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The Lions are expected to retain offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter

The move is noteworthy considering Detroit will officially hire Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia after New England competes in Super Bowl 52 against the Eagles.

Patricia will replace former head coach Jim Caldwell, who was dismissed on New Year’s Day after four seasons in Detroit.

“I’ve got a good routine that has really worked for me, especially the last 10-12 years. As long as I feel like I’m willing to make the commitment to do those things then I feel like my body will allow me to do that.”

The inevitability that he someday no longer will “feel good week after week, year after year” is not lost in Brady. The perceived robot eventually will reveal himself as a human vulnerable to an aging process. But why should Brady wait for that drift to mediocrity?

49. Robert Nkemdiche, defensive tackle, Cardinals (NR): He smoked synthetic marijuana, fell four stories out of an Atlanta hotel, got kicked off the team at Ole Miss, then threw teammate Laremy Tunsil under the bus at the scouting combine with one of the most (unintentionally) entertaining media sessions you will ever see.

50. Moritz Boehringer, wide receiver, Vikings (NR): A surprise sixth-round pick from Germany, Boehringer, currently on the practice squad, is trying to become the first player ever to make the direct leap to the NFL from European football.

It’s curious, because in Week 3, Watkins had six catches for 106 yards.

“As a player, of course you’re going to be frustrated,” Watkins told reporters in L.A. this week. “I don’t know a player, a wide receiver, that’s not frustrated throughout the game if you’re not getting the ball. Each week, it could change.’’

Burfict haters came into focus when Steelers players accused him of celebrating Le’Veon Bell’s season-ending injury in 2015. From there, Burfict’s beef with Pittsburgh continued, and a personal foul for a hit on Antonio Brown led to a three-game suspension for Burfict heading into 2016. He has developed a reputation because of too many personal fouls, which takes away from his tremendous talent on the field.bills_001

Remember that Dorsey’s first big move for the Chiefs was trading for Alex Smith.

“Whether it was or wasn’t, I can’t be the one to get a tech there in the fourth quarter,” Griffin said. “That put us in a hole and kind of started the whole onslaught, for lack of a better word, of technicals we got throughout the last four or five minutes, whatever it was. So I got to be better. But there’s a reason why there’s so much disparity and so much back and forth and so much tension right now [between players and officials].”

Clippers assistant coach Sam Cassell got another technical foul a few minutes later, before Rivers and Woodson were kicked out of the game right before its conclusion.

Cleveland will have the West Coast intact as Hue Jackson adds an offensive coordinator, with former Giants coach Ben McAdoo as the leading candidate. Cousins also has said he would “seriously consider” playing for the Browns, despite their winless 2017 season. At a whopping $110 million under the cap, the Browns have plenty of space. Using some of that to lock up Cousins would still give new GM John Dorsey a ton to spend elsewhere in free agency. The Browns could then also draft the best players available at picks No. 1 and No. 4 in the first round.

He backed that up by putting the right support around Smith to make him most effective. The Browns already have several good skill-position players in place with Duke Johnson Jr., Corey Coleman, Josh Gordon and David Njoku. All signs point to it being Cleveland vs. the field for Cousins’ services.

Curry and Thompson combined to shoot 9-of-31 from the field. They finished with 19 and eight points, respectively.

“Shot selection definitely could have been better; KD was open for the dunk, but Klay hits that shot very often,” Green said of the play that would have pulled the Warriors to within one with 2:04 left. “So, I’m not going to look back and say, ‘Ah man we lost.’ … It is what it is. Should’ve, could’ve, would’ve.”

The Warriors coughed up the ball 19 times, translating to 23 points for the Rockets. Durant registered a team-high 26 points to go with seven boards and five assists. Chris Paul had a game-high 33 points along with 11 rebounds and seven assists in 35 minutes of play.

“Overwhelmed” would be a kind word to describe Peterman’s two starts as a fifth-round rookie. But keep in mind he went into the season as more of a developmental project and not with the mindset that he was going to be the No. 1 over Taylor. A full offseason with that mentality, in addition to more help around him, is bound to make Peterman improve.cowboys_095

It does that a lot for the Patriots, in large part because they create so much chaos for opponents.

They’re equal in that sense. But a lack of this kind of tenacious leadership from the top is what eliminates 80 percent of teams from being able to compete consistently with Belichick’s Patriots. I know Coughlin coaches harder and demands more out of players than at least three-fourths of coaches in the league. That’s why Coughlin’s teams have enjoyed success vs. Belichick.

The Falcons forget about bleeding the clock and running the ball and the Patriots mount a Super Bowl comeback for the ages. The Steelers get their signals crossed and the Patriots steal a game that had seemed lost more than once.

It was crushing and elating, a frenetic jumble of brilliance and misfires and there is nobody who wouldn’t sign up for more, perhaps a month from now.

“Yes, because that means we made it pretty far,” Roethlisberger said.

Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs is the key to Baltimore upsetting Pittsburgh. The 35-year-old has 10.5 sacks this year and is the team’s highest-ranked pass rusher per the game charters at Pro Football Focus. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, meanwhile, sees his passer rating drop from 102.2 to 49.1 under pressure this season.

Two teams currently locked in a three-way tie for the AFC West, the Chiefs have been a mere shell of the juggernaut we saw during the first few weeks of the season.

During the first six games of the season, the Chiefs were scoring 2.6 points per drive while allowing 1.9. During the last six games that has declined to 1.8 and 2.2, respectively. Kansas City’s red-zone efficiency has also continually declined from the start of the season.

Added Harden, who hit a dagger stepback 3-pointer with 1:10 remaining: “We’re confident. We’re just a confident group, especially with everybody healthy. We get Trevor and Gerald back, and then we’ve got a strong rotation where we’re very versatile. Obviously, [the Warriors are] a championship-caliber team for the past four years or whatnot. That’s what we’re trying to build our way up to.”cowboys_001

The Eagles couldn’t get out of their own way on this fumble, but they scored anyway

On a third-and-goal from the 2-yard line, the Eagles handed the ball off to Corey Clement. He fumbled the handoff from Nick Foles, who would end up recovering the football, and dove into the end zone, which officials called a touchdown:

That feeling helps explain some of the league’s quality. Half of the Big 12’s coaches have led a team to at least one Final Four: Bill Self (Kansas in 2008 and ‘12), Lon Kruger (Oklahoma in ‘16 and Florida in 1994), Bob Huggins (Cincinnati in 1992, West Virginia in 2010), Shaka Smart (VCU in 2011) and Bruce Weber (Illinois in ‘05). Elsewhere in the league, you have the coach with the best winning percentage in Big East history (Jamie Dixon, who came to TCU from Pittsburgh two years ago) and the steady hand atop one of the sport’s most impressive rebuilds ever (Baylor’s Scott Drew). The league’s other three coaches are all rising talent under 45: Beard, Oklahoma State’s Mike Boynton and Iowa State’s Steve Prohm.

If it’s your job to navigate that gauntlet, well, that might not quite be fun. But for those of us observing, there’s nothing better to watch.

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Which suggests that pretty much everyone else was blind to the signs of his potential. After all, this was a perfectionist who chucked his helmet if he so much as dropped a pass; a leader who asked his college coaches for every offensive player’s phone number to arrange summer throwing sessions; a receiver with a ring size dwarfing that of most MSU linemen. “Sausage fingers,” says Bryan Schmid, one of Thielen’s college roommates, explaining how in 2017 this D-II gem just became the first Minnesota receiver to make the Pro Bowl in eight years. “That’s how he does it.”

Stefon Diggs was destined for the NFL. At least, that’s what his father, Aron, told Stephanie one Halloween, motioning toward the five-year-old red Power Ranger with an overflowing bag of candy.

Jacksonville, the largest city by area in the continental United States, is spread across several counties. Duval County makes up the majority of Jacksonville. At Jaguars games, the team’s fans have a Duval chant in which they yell “Duuuuvvvallll.” When Blake Bortles was drafted in 2014, he thought fans were booing him when in actuality they were chanting “Duuuvvvalll.” In the 2013 offseason, the fans voted via Twitter to be referred to as Duval. A popular hashtag used by Jaguars supporters is #DTWD, which stands for Duval ‘Til We Die.patriots_429_32ac1d0a96bab27e-180x180

Bill Belichick will not accept ‘bomb cyclone’ as an excuse for being late to practice

Everyone who ventures outside in the Boston area on Thursday is getting punched in the face by a 21-mph winds from the north. There’s snow. And the temperature keeps dropping. It’s a blizzard. Not just any blizzard — a BOMB CYCLONE!

If you live in the area, you better have a damn good reason for going outside in this weather. Like football practice.

On Friday, the Steelers ruled him questionable to play against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, but Mike Tomlin told reporters to expect to see Brown.

Brown was listed as a full participant in practice Wednesday and Thursday, which bodes well for his chances at playing. He was sent home Friday due to an illness, but that shouldn’t factor in to his chances at seeing the field.

“I didn’t want him to get any of the guys who weren’t sick, sick,” Tomlin said, via the Associated Press. “We’ll bring him back in the building (Saturday) and continue with his game readiness. We don’t have a lot of reservations about him from a physical health standpoint. We do need to get him well from an illness standpoint.”

Brown finished the 2017 season with an NFL-best 1,533 receiving yards. He’s also the only receiver who managed to top 100 yards against the Jaguars defense this year when he finished a Week 5 loss with 157 yards on 10 receptions.

Rhodes would be treated in the medical tent, and would come back into the game after being examined:

It seems fair, for instance, if Manning could get a year or two added to the deal if it puts him a little north of $20 million annually. My guess is four years, $80 million might be the floor for Denver or Jacksonville or some surprise team (Manning’s hometown of New Orleans, if Drew Brees walks, for instance). I can’t see Manning staying if he either doesn’t like the 2018 brain trust or, even after two months to let the anger dissipate, is still wounded by this. But as I say, Manning is more thoughtful than vengeful. He probably makes the best family and football decision, wherever that leads.

The more I see the Giants, the more I think Mara should fire McAdoo and Reese and start over with a new front office and coaching staff. The team is stale. Aside from the defensive free-agency home runs hit in 2016 and picking Odell Beckham Jr. in 2014, Reese has had some cold streaks in personnel, and he hasn’t gotten the line right in front of Manning. If Mara lets Reese pick another coach in 2018, what happens if the Giants go 5-11 in ’18 and want to cut ties with ReeseThen the new GM would be stuck with a coach he never picked. A clean break seems smartest. Then Manning can judge his best place for 2018, and the new guys can judge if they want Manning.patriots_088_f0e4bcfcd0a8d385-180x180

The Chiefs turned a Titans muffed punt into 9 yards for the Titans

The Chiefs and Titans had three minutes of football that ended up not meaning a whole lot in the end.

The Chiefs were punting from their own 27-yard line on a fourth-and-2. The Titans were called for running into the kicker, which would have given them a first down. However, they were bailed out after Ukeme Eligwe was called for unnecessary roughness, offsetting the Titans’ penalty.

6b. Looking at the free-agent class of edge rushers, my goodness, send your ideas for exciting new inventions to Demarcus Lawrence, because he is about to come into an obscene amount of money. (Demarcus, if you’re reading this, my invention idea is a Christmas tree that decorates itself—no more gashing your hands on razor-sharp pine needles, no more concussing yourself with falling ornaments, no more shelling out thousands of dollars to “Big Christmas Tree.”

And also it has an alarm clock in it.) If Lawrence doesn’t reach the market, teams in need of edge rushing help are looking at rolling the dice on Ziggy Ansah, the most talented edge on the market but a guy who hasn’t produced consistently since 2015. Or go get a 30-year-old Adrian Clayborn, and hope that Chaz Green is willing to tour the NFL as his weekly opponent, Washington Generals-style.

The second pass at least came with a defensive holding penalty on Mills that set up the Falcons with a first down that led to a touchdown.

Jones is a lot to handle for defensive backs, and even if he isn’t making an impact so far statistically, he’s saved the Falcons from some big mistakes so far.

As a parent raising a budding athlete in the suburbs of D.C., Aron cut a familiar sporting figure—“like a boxer’s father,” Stephanie says. If they drove by a park, Dad might pull over and have Stefon run cones or bleachers. If the boy dropped a pass in a game, Aron would have him sleep cradling a football. “When my mom was home,” says Stefon, “[my dad] would ask me before bed, ‘Did you do your homework?’ But [if it was just] me and him, it was, ‘Did you do your pushups and situps?’ ” Two hundred apiece.

Andy Reid — or at least someone on his staff — should have instructed the Chiefs’ defense before the play that if the Titans converted a first down, they should’ve let them score. KC was down just a single point, 22-21, so if the Titans tacked on a touchdown, the Chiefs would have gotten the ball back still down just one score with a timeout and nearly two minutes on the clock — plenty of time to march down the field with a shot to send the game to overtime.patriots_013_88452582c1c23a0c-180x180

The Sounders beat TFC on penalties last year after a 0-0 draw, during which the visitors didn’t muster a single shot on target.

“Certainly for the soccer pundits, for the sportscasters, for some of the people that classified our win last year as ‘no shots on goal,’ I’d like to silence some of those critics,” Seattle coach Brian Schmetzer said this week.

What Seattle lacked that day at BMO Field was a finisher who could make the most of a half-chance. That’s Dempsey’s calling card. And on Saturday, considering his focus and form, he’s the weapon that may just silence those detractors and deliver a second MLS Cup to the Sounders.

“Last year was a very, very challenging year for him,” Schmetzer told during a Tuesday conference call. “I thought he took adversity and he dealt with it in a professional way. He was very supportive of his teammates. But at the end, when we’re having our end-of-the-year meeting he did say to me, ‘You know whatI want to go out’—at that point in time, remember, he wasn’t 100% sure he was going to be able to make it back—he said he would prefer to go out on his feet.

“He’s recovered from a pretty significant situation—a very significant situation—one that we can never understand exactly what all of the things that he had to go through to get himself back on the field, and he’s put himself in a place with his teammates to actually end … on a good note,” Schmetzer continued. “I’m very proud of the fact that he’s come back. I think it’s a magnificent achievement, and I also know that he is absolutely hungry to get out on that field and to make a contribution to the team, to help the team win. So in that sense, I think you will see vintage Clint Dempsey—a very motivated, very deadly goal scorer when he’s motivated.”

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His familiarity with the Bengals’ players and respect from them would set him up for a much better NFL head-coaching experience in Ohio.

The Bengals, who faced Mike Zimmer’s mighty Vikings in Week 15, can forget about getting him back. But they could go after his top assistant. Shurmur, 52, was overwhelmed by his first head-coaching job in Cleveland, but his latest QB work with Case Keenum should be attractive fo fix Cincinnati’s passing game.

There’s no guarantee, despite the change in general manager to John Dorsey, that Jackson will be back in Cleveland. A winless Browns season would be hard to justify him staying in his current position. But with the Bengals’ opening, Jackson might want an out to go back to the team where he had his greatest success as an offensive coordinator.

It’s been an ugly end to the season for Washington with Kirk Cousins, beyond all the injury issues that have plagued the team’s offensive and defensive fronts. Gruden could be headed to a breakup with team owner Daniel Snyder, and like Jackson, he built his resume best with the Bengals. With Jay’s brother Jon not an option should he throw himself into coaching consideration again, this would be Cincinnati’s other way to dip into its recent past.

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Only the winless Cleveland Browns had more turnovers than the Broncos did this season.

The Los Angeles Lakers open their longest homestand of the season on Wednesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the next five games at Staples Center could be key in turning their season around.

The Lakers (11-25) have lost seven straight and 10 of 11, most recently committing 24 turnovers in a 114-96 loss at the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night.

The franchise record for consecutive losses is 10, and the Lakers will face a tough test against Oklahoma City, but then host the Charlotte Hornets, Atlanta Hawks and Sacramento Kings — all of whom are at least nine games under .500.

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The Broncos finished tied for 26th in scoring (18.1 points per game), were 20th in passing (208.3 yards per game), tied for third in most sacks allowed (52), tied for 25th in receiving touchdowns (19), were 31st in passer rating (73.0), threw the second-most interceptions (22) and suffered their first shutout loss in 25 years.

Only the winless Cleveland Browns had more turnovers than the Broncos did this season.

Siemian, Lynch and Chad Kelly, a rookie who spent the season on injured reserve, are all under contract for next season. It’s highly unlikely they all will be with the team when the offseason program begins.

Elway, who has already scouted the likes of Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen and USC quarterback Sam Darnold in person, said the Broncos will look at both free agency and the draft to find a long-term starter at the position.

The Steelers (11-2) clinched the AFC North with the victory, while Baltimore fell to 7-6.

The ejections of Jefferson and Richardson brought the NFL’s 2017 total to 15, the most in a single season since at least 2001.

Bennett cut off Jefferson’s interview with reporters in the locker room and angrily dismissed them.

“The man was disrespected,” Bennett said. “People threw food on him. He’s not an animal, he’s a human being, so get out of here. How would you like it if one of your kids was playing sports and somebody threw beer on him? Exactly. So don’t come in with that s— then.”

Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU — Sutton, a 6-4, 216-pound junior often overlooked as one of the nation’s most talented receivers, went over 1,000 yards for the season with six catches for 107 yards in SMU’s wild 41-38 win over Tulane. Sutton has just 62 catches this season, but for 1,017 yards and 12 touchdowns.

James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State — The 6-1, 205-pound Washington continued his stellar senior season with eight catches for 106 yards and a touchdown against the Jayhawks. Washington has 69 receptions for an eye-popping 1,423 yards and 11 touchdowns this season.

USC actually opened as the favorite in this one, before the line ended up closing at Oklahoma -3. Those who took the Sooners after the line movement are still shaking their heads at what happened in the final seconds.

Oklahoma dominated the first 24 minutes, and seemingly justified the fact that the Sooners were an unranked team favored over No. 25 USC in Los Angeles. The Sooners led 59-41 early in the second half and looked like they would run away with a blowout win. The Trojans did fight back, but still trailed 85-78 with less than 30 seconds left.

Roethlisberger completed 44 of 66 passes for 506 yards in the win, while Le’Veon Bell tallied three total touchdowns. Brown registered 213 receiving yards.

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