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Expect Kyle Shanahan to exploit Chiefs’ penchant for defensive holding

It’s a good bet officials will call a defensive holding penalty or pass interference penalty on the Chiefs. The question is: How many? The Chiefs led the league in penalties on passing plays during the regular season, according to Matt Maiocco of NBCSportsBayArea.com. That included a league-high 21 defensive holding penalties, with three declined. Kansas [more]

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 03:53:46 +0000


Report: Giants adding University of Tennessee assistant Kevin Sherrer

The Giants are hiring University of Tennessee inside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator Kevin Sherrer, Patrick Brown of GoVols247 reports. Sherrer and new Giants coach Joe Judge coached together on Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama for two seasons. Sherrer, 46, played tight end at Alabama from 1993-95. He began his coaching career as a [more]

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 03:11:47 +0000


Report: Eric Berry plans to return to NFL in 2020

Eric Berry plans to return to the NFL in 2020, Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports. The former Chiefs safety worked out for the Cowboys but did not play in 2019. Garafolo said that was by design, giving Berry time to recover physically and mentally. Berry, 31, has played only four games, including the postseason, [more]

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 02:57:52 +0000


NFL will have to decide on location of Pro Bowl, again

The Pro Bowl happens again on Sunday, a non-football football game that essentially amounts to two-hand touch in pads. After the non-game game, the NFL will have to decide whether to keep it in Orlando for yet another year. As explained by Jabari Young of CNBC.com, the NFL’s annual option to stay in Orlando will [more]

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 01:50:47 +0000


Former Packers executive Rob Davis to join Mike McCarthy’s staff

New Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy has hired one of his former players who worked with him in Green Bay. Rob Davis spent his final two seasons — 2006-07 — as the Packers’ long snapper. After his 12-year playing career ended, Davis went to work for the Packers as the director of player development in the [more]

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 01:44:55 +0000


Will Fuller underwent sports hernia surgery

The Texans went 8-3 with Will Fuller and 2-3 without him this season. They need him, and he needs to stay healthy. The receiver said that “a big goal” for him in 2020 is to play all 16 games, something he has never done. He has played 42 of a possible 64 games since the [more]

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 01:18:07 +0000


Eagles hire Marquand Manuel as defensive backs coach

The Eagles have hired Marquand Manuel as their defensive backs coach, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reports. Manuel interviewed earlier this week. He replaces Cory Undlin, who left to become the Lions’ defensive coordinator. Manuel, 40, was the Falcons’ defensive backs coach when they went to the Super Bowl. The Falcons promoted him to coordinator the [more]

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 01:03:07 +0000


Zac Taylor’s simple criteria for a quarterback: “A winner”

Some say wins aren’t a quarterback statistic. Bengals coach Zac Taylor apparently isn’t one of the some. Taylor, embarking on his second season with the Bengals, has fairly simple criteria for what he’s looking for in a quarterback. “A guy that elevates his teammates, accurate, has the best understanding of the playbook of anyone on [more]

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 00:56:28 +0000


Calais Campbell believes he is worth every penny of his salary

General Manager Dave Caldwell said earlier this week that the Jaguars “still feel like [Calais Campbell] has football left ahead of him.” But the Jaguars can get $15 million in cap space by parting ways with Campbell. The defensive lineman signed a four-year, $60 million contract with the Jaguars in March 2017 and is scheduled [more]

Sun, 26 Jan 2020 00:51:41 +0000


George Kittle recalls Anthony Hitchens bullying him at Iowa practice

Chiefs linebacker Anthony Hitchens was a starter at Iowa in 2012 when a freshman named George Kittle showed up. Kittle was a backup whose primary job was playing on the scout team, and he’s motivated by some of those memories. Kittle said he’s looking forward to going after Hitchens and fellow Chiefs linebacker Ben Niemann, [more]

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 22:39:28 +0000


Pro Bowlers comment on 17-game season, which is beginning to feel inevitable

In many respects, the 17-game season is like Thursday Night Football. Plenty of individual players will object to it, but the NFL Players Association inevitably will agree to it. Because the money will be too good. ESPN.com posted on Saturday afternoon a collection of quotes from individual players regarding the 17-game season, with input ranging [more]

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 22:15:27 +0000


Yes, you can bet that the 49ers will blow a 28-3 lead (but you shouldn’t)

The number of Super Bowl prop bets is limited only by the creativity of those devising them. For Super Bowl LIV, the folks at PointsBet have plucked a fairly low piece of low-hanging fruit in crafting a prop wager that calls back to Super Bowl LI. Via David Purdum of ESPN.com, the odds of the [more]

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 18:51:41 +0000


Tom Coughlin: In any big game, I want Eli Manning as my quarterback

Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning won two Super Bowls together with the Giants, and although Coughlin is done coaching and Manning is done playing, Coughlin still thinks if he had to coach a big game again, he’d want Manning with him. Coughlin said at Manning’s retirement ceremony that he’d pick Manning over anyone if he [more]

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 18:26:24 +0000


After long road to the Pro Bowl, Jaylon Smith calls the game “a blessing”

Some players don’t think the Pro Bowl is worth their time. Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith is not one of those players. Smith, who suffered a severe knee injury in his final college game, missed his rookie season because of that injury, and for a time didn’t know if he’d fully recover, is in his first [more]

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 17:44:31 +0000


Hunt family will host close to 2,000 for Super Bowl

Norma Hunt has attended every Super Bowl. This time, the widow of Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt will have plenty of company. According to Chiefs V.P. of communications Ted Crews, “The Hunt family is hosting close to to 2,000 staff, friends and their families” in Miami for Super Bowl LIV. (Ryan O’Reilly wearing a Chiefs helmet [more]

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 17:39:10 +0000


When growing up, Kyle Shanahan learned more from osmosis not direct instruction

Nepotism is part of football. It just is. Like it or not, coaches hire their kids and/or their kids get opportunities with other teams because of who their dads are. (If you think that concept applies in no other American industry, you don’t know much about American industry.) What matters, ultimately, isn’t how the opportunity [more]

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 15:24:25 +0000


Jed York hopes 49ers are in position to visit White House

What once was a given has become a point of contention in recent years, spanning two administrations. As the 49ers and Chiefs prepare to battle for the privilege of the next NFL invitation to the White House, San Francisco CEO Jed York has taken a pragmatic approach: It doesn’t matter until the 49ers win the [more]

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 14:31:17 +0000


John Elway on onside kicks: We’ve got to try something

Broncos General Manager John Elway is a member of the league’s competition committee, and he recognizes that something has to be done about onside kicks. Asked about the Pro Bowl experimenting with an onside kick alternative of allowing the kicking team to line up on offense with a fourth-and-15, Elway noted that only eight onside [more]

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 14:02:33 +0000


Joe Burrow: Whoever wants to pay me to play football, I’ll play for

Joe Burrow will not try to force his way onto his preferred team, if he even has one. Burrow, the LSU quarterback who’s the odds-on favorite to go first overall in April’s NFL draft, says he’s happy to play for any team that wants him. “Whoever wants to pay me money to play the game [more]

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 11:04:37 +0000


Player attitudes make it easier for Kyle Shanahan to keep the team accountable

For as complicated as football can be, at its core it’s very simple. Blocking, hitting, tackling. And in an age of limited blocking, hitting, and tackling during practice, there’s a premium to be placed on players who can and will embrace blocking, hitting, and tackling during games. The 49ers have players who can and will [more]

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 04:48:37 +0000


Brian Gutekunst says it’s his “understanding” Jimmy Graham wants to play

General Manager Brian Gutekunst said Friday that it’s his “understanding” Jimmy Graham wants to play next season, Rob Demovsky of ESPN reports. What Guntekunst didn’t say was whether the Packers want the tight end back. Graham is under contract with the Packers in 2020, scheduled to count $11.67 million against the salary cap in the [more]

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 02:53:04 +0000


Dolphins hire Gerald Alexander as defensive backs coach

Gerald Alexander appeared in two games for the Dolphins in 2011. He is returning to the defensive backs room where he briefly sat as a player. The Dolphins have hired the University of California assistant as their new defensive backs coach, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports. Alexander replaces Josh Boyer, whom Brian Flores [more]

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 01:24:39 +0000


49ers taking the entire organization to Super Bowl LIV, including interns

The 49ers haven’t won the Super Bowl in 25 years. As they try to get their sixth Super Bowl championship, they’ll have the entire organization in attendance. As in everyone who works for the team. Interns included. Via David Lombardi of TheAthletic.com, CEO Jed York has confirmed that the team will fly all employees, including [more]

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 01:23:08 +0000


Report: Patriots hire Jedd Fisch from Rams

Jedd Fisch has joined the Patriots’ coaching staff in a yet to be determined offensive capacity, Jim McBride of the Boston Globe reports. Fisch was the Rams’ senior offensive assistant the past two seasons, adding assistant offensive coordinator to his job title for 2019. He spent the 2017 season as offensive coordinator at UCLA. Fisch [more]

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 01:03:59 +0000


Report: Broncos finalizing contract to make Mike Shula their QBs coach

The Broncos are finalizing contract details to make Mike Shula their quarterbacks coach, Mike Klis of 9News reports. The team still needs to work out the offset with the Giants, per Klis. The hiring of Shula is not a surprise given the Broncos hired Pat Shurmur as offensive coordinator. Shula was the offensive coordinator under [more]

Sat, 25 Jan 2020 00:04:39 +0000


Panthers hiring assistant coaches Pat Meyer, Jason Simmons

Matt Rhule’s staff is coming together. The new Panthers head coach is expected to hire Pat Meyer as offensive line coach and Jason Simmons as defensive backs coach, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Meyer has spent the past three seasons as the Chargers’ offensive line coach and run game coordinator. He was an offensive assistant [more]

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 23:52:06 +0000


Tevin Coleman’s MRI results were “positive,” but he did not practice all week

49ers running back Tevin Coleman participated in the team’s walk-through Friday, but he remained out of practice. The 49ers released their practice report, and the only change from Thursday was the return of receiver Dante Pettis. Pettis missed Thursday with an illness. Linebacker Kwon Alexander (pectoral), defensive lineman Dee Ford (quadriceps, hamstring) and safety Jaquiski [more]

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 22:41:43 +0000


Daniel Jones wants to accomplish “a lot of the things” Eli Manning did

Truth be told, the Giants became Daniel Jones‘ team when he made his first start in Week Three. But Eli Manning still cast a giant shadow while watching from the sideline. No more. In his good-bye news conference, Manning became emotional while talking about his belief that the Giants are in good hands with Jones. [more]

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 22:14:22 +0000


Report: George Paton “wasn’t entirely comfortable” with Browns G.M. job

It’s critical that the 2020 Browns consist of a power structure that resides at all times on the same page. That apparently wouldn’t have happened if Vikings assistant G.M. George Paton had taken the G.M. job there. Via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, Paton removed his name from consideration for the Browns G.M. job because [more]

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 21:51:20 +0000


DJ Chark excited about playing in Jay Gruden’s offense

The Jaguars have changed offensive coordinators, but DJ Chark doesn’t expect much to change for him. The Pro Bowl receiver has yet to meet Jay Gruden, who replaces John DeFilippo, but Chark has confidence he will continue to get targets. ″I know it all comes down to me making plays, getting open and being consistent,″ [more]

Fri, 24 Jan 2020 21:39:28 +0000


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