In system vs. stars battle, Chip Kelly's dealing of LeSean McCoy makes him man to watch in upcoming NFL draftEric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 1 day ago
Chip Kelly is the newest Broad Street Bully, and he just became the star of this year's NFL draft.
The Philadelphia Eagles' head coach stunned the football world Tuesday evening when Philadelphia reportedly shipped hugely popular running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso. The Shady dealing proved again what Kelly made clear last offseason when he got rid of DeSean Jackson, another spotlight player: The true offensive weapon in Philly is Kelly himself, and his ego is large enough that two of the most exciting players in football are now elsewhere in the belief that the coach doesn't need marquee names in a star-driven league.
That became brutally clear to veteran linebacker Trent Cole, who had his place in the Kelly firmament blotted out by the acquisition of Alonso. Presumably upon learning of McCoy's release after 10 seasons with Philadelphia, Cole tweeted:
No respect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Caption that!
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At this month's owners meetings, the NFL's competition committee is considering adding a "medical timeout" to evaluate players who appear concussed or injured on the field while play continues.
"After reviewing video of over 40,000 plays, we identified a handful of occasions where players who may have been injured remained on the field, largely because they were in the midst of two-minute offenses or the no-huddle," league executive vice president of operations Troy Vincent wrote in an email to Yahoo Sports.
Back in Week 2 of the 2014 season, Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans was shaken up after a last-minute catch during what could have been a game-winning drive against the St. Louis Rams. Because Tampa Bay did not have any timeouts, the 10-second runoff rule was enforced and the Bucs had no time left. It's not clear if a medical timeout would have changed the outcome in that case, but it seemed at the time that Tampa Bay was hurt because a player was hurt.
Are Lovie Smith, Bucs better off dealing No. 1 pick and passing on Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota?Eric Adelson at Yahoo Sports 2 days ago
Lovie Smith is on the clock.
Beneath the intrigue about which quarterback the Tampa Bay Buccaneers might draft next month – and if that passer will start right away – is a more fundamental question about the franchise: Is Smith still "the ideal man" to lead Tampa Bay back to relevance?
If so, his future is tied to the next starting quarterback for his team. That looks to be either Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota … unless Smith and general manager Jason Licht make a move that might make a lot of sense: trade the top overall pick.
First, some background: That "ideal man" quote came from Bucs co-chairman Bryan Glazer when Smith was introduced more than a year ago. In order to be "ideal," Smith needs to be more ideal on offense. The Bucs have been historically poor on that side of the ball and so has Smith. Fusing those two histories has brought what you'd expect: more poor offense. The Bucs were all but unwatchable in Smith's first season.
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"He pretty much let us run the offense," Turner said.
It's a bet on Smith himself.
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J.J. Nelson may have gotten screwed out of $100,000, but he could wind up with something even more valuable.
The speedy wide receiver out of UAB ran an NFL scouting combine-best 4.28 40-yard dash over the weekend, and he thought he earned a six-figure bonus from Adidas for doing so. The shoe company promised $100,000 for the fastest three times, and Nelson had the top performance.
Then the winners were named, and Nelson wasn't mentioned.
Adidas claimed Nelson didn't sign an endorsement deal with the shoemaker before running, so he didn't get the bonus.
Nelson, reached by phone on Wednesday, said he never got the chance. He said he signed a waiver and would have been happy to sign an endorsement, but he wasn't given one.
"They put out that I declined the offer," he said. "I was never given the offer to sign."
A direct message to Adidas spokesman Michael Ehrlich was not immediately returned.
The Bessemer, Ala., native has his own theory of what happened: "I guess they [Adidas] picked people who were high-profile – people who had a great chance of going out there and running a fast time. Me being an underrated guy was a big part of it."
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Maxx Williams is one of the best athletes in the upcoming NFL draft class. But is he the best athlete in his own family?
"See, that's a tough question," said the tight end from the University of Minnesota.
If you thought the Gronkowskis had good bloodlines, wait until you meet this group. Maxx's grandfather, Robert, played quarterback for Notre Dame and was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 1959. His son, Brian, was a first-round pick by the New York Giants in 1989 and played 10 years as a center in New York. Maxx remembers sitting in the hot tub with NFL players after Giants games as a kid, while his dad hung out in the cold tub.
Even this past Friday, Brian Williams was at home in Minnesota waiting for word on his son's scouting combine performance not only so he could cheer for Maxx, but so he could beat him.
"I can out-bench him still," Brian said by phone. "Oh, for sure. He knows it too. Back in college I did 505 [pounds]. I'm not even sure what it is now. If he does 225 for 20 reps, I'll have to do 22 just to beat him."
Maxx, who went for 17 reps in Indianapolis, has accepted this.
GLENDALE, Ariz. – What were you thinking, Doug Baldwin?
The Seattle Seahawks receiver marred a delightful Super Bowl XLIX, won by the New England Patriots 28-24, with a vulgar celebration that made Marshawn Lynch's crotch-grabs look like Barry Sanders handing the ball to the referee.
After his third-quarter touchdown, Baldwin appeared to mock pull down his pants and squat over the brown football.
If you're 3 years of age or older, you get the idea.
NBC cameras mercifully avoided the display, but of course social media was all too happy to gif it into infamy.
But seriously, what was he thinking?
"That's between me and the guy it was directed at," Baldwin said.
Asked if it was directed at New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis, who he beat on the play, Baldwin said no.
GLENDALE, Ariz. – They had three chances to go three feet. They had 26 seconds to win a Super Bowl. They had Marshawn Lynch.
They passed the ball.
It was beyond stunning, inexplicable even in the split-second that it took place: Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson lined up in the shotgun and threw an interception to Malcolm Butler in the end zone and it was over. No repeat. No dynasty. No nothing. New England Patriots win, 28-24. Seahawks left with a lifetime of wondering.
Moments after the decision, thousands of fans in green and blue meandered from their seats at University of Phoenix Stadium, eyes glazed and faces drawn.
"Why would you pass the ball?" one yelled.
"What the [expletive] was that?!" another yelled, even louder.
There was no good explanation. There was no leaning on the gargantuan effort that took the Seahawks to the brink of a title.
Some of his players tried to reason it away. Some did not.
There is none. Not really.
They passed the ball.
To prevent sex trafficking from becoming Super Bowl scourge, FBI intensifies law enforcement efforts
PHOENIX – On the Saturday before the Super Bowl, a 23-year-old on the northern edge of this sprawling city scans escort offers on the Internet. There are dozens of listings, many with photos of girls in suggestive poses and little clothing.
This is a huge weekend for football and fanfare – an unofficial national holiday – and it is also a huge weekend for sex. That means it is also a huge weekend for sex trafficking, and this 23-year-old is working long hours on a Saturday to stop it.
She is an agent in the Phoenix division of the FBI.
The Super Bowl is culmination of a months-long effort by the FBI and a task force of local authorities to track down pimps and recover underage girls who are coerced into turning tricks while the world is watching Phoenix but nobody is watching them.
"The Super Bowl, unfortunately, happens to be the largest human trafficking venue on the planet," said Cindy McCain, wife of U.S. Senator John McCain, who has been leading the push for stronger laws in Arizona and elsewhere.
PHOENIX – Roger Goodell was in over his head when it came to an issue that gravely impacted real people. But something innocuous like deflate-gate? That's right in the commissioner's wheelhouse.
The backbone Goodell lacked in dealing with domestic violence and concussions showed up instantly when he was asked in his annual state of the league news conference about the relatively trivial topic of football air pressure.
"This is my job," he announced on Friday. "My responsibility is to protect the game."
It was an appropriate retort to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft's assertion that the league apologize if no chicanery is found in the NFL's investigation of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game. Goodell is right: he has nothing to apologize for. The rules are the rules, and even if no advantage was gleaned, illegal is illegal and should be punished. Even if the deflation wasn't intentional, this is worth investigating.
"I have to pursue that aggressively," Goodell said.
PHOENIX – It wasn't so much a badge of honor as a bandage of dishonor.
Seattle safety Earl Thomas showed up at the Seahawks' media availability on Thursday with gauze wrapped around his right arm from a league blood test he got earlier in the morning. He was happy to show off the bandage; he was not happy about why it was there.
Yesterday I said my shoulder was a 10 ... Wake up the next morning and I have a blood test for HGH .. League office distraction
The suggestion is that the league purposefully tested Thomas because of what he said about his shoulder on Wednesday. It's a serious charge, especially if no one else on either team was tested Thursday morning.
Thomas sat for the better part of an hour and took several questions about the tweet, and kept referring back to it. He neither elaborated nor backed down. "What you read is what it is," he said. Asked if he felt there shouldn't be testing during Super Bowl week, he said, "I don't want to get into that."