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Chiefs' easiest solution to their Derrick Henry Problem vs. Titans? 'Just do our job'

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy admits he enjoys watching Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry do his thing.

Bieniemy played running back for nine NFL seasons and served as the Chiefs' running backs coach before being promoted into his current position, so it shouldn't surprise anyone if he ...Read more

No more overlooking Jimmy Garoppolo with 49ers on brink of Super Bowl

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- It took more than three years, a trade to the opposite coast and a quarterback switch for him to finally become an NFL starter.

Things happened a little faster in college for Jimmy Garoppolo.

"It was a completely open competition -- for about five passes," Dino Babers said. "Then the competition was closed."

Babers had ...Read more

Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark explains how to stay onside (with respect, Dee Ford)

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark responded to a very specific question. Let's make that clear first.

No, he did not intend to take a shot at the man who used to occupy his position, who even used to wear his number in Kansas City.

But we all remember how last year ended -- the Chiefs ready to celebrate a game-sealing ...Read more

Healthy 49ers list zero players on injury report ahead of NFC Championship game

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The 49ers won't be missing any players due to injuries in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

Tight end George Kittle, who missed Wednesday's practice with a sore ankle, and defensive end Dee Ford, who's been handled carefully while working back from a hamstring injury, are expected to be available against the Green Bay ...Read more

After a record-breaking season ends early, John Harbaugh concedes that Ravens 'didn't play our game'

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BALTIMORE -- The Ravens ended the regular season with the NFL's best record and could enter next season as Super Bowl favorites. They smashed offensive records with quarterback Lamar Jackson and will have him back as the centerpiece of a potent attack. They had maybe the league's best coordinator pairing and lost neither to a head coaching job. ...Read more

Joe Barry stays with Rams, turning down opportunity to join USC

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LOS ANGELES -- Joe Barry, the Los Angeles Rams' linebackers coach for the last three seasons, turned down the opportunity to become USC's defensive coordinator and signed a new contract to remain with the Rams, a person with knowledge of the situation said Thursday.

Barry took himself out of consideration for the USC job after discussing the ...Read more

Examining the four possible matchups for Super Bowl

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One Sunday. Two championship games. Four teams vying for a spot on the NFL's biggest stage.

It's Tennessee at Kansas City in the AFC, and Green Bay at San Francisco in the NFC.

And the league's 100th season could end with its first Super Bowl.

Fifty-three years after Green Bay played Kansas City at the Los Angeles Coliseum in the original ...Read more

Packers coach Matt LaFleur has taken big steps since stint with Rams in 2017

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LOS ANGELES -- The two young coaches were friends, close like brothers.

So in 2017, when Los Angeles Rams first-year coach Sean McVay and then-offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur talked plays, strategy and game plans, the conversations sometimes got spirited, even heated.

The exchanges benefited both, said Greg Olson, quarterbacks coach on that...Read more

Eagles' evaluation of cornerbacks has been dismal for years

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PHILADELPHIA -- Trevard Lindley was the first cornerback Howie Roseman acquired as general manager. His on-again, off-again, four-year relationship with the Eagles was a cruel reminder of a wasted draft pick.

Chosen in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, Lindley played sparingly and ineffectively as a rookie. He was released before the next ...Read more

49ers general manager John Lynch named NFL executive of the year

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The 49ers on Thursday racked up another award from the Pro Football Writers of America. General manager John Lynch was named the association's executive of the year.

Lynch became San Francisco's third general manager to claim the award joining Carmen Policy in 1994 and Trent Baalke in 2011.

The 49ers this season became ...Read more

Greg Cote's championship game NFL picks

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Went 3-1 outright in the divisional round, our only loss Baltimore choking at home to Tennessee, which only the drunkest face-painted Nashvillians saw coming. Limped in at 1-3 against the spread, though, Kansas City covering versus Houston our only hit. Been a weird postseason to navigate -- meaning I've done a Ravensesque gag job so far -- and ...Read more

No Luke Kuechly leaves Panthers hurting at linebacker. Analyzing Carolina's options.

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There's no replacing Luke Kuechly.

The Panthers won't find a player who fits exactly into the spot he is leaving behind, on or off the field. When looking at what the team will do next at linebacker, that is important to remember from the start. There will be no easy fix. Hall of Fame linebackers aren't just walking around, and even if a good ...Read more

'Nobody can guard any of us': How the Chiefs turned a weakness into an afterthought

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A 24-year-old quarterback led a 24-point comeback, breaking single-game and single-quarter NFL records, closing in on career franchise marks and putting the AFC Championship Game inside Arrowhead Stadium for a second straight season.

There's more. More to like about the Chiefs' 51-31 victory against the Houston Texans in the...Read more

49ers-Packers is a tale of two quarterbacks, and it might not be a pretty one

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Early this week, Rob Reischel, who contributes to Forbes magazine, checked in with a take that will not play well in the Aaron Rodgers Fan Club.

"Not many people are giving the Green Bay Packers a chance in Sunday's NFC Championship Game," Reischel wrote. "The 49ers routed the Packers, 37-8, back in Week 12. San Francisco is an early 7-point ...Read more

Agent Drew Rosenhaus cuts ties with Antonio Brown

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Drew Rosenhaus is breaking up with Antonio Brown.

The agent who's stood by the former All-Pro receiver amid his numerous off-field conflicts and incidents over the past year and change conditionally cut ties with his client Thursday, according to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter.

The move comes a couple of days after Brown's dispute with the ...Read more

Arrest warrant issued for Browns' Odell Beckham Jr. after video shows him apparently slapping officer's backside

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Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. did not endear himself to New Orleans police Monday night when he apparently slapped a Mercedes-Benz Superdome security officer on the backside in the Louisiana State University football team's locker room after the Tigers defeated Clemson for the national championship.

On Thursday morning, New Orleans ...Read more

Bears hire John DeFilippo as quarterbacks coach and promote Dave Ragone

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CHICAGO -- Matt Nagy's shakeup to his offensive coaching staff is significant enough to include a new position, an internal promotion and a familiar outside name.

Nagy has hired John DeFilippo as quarterbacks coach and promoted incumbent quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone to passing game coordinator. ESPN first reported the hires, which a person ...Read more

How will this Chiefs-Titans game differ from the first? Start with the quarterback.

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The arm draws most of the attention. Well, the arm, the creativity and the angles at which Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes throws a football.

But the lower half is a key part of it all. Movement within the pocket. Extending plays. Scrambling and gaining yards on the run. It's always been part of Mahomes' arsenal.

Except once.

Tennessee.

...Read more

In middle of impeachment pomp, ex-Saints safety Steve Gleason gets Congressional Gold Medal

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WASHINGTON -- Steve Gleason got in just under the wire.

Impeachment mania is about to consume the Capitol again, and Wednesday was proof. Press conferences were held. Harsh words were spoken. Poetry was mangled.

But first, a former NFL player fighting a progressive neurodegenerative disease collected his Congressional Gold Medal, the highest ...Read more

Jimmy Garoppolo's 'blessing in disguise' injury led to drafting Nick Bosa

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- One of the first things Nick Bosa noticed about his new team was it probably shouldn't have been picking second overall in the NFL draft. The team, on paper, was better than its record.

"Just being a football fan last year and knowing what kind of players they have on the roster," Bosa said Wednesday. "I didn't know to ...Read more