Carroll was asked later in the day if he viewed Sherman’s actions as insubordination

“I think if we weren’t able to come back from that, I think so,” he said. “I think it would depend. It would depend on how the meeting went. The meeting went very well, and it was very clear.
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“That doesn’t mean that it was OK. That doesn’t mean that it wasn’t something that needed to be addressed. He was the only guy that was in my office this morning. So we went right after it. I was going to make my decision on how to move forward based on what happened and how we communicated. And I feel very good about it.”

After Thursday’s game, Sherman referenced the Seahawks’ Super Bowl XLIX loss to the New England Patriots in 2015 when Russell Wilson was intercepted on a pass from the 1-yard line.

Tom Brady is 2-7 at Denver in his career, including January’s AFC title game loss.

Oct. 28, 2001: Broncos 31, Patriots 20 — In his first season as a starter after replacing the injured Drew Bledsoe, Brady had thrown 162 passes without an interception before throwing four of them. Up to that point, Brady had the best interception-free streak to start a career.
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Nov. 3, 2003: Patriots 30, Broncos 26 — One of the most exciting regular-season games in Bill Belichick’s tenure (2000-present); Brady threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to David Givens with 30 seconds left for the Monday night win. Belichick’s decision to call for an intentional safety late in the game was especially shrewd.

Oct. 16, 2005: Broncos 28, Patriots 20 — Quarterback Jake Plummer led the Broncos to a 28-3 lead midway through the third quarter and the Patriots’ late comeback fell short. Brady finished 24-of-46 for 299 yards, with one touchdown and no interceptions.

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The new CBA could help Utah there, too

Utah may well do nothing for the time being. It can hoard that $13 million in case a trade pops up. Hill may rebuff extension offers pending Hayward’s choice. Utah wants to see how Favors’ knee recovers before lavishing him with an extension, and Favors might prefer to wait until his own free agency in 2018.

If Utah extends anyone this season, the bet here is on Hill. Dennis Lindsay, the team’s GM, drafted Hill in San Antonio, and Utah has no ready replacement for him. If both Hill and Hayward sign on long-term, I’d expect the Jazz to gauge the trade market for Favors in the summer and lean on stretchier power forwards. (They’d also have to identify a new backup center, since Favors effectively plays that role when healthy. Jeff Withey has been solid in Favors’ absence.)
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They have extra first-round picks coming from Golden State (2017) and Oklahoma City (probably 2018), and when they’re not chasing point guards, the Jazz generally draft well. Those picks could morph into trade chips.
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Hell, they could even use the long-forgotten Alec Burks, out after ankle surgery. When healthy, he injects some north-south speed that can puncture defenses when the whir of cuts and screens gets Utah nowhere. The Jazz are hopeful Burks could be back in January, and that they’ll have a chance to see their full team well before the trade deadline, sources say.

With paydays for everyone else looming, Burks, making eight figures annually through 2018-19, has always seemed a likely salary-dump candidate. Utah just can’t afford to keep everyone. Slough Burks, and Utah is still looking at a $140 million-plus payroll in 2018-19 if it retains Favors, Gobert, Hood, Hayward, and Hill — not to mention Exum, up for an extension after this season. Even glitzy teams blanch at rocketing $20 million over the luxury tax.

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MLB Rumor Central: Rockies targeting Mike Dunn, Brad Ziegler?

Mike Dunn was the setup man for former Marlins manager Mike Redmond, who is now the Rockies’ bench coach. AP Photo/Jeff Roberson
Dec 11, 2016

The Colorado Rockies, in search of bullpen help, are targeting free-agent relievers Mike Dunn and Brad Ziegler, per Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post.

Rumor CentralDunn, a left-hander, spent the last six years with the Miami Marlins. The 31-year-old was a setup man for former Marlins manager Mike Redmond, who will be the Rockies’ bench coach under Bud Black.

In 51 games this year, Dunn posted a 3.40 ERA and 38 strikeouts across 42 1/3 innings.

The Rockies are familiar with Ziegler; the right-handed sidearmer spent six seasons with Arizona Diamondbacks, an NL West foe of Colorado, prior to being dealt to the Boston Red Sox in July.
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Ziegler had a combined 2.25 ERA, 22 saves and eight holds in 69 games with the Red Sox and D-backs this year. The 37-year-old struck out 58 batters over 68 innings.
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The third guy the Nats gave up isn’t too shabby either. That’d be Reynaldo Lopez, a 22-year-old Dominican flamethrower who brings high-90s cheese and fanned more batters in his big league debut (nine Ks in 4.2 innings pitched) than any pitcher in Nationals history not named Stephen Strasburg.

Who knows? Maybe none of these prospects pan out. After all, they are just prospects. Giolito is a Tommy John survivor who didn’t look ready for prime time last season, when he flashed iffy control and decreased velocity on his way to a 6.75 ERA in six appearances after getting called up. Dunning hasn’t pitched above low-A ball yet. And Lopez’s WHIP (1.57) was almost as high as Clayton Kershaw’s ERA.
If that happens, Bryce Harper won’t be the only one saying, “Wow…”

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Texans’ Jadeveon Clowney gives thumbs-up for status Sunday vs. Colts

Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney said he will play in Sunday’s AFC South showdown against the Colts.

Clowney, who has been dealing with a wrist and elbow injury, did not travel to Green Bay this past Sunday to face the Packers. Clowney said it was “very difficult” to miss that game.

“I want to be out there to help my team,” Clowney said. “But I felt like if I was out there, I wouldn’t help them as much as I could have, so I didn’t think it was a good idea for me to play.”
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Seventeen of the league’s 32 teams are between 40 percent and 60 percent. Sportsbooks would love to have every team’s results closer to a 50/50 proposition. They’ve done that in league-wide wagering as favorites/underdogs are 89-89-10 ATS through 13 weeks against the Consensus Closing Lines (that doesn’t include the four games that have closed pick ’em). Home/road teams are also 89-89-10 ATS (and doesn’t include the three neutral-site games in London and one in Mexico City). Overs lead unders 98-93-1 (51.3 percent).

These two teams will tangle in a huge matchup Thursday, and the division looks like it will swing with the result. With a win, the Raiders have an 84 percent chance to win the division (27 percent with a loss), according to ESPN’s Football Power Index. If the Chiefs win, they’re at 65 percent to win the division, but only 11 percent with a loss.
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Alabama has been the favorite all season. After a dominating SEC championship game victory against Florida, it’s no surprise that the Crimson Tide went from 5-7 to 4-9 to win the title.

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J.J. Watt leaves Chiefs game with groin injury

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt left Saturday’s Wild Card game against the Kansas City Chiefs with a groin injury. Watt exited the game early in the third quarter and was trying to get loose on the sideline, stretching his legs and holding his hand, which he broke late in the regular season.

After returning to the game for a handful of snaps, Watt went down and had to be attended to by the medical staff on the field. He stayed down for some time and then was escorted off the field, with his head hung low. He was walking around gingerly on the sideline. The Texans announced his return as questionable with a groin injury.

Alex Smith, on the other hand, had himself a typically efficient postseason performance, completing 17 of 22 passes for 197 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Smith, who became the first Chiefs quarterback to win a playoff game since Joe Montana did it in 1994, had previously thrown 9 touchdowns and no picks in his postseason career (the most touchdown passes without an interception in postseason history to start a career, per ESPN Stats and Info). Smith also owns the NFL record for most postseason passes without a pick — 119 — but of course, that streak ended when he was picked in the 1st quarter.

After it was all said and done, Pittsburgh will move on to face the Broncos in Denver, while the Chiefs head to New England to play the Patriots next week.

Spencer Ware was a bruiser for the Chiefs in the second half, and helped Kansas City wear down the Texans as the game closed out. He rushed 16 times on the day for 67 yards and a touchdown, and had one of the plays of the day when he absolutely trucked Quintin Demps in the open field.
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He’s not Jamaal Charles, obviously, but he runs with a ferocious brand of physicality and it’s helped Kansas City get past the loss of their best offensive player down the stretch run of the season. He came up big again in their first playoff game.
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After Vontaze Burfict intercepted Landry Jones on the Steelers’ next offensive play, it looked like it was in the bag for Cincy. But boy oh boy, it was not.

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2016 NFL playoff schedule and bracket: Cardinals advance to NFC Championship after OT thriller

Elite Youth Ray Rice Jersey The Arizona Cardinals beat the Green Bay Packers in one of the wildest playoff games ever to advance to the NFC Championship, 26-20. The game featured an Aaron Rodgers Hail Mary to send the game to overtime, but the Cardinals punched right back with big plays by Larry Fitzgerald to win.

Earlier in the day, the New England Patriots beat the Kansas City Chiefs to advance to their fifth straight AFC Championship game for a chance to go to a second straight Super Bowl. The Chiefs scored a touchdown late to make the score look closer than the game itself, 27-20. With Julian Edelman back, the Patriots’ offense looked like its old self.

Needless to say, Washington went three-and-out on that drive after the big loss on third down. I’m not sure anybody paid it a second thought since the announcers never bothered to show just how open Jackson was on that play almost right from the snap. I get on bad announcers a lot these days, and after seeing Jackson streaking down the field all by himself on the all-22, I just can’t understand why they wouldn’t have let the home audience see that in real time. Even on the TV copy, if you know that both safeties bit on the play-action fake, you can tell that Jackson is going to be wide open. But somehow it kind of slipped under the radar and the game just went on.

On paper you might not even know whether Peppers was on the field for that play. But the film gives you the truth plus all the context in the world. It’s hard not to wonder if that game has a different ending if Washington gets out to a 12-0 lead on the strength of Kirk “YOU LIKE THAT?!” Cousins hitting DJax deep for a touchdown. Hell, maybe folks would have even forgive Jackson for that earlier mistake on the touchdown that wasn’t.

Peppers’ pressure made sure that non of that ever happened and the Packers were able to bounce back from their poor start to win and advance to the next round.

Limited Dwayne Harris Jersey Even if they failed on third down, they could’ve at least cut the Chiefs’ lead to 10 right before halftime. That could’ve been huge seeing as how the Texans were getting the ball to start the second half. The one thing he could not do in that situation was throw it to the other team.

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It’s also very clear that Tom Brady is not Tom Brady without Rob Gronkowski

The average passer rating for the league as a whole since 2010 is 87.0. It puts Brady in a range with the likes of Kyle Orton, Michael Vick, Joe Flacco and Sam Bradford, all of whom have passer ratings between 83 and 86 over that time frame. It’s true that every quarterback will look worse without his No. 1 weapon, and it’s entirely possible that Brady and the Pats are better-equipped to handle Gronkowski’s absence this time around with Bennett.

Kids Darren Fells Jersey It’s also very clear that Tom Brady is not Tom Brady without Rob Gronkowski. Remember who Brady goes to when the chips are down. As much as he trusts Julian Edelman, it was Gronkowski who Brady threw to on fourth-and-the-season twice against the Broncos in the AFC Championship Game last season, even though his tight end was double-covered on both occasions. They simply aren’t the same team without him.

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The players meet with coaches throughout the week, but Mitchell quizzes scouts for supplemental intel. Pro scouting coordinator Brandon Hunt — nicknamed “Baby GM” by some in the building — always has the “raw nuggets,” Mitchell said.

Whether applicable or not, the new information is good to store in the mental bank.

“Every time in a game do I have time to look at his gloves? No,” Mitchell said. “But it’s a little tip where I have information, and if all the calls are made, let me take a quick glance out there.”

Mitchell’s group includes linebacker Ryan Shazier, rookie safety Sean Davis, linebacker Tyler Matakevich and cornerback Ross Cockrell.
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Davis, who was inserted into the starting lineup in Week 11, says his chemistry and communication with Mitchell has improved in part because of the meetings and off-field time spent at the weekly defensive backs hangout session.

“I’ve got a nice little group of guys,” Mitchell said of the scouting room. “Sometimes they can give us extra information on a specific player, since they’ve looked at them extensively … I’m just trying to get every advantage.”

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How do the 2016 NFL MVP candidates stack up?

Clearly Prescott has been clutch, but how can we measure his total value and compare it to that of others around the league?

Many will point to Total QBR as an all-encompassing barometer of quarterback success. Total QBR has value, but because it is expressed on a per-play basis, it is not the best measure of a quarterback¡¯s total impact.
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There is another metric, however, that might be an even better gauge of a quarterback¡¯s value to his team. QB points added accounts for both efficiency and usage. The number associated with this statistic represents the number of points on the field a quarterback contributes over the course of the season, beyond what would be expected of an average quarterback (one with a QBR of 50) with the same number of plays.

It makes sense that a quarterback who both is efficient and has a high usage rate would receive greater consideration for the NFL MVP award, and such quarterbacks have! Seven of the past eight quarterbacks to win MVP ranked in the top two in that statistic in their award-winning seasons.

“Every day, he jumps the line and starts running,” receiver Walter Powell says. “We let him get his catch on. It’s like, ‘There you go, big guy. Now go on'” — Powell makes a shooing motion with his hand — “‘and go do your own thing.'”

What’s most striking about Incognito is the level of sheer earnestness. The engine has no governor. He attacks every drill with the choppy steps vital to his profession. Legs underneath him to maximize balance and force, his feet constantly moving, his head up, he’s every offensive line coach’s Platonic fantasy. That’s the message: It means so damned much to this guy.

“Here’s what Richie’s done here,” offensive line coach Aaron Kromer says. “He’s come in and been the hardest worker on the practice field. He sets the tempo. He’s shown the young guys how to practice hard. Doing drills, he’s finishing to the point where you’re like, Whoa. You look at the other guys and say, ‘Just do it like that.’ And just by virtue of other guys paying attention to what he’s doing, it really helps the culture of the room.”
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How do the 2016 NFL MVP candidates stack up?

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Ravens owner gives 2014 season high marks despite his ‘absolute crappy year’

Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti called 2014 his “worst year as an owner,” but said the 10-6 season was a success for the franchise, in a season-review press conference held Tuesday.

Just one day after a loss in Week 1 to Clint Dempsey Authentic Womens Jersey the Cincinnati Bengals, a video surfaced showing Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancee unconscious. Rice, who had served half of his two-game suspension, was released by the team later in the day and Bisciotti was criticized, along with the NFL, for the small punishment originally given to the running back.

For his part, Hasselbeck is happy to be along for the ride.

Even with Rice no longer on the team, Newsome said his situation will still impact the way team evaluates players in free agency and the NFL Draft.

“The one area where we will definitely take a hard look and it will be tough for us to bring a player to Baltimore is someone that has domestic abuse in their background,” Newsome said. “Other than that, we will exhaust every character aspect of a player. But we believe in allowing the information to lead us to a decision.”

The Ravens are slated to pick No. 26 in the 2015 NFL Draft and are projected to take Arizona State wide DaMarcus Beasley Authentic Womens Jersey receiver Jaelen Strong in the latest mock draft from SB Nation’s Dan Kadar.

The 36-year-old pass rusher posted on Instagram Sunday that he plans to travel to Arizona to begin training for his 13th NFL season. If Harrison could manage eight sacks in 2015, he would pass Jason Gildon for the franchise record for career sacks.

“I am off suicide watch,” Bisciotti said. “I’m stable mentally. I’ll probably be your owner for a while.”

Without Rice, the Ravens found success with running back Justin Forsett, who finished the year with 1,266 rushing yards and eight touchdowns, earning a spot in the Pro Bowl. Couple the success of Forsett with a postseason run that included eliminating the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Bisciotti said the 2014 season was a success for the franchise.

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The Celtics eventually waived Lee and his $14.4 million contract in February

The Celtics, who built as much as a 14-point first-quarter advantage, watched their lead erode, not because of Leonard (who had a quiet — by his standards — 25-points, 10-rebound, four-assist night, ) or Aldridge (10 points, four rebounds), but the play of a reserve trio in Mills, Lee, and rookie Davis Bertans who combined for 49 points on 18-of-25 shooting Ron Parker Authentic Womens Jersey overall (Boston’s entire bench combined for 30 points on 12-of-25 shooting).

Watching Lee dominate on the glass (seven offensive rebounds) will be tough for Celtics fans to stomach, especially after he arrived in Boston with a Larry O’Brien hangover from his summer of celebrating a championship victory with the Golden State Warriors. Lee morphed quickly from starting big man to squeezed out of the rotation in Boston’s overstocked frontcourt. The Celtics eventually waived Lee and his $14.4 million contract in February.

“I’d love to be perfect and play great all the time,” Lee said. “It wasn’t the case last year to start the year, and it wasn’t out of a lack of effort or disrespecting Boston or anything like that. It just worked out the way that it did.

Towns got going during a second-quarter stretch, one in which it looked like the Warriors missed Green’s force. So, on back-to-back second quarter possessions, Kevin Durant provided some force of his own, going right into contact. On the first, he wrestled himself into a putback and-1. On the next, he drove right into the teeth of the defense for a hanging layup.

That appeared to get Golden State out of a rut and into a place where they could have some fun: Specifically, the Warriors rode another wild JaVale McGee run to a bigger lead. McGee is unpredictable, especially on defense, but it’s been difficult Spencer Ware Authentic Womens Jersey to question the effort and increasingly, the impact. In this game, as in others, he sprinted to his spots, stretching the opposing defense and opening opportunities for more than just himself. When McGee did have opportunities, teammates were eager to feed him (4-of-5 for eight points), delighting in guiding his skyward movements like kids who have commandeered a remote-control drone.

On the JaVale McGee experience, Durant said, “It is different. It’s a different look. Zaza [Pachulia] is more cerebral on the ground, makes the correct pass, and JaVale is more, put pressure on the rim and toss it up and make the defense guard the rim. That opens everything up for us.”

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