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    Jokes aside, the relationship Marrone has with Coughlin is significant because there certainly were Cory Schneider Authentic Jersey doubts as to whether the organizational structure that Khan wanted -- with http://www.officialpadrestore.com/Jered_Weaver_Jersey general manager Dave Caldwell reporting to Coughlin -- would work.There also was concern, from outside the building among some who knew and had worked with him before, that Coughlin wouldn't be Kevin Durant Womens Jersey able to resist coaching. He was a coach at the college or NFL level from 1969 to 2015, and one year working in the NFL office wasn't long enough to get that out of his system.

    Would he avoid meddling? Would he be OK not being on the sideline on game day? Could he avoid constantly second-guessing? answer, it turns out, was yes. He's a coach at heart, and there’s nothing more that he'd love to do is being on the grass and on the sidelines, but he knows that's not his job right now," Boselli said. "That doesn't mean he might not give input, guidance, suggestions, but I would not term it as ever meddling.

    "Knowing him, I believe he respects the coaching profession and the game of football too much to overstep any boundaries."Here's proof: Coughlin declined an http://www.carolinahurricanesofficialonline.com/Adidas-Jeff-Skinner-Jersey interview request from Jurkovic this week because the Jaguars are Marrone's team and Marrone should be the spokesman. Coughlin is content to work quietly behind the scenes Make no mistake, though, Coughlin's return is a big reason the Jaguars won their first division title since 1999 and made the playoffs for the first time since 2007. These guys have come together," former Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell said. "Everything's worked. In previous years, there were too many things that just didn't work. Leadership is critical. It starts at the top."
    Tom Brady was limited in practice Wednesday because of a right hand injury, according to the team's participation report. He has been on and off the injury report this season -- for an Achilles and his left shoulder -- but this is the first time he has been on it for his throwing hand. According to a report from the Boston Herald, the injury occurred when one of Brady's teammates accidentally ran into him and jammed his hand. X-rays were taken but revealed no structural damage. Veteran backup Brian Hoyer is the Patriots' only other quarterback.
    Meanwhile, right tackle LaAdrian Waddle, who started against the Titans in the divisional round, left because of a knee injury (sprain) in the second half and didn't return. That opened the door for Cameron Fleming to return to a starting role in a spot where the Patriots have been without No. 1 option Marcus Cannon since the middle of the season. In a week where protecting Brady will be critical against one of the NFL's best defenses, any changes along the offensive line bear watching. -- Mike Reiss
    Wide receiver Adam Thielen missed practice Wednesday because of a low back injury he sustained in the divisional-round win over the Saints. Kentrell Brice Youth jersey His injury isn't ringing any alarms about missing Sunday's NFC Championship Game, but it's unclear how much practice he'll get in this week. Safety Andrew Sendejo, who took a helmet-to-helmet hit from New Orleans wide receiver Michael Thomas that
    knocked him out of the game, is still in the concussion protocol but went through practice on a limited basis. Coach Mike Zimmer appeared confident that Sendejo should be on pace to return in Philadelphia, saying Wednesday that "he'll be fine." The only player not practicing was defensive tackle Shamar Stephen, who sustained a knee injury against the Saints just weeks after hurting his ankle in Green Bay. -- Courtney Cronin
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  • JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jeff Lageman had no trouble identifying the exact moment the impact of Tom Coughlin's hiring was felt throughout the Jacksonville Jaguars franchise. t was just after word leaked in the facility that Coughlin had told owner Shad Khan that he would accept the offer to become the team's executive vice president of football operations. Lageman, a member of the Jaguars' broadcast team, remembers that there was an immediate and distinct change around EverBank Field.

    "There were more puckered-up a--h---s in this building when he was hired than you could imagine," he said. "The moment he was hired, people were nervous, and rightly so. The sense of accountability that he brings is unbelievable. It's unparalleled because people know when he's in the building, the expectation and the accountability, it's maxed." hat, um, biological response to Coughlin's hiring aside, the two-time Super Bowl-winning coach has made a significant impact in the first year of his second tenure with the franchise. It might not be as obvious to those outside the organization, but it is to Coughlin's former players, several of whom are still around the franchise.

    That includes Lageman. Before he became a broadcaster, he was a http://www.officialauthenticsteelershop.com/WOMENS-ROD-WOODSON-JERSEY.html player on Jacksonville's inaugural team in 1995, and he played three more seasons under the maniacally stern Coughlin, who demanded players not slouch or wear hats in meetings, instituted a strict dress code (even in the hotel lobby) and set the clocks in the facility ahead by five minutes (that's the case now).
    Lageman noticed that people inside the Jaguars' facility began acting differently after Coughlin took over. Not just on the football side, either, but on the business side, such as the marketing and ticketing departments. Everybody. Everybody," Lageman said. "The way people dressed in the building changed. People weren't wearing that casual wear any more, wearing sweats and all that kind of stuff. All of a sudden, Julius Peppers Jersey people started wearing khaki pants and dress shirts and khaki pants and Jaguar shirts. You could tell.
    "What's the old saying? The true measure of a man is what he does when no one's looking. Well, now someone's always looking. So I think you get more people that become more productive when you have Tom because they're looking to see how they can do more, but then they're also doing more within the guidelines of their job and not trying to go outside of what their job description is." ig Brother -- http://www.bruinsofficialauthenticshop.com/Ryan_Spooner_Jersey_Adidas or, if you prefer, the Godfather -- is watching, and he has a pair of Super Bowl rings.
    Coughlin built the franchise from the beginning and took it to a pair of AFC Championship Games before he was fired after the 2002 season. That the Jaguars are in the conference title game in his first season back is no coincidence, said former Jaguars tackle Tony Boselli, the first draft pick in franchise history and now a member of the Jaguars' broadcast team. im coming back and his presence and what he means to the organization and then coming in, there's a weight with him," Boselli said. "There's a weight in a sense that when he's there, it changes everything. It intensifies the culture and brings more intensity to the organization in everything that is on the football side of the house."
    That weight also creates an air of discomfort throughout the facility, which certainly is a change from the more laid-back atmosphere of the past decade. Coughlin believes that people should thrive in discomfort, said former Jaguars defensive lineman John Jurkovic, who played under Coughlin from 1996-98.
    "The expectations are that you're going to find a way to produce, and if you're not willing to find a way to produce, you're going to have a problem," said Jurkovic, who cohosts an afternoon sports talk show on ESPN 1000 in Chicago. "People being uncomfortable is a good thing. People having expectations put upon them is a healthy thing. Those people that don't look at that as a healthy thing, that's a problem. You have to root that out of there."
    That's why Khan gave Coughlin final say over all football matters. Every football decision -- free agency, the draft, hiring, scouting, practices, player signings, trades -- falls at Coughlin's feet. That doesn't mean he's coming up with game plans or scheduling practices or deciding whether Rick Martin Jersey Player A should get more reps than Player B. But he is aware of, and is consulted on, those decisions.
    "His http://www.arizonacardinalsauthorizedstore.com/antoine-bethea-jersey-elite influence is everywhere in that organization," Boselli said. "There's no question who's in charge and who is responsible in putting their stamp on every decision that comes to football. I think everyone knows it -- players, coaches, the scouting department -- and I think that brings a higher sense of accountability.
    "He might not be micromanaging every aspect of it, but if it's something he doesn't want to happen, it's not happening. Or if he wants it to happen, it's going to happen." oach Doug Marrone has embraced Coughlin's role as football czar. He views him as a mentor and an encyclopedia. Having someone who has won two Super Bowls and coached in the NFL for 20 years just one office away is an invaluable resource and has made him a better coach, Marrone said.
    Coughlin's influence does, indirectly, reach what happens on the field. have learned a lot -- in practice, scheduling, dealing with players, dealing with issues. A to Z, really," Marrone said. "I wouldn't even have enough time to really talk about it. It didn't just start when he was here. It started back when Patrick Roy Womens Jersey I was at Syracuse and meeting with him. It has continually grown." e added that there isn't a day that goes by when he doesn't ask, "'Hey, Coach, can you take a look at this and tell me what you think of it?' Or, 'How do you feel about this?' Our communication level -- I talk to him more than I talk to my wife, right now, during the season. The offseason, I hope that doesn’t Nick Foles Authentic Jersey happen.” discount nfl jerseys jerseys from china nfl jerseys from china mlb authentic jerseys nfl jerseys cheap cheap jerseys free shipping cheap jerseys online

  • came in for plenty of criticism. A first-down fade to Julio Jones failed. On second down, he called for a shovel pass to Terron Ward, who didn't seem ready for the ball. Third down was a slant to http://www.raidersfootballprostore.com/WOMENS_YOUTH_WILLIE_BROWN_JERSEY.html Jones short of the end zone, before fourth down saw the Falcons Womens Zach Fulton Jersey motion fullback Derrick Coleman out as a wide receiver before running a sprint-out for Jones, who slipped and never got open on a play the Eagles saw coming as the Falcons broke the huddle.

    The playcalls certainly didn't work, but Kevin Labanc Youth jersey they weren't as bad as the picture I presented above. The fade to Jones is entirely defensible given that he was matched up one-on-one against the shorter Ronald Darby. Ryan's throw was bad. I don't understand why it wasn't to Devonta Freeman or Tevin Coleman, but the shovel pass has been an effective play near the goal line this season, with the Chiefs scoring repeatedly with the tactic. The Patriots also scored on a shovel pass on Saturday.
    As for the fourth-down call, the fullback motioning out to the weak side is a tactic the vast majority of teams (including the Patriots) will use to both identify coverage and take a defender out of the play. The Eagles called the sprint-out, but the Saints used a similar play as their regular two-point/fourth-down play for years, while the Raiders ran the same sort of sprint-out and throw to the pylon for a game-winning score against the Chiefs in Week 7. It's a natural follow-up when teams are expecting a fade, but Jones slipped. I don't think it was a great playcall, but it's not an inherently stupid choice.
    Atlanta fans' frustration with Sarkisian is also overstated and a product of regression toward the mean. The Falcons were dominant under Shanahan last season. They led the league in points scored, but that doesn't tell the whole story. Their five offensive linemen started all 16 games, the only team in the league to do so. Atlanta sported the most productive first-down offense in the history of football. Even if the Falcons planted Shanahan on the sidelines and didn't allow him to take a single call from another team, Atlanta's offense was going to decline in 2017.
    Their raw numbers went down because the Falcons ran a league-low 157 meaningful drives on offense, 24 fewer than the league average and 38 fewer than the league-leading Cardinals. That's a product of their own offense generating long drives and their defense struggling to get off the field. No team faced more plays per drive than the Falcons' defense, which had the second-longest average time of possession per drive on defense. As a result, the Falcons' offense struggled to get on the field and had the league's second-worst average starting field position.
    If you want to ignore that, it's your call. The easy, reactionary thing to do would be to fire Sarkisian. Never mind that some Falcons fans wanted to fire Shanahan after his first year in town, when Atlanta ranked 23rd in offensive DVOA and looked disjointed all year, which would suggest that continuity might be the smarter move.
    There just isn't much in the way of better options out there. Consider that the Seahawks are hiring Brian Schottenheimer -- who has been run out of his past three coordinating jobs with the Jets, Rams and at Georgia -- because they were concerned that he wouldn't last much longer on the market. Who are you hiring who represents a clear upgrade on Sarkisian?
    I asked Falcons fans on Twitter and heard Gary Kubiak as the most frequent response, but Texans fans were sick http://www.authenticnewyorkmetsshop.com/Michael-Conforto-Jersey of what they considered to be an antiquated Kubiak offense when he was pushed out in Houston. And after Kubiak ranked ninth in offensive DVOA during his lone season in Baltimore, his offenses ranked 25th and 28th in two seasons with the Broncos. Darrell Bevell was just fired so the Seahawks could hire Schottenheimer. Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo was 27th in DVOA during his lone season as an offensive coordinator with the Browns in 2015. This just isn't a great market for offensive minds.
    Consider the Eagles, who were one of seven teams to hire a head coach during the 2016 offseason. Each of those seven teams hired an offense-minded coach. Two of those other six -- Chip Kelly and Ben McAdoo -- are already out of their jobs. Dirk Koetter and Mike Mularkey nearly lost their jobs this year. Adam Gase saw his team fall apart in what was supposed to be a big year. Hue Jackson has gone 1-31. Pederson pretty clearly has been the most successful hire of the bunch, and now, both he and his backup quarterback are one game from the Super Bowl.
    When the Vikings desperately needed a big play on offense, it didn't seem like they had it in them. Both Keenum and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur have had breakout seasons in 2017, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see them both making a lot more money in bigger roles together somewhere else next season.
    After the Saints went up 21-20 in the fourth quarter and Keenum needed to march the Vikings downfield, though, he and his offensive coordinator had few answers. On their first drive, Keenum looked frazzled and came up with one big play, a 24-yard duck to Adam Thielen that saw the star receiver draw two flags on Michael Strahan Youth jersey star corner Marshon Lattimore and still come up with a circus catch. The Vikings gained 5 more yards before Kai Forbath kicked a 53-yard field goal to take the lead. wholesale nfl jerseys nike baseball jerseys for sale cheap jerseys free shipping cheap nfl jerseys nike nfl jerseys from china

  • quarter, when the Patriots appeared to go three-and-out deep in their own territory after http://www.officialislandershop.com/authentic-2-nick-leddy-jersey.html a strong third-down bull rush from Derrick Morgan got in Brady's face and forced an early throw to a covered James White. The Titans' defense marched off the field, only to be brought back on after a neutral zone infraction on the ensuing punt attempt gave the Patriots a first down. Tennessee pressured Brady only once more on the ensuing 14 plays of the drive, with Brian Orakpo forcing a red zone incompletion before Brady threw a touchdown pass on the next play. Chris Hogan scored to put the Patriots up 21-7, and the Titans never seriously threatened the rest of the way.

    This is not a new story. Look through New England's playoff losses and the pressure trend is clear. The Giants' front four ate the Patriots up in 2007 and 2011. Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware dominated as part of a 17-knockdown day in 2015. The Jets sacked Brady five times in 2010. An early Terrell Suggs strip-sack gave the Ravens a 14-point lead in 2009. Even in their Super Bowl wins, pressure has defined the game. The Pats launched their comeback against Seattle after Cliff Avril left with a concussion. Last Derek Roy Authentic Jersey year, Grady Jarrett and the Falcons' pass rush shut down the Patriots before Authentic A.J. Klein Jersey they collapsed under a near-record 93 snaps and failed to bother Brady in the fourth quarter and overtime.

    Quite frankly, if you're an AFC team, your first priority after finding a quarterback needs to be developing a deep, effective pass rush, because you're going to have to go through the Patriots if you want to make the Super Bowl. You can't afford to settle for a decent unit and even just one superstar, because we saw Khalil Mack and Von Miller talk about wanting to produce 30-sack seasons before the year, only to combine for 20.5 sacks on defenses that each took a step backward.
    ll of this makes New England's opponents on Sunday even more fascinating. The Jaguars finished the season second in pressure rate (33.3 percent) despite blitzing just 17.8 percent of the time, the lowest rate in football. Getting pressure with their front four is how the Giants beat the Patriots twice, and the Jaguars have the horses to ruin Brady's day without needing to send a fifth man after the opposing quarterback. With A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey, the Jags also have a pair of cornerbacks who can line up anywhere on defense and hold their own in man coverage.
    Naturally, Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels will adapt their game plan, something they do as well as anyone in football. They won't have as many of the unexpected wrinkles as they did Saturday, when they fooled the Titans by playing off their own season-long tendencies and threw a shovel pass to White for a touchdown and blocked up Tennessee's cross-dog blitz near the goal Courtney Upshaw Authentic Jersey line for another easy score.
    Instead, they might totally transform the playbook. The Patriots could follow their philosophy against the Andrew Luck-led Colts teams and go bigger while leaning heavily on the run against a Jacksonville run defense that ranked 26th by DVOA. Maybe they'll avoid the cornerbacks and focus on Gronk, White and Dion http://www.authenticoilersshoponline.com/authentic-7-paul-coffey-jersey.html Lewis, trusting that they're better than Myles Jack, Telvin Smith and Jacksonville's safeties. Maybe they'll go back to the no-huddle that flummoxed Tennessee and try to tucker out Jacksonville's front four. We know Belichick will have a plan, and we know Brady is capable of executing it. What matters is whether the opposing defense manages to disrupt the league's longest-running symphony.
    As we evaluate Bortles and other quarterbacks, we have to remember that developing passers don't have the same growth curve and don't have static levels of talent. It's so tempting and simple to put signal-callers on the pass/fail system, where they're either no-doubt franchise quarterbacks or passers who don't have a prayer of ever winning a Super Bowl. There are a few guys who are going to be the best player on the field every week and a whole bunch of quarterbacks who should inspire no hope, but the vast majority of them are somewhere in the middle, and the combination of context and sheer variance changes how they look from week to week or season to season.
    A bunch of those guys -- Joe Flacco, Eli Manning and end-of-career Peyton Manning come to mind -- have won Super Bowls in recent years. In many cases, they just got hot at the right time. Flacco threw 11 touchdowns without an interception over a four-game stretch during the 2012 postseason and hasn't posted a single four-game run with 11 touchdowns or zero interceptions in 71 ensuing tries. Eli went 8-0 during his two Super Bowl runs and hasn't won a playoff game otherwise. The phrase "This quarterback is good enough to win a Super Bowl" should be launched into outer space like a bad pass. Three or four great games might be enough, and you might not see them coming.
    It's easy to look at Bortles and Andre Iguodala Jersey assume he'll turn into a pumpkin against the Patriots in Foxborough on Sunday, and indeed, he very well might. It's also fair to remember that Flacco has twice won in the postseason in Foxborough, and might have four wins with slightly better luck. Mark Sanchez won a playoff game in New England. Their respective defenses deserved a huge amount of credit for those wins, but what do you think Bortles is bringing with him to town next weekend?Pederson stuck with what worked, even calling the same play (or plays that at least looked similar) twice in a row on multiple occasions. He would have http://www.officialjazzshoponline.com/Jonas_Jerebko_Jersey had more success with a better quarterback, given that the bomb Pederson dialed up on the very first play from scrimmage would have gone for a touchdown with a quarterback who either had a better arm or didn't lose his footing. Foles' duck resulted in a long pass interference call that the Eagles wasted on a subsequent Jay Ajayi fumble, but the right idea was there from a schematic perspective.
    As teams with a bye should, the Eagles also mixed in things the Falcons hadn't seen before -- or, at the very least, since high school. After getting the speedy, young Falcons to flow to the play side, Pederson dialed up something out of the single-wing to get Nelson Agholor free on a counter http://www.chiefsofficialsauthentic.com/CHIEFS-LAURENT-DUVERNAYTARDIF-JERSEY for a crucial 23-yard run on third-and-3. As underdogs, they played like a team that needed to take risks, going for it on fourth-and-1 at the end of the same drive and scoring their only touchdown on a LeGarrette Blount plunge.

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  • As teams with a bye should, the Eagles alsoDateWed Jan 17, 2018 7:18 am

    mixed in things the Falcons hadn't seen before -- or, at the very least, since high school. After getting the speedy, young Falcons to flow to the play side, Pederson dialed up something out of the single-wing to get Nelson Agholor free on a counter for a crucial 23-yard run on third-and-3. As underdogs, they played like a team that needed to take risks, going for it on fourth-and-1 at the end of the same drive and scoring their only touchdown on a LeGarrette Blount plunge.

    Contrast that to the Falcons, who rued the departed Kyle Shanahan in a game in which their offense simply didn't do enough to win. New offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian took much of the blame as Atlanta's offense failed to live up to the lofty heights of 2016 throughout the season, and he -- alongside coach Dan Quinn -- certainly didn't have his best game as a coordinator. The Falcons seemed to decide to go for it on fourth-and-2 at midfield in the second quarter, only to somehow end up not getting set and running a play just after the play clock expired. The play wouldn't have worked, but while the Falcons caught a break, the whole episode just spoke to how flummoxing their offense seemed to be at times on Saturday.

    Sarkisian's playcalls on the final series also came in for plenty of criticism. A first-down fade to Julio Jones failed. On second down, he called for a shovel pass to Terron Ward, who didn't seem ready for the ball. Third down was a slant to Jones short of the end zone, before fourth down saw the Falcons motion fullback Derrick Coleman out as a wide receiver before running a sprint-out for Jones, who slipped and never got open on a play the Eagles saw coming as the Falcons broke the huddle.
    The playcalls certainly didn't work, but they weren't as bad as the picture I presented above. The fade to Jones is entirely defensible given that he was matched up one-on-one against the shorter Ronald Darby. Ryan's throw was bad. I don't understand why it wasn't to Devonta Freeman or Tevin Coleman, but the shovel pass has been an effective play near the goal line this season, with the Chiefs scoring repeatedly with the tactic. The Patriots also scored on a shovel pass on Saturday.
    As for the fourth-down call, the fullback motioning out to the weak side is a tactic the vast http://www.authenticwarriorstore.com/Javale_Mcgee_Jersey majority of teams (including the Patriots) will use to both identify coverage and take a defender out of the play. The Eagles called the sprint-out, but the Saints used a similar play as their regular two-point/fourth-down play for years, while the Raiders ran the same sort of sprint-out and throw to the pylon for a game-winning score against the Chiefs in Week http://www.nflbillsofficialauthentic.com/Nike-Thurman-Thomas-Jersey.html 7. It's a natural follow-up when teams are expecting a fade, but Jones slipped. I don't think it was a great playcall, but it's not an inherently stupid choice.
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    And to be honest, it didn't decline very much. The Falcons had the league's third-best first-down offense. They were the best team in the league converting third http://www.officialrockiestore.com/Ian_Desmond_Jersey downs. Atlanta finished ninth in offensive DVOA and seventh in points per drive.
    Their raw numbers went down because the Falcons ran a league-low 157 meaningful drives on offense, 24 fewer than Christian Covington Authentic Jersey the league average and 38 fewer than the league-leading Cardinals. That's a product of their own offense generating long drives and their defense struggling to get off the field. No team faced more plays per drive than the Falcons' defense, which had the second-longest average time of possession per drive on defense. As a result, the Falcons' offense struggled to get on the field and had the league's second-worst average starting field position.
    If you want to ignore that, it's your call. The easy, reactionary thing to do would be to fire Sarkisian. Never mind that some Falcons fans wanted to fire Shanahan after his first year in town, when Atlanta ranked 23rd in offensive DVOA and looked disjointed all year, which would suggest that continuity might be the smarter move.There just isn't much in the way of better options out there. Consider that the Seahawks are hiring Brian Schottenheimer -- who has been run out of his past three coordinating jobs with the Jets, Rams and at Georgia -- because they were concerned that he wouldn't last much longer on the market. Who are you hiring who represents a clear upgrade on Sarkisian?
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  • Instead, they might totally transform the playbookDateWed Jan 17, 2018 3:30 am

    The Patriots could follow their philosophy against the Andrew Luck-led Colts teams and go bigger while leaning heavily on the run against a Jacksonville run defense that ranked 26th by DVOA. Maybe they'll avoid the cornerbacks and focus on Gronk, White and Dion Lewis, trusting that they're better than Myles Jack, Telvin Smith and Jacksonville's safeties. Maybe they'll go back to the no-huddle that flummoxed Tennessee and try to tucker out Jacksonville's front four. We know Belichick will have a plan, and we know Brady is capable of executing it. What matters is whether the opposing defense manages to disrupt the league's longest-running symphony.

    From Weeks 13-15, as I Matthew Dellavedova Youth jersey mentioned in my column last week, Bortles posted the league's best passer rating (128.6) and Total QBR (85.1). Over Kevin Klein Youth jersey his three subsequent games, Bortles was 30th in passer rating (62.3) and 18th in QBR (44.9), with most of the latter owing to his work as a scrambler in the wild-card win over the Bills. The Jaguars narrowly beat Buffalo, but Bortles looked bereft of confidence, and they looked badly overmatched on offense for their game to come with the Steelers.
    And then, on Sunday, Bortles was a genuine threat again. He got off to a hot start, completing his first three passes for 53 yards with touch on a drive that ended with Jacksonville's second fourth-and-goal touchdown in two weeks. Bortles struggled for most of the two subsequent quarters, but he came alive again in the fourth quarter. The former third overall pick hit Keelan Cole on a 45-yard bomb to set up one touchdown before a well-designed play-fake set up fullback Tommy Bohanon for a second score. On Jacksonville's final two drives, Bortles went 5-of-6 for 118 yards with two game-sealing touchdown passes, going drive-for-drive with a future Hall of Famer in Ben Roethlisberger.
    As much as Bortles has been in positive situations this year by virtue of his defense, the Jaguars needed the 35 points their offense scored to win on Sunday. Jacksonville forced another defensive touchdown -- something it has done three times in two games against the Steelers this season when no other team has scored one in more than four seasons -- and came up with a pair of fourth-and-short stops, but the Steelers came up with big play after big play to stay in the game. They converted fourth-and-11 for a touchdown before halftime. Later, Le'Veon Bell scored on a third-and-9 TD toss. Antonio Brown hauled in a 43-yard score on fourth-and-5. Three third-down conversions, including two third-and-10s, set up a Roethlisberger lateral to Bell for another score. Those weren't enough because the Jaguars' offense http://www.patriotsofficialsprostore.com/Shea-Mcclellin-Jersey kept answering the bell.
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    As we evaluate Bortles and other quarterbacks, we have to remember that developing passers don't have the same growth curve and don't have static levels of talent. It's so tempting and simple to put signal-callers on the pass/fail system, where they're either no-doubt franchise quarterbacks or passers who don't have a prayer of ever winning a Super Bowl. There are a few guys who are going to be the best player on the field every week and a whole bunch of quarterbacks who should inspire no hope, but the vast majority of them are somewhere in the middle, and the combination of context and sheer variance changes how they look from week to week or season to season.
    A bunch of those guys -- Joe Flacco, Eli Manning and end-of-career Peyton Manning come to mind -- have won Super Bowls in recent years. In many cases, they just got hot at the right time. Flacco threw 11 touchdowns without an interception over a four-game stretch during the 2012 postseason and hasn't posted a single four-game run with 11 touchdowns or zero interceptions in 71 ensuing tries. Eli went 8-0 during his two Super Bowl runs and hasn't won a playoff game otherwise. The phrase "This quarterback is good enough to win a Super Bowl" should be launched into outer space like a bad pass. Three or four great games might be enough, and you might not see them coming.
    It's easy to look at Bortles and assume he'll turn into a pumpkin against the Patriots in Foxborough on Sunday, and indeed, he very well might. It's also fair to remember that Flacco has twice won in the postseason in Foxborough, and might have four wins with slightly better luck. Mark Sanchez won a playoff game in New England. Their respective defenses deserved a huge amount of credit for those wins, but what do you think http://www.brownsfootballofficialprostore.com/gary-barnidge-jersey_c-406.html Bortles is bringing with him to town next weekend?
    Suggesting that coaching plays a big role in winning football games isn't exactly some newfangled secret, but we often underestimate just how much it really matters in thinking about matchups before a game. Foles wasn't very good on Saturday night, especially during a rough start for the Eagles' offense. It's a small miracle that Foles didn't throw an interception to Keanu Neal, who had the ball bounce off him and to Torrey Smith, which became the biggest play on what ended up becoming a critical field goal just before halftime.
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  • Brady. Bortles. Foles. Keenum. If you had those guys in your quarterback final four before the season, congratulations on successfully traveling back in time to this entertainingly weird season of football. This was the weekend when a quarterback crop with four former league MVPs and/or future Hall of Famers could have knocked four neophytes out of the water, but the passers with the combined career playoff record of 49-27 lost three of four to the quarterbacks who came into the divisional round with one playoff start before this year.

    It's too simplistic to use those three wins as the basis for a trend piece on how the league has changed. Two of those wins came down to the final play. If Julio Jones doesn't slip and Marcus Williams doesn't duck, the story might be about how veteran quarterbacks and experience are what wins close games in the postseason.
    Instead, the reality is that we ended up with three games that were each close enough to be decided or put out of reach by one play. That in itself is the story of 2017, even if it won't be the story of 2018 and beyond. There are lessons to be learned from each of the quarterbacks who have made it to the final four, even if we couldn't possibly have predicted their rise before this season started. et's run through those lessons and talk about what happened during the divisional round, starting with the story you already knew:
    The story is true for everyone, but it holds especially true for teams facing one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the NFL: If you don't get pass pressure on Brady, you simply aren't going to win. The Titans weren't able to sack Brady once on 53 pass attempts Saturday night, and they were quickly dispatched by the Super Bowl favorites. Since the 2007 season, when the Giants handed Brady his most notable playoff loss with a five-sack performance in Super Bowl XLII, teams that haven't been able to manufacture a pass rush against Brady have withered:
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    This is not a new story. Look through New England's playoff losses and the pressure trend is clear. The Giants' front four ate the Patriots up in 2007 and 2011. Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware dominated as part of a 17-knockdown day in 2015. The Jets sacked Brady five times in 2010. An early Terrell Suggs strip-sack gave the Ravens a 14-point lead in 2009. Even in their Super Bowl wins, pressure has defined the game. The Pats launched their comeback against Seattle after Cliff Avril left with a concussion. Last year, Grady Jarrett and the Falcons' pass rush shut down the Patriots before they collapsed under a near-record 93 snaps and failed to bother Brady in the fourth quarter and overtime.
    Quite frankly, if you're an AFC team, your first priority after finding a quarterback needs to be developing a deep, effective pass rush, because you're going to have to go through the Patriots if you want to make the Super Bowl. You can't afford to settle for a decent unit and even just one superstar, because we saw Khalil Mack and Von Miller talk about wanting to produce 30-sack seasons before the year, only to combine for 20.5 sacks on defenses that each took a step backward.
    I can't even really fault the Titans, although it was clear what they had wasn't enough. Jurrell Casey didn't influence the game on the interior. Morgan and Orakpo are steady enough to reliably produce between seven and 10 sacks a year each when healthy, but that wasn't enough to threaten the Patriots. Teams need multiple players who can repeatedly win one-on-one matchups and force the Pats to either change their offense and give help in pass protection or risk getting Brady beat up.
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    All of this makes New England's opponents on Sunday even more fascinating. The Jaguars finished the season second in pressure rate (33.3 percent) despite blitzing just 17.8 percent of the time, the lowest rate in football. Getting pressure with their front four is how the Giants beat the Patriots twice, and the Jaguars have the horses to ruin Brady's day without needing to send a Joel Embiid Youth jersey fifth man after the opposing quarterback. With A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey, the Jags also have a pair of cornerbacks who can line up anywhere on defense and hold their own in man coverage.
    Naturally, Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels will adapt their game plan, something they do as well as anyone in football. They won't have as many of the unexpected wrinkles as they did Saturday, when they fooled the Titans by playing off their own season-long tendencies and threw a shovel pass to White for a touchdown and blocked up Tennessee's cross-dog blitz near the goal line for another easy score. cheap nfl jerseys paypal nba basketball jerseys nba basketball jerseys wholesale nba jerseys

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    n how to pressure Tom Brady: "I don't think blitzing is the answer. I think he picks up blitzes well, moves side-to-side in the pocket better than anybody in the league. So the best way is to pressure up the middle. I think a lot of guys put more speed in the inside. They move the defensive ends to 3-technique, do a little speed package. They try to get that inside pressure because once he moves in there, he's deadly. It's about speed up the middle and getting him off that spot initially, because he'll reset and still throw it."
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    On containing the vertical threat with speedy receivers such as Brandin Cooks, Phillip Dorsett and Chris Hogan: "Just knowing their best routes. Cooksie loves the post. When they see you in off-coverage against Cooks, they love the double moves. Dorsett loves the straight go route. If they see you in press on Dorsett, they'll throw the fade ball just because they know he's all speed. Kenny Britt is a deep threat also; they like to just throw the ball up to him, whatever team he's played on. It's just limiting them and containing them. I don't think you're going to stop all of the deep balls, but just containing them to a few a game would be good."
    Prediction: How close the game ultimately is will be contingent on Patriots turnovers, as New England has a 143-15 regular-season record in Bill Belichick's coaching tenure when it has a positive turnover differential. When the Patriots had one of their most unexpected playoff upsets, a 28-21 loss to the Jets in the divisional round on Jan. 16, 2011, turnovers were a big part of what led to the result. The Titans had a minus-4 differential in the regular season (21 takeaways, 25 giveaways), and while the playoffs are truly a one-game season, history says the Patriots -- who had just 12 giveaways in the regular season -- will take care of the ball. Patriots 34, Titans 17 -- Mike Reiss, Patriots reporter
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    Prediction: The sixth-seeded Falcons understand their track back to the Super Bowl will be all on the road, and things got off to a good start with last week's 26-13 win over the Los Angeles Rams. The Falcons won that game, in large part, because they controlled the clock by sticking to the run game, which allowed them to possess the ball more than 15 minutes longer than the Rams. Maybe the same formula could work against top-seeded Philadelphia, but the Eagles led the league in run defense during the regular season, allowing just 79.2 yards per game.
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    On how to blitz Nick Foles: "We felt like we wanted to get pressure in his face, so we'd get up in the A- and B-gaps against him. That was our plan of attack, and it got him off his spot. He's the kind of guy who likes to hit his back foot, and the ball is coming out most of the time. He's fairly athletic for being a quarterback, but not on par with a guy like Carson Wentz. He can be mobile, but he's still a guy that does his damage in the pocket and a guy you want to get off his spot."
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    Keenum lives in a Minneapolis suburb with his wife, Kimberly, who grew up with Case in Abilene. They attended the same church, and Susan Keenum was Kimberly's fifth-grade phys ed teacher. They saw each other at track meets and FCA events, and one day in his junior year of high school, Case asked the senior, Kimberly, to get a snow cone. They've been together ever since.
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    Watching that day was Hugh Sandifer, then the head football coach of the varsity team at Wylie. He knew about Keenum, and figured someday the middle schooler would start for him. But Sandifer had no idea what he'd be getting until Keenum dove face-first across the finish line to win the district title for his team at the expense of his skinned-up elbows and knees. "He just flat dove like Superman," Sandifer said. "It was insane. You just don't see people dive at the finish line. I think we knew then that he was going to be special."
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    Keenum started for Sandifer's varsity team as a sophomore and led the Bulldogs to the Class 3A Division I state title game as a junior in 2004. Down a touchdown in the fourth quarter to a favored 14-0 Cuero High School, Keenum found his tight end, Josh Archer, for the tying score, then made the signature play of his Wylie career: On third-and-11 at the Cuero 48-yard line Authentic Teddy Bridgewater Jersey with less than a minute to play, Keenum escaped pressure and ran 39 yards to set up the game-winning field goal. "If I had been able to hold my block better, he would've made it all the way in," Archer said. Wylie football had never won a state title until Keenum showed up, and hasn't won another since.
    Keenum lost his chance at a second championship as a senior while playing his final game in Texas Stadium, which was still home to the Dallas Cowboys. He threw for a touchdown and ran for two more in the quarterfinals, including a 38-yarder punctuated by a prototypical Keenum dive and, http://www.authenticcanadiens.com/dickie-moore-jersey_c-480.html unfortunately, an injured right shoulder. Sandifer wanted to take Keenum out of the game, but the quarterback wouldn't allow it. Down 25-22 on the last possession, Keenum heaved a 50-yard pass into the end zone that was dropped. They learned after that Keenum had unloaded the pass with a separated shoulder.
    The Josh Martin Youth jersey big-time schools still didn't want him. Sandifer has been at Wylie 39 years (32 as head coach), and Keenum's is a recruiting mystery the coach still can't solve. Sandifer told coaches all about Keenum's crazy numbers and relentless heart, but they couldn't get past the fact Keenum was only 6-1.
    "They kept talking about height and arm strength, and some of them would bring up speed," Sandifer said. "My response was always: 'I don't know what the 40 times are of the guys chasing him, but he's always a half-step ahead of them.'" Art Briles of the University of Houston was the only Division I coach to offer Keenum a full ride.
    Kevin Sumlin came in after Briles left for Baylor and installed a freewheeling, no-huddling offense that made Keenum the point guard on a perpetual fast break. He loved it -- he had complete control of the offense and the authority to check to whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted. He tore up his knee in what would have been his senior season, then returned on a redshirt in 2011 to throw 48 touchdown passes and just five interceptions while clearing 5,600 yards for the second time. Houston went 12-1, beat Penn State in a bowl game and then waited for Keenum, the most prolific passer in major college history, to get drafted. He finished his career with a record 155 touchdown passes and 19,217 passing yards -- more than 2,000 yards better than the second-place quarterback on the FBS all-time list, Hawaii's Timmy Chang.
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  • Kyle Snyder of Columbus, Ohio, petitioned for Bernie Kosar to join the player personnel department. It went from there, including a giant Minion from "Despicable Me" on the back of one float with a sign reading, “Mr. Haslam, are you even listening?”

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  • Seven offense, nine defense, one special teamsDateThu Jan 11, 2018 3:22 am

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    RB Nick Chubb, RB Sony Michel, OT Isaiah Wynn, LB Lorenzo Carter, LB Davin Bellamy, NT John Atkins, CB Malkom Parrish, S Dominick Sanders, CB Aaron Davis Outlook: The Bulldogs will have to replace a lot of star power in their backfield and defense, but there are enough key pieces in place for them to make another run at a second straight SEC championship. Replacing Chubb and Michel won't be easy, but freshman D'Andre Swift and sophomore Elijah Holyfield were productive in limited roles this past season. Quarterback Jake Fromm is the undisputed starter after leading the Bulldogs to the CFP title game as a freshman. Where will incoming freshman Justin Fields, the No. 1 player overall in the ESPN 300, fit in the mix?
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