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As football continues to be explained as baseball, we continue to be pail-fed misinformation we’re supposed to swallow as knowledge.

MSG analyst Joe Micheletti over a replay: “I mentioned that he’d been out there for an extended shift. He’s 74; he can hardly skate.” Yikes!

Oh, Carolina’s Jaccob Slavin. He wears No. 74. And he’s only 22.

Stanley Wilson was a muscular, 5-foot-10 running back from Los Angeles, recruited to Oklahoma, where he scored seven TDs his senior season. He was a straight-ahead banger and dipper — he now would be classified “a downhill runner” — who could plow for first downs and touchdowns, catch passes in the flats and throw powerful blocks.

He played for the Bengals in his rookie and second seasons, 1983 and 1984, but then lost the entire 1985 season to a cocaine suspension. Returned in 1986, he lost his entire 1987 season, again, to cocaine.

The Titans snatched Western Kentucky wideout Taywan Taylor with their third-round pick in the 2017 draft, and it has become clear throughout the preseason they have plans for him with their first-team offense.

As my father often said about successful child-raising: “There’s a lot to be said for neglect.” As for the NFL, neglect is still causing serious growing pains in a child now 31 years old.

Last Sunday the totally unintended use/misuse of replay rules — its overwhelming use from its start has been totally unintended — made an NFL-asked-for-it mess of the Patriots-Jets game, determining its outcome after a long delay led to startling word that the Jets not only hadn’t scored a TD, the ball belonged to the Pats via a touchback.

That was a big story through Monday, as it should have been. Then, all gone!

9. Roger Goodell, commissioner, NFL (2): This is the 10th anniversary of his reign, but Goodell has kept a conspicuously low profile this offseason — no doubt because of the lingering fallout from the Deflategate saga. The league has been on a winning streak in court recently, but Goodell isn’t taking any victory laps.bills_014

Bradford is a Plan B worth exploring if the Bills are determined to go the veteran route and someone else makes a better offer to get Smith.

“It’s been an awesome season,” Bortles said after his solid 23-of-36, 293-yard outing against the Patriots. “I think it’s been a lot of fun despite what happened today. It’s been a special ride to do this on an organization that hasn’t done this in a really long time with a special group of guys.

“It’s tough to try to enjoy it right now, but I’m sure that at some point we’ll be able to reflect and think about all the good things that happened. Find a way to fix it to make sure that we don’t feel like this at this point again.”

At 25, Bridgewater would come with a high upside but the unknowns around his health will keep his price low. Bradford has proved he can still deliver strong play when healthy, but he’s 30 and carries a different level of risk vs. reward coming off his latest knee injury.

Then again, it wouldn’t be bad to bring in Bridgewater to compete with Peterman and a rookie.

One wait-and-see scenario would be sticking with Bortles for one more year but targeting a quarterback in the early rounds to groom as a potential heir apparent.

In a quarterback-starved league, the Jags would be playing with fire if they rescinded the fifth-year option on Bortles’ rookie contract and let him test free agency with the option of re-signing what would presumably be a lesser deal should he find no other offers to his liking. If the Jags are all-in on Bortles, a multiyear contract could be in the offing.

Before the 2017 season started, we used the preseason point spreads and Pro Football Reference’s Simple Rating System, to extrapolate how the NFL’s teams were expected to perform. At that time, the Giants were expected to finish the season with a 10-6 record, making them contenders in the NFC East. Now they are on pace for a three-win season, making them the biggest underachievers of the year. But they’re not alone. Here’s a look at the most disappointing and most pleasantly surprising teams of the NFL season.cowboys_095

The Patriots entered their divisional playoff game against the Titans as 20-point favorites.

With the Jaguars leading 14-0 and the first-quarter clock winding down, the Steelers had a chance to shift momentum with a score, as they had driven deep into Jacksonville territory. But on a fourth-and-1 from the 21-yard, an ambitious pitch to Bell was stuffed.

Eleven plays later, the Jaguars were in the end zone again. 21-0.

In the video game world, that means “pass the sticks.” In the NFL playoffs, it was a wake-up call not only to the Jaguars’ opponent Sunday, but also to the team it will face in seven days.

They also were dealing with the cloud that was a damning ESPN report regarding friction between Brady, head coach Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft.

Landry missed four games during the 2017 season due to injury and failed to come close to matching the awesome production from his All-American junior campaign (16.5 sacks among 22 tackles for loss). Scouts would love to see him healthy during Senior Bowl week, facing top-notch competition and displaying the burst and relentless nature they saw in 2016. In addition to wreaking havoc in the backfield, Landry might be asked to play as an outside linebacker to see how he handles movement in space. Showing explosiveness and scheme-versatility could put him back into the discussion for the top 10 picks.

In this week’s bracket it was still possible to prevent any SEC teams from meeting before the regional finals, but that might not continue to be the case if the six maintain their spots.

Carr: Whether Coughlin’s a head coach or the executive vice president of football operations, he has his hand in everything. Most coaches or executives just expect their players to professionally do their jobs. Yet, during his coaching days, Coughlin — who always let his coordinators and assistants game plan and coach up players, regardless of their coaching title — often times went around to talk with individual players, showing them weaknesses in their game and demanding the most out of them. He, like Belichick, doesn’t care if you’re an Eli Manning or a Tom Brady.

From what I’ve seen, a lot of coaches aren’t willing to do a lot of things Coughlin and Belichick carry out at the NFL level. Many are afraid of coaching players hard. I know Belichick isn’t afraid to push the best quarterback in NFL history, and that’s exactly how Coughlin is.cowboys_073

Whitehead switched from middle linebacker to weakside linebacker this offseason and the results have been night and day.

“We condemn racism in all forms and any and all hate groups that support it,” Papa John’s public relations executive Peter Collins said in a statement to the Huffington Post. “We do not want these individuals or groups to buy our pizza.”

The chief marketing officer for Papa John’s, Brandon Rhoten, told Ad Age last week that his company was “talking about what next steps look like.” Despite the NFL’s ratings decline, Rhoten described the league as “still a gargantuan source of reach and benefit for brands” and said, “I can’t imagine we would walk away from the NFL, ever.”

Last week, I called Lawrence a prime candidate for the franchise tag. His insane jump in grade is the reason. Olivier Vernon’s recent career year and subsequent cooling off will give teams pause before doling out big money to players such as Lawrence. He’s had five games with at least six pressures this season after having only one such game the first three years of his career. It’s clear that he’s improved his overall game, but the truth likely lies somewhere in the middle.

That sort of minor position change might not sound like much, but a weakside linebacker often has to deal with fewer blocks in the run game and will have different coverage responsibilities versus the pass. Last year, he was victimized in coverage, allowing the most catches (72) and yards (656) of any linebacker. Now he’s on pace to allow just over half of those totals, and his work in the run game is back to where it was before 2016. His 8.7 run-stop percentage is a big jump up from 7.1 a season ago, and he looks far more comfortable back on the weak side.

This may end up being the Gronk game we remember most. It was his Bo-Jackson-in-Tecmo-Bowl moment, a 3.5-hour saga of domination where the only way to stop him was to tackle him before the ball got there (and sometimes that didn’t even work). Of course, the Steelers would have benefitted from a better game plan against the best tight end ever (seriously, single coverage with the game on the line in the fourth quarter?), but it’s doubtful it would have mattered.

Aaron Rodgers wasn’t able to save the day for the Packers (boo), but Green Bay can take solace in winning our weekly Celebration of the Week Award for Week 16. I enjoy when a touchdown celebration delves into the surreal, and watching a bunch of football players speed-walking like grannies at the mall at 7 a.m. on a Tuesday is just sublime.cowboys_044

Kirk Cousins’s gamble on himself is about to pay off.

Willing to ride out the franchise tag as the starting quarterback of the Washington Redskins, Cousins is set to hit free agency behind a three-year body of work that should make him one of the highest-paid players in the NFL.

The high-level performance for Cousins isn’t the result of conservative passes, either. His 42.5 percent completion rate on deep throws, those traveling 20 or more yards in the air, ranks fifth among 27 quarterbacks attempting at least 100 deep throws over the past three years. His passer rating (109.0) on these attempts is second only to Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions. And this proficiency down the field isn’t merely the result of having DeSean Jackson on the roster during his first two seasons under center for Washington: Cousins’s completion percentage (40.5 percent) and passer rating (109.7) rank eighth and seventh, respectively, in 2017 with Josh Doctson as his primary deep threat.

One negative on Mayfield is he will sometimes try to do too much, forcing throws that lead to turnovers. He improved drastically in that area in 2017 despite losing Biletnikoff Award winner Dede Westbrook, but will also bail from clean pockets if he takes hits throughout the game. He compares in body type and play style to Russell Wilson, and is best suited for a vertical-oriented offense in which he can lean on his intermediate and deep accuracy.

He wasn’t being shy about that controversial call, and in fact, Cousins went into incredible depth describing the play. He acknowledged that his goal on that pass was to throw quickly and incomplete toward the sideline, but he seemed not to think that his actions met the definition of grounding.

“It was essentially like clocking it,” he told the station. “I mean, I wanted to just spike it. I wanted to throw it at Jamison [Crowder’s] shins, which would have been better. Maybe if I throw it right at Jamison’s cleats — like you do with a screen that’s dead, you just throw it at their cleats — then [officials] would have said ‘Oh, there’s a receiver in the area.’

NFL Playoffs Power Rankings: Top seeds get their first tests

After a wild-card round that saw the division champions from both the AFC and NFC West lose, the top two seeds in each conference enter the fray this week.

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The AFC playoffs may not be bad enough to allow Miami to sneak in, but this was an incredibly fun performance by Adam Gase’s team across the board. They have thrilling players at some of the league’s most watchable positions—wide receiver, pass rusher, cornerback—and almost nothing to show for it. That changed with an energized performance from Jay Cutler, who tossed three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 112.1 passer rating. When he isn’t pressured and playing free, Cutler can command a game like few quarterbacks of his time. Watching him on the sideline smiling and fist-bumping a few teammates showed him at his casual best. It makes us wonder what a soon-to-be 35-year-old gunslinger is planning to do next year.

There are eight new teams in this year’s playoff field — Eagles, Vikings, Rams, Saints and Panthers in the NFC, and Jaguars, Titans and Bills in the AFC. That’s tied for the most in a season (2003) since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990. Since 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

Although Newton and Atlanta QB Matt Ryan have learned what it was like to play in a Super Bowl, Brees is the only QB in the field adorned with a Super Bowl ring, and with a Super Bowl MVP performance to his name.

The fourth-seeded Saints, unlike the No. 6-seed Falcons against the No. 1-seed Eagles on Saturday, are not favored as they travel to the No. 2-seed Vikings next Sunday. That’s partly because Minnesota will be hosting a New Orleans team it beat 29-19 in Week 1.

But that was when the Saints were trying to force former Vikings star Adrian Peterson into their rushing offense. It was also when Sam Bradford, not Case Keenum, was at QB for Minnesota vs. Brees, and when rookie Dalvin Cook was healthy and leading the backfield.patriots_093_d3ab648e5c36960a-180x180

NFL playoffs 2018: Conference championship odds, point spreads

Underdogs are either 7-1 or 6-2 against the point spread in the 2018 NFL playoffs, depending on what spread bettors got in the Saints-Vikings game. The Patriots were the only favorite to cover handily. They routed the Titans in the AFC divisional round Saturday as a 14-point favorite.

New England, naturally, is a big favorite to beat upstart Jacksonville in the AFC championship game Jan. 21 in Foxborough, Mass. The early lines in Las Vegas on Sunday had the Pats favored by nine over the Jaguars, who upset the Steelers on Sunday in the divisional round. The over-under (total points) was set at 48.

Fournette ran for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns this season and caught 36 passes for 302 yards and a touchdown.

Trying to keep his pro dreams alive, Bryant continued to work out while employed as a personal trainer and helping a friend run the K&C Pawn Shop in Orange, Texas.

The strangest transaction Bryant completed there would even impress Rick Harrison.

One time a guy came in and pawned his gold teeth, Bryant told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel in 2004. You don’t want to give him money for the weight of the teeth, so you go in the back and bust up the teeth.

I’m not sure how far they can deviate from McAdoo’s system if they’re sticking with Eli Manning, but they at least have flexibility now. And if they think the history of occasional meltdowns is an issue, a breakup with Beckham might not destroy the foundation of this offense.

Of course, they’re better with Beckham just like any of the 32 teams would be better with Beckham. You could argue that, at the moment, he’s the most desirable non-quarterback in football. Beckham is 25, four years younger than Antonio Brown and nearly four years younger than Julio Jones. He won’t get the biggest contract in the NFL because he doesn’t throw the football, but he should get the biggest ever given to a non-quarterback. It will be a monstrous investment. And, for a team that now seems hyper-sensitive when it comes to locker room chemistry, it might not be an investment they want to make. Unlike a year ago, they now have a choice.

It was the seventh time Whitworth has been to the postseason only to go home after the first game. Entering Saturday he was tied with five other players — Clark Harris, Jason Hanson, Brandon Tate, Pat Swilling, and Domata Peko — with an 0-6 record, but now he’s the only one to ever be 0-7.

Ravens’ rookie Marlon Humphrey snuck onto Alabama sideline for CFP Championship

While some purchased tickets to the College Football Playoff championship game, or received them as gifts in videos which went viral, former Alabama cornerback, Marlon Humphrey, finessed his way onto the Alabama sideline.

It won’t go in the box score, but we can probably go ahead and credit him with his first career rushing touchdown on this one. He earned it.

Rich Hansen likes to tell the story of when the Marauders won the state championship Minkah’s senior year. Hansen called the next morning to congratulate his star. Minkah couldn’t talk. He was in the middle of a workout.

But then I thought, I don’t hate Smith starting for one week Sunday in the Black Hole in Oakland. Webb has been practicing solely as the scout team quarterback this year, mimicking what the opposing quarterback will do against the Giants defense. Presumably, either this week or next, Webb will start practicing with the Giants’ first and second offense.

I’m sure Bill knows this is his last chance to be the Giants coach, the source said Friday. Bill sees an opening an opening to get to the Giants.

Since Belichick is still under contract, Kraft may demand draft picks in return for letting him go. The New York Daily News notes Giants co-owner John Mara has a close relationship with Kraft, so a deal that doesn’t include the Giants’ 2018 first-round pick – with which they’ll likely select a quarterback – should be feasible.

The Daily News’ source also believes Belichick and new Giants GM Dave Gettleman would be compatible from football/personality perspective.

Case Keenum stepped in for Bradford and has had an MVP-type season. Vikings receiver Adam Thielen is turning into a star with 91 catches for 1,276 yards and running back Latavius Murray started to come on over the last month of the regular season.

The Vikings don’t quite have the offensive weapons the Saints do in quarterback Drew Brees, receiver Michael Thomas and running backs Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram, but Minnesota does have the NFL’s best defense and that might be the difference on Sunday.

Saints DT Tony McDaniel was told his wife was in labor mid-game, but it turned out to be the stomach flu

Erin Andrews delivered arguably the best sideline report that we’ve ever gotten during an NFL postseason game.

As opposed to the typical things that you might hear on what a coach wants to do in one of the three phases of the game, we learned that Tony McDaniel’s wife went into labor. Sean Payton specifically wanted to know what Andrews thought on whether or not to tell him:

Kamara’s life is structured. He sticks to the same regimen every weekend. “There’s no exceptions,” he says, noting that he is a bit OCD as he gets up to sweep a speck of dust that he spotted in his immaculately clean kitchen and then rearrange the slightly askew pillows on his couch. “The angles and s— is very particular in here,” he says.

His routine is long and exacting. The highlights: He has two chocolate chip cookies on Saturday night, but throws away the last bite of the first one. He sleeps on the bed furthest from the door in his hotel room and places his shoes on the very bottom of the other bed, so he can’t see them when he lies down. He balls up his schedule before he leaves his hotel room on Sunday morning and shoots it into the trashcan. Then he takes a cup, not a bowl, and places two spoonfuls of oatmeal and a touch of brown sugar into it and eats it all; then he pours a glass of water and drinks only some.

All of that has allowed Kamara to remain himself in the midst of sudden fame. He knows who he is and is comfortable being that person, refusing to conform to someone else’s vision of what a star football player should be. He is an eccentric, a bit odd and unconventional, and he hasn’t changed, even when everything else around him has.

An offensive pass interference penalty by Kelvin Benjamin on first down set the Bills back to the 11-yard line.

Taylor then threw incomplete passes on second and third down, lining up Steven Hauschka for a 31-yard field goal, which he made to put the first points of the game on the board:

The drive — which took 8:06 of game time — was the longest allowed by the Jaguars in terms of time all season. It went for 18 plays and 71 yards — and the Jaguars were still able to hold them to a field goal after appearing to shoot themselves in the foot.

Even as he learned, Burns found himself lonely. His mother had died of a heart attack six months earlier; his father was in prison on a 25-year cocaine-trafficking conviction. Artie vowed to take care of his two teenage brothers, 16-year-old Thomas and 13-year-old Jordan, but he had to leave them with relatives back in the Liberty City section of Miami, settling for FaceTime check-ins every night.

Darnold will be a polarizing prospect in the upcoming draft. At 6’4 and 220 pounds, he has ideal size for an NFL quarterback and is a great improviser, making impressive throws on the scramble. But his sample size is relatively small, and he’s prone to back-breaking mistakes in crucial situations. Still, he’ll likely test well at the NFL Combine and figures to be one of the first quarterbacks off the board when all is said and done.giants_133

Tom Bissett knows the history. He experienced most of it.

As a kid he cheered for the Seattle Totems, former members of the defunct pro Western Hockey League. Once, when Houston was in town, a youth coach got his team into the visiting locker room. “I remember backing up, stepping on somebody’s foot and I got kicked right in the fanny,” Bissett says. “I turned around and Gordie Howe was smiling at me. But I did get his autograph.”

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For five seasons, Ohtani called Sapporo home, playing for the Nippon Ham Fighters. He intends to be a starting pitcher and everyday hitter with the Angels.

The Angels plan to use Ohtani as a hitter and a pitcher, and the 23-year-old player said Monday he is confident he can succeed in both in a more challenging environment.

Since joining the Angels this month, it was revealed that Ohtani injured the elbow of his pitching arm at the end of this past season. A leaked medical report sent to all MLB clubs showed a Grade 1 sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament and he received a platelet-rich-plasma injection in October.

But the injury is not considered serious and Japanese media reports last week showed Ohtani taking batting practice and throwing long toss.

The Angels have said they are not concerned and expect Ohtani to be ready for spring training.

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