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    The Chicago Bears have reached out to at least 15 general manager and 10 coaching candidates for interviews. As they go through the process, we’re looking at each of the prospective hires. Byron Leftwich interviewed for the coach opening Thursday, the team announced. Byron Leftwich Title: Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Age: 42. Experience Leftwich has been the Bucs offensive coordinator under coach Bruce Arians for three seasons, including during the 2020 run to the Super Bowl LV victory in Tom Brady’s first season in Tampa, Fla.. In Leftwich’s first season with the Bucs calling plays in 2019, he directed the top-ranked passing offense in yards per game as Jameis Winston threw for 5,109 yards, 33 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. The Bucs passing offense the last two seasons with Brady has ranked second and first in the NFL, respectively. Leftwich started his career with Arians and the Arizona Cardinals as an intern in 2016 before he became the quarterbacks coach in 2017 and offensive coordinator in 2018. You should know ...
    NBA All-Star voting ends this week. Which players from the Eastern Conference deserve a spot in this year’s All-Star Game, and which ones just miss the cut? NBA All-Star voting closes this Friday, and while I don’t have an official media vote for who gets into this year’s game, I still went through the exercise of selecting who I think have been the 12 best players in each conference so far. First, a few notes on my process and criteria: The goal here is to identify the 12 players in each conference who have contributed most to winning on a per-game basis through the first three months of the season. Because All-Star selections are often the basis of historical comparisons, contractual incentives and Hall-of-Fame résumés, they should be an accurate reflection of player quality rather than simply who resonated most in the NBA zeitgeist. It’s likely that some players will move into or out of the “All-Star” range of players by the season’s end, but I didn’t try to project forward. All we have is what has happened so far....
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The NFL playoffs continue with spots in the championship games on the line. Numerous Miami Dolphins coaching candidates will be participating including Buffalo offensive coordinator Brain Daboll who may be the front runner but Miami could end up in a battle with other teams to get Daboll. READ MORE: Suspect In Haitian President's Murder Will Be Charged In Federal Court On ThursdayOnto the games on the field. AFC Cincinnati at Tennessee The Bengals won their first playoff game in decades last week over the Raiders. Joe Burrow is the real deal and gives Cincinnati the advantage at quarterback. Former Dolphin quarterback Ryan Tannehill looks to lead the hard-nosed Titans to the AFC championship game. It should be a tight game and the return of Tennessee running back Derek Henry may be the difference. The Bengals have a shot at a road upset but keep in mind the franchise has never won a road playoff game. They are 0-7 in the last 50 years. READ MORE: Fired Former Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo Files Lawsuit Against City,...
    Michael Carter proved he’s a key building block for the Jets during his rookie season. The 5-8, 201-pound former North Carolina standout emerged as Gang Green’s lead back after a slow start and he ended up leading Robert Saleh’s team in scrimmage yards (964), which was fourth best among NFL rookies. His final stats included 639 yards on the ground, a strong 4.35 yards per carry, and four touchdowns in 14 games. He added 325 receiving yards. There’s an argument to be made that if Carter didn’t suffer an ankle injury against the Dolphins in Week 11 (which cost him three games), and a concussion against the Buccaneers, he could have made a charge at a 1,000-yard season. The Jets haven’t had a back go over 1,000 yards since Chris Ivory in 2015. Regardless, it was a good rookie year, and the Jets go into the offseason knowing they have a key cog in place in their running back room. Carter’s best trait as a first-year pro was his ability to run through contact. He finished...
    If the Chicago Bears were intent on doing comprehensive research for their simultaneous searches for a new head coach and general manager, perhaps their Saturday night homework should have ended with a peek into the interview rooms at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y. Start with Bill Belichick. Legendary coach of the New England Patriots. Defensive mastermind. Six-time Super Bowl winner. Yet as his night came to a close, Belichick was humbled, conquered, obviously frustrated. His top-five defense had been slaughtered by the Buffalo Bills, smashed to pieces like a rotten pumpkin in a 47-17 loss in the wild-card round of the AFC playoffs. “We just couldn’t keep up with them tonight,” Belichick said. “They certainly deserved to win. Well-coached. They executed well and we just couldn’t do much of anything.” Belichick’s blank expression and curt, monotone delivery were hardly new. He often responds this way even after impressive triumphs. But the level of his humiliation was certainly rare. Belichick’s previous 11 postseason losses with the Patriots came by an average of nine points. On Saturday,...
    The Chicago Bears have reached out to at least 13 general manager candidates and 10 coaching candidates for interviews. As they go through the interview process, we’re looking at each of the prospective hires. Brian Daboll interviewed for the coach opening Sunday, the team announced. Brian Daboll Title: Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Age: 46 Experience Daboll has been the Bills offensive coordinator for four seasons and was the AP Assistant Coach of the Year in 2020 as he guided quarterback Josh Allen to a Pro Bowl season. In the last two seasons combined, Allen has thrown for 8,951 yards with 73 touchdowns and 25 interceptions. Daboll also has been an offensive coordinator with the Kansas City Chiefs (2012), Miami Dolphins (2011) and Cleveland Browns (2009-10). He was the New York Jets quarterbacks coach in Brett Favre’s season there and was an assistant with the New England Patriots for 11 seasons and five Super Bowl teams. You should know Daboll began his career as a graduate assistant at Michigan State on Nick...
    Getty Nemanja Bjelica #8 of the Golden State Warriors is congratulated by Draymond Green #23 after scoring against Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at Staples Center on October 19, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. While there was of course more to it than just this, one statistic goes quite some way to illustrating what made the championship Golden State Warriors into the offensive powerhouse that they were. Compare simply the final season of the Mark Jackson era, when the Warriors were good, to the first year of Steve Kerr’s tenure, when they were great. In the 2013/14 season under Jackson, the Warriors were last in the NBA in passes per game, and last by quite some way, almost 100 behind the league-leading San Antonio Spurs. Yet just one season later, under Kerr, they moved all the way up to ninth, a trend which continued the following season, the 73-9 season, when they finished fifth. Passing for passing’s sake is not a virtue, and the link between the amount of them a team throws and the amount...
    The Chicago Bears have reached out to at least 13 general manager candidates and 10 coaching candidates for interviews. As they go through the interview process, we’re looking at each of the prospective hires. Brian Daboll will interviewed for the coach opening Sunday. Brian Daboll Title: Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Age: 46 Experience Daboll has been the Bills offensive coordinator for four seasons and was the AP Assistant Coach of the Year in 2020 as he guided quarterback Josh Allen to a Pro Bowl season. In the last two seasons combined, Allen has thrown for 8,951 yards, 73 touchdowns and 25 interceptions. Daboll also has been an offensive coordinator with the Kansas City Chiefs (2012), Miami Dolphins (2011) and Cleveland Browns (2009-10), was the New York Jets quarterbacks coach in Brett Favre’s season there and was an assistant with the New England Patriots for 11 seasons and five Super Bowl teams. You should know Daboll began his career as a graduate assistant at Michigan State on Nick Saban’s staff and rejoined...
    The Miami Dolphins plan on Tua Tagovailoa being their starting quarterback for the foreseeable future. The Miami Dolphins, despite overcoming a 1-7 start to go 9-8 on the 2021 season, decided to fire head coach Brian Flores after three years on the job. Now, they are one of eight teams in the search for a new sideline boss. But just how does that affect quarterback Tua Tagovailoa? According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, the Dolphins expect Tagovailoa to be their starting quarterback for the 2022 season “barring some sort of unforeseen circumstance.” In regards to the search for a head coach, a source told Rapoport that they hope to find a candidate who “believes” in Tagovailoa. So, how does the future of the Dolphins look with Tagovailoa as the de facto starter in 2022?What does Dolphins’ future look like with Tua Tagovailoa as QB1?With a new head coach coming to Miami, that means that Tagovailoa will be on his third offensive coordinator in three years. That is not an ideal circumstance for the quarterback, who had Chan Gailey as...
    The Chicago Bears have reached out to at least 12 general manager and nine coaching candidates for interviews. As they go through the process, we’re looking at each of the prospects. Nathaniel Hackett was scheduled to interview for the head coaching position Saturday. Nathaniel Hackett Age: 42 Title: Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Experience Hackett has a combined eight seasons of NFL experience as a coordinator with the Buffalo Bills (2013-2014), Jacksonville Jaguars (2016-2018) and Packers (2019-present). He also spent three seasons as an offensive assistant at Syracuse under Doug Marrone. Hackett’s earliest days in the NFL included stints as an offensive quality control coach under Dick Jauron for two seasons with the Bills and in the same role under Jon Gruden for two more seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. You should know Since Hackett joined Matt LeFleur’s staff in Green Bay in 2019, the Packers have gone 39-10 in the regular season and played in the last two NFC championship games with a third possible this month. While LeFleur is...
    The Chicago Bears have reached out to at least 12 general manager and nine coaching candidates for interviews. As they go through the process, we’re looking at each of the prospects. Nathaniel Hackett interviewed for the head coaching position Saturday, the team announced. Nathaniel Hackett Age: 42 Title: Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Experience Hackett has a combined eight seasons of NFL experience as a coordinator with the Buffalo Bills (2013-2014), Jacksonville Jaguars (2016-2018) and Packers (2019-present). He also spent three seasons as an offensive assistant at Syracuse under Doug Marrone. Hackett’s earliest days in the NFL included stints as an offensive quality control coach under Dick Jauron for two seasons with the Bills and in the same role under Jon Gruden for two more seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. You should know Since Hackett joined Matt LeFleur’s staff in Green Bay in 2019, the Packers have gone 39-10 in the regular season and played in the iast two NFC championship games with a third possible this month. While LeFleur is...
    A three-year rebuild didn’t get the Miami Dolphins to the desired destination. The Dolphins are virtually in the same spot they were when the latest overhaul began, and that stagnancy ultimately cost Brian Flores his job. While some improvements were made during the rebuilding process, the offense continued to struggle. The biggest concern moving forward is how much of the roster is salvageable, and what’s the next step for this franchise? Here’s a look at how the Dolphins performed in all areas, and some end-of-season recognition that will allow us to closely examine the 2021 season. Passing Game: D There are only nine teams in the NFL that had a worse cumulative passer rating (85.4) than the Dolphins, and four of those teams had a rookie quarterback at the helm, and another four lost their starting quarterback to an injury. It can be argued that Tua Tagovailoa had a decent second season (90.1 passer rating) as an NFL starter. Tagovailoa delivered a 7-5 record despite suffering two injuries, but there were four games where he...
    How do you differentiate between a quarterback who threw for more than 3,000 yards and a running back who accounted for more than 3,000 all-purpose yards, much of it against top competition? How do you choose one over the other? In our case, you don’t. Menlo-Atherton quarterback Matt MacLeod and Wilcox running back Luther K. Glenn are the Bay Area News Group’s co-offensive players of the year. MacLeod, who coincidentally burst onto the scene as a freshman when he came off the bench in 2018 to rally M-A past Wilcox for a Central Coast Section championship, threw for 3,326 yards and 36 touchdowns as the Bears won the Peninsula Athletic League Bay Division title and reached the semifinals of the CCS Division I playoffs. Glenn ran for a CCS-best 2,366 yards while leading Wilcox to the section’s Division II title and Division 2-A state championship game. The senior had 3,098 all-purpose yards and scored 37 touchdowns. He averaged 10.2 yards per attempt. “Glenn broke open our game with 2 long drives where he...
    The cover of British Vogue's February issue featuring nine black models has been branded 'offensive' on social media as critics claim bad lighting and poor styling hid the women's features and made their skin look darker. Starring models Adut Akech, Amar Akway, Majesty Amare, Akon Changkou, Maty Fall, Janet Jumbo, Abény Nhial, Nyagua Ruea and Anok Yai, the cover was shot by Brazilian photographer Rafael Pavarotti and styled by British Vogue's Editor-In-Chief Edward Enninful OBE. It marks the first time Vogue has featured a group of black women this size on the cover, for an issue celebrating the rise of African models who are 'redrawing the map'. However, the imagery has been met with furious backlash online, with dozens of fans saying the 'badly lit' image appeared to darken the models, who have a range of skin tones, to a point where they were unrecognisable and look like 'mannequins'.  A behind-the-scenes video of the shoot featuring the models having their hair and make-up done shows the diversity of their skin tones, sugesting that it was the ligthing rather than cosmetics that...
    Sometimes people in restaurants act preposterously and sometimes it's caught on camera so they can be publicly shamed. People from around the world have shared the worst examples of customers behaving badly - with the very best collated in a gallery by Bored Panda.   One snap reveals a man with his bare feet laid right in the middle of a public table, while another shows a child watching a film at full volume at a restaurant. Elsewhere, a man casually walks in to a cafe with an AK47 on his chest, and two people decided to have a food fight in the middle of a restaurant.  Here, FEMAIL shares some of the best examples... This poor young server at a US restaurant had the shock of her life when some 'brave' grown men decided to throw their drinks at her Here's a tip for this rude US restaurant goer, if you're going to be stingy enough not to leave a tip, at least leave with some dignity This man in an Oklahoma restaurant is a threatening presence if ever there...
    Jim Lamon for U.S. Senate Ad: Let's Go www.youtube.com Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, who entered office in December 2020 after winning a special election the month before, is pursuing a full term in office. Lamon is just one of the multiple people competing in the Republican Senate primary in Arizona. RIDICULOUS: Yahoo is refusing to run my Let's Go Brandon ad on their platforms due to content that is considered \u201cinflammatory\u201d or \u201coffensive.\u201d Once again, the Big Tech Oligarchs are interfering in elections and censoring conservatives. Time to end this madness. #LetsGoBrandonpic.twitter.com/NIRaA7ma8I — Jim Lamon (@Jim Lamon) 1642042146
    After a 941-day absence, Klay Thompson returned to the NBA in a way only he could. Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics are struggling to find an offensive rhythm. Klay Thompson made his NBA return in a way only Klay Thompson could: with a quick trigger and absolutely no conscience. Given his fiery competitiveness and stone-cold confidence, why should we have expected anything else? Seconds into his first NBA game since June 2019, Thompson drove the lane and converted a tough floater, despite the play being designed for Steph Curry to shoot. He proceeded to throw down a thunderous driving dunk, drain a series of off-the-dribble jumpers, splash a timeout-inducing transition 3, and play with the same unreserved confidence that, prior to two traumatic leg injuries, made him one of the most lethal shooters in NBA history. But it was a subtler, more collaborative sequence that best encapsulated what Thompson’s return means for the Warriors — and for the rest of the NBA. After inbounding the ball to Otto Porter in the second quarter, Thompson cut back to the middle of...
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Wednesday called Republican criticism of Joe Biden's voting rights speech in Atlanta 'hilarious.' She defended the president after Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell called Biden's speech 'profoundly, profoundly unpresidential' and GOP Senator Mitt Romney said Biden was taking the same 'tragic road' as Donald Trump in trying to undermine the credibility of American elections. 'I know there has been a lot of claims of the offensive nature of the speech yesterday, which is hilarious on many levels, given how many people sat silently over the last four years for the former president,' Psaki said when asked about the remarks at her daily press briefing. 'But I would note that in our view and the president's view, what is far more offensive is the effort to suppress people's basic right to exercise who they want to support and who they want to elect,' she noted. Romney voted for one count of Trump's impeachment for his role, for his role in inciting an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.  Trump was ultimately acquitted by the...
    The 2021-22 Minnesota Timberwolves are not the team we’d thought they’d be at the onset of the season. Back then, in October, the book on the Wolves was that they boasted a troika of scorers who needed to share the ball enough to sustain a top-ten offense and hope that the coaching staff could cobble together a defense that resembled mediocrity on enough nights to make the games at the back end of the season matter.  These Wolves have bushwhacked those suppositions and cloaked themselves in an identity alien to even the most wizened denizens of the team’s fan base. They are less silk and flow and more electrified barbed wire, amped to run-and-stun as a means to run-and-gun. They generate more turnovers and jack up more three-pointers than any other team in the NBA.  The signature play of the 2021-22 Wolves is not a poster dunk by Anthony Edwards, or a splashed trey by Karl-Anthony Towns or a zipper-taut dime by D’Angelo Russell. It’s Jarred Vanderbilt ever-circling, like a shark, honing in on a loose or about-to-be-loosened ball off...
    Who will be the next head coach of the Chicago Bears? Here is a list of potential candidates, in alphabetical order. Dennis Allen, Saints defensive coordinator He has done a nice job in New Orleans since 2015 after a three-year run as the Oakland Raiders head coach. Eric Bieniemy, Chiefs offensive coordinator Bieniemy interviewed with seven teams during the last cycle and likely will be considered again. The Bears might not want to go back to the Andy Reid tree again. Todd Bowles, Buccaneers defensive coordinator He has been in Tampa the last three years after serving as the Jets head coach for four years. The Bears interviewed Bowles in 2015 before hiring John Fox. Matt Campbell, Iowa State head coach His name has popped up for a couple of years as a college coach who could jump to the NFL. It seems unlikely in this spot, but you never know. Brian Daboll, Bills offensive coordinator Daboll deserves credit for his hand in developing quarterback Josh Allen. He has a diverse background with plenty of...
    10 thoughts after the Chicago Bears lost for the ninth time in their last 12 games, finishing the 2021 season at 6-11 with a 31-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. 1. This was the Bears’ first losing season since 2017, and the two NFC North rivals appear to be in similar positions. It’s expected the Bears will fire coach Matt Nagy after four seasons, one division title, two postseason appearances, no playoff wins, one Coach of the Year award and a 34-33 record (including postseason). Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, a Lockport High School alumnus, also could be at the end of the line after an eight-year run that includes a 74-59-1 record and three postseason appearances. Ultimately, neither coach has been able to solve the Green Bay Packers with any regularity. The Bears played hard for Nagy down the stretch. They had a 14-0 lead in this game before the Vikings dominated the second half. The offense was 5 of 15 on third down and 1 of 6 on fourth down, and that...
    Despite the poor record two years in, the Carolin Panthers do not plan on moving on from head coach Matt Rhule. Matt Rhule was hired by the Carolina Panthers two years ago to replace longtime head coach Ron Rivera. He was met with much fanfare, considering his success in college. But two years into his tenure, Rhule is 10-22 in the NFL. Despite this, his job is not in danger. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the Panthers are expected to retain Rhule as head coach heading into next season. Fowler continues, saying that Rhule will be looking for a new offensive coordinator.Panthers reportedly expected to retain Matt Rhule as head coach in 2022Carolina has an offensive coordinator vacancy after Rhule fired Joe Brady during the team’s bye week. That came as a bit of a shock, considering Brady was the passing game coordinator for the National Champion LSU Tigers team in 2019 and received head coaching interest in the NFL ahead of the 2021 league year. Rhule had solid success as head coach of Temple (2013-16) and Baylor (2017-19),...
    This is shocking moment that a shop mannequin in Afghanistan is beheaded on the orders of the Taliban for offending the group's strict interpretation of Islam.  A video shared on Twitter on Monday shows an unidentified man using a hack saw to remove the head of a mannequin as someone chants 'Allah Akbar' - which means 'God is Great' in Arabic.    At least ten heads that have already been severed can be seen lying at his feet.     Last week, shopkeepers in the western province of Herat were told to hack the heads off their mannequins after Islamist officials ruled the statues were 'idols'. Idolatry, or the worshipping of idols, is considered a grave sin in Islam which bans the worship of anyone or thing other than Allah - considered to be the only God. VIDEO: #Taliban beheading mannequins of clothing stores while saying "Allah Akbar". The #Taliban have ordered a series of mannequin beheadings, telling clothes shops to remove the heads of dummies that offend #Islam. VIDEO¿¿ pic.twitter.com/90ts6GVYhH— Natiq Malikzada | ¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ (@natiqmalikzada) January 3, 2022 This is shocking moment...
    The stars were out in full force, as the Alabama football team dismantled Cincinnati in the Cotton Bowl Classic. It wasn’t a cakewalk, but Nick Saban’s Alabama football team proved victorious over the Cincinnati Bearcats in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic, 27-6. The top-seeded Crimson Tide await the winner of the Capital One Orange Bowl between No. 2 Michigan and No. 3 Georgia in the national title. With one more win Alabama will repeat as national champions, giving Saban yet another ring as the greatest college coach to ever walk this earth. So who contributed massively in the Crimson Tide’s convincing victory over the Bearcats? Here are the three players of the game that helped the Crimson Tide win the Cotton Bowl.Alabama football: 3 players of the game in Crimson Tide’s Cotton Bowl victory 3 Evan Neal OT Alabama Crimson Tide Evan Neal solidified himself as the first offensive tackle to be drafted in 2022It may have gone unnoticed to the casual fan, but Alabama offensive tackle Evan Neal was too much for an undermanned Cincinnati defensive line to contain. He played...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — After a crushing loss in Kansas City, the Pittsburgh Steelers are making changes. READ MORE: The Frick Pittsburgh Hosting 'First-Ever' Winterfest This WeekOn Monday, Steelers Communications Director Burt Lauten confirmed that offensive lineman coach Adrian Klemm is being let go “effective immediately” and will assume a similar role with the University of Oregon football team. The #Steelers have given permission to OL Coach Adrian Klemm to leave the team, effective immediately, & accept a similar position with the University of Oregon football team. Asst. OL Coach Chris Morgan will handle the offensive line duties for the remainder of the 2021 season. — Burt Lauten (@SteelersPRBurt) December 27, 2021 READ MORE: City Of Pittsburgh Announces Development Project For Veterans Housing Chris Morgan, an assistant offensive lineman coach for the Steelers, will take on Klemm’s responsibilities for the rest of the regular season. MORE NEWS: Route 51 Reopens After Pedestrian Hit And Killed By CarStay With KDKA.com For More Details
    The Jets secured their fourth win of the season over the Jaguars, 26-21, as they were depleted with COVID-19 as head coach Robert Saleh watched from home as he recovered from the illness. The Jets were without key players like Quinnen Williams, John Franklin-Myers, Alijah Vera-Tucker, Foley Fatukasi, Michael Carter II, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Ashytn Davis. But they found a way to win and that’s all that matters for one of the youngest teams in the NFL. Some Jets fans are a little disappointed because it might prevent them from getting into a chance to draft blue chip defensive ends in Oregon stud Kayvon Thibodeaux or Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Aidan Hutchinson from Michigan. My only rebuttal to that is, missing out on those players won’t really matter if Zach Wilson turns into a franchise quarterback. It’s all about finding the quarterback. Folks mention missing out on Nick Bosa in the 2019 NFL draft. At the end of the day, the Jets still had Sam Darnold. So Bosa wouldn’t have changed the trajectory of...
    1) Run the ball The Jets are without Corey Davis, Elijah Moore and Jamison Crowder. So that means Keelan Cole, Denzel Mims and Braxton Berrios are the main pass catchers for Zach Wilson. Not ideal. So feed Michael Carter and Tevin Coleman and let them take the pressure off of Wilson. Jets offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur can’t get pass-happy and needs to keep the game balanced for Wilson. 2) Put the ball in Trevor Lawrence’s hands Lawrence leads the league in interceptions with 14 and is completing under 60% of his passes. The Jets, who have struggled tremendously at stopping the run, must limit James Robinson, who leads the Jaguars in rushing with 745 yards. The Jets run defense has been an eye sore all year as they’re 29th in the NFL allowing 141 yards rushing per game. It’s been the Achilles heel in many of their losses, like last week’s against the Dolphins when they allowed 183 yards on the ground. But they did a good job on Tua Tagovailoa by forcing him into two interceptions. If...
    Russell Wilson instantly would give the Giants credibility, something this organization hasn’t had in a long time. Wilson’s talent and pedigree precede him. If he wants New York and the Seahawks are willing to trade him, then buckle up for some drama this spring. Because the Giants would be obligated to discuss that possibility both internally and with Seattle, regardless of whether they actually pulled the trigger on a deal. The Giants’ current offensive identity is rudderless compared to how it might function with Wilson in shotgun at MetLife Stadium. John Mara has long been searching for a way to catch up with the NFL’s modern offenses. Wilson would bring the confidence to help shape a better offense. He has the ability to create something out of nothing. And he most definitely would put fans in the seats, something Mara cares about deeply and hasn’t been able to accomplish for years. It’s worth remembering, however, that the Seahawks turned down the Chicago Bears’ offer last offseason of three first-round picks, a third-round pick, and Seattle’s...
    10 thoughts after the Chicago Bears needed all 60 minutes to finally reach the end zone with a score that was too little, too late in a 17-9 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night at Soldier Field. 1. This was the 31st game, playoffs included, the Bears have played during the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m not sure there was a crazier week at Halas Hall, with the possible exception of the upside–down events last month before the Thanksgiving Day game at Detroit. Credit to the Bears for showing up and putting together a gritty, gutsy and tough effort on defense with the entire starting secondary sidelined against a pretty good Vikings offense. It is certain to be a week defensive coordinator Sean Desai will not forget anytime soon. Desai was sidelined early in the week, placed in the league’s COVID-19 protocols along with offensive coordinator Bill Lazor and special teams coordinator Chris Tabor. Desai said Friday that he was optimistic he would be cleared in time for the game, and players learned Sunday he’d be in the...
    Chicago Bears, Charles Leno Jr. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports3. Charles Leno Jr., offensive tackleCharles Leno Jr. is not the flashiest free-agent target, but he could make a big impact in Chicago. Pass protection has been an issue for the Bears. The Bears’ offensive line has given up 45 sacks this season, which is the second-most in the NFL. Another metric used to evaluate pass protection is pocket time, which measures the average time the quarterback has in the pocket between the snap and throwing the ball or pressure collapsing in the pocket. The Bears are tied for last in the NFL in pocket time at 2.1 seconds. Despite a rough start to the season, rookie Teven Jenkins could develop into a good starter. Nevertheless, it would be ideal to have a veteran to protect Justin Fields next season. Leno has quietly been one of the best offensive tackles in the NFL this season. He currently has Pro Football Focus’s fourth-highest pass-block grade among offensive tackles (subscription required) trailing only Andrew Whitworth, Tyron Smith, and Terron Armstead. In addition,...
    10 thoughts after the Chicago Bears needed all 60 minutes to finally reach the end zone with a score that was too little, too late in a 17-9 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night at Soldier Field. 1. This was the 31st game, playoffs included, the Bears have played during the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m not sure there has been a crazier week at Halas Hall, with the possible exception of the upside down events last month before the Thanksgiving Day game at Detroit. Credit to the Bears for showing up and putting together a gritty, gutsy and tough effort on defense with the entire starting secondary sidelined against a pretty darn good Vikings offense. It is certain to be a week defensive coordinator Sean Desai will not forget anytime soon. Desai was sidelined early in the week, placed in COVID-19 protocol along with offensive coordinator Bill Lazor and special teams coordinator Chris Tabor. Desai said Friday he was optimistic he’d be cleared in time for the game, and players learned Sunday he’d be in the booth...
    Image source: YouTube screenshot Although another student in the same Q&A said presenting Frosty as exclusively male is "kind of messed up now that I think about it." And both students agreed that Frosty was "absolutely not gender inclusive." In a different interview, a student didn't seem concerned about Frosty's potential offensiveness because "it's like, it's a snowman; it doesn't have any type of genitalia at all." Others saw wisdom in the laid-back approach, with one saying "I'm just enjoying the song for what it is." Image source: YouTube screenshot Another noted that the seasonal TV special featuring the classic song is "just a fun kids' show, and it should stay that way." But a different student said he "can see how people might be offended by a snowman not being too inclusive, but personally it's not a very big issue in my mind." One of the best answers? "You'd have to ask Frosty." Asking Students If 'Frosty The Snowman'...
    Protecting quarterback Justin Fields has been a challenge for the Chicago Bears all season, and now their pass protection will get further tested Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings. Left tackle Jason Peters is dealing with a high ankle sprain that threatens to sideline him for multiple weeks, and right tackle Larry Borom on Wednesday was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Complicating matters is the fact Teven Jenkins, the likely replacement for Peters, was one of seven players to miss Thursday’s walk through with a non-COVID-19 illness that has swept Halas Hall. The Bears aren’t just thinned out on the coaching staff because all three coordionators — Bill Lazor (offense), Sean Desai (defense) and Chris Tabor (special teams) — are in COVID-19 protocol. Twelve players (11 on the 53-man roster and one on the practiced squad) are on the reserve/COVID-19 list, and the team has been hit so hard coach Matt Nagy made the decision to scuttle a regular practice and hold a walk through. Jenkins struggled mightily replacing Peters in a noisy road environment at Lambeau...
    Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was absent from the open portion of practice Thursday, missing for the second straight day as he continues to recover from an ankle sprain he suffered against the Browns on Sunday. Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman said Jackson is receiving treatment around the clock and his status for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers could go down to the wire. “He’s a good healer, but we will have to see what the [doctors] say,” Roman said. If Jackson can’t go, backup quarterback Tyler Huntley will start for the second time this season. Veteran quarterback Josh Johnson, who the Ravens off the New York Jets’ practice squad Wednesday, was practicing on Thursday. Jackson is among 11 players who were absent. Tight end Nick Boyle (knee) and offensive lineman Patrick Mekari (hand) were not on the field after being limited participants on Wednesday. Defensive tackle Calais Campbell (thigh), fullback Patrick Ricard (back/knee) and offensive linemen Alejandro Villanueva (knee), Ben Powers (foot) and Tyre Phillips (illness) were missing for the second straight day....
    Now that the 3-point record is broken, we can turn our attention to the broken Warriors’ offense. Curry’s pursuit of the all-time mark slowed the Dubs down for a bit — a noble distraction amid a long season — but that can’t fully explain why the Warriors’ offense has been a bottom-half unit over the last three weeks. The issue has been more acute in the last few games with Curry’s record front of mind — the Warriors have an offensive rating of 109, good for 18th in the NBA over that span — but Golden State was operating at that level in the five games preceding that. In all, this team has the 19th-rated offense over the last 10 games. Now, Golden State is 7-3 over that 10-game stretch, because their defense, led by Draymond Green, has been the league’s best. And as much as I would love to say that this formula can work for the Dubs for the remainder of the season — as much as I’d like it to be true that...
    The most emblematic player on the 2021-22 Minnesota Timberwolves is their pogo-sticking power forward Jarred Vanderbilt. When the Wolves have been successful thus far this season, it has almost always been triggered by the ability to ignite intensity with the abrupt frenzy of a dogfight, then seize purpose from the ensuing chaos. Veteran point guard Patrick Beverley is the fiery tone-setter and catalyst for this remarkable metamorphosis in what had traditionally been the franchise’s complacent, and disastrous, reliance on mediocre finesse. But Vanderbilt is the sustainer of Beverley’s flame, the lungs and the hamstrings of the operation. Vando’s signature move is the leaping swoop out of nowhere to grab an offensive rebound and extend his team’s offensive possession after yet another errant shot. As of Wednesday morning, the Wolves were missing more field goal attempts per game, 53, than any team in the NBA. But thanks to Vando, they were also leading the league in offensive rebounds, grabbing nearly 25% more of them than they did a year ago.  Those swoops — soaring over and between bodies gathering themselves too...
    Getty New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson celebrates a touchdown with his offensive teammates. The New York Jets could probably fill a second roster with the number of injuries they’ve had this season and the Week 14 forecast does not look promising as of now. Gang Green released their Thursday injury report and five players were listed as non-participants in practice. Each is currently a key member of the depth chart too, outside of tight end Trevon Wesco. Elijah Moore (quad), Michael Carter II (concussion), Tevin Coleman (concussion) and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (ankle) were all sidelined today and it appears one or two of these players could be trending towards an absence. ALL the latest Jets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Jets newsletter here! Join Heavy on Jets! Injury Brings Back Bad MemoriesAs of now, the Jets remain “hopeful” Moore can suit up and the two concussions will come down to passing the NFL protocols. The fourth name on the list could mean trouble. According to ESPN’s Rich Cimini, right guard Duvernay-Tardif is “not...
    The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. Over the past few seasons, as teams have adopted extreme shot selection patterns and become increasingly intentional about promoting efficiency we’ve seen several historic marks. A team’s offensive efficiency, in a general sense, is shaped by the era in which the team played but it’s worth pointing out that 13 of the top 20 team offensive ratings in NBA history have come within the last four seasons. We’re currently in an area of extraordinary offensive efficiency and still, this season’s Utah Jazz have made themselves an outlier. On Wednesday night, the Jazz hung 136 points on the Timberwolves, the eighth team this season they’ve scored 120 or more. Through 24 games, the Jazz are scoring an average of 117.1 points per 100 possessions, per Basketball-Reference. That’s the eighth-highest mark of all-time but all seven of the marks ahead of them are from last season, a year in which the league average offensive efficiency was...