PITTSBURGH — This offseason doesn't have to be as complicated as expected, at least not in regard to the most important position on the field.
If the Steelers truly believe in Mason Rudolph, they will part ways with Ben Roethlisberger and hand him the reins.
It's the perfect time — the obvious time, really — but only if the Steelers ...Read more
ORLANDO, Fla. — Congratulations, Jacksonville Jaguars.
You have done it.
You have pulled off the most significant, spine-tingling feat we’ve seen in Duval since Molly Hatchet released “Flirtin’ with Disaster.”
Except you are flirtin’ with dominance.
You have gone from the most unwatchable team in the NFL to the most interesting, ...Read more
Former NFL safety Ryan Clark remembers meeting with Jalen Ramsey before the 2016 NFL Draft, and the two talked briefly about how an NFL team might use him.
Clark was aware of the defensive back from watching Ramsey at Florida State. But he underestimated his size until he saw him in person.
“You don’t realize how freaking big he is until ...Read more
They coached together in the NFL in Washington, and then with the Rams.
Sean McVay and Matt LaFleur are good friends. Both say they are close as brothers.
That the Rams are playing the Green Bay Packers in the NFC divisional-round playoff game Saturday at Lambeau Field did not preclude the two head coaches from communicating this week.
“It ...Read more
BALTIMORE — When Lamar Jackson is back home in South Florida, training with his private coach in the offseason, old friends will come around to watch him throw, and Jackson will start to laugh.
Together they’ll reminisce about the old days in Broward County, all those years spent growing up and goofing off, when nothing was more important ...Read more
Browns All-Pro defensive end Myles Garrett acknowledged “I’m due” after going without a sack in consecutive weeks against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
While he finished sixth in the league with 12 sacks in the regular season, Garrett has recorded 21/2 sacks in the six games he’s been back since a tough bout with COVID-19.
'You just have to...Read more
Last season, the Packers went 13-3, won a playoff game, expressed supreme confidence against the NFC's top defense and were squashed 27-0 in the first half of a blowout loss to the 49ers.
This season, the Packers again went 13-3 and again are expressing supreme confidence against a top-ranked defense heading into Saturday's NFC divisional ...Read more
PITTSBURGH — There is a lot of discussion around Pittsburgh about the future of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. This felt like the last hurrah for Roethlisberger, his last best shot at getting another Super Bowl ring. It didn't happen for him, and it is likely he will never hoist another Lombardi as a player again.
The interesting ...Read more
SEATTLE — Whether Josh Gordon will again play in the NFL seems an even bigger question after his conditional reinstatement by the league was rescinded Friday.
According to the league’s official transaction wire, Gordon has again been placed on the suspended list indefinitely. He would have to be taken off the list to be eligible to play.
The Los Angeles Times' Sam Farmer examines the divisional-round matchups this weekend in the NFL playoffs. Last week he was 5-1 on predictions, only misfiring on Cleveland's upset of Pittsburgh. Using point spreads with scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread would have been 5-0-1.
NFC: Rams at Green Bay
Saturday, 1:...Read more
ATLANTA — The Falcons made an offer Friday to Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith to become their new head coach, according to NFL Media and ESPN.
The Falcons have not immediately confirmed the reports, but posted them to their team website. NFL Media is league-owned and the Falcons are part-owners.
Smith, who has no NFL head...Read more
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Despite winning three national championships and never having a losing season in 17 years as a college coach, Urban Meyer still yearns for more to achieve.
At 56, the desire was strong enough for Meyer to come out of a comfortable two-year retirement to make the jump to the NFL for the first time to assume the challenge ...Read more
NEW YORK — The Jets let Robert Saleh out of the building, but they didn’t let him get far.
The San Francisco 49ers’ defensive coordinator agreed in principle on Thursday night to become the 20th head coach in Jets franchise history, just one day after completing his in-person, second interview at the team’s facility in Florham Park, N.J...Read more
SAN DIEGO — If you were stunned to see the Cleveland Browns go up 28 points on the Pittsburgh Steelers last week in an NFL playoff game, it didn't mark you as a football rube.
In Rancho Bernardo, football lifer Dale Lindsey stared in disbelief.
"I was shocked to see what was going on," said the University of San Diego's head coach, who ...Read more
It's hard to say exactly what is more insulting or ludicrous: A tweeted report suggesting there's a "very strong chance" Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy won't get a head coaching job again this offseason OR the reasons offered for that suggestion.
The tweet in question from The Draft Scout's Matt Miller:
"Been texting with an ...Read more
Everyone who watched Alabama's Heisman winner DeVonta Smith torch Ohio State for 215 yards and three touchdowns in the first half of the national championship game came away with the same conclusion: Smith is really good.
In fact, most would expect the talented, record-breaking Smith to be the first wide receiver's name they hear called in the ...Read more
LOS ANGELES — Shortly after being named Saturday’s starting quarterback by default, the affable Jared Goff was asked if he was irked by all the mystery.
“No,” he said tersely.
That was it. No expression. No explanation. No expounding. Just, no.
Which, given Goff’s competitive nature, probably means yes.
Hell hath no fury like a ...Read more
Coming off their first playoff win with quarterback Lamar Jackson, the Ravens will face the NFL’s hottest passing offense when they travel to Buffalo for an AFC divisional-round showdown with the Bills on Saturday night. Here’s who has the edge in each phase of the game:
RAVENS PASSING GAME: Quarterback Lamar Jackson finally ended talk that...Read more
As Browns running back Kareem Hunt faces the team that drafted him, there are many layers to his return to Kansas City.
How he nearly threw away his NFL career with off-the-field transgressions, including shoving and kicking a woman in February 2018 and lying to the Chiefs about it. His longing for a Super Bowl and the pain it brought him to ...Read more
DETROIT — There is a lot to like about Brad Holmes, the Detroit Lions' new general manager.
This is the guy who helped pick Aaron Donald after the Lions picked Eric Ebron.
Case closed. Drop the mic. Welcome to the Motor City.
That’s enough of a resume, by itself, to endear him to Lions fans, many of whom look at the Lions’ decision to ...Read more
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