Ruthless Patriots fan won’t let ESPN use his photo of Bill Belichick on boat

Bill Belichick must not have known it’s bad luck to be on a boat before a playoff game. Patriots fan Adam Markopoulos tweeted a photo of New England’s coach and his girlfriend Linda Holliday sleeping on the Nantucket Ferry on Sunday afternoon.

No wonder there was a tough 2015 transition to the complexities and versatility of Kyle Shanahan’s offense, especially while breaking in key new personnel among his line, running game and receivers. The 2016 season has been a tribute to Ryan’s dedication to absorbing something so intricate and making it thrive with everyone younger around him.

It was much different from what I had done in the past, Ryan said. Play calls are a lot longer. Being on top of the details and making sure everything is just right is really important. I just felt that we could do some really good things when we all got comfortable together.

So what’s changed about Ryan Nothing, except that other elements of the Falcons have caught up to him.

It’s no different than Brady hitting his sweet spot with Josh McDaniels through two stints. Or Ben Roethlisberger settling into a groove with Todd Haley. Or Alex Smith finding his comfort zone with Andy Reid after being put through the coordinators wringer in San Francisco. Or, more recently, Matthew Stafford Cheap Jerseys Baseball with Jim Bob Cooter, or Eli Manning, to a degree, with Ben McAdoo.

Rodgers and Drew Brees are the rare, lucky QBs in that sense, having Cheap Jerseys Bike their steady mindmelds with Mike McCarthy and Sean Payton, respectively. We’ve also see plenty of partnerships not bring out the best in a QB, such as the Peyton Manning misfit with Gary Kubiak and Flacco hitting a wall post-Kubiak with Marc Trestman.

Shareece Wright paid $632 for an Uber to go from Chicago to a voluntary Bills practice

Veteran cornerback Shareece Wright signed with the Bills in May, and he was set on making it to the team’s voluntary workouts during OTAs. The problem was that Wright was in Chicago, and the Bills are in Buffalo. So Wright called an Uber.

It was quite a trip, as you can see from Wright’s Uber receipt, which Cheap Jerseys Kids NFL was obtained by SB Nation.

Wright also added a $300 tip, which seems fair considering the Uber driver had to trek all the way back to Chicago.

More importantly, Los Angeles invested some valuable draft capital to improve its line from the inside out. This was a poor draft year for blindside-protecting tackles but featured a strong group of mean interior linemen. The Chargers walked away with two of the best. They selected Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney, two players who could have been first-round picks, in the second and third rounds, respectively. Sixth-round pick Sam Tevi, a versatile blocker with Pac-12 experience on both sides of the ball, should also bring value as a swing player from the bench.

That leaves two big question marks for the Chargers on their road to offensive revival: Will their young contributors step up? And will the team avoid the injuries that devastated them in 2016?

Allen could be one of the NFL’s top wideouts — we just don’t know what he’s capable of at this point. He exploded onto the scene with a 1,000-yard campaign his rookie season then raised questions about his future with a disappointing sophomore year. He got back on track by kicking off 2015 with an All-Pro-caliber, eight-game stretch, but health concerns — a kidney injury and a torn ACL — have limited him to just one of the Chargers Cheap Jerseys On Sale last 24 contests.

Seahawks sign QB Austin Davis over Colin Kaepernick

The Seattle Seahawks have signed a quarterback, and it’s not Colin Kaepernick. Monday, the team announced that it signed former Rams, Browns, and Broncos quarterback Austin Davis.

Davis has just 10 career starts, going 3-7 in those games with 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Davis had visited the Seahawks on May 24, just as Kaepernick did.

“A decision was made to further evaluate his condition and to recertify his health moving forward,” the source said, via Anderson.

His Saints teammates have not heard from Fairley regarding the reason for his absence from OTAs, according to Hale.

The Lions selected Fairley in the first round of the 2011 draft, and he spent the first four seasons of his career in Detroit. After one year with the Rams, he signed with the Saints prior to the 2016 season.

Fairley had a career-best 6.5 sacks last season and contributed 43 combined tackles. He signed a four-year, $28 million contract extension with New Orleans this offseason.

Kaepernick has stayed busy with charitable work during his time away from an NFL roster, with his total donations now totaling $700,000. In May, many fans gathered outside of the NFL’s New York headquarters to hold a rally in support of the quarterback.

Others have attempted to explain why Kaepernick Cheap Game Jerseys hasn’t yet been Cheap Jarome Iginla Jerseys signed, but the backlash that any franchise will get for signing him is almost definitely the reason he’s still on the market.

But if Kaepernick’s Instagram is any indication, the quarterback will also bring a lot of fans and support to his next team.

Kelly Kleine, Vikings’ new college scouting coordinator, was ‘twice as good’ as male interns

The list of responsibilities handled by the Minnesota Vikings’ new college scouting coordinator is extensive.

It also has made Kelly Kleine one of the most preeminent members of the 14 women who work for NFL teams in football operations.

Sporting News has learned that Kleine was promoted earlier this week from her role as a college scouting assistant. Based on how much Vikings general manager Rick Spielman has asked Kleine to handle, the bump was well earned.

“She does about 1,000 different things to say the least,” Spielman told Sporting News in a telephone interview. “She basically has her hands in all day-to-day operations on the personnel side.”

Among Kleine’s duties:

Evaluate the Vikings’ current roster and college prospects. That includes attending meetings and delivering presentations to the personnel department and coaching staff.

If ever there was a time for owner Woody Johnson to make one of his rare public appearances, this is it. All he’d have to do, in whatever way he likes, is tell Bowles and the world that his job is safe.

Clearly, not a single player’s job is safe, as Tuesday’s purge proved once and for all. But the Jets have to assure the world that Bowles is not going to be forced to go down with what’s left of this ship.

If the Jets are determined to tank the 2017 season, they can’t make Bowles pay the price for it. They can’t let him be judged by how this team plays. They can’t let him reach the end of Cheap Epl Jerseys the year, leaving him one year to go on his contract, and then make the clichéd announcement about how they “need to go Cheap Dream Team Jerseys in another direction” and are “disappointed in our lack of growth.”

Ravens release Dennis Pitta after suffering hip injury

The Jets’ somewhat shocking release of Harris came less than one week after the team traded for Demario Davis, who spent his first four NFL seasons in New York and returns after one year in Cleveland. The natural assumption is that Davis will replace Harris as the strong-side linebacker in the Jets’ 3-4.

The weak-side linebacker spot still belongs to Darron Lee, the promising 2016 first-rounder who started nine games last season and finished second on the team in tackles. The Jets re-signed both Julian Stanford and Bruce Carter to provide depth in the middle of their defense. Spencer Paysinger was brought in for depth, too.

Speaking of promising second-year players, Jordan Jenkins, last year’s third-round pick, holds down outside linebacker after starting 11 games there last season. Lorenzo Mauldin will line up opposite Jenkins and get more chances to provide an impact. Both again will be expected to aid in the pass rush on passing downs.

Dennis Pitta’s time in Baltimore has come to an end.

The Ravens on Wednesday announced the team has released the veteran tight end after he suffered a hip injury during OTAs last week.

The roster move saved the team $2.5 million in salary cap space.

Doctors confirmed that Pitta dislocated his hip for the third Real Madrid Cheap Jerseys time in five years after previously suffering the injury during traning camp in 2013, and a Texans Cheap Jerseys Week 4 game against the Browns in 2014. His most recent and troubling diagnosis has led to questions about whether he will retire after spending his entire seven-year career in Baltimore.

Pitta, who turns 32 on June 29, was selected by the Ravens in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. After being sidelined with the hip injuries, he returned last season to post a career-high 729 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He also led all NFL tight ends with 86 receptions, which set a franchise record by a tight end for the Ravens.

Chargers tackle King Dunlap arrested on suspicion of violating protective order

Chargers left tackle King Dunlap was arrested Thursday night after police were called to a domestic disturbance complaint at his girlfriend’s Nashville home.

According to an arrest warrant cited by The Tennesseean, Dunlap was Cheap High Quality Jerseys at the home in violation of a protective order that did not allow contact between him and the woman.

According to The Los Angeles Times, the average season-ticket price this season will be roughly $192 per game. That would be by far the highest average ticket price in the NFL (the Bears, at $135 per game, are projected to have the second-most-expensive ticket) and more than double the average ticket price ($84.55) for the Chargers’ last season in San Diego.

Here’s the math that matters to owner Alex Spanos, though: Under this year’s pricing, at the $192 average, the Chargers would have to sell about 26,000 tickets per game (87 percent capacity) to make the $4.8 million in ticket revenue they made for each home game last season at Qualcomm Stadium.

That puts the demand issue in perspective. In the couple of seasons the Chargers will call StubHub Center home, even tepid interest in a city the size of L.A. could carry them over to when the new stadium they’ll share with the Rams opens for the 2019 season.

Bills’ LeSean McCoy lashes out at PFF ‘nerds’ after snub

LeSean McCoy was not happy about being left off Pro Football Focus’ list of the best 101 players of the 2016 NFL season.

The list is based on “the 101 best single-season performances regardless of position,” and McCoy was left off entirely. After rushing for 1,267 yards and 13 touchdowns, adding 50 receptions for Cheap Jackie Robinson Jerseys 356 yards and a touchdown, McCoy felt like he should have been included.

The Raiders already have pledged $500 million toward construction, with an additional $750 million to be raised through a hotel tax. The Raiders would share the facility with the UNLV football team.

Adelson withdrew his $650 million financing pledge after learning his investment group had not been included in the Raiders’ submission to the NFL of a proposed lease agreement to the stadium authority.

In a statement issued Monday, Adelson said the proposal “sent shockwaves through our community.”

“It was certainly shocking to the Adelson family,” the statement said, via the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The NFL owners still must approve the Raiders’ relocation proposal. A vote could come as soon as the NFL owners meetings March 26-29 in Phoenix. A move would likely not come until after the 2018 season, when the new stadium would be finished.

Chargers apply franchise tag to pass rusher Melvin Ingram

Several NFL teams were hoping to go after Melvin Ingram in free agency.

The Chargers negated that option Monday by applying the franchise tag to their fifth-year pass rusher, the team announced.

While Ingram, a first-round pick of the Chargers in 2012, won’t be hitting the free agent market, he will get paid handsomely in 2017.

The woman, identified as juror 13, told Judge Jeffrey Locke that her only knowledge of Hernandez came from a conversation she overhead co-workers having about Deflategate about a year ago.

That, understandably, made Hernandez and his defense team laugh.

“Deflategate has nothing to do with this case at all,” Locke told her.

The juror said she realized that, but insisted, “That’s what they (her co-workers) were talking about.”

She was dismissed before lunch.

After the break, a juror told Locke that another juror brought up Hernandez’s 2015 conviction for killing Odin Lloyd. Locke instructed the jurors not to discuss any facets of the current case.

Asked by Locke if his judgment would be influenced by the knowledge that Hernandez had been convicted of a separate murder, the man responded, “I would hope not, but I couldn’t say Vancouver Canucks Cheap Jerseys for sure.”

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says he needs two more eye surgeries

Mike Zimmer suffered a detached retina last Halloween and needed emergency surgery on his right eye a month later.

The Vikings coach, who has had four surgeries on his compromised eye so far, told reporters Thursday he will need two more procedures that will hopefully correct the issue for good.

Zimmer had surgery on Nov. 1 to repair a torn retina in his right eye, which was scratched during Minnesota’s 20-10 loss to the Chicago Bears on Halloween. He was told by doctors to take care of the eye quickly and had a follow-up procedure a week later. But instead of taking time off, Zimmer was back at the team facility the next day and was squinting while facing bright lights during a press conference.

“Personally, I never even watched him, because he wasn’t a targeted guy for me in Cheap Qld Reds Jerseys our pre-draft assignments. But I can say now I would hope we draft someone that I’ve Cheap Red Sox Jerseys actually gotten a chance to watch.”

To be fair, there’s a good reason Fox didn’t spend much time with Clausen. As he says, the Notre Dame product was a projected early first-round pick and the Panthers didn’t have a first-round selection that year. So when their first pick came up in the second round, the quarterback-needy team decided to take Clausen.

The strategy didn’t work out as Clausen threw three touchdowns and nine interceptions in 13 games. He’s been a career backup ever since despite never really showing much promise.

As for the Bears, Fox plans to study the quarterbacks this go-round as Chicago will most likely be looking to move on from Jay Cutler.

Bill Belichick says less is more regarding coaches; but is it?

In an effort to eliminate confusion within the New England Patriots organization, coach Bill Belichick selects a smaller coaching staff compared to the rest of the NFL.

During an interview on Paul Rabil’s podcast, Belichick said he prefers having fewer coaches on staff and only surrounds himself with people he knows can handle his demands.

“From a ‘getting everybody on the same page’ standpoint, which is critical, the fewer people you have to manage, the easier it is to get everybody on the same page,” Belichick said, via ESPN. “My philosophy, really, is that less is more, so I’d rather have fewer people doing more work than more people doing a little more work.”

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Based on your social media presence, it seems like you stay busy with grilling, fishing, golfing and spending time with you’re family. How important is that work-life balance and having other interests off the field?

You’re currently a free agent, and there’s been some speculation about whether you’ll sign with an NFL team or retire, so what is your professional status right now?