Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 18 hrs ago
Who knew there were so many connections between Tom Coughlin and Chip Kelly? And there could be another.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are conducting some interesting interviews this offseason. First they brought in both Doug Marrone and Coughlin for their head-coaching spot, and when Marrone got the job Coughlin was then hired to a higher post — executive vice president of football operations.
Now Coughlin and Marrone are interviewing offensive coordinator candidates, and one name pops off the list. As reported by 1010XL’s Hays Carlyon, Kelly is one of four candidates to be interviewing for the job. Kelly is in town on Monday for the position that was held by Nathaniel Hackett for the second half of last season after Greg Olson was fired after the team’s 2-5 start.
The Jaguars have pledged to go forward with Blake Bortles as their quarterback, and perhaps Kelly could be the man to help him revive his career after a down 2016 season. Of course, Kelly still has to get the job first.
Will Coughlin offer Kelly another job — and will Kelly accept this time?
Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner 19 hrs ago
As he played his rookie season in the NFL, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott made the Pro Bowl, led the NFL in rushing, and became a viral sensation afterjumping into the Salvation Army kettleon Thanksgiving.
Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 21 hrs ago
New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, considered to be among the best head-coaching candidates on the market entering the offseason, will pass at the chance to take the lone remaining position open, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport first reported.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 16, 2017
McDaniels confirmed the news Monday morning as he spoke with the media on a conference call.
Josh McDaniels, on conference call, confirms he's staying in New England: pic.twitter.com/UTccnBt0AL
— Nora Princiotti (@NoraPrinciotti) January 16, 2017
ESPN’s Adam Schefter believes Shanahan is their top target.
49ers are – and have been – honing in on hiring Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan as their HC, per sources.
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Shalise Manza Young at Shutdown Corner 21 hrs ago
We learned earlier this NFL season that even as the league was seeing a decline in ratings (they did come back up after the Nov. 8 presidential election), there was one way to almost guarantee lots of viewers: make sure the Dallas Cowboys were involved.
That was proven true again on Sunday evening, as not only was the Cowboys’ last-second divisional round loss to the Green Bay Packers the highest-rated game of the four NFL playoff games this weekend, it was the highest-rated divisional round game on any network in 20 years.
Even more impressive: Cowboys-Packers drew more eyesthan Game 7 of the World Series in November, when the Chicago Cubs broke their 108-year championship streak. That game, with the Cubs beating the Cleveland Indians, drew a 25.2 rating.
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Jay Busbee at Shutdown Corner 22 hrs ago
Scheme and strategize all you like, but in the NFL, the truism remains: teams need a good quarterback to survive, and a great quarterback to thrive.
The conference championships will feature Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers, and Matt Ryan. That’s the three quarterbacks in the running for this season’s wide-open MVP, plus Roethlisberger, the Ringo in this scenario: saying he doesn’t quite fit overlooks his importance.
The trio of Brady, Roethlisberger and Peyton Manning has owned the AFC for the last decade and a half, with only Joe Flacco slipping in there once since 2003. The NFC has been more muddled, with Eli Manning and Russell Wilson (both of whom, it should be noted, still led their teams to the postseason this year) claiming a decent chunk of the postseason real estate.
When you order some french fries and find an old burned onion ring hiding in the pile. pic.twitter.com/H1RToANawQ
— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) January 16, 2017
Eric Edholm at Shutdown Corner 22 hrs ago
That’s one fired-up, foul-mouthed cheerleader right there!
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin certainly was happy for his team’s win over the Kansas City Chiefs that will advance the Steelers to the AFC championship game on Sunday against the New England Patriots, and he showed it in a Facebook Live video that Steelers receiver Antonio Brown posted on his Facebook page. But Tomlin was not happy about the perceived advantage he believes the Patriots got when the NFL moved kickoff of the Steelers-Chiefs seven hours back because of ice storms in the Midwest.
And Tomlin didn’t hold back.
“When you get to this point in the journey, man, not a lot needs to be said. Let’s say very little moving forward. Let’s start our preparations. We just spotted these [expletives] a day and a half. They played yesterday. Our game got moved to tonight. We’re going to touch down at 4 o’clock in the [expletive] morning. So be it,” Tomlin said in the 13-minute video. “We’ll be ready for their ass. But you ain’t got to tell them we’re coming.
The Kansas City Chiefs fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the divisional round of the playoffs, 18-16, as Alex Smith’s second two-point pass was knocked away in the final minutes.
Smith’s first attempt appeared to tie the game, as he connected with tight end Demetrius Harris following Spencer Ware’s touchdown with 2:43 remaining. But left tackle Eric Fisher — the former No. 1 overall pick — was flagged for holding, wiping out what would have been a tie game.
Tight end Travis Kelce, who had a big penalty of his own in the game and was held relatively in check, didn’t like the call. Not one bit in fact.
“Ref No. 51 shouldn’t even be able to wear a zebra jersey,” Kelce said, via ESPN.com. “He shouldn’t even be able to work at … Foot Locker.”
“I hope 72 [Fisher] doesn’t go the whole offseason thinking it’s his fault because it’s not,” Kelce said.
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Frank Schwab at Shutdown Corner 1 day ago
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Sean Davis had to be penalized for a helmet-to-helmet hit because the NFL has safety rules and there’s not a lot of wiggle room for interpreting intent.
But it’s also hard to figure out how Davis could have played it differently.
In the fourth quarter of a divisional round playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs, the Chiefs threw deep to Chris Conley on third-and-9. Conley had to turn back for a pass behind him, and was hauling it in with Davis coming at him. Davis probably didn’t expect Conley to be coming at him, but Conley had to adjust his body to have a chance at the catch. Davis actually looked like he tried to lead with his shoulder, but it’s hard to get your head completely out of the way. Davis hit Conley as he was falling – it was a brutal collision, in part because Conley was gong down in such an awkward way – and the ball came loose. And a penalty flag came out. That gave the Chiefs a first down, and they scored a touchdown later in the drive.
Even Baltimore Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley came to the defense of Davis, though the Ravens and Steelers are sworn enemies.
All shoulder. My park league did more damage than that
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The closest the Pittsburgh Steelers got to scoring a touchdown was 5 yards away from the end zone, and the one time they got there they didn’t give it to Le’Veon Bell. The Steelers would learn from their mistake and ride their horse the rest of the way.
Bell set a postseason record for the most rushing yards in a player’s first two playoff games with 337 yards — 167 last week, 170 against a good Kansas City Chiefs defense on 30 carries — and kicker Chris Boswell hit on all six of his field-goal tries as the Steelers beat the Chiefs,18-16, in a hard-fought game at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.
The Steelers will head to Foxborough, Mass., to take on the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game for the right to play in Super Bowl LI. The Patriots beat the Steelers, 27-16, in Pittsburgh in Week 7 without an injured Ben Roethlisberger.
But Ware’s touchdown wasn’t enough, and the Steelers iced the game with Roethlisberger hitting Brown on the third-down stop the Chiefs needed to get the ball back.
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You know the old saying: There’s holding on every play. It might be correct, but some plays mean more than others.
On the Green Bay Packers’ penultimate play of their 34-31 thriller of a victory over the Dallas Cowboys, Aaron Rodgers did what he does: delivers unbelievable plays when his team has to have them. Rodgers rolled out to his left and delivered a strike — on third-and-20, no less — to Jared Cook, who brilliantly toed the sideline and made the haul. The play was reviewed and it was insane how close Cook came to being out of bounds, but the man made a career-highlight catch.
One play later, the Packers ended it with a Mason Crosby field goal. They’ll be headed to Atlanta for the NFC championship game in what could be another terrific game.
Aaron Rodgers to Jared Cook …
this is T.J. Lang vs. David Irving on the play pic.twitter.com/DvHxNLTDRV
— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) January 16, 2017
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