Sunday, January 25, 2015

Richard Sherman blasts Kraft-Goodell relationship


Richard Sherman just can't help himself.

Sunday, the oft-mouthy Seattle Seahawks cornerback weighed in on whether he thinks the New England Patriots will face repercussions for "DeflateGate."

"Will they be punished? Probably not," Sherman said, via NJ.com. "Not as long as (New England Patriots owner) Robert Kraft and (NFL commissioner Rodger) Goodell are taking pictures at their respective homes. I think he was just at Kraft's house last week for the NFC Championship. Talk about conflict of interest."

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Pepper Johnson continues divisional merry-go-round


Pepper Johnson is pretty close to completing his around-the-division journey. 

A season after helping the Buffalo Bills defense post the league's fourth-overall defense, the 50-year-old former Jet linebacker returns to Jersey as the team's defensive line coach, according to the Jets' website. Johnson also spent a number of years as a coach with Patriots, splitting time between linebacker and D-line coach. 

Johnson's acquisition by Gang Green's front office is a strong one, as he joins an impressive group that includes another former Bills coach -- Chan Gailey-- as offensive coordinator and Kacy Rogers as the defensive coordinator. Head coach Todd Bowles also recently added Bobby April, Jr. as his special teams coordinator.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Hickey, Tannebaum on same page at Senior Bowl


The Miami Dolphins' brass are currently in Mobile, Ala., for the Senior Bowl, scouting talent for the NFL draft at the end of April. Among them is Mike Tannenbaum, former Jets general manager and current executive vice president of football operations for the 'Phins.

Tannenbaum wasn't planning on starting with the team until the beginning of next month, but the 45-year-old is eager to get started, as well as get acclimated with his co-workers. Hickey said the two are anything but strangers at this point, and they both have the same goals going forward.

"Mike and I have been collaborating for the past 11 months on different initiatives, whether it be sports science, analytics," Hickey told the Phinsiders show. "We had a great working relationship there, and I'm excited to add him on board and learn from each other. We see this as a team concept here and all of us working together and collaborating to bring a winner to Miami.

"That's our goal, I know that's Mike's goal, that's coach Philbin's goal, we just all work together to get it done."

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Belichick denies knowledge of how Brady likes his balls


Bill Belichick knows nothing about deflated game balls. According to him, he's never even touched one.

That's what New England's veteran coach told reporters Thursday, as the media frenzy surrounding the issue has enveloped pretty much every outlet at this point. The coach threw his arms up about the controversy, admitting he learned more about the process this week than he previously knew.

"Again, my overall knowledge of football specifications, the overall process that happens on game day with the footballs is very limited," he said via the Boston Globe. "I would say that during the course of a game... Honestly, never -- probably has happened on an incomplete pass or something -- but I've never touched a game ball. It's not something I have any familiarity with on that.

"And again, I was completely and totally unaware of any of this that we're talking about in the last couple of days until Monday morning."

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Watch all 54 of the Bills' defensive sacks in 54 seconds


The Buffalo Bills led the NFL in sacks in 2014 with 54.

In honor of the team's slaughter of signal-callers throughout the NFL, BuffaloBills.com compiled a 54-second video of every quarterback takedown.

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Mangini works his way back to a D-coordinator gig


Remember that Eric Mangini guy? He's making his way back.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the former New York Jets head coach (2006-2008)--who was the New England Patriots' defensive coordinator before that--has landed the San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator gig.

Schefter reports he signed a three-year deal.

Mangini doesn't have to go far, as he was the team's tight end coach last year. However, the new job is his most prominent since being fired by the Cleveland Browns, whom he coached for two years following a three-year stint with the Jets, after the 2010 season.

OK, so you don't care what "Mangenius" (or "Rat," to Pats fans) is up to. Moving on...

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Brady on ball deflation controversy: 'This isn't ISIS'


New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was getting grilled by an ample media crowd Thursday regarding the now most trending topic in America--the "Deflategate" controversy. After a fielding a handful of loaded questions, he felt some perspective was in order.

"This isn't ISIS," Brady said. "No one's dying."



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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Chan Gailey finally signs on dotted line for Jets


After a slight delay, it finally happened. Chan Gailey is the New York Jets' new offensive coordinator.

The official announcement came Tuesday, a day or so after reports surfaced that Gailey's pending marriage with the team was being held up by negotiations and may in fact not happen.

The former Buffalo Bills coach Gailey was a main target for new Jets coach Todd Bowles, who replaced the Bills' new coach (Rex Ryan), who replaced the coach who replaced Gailey (Doug Marrone), who almost became the Jets' new coach. Got all that?

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Negotiations holding up Chan Gailey joining Jets


At the end of last week, by most accounts, Chan Gailey to the New York Jets was a done deal. According to the offensive coordinator prospect, those assumptions were premature.

The former Buffalo Bills coach Gailey is stuck in limbo with Gang Green, and ESPN reported earlier Monday that a deal may not happen. NJ.com followed up with Gailey, who said that while "two or three" other teams have inquired about his services, he's made the Jets his priority.

"We're in negotiations at this point, but we just haven't (finalized anything)," Gailey told NJ.com Monday. "I really like Todd [Bowles]. I think he's great, from all I know about him. We've never worked together, but from all I know about him. We're just in negotiations, trying to get it worked out. And either we will or we won't, one or the other."

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One goal of $400M Sun Life renovations? More noise


Seats have started to come out of Sun Life Stadium in Miami, and a bunch aren't going back in.

With plans to decrease the number of available seating by nearly 10,000 next season, many fans are probably wondering what the ultimate goal is for two-phase project that's slated to take until the beginning of the 2016 season to complete.

President/CEO Tom Garfinkel told miamidolphins.com that aside from a fresh, new look, the team is hoping a more intimate atmosphere will help to get its 12th man more involved.

"We did a lot of sound studies,” Garfinkel said. "One of the goals was to try to make it as loud as we can. So we wanted the acoustics to keep the sound in the stadium as opposed to absorb the sound. 

"With the roof canopy, it actually bounces the sound back down. It will be a very loud environment in here when the fans are loud."


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Jets to formally introduce coach, GM Wednesday


The New York Jets announced the hiring of general manager Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles in the middle of last week. They're introducing the new Jets leaders in the middle of this week.

The team announced Monday Bowles and Maccagnan will hold their introductory press conference Wednesday at 11 a.m. It will be streamed live at NewYorkJets.com.

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Wilfork works OT, aids car-crash victim after win


New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork had a pretty quiet game Sunday night in the team's Championship victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

After the game, though? Not so much.

Wilfork aided at the scene of crash involving an alleged intoxicated driver following the team's 45-7 win, helping the victim out of her car on Route 1 in Foxboro as Massachusetts State Police came onto the scene.

"Through football and the course of life, I learned to just try to stay poised in certain situations," he said via patriots.com. "I'm pretty sure she was kind of scared, so the last thing I wanted to do is have her panic. That's the first thing I told her is, 'Don't panic. I'll get you out of here.'

"My job right then and there was to help the person in the car."

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Arrington takes on heavy dose of work with success


New England Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington had to guard Indianapolis Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton throughout the AFC Championship while the Pats' normal No. 2 corner, Brandon Browner, shadowed tight end Coby Fleener.

That matchup allowed the normal slot DB Arrington to take on a heavy dose of work, which he completed successfully. Hilton caught just one pass.

According to ESPN Boston, Arrington played every defensive snap in the victory--a major boost in playing time after seeing the field on just 40 percent of the team's defensive snaps during the regular season.

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Brady reflects on 'hell of a night' for Blount


New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has seen it before from LeGarrette Blount. Sunday night, he saw it again.

Blount, the Patriots' battering ram of a running back, carried the ball 30 times for 148 yards and three touchdowns as New England blew past the Indianapolis Colts en route to a Super Bowl berth. Blount had seen more than 12 carries in just one other game this season.

“He hasn’t had as much opportunity this year. But yesterday was just a hell of a game," Brady told WEEI. "He made great decisions running it, when to blow it up into the hole and then when to cut it back against the grain and try to make yards that way. All night he was making those types of choices. It was great to see. He had a hell of a night.”

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QB coach David Lee officially back in Buffalo


New Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan isn't known for developing quarterbacks, but he brought along a guy who can do that job for him.

As expected, the Bills announced former New York Jets quarterbacks coach David Lee has made the move to Western New York and will continue to work under Ryan, who was fired by the Jets after the 2014 season.

Lee spent the last two season with the Jets after a one-year stint with the Bills in 2012. He assumed the same position with the Miami Dolphins a few years before that.

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