Nashville TV station lists Marcus Mariota as ‘QB-RB-WR-OL’ after do-it-all performance vs. Chiefs

Marcus Mariota’s versatility helped the Titans overcome an 18-point deficit to beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Wild Card Round on Saturday.

In the game, Mariota did what we’re used to seeing him (and many other quarterbacks) do. He threw the ball, and would scamper on the occasional run.

But he also caught a touchdown pass, and threw a block for Derrick Henry. That prompted NBC 4 in Nashville to give Mariota credit for all of his hard work in the chyron

He was also considered one of the frontrunners for the job with the San Francisco 49ers a year ago that eventually went to John Lynch.

Gutekunst may not have been the Packers’ first choice. A promotion from within isn’t surprising for Green Bay, but the team may have been interested in an outside hire before making the promotion.

They swung for the fences first by requesting to interview Seattle Seahawks GM John Schneider, but they were turned down.

Gutekunst may be the Packers settling, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad hire. Green Bay just tried to pull off a home run first.

Sacksonville will be in full force defensively, and the Jaguars also will be in business offensively. It’s Fournette and the league’s top rushing attack against the Bills’ No. 29 run defense, which became especially bad after trading tackle Marcell Dareus to the Jaguars during the season.

As for Randy Moss, Matt Hasselbeck, Charles Woodson, Steve Young and the rest of the Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown casts, they still need to prove they can replace Chris Berman, Tom Jackson, Keyshawn Johnson, Mike Ditka and the old gang. So far, they have not.

I think he’d be the best player to ever play up here, Jones, who also has extensive NFL and college coaching experience, told CFL.ca in Decenber. He can throw it and he can run it like nobody ever has been able to do.

One more story: On the field at Minute Maid Park after ALCS Game 6, in which ace Justin Verlander pitched seven shutout innings to stave off elimination, Altuve, never more boyishly excited, said during a live interview on Fox, “I literally love Justin Verlander.” His enthusiasm and word choice sparked a meme.

The next night, immediately after Houston beat the Yankees to win the pennant, the players gathered in the clubhouse in front of tubs packed with champagne. Altuve was the one to speak.patriots_086_aa4196cc08ec6837-180x180

Dolphins’ Adam Gase on Ryan Tannehill: ‘I see him as our starting quarterback’ in 2018

Ryan Tannehill is fully expected to be the Dolphins’ starter next season, according to coach Adam Gase,

Unless another freakish preseason injury plagues Tannehill, Gase said he will be getting the first-team reps.

Even though NFL teams like Allen, it’s a big leap to take him within the top 10 picks because of his woeful production and inconsistency. Some teams that might have substantial interest in Allen: the Steelers, the Chargers (who are looking to mimic the Chiefs’ drafting of Patrick Mahomes a year ago) and, as a dark horse, the Packers.

The Senior Bowl is next month, and all eyes will be on the quarterback class. Mayfield will be in attendance, and Allen might be there, as well; he’s eligible despite not being a true senior. The second-tier quarterback battle to watch will be Western Kentucky’s Mike White vs. Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph.

Rudolph should meet expectations and impress; he has great touch and timing for 7-on-7 drills. But don’t be surprised if White, a former pitcher who had a remarkable 2016 season under coach Jeff Brohm and has been a favorite of mine for a long time, emerges as a potential top-100 pick after his play in Mobile. White has plenty of fans in the NFL, too.

Phillips will set up his secondary to contain Julio Jones with varied coverage looks and make Ryan beat them with other guys. Meanwhile, McVay, as he usually does, will get Goff focused on the best matchups, working on the advantages for the inside, intermediate passing game with Gurley and rookie slot wideout Cooper Kupp.

The Rams will get into Ryan’s face with Aaron Donald, while the Falcons won’t have the same success winning on the edge against tackles Andrew Whitworth and Rob Havenstein to get to Goff. The Falcons’ shaky offensive coaching with Steve Sarkisian will cost them here in the stark contrast to McVay.

The 48-year-old has had a terrific season replacing Sean McDermott to keep Carolina’s defense strong with a different kind of aggressive approach. He could easily make a McDermott-like jump to a head coaching job soon. His attitude would play well in Arizona.
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Twitter roasts Jerry Jones during Cowboys’ ugly loss to Chargers

Evans was also madly in love with a woman he’d met at the Chateau Marmont over drinks one night with Ken Wahl and Carlos Santana. There was just one problem. She was the wife of the heavy metal singer Don Dokken. Or ex-wife. Christ, the stories were never clear, they never ended. This was the problem. There were many, many drives through Laurel Canyon, tears on both sides. Evans professed his devotion. He had never been this open with a woman before. He’d never met a woman like Cherri.

Multiple Las Vegas sportsbooks reported taking bets from respected players on the Crimson Tide, who are growing favorites over No. 1 Clemson in the Allstate Sugar Bowl (8:45 p.m. ET, Jan. 1).

Alabama opened as a 1-point favorite last Sunday at the Westgate SuperBook. The Crimson Tide are now 2.5-point favorites over the Tigers.

“Alabama got some money from a group who moves numbers,” Westgate Superbook assistant manager Ed Salmons said. “The public likes Clemson.”

A little more than a minute remained in the 1988 AFC Championship Game between the Broncos and Browns. The Broncos led 38-31. And Browns running back Earnest Byner looked poised to score the game-tying touchdown — until he fumbled. On the cusp of a clutch legacy, Byner made the play that would overshadow a solid career and become quintessential evidence to the “God hates Cleveland” curse.

Veterans Joe Thomas, Antonio Gates and Vernon Davis are among eight finalists for the NFL’s Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award.

Also announced Monday as finalists were Luke Kuechly, Haloti Ngata, Joe Staley, Josh McCown and Alex Smith.
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I’m looking hard at the Thunder against the Golden State Warriors for potential building blocks

They were already rivals, then of course Kevin Durant went to the Dubs and entrenched the hate. If Durant sits, then Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are both great building blocks. And of course, Russell Westbrook is routinely triggered when he faces the Warriors.

New England capped a monster of an opening drive when Tom Brady found Dion Lewis for a 15-yard touchdown pass. Brady completed all nine of his pass attempts on a drive that went 15 plays, 87 yards and took 7:07 off the clock. Stephen Gostkowski made the PAT. 7-0, Patriots

A crushing Raiders fumble occurred with just 33 seconds remaining in the first half and Oakland threatening to score before halftime. Seth Roberts lost the ball while trying to gain extra yards around the New England 7-yard line.

Don’t give Tom Brady time to find a receiver in the red zone. Brady found Danny Amendola in the back of the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown to cap a nine-play, 80 yard drive that took a quick 3:32 off the second-quarter clock. Stephen Gostkowski made the PAT. 14-0, Patriots

Winston’s progress clearly has stalled. It’s not clear how much the shoulder injury from three weeks earlier has contributed. It’s also not clear how any of it happened when additions like DeSean Jackson and O.J. Howard joined Mike Evans and Doug Martin to supposedly give the Bucs all the weapons they’d need.steelers_014

Manu Ginobili decided not to retire!

Cutthroat competition for the West’s bottom four playoff spots. In all likelihood, three of the Clippers, Jazz, Grizzlies, Blazers, Nuggets, Pelicans, and Timberwolves will miss the postseason cut, likely with serious implications. The Western Conference is not for the faint of heart.

The building of a dynasty in real time. These Warriors are quite possibly the greatest team of all time. In all the madness of the season—the moves, the squabbles, the dramatic flourishes, and the lingering questions—don’t let the magnitude of that standing go unappreciated.

JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers: In what was only his second career start, Smith-Schuster made the most of his expanded opportunity as a result of Martavis Bryant’s (coach’s decision) inactive designation, scoring a career-high 32.3 PPR fantasy points. Smith-Schuster got right into the action with a 41-yard reception on the Steelers’ first offensive play, added a 97-yard touchdown reception that wound up the difference in the game, and tied for the team lead with 10 targets.

It could signal Smith-Schuster’s arrival as the team’s No. 2 receiver alongside Antonio Brown, elevating him to matchups-capable WR3 status. The rookie was started in 14.9 percent of ESPN leagues, a significant increase from his sub-2-percent rates of each of the first seven games of his career.

The President Donald Trump-spawned kneel/sit/stand/fist-raise anthem hullaballoo is the football news story of the first quarter, to be sure. It reached peak hilarity Sunday in Baltimore, when the PA announcer asked the crowd to pray for “kindness, unity, equality and justice” in America, and the Ravens dropped to one knee and bowed their heads in prayer, and this is what happened: “BOOOOOOOOOO!”
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