The league may also compete directly with the Canadian Football League, which has its season during the summer and is one of the few off-brand professional football leagues to have any sustainability. Presumably one or both leagues would suffer because of diminished talent pools and attention.
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Fassel’s last coaching gig was as the head coach of the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League, which was once thought of as a potential developmental league for the NFL before folding in 2012. He also served as the league’s president of football operations. Presumably his experience explains his giddiness about an NFL spring league, but his enthusiasm alone won’t make the product palatable.
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Miami has the cap space to eat that extra $5 million, but after an already expensive offseason that included the pricey signing of Ndamukong Suh, discount shopping for a veteran makes sense.
Finding a veteran to contribute wasn’t a must for the Dolphins. Jarvis Landry is already a promising young receiver who was productive as a rookie, and the younger acquisitions give Tannehill plenty of new targets to work with. A veteran with Pro Bowls in his past should be able to help the younger receivers, but $7.5 million of cap space is a little too much for that role when Jennings is available to do it for a third of the cost.
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To combat these obstacles, Beyer and his teams give their clients a crash course on the inner workings of Chinese culture when they arrive, including how to manage the relationships with their teams, coaches and front-offices.
“The personality part is extremely important,” Beyer said. “Chinese people in general are very warm people. If you buy into the culture and be warm to them, they will be warm to you 10 times of that.”
Former Brigham Young standout Jimmer Fredette is helping his Shanghai Sharks lead the standings in his first CBA season while averaging more than 37 points and eight rebounds a game.
However, Marbury still stands as one of a kind despite being nearly 40 years old. Many Chinese fans say that there are two kinds of foreign players: Marbury and everyone else.
The most disconcerting issue for the Bulls is that the mental errors never seem to get fixed. Unless Butler, or to a lesser extent, Wade takes over late, the Bulls find ways to lose games instead of finding ways to win them.
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Sheil Kapadia, NFL Nation writer: Yes. Even when the opponent has the perfect coverage called on a given play, Rodgers’ ability to buy time and make high degree-of-difficulty completions is unmatched. Sometimes, it feels like he is making “heat-check” throws just to test the limits of what he’s capable of.
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Michael Rothstein, NFL Nation writer: Rodgers has been amazing over the past two months and is a big reason the Packers are a game away from the Super Bowl, but I’m hesitant to say he’s the best player on the planet.
Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler went 23-of-40 for 198 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions. The Patriots, who advanced to their sixth straight AFC Championship with the win, are among the elite teams the Texans want to compete with. But Saturday’s loss, combined with the 27-0 blowout loss Houston suffered at Gillette Stadium in Week 3, show how far the Texans are from competing with the AFCâ€™s best.
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A lot of that has to do with their inconsistency at quarterback. Osweiler has had games in which he has shown some promise — including last week’s first-round playoff victory over the Oakland Raiders — but most of the season, he has shown he is not good enough to be the Texansâ€™ starting quarterback. Even in the games in which he showed promise, his statistics and efficiency were average at best.
â€œAs an offense, we need to score more than 16 points,â€ Oâ€™Brien said. â€œYouâ€™re not going to beat the Patriots scoring 16 points.â€
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After months of DeflateGate uncertainty in Boston, it’s actually the Pittsburgh Steelers who find themselves shorthanded due to suspension for Thursday’s NFL season opener. The Steelers will be without one of the NFL’s most prolific offensive weapons in Le’Veon Bell, one of the last true bell cow running backs left in the league.
Bell’s serving a suspension stemming from a marijuana arrest in 2014. It’s only two games, but Bell’s absence leaves the Steelers searching for a way to fill the void.
First, the ground game. The scouts from the 18 NFL teams in attendance had to grade Miller positively for his pass catching skills and his ability in the open field. We still don’t know how well Miller can run routes, but the early results are intriguing.
So now the Chargers have until Tuesday to decide whether to move the team to Los Angeles, where the franchise was founded in 1960, or remain in San Diego, where it has played for the past 55 years.
In December, the Chargers announced that the team had entered into an agreement to lease land for a temporary training facility in Orange County, should the team exercise its option to move to Los Angeles.
The Chargers agreed to lease part of a Costa Mesa office campus, along with a nearby 3.2 acres for temporary offices and a practice facility. The land in Costa Mesa would serve as the initial location of the team’s office headquarters and practice and training facilities.
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Faulconer’s last-ditch proposal to keep the team here was a projected $1.2 billion new stadium in Mission Valley, current site of Qualcomm Stadium, which included a potential $375 million in public contribution.
Eli Manning hit Larry Donnell for a 12-yard touchdown with 21 seconds to play as the New York Giants stunned the San Francisco 49ers Sunday night, 30-27.
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The Giants have now won three straight to take over first place in the NFC East, while the 49ers have lost four straight.
Carlos Hyde gave the 49ers a 27-23 lead with 1:45 left, but they couldn’t finish the game.
The Giants had all three timeouts, but Manning faced the last drive with a banged-up receiver corps. Victor Cruz was in street clothes, while Rueben Randle and Odell Beckham were on the sidelines with hamstring problems.
San Diego is in a bit better shape at this point. Philip Rivers is playing well, and the Chargers picked up a win over the Cleveland Browns in their last outing. Bad losses to the Cincinnati Bengals and Minnesota Vikings preceded that win, but they have an opportunity to get a streak started on Monday.
Rivers will be getting his favorite target throughout his entire tenure in San Diego back on Monday as well. Tight end Antonio Gates was suspended four games for performance-enhancing drugs but that suspension is now up and he’ll join a Chargers offense that is already playing fairly well for the most part. Rivers has completed 70.7 percent of his passes for 1,248 yards with eight touchdowns and four interceptions on the season.
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Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake (91) and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, wait to enter the field during the first half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, in Miami Gardens, Fla.
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No doubt. With every game he plays, Wake is a reminder to the rest of the NFL. Getting it done on the field is the best way to stick it to ¡¯em. For some, though, that wouldn¡¯t be enough. Wake could be one of those dudes who walks around with a chip on his shoulder. Definitely could be. But he¡¯s not. At least not these days. ¡°Well, if you would have asked me back in 2006, ¡¯07, maybe I would have been a little chippy about it and still had some thoughts¡± to share publicly, Wake said. ¡°But that has come and gone. It¡¯s been a while now. I¡¯ve been in the league. I¡¯ve been playing. You move on.¡±
The cornerback position is a mess; it has been all season, really. They finished the regular season ranked 31st — second to last — in the NFL in passing yards allowed per game (269.3), and they have more questions about the health of their cornerbacks.
Quinten Rollins appears unlikely to play because of a neck injury and a concussion, and Damarious Randall couldn’t finish last Sunday’s game at Detroit because of a knee injury. They held Odell Beckham Jr. in check (five catches for 56 yards and one touchdown) during the regular-season meeting but might struggle to do that well again.
Jordy Nelson had one of his worst games (four catches for 38 yards and one touchdown plus a dropped pass that turned into an interception) in the first meeting against the Giants, but he has been on fire of late. During the six-game winning streak, Rodgers has completed 83 percent of his passes to Nelson, compared with 55.9 percent in the first 10 games. The Rodgers-Nelson connection could be what sends the Packers into the second round.
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David Savard Youth Jersey Officials determined a hit to the head of Tom Savage required further examination on the sideline, and the Houston Texans starter was sent out of the game against the Tennessee Titans in Week 17.
After meeting with trainers on the sideline, Savage went to the locker room for further evaluation, leaving Brock Osweiler under center for the team. Later in the second quarter, Savage was cleared to return, and finished the first half by taking a knee to send the game into the half. However, Osweiler would re-enter upon the start of the second half, as Savage was reevaluated at the half, and ruled out.
These are pretty damning accusations and would show more justification than necessary for firing Baalke as the team looks for its fourth head coach in as many years.
But with both the GM and head coach given the boot and a team with personnel issues at nearly every position, it¡¯s not shocking to see so much finger-pointing heading into the offseason. Especially for someone like Kelly, who was one of the hottest coaching prospects a few years ago.
It¡¯s also a bit suspect to pin a disaster of a season on not selecting a quarterback who ended up as the 135th pick. And there¡¯s no saying Prescott would¡¯ve been as successful without all the talent around him in Dallas. That¡¯s to say nothing of the fact that Colin Kaepernick threw for 16 touchdowns and four interceptions.
Still, the number of different narratives coming out of San Francisco today shows just how many problems the organization has. All of which the Niners will need to prove have been solved by firing Baalke and Kelly.
The breakout season for Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Cameron Brate has come to an end. The Bucs announced Tuesday afternoon that he has been placed on injured reserve.
Brate suffered a back injury late in the third quarter of Saturday’s game against the New Orleans Saints. He walked off the field slowly and kept grabbing his lower back region on the sideline. He had originally been announced as questionable to return but was then downgraded to doubtful and never reentered the game.
The Browns aren’t sure if Robert Griffin III will play after the quarterback left the victory over the Chargers with a concussion. As the Browns evaluate him, the reality is that he has started four games and left two with significant injuries after being hit while running.
Needs remain all over the roster.
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The draft remains paramount, especially as the Browns likely will have the first overall pick, a selection they cannot afford to botch.?
Removing that Jenga piece might have let the emotions loose for a few days. But now the Browns must turn to building something more permanent. Because they need to figure a way to put the blocks back so they can’t be dismantled.
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The Chicago Bears have won four of their last five meetings with Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but when they visit Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, they’re facing a team that has dramatically improved over the last couple of seasons.
Two years ago, the Bucs finished 4-12 and ranked dead last in the NFL in total offense. The 2014 season was even less kind to Tampa Bay, and the Bucs finished with the worst record in the league, earning the top pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. They used it to select quarterback Jameis Winston, and an offense that averaged fewer than 300 yards per game a season ago is now putting up 374.2 yards per game, good for seventh in the league.
What I would expect is that the Cardinals will now do a lot more substituting to make sure they matchup well with opposing offenses and also maximize the various skill sets of the players set to try to fill in for Mathieu over the next few weeks.
Will that work? I have no idea. Ultimately we all just kind of have to wait and see. I do know that this is a huge blow to a defense which had been playing pretty well of late, even as their offense overwhelmingly garnered most of the attention. I still see the Cardinals as one of the teams to beat in the NFC as we get closer and closer to the playoffs, but I’d be lying if I said I thought for sure they would win their first postseason game this year.
But the Rams hold a 6-8 record, good for third place in the NFC West but not particularly impressive. At one point, they had a five-game losing skid derailing their season, but strong play in the past two games has resulted in a pair of wins. With Case Keenum starting at quarterback, the Rams beat the Detroit Lions, 21-14 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 31-23. They downed the Buccaneers last week.
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Twice Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley tried to set a final sequence into motion, and twice Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley wouldn’t let him get within 30 feet of the hoop. Conley had no choice but to give up the ball in the final seconds of regulation in a tied game Tuesday, and Conley never got inside the 3-point arc while watching teammate Marc Gasol miss a chance at a game winner.
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But Thomas’ jersey number reflects his favorite quarter. After Tuesday’s win, Stevens said of Thomas, “He makes big [shots]. And he likes to take big ones.”
Despite his individual success this season, Thomas has been frustrated that it hasn’t translated to team victories. Boston has now won three straight to shuffle to 16-12 overall. The Celtics sit third in the East but have nine teams lingering within four games behind them. Boston had struggled to close out wins over quality opponents this season, dropping recent heartbreakers to the Rockets, Thunder and Spurs.
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“[The Grizzlies] were punking us in the first half,” Thomas said during his on-court interview with CSN. “This might turn the season around [for Boston], for real.”
Bradley’s efforts were a reminder of why he earned All-Defense first team honors last season and why he was the top vote-getting guard, finishing third in total votes behind only San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard and Golden State’s Draymond Green.
Bradley, who said before the season that he believes he deserves Defensive Player of the Year consideration, hasn’t exactly had a dominant defensive season.