McDermott built his chops as the long-time protege of late Eagles blitzing guru Jim Johnson.

Ryan made a lot of noise and boasted with little results. McDermott will be fiery, but he also won’t bring out the bold silliness. Gase was the right type of no-nonsense personality to put in a division with Bill Belichick. McDermott fit’s that profile, too.

McDermott built his chops as the long-time protege of late Eagles blitzing guru Jim Johnson. He mastered his craft under Ron Rivera. Carolina has developed into an elite pass-rushing group. His background in the 4-3 is a good thing for the Bills, because Ryan miscast his talent in the 3-4.

Buffalo should welcome a return to the base scheme that worked very well with Jim Schwartz in 2014. McDermott can restore Marcell Dareus as a top-flight disrupter away from the nose and also maximize the ball-hawking talents of cornerbacks Ronald Darby and Stephon Gilmore. The Bills fell apart up front against both run and pass under Ryan. McDermott doesn’t need to do much to fix that.

When McDermott walked on as a college defensive back at William & Mary, he learned a lot from a standout senior wide receiver and team leader named Mike Tomlin.

McDermott grew into the same type of captain before he left the Tribe. That’s also where he became a superb student of the game, knowledge that he would use to later develop his versatile scheming.

Remember, even before Kaepernick began taking a knee during the national anthem, all sorts of leaks were coming out of the 49ers about how toxic he, his attitude and work ethic were all, of course, coming in the wake of the divorce with coach Jim Harbaugh that dragged his former quarterback choice down with it. The dysfunction in and around his employers pre-dated any protest.vikings_013

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NFLPA eyes ‘less punitive’ approach to recreational weed

The NFL players’ union would like to make the league’s policy on recreational marijuana use ‘less punitive,’ NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith told The Washington Post.

A proposal currently in the works first must be approved by the union’s board of player representatives and only then would be made to the league. Any changes in the league’s drug policy must be agreed upon by both sides.

Chad Henne Youth Jersey Because Sherman never missed anything, Carroll said that’s probably why his injury was not reported. The Seahawks did report the sprained MCL quarterback Russell Wilson had earlier in the season.

Luke Bowanko Youth Jersey The NFL declined comment to Pro Football Talk on the subject, but the Seahawks appear to be in clear violation of the league’s injury report policy. The Jets were fined a total of $125,000 in 2009 for not reporting an arm injury to quarterback Brett Favre.

As for Sherman’s regrets, those are likely tied to his sideline outburst with Carroll and offensive coordinator Darell Bevell as well as his increasingly strained relationship with local media.

There were a couple of outbursts that we had that really took us to a place we don’t want to be, Carroll said. The emotional side of it brought out some expressions that took us to a place that was a distraction.

The Seahawks’ season ended Saturday with a 36-20 loss to the Falcons as Sherman struggled to prevent Julio Jones from catching six catches for 67 yards and a touchdown.

When he wasn’t injured, Josh Hamilton was about as dangerous a hitter as anyone in baseball. He proved it for the umpteenth time against the Orioles on May 8, 2012. Hamilton’s four-homer game in Baltimore was part of a 5-for-5, 8-RBI night for the former MVP.

Steelers’ Ryan Shazier goes bare in frigid Pittsburgh

It’s a frigid day in Pittsburgh, with the temperature in the teens and the wind chill around zero. That’s a definite home-field advantage for the Steelers as they host the Miami Dolphins in their AFC wild-card playoff game at 1 p.m. ET.

Maybe that’s the message Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier tried to convey as he went bare in pre-game warmups.

The Steelers are hopingthe weather cools off Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi, who torched the Steelers for 204 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-15 Dolphins victory in Miami earlier this season.

With their core of young stars, the Astros are going to be contenders for many years to come. Makes sense they’d want more immediate help at the top of the draft, with college hitters or pitchers. They’d be happy if Faedo is still available here, and if he’s not, guys like UCLA’s Griffin Canning and Mizzou’s Tanner Houck are options. Faedo hasn’t had the greatest season, but the raw stuff is there.
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Elite Mens Phillip Dorsett Jersey Pratto had the game-winning RBI in the championship game of the 2011 Little League World Series, which is pretty cool. He’s still a heck of a baseball player, which is more relevant to this discussion. Pratto could wind up several spots higher than this.

The Mariners have been college-heavy in the first round recently, and there are a couple college right-handers who could be in play if this scenario plays out. Canning’s a hard-throwing right-hander with 124 strikeouts and 28 walks for the Bruins this season, to go with an ERA of 2.55.

Rays C Derek Norris accused of abuse by former fiancee

Rays catcher Derek Norris is under investigation by Major League Baseball after his former fiancee said on social media that he had physically and emotionally abused her during their relationship.

MLB spokesman Pat Courtney confirmed to ESPN for a story published early Wednesday that the league is looking into the matter. The Rays released a statement Wednesday, via the Tampa Bay Times, saying they take these allegations very seriously and will fully cooperate with the Commissioner’s Office on this matter.

As part of a lengthy Instagram post Tuesday commemorating her graduation from college, Kristen Eck wrote of falling in love with, getting engaged to, and ultimately leaving the man she thought she was going to marry. While Norris’ name isn’t mentioned, ESPN noted a 2015 interview Eck did with MLB Network in which she is identified as the catcher’s fiancee.

Today, Mazzone does pitching seminars across the country, decrying the emphasis on velocity, the pressure to throw hard that he believes is wrecking too many arms.

Certainly, pitchers such as Maddux didn’t need overpowering speed to thrive.
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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Saturday no decision has been made yet on Romo’s future with the team.

Romo’s contract would currently cost the Cowboys a $24.7 million cap hit this year. If they designate him a post-June 1 cut, the team would save $14 million in cap space in 2017 with Romo counting $10.7 million against the cap this year and $8.9 million in 2018.

Releasing Romo would open things up for McCown to join the team. The Cowboys would be McCown’s 10th team since getting drafted by the Cardinals in the 2002 NFL Draft. He has Texas roots, growing up in the East Texas town of Jacksonville and spending three seasons at SMU in Dallas before finishing his college career at Sam Houston State in Huntsville.

McCown will be 38 on July 4, about three weeks before the Cowboys open training camp. He appeared in just five games last year because of a shoulder injury, and threw for 1,100 yards, with six touchdowns and six interceptions. He’s been a journeyman backup for most of his career, which would make him a good fit behind Prescott, who was the NFL’s surprise rookie of the year last season.

The Jets cornerback is facing multiple charges following an altercation that left a pair of Pittsburgh men unconscious last weekend.

Revis was charged Thursday with two counts of felony aggravated assault, single counts each of robbery and conspiracy, both felonies, and making terroristic threats, a misdemeanor. He did not speak with media who had assembled Friday evening in front of the Pittsburgh Municipal Courts building.

The alleged incident occurred at 2:43 a.m. Sunday when 22-year-old Dallas Cousins recognized Revis, a Pittsburgh native who played collegiately at Pitt. The man pulled out a cell phone to film his interaction with Revis.

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Only Tom Brady could turn his worst Super Bowl into his best

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Tom Brady is starting to look the same after every Super Bowl victory.

While accepting his fourth Super Bowl MVP trophy Monday, the Patriots quarterback had that familiar, constant smile on his face. He sported the requisite pullover and jeans that made him look like he walked off the page of a Ralph Lauren ad.

And he’s always in fashion on the field, too. During Sunday’s game, it was impossible to tell whether his team was down 28-3 or about to walk off as Super Bowl 51 champions in a 34-28 win. The fiery competitor is always there. The greatest NFL quarterback of all time never goes away.

That leaves it to Ryan to match Brady drive for drive. So far, few teams have been able to keep up with Ryan in the NFC. The Patriots will do their best to take Jones out of the game, but the Falcons will know this and make sure they get all their other targets involved. Out of the backfield, it’s extremely challenging to slow down both Freeman and Coleman because how well their skill sets are used in the ideal situations.

Atlanta OC Kyle Shanahan, SN’s Coordinator of the Year for 2016, will have utmost confidence he can match wits with New Endland defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. The Falcons will stay in it by avoiding turnovers and consistently scoring.

Game Kids Rod Woodson Jersey The game will likely come down to a few third- and (maybe) fourth-down stops in the red zone. It’s easier to count on the Patriots to come through with those, and that’s why they will win the game by four points.

Dennis Rodman gets 3 years probation in wrong-way driving case

Authentic Womens Francisco Cervelli Jersey Former NBA star Dennis Rodman was sentenced to three years probation Monday after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a wrong-way crash in July.

The Basketball Hall of Famer faced four misdemeanor counts, including hit-and-run, after police said Rodman drove an SUV north in a southbound lane on a California freeway early July 20, forcing a driver in an oncoming BMW to swerve into the center divider. The driver told officers Rodman left the scene without exchanging information.

According to McCourty, attending the White House ceremony is a personal choice.

I can’t imagine a way I go there, he said.

While McCourty and Bennett aren’t the first players to turn down a visit to the White House, their reasoning resonates for many in the United States.

Elite Dede Westbrook Jersey After his presidential victory, Trump has become an even more controversial figure, especially in the wake of his recent executive order restricting travelers from seven predominantly Muslims nations from entering the U.S.

Well, we know for sure Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft will be at the White House — all three men are personal friends of Trump’s.

Mathers is a former Ole Miss transfer who emerged as a dual-value running back this season in his first year as a full-time starter. He’s one of the better receiving backs in the 2017 NFL Draft class.

He offers explosiveness and top-end speed, and he’ll likely be a sub-4.50 40 talent at his eventual Pro Day. While it’s a loaded running back class and we could see upwards of 30 running backs drafted this year (most since 2000), Mathers will have to re-assert himself in that grouping.

Hence, all the balls in the air — many of which sail over the outfield wall.

Schimpf’s fly ball pace appears to be unsustainable, but that’s based solely on the fact that we’ve never seen it before. He only swings at around 20 percent of pitches outside the strike zone, which falls well under the major league average of around 30 percent. The ability to wait for good pitches helps his cause quite a bit, ensuring that he’ll continue to get them — and inevitably hit them in the air.
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So it’s OK if you didn’t see this coming from Adam Wainwright.

You’re not the only one, and the right-hander welcomes the challenge of proving you wrong.

No matter how many times I’m sick and tired of hearing, ‘He’s not what he once was,’ I’ve got to prove it,Wainwright told reporters after blanking Colorado for seven innings — in Colorado, mind you — on May 27 (via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch). You can say it all day long but unless you go out and prove it then it doesn’t really matter, does it? I’m working on it. Working on it. Working on shutting those people up.
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Four starts is a pretty small sample size, of course, but Wainwright has been pretty brilliant in those four starts, folks: 0.34 ERA, 26 1/3 innings, 16 hits, 21 strikeouts. He’s faced 103 batters in this stretch, allowing just 12 singles and four doubles (no homers or triples).

Wainwright shut out the Cubs for seven innings on May 14 to start this run. Then he gave up one run in 6 1/3 against the Giants on May 21. Then came the seven-inning gem in Coors Field against the Rockies on May 27. And Thursday at home, he threw six more shutout innings, against the Dodgers (he also hit a two-run home run in a game the Cardinals won, 2-0). He didn’t just shut down also-rans; three of those teams have legit postseason hopes.

Let’s look at the difference between Wainwright’s first seven starts and his past four starts.

Who’s the perfect general manager for every NFL team?

The Colts finally fired Ryan Grigson this year, and they had a productive offseason and a solid draft. It’s pretty clear letting the orangutan from the zoo make three of those picks was a stroke of brilliance. Just let him run the whole dang team. As an added bonus it will really piss off Mike Mayock.

This one would have leveled the playing field for coaches who are in the mix for promotions with other teams but are still leading their current team through the playoffs. Instead, the rule will stay the same, and a coach won’t be able to reach an agreement with a new team until his team has been eliminated from the postseason.

Harbaugh agrees with O’Brien, and thinks that a 10-minute overtime is plenty of time to determine a sudden-death winner.

“Usually by 10 minutes it seems like everyone’s just trying to survive the last five.”

On the other hand, Saints quarterback Drew Brees isn’t as convinced.

“From what I see I would disagree with it because I think more games are going to end in ties now,” Brees said on The Dan Patrick Show. “That additional five minutes, especially with the way the rules changed, to where in essence both teams get a possession, right? Unless somebody goes down and scores a touchdown right away. So I think what we already saw with the new rules of, if a field goal can’t win it on the first possession, I think we’ve seen more ties.”

Instead, Brees is a fan of college overtime rules, where both teams get possession of the ball starting at the opponent’s 25-yard line.

“I think you’re reducing the number of plays, it’s exciting for fans, it’s situational football,” he said.

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Rams and Chargers’ new stadium opening delayed until 2020 due to record-setting rain

The opening for the future home of the Rams and Chargers in Inglewood, Calif. has been delayed from 2019 to 2020, the developers announced on Thursday.
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The idea of a flag football league featuring players with actual NFL experience was very appealing to Lewis, and for good reason.

Elliott, 21, has had some remarkably bad luck with cars and was involved in a fender bender just a few months ago before the Cowboys’ playoff matchup with the Green Bay Packers. Four days after the accident, Elliott rushed for 125 yards in a losing effort against the Packers.

Tom Brady’s so convinced he’s not going to be cursed by the Madden cover that he’s smashing mirrors and walking under ladders.

Patriots fans may be a little sensitive to the curse, though. Rob Gronkowski was on the cover a year ago and he struggled through injuries in 2016, eventually landing on injured reserve due to a back injury that required surgery to repair. New England went on to win Super Bowl 51, but the tight end watched from the sideline.

Losing Brady would be a much bigger deal.
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The quarterback turns 40 in August. That puts him on the fast track for a career decline. Most passers’ time in the NFL ended before that age, and only Brett Favre, Warren Moon, and Vinny Testaverde started at least eight games after reaching their 40s.

Brady insists his time in the NFL isn’t coming to an end too soon, and he’ll now have to traverse the Madden curse to keep that promise.