit Lions have parted ways with quarterbacks coach Brian Callahan, according to Albert Breer of SI.com. Callahan spent the last two seasons as the Lions quarterbacks coach. He spent the previous six years as an offensive assistant in various roles with the Denver Broncos. Matthew Stafford has had two of his most efficient seasons [more]

Report: Darrell Bevell interviewing with Cardinals - 2018-01-23T05:49:49+00:00
Former Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was interviewing for a job with the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. Bevell was let go by the Seahawks two weeks ago as head coach Pete Carroll has made numerous changes to his coaching staff since the start of the [more]

Report: Richie Incognito won’t be punished for alleged racial slurs - 2018-01-23T04:41:04+00:00
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue accused Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito of making racial slurs during a playoff game between the two teams earlier this month. While the NFL said they would look into the matter, it appears as though no discipline will be levied against Incognito over the alleged incident. According to Vic [more]

Church’s hit on Gronkowski was textbook illegal, avoidable - 2018-01-23T04:29:30+00:00
A debate emerged on Sunday regarding whether Jaguars safety Barry Church could have avoided applying an illegal helmet-to-helmet hit on Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. Church, without question, could have. This wasn’t the kind of play about which Steelers safety Mike Mitchell complained during the regular season, with a low throw forcing the receiver to [more]

Seahawks mutually part ways with defensive assistant Travis Jones - 2018-01-23T04:13:14+00:00
The Seahawks have mutually parted ways with senior defensive assistant coach Travis Jones. Jones had spent the last five seasons as a member of the team’s defensive staff. He replaced Dan Quinn as the team’s defensive line coach when Quinn was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2013. He then transitioned into a role as a [more]

Seahawks expected to move Dave Canales to quarterbacks coach - 2018-01-23T02:50:24+00:00
The Seahawks are expected to move Dave Canales from wide receivers coach to quarterbacks coach, according to Alex Marvez of the Sporting News. Canales has coached the team’s receivers the past three seasons. He joined the Seahawks in 2010 after one season as USC’s offensive administrative assistant. Among the Seahawks’ changes to their coaching staff, [more]

Broncos getting an up-close look at Josh Allen this week - 2018-01-23T02:12:17+00:00
The Broncos have drafted a quarterback in each of the past three drafts. It appears they are ready to make it four in four years with yet another this spring. Broncos General Manager John Elway scouted Josh Allen and Sam Darnold in person. He is getting an even closer look at Wyoming’s Allen and Oklahoma’s [more]

Mike Brown: Bengals have no intention of moving - 2018-01-23T01:52:09+00:00
With the team’s stadium lease 10 years from expiring and the NFL’s franchise shuffle renewed in recent years given the approved moves of three of the league’s 32 franchises, the Bengals are at least on the outer edges of the relocation radar screen. Bengals owner Mike Brown disputes that notion, however. Strongly. “This is just [more]

Cowboys hire Kris Richard as defensive passing game coordinator - 2018-01-23T01:23:39+00:00
It didn’t take long for Kris Richard to find a new job. The Cowboys have hired Richard as their defensive backs coach and defensive passing game coordinator, Gee Scott of 710 ESPN Seattle reports. Richard became the Seahawks’ defensive coordinator when Dan Quinn left to become the Falcons’ head coach in 2015. The Seahawks defense [more]

What should the Eagles do with Nick Foles? - 2018-01-23T01:15:33+00:00
The Eagles turned a $4 million investment in a backup quarterback into a Super Bowl berth. Unlike the one-year deal that the Vikings signed with backup-turned-starter Case Keenum, the Eagles signed Foles to a two-year deal (technically, five; actually, two). For another $4 million in salary, a $3 million roster bonus, and a total cap [more]

Report: Browns hire Todd Haley - 2018-01-23T01:07:24+00:00
The deal is done: The Browns have hired Todd Haley as their offensive coordinator, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Haley, 50, is expected to call plays under Hue Jackson, who doubled as the play-caller his first two seasons. Haley likely gets a rookie quarterback to coach, with the Browns expected to [more]

Cardinals could hire Al Holcomb as defensive coordinator - 2018-01-23T00:52:18+00:00
The Cardinals are interested in hiring Panthers linebackers coach Al Holcomb as their defensive coordinator. Holcomb is the “front-runner” for the job, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports. Holcomb would follow former Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, whom the Cardinals have hired as their head coach. Sean McDermott sought to take Holcomb with him [more]

Packers adding Ryan Downard to defensive staff - 2018-01-23T00:24:30+00:00
Ryan Downard will join the Packers’ coaching staff. Bowling Green announced the move, losing their safeties coach after he spent two seasons at the school. Downard is believed to have accepted a yet unknown position under new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine. Downard worked for Pettine in Cleveland, assisting with the defensive backs in 2015 and [more]

Bill Belichick-Bill Parcells relationship gets the 30 for 30 treatment - 2018-01-22T23:43:23+00:00
Bill Belichick is getting ready to try to win his sixth Super Bowl with the Patriots. But a victory at Super Bowl LII would actually earn Belichick his eighth Super Bowl ring, as he won two as defensive coordinator for Bill Parcells with the Giants. The long relationship between Belichick and Parcells is explored in [more]

Kyle Rudolph, Linval Joseph, Harrison Smith headed to Pro Bowl - 2018-01-22T23:42:00+00:00
Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph, safety Harrison Smith and defensive tackle Linval Joseph are headed to the Pro Bowl, the NFL announced Monday. Rudolph replaces Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham, who withdrew with an injury; Joseph replaces Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, who can’t play for obvious reasons; and Smith replaces Giants safety Landon Collins, [more]

Giants announce Pat Shurmur hire - 2018-01-22T23:28:37+00:00
The Giants made it official, announcing Pat Shurmur as the 18th head coach in franchise history. Shurmur, 52, leaves the Vikings after two seasons. He succeeds Ben McAdoo, whom the Giants fired December 4. The Giants announced they have delayed Shurmur’s introductory press conference until Friday because of weather-related travel problems in Minneapolis today. He [more]

Stephen Jones: Dez Bryant’s emotional outbursts “can be a distraction” - 2018-01-22T23:16:43+00:00
The Cowboys are not going to pay Dez Bryant a $12.5 million base and take a $16.5 million cap charge next season for a wide receiver who has no 1,000-yard seasons the past three seasons, doesn’t click with quarterback Dak Prescott and occasionally blows up on the sideline. The question is: Do they want to [more]

Vikings need a true franchise quarterback - 2018-01-22T22:55:49+00:00
As the Vikings commence the process of figuring out what to do with three veteran quarterbacks whose contracts have expired, there’s an important option that the Vikings need to include: D. None of the above. Sam Bradford with an unreliable knee. Teddy Bridgewater, who may or may not ever become the guy the Vikings thought [more]

Jerick McKinnon’s desire for increased role could have him moving on - 2018-01-22T22:36:44+00:00
Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon wants an increased role next season. That isn’t likely to come with the Vikings, with Dalvin Cook coming back from an injury and Latavius Murray under contract for two more years. Thus, McKinnon may have played his final game for the Vikings. “I want to be the guy,” McKinnon said, [more]

Michael Bennett replacing Everson Griffen in Pro Bowl - 2018-01-22T22:18:04+00:00
Michael Bennett is going to his third consecutive Pro Bowl. The NFL announced Monday the Seahawks defensive end will replace Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen, who has withdrawn with an injury. The Seahawks now have six Pro Bowlers, with Bennett joining safety Earl Thomas, linebacker Bobby Wagner, quarterback Russell Wilson, tight end Jimmy Graham and [more]

Conference championship ratings down, but not dramatically - 2018-01-22T22:12:01+00:00
NFL ratings continue to drop in relation to recent years, but the NFL will say that the ratings continue to drop to a smaller extent than TV viewership is dropping across the board. Via SportsBusiness Journal, the AFC title game drew a 27.3 in the mid-afternoon window, down 0.1 from last year’s Packers-Falcons game on [more]

Blake Bortles “would be thrilled” to stay in Jacksonville - 2018-01-22T22:10:15+00:00
While speaking to reporters on Monday, Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles reflected on this year’s success and said “we have an opportunity to build on that and try to make it a consistent-year-in-year-out thing.” Bortles isn’t exactly guaranteed to be back for the next year of Jaguars football, however. The team exercised an option on Bortles’ [more]

Report: Browns close to deal with Todd Haley - 2018-01-22T21:54:37+00:00
The Browns are finalizing a deal with Todd Haley to become their offensive coordinator, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Haley, 50, will become the first offensive coordinator under Hue Jackson and likely takes over the play-calling duties. The Steelers did not renew Haley’s contract after their 45-42 loss to the Jaguars [more]

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