Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey shoved a ref and somehow got away with it

The Steelers caught a break early in their Divisional Round game against the Jaguars.

Center Maurkice Pouncey appears to shove an official after the Steelers fell short on a third-and-8 in the first quarter:

Koetter yells, “Good luck to you!” at Payton a bit too enthusiastically over and over again. Then Koetter and Payton start exchanging friendly slaps on the chest, except they don’t seem all that friendly. They look pretty hostile.

Payton tells Koetter that he’s still mad about Jameis Winston instigating a fight with Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore in Week 9. Winston came off the sideline and poked Lattimore in the head.

Lattimore shoved Winston, then Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans came flying in and laid Lattimore out with a blindside hit.

Evans served a one-game suspension for his actions. Koetter condemned the behavior after the game, but Payton’s apparently holding a grudge.

Koetter didn’t have much to say about Payton’s testy reaction to him Sunday.

“Well, every guy has their own style, I guess,” Koetter said after the game.

The Kansas City Chiefs have gotten out to a good start against the Titans at home in their Wild Card Game. They’re even looking smooth in things you wouldn’t imagine.

Officials threw a flag on the Titans for unnecessary roughness after Ben Jones shoved somebody after the play. Defensive end Chris Jones noticed the flag midflight and made an effortless one-handed grab:

The Rams still got another possession afterward, but ended up going four plays to turn the ball over on downs yet again, securing the Falcons’ 26-13 win.

The officiating in the Falcons-Rams game was much better than it was in the Titans-Chiefs game, but this seems like one that perhaps shouldn’t go without being called.

Whistles often get swallowed late in games, especially in the postseason. But this one seemed a little too obvious.

Anyway, during this ritual of throwing out names of guys who could finish second in the MVP vote, I’m surprised it hasn’t come around to Cam Newton. We went through a Russell Wilson phase when he was on a hot streak a month ago, and he’s since strung together three horrific performances that, if they had come in September, would have everyone asking What’s wrong with Russell Wilson?

He appeared to catch the football four yards short of the end zone, putting the Rams in a hurry with no timeouts.

The Rams were then in a scramble to try to get to the line of scrimmage and spike the ball, which they did with Falcons DT Grady Jarrett offsides. That would have stopped the clock with five seconds left in the half.


Pair of LSU Tigers accepts Senior Bowl invites with eyes on NFL Draft

Two star players from the SEC will be headed to the Senior Bowl.

LSU running back Darrel Williams and defensive lineman Christian LaCouture have accepted invites to the Reese’s Senior Bowl, a source tells Sporting News. The annual all-star game, held in Mobile, Ala., is considered the top showcase event for college seniors prior to the NFL Combine.

Williams is coming off a season in which he had a career-high 820 yards and nine touchdowns for LSU. The former four-star recruit contributed all four years he was in Baton Rouge, but his role shifted to more of a workhorse running back for his final season.

McKnight, who was 28 at the time of his death, spent four seasons in the NFL with the Jets and Chiefs after a standout college career at USC.

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I always look forward to Monday mornings, and as usual, you don’t disappoint. Of all that I read, I was most affected by the quote of the female NFL reporter. As a father of two girls, and grandfather to two more, it greatly saddens me that women are put into this position.

“Life in the Big 12,” Beard said by phone from Lubbock. “It’s like a good friend of mine texted me this week: Prince today, frog tomorrow.”

What makes for a coach’s grueling challenge makes for a viewer’s delight. Although it’s been, according to, the country’s strongest overall conference for four years running, this season few would dispute the Big 12 has become its buzziest and most compelling as well. Not only does it have four of the top 13 teams in’s efficiency ratings, but it also has the country’s must-see player in Oklahoma freshman guard Trae Young, who leads Division I in points and assists and jaw-dropping highlights per game; perhaps the country’s most intimidating and aggressive defense in West Virginia; a Texas Tech squad that may be the season’s breakout team; a Texas defense anchored by a shot-blocker ticketed for the NBA Draft’s top five in Mo Bamba; and, of course, Kansas, which is Kansas. The Jayhawks have won at least a share of 13 straight regular-season Big 12 titles, but now a conference synonymous with one team’s annual success is being defined by its wide-openness.

Steelers’ partners pushing for Mike Tomlin’s firing need a history lesson

And it almost didn’t matter.

The Saints came storming back, capping off a clutch 51-yard drive with a Wil Lutz 43-yard field goal that gave New Orleans a one-point lead with just 25 seconds left in the game.

The Giants are 2-9, playing for nothing. And the most important thing for this franchise is to fact-find for 2018—particularly March and April 2018, when you have to decide if you want to use your top-five draft choice on a quarterback of the future, or if you want to ride a 37-year-old quarterback into his sunset. Maybe you want to do both. But think of the franchise here. Don’t think of the person. When the person is gone, the franchise has to keep playing the games, and the best thing for you to do is figure out everything you can about the people to replace that person. The way to do that is to find out what’s behind Manning.

After Leonard Fournette was stopped on third-and-goal, Blake Bortles threw a touchdown to Ben Koyack to put the Jaguars up 10-3.

The team’s senior vice president (his Instagram bio says owner, which is fair), Tony Khan celebrated it with fist pumps and what appear to be semi-hip thrusts.

He also talked about the verbal communication the game requires, and how he handles those. “The biggest challenge was making sure the quarterback knows that I’m there,” Coleman said. “I’m yelling at him letting him know I’m in. That means you take an extra quick peek at me, that’s all.”

That’s what we saw on Saturday evening with Coleman, who has been a part of the Falcons’ strong running game.

Gruden’s contract is rumored to be for 10 years and $100 million. He’s reportedly been picking his staff, which includes Greg Olson, Rich Gannon, and Paul Guenther.

Gruden will be resuming his coaching career after 10 years out of the game, but returning to a familiar face in the Raiders. With Derek Carr as his quarterback, it will be interesting to see how he does after a long hiatus, but equipped with a franchise quarterback.

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen declares for 2018 NFL draft

UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen made it official on Wednesday evening — he will forego his senior season and declare for the 2018 NFL draft. Rosen confirmed the news on Twitter with a thankful letter to his school.

Rosen joins Sam Darnold and Josh Allen as some of the top underclassmen quarterbacks to declare for the draft early.

The Bills (9-7) haven’t made the playoffs since the 1999 season — and the Jaguars (10-6) haven’t been to the postseason since the 2007 season. This year, both teams finished with top-10 rushing offenses, but Jacksonville’s rushing attack is the best in the league. This game will come down to defense and running the ball. The Jaguars finished with the second-best scoring defense by giving up only 16.1 points per game, while the Bills’ 18th-ranked pass defense surrendered 22.4 points. These are two identical teams.

Remarkable energy, sustained brilliance and boundless opportunity drove Westbrook’s achievement. He missed just one game, he turned in 42 triple-doubles and four 50-point efforts, he led the league in scoring and usage, he carried the Thunder to the postseason in the wake of Kevin Durant’s departure, and he emerged as one of the greatest martyrs in recent memory. The Westbrook Way was bound to fall short in the 2017 playoffs, as it did, but that seemed beside the point to his many true believers.

Some of them expressed surprise at the report when contacted by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Billionaire Thomas Tull told the P-G, Art Rooney and Coach Tomlin have my full support. Larry Paul, who holds shares along with his brother Stephen, said they were not aware of the PFT report and offered support for Rooney.

The source that spoke to PFT indicated there were issues with how Tomlin handled the Jacksonville game, particularly at the end, and the team’s supposed lack of discipline.

The problem with that approach is it ignores that the team went 13-3 through whatever issues developed this season.

It is obvious the 2017 Steelers never found a consistent method to win; their defense was reasonably solid early and disintegrated as the season advanced even before the devastating injury to linebacker Ryan Shazier. The offense relied far too much on the individual talents of the players involved, rarely seeming to enjoy a schematic superiority over the opposition.

There once was a time that Kaaya was mentioned as a potential top-10 pick.

That’s no longer the case, but he also is far from devoid of talent. The footwork and ability to read defenses is there, and he might remind Washington fans of Kirk Cousins in time. Oh, and that mention of Tampa Bay needing a speed receiver? Westbrook is a player defenses have to find before every single snap.

There is a lot to like in Kamara’s game. He posted 6.2 yards per carry and caught 74 passes over two seasons with Tennessee. Flip side: He averaged just 105 carries over his two seasons as a Vol, so it’s fair to wonder if he can be more than a committee guy in the NFL. Butt is the new poster child for skipping bowl games. He might have been a Round 1 pick before his ACL in Michigan’s bowl game against Florida State, and some will argue he still should be.

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The French footballer tweeted a photo of himself wearing an NBA All-Stars jersey with a fake afro and dark paint covering his skin and the costume isn’t being perceived well on social media. The tweet has since been deleted.

Griezmann issued an apology in French on Twitter, which translates to “Friends, I’m a fan of Harlem Globetrotters and this beautiful era … It’s a tribute.”

He also said that the situation was awkward and to excuse him if he offended anyone.

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I think he’s controlling the zone better, hitting the ball better

Having covered and analyzed the business of the NFL since leaving the Packers in 2009, I have never faced a shortage of topics to discuss. More than ever, the business of the NFL is the NFL, with 20 weekends of games interspersed among the constant off-field stories.

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Nonetheless, changing teams can have some upside. Rollins, for example, is now on the best team in baseball (albeit for a second time this off-season), and one that needs lefthanded depth in the bullpen. Claimed players remain on a 40-man roster instead of being outrighted to the minors (or released outright) and losing out on increased pay and benefits. There’s also the opportunity to prove front offices wrong about their waiver-wire decisions. “I’ll play the season with a pretty sizable chip on my shoulder,” Shaffer says. “[Four] teams decided they didn’t mind giving me away for nothing. If that’s not motivation to someone, I don’t know what is.”

They all know that there is no guarantee that the team they’re currently on is the one with which they’ll be reporting to camp. For now, all they can do is wait and hope that, the next time the phone rings, it won’t be a call from a number they’ve never seen telling them to change their plans—again.

“My mom will call me and ask, ‘Are we still with the Cubs?’” Rollins says. “I’ll tell her, ‘Yeah, we’re still with this one for now.’”

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It would have been nice to maybe have a few more days there, but I think I still have enough time to be comfortable there by Week 1.

That play was the turning point for the No. 5-seed Titans in their 22–21 upset win of the No. 4-seed Chiefs, who have still not won a home playoff game since 1993, and the outcome of the game may have domino effects for both teams. This may be the last time we see Smith in a Kansas City jersey. Tennessee head coach Mike Mularkey—who, according to reports by the NFL Network, was at risk of being on the coaching hot seat if the Titans lost—may have secured more time in Tennessee.

The Titans, a trendy preseason pick to win the AFC South, finished the year 9–7 and needed a win in Week 17 to make the playoffs after losing three of their last four regular-season games. Mariota’s passing yards, passing touchdowns and rushing yards were down from last year. A nagging hamstring injury may have been a bigger factor than the young quarterback let on, though, and longtime Titans insider Paul Kuharsky reported last month that Mariota’s surgically repaired lower right leg was still bothering him and might require a clean-up procedure. And, as his many dropped passes by receivers reminded us on Saturday, he hasn’t always had much help around him.

But in the most important moments of the season, Mariota has reminded us all why he was the second overall pick three years ago. In the Week 17 game against Jacksonville, it was Mariota’s stiff arm on third-and-five to get the critical first down that iced the win and a postseason berth. Against the Chiefs, he one-upped himself.

As a longtime leader in this area, New Jersey jumped at the opportunity. Still clinging to its tattered reputation, the NCAA issued a statement that read, in part, and probably the funniest part, “The N.C.A.A. maintains that the spread of legalized sports wagering is a threat to the integrity of athletic competition and student-athlete well-being.” With the NCAA, comedy remains king. This time, however, the public morals argument found substantial pushback, up to and including the nine wise souls on the bench in Washington. Because, in those chambers, the real fight over sports betting was joined, and the real fight is not about sinful wagering, or even specifically about money. It is about control.

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Browns’ gift of first pick in 2018 NFL Draft must answer Cleveland QB question

The Browns need to be committed to giving Allen or another No. 1 QB everything he needs to succeed, coaching and personnel wise, and don’t expect overnight results, a la Wentz and Goff. In a copycat league, Cleveland needs to stop trying to earn its own stripes and aggressively chase a franchise QB and a young, hotshot offensive mind to mold him.

Josh Gordon, Corey Coleman and David Njoku are three very nice weapons for a young QB, but they need a reliable playmaker in the slot, something both Wentz (Nelson Agholor) and Goff (Cooper Kupp) have. Even Trubisky — on the wideout-depleted Bears — gets settled when throwing to Kendall Wright.

The Browns have the running game and the offensive line. The coaching is the only variable that needs another big change to put that QB in great position to succeed by Year 2.

From “Money” Manziel to Moneyball, the Browns have tried to get cute, while other teams once in dire need of a QB have gotten richer.

With new GM John Dorsey, it’s time for the Browns to stop trying to outsmart themselves and instead go for the smart pick.

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Getting the entire organization to live up to its promise is a taller order.

Ding ding ding, part I. Patricia and Quinn go back a long way in Foxborough, so the general manager knows what qualities the coach has. That could give the Lions a leg up in the competition, as would the fact that they’re not as far off as they seem, and closer than they were before Caldwell showed up.

The conventional wisdom is that McDaniels learned from the debacle of his Broncos’ coaching stint. Time will tell.

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Now the Bills can think about traveling to Jacksonville … and of how they kept manufacturing wins the last six weeks when they weren’t assured in any way.

There is work to be done on defense after a down year in that regard and pass rusher Ezekiel Ansah is due to be a free agent, but they do have one of the better corners in the league in Darius Slay.

The ground game is the big concern in Detroit, but the 2018 draft is one rich in running backs and general manager Bob Quinn is highly regarded after his time with the New England Patriots.

There’s the Doug Marrone factor — he’s coached all of three full seasons in the NFL, two in Buffalo and one in Jacksonville, and two of them are winning seasons, one in each city. And there are the quarterbacks and the lack of commitment to them. Tyrod Taylor got benched at midseason with a winning record. Blake Bortles wasn’t given his fifth-year option after being the third overall pick in 2014.astros_040

Once again, Zampese and Joseph worked together when Joseph was with the Bengals.

If Jon Gruden returns to the NFL with the Raiders, which is all but certain according to some NFL insiders, who takes Gruden’s chair at ESPN’s “Monday Night Football”? That’s the big question.

The color gig alongside play-by-play announcer Sean McDonough is one of the primo jobs in sports TV, which is partly why the 54-year old Gruden is ESPN’s highest-paid employee at $6.5 million a year.

Yes, I know ESPN gets the fourth-worst TV schedule among NFL partner networks. Yes, I know NBC “Sunday Night Football” is the premier prime-time package. But ESPN showed this season that “MNF” can still deliver the goods if the league gives the network some decent matchups. The “MNF” analyst is still the heir to some of the industry’s all-time greats: Howard Cosell, Frank Gifford and Don Meredith.

Winter Storm Grayson, which has already wreaked havoc in Florida with unexpected snow, is expected to dump up to 18 inches of snow in Massachusetts on Thursday. Belichick famously sent four players home in 2009 because they were late to the first meeting of the day following an overnight snowfall.

They went to Kansas City with a newly reinstated Taylor a week after the Chargers debacle, shut down Alex Smith and their explosive offense and won 16-10. They squeezed out the overtime win over the Colts in the blizzard two weeks after that, when Joe Webb had to finish the game at quarterback. They beat the Dolphins twice in the last three weeks.

Their only losses post-Peterman decision were to the Patriots. They trailed just 6-3 late in the first half of the game in Buffalo, and Taylor hurt his knee and was out for the fourth quarter. In Foxborough, the game got out of hand after an atrocious overturn of a Kelvin Benjamin touchdown catch.

Big picture, of course, the Bills really couldn’t compete well with the Patriots. They didn’t have to, though; they just had to handle their business against everybody else. And, in the end, put their faith in Marvin Lewis and Cincinnati.