Rams’ Sean McVay, 31, named 2017 NFL Coach of the Year by writers

First-year Rams coach Sean McVay, who led his team to an 11-5 record and the NFC West title, was selected as the 2017 NFL Coach of the Year by the Professional Football Writers of America in voting announced Thursday.

— Eagles executive VP of football operations Howie Roseman, whose moves helped the Eagles earn the NFC’s No. 1 seed with a 13-3 record, was selected the 2017 NFL Executive of the Year.

— Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, who oversaw an offense that made plenty of big plays on the way to a 13-3 record and the NFC’s No. 2 seed, was selected as the 2017 NFL Assistant Coach of the Year.

Tyna Karageorge, 45, filed the suit Friday in Cook County (Ill.) Circuit Court, where she alleges Urlacher conspired with a Chicago Tribune reporter to portray her as a bad Mother, unfit and a killer.

Karageorge said she hasn’t had custody of her and Urlacher’s son, Kennedy, since shortly after Dec. 29, 2016, when her husband, Ryan Karageorge, died.

She said the couple were having an argument in their home when Ryan Karageorge pulled a gun from her purse and shot himself in the head. His death was ruled a suicide, but Kennedy was taken from the Karageorge home and placed with his father after Urlacher won temporary custody.

The Chicago Tribune ran a report in January 2017 that said the investigation into Ryan Karageorge’s death was still open.

Although there was some thought that Father Time might finally get the best of Tom Brady this year, that didn’t happen. At 40 years old, Brady will be gunning to earn a trip to the Super Bowl for the eighth time in his career and for the third time in four years.patriots_128_9eb04c2c065900aa-180x180

The Steelers are 5-1 SU and ATS in their last six postseason home games.

red_wings_014Since then, the Steelers are 10-1 SU and 5-6 ATS, with their only loss over that stretch coming against the New England Patriots.

Sunday’s total is set at 41 points. The OVER is 11-1-1 in Pittsburgh’s last 12 home games in the playoffs.

Jacksonville and Pittsburgh both finished in the top five in the NFL in total defense this season and also had two of the lowest-scoring defenses in the league with the Jaguars allowing 16.8 points per game and the Steelers allowing 19.3.

“Brady and Jules have an unbelievable connection and both work constantly to things together the same way,” texted one rival coach who knows them both. “That is going to be hard to replace, it may just be (Rob Gronkowski), (Danny) Amendola and (James) White that have it now.” Another former co-worker on the two, this one a player, mentioned how the whole offense had taken on Edelman’s personality over the years—competitive, edgy and spoiling for a fight—and said he felt that would be tough to replace, as well.

So will you see it? I don’t think it’ll be obvious during the regular season. The Patriots are too good, and too adept at adjusting. But when we get to January and potentially February, it’ll be interesting to see where the ball goes when things are dialed up, with Edelman out of the mix.

“It’s my first playoff game in a while, so I’m excited, man,” Gronkowski told reporters Tuesday.

But even if the Pats don’t get their top receiver a target this weekend, they’ve still got a solid support staff in place — one that rivals the crew that pushed a Gronk-less offense to the franchise’s fifth Lombardi Trophy.

The 2016 Patriots got only eight starts from their All-Pro tight end after a combination of hamstring, chest, and back injuries relegated him to injured reserve. Fortunately, head coach Bill Belichick and the New England brain trust was prepared. Martellus Bennett had been acquired earlier in the season to serve as the team’s 1B option at tight end. While Bennett thrived, the rest of the team’s receiving corps stepped up as well: Five other Patriots had 400-plus receiving yards last season.

But some of those key players who kept New England’s engine running at top speed aren’t back a year later. Julian Edelman, who tore his ACL in the preseason, won’t play in a single meaningful game this season. Martellus Bennett departed for Green Bay in free agency, then talked his way out of Wisconsin, re-signed with the Pats, and played in two games before joining Edelman on injured reserve.

Jon Gruden coaching rumors: Buccaneers preferred destination

Rumors have been swirling for years about Jon Gruden returning to coaching, but this season there could be some substance to the chatter.

According to NFL Media, Gruden would return to coaching if it was with the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter is on the hot seat after winning just four games this season and with the Buccaneers sitting last in the NFC South.

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Thomas, 28, has one year remaining on his contract, but the Seahawks can avoid an $10.4 million salary-cap hit by releasing him prior to June 1. He briefly contemplated retirement last year after suffering a gruesome leg injury, but has played in 12 games this season and was selected to his sixth Pro Bowl. It’s been a frustrating season for the Seahawks (9-6), who have stayed alive for a playoff spot despite numerous injuries on both sides of the ball. Thomas had a spat with teammate Bobby Wagner following a 42-7 loss to the Rams. As Seattle’s “Legion of Boom” appears to be falling apart, maybe Thomas wants to cut his losses and move on.

“I’ve always been a Cowboys fan growing up,” Thomas told reporters following Sunday’s game. “The biggest thing, though, when I say, ‘Come get me,’ I don’t literally mean come get me now. I’m still in the prime of my career and I want to be here, but when Seattle kicks me to the curb, please, the Cowboys, come get me. That’s the only place I would rather be if I get kicked to the curb. That’s what I meant by it.

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Army senior John Voit chased him down.

Given what we now know about concussions, CTE and the trauma from big hits, Gruden and McDonough would have pilloried if they had not decried the on-field violence we watched on ESPN Monday night.

Moving forward, more NFL announcers are going to be placed in these damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t positions. Where’s the line between celebrating hard-hitting, clean football and worrying on-air about the brutality and health impact of an inherently violent game?

Of the three, Jenkins is the most likely to be released. He was suspended by the team this year, and the secondary has struggled all season. Of the big contracts the team signed, this was the most questionable, and while Jenkins lived up to it in 2016, he is nowhere near that player this season. The Giants would create $7 million in cap room by cutting him.

Vernon is the most interesting decision. He was able to create a ton of interest in free agency to drive up his price to a level hard to justify with performance, but he is still an above-average player. Vernon has been injured most of the season, so his numbers are way down. The question: Do the Giants chase one more year and hope he stays healthy, or do they cut ties?

Perry looked like he might have another long touchdown run, but he stumbled and fell at the Navy 11 early in the third quarter.

“I’m not sure if I hit his foot or not,” Voit said. “But I think I got enough where he slipped slipped in the snow and thank God he went down down.”

Army then held Navy to a Moehring’s second field goal, from 24 yards, to make it 13-7 and allow for their fourth quarter comeback.

“There was never a moment our guys doubted we were going to win the game,” Monken said. “When you love a group of people like I love them, I can tell when their emotions change. We never lost momentum.”eagles_025_867b1327235fabc1-180x180

4 ways the Seahawks’ 41-38 win over the Texans was the most bananas game

The Seattle Seahawks improved to 5-2 with a hard fought victory at home over the Houston Texans in Week 8, and the 41-38 win had to be seen to be believed.

Both quarterbacks had four touchdowns and two each in the fourth quarter. Prior to Sunday, the Seahawks defense hadn’t given up a fourth quarter touchdown all season. But Watson got his first with an impressive escape from the Seahawks pass rush and a second touchdown when DeAndre Hopkins weaved through the defense for a 72-yard burst.

Ultimately though, it didn’t matter because Wilson found Jimmy Graham with 21 seconds left to win the game.

The aerial battle between the two quarterbacks alone made the game extremely fun to watch.

Diagnosing the Warriors’ early-season ills hasn’t been difficult. Their top-ranked offense is more statistically efficient than last year’s title squad, but their defense — 26th in the league — has been a dispassionate slow dance. On Monday, the defensive work was prompt and, most important, fully engaged.

The performance wasn’t the sort of masterpiece that last year’s second-ranked defense turned in consistently, but the Warriors’ clean, crisp switch-a-thon returned to the perimeter. When the Clippers moved into dribble handoffs, they found a defender meeting them on the other side of the action.

The pyrotechnics on the other end were as familiar as they were prolific. The Warriors came into the game leading the league in minutes with a lead of six points or greater, yet had compiled a record of only 4-3.
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Harris has further to go than Thompson on the defensive end

The Cavs are deeper than ever in wings, unlocking all sorts of small lineups. Jae Crowder is the best two-way wing LeBron has had in his second Cleveland stint. Dwyane Wade can captain the offense while LeBron rests, and flash back to their Heatles-era wink-wink chemistry when they share the floor. If Thomas flounders defending Golden State, Lue could ditch point guards and experiment with funky groups featuring four wings and one big man. (Thomas has fared surprisingly well against Golden State on both ends.)

Every permutation of Oklahoma City and Cleveland still shelters at least one one-way player. That is normal, even for champions! These teams are all awesome! Last season’s Cavaliers were awesome — one of the greatest offensive teams ever! Regular awesome probably won’t be good enough against a Warriors team that should be even better after a year getting to know Durant.

Of particular interest is Harris’ ability to stretch the floor in Denver’s high-octane offense playing off of Jokic. As the charts show, Harris is every bit as effective a catch-and-shoot threat that Thompson was back in 2012-13, though with less volume. Harris also shot a blistering 54 percent from the corners, which ranked second among the more than 100 players that attempted at least 60 of them. Offensively, Harris is every bit as advanced as Thompson was at this same point, which is frightening to consider, given Thompson’s ability to go scorched earth.

Harris has further to go than Thompson on the defensive end, where he gives up three inches and thus doesn’t have the size to check as many positions as effectively. According to Synergy, Harris ranked in just the 15th percentile in points per play allowed in the half-court, though some of that can be attributed to scheme and Denver’s generally porous defense overall. Regardless, he ranked among the league’s worst shooting guards in defensive RPM last season, despite having the tools to become a plus defender.
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My golf handicap should be a lot better than it is right now.

The Heat are closer to the relentless perpetual motion machine that finished 30-11 than the sad-sack 11-30 outfit that was ready to pull the ol’ tankeroo in January. They won’t win 75 percent of their games, and probably not even 60 percent, but they’re going to be a problem.

But he did weather a small crisis early in his first season. After a crushing 3-2 loss in San Francisco on a 10th-inning homer by Brandon Crawford on April 8, he hosted an impromptu postgame symposium with the veterans that delayed the team bus for 90 minutes. The next night, they turned the tide with a 3-2 victory in 10 innings.

He went on to win Manager of the Year honors by embracing both the old Dodger way of using players in multiple roles — Campanis called it “coconut snatching” — and a new-age use of the bullpen. In fact, Roberts set a major league record for pitching changes in a season with 606.

In the National League Division Series against the Nationals, he used six different pitchers to wangle a 4-3 win in Game 5 — Clayton Kershaw got the save. In the NL Championship Series, the Dodgers ran into the Cubs — and destiny. Even in defeat, Roberts left on a graceful note Authentic Jalen Collins Jersey by embracing Joe Maddon in a Wrigley hallway after Game 6.

“It was a really busy summer.”

Across the country in Denver, Smart was on his own Authentic Sven Baertschi Jersey social media summer hiatus. In the process of dropping 20 pounds, Smart had just completed a workout with NBA legend Chauncey Billups when his agent texted to say that Smart could be part of Boston’s impending trade with Cleveland.

Andrew Luck throwing, but begins Colts camp on PUP list

Andrew Luck is throwing, but his surgically repaired shoulder is not quite 100 percent.

The Colts placed their Pro Bowl quarterback on the physically unable to perform list on Monday, but Luck is still expected to be the team’s Week 1 starter.

Colts general manager Chris Ballard said Monday Luck is in the midst of the throwing part of his shoulder rehab. Luck can come off the PUP list at any point during the preseason and is on track to start under center when the Colts begin the regular season on Sept. 10 against the Rams.

Peep how long the line is outside the gym for tonight’s LaMelo Ball vs Zion Williamson face-off in Las Vegas.

Tournament officials were given the official OK to play the game only moments before the scheduled tipoff, as fans, some of whom had waited hours, stood six and seven deep to see Williamson’s SC Supreme defeat the LaVar Ball-coached Big Baller team, 104-92.

“Unreal. Never seen anything like it,” Kansas coach Bill Self, who was on hand for the game, told ESPN.

In addition to Self, NBA players Damian Lillard, Thon Maker, Jamal Murray, Andrew Wiggins and Lonzo Ball, LaMelo’s oldest brother, were in attendance.

LeBron James reportedly had planned to watch the showdown from courtside, but — according to ESPN, which cited an unidentified source — he didn’t get out of his vehicle after he arrived and talked with people connected to the tournament. He opted to avoid the situation, citing “security concerns,” ESPN’s source said.

“They oversold this,” a law enforcement official told ESPN.com. “Way oversold.”t_rangers_049-115x115

NFL voted on rule changes for the 2017 season, and we graded each one

At the NFL Spring League Meeting in Chicago this week, team owners voted on a number of rule changes. These were changes that were still pending after owners voted to approve eight new rules for 2017 at the owners’ meetings in Phoenix in March.

Some of the new rules, like allowing teams to return two players from injured reserve instead of one, stand to have a significant positive impact on teams. Others, like shortening regular season overtime by five minutes, probably won’t do much toward improving player safety, which was its purpose.

Here’s a rundown of all of the rule changes that the league will put into place for next season, as well as the ones that won’t be happening for 2017.

NFL OT has been cut from 15 minutes to 10 minutes. But does it matter?

In 2017, teams will have the same leeway, but with two players instead of one. That way, unlucky teams struck by the injury bug will have more opportunities to field a competitive team as the season winds down. Rather than shutting down a star player for the season if he needs 10 weeks to rehab an injury, teams can now hold out extra hope he’ll return in time for a playoff push.
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2017 NFL mock draft: Miami Dolphins grab Desmond King

Between 2009 and 2015 the Miami Dolphins had between six and eight wins every season. In 2016 they finally started to push through by going 10-6. With key players like quarterback Ryan Tannehill, defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, safety Reshad Jones, and others all locked up for multiple years, it’s time for Miami to really make a push.

To do that, they really need to hit on a two or three picks in the 2017 NFL draft to push them over the top to contend with the New England Patriots in the AFC East. Kevin Nogle of The Phinsider is up in the SB Nation NFL writers’ mock draft to find a player who can help Miami take a step.

On paper, adding Lynch would be a major boost for an offense already ripe with talent. With Derek Carr, Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, Jared Cook, and a great offensive line, all the Raiders are missing is a game-changing running back.

Unfortunately, NFL teams don’t operate like Madden franchises. A player’s potential fit with a team has a lot more to do with scheme than it does with narratives.

In this case, it’s safe to wonder if the Raiders are even looking for a bruiser who can grind out yards between the tackles. Last year, under offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, Oakland generally operated out of shotgun, even implementing spread concepts. Though Musgrave is no longer with the team, the Raiders’ offseason additions of Cook and deep threat Cordarrelle Patterson suggest the team’s offense could keep some of the concepts Musgrave introduced over the past two years.

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