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Defenderdawg : 1/7/2018 8:13 am
Giants

Healy NYDN: No Giants make NFL All-Pro Team this season
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/no-giants-nfl-all-pro-team-season-article-1.3739792

GM

Leonard NYDN: Giants' Dave Gettleman talks with News in wide-ranging interview
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/giants-dave-gettleman-talks-news-wide-ranging-interview-article-1.3738769

Serby NYP: Dave Gettleman talks Giants rebuild, GM influences and QB issue
https://nypost.com/2018/01/05/dave-gettleman-talks-giants-rebuild-gm-influences-and-qb-issue/

Rock Newsday: Giants GM Dave Gettleman, Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks have strong connection
https://www.newsday.com/sports/football/giants/steve-wilks-panthers-giants-1.15933096

Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora)
1/7/18, 7:35 AM
Of all assistant coaches in Wild Card round, Carolina DC Steve Wilks most sought after. 4 teams want to interview. NYG/AZ could get 1st shot

Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet)
1/7/18, 8:01 AM
Big week for #Panthers DC Steve Wilks: Playoff game today. Then, win or lose, Wilks will spend the next week trying to fit in 4 scheduled interviews with #Giants, #Lions, #Colts, and #AZCardinals.

Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo)
1/7/18, 8:02 AM
Likely Giants first.

Coach

Clayton NYDN: Pat Shurmur becomes 4th candidate to interview with Giants
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/pat-shurmur-4th-candidate-interview-giants-article-1.3741752

Schwartz NYP: Giants coaching search turns to quarterback whisperer
https://nypost.com/2018/01/06/giants-coaching-search-turns-to-quarterback-whisperer/

Kratch NJ.com: Who is Pat Shurmur? Examining Giants coaching candidate's bio, experience, more
http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2018/01/who_is_pat_shurmur_examining_giants_coaching_candi.html

Stapleton The Record: 5 things about Pat Shurmur's New York Giants head coaching candidacy
http://www.northjersey.com/story/sports/nfl/giants/2018/01/06/5-things-pat-shurmurs-new-york-giants-head-coaching-candidacy/1009947001/

Traina Inside Football: HEAD COACHING SEARCH UPDATE: Giants Interview Pat Shurmur for Head Coach Position
https://insidefootball.com/giants-interview-pat-shurmur-for-head-coach-position/

Schefter ESPN: Case Keenum could join Pat Shurmur if Vikings OC hired by QB-needy team
“If Shurmur ends up being hired by a quarterback-needy team that he has interviewed with -- Arizona and the Giants stand out -- he could bring Vikings free-agent-quarterback to be Case Keenum with him, league sources tell ESPN.”
http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/21991953/case-keenum-join-pat-shurmur-minnesota-vikings-offensive-coordinator-hired-qb-needy-team

Rock Newsday: Giants may have to wait to interview Eagles’ Jim Schwartz
https://www.newsday.com/sports/football/giants/giants-jim-schwartz-interview-window-1.15940208

Healy NYDN: Giants interviewing Patriots coordinators Patricia, McDaniels
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/giants-interviewing-patriots-coordinators-patricia-mcdaniels-article-1.3739831

Schwartz NYP: John Mara and Dave Gettleman interview Pats’ two coordinators
https://nypost.com/2018/01/05/john-mara-and-dave-gettleman-interview-pats-two-coordinators/

Rock Newsday: Giants interview Patriots’ Josh McDaniels, Matt Patricia for coaching job
https://www.newsday.com/sports/football/giants/giants-interview-josh-mcdaniels-matt-patricia-1.15880650

Glauber Newsday: Beware of Bill Belichick disciples: The apples fall far from the tree.
https://www.newsday.com/sports/columnists/bob-glauber/belichick-patriots-coaching-tree-1.15889039

Duggan NJ.com: Who is Josh McDaniels? Examining Giants coaching candidate
http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2018/01/who_is_josh_mcdaniels_examining_giants_coaching_ca.html

Duggan NJ.com: Giants interview Matt Patricia: Get to know Patriots' DC
http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2018/01/giants_interview_matt_patricia_get_to_know_the_pat.html

Stapleton The Record: Giants in Foxboro to interview Pats' McDaniels and Patricia, but what about their boss?
http://www.northjersey.com/story/sports/nfl/giants/2018/01/05/giants-foxboro-interview-pats-mcdaniels-and-patricia-but-what-their-boss/1007249001/

Traina Inside Football: HEAD COACHING SEARCH UPDATE: Giants Meet with Patriots OC Josh McDaniels
https://insidefootball.com/giants-meet-with-patriots-oc-josh-mcdaniels/

Traina Inside Football: HEAD COACHING SEARCH UPDATE: Giants Interview Pats DC Matt Patricia
https://insidefootball.com/head-coaching-search-update-giants-interview-pats-dc-matt-patricia/

Duggan NJ.com: Do offensive or defensive head coaches have more success?
http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2018/01/do_offensive_or_defensive_head_coaches_have_more_s_1.html

Glauber Newsday: Bill Belichick leaving Patriots for Giants? Not likely
https://www.newsday.com/sports/columnists/bob-glauber/bill-belichick-patriots-giants-1.15913293

Myers NYDN: Bill Belichick 'sees an opening' to coach Giants: source
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/bill-belichick-sees-opening-coach-giants-source-article-1.3739643

Serby NYP: Giants have to make a run at Bill Belichick amid Patriots strife
https://nypost.com/2018/01/05/could-patriots-saga-lead-bill-belichick-back-to-the-giants/

Myers NYDN: Belichick reunion could ease Giant pain of losing HOF coaches
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/belichick-reunion-ease-giant-pain-losing-coaches-article-1.3741351

Vaccaro NYP: Here’s proof the Giants can’t afford not to pursue Bill Belichick
https://nypost.com/2018/01/06/heres-proof-the-giants-cant-afford-not-to-pursue-bill-belichick/

Serby NYP: Giants legend thinks Belichick reunion sounds like great idea
https://nypost.com/2018/01/06/giants-legend-thinks-belichick-reunion-sounds-like-great-idea/

Kratch The Record: What would Giants give up in trade for Bill Belichick?
http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2018/01/what_would_giants_give_up_for_bill_belichick.html

QB

Giglio NJ.com: Red flags? Scouts worried about potential Giants pick Josh Rosen
http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2018/01/red_flags_scouts_worried_about_potential_giants_pi.html

NFL

Volin Boston Globe: Sunday Football Notes:
“Josh McDaniels interviewed with three teams on Thursday and Friday, and none of them seems like a slam dunk. All three teams have a GM, so McDaniels would have to be comfortable working with someone new.
With the Colts job, the big question mark is Andrew Luck’s shoulder injury and whether he can regain his arm strength. With the Giants job, McDaniels would either be forced to take on a declining Eli Manning next season, or be the one who has to get rid of a franchise player (and McDaniels certainly has some scars for how he got rid of Jay Cutler and other players from his time in Denver). With the Bears, McDaniels would have to be enamored with Mitchell Trubisky, and would have to ignore three decades’ worth of failure by Bears quarterbacks.
So it wouldn’t be surprising if McDaniels didn’t take any of those offers. People around the league are waiting to see if the Titans job comes open, and that could be attractive to McDaniels given his relationship with GM Jon Robinson. Still, a league source close to McDaniels predicted that he will take a job this time, and agreed with me that the Colts job is the best fit, especially if Luck’s shoulder is OK, and especially since McDaniels already knows and likes the backup there in Jacoby Brissett.”
https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/patriots/2018/01/06/how-power-shifts-around-nfl-can-affect-patriots/SgKf5zc2uRU302zd7wGfeK/story.html

Myers NYDN: Sunday Morning QB: Josh Rosen vs. Sam Darnold - debating the pick
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/sunday-morning-qb-josh-rosen-sam-darnold-debating-pick-article-1.3741327

Gramling MMQB: Bills Can Win Games They Shouldn’t Win, Saints and the Ease of Beating an Opponent a Third Time
https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/07/wild-card-weekend-bills-jaguars-panthers-saints-titans-chiefs-patriots-espn-story-john-lynch-gruden

Klemko MMQB: Inside the Thursday Night Football Turnaround
https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/04/thursday-night-football-injured-players

ARIZONA
Moore AZ Central: Moore: I tried to get Carson Palmer to return, but he didn't listen
https://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nfl/cardinals/2018/01/03/moore-tried-get-carson-palmer-return-but-he-didnt-listen/1001971001/

ATLANTA
Heifetz The Ringer: The Falcons Burned the Game Clock and Exhausted the Rams
https://www.theringer.com/nfl/2018/1/7/16859578/atlanta-falcons-los-angeles-rams-clock-management

Sando ESPN: The Falcons' new formula should scare the rest of the NFC
http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/21989280/nfl-why-atlanta-falcons-dangerous-matchup-philadelphia-eagles-beyond

Edholm PFW: Who gets credit for Atlanta Falcons beating Los Angeles Rams? Start with Sarkisian
http://www.profootballweekly.com/2018/01/07/who-gets-credit-for-atlanta-falcons-beating-los-angeles-rams-start-with-sarkisian/apseaj0/

Schultz AJC: Falcons open playoffs with upset -- and now it’s about defense
http://www.myajc.com/blog/jeff-schultz/falcons-are-doing-with-defense-now-open-playoffs-with-upset-rams/qhE08O1ilFUKxcLVGcNXEM/

BALTIMORE
Zrebiec Baltimore Sun: Five storylines as Ravens enter one of most important offseasons in franchise history
http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/ravens-insider/bs-sp-ravens-five-offseason-storylines-20180106-story.html

Schmuck Baltimore Sun: Ravens were never going to win all their fans back in one week
http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/bs-sp-ravens-were-not-going-to-win-their-fans-back-in-a-week-20180106-story.html

Lee Baltimore Sun:Ravens reaped mixed results from 2017 rookie class
http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/ravens-insider/bs-sp-ravens-rookies-yielded-uneven-returns-20180103-story.html

Lee Baltimore Sun: Ravens content with Alex Collins, but won’t close door on adding running back
http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/ravens-insider/bs-sp-ravens-open-to-tinkering-with-running-back-group-20180104-story.html

Hensley ESPN Baltimore: Jeremy Maclin is a prime candidate to get cut by cap-challenged Ravens
http://www.espn.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/265254/jeremy-maclin-is-prime-candidate-to-get-cut-by-cap-challenged-ravens

Lee Baltimore Sun: Ravens DT Willie Henry’s goal for 2018 is to ‘become a full-on starter’
http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/ravens-insider/bs-sp-ravens-willie-henry-sets-sights-on-becoming-a-starter-20180103-story.html

BUFFALO
Breer MMQB: Sean McDermott Has Buffalo Bills in Playoffs Now, Pointing in Right Direction For Future
https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/04/sean-mcdermott-buffalo-bills-wild-card-playoffs-mmqb-notes

Fairburn NY Upstate: Who is Marcus Murphy? Buffalo Bills coaches, teammates weigh in on LeSean McCoy's backup
http://www.newyorkupstate.com/buffalo-bills/index.ssf/2018/01/who_is_marcus_murphy_buffalo_bills_coaches_teammates_weigh_in_on_lesean_mccoys_b.html

CAROLINA
Rodrigue Charlotte Observer: Seeking stability, Carolina Panthers sign Ron Rivera to contract extension
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/article193338494.html

Devin Funchess on Saints rookie Marshon Lattimore: ‘Just be in for the show’
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/nfl-blog/article193193084.html

Joel Corry (@corryjoel)
1/5/18, 12:58 PM
I'm expecting AP 1st team All-Pro Andrew Norwell to surpass Kevin Zeitler ($12M-avg/$31.5M in guarantees) as the NFL's highest paid OG. Assuming Norwell does, his deal will only set the salary floor for a Zack Martin contract extension with the Cowboys.

CHICAGO
Biggs Chicago Tribune: Bears must hope patience with Ryan Pace pays off as it did for Jaguars, Rams GMs
http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-bears-biggs-20180106-story.html

Campbell Chicago Tribune: Bears coaching search expands with interview of Eagles' John DeFilippo
http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-bears-john-defilippo-coach-search-20180106-story.html

Campbell Chicago Tribune: Bears interview Patriots' Josh McDaniels on Friday night
http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-bears-josh-mcdaniels-interview-20180105-story.html

CINCINNATI
Kirkendoll Cincy Jungle: BENGALS COACHING UPDATE: Haslett and Burney set to return
https://www.cincyjungle.com/2018/1/7/16859586/bengals-coaching-update-haslett-and-burney-set-to-return

CLEVELAND
Cabot Cleveland Plain Dealer: How the Browns can fix their quarterback problem in 2018
https://www.cleveland.com/browns/index.ssf/2018/01/how_the_browns_can_fix_their_q.html

Maks Browns.com: Browns DB Jabrill Peppers his own biggest critic after rookie season
http://clevelandbrowns.com/news/article-5/Browns-DB-Jabrill-Peppers-his-own-biggest-critic-after-rookie-season/dc21c65d-f546-4e04-9cd7-bff868580caa

DALLAS
Davison Fort Worth Star Telegram: ‘Number of reasons’ why Dallas Cowboys were a 9-7 team
http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/nfl/dallas-cowboys/article193378069.html

George Dallas Morning News: Cowboys might pay Will McClay like a GM to prevent the Texans from poaching him
https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-cowboys/cowboys/2018/01/05/cowboys-might-paywill-mcclay-like-gm-prevent-texans-poaching

DENVER
Jhabalva Denver Post: In second playoff-less season, Broncos talk of generation gap and “entitlement”
“There’s like this entitlement problem around the entire league,” Derek Wolfe said in recent radio interview.
https://www.denverpost.com/2018/01/04/broncos-assumptions-entitlement-veterans-rookies/

DETROIT
Ford Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions coaches haven't often excelled in their
https://www.freep.sports/nfl/lions/2018/01/07/detroit-lions-coaches-havent-often-excelled-their-first-seasons/1009472001/

Birkett Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions coach search: Will Bill Belichick coaching tree bear fruit?
https://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2018/01/06/detroit-lions-coach-search-bill-belichick-coaching-tree-bear-fruit/1009805001/

Birkett Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions interview Patriots' Matt Patricia for coaching spot
https://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2018/01/05/lions-interview-patriots-matt-patricia/1009445001/

Birkett Detroit Free Press: Meet the Lions coaching candidate: Patriots DC Matt Patricia
https://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2018/01/05/meet-lions-candidate-matt-patricia/1009525001/

Rogers Detroit News: ‘Relentless’ approach fuels Lions coaching candidate Matt Patricia
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2018/01/05/relentless-approach-fuels-lions-coaching-candidate-matt-patricia/109174812/

Monarrez Detroit Free Press: Matthew Stafford's lobbying could comp• Lions DT Haloti Ngata: I want to keep on playing
https://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2018/01/06/detroit-lions-rumors-haloti-ngata/1010110001/

GREEN BAY
Wood Mil JS: Packers GM candidate Brian Gutekunst part of Ron Wolf scouting tree
http://www.packersnews.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/2018/01/05/packers-gm-candidate-brian-gutekunst-part-ron-wolf-scouting-tree/1008791001/

Cohen Mil JS: Mike McCarthy sets lofty goal for Packers' defense
http://www.packersnews.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/2018/01/04/mike-mccarthy-talks-changes-challenges-and-more-packers/1004028001/

Silverstein Mil JS: Packers may have to wait on defensive coordinator candidates
http://www.packersnews.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/2018/01/05/packers-may-have-wait-defensive-coordinator-candidates/1008816001/

HOUSTON
Solomon Houston Chronicle: Don't count on Texans getting key hire right
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/columnists/solomon/article/Don-t-count-on-Texans-getting-key-hire-right-12470704.php

McClain Houston Chronicle: Texans add 2 more candidates for general manager search
http://chron.com/sports/texans/article/Texans-add-2-more-candidates-for-general-manager-12476050.php

McClain Houston Chronicle: Packers director of player personnel to interview Sunday for Texans GM job
http://m.chron.com/sports/texans/article/Packers-director-of-player-personnel-to-interview-12478910.php

Schefter ESPN: Patriots reject Texans' request to interview top executives for GM job
http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/21991656/new-england-patriots-reject-houston-texans-request-interview-top-executives-gm-job

Smith Houston Chronicle: Deshaun Watson and his knee are what matter most to Houston Texans
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/columnists/smith/article/The-Texan-who-matters-most-Deshaun-Watson-12477125.php

JACKSONVILLE
Dixon Florida Times Union: Jacksonville Jaguars hosting first home playoff game in a generation has big economic implication
http://jacksonville.com/metro/business/2018-01-06/jacksonville-jaguars-hosting-first-home-playoff-game-generation-has-big

O’Halloran Florida Times Union: Jaguars owner Shad Khan: Sunday’s playoff game should be ‘incredible experience’
“Khan’s decision to hire Coughlin and the organization’s decision to pick up Bortles’ 2018 contract option ($19 million guaranteed only for injury) were two of his biggest calls this year.
“Tom has been a very successful coach – this is a different stage for him,” Khan said. “Could he embrace it? It turned out better than certainly I thought it would and really the credit is to him. He never asked for [final say of] the 53-man roster – that was my idea. I told Tom, ‘Maybe it’s not good for Dave’s ego, but there has to be somebody in charge and it needs to be you.’
“What I felt we lacked was football IQ and you can’t just say, ‘Let me go to craigslist or Backpage.com and get some football IQ.’”
Coughlin, Caldwell and Marrone are all in the first season of three-year contracts.
Asked if he will visit extensions for the trio, Khan said: “I don’t think that is something I would be addressing at this point. This just happened a year ago.”
http://jacksonville.com/sports/jaguars/2018-01-04/jaguars-owner-shad-khan-sunday-s-playoff-game-should-be-incredible

O’Halloran Florida Times Union: Jaguars Insider: Offense should be in Attack Mode early vs. Buffalo
http://jacksonville.com/sports/jaguars/2018-01-06/jaguars-insider-offense-should-be-attack-mode-early-vs-buffalo

O’Halloran Florida Times Union: The $19 Million Game? Blake Bortles’ 2018 role with Jaguars could be on line vs. Buffalo
http://jacksonville.com/sports/jaguars/2018-01-05/19-million-game-blake-bortles-2018-role-jaguars-could-be-line-vs-buffalo

DiRocco ESPN Jacksonville: Jaguars drafted Leonard Fournette to control postseason games
http://www.espn.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/265451/jaguars-drafted-leonard-fournette-to-control-postseason-games

Heilman Florida Times Union: As playoff showdown looms, Jaguars WR Allen Hurns remains a calming presence
http://jacksonville.com/sports/jaguars/2018-01-03/playoff-showdown-looms-jaguars-wr-allen-hurns-remains-calming-presence

Pompei B/R: Welcome to Sacksonville, Home of the NFL's New Nasty Boys
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2750669-welcome-to-sacksonville-home-of-the-nfls-new-nasty-boys

Frenette Florida Times Union: Posluszny may be old man of Jaguars’ defense, but he’s a keeper
http://jacksonville.com/sports/columnists/gene-frenette/2018-01-05/gene-frenette-posluszny-may-be-old-man-jaguars-defense-he

Kaye WTLV Jacksonville: COVER MAN IN THE MIDDLE: AARON COLVIN 'VITAL' TO JAGUARS' SUCCESS IN THE SECONDARY
http://www.firstcoastnews.com/mobile/article/amp/sports/nfl/jacksonville-jaguars/cover-man-in-the-middle-aaron-colvin-vital-to-jaguars-success-in-the-secondary/504923735#click=https://t.co/VoW5bOOake

O’Halliran Florida Times Union: Jaguars Notebook: Jaydon Mickens confident he can rebound from tough Titans game
http://jacksonville.com/sports/jaguars/2018-01-04/jaguars-notebook-jaydon-mickens-confident-he-can-rebound-tough-titans-game

KANSAS CITY
Paylor KC Star: Chiefs break hearts again, blow 18-point lead in playoff loss to Titans
http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article193394114.html

Jones USA Today: Chiefs add to long history of playoff heartbreak with loss to Titans
https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/chiefs/2018/01/06/kansas-city-chiefs-tennessee-titans-collapse-playoffs/1010734001/

Kelly The Ringer: What Do We Do With Andy Reid’s Legacy?
https://www.theringer.com/2018/1/7/16859140/andy-reid-kansas-city-chiefs-titans-postseason-choker-narrative

Kerkhoff KC Star: Was playoff loss Alex Smith’s last stand with Chiefs?
http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article193398374.html

McDowell KC Star: Chiefs’ offense sputters against Titans after Travis Kelce departs with concussion
http://www.kansascity.com/sports/nfl/kansas-city-chiefs/article193376199.html

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
Woike LA Times: General manager Tom Telesco is kicking himself over Chargers' failures on field goals
http://www.latimes.com/sports/chargers/la-sp-chargers-telesco-20180104-story.html

LOS ANGELES RAMS
Klein LA Times: Rams' season ends with a 26-13 loss to the playoff-tested Falcons in NFC wild-card game
http://www.latimes.com/sports/rams/la-sp-rams-falcons-20180106-story.html

Plaschke LA Times: Fans showed up, but the Rams fumbled early in playoff loss at home
http://www.latimes.com/sports/rams/la-sp-rams-falcons-plaschke-20180106-story.html

Eisenberg Yahoo Sports: Jared Goff and Rams squander big chance to have Los Angeles embrace them
https://sports.yahoo.com/mistake-prone-rams-fall-flat-squander-big-chance-los-angeles-embrace-071956483.html

Hernandez LA Times: Jared Goff is not up to the playoff challenge
http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-rams-falcons-hernandez-20180106-story.html

Thiry LA Times: Rams' Robert Woods has 'outstanding' playoff debut in loss to Falcons
http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-rams-report-20180106-story.html

Thiry LA Times: Rams special teams' errors are costly in playoff loss to Falcons
http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-rams-sidebar-20180106-story.html

MIAMI
Salguero Miami Herald: More changes coming to the Dolphins’ offensive staff – which needs them
http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/armando-salguero/article193106724.html

Salguero Miami Herald: Don’t rush to buy a Miami Dolphins Jarvis Landry jersey just yet
http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/armando-salguero/article192827284.html

Hyde Sun Sentinel: What will Dolphins decide on Mike Pouncey?
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-dolphins/fl-sp-hyde5-pouncey-future-20180105-story.html

MINNESOTA
Tomasson Twincities.com: Vikings to face Panthers-Saints winner in first playoff game
https://www.twincities.com/2018/01/06/vikings-to-face-panthers-saints-winner-in-first-playoff-game/

NEW ENGLAND
King MMQB: Robert Kraft Responds: Patriots’ Owner Denies Report of Extended Meeting About QBs With Bill Belichick
The ESPN story on the crumbling of the Patriots’ dynasty reported that Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft met for half a day, discussing the team's quarterbacks. But in a conversation with The MMQB's Peter King, Kraft called that report “a total fabrication and fiction.” Kraft also said that he “absolutely” believes Belichick will be the New England coach in 2018.
https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/06/new-england-patriots-robert-kraft-bill-belichick-tom-brady-espn

Wickersham ESPN: For almost two decades, Bill Belichick has managed to subvert the egos of his best player, his boss, and himself for the good of the team, yielding historic results. This year, though, the dynamics have been different. My story:
http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/page/hotread180105/beginning-end-new-england-patriots-robert-kraft-tom-brady-bill-belichick-internal-power-struggle

Bedard Boston Sports Journal: On ESPN’s Patriots story, and what I’ve been told about Kraft, Belichick and Brady
https://www.bostonsportsjournal.com/2018/01/05/bedard-espns-patriots-story-ive-told-kraft-brady-belichick/

Finn Boston Globe: Despite what fans might think, this is not a Patriot hit job by ESPN
https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/patriots/2018/01/05/despite-what-fans-might-think-this-not-patriot-hit-job-espn/AjMBJQomsFhjgkZPLG315I/story.html

Howe Boston Herald: Don’t close down the Patriots dynasty just yet
http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/patriots/2018/01/howe_don_t_close_down_the_patriots_dynasty_just_yet

Borges Boston Herald: Patriots getting reminder that it often ends ugly in the NFL
http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/columnists/ron_borges/2018/01/borges_patriots_getting_reminder_that_it_often_ends_ugly_in_the

Daniels Providence Journal: Patriots: ‘We stand united’ in wake of ESPN report
To sum up what I've been told: Kraft never told Belichick to trade Garoppolo. The Patriots never offered Garoppolo a formal contract at any point. Garoppolo worked with Guerrero before and after his injury. Brady never asked anyone to trade Garoppolo.
http://www.providencejournal.com/sports/20180105/patriots-we-stand-united-in-wake-of-espn-report

King MMQB: Kraft, Belichick and Brady: The Marvel Is That the Patriots Dynasty Has Lasted This Long
https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/05/patriots-espn-story-bill-belichick-tom-brady-robert-kraft-peter-king

Maske Washington Post: Is it all over for Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft? Maybe so. Or maybe, not so fast....
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2018/01/06/a-patriots-breakup-looms-for-tom-brady-bill-belichick-and-robert-kraft-or-does-it/

Guregian Boston Herald: Patriots’ succession plans for Bill Belichick, Tom Brady unlikely to succeed
http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/patriots/2018/01/guregian_patriots_succession_plans_for_bill_belichick_tom_brady_unlikely_to

Lupica NYDN: What would Bill Belichick make on the open market?
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/bill-belichick-open-market-article-1.3742432

Guregian Boston Herald: Business as usual with Patriots for owner Bob Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady
http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/patriots/2018/01/guregian_business_as_usual_with_patriots_for_owner_bob_kraft_coach_bill

Kurkjian Boston Herald: Speaking for first time, Tom Brady and Robert Kraft each dispute ESPN article detailing rift on Patriots
http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/patriots/2018/01/speaking_for_first_time_tom_brady_and_robert_kraft_each_dispute_espn_article

Kurkjian Boston Herald: Tom Brady touts 'great relationship' with Bill Belichick
http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/patriots/the_blitz/2018/01/tom_brady_touts_great_relationship_with_bill_belichick

Volin Boston Globe: Why can’t the Patriots tell the truth about the Garoppolo trade?
https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/patriots/2018/01/04/why-can-patriots-tell-truth-about-garoppolo-trade/b0guwfk15IyiceuIHVE6ZP/story.html

Howe Boston Herald: Patriots notebook: Josh McDaniels wants perfect situation if he leaves
http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/patriots/2018/01/patriots_notebook_josh_mcdaniels_wants_perfect_situation_if_he_leaves

Buckley Boston Herald: Matt Patricia will be a good fit as an NFL head coach
http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/columnists/steve_buckley/2018/01/buckley_matt_patricia_will_be_a_good_fit_as_an_nfl_head

Reiss ESPN Boston: Quick-hit thoughts around Patriots and NFL (Logan Ryan possibly set to face “brothers for life”; James White etc.)
http://www.espn.com/blog/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4810117/logan-ryan-would-embrace-chance-to-face-patriots-and-his-brothers-for-life

McBride Boston Globe: For Patriots’ first-timers, playoff experience a whole new game
https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/patriots/2018/01/05/for-patriots-first-timers-playoff-experience-whole-new-game/uCgLozLRvocjDhtRcLuWTP/story.html

Princiotti Boston Globe: James Harrison loves to prove you wrong
https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/patriots/2018/01/06/james-harrison-loves-prove-you-wrong/WoBt96puJgdqNsIBnyuCPN/story.html

NEW ORLEANS
Teope Nola.com: Saints 'embrace the moment' of first postseason action since 2013
http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2018/01/saints_embrace_the_moment_of_f.html

Katzenstein Nola.com: Saints' first game against Panthers proved to be season's turning point
https://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2018/01/saints_panthers_turning_point.html

Teope Nola.com: Next generation: Saints' new talent wave has team poised for success for years to come
http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2018/01/new_orleans_saints_next_genera.html

Katzenstein Nola.com: Saints still working to fix surprising third-down woes
http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2018/01/saints_third_downs.html

Martel AP: Saints' Ingram, Kamara aim to embody friendly competition
https://pro32.ap.org/article/saints-ingram-kamara-aim-embody-friendly-competition

Baskin MMQB: In New Orleans, Alvin Kamara Can Feel the Vibe
https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/03/alvin-kamara-new-orleans-saints-rookie

Underhill NO Advocate: Having pass-rush periods during Saints practices this year has paid off for defensive line
http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/sports/saints/article_339c4ee4-f25d-11e7-9db0-cf3c4cb73806.html

OAKLAND
Schneidman SJ Mercury News: It’s official: Raiders announce Jon Gruden as head coach
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/01/06/jon-gruden-still-wont-admit-hes-the-next-raiders-head-coach/

Steward SJ Mercury News: Whatever the deed says, Gruden now owns Raiders
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/01/05/steward-whatever-the-deed-says-gruden-now-owns-raiders/

Kurtenbach SJ Mercury News: Jon Gruden’s hire puts Derek Carr on the hot seat
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/01/05/jon-gruden-oakland-raiders-hire-salary-derek-carr-mark-davis-owner-las-vegas-contract-2018/

PHILADELPHIA
Berman Phil.com: The moves that turned Eagles from 7-9 to 13-3 and playoffs
http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/eagles-howie-roseman-roster-moves-general-manager-nfl-nfc-playoffs-2016-2017-20180106.html

Sielski Phil.com: The myth of the Eagles' home-field advantage
http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/philadelphia-eagles-home-field-advantage-nfc-playoffs-myth-lincoln-financial-field-20180104.html

McLane Phil.com: Eagles' leaders push for harder practices. Will it translate to postseason success?
http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/eagles-doug-pederson-nfl-nfc-playoffs-bye-week-20180105.html

Berman Phil.com: Eagles QB Nick Foles finally has chance to catch his breath during bye-week preparation
http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/eagles-nick-foles-nfl-nfc-playoffs-bye-week-quarterback-20180103.html

Hayes Phil.com: Carson Wentz and Nick Foles both started slowly for Eagles
http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/eagles-quarterback-nick-foles-carson-wentz-nfl-nfc-playoffs-20180103.html

Domowitch Phil.com: Carson Wentz is irreplaceable, but effective ground game would help Nick Foles immensely
http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/eagles-carson-wentz-nick-foles-running-game-nfl-nfc-playoffs-super-bowl-20180103.html

Brookover Phil.com: Eagles' defense needs playoff takeways to be considered special
http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/eagles-defense-nfc-nfl-playoffs-nick-foles-malcolm-jenkins-nigel-bradham-20180103.html

PITTSBURGH
Bouchette Pittsburgh Post Gazette: The Steelers don't sound too concerned about rust
http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2018/01/06/steelers-bye-week-afc-divisional-round-nfl-playoffs-2017-18/stories/201801070039

Adamski Pittsburgh Tribune Review: JuJu Smith-Schuster, T.J. Watt part of long string of strong Steelers rookies
http://triblive.com/sports/steelers/13149014-74/juju-smith-schuster-tj-watt-part-of-long-string-of-strong-steelers-rookies

Dunne B/R: 'You Have to Be Violent': NFL Defenders Feel Trapped in a War for Game's Soul
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2752206-you-have-to-be-violent-nfl-defenders-feel-trapped-in-a-war-for-games-soul

Bittner Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Ryan Shazier has feeling in his legs, his father says
http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2018/01/04/ryan-shazier-feeling-legs-walking-spinal-injury-updates-steelers-bengals/stories/201801040209

SEATTLE
Condotta Seattle Times: Seahawks deny Packers permission to talk to GM John Schneider, but that may not be the end of the story
https://www.seattletimes.com/sports/seahawks/seahawks-deny-packers-permission-to-talk-to-gm-john-schneider-but-trade-could-still-be-in-works/

Calkins Seattle Times: If the Seahawks let GM John Schneider go to Green Bay, they’d better get a haul in return
https://www.seattletimes.com/sports/seahawks/seahawks-better-off-keeping-gm-john-schneider-or-getting-a-big-haul-in-a-trade/

Bell News Tribune: Seahawks to make more changes to offensive line this offseason. They have to.
http://www.thenewstribune.com/sports/nfl/seattle-seahawks/seahawks-insider-blog/article193134349.html

TAMPA BAY
Auman TB Times: Could Bucs follow Jaguars’ path? ‘Same thing could happen here’
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/bucs/2018/01/04/could-bucs-follow-jaguars-path-same-thing-could-happen-here/

Stroud TB Times: What we know and don’t know about the Jameis Winston investigation
http://www.tampabay.com/sports/football/bucs/What-we-know-and-don-t-know-about-the-Jameis-Winston-investigation_164223855

Auman TB Times: McCoy says he’d ‘love’ to have Michael Bennett back with Bucs
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/bucs/2018/01/05/mccoy-says-hed-love-to-have-michael-bennett-back-with-bucs/

TENNESSEE
Rexrode The Tennessean: Titans, Mike Mularkey silence doubters with playoff win over Chiefs
http://www.tennessean.com/story/sports/nfl/titans/2018/01/06/no-quit-titans-and-embattled-coach-mike-mularkey-how-do-you-like-them-now/1002301001/

Rexrode The Tennessean: Titans ride Derrick Henry to playoff win in Kansas City
http://www.tennessean.com/story/sports/nfl/titans/2018/01/06/titans-ride-derrick-destroyer-playoff-win-kansas-city/1004483001/

WASHINGTON
Clarke Washington Post: At forum with Redskins fans, Kirk Cousins plays it coy regarding free agency
https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/redskins/at-forum-with-redskins-fans-kirk-cousins-plays-it-coy-regarding-free-agency/2018/01/05/852cdae2-f24b-11e7-b390-a36dc3fa2842_story.html

Keim ESPN Washington: Kirk Cousins willing to wait until March for any deal
http://www.espn.com/blog/washington-redskins/post/_/id/35321/kirk-cousins-willing-to-wait-until-march-for-any-deal

Snider Washington Post: Redskins have a long offseason to-do list. Fixing the defense should be at the top
https://www.washingtonpost.com/express/wp/2018/01/03/redskins-have-a-long-offseason-to-do-list-fixing-the-defense-should-be-at-the-top/

Martin Washington Post: Josh Norman says cracks in Redskins defense’s chemistry were evident off the field
https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/josh-norman-says-cracks-in-redskins-defenses-chemistry-were-evident-off-the-field/2018/01/03/39b50670-f0bb-11e7-97bf-bba379b809ab_story.html

Draft

Pflum BBV: 2018 NFL Draft: New year, new GM, new mock draft — Big Blue View’s first mock draft of 2018
https://www.bigblueview.com/2018/1/6/16849242/2018-nfl-draft-mock-ny-giants-gettleman-barkley-rosen-mayfield

Pflum BBV: Top five non-quarterbacks the Giants could consider taking second overall
https://www.bigblueview.com/2018/1/4/16849350/2018-nfl-draft-ny-giants-barkley-chubb-nelson-fitzpatrick-darnold-rosen-news-rumors

Marvez TSN: NFL REGIONAL SCOUTING COMBINES THAT HELPED PRODUCE ADAM THIELEN, OTHERS, CANCELLED
http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/news/nfl-regional-scouting-combines-adam-thielen-defunct-greg-zuerlein-johnny-hekker/16kpeunkta93p140f4lt3iocbq

QB
Cabot Cleveland Plain Dealer: Josh Rosen repped by same agency as Browns QBs DeShone Kizer and Cody Kessler; one NFL expert on Sam Darnold
http://www.cleveland.com/browns/index.ssf/2018/01/josh_rosen_joins_same_agency_a.html

Lourim Louisville Courier Journal: Lamar Jackson is leaving the University of Louisville to declare for the NFL draft
https://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/college/louisville/2018/01/05/lamar-jackson-leave-louisville-declare-nfl-draft/996716001/

Lourim Louisville Courier Journal: Relive Lamar Jackson's 10 best moments as a Louisville Cardinal
https://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/college/louisville/2018/01/05/lamar-jackson-nfl-louisville-football-highlights/996957001/

RB
Baxter LA Times: USC's Ronald Jones II declares for NFL draft
http://www.latimes.com/sports/usc/la-sp-usc-ronald-jones-nfl-20180105-story.html

Pope Chicago Tribune: Notre Dame running back Josh Adams to enter NFL draft
http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/ct-spt-notre-dame-josh-adams-nfl-draft-20180105-story.html

WR
Bolch LA Times: UCLA's Jordan Lasley says he will declare for the NFL draft
http://www.latimes.com/sports/nba/la-sp-ucla-lasley-nfl-20180103-story.html

C
Hensley Daily Iowan: James Daniels declares for NFL Draft
http://daily-iowan.com/2018/01/05/james-daniels-declares-for-nfl-draft/

S
O’Neill Winston Salem Journal: Bates leaving Wake Forest for NFL Draft
http://www.journalnow.com/sports/wfu/bates-leaving-wake-forest-for-nfl-draft/article_a062c704-f246-11e7-9d99-bb3d46eb9554.html

History

Greenwich Time: Former GHS, Syracuse star lineman Scott Kiernan dies at 43
Kiernan was a member of the Giants 2000 team, which made it to the Super Bowl — he competed on the Giants’ practice squad that season. He also spent some time with the Giants during training camp in the summer of 2001
http://m.greenwichtime.com/local/article/Former-GHS-star-lineman-Scott-Kiernan-dies-at-43-12477489.php

Svrulga Wash Post: Saban and Belichick: A pair of legends rise from film room of ’94 Browns
http://www.concordmonitor.com/Nick-Saban-and-Bill-Belichick-A-pair-of-legends-rise-from-film-room-of--94-Browns-14725969

Lombardi The Athletic: 15 years later: The story of Bill Walsh, Jeff Garcia, and a spectacular 49ers comeback over the Giants
https://theathletic.com/149253/2017/11/09/15-years-later-the-story-of-bill-walsh-jeff-garcia-and-a-spectacular-49ers-comeback-over-the-giants/

Heilman Florida Times Union: When Jaguars and Bills met in the 1996 playoffs, it changed the course of both franchises
http://jacksonville.com/sports/jaguars/2018-01-04/when-jaguars-and-bills-met-1996-playoffs-it-changed-course-both-franchises

Fitzpatrick Phil.com: Eagles' 1960 NFL title win included a fan brawl that history has forgotten
http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/philadelphia-eagles-1960-nfl-title-super-bowl-fan-brawl-santa-claus-history-franklin-field-20180105.html

Giants Birthdays 1-06

Greg Cox DB Plan B FA-SF 1988 NYG 1989 1-06-1965

Bob Kratch RG D3-Iowa 1989 NYG 1989-1993 1-06-1966

Roger Lalonde LDT W-DET 1965 NYG 1965 1-06-1942

Sean Landeta P FA-USFL 1985 NYG 1985-1993 1-06-1962

Giants Birthdays 1-07

Rondy Colbert CB/KR D17-Lamar 1975, W-SEA 1976 NYG 1975, 1976 1-07-1954

Adam Koets C/T/TE D6-Oregon State 2007 NYG 2007-2010 1-07-1984

Erric Pegram RB FA-PIT 1997 NYG 1997 1-07-1969

Ouch  
BigBlueShock : 1/7/2018 8:47 am : link
Joel Corry (@corryjoel)
1/5/18, 12:58 PM
I'm expecting AP 1st team All-Pro Andrew Norwell to surpass Kevin Zeitler ($12M-avg/$31.5M in guarantees) as the NFL's highest paid OG. Assuming Norwell does, his deal will only set the salary floor for a Zack Martin contract extension with the Cowboys.

I know many of us have Norwell as our number 1 FA target. He’s going to be very expensive and there will be a lot of competition for his services.
Part 2  
Defenderdawg : 1/7/2018 8:52 am : link
Giants

Coach

Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton)
1/7/18, 8:28 AM
The #Giants job is not Steve Wilks' job to lose or anything like that. But his interview is the most anticipated because it should bring clarity on the others (McDaniels, Shurmur).
IMO, Wilks needs to win over ownership, get them to overlook lack of head coaching experience.

Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton)
1/7/18, 8:25 AM
Wilks has been the one to watch with the Giants from the start. I wouldn't call him favorite, but he's the one that seems most realistic. That's been my gut feeling. Sense I get is that he has to blow away ownership in interview to convince Mara/Tisch to overlook lack of HC


Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo)
1/7/18, 8:40 AM
Giants say they’d prefer experience but Wilks could be the guy that convinces them otherwise. GM Dave Gettleman is eager to get him in front of ownership, we hear.


QB

SNY: Hall of Famer Bill Parcells implies Giants need to draft QB
https://www.sny.tv/giants/news/hall-of-famer-bill-parcells-implies-giants-need-to-draft-qb/264352378

NFL

Stuart Football Perspective: 2017 Team Efficiency Ratings: The Saints Were The NFL’s Best Team
http://www.footballperspective.com/2017-team-efficiency-ratings-the-saints-were-the-nfls-best-team/

DALLAS
Marvez TSN: KELLEN MOORE TO RETIRE FROM PLAYING, BECOME NEW COWBOYS QB COACH
http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/news/kellen-moore-dallas-cowboys-quarterbacks-coach-jason-garrett-staff/1533uqyl8q5ps1i8r95pdtw61s

DENVER
Kosmider Denver Post: Broncos outline former coach Gary Kubiak’s expanded role in team’s front office
https://www.denverpost.com/2018/01/02/broncos-gary-kubiak-expanded-role/

GREEN BAY
Dougherty Mil JS: John Schneider likely out of Packers' reach
http://www.packersnews.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/dougherty/2018/01/06/dougherty-john-schneider-likely-out-packers-reach/1008896001/

Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky)
1/6/18, 1:46 PM
The Packers are expected to hire Joe Philbin back to their offense staff, a source told ESPN. The former offensive coordinator will have a similar — if not the same — role. He spent the last two seasons as the Colts O-line coach after his head-coaching stint with the Dolphins.

MINNESOTA
Stuart Football Perspective: The Vikings Have An Unprecedented Chance To Host The Super Bowl
http://www.footballperspective.com/the-vikings-have-an-unprecedented-chance-to-host-the-super-bowl/

NEW ENGLAND
Kyed NESN: The Patriots could not have franchised Jimmy Garoppolo, kept Tom Brady and fielded a competitive team in 2018, so let's stop pretending it was an option
https://nesn.com/2018/01/can-we-stop-pretending-patriots-could-have-franchised-jimmy-garoppolo/

PITTSBURGH
Collier Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Ryan Shazier and Sean Spence are reluctant brothers in a haunting narrative
http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/gene-collier/2018/01/07/ryan-shazier-injury-sean-spence-steelers-afc-playoffs-nfl-postseason/stories/201801070075

Fittipaldo Pittsburgh Post Gazette: William Gay has been the anti-James Harrison for the Steelers
http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2018/01/05/william-gay-steelers-defense-secondary-cam-sutton-joe-haden-james-harrison-patriots/stories/201801050145

Draft

QB
Plaschke LA Times: UCLA's Rosen and USC's Darnold never lived up to hype, but seem armed for future in NFL
http://www.latimes.com/sports/plaschke/la-sp-darnold-rosen-plaschke-20180103-story.html

RB
Goodbread NFL.com: Molded by arduous work on the family farm, Courtland Sutton's hands are now his money-makers ... and the envy of all the land
http://www.nfl.com/labs/cfb247/courtland-sutton/courtland-sutton.html?campaign=tw-cf-sf178035673-sf178035673&sf178035673=1

History

Haugh Chicago Tribune: Former Bear Kevin Butler getting a kick out of returning to Georgia at 55 to graduate, help coach
http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/ct-spt-kevin-butler-georgia-bears-haugh-20180106-story.html
Thanks DD!  
TheMick7 : 1/7/2018 8:53 am : link
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Colts  
Mdgiantsfan : 1/7/2018 9:31 am : link
I've heard that the Colts are a good landing spot for McDaniels, or really any HC because they have a franchise QB. I may be in the minority on that one. While Luck is a good QB, I think one of Indy's problems in addition to Luck's injury history is the lack of talent on the rest of the team. I don't see Luck as being Peyton-nesque in that he can overcome the talent deficiencies on the other side of the ball nor do I see the type of skill players around Luck that Peyton had. Outside of the Hilton and an aging Gore, they don't have good skill players. And the Oline is probably just as bad as Big Blue lol given Luck's propensity for getting sacked. Defensively, they don't have much to write home about finishing 30th in total defense this year.

So while McDaniels would have a lot to work with in Luck if he's healthy, there is a lot of work to do to get the rest of the team to a respectable level. Add to all of that the recent turmoil with the owner, GM, and HC, that would be huge red flags associated with taking that job.

It will be interesting to see how the coaching carousel plays out.

it's interesting  
LG in NYC : 1/7/2018 11:01 am : link
some of these blurbs make it sound like we need to win over the potential HC, not the other way around.
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