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Former NFL coach Marty Schottenheimer, beloved by many of his former players, is battling early-onset Alzheimer’s disease according to a report from Tony Grossi of ESPN.com.
Schottenheimer, 73, coached the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins and San Diego Chargers. He never made a Super Bowl in his 21 seasons as a head coach, but he posted a 200-126-1 record.
Schottenheimer was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease about five years ago, the story said.
Schottenheimer’s wife Pat told ESPN.com that he is in good health, playing golf several times a week, but his memory fails him at times.
“It’s going be a long road,” Pat Schottenheimer told Grossi. “We both know that.”
Schottenheimer was known for an upbeat personality and his inspirational speeches to his team, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that Schottenheimer had a positive outlook when he spoke with Grossi.
The story said Schottenheimer will begin a trial with a new drug that could slow down the effects of the disease.
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Somehow, the NFL didn’t pick Carolina Panthers vs. Arizona Cardinals as a prime-time game this week. They probably should have a few months ago. They got lucky.
Nobody could have predicted the rematch of last season’s NFC championship game would be between two teams with a 4-8-1 combined record. The Panthers brought back practically the same roster as their 15-1 team, subtracting cornerback Josh Norman but adding receiver Kelvin Benjamin. The Cardinals probably improved their roster, adding pass rusher Chandler Jones. And both teams are much worse, amazingly enough.
You could say this is an elimination game, but that assumes the Panthers haven’t been eliminated already. They’d need to go 9-1 to get to 10-6, which is probably the record they have to hit to get a playoff spot. The Cardinals aren’t in that dire of a situation, but close. If you figure 10 wins is necessary for a playoff spot, they have to go 7-2.
Here are the against the spread picks for Week 8 of the NFL season:
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The main obstacles the Oakland Raiders had in relocating to Las Vegas seemed to be public funding for the stadium, and NFL approval.
Nevada governor Brian Sandoval signed a bill that will provide $750 million for the stadium. The NFL needed to approve relocation, but the league seems unlikely to pass up a project with $750 million in free money. Everything appeared to be on track.
The Raiders didn’t plan on casino mogul Sheldon Adelson emerging as perhaps the biggest obstacle.
Adelson, the chairman and CEO of Sands Corporation in Las Vegas, had said he would contribute up to $650 million to the stadium project. But this week he said the Raiders’ demands might cause him to change his mind.
But it’s clear something is going on between the power brokers of this project.
“I negotiated to bring in the Oakland Raiders, an NFL football team from Oakland, because they don’t have a stadium there, that I would build a stadium and rent it out to the Oakland Raiders,” Adelson told Reuters.
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Before Ezekiel Elliott ever took an NFL snap, he had two major strikes against him winning an MVP award this season.
1. He’s not a quarterback. 2. He’s a rookie.
And with that, Elliott was swimming upstream.
Elliott is getting some MVP buzz, and logically it’s fair. He leads the NFL with 703 rushing yards, even after Dallas’ bye week. He’s averaging 5.1 yards per carry. He plays on a high profile team that is a surprising 5-1. He has been very good.
But history tells us he won’t win, mostly because voters default to picking the best quarterback among playoff teams and it takes something earth-shaking to move them off that. We learned that in 2014 when Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt had by far the best season but couldn’t beat Aaron Rodgers for MVP because Watt didn’t play quarterback.
• 18 quarterbacks
• 3 running backs who rushed for 2,000 yards (Barry Sanders in 1997, Terrell Davis in 1998, Adrian Peterson in 2012)
Jim Brown, 1957
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It’s clear that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson isn’t healthy. You cantell that just from watching him.
But Wilson’s injuries are even worse than we knew.
Two new tidbits came out on Thursday. First, on the knee injury, Wilson told Seattle media he wasn’t supposed to play for four weeks. Wilson, with the help of a live-in therapist, never missed a game. He suffered the injury in Week 3.
And now there’s a new injury. Wilson has a pectoral injury he’s dealing with. At least he maintained a sense of humor about his maladies.
“The great thing is my ankle is no longer listed,” Wilson said, according to the Seahawks’ transcripts, referring to a high ankle sprain he suffered in Week 1.
Denver Broncos fans had DeMarcus Ware’s back.
When news broke that Ware’s Super Bowl 50 ring was stolen as the Broncos played on “Monday Night Football” against the Houston Texans, Broncos fans went to work, spreading around pictures of the thieves on social media and calling in tips to police. By Wednesday, Ware’s ring was back.
“I tell you what, when you mess with one of the Broncos Country’s own, they spread it out everywhere,” Ware said, according to the team’s transcripts.
— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) October 26, 2016
— D-Ware (@DeMarcusWare) October 26, 2016
The first time the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills played each other this year, the most memorable highlight might have been a pregame skirmish.
The Bills are promising more fireworks if the Patriots don’t show more respect for their pregame warmups.
Football doesn’t have a ton of unwritten rules, but one is that you don’t run through the other team’s warmup drills before the game. Patriots rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett and rookie receiver Malcolm Mitchell ran too close to the Bills’ drills, safety Robert Blanton shoved Mitchell, and then Bills defensive backs Nickell Robey-Coleman and safety Aaron Williams joined in. Blanton, Robey-Coleman and Williams were fined.
The Bills say that if the Patriots do the same thing before Sunday’s game, they’re ready.
Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore agreed with Robey-Coleman, that if the Patriots do something similar the Bills would retaliate.
“Of course,” Gilmore told New York Upstate. “You’re not going to let anybody push you around, you know what I’m saying? But we have to play smart.”
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Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan isn’t pleased, and it’s understandable.
Khan handed out a lot of money in free agency this offseason. Between that, a draft class that was widely praised and a host of young players who were expected to break out, the Jaguars were a buzzy team this offseason.
And yet here they are, 2-4 and in last place of a bad AFC South. The Jaguars have lost at least 10 games in five straight seasons, and six in a row seems to be a good possibility.
So Khan met with his team on Monday and basically asked what the problem was. The Associated Press reported on the meeting, saying Khan’s message was “why are we not winning and what can we do to fix it?” This led to players and coaches exchanging ideas, the AP said.
Khan has invested a lot in this team and has little to show for it so far, in terms of on-field success. When he met with the team on Monday, it should have put everyone there on notice.
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The Indianapolis Colts had some offensive obstacles to overcome last week.
Their offensive line had to be reshuffled, because starting guard Jack Mewhort was inactive. The Colts had to rethink their personnel groupings, because receivers Phillip Dorsett and Donte Moncrief were out.
The Colts did still have quarterback Andrew Luck, and he was excellent. He got some help too.
On the offensive line, the Colts played pretty well. They often featured six- and seven-man protection concepts to keep Luck protected. Luck was rarely under pressure, which was huge for their offensive success. The Colts use more “12” personnel (one back, two tight ends) than any other team in the league, and we saw a lot of that and even nine snaps of “13” personnel with three tight ends. Luck was 11 of 15 for 163 yards out of multiple tight end sets.
It was a good example of a coaching staff adjusting to the personnel on hand and making it work.
And it’s important to note how well Luck is protected against the blitz here. He has a clean pocket to throw this pass. If Luck gets that kind of protection, he’s tough to beat.
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The Denver Broncos’ offensive plan on Monday night against the Houston Texans was to have C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker split time and pound the opposing defense on the ground.
There’s some concern about half of that running back tandem, as Anderson was seeking a second opinion on a knee injury according to 9News’ Mike Klis.
The severity of the injury is unknown. Klis wrote that there is hope the injury is minor, although he said “it’s also possible he could miss an extended period.”
(UPDATE: NFL.com’s Mike Garafolo reports Anderson has a bone bruise and is out at least a few weeks as a result.)
Booker, a rookie, has shown he can be an effective back. But Anderson’s injury significantly cuts down on Denver’s depth. Anderson has 110 carries for 437 yards this season. Even if Booker can replace him as a starter, the Broncos clearly want two backs to carry the load.
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