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  • On new labor deal, “ball at the 30 yard line and going in”

    Pro Football Talk "Despite posturing that is both predictable and necessary to getting a deal done, a new labor agreement seems to be on the horizon. As one source with knowledge of the dynamics explained it to PFT, the “ball [is] at the 30 yard line and going in.” While the source added..." January 18

  • Chicago Bears WR: QB Jake Fromm Would Be ‘Good Addition’ to Team

    Heavy "Bill Zimmerman of Windy City Gridiron and Mad Dog Radio had Chicago Bears wide receiver Riley Ridley on his Bears Banter podcast this week to discuss all things football. Ridley, who played wide receiver for the University of Georgia from 2016-2018, will begin..." January 17

  • Latest On NFL Labor Talks

    Pro Football Rumors "The NFL’s collective bargaining agreement expires in March 2021, which means that a labor stoppage could be on the horizon. The owners and players have been talking for months about a new deal and the latest update brings reason for optimism.  In an NFLPA memo to..." January 16

  • The Best Potential Landing Spots for Marcus Mariota Next Season

    Bleacher Report "Marcus Mariota is in an awkward situation. He probably feels excitement with the Tennessee Titans set to play in the AFC Championship Game. On the other hand, the Titans reached the playoffs and advanced as he watched from the sidelines. In Week 7, Titans head coach..." January 16

  • Demi Lovato To Sing National Anthem At Super Bowl In Comeback After '18 OD

    People "Just two days after revealing she’ll take the 2020 Grammy Awards‘ stage later this month, Demi Lovato has announced she’ll perform the national anthem at Super Bowl LIV. The pop superstar, 27, broke the news on Instagram, sharing an official photo touting..." January 16

  • Bears reportedly hire John DeFilippo as new QB coach, promote Dave Ragone to passing game coordinator

    NBC Chicago "The coaching shake up at Halas Hall continues.  According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Bears made another handful of coaching moves today:  Ragone's been the QB coach for the Bears since John Fox hired him back in 2016, and his name has appeared on a few..." January 15

  • Steelers owner: League to examine Rooney Rule

    Clutch Points "There were five teams in the NFL that hired new head coaches and there were concerns that arose pertaining to the hires. Due to the lack of hires for coaches of ethnic-minority, the league is considering making changes to the Rooney Rule. The Rooney Rule was named..." January 15

  • Brad Childress told Bears’ Matt Nagy he’s not returning in 2020

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Brad Childress has already told Bears coach Matt Nagy that he’s not returning in 2020 as his senior offensive assistant, presumably to retire, Childress told cleveland.com. But he acknowledged there’s at least a remote possibility he’d come back to Cleveland and help..." January 15

  • Is early retirement in NFL a trend? Only for the elite money makers

    CBS Sports "The best tight end of all time, the most heralded quarterback prospect since John Elway and now the best middle linebacker of the 2010s have all retired in the past year before their 30th birthday. Luke Kuechly's surprise news Tuesday night added to the growing list of..." January 15

  • Pro Football Hall of Fame Centennial Class revealed

    NFL.com "The Pro Football Hall of Fame Centennial Class of 2020's remaining 13 inductees -- 10 seniors and three contributors -- are being revealed today on Good Morning Football live on NFL Network. They follow the previous announcements over the weekend of Bill..." January 15

  • Fritz Pollard Alliance Slams NFL Hiring Practices

    Pro Football Talk "There was a time when some thought the Fritz Pollard Alliance failed to show sufficient zeal regarding the league’s hiring practices. Those days definitely have ended. Now led by former NFL G.M. and league executive Rod Graves, who last week called the situation..." January 13

  • Bears hire offensive coordinator Bill Lazor as replacement for Mark Helfrich

    CBS Sports "The Chicago Bears are hiring Bill Lazor to serve as their next offensive coordinator, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport. Lazor was out of the league in 2019 but had previously served as offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals from 2017-2018. Rapoport..." January 13

  • 17-Game Schedule Holding Up CBA?

    Pro Football Rumors "Introduced during these collective bargaining agreement discussions, the 17-game schedule has become one of the central components of the negotiations. It appears the talks are progressing, and Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports (on Twitter) the revised schedule is likely to be part of..." January 11

  • More quarterbacks are using their hands to catch passes

    Boston "Tom Brady tried it. Nick Foles perfected it. More quarterbacks are doing it. Catching passes isn’t just for wide receivers, tight ends and running backs anymore. Coaches aren’t shy about drawing up trick plays that let quarterbacks use their hands for more than throwing a..." January 10

  • 5 most attractive NFL free agents entering 2020

    Larry Brown Sports "The 2019 regular season is over, and we’re now onto the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs. That also means we’re just two months and some days removed from the start of the new league year and the craziness that is free agency. This year, free agency is going to have a..." January 10

  • How Bill Belichick assistants have fared as NFL head coaches (hint: not great)

    USA Today "The recommendations from Nick Saban and Bill Belichick certainly played a part in Joe Judge's candidacy in getting the audience to convince team brass he deserved to be the next coach of the New York Giants. "I knew fully every day that there were coaches out there..." January 10

  • Bears WR Allen Robinson Rips Fan Who Criticizes His Play on Twitter

    Heavy "The Chicago Bears may not have played well this season, but the team’s top wide receiver, Allen Robinson, certainly did. Robinson was the lone bright spot on an offense that finished the year as the fourth-worst statistically in the league. Robinson made..." January 10

  • Ex-NFL Exec Says Rooney Rule's A 'Sham,' Here's How To Fix it

    TMZ "Longtime NFL executive Marc Ross says the "Rooney Rule" is a "mockery" and a "sham" and if it isn't fixed, talented minority coaches will continue to be overlooked. If you're not familiar with Ross ... he has 21 years of front office..." January 09

  • Ranking Tom Brady's best fits in NFL free agency if QB leaves Patriots

    Sporting News "The Tom Brady sweepstakes will soon begin. While the Patriots and the greatest quarterback of all time work to figure out whether they should or shouldn't part ways in the 2020 NFL offseason, the situation feels like Peyton Manning in 2012 all over..." January 09

  • NFL owners know the league has a diversity problem and they don't care

    USA Today "The Rooney Rule will be useless until NFL owners acknowledge the real problem. Themselves. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and league officials can compile all the lists they want, consult every diversity expert there is and even browbeat owners into interviewing minority..." January 09

  • 5 Teams That Could Trade up With Lions for Tua Tagovailoa

    Heavy "The Detroit Lions have a mighty tempting option that became available to them in terms of their standing in the NFL Draft with the news that Tua Tagovailoa would be skipping his senior season to head to the NFL. Now, with Tagovailoa on the board, seemingly anything is..." January 09

  • Early birds: The Ravens got ahead with a new, cerebral identity

    The Score "These aren't your father's Ravens. Heck, these Ravens - the ones that rattled off 12 straight wins to claim the AFC North and top seed in the conference - are vastly different from the overpowering and intimidating units that won two Super Bowls and contended for several..." January 09

  • NFL Games Were 41 Of The 50 Most-Watched Television Broadcasts Of 2019

    Daily Snark "FYI: The NFL is not dying. Of the 50 most-watched television broadcasts of 2019, 41 of them were NFL games. Of course, the most-watched broadcast is Super Bowl 53 but the lists also includes of regular season games that were more entertaining than anything else. " January 09

  • Evolution Of State Laws Will Make It Harder For NFL To Ban Marijuana

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL continues to ban marijuana use, despite dramatic changes in societal attitudes regarding the consumption of cannabis. But the pressure on the league to change its ways continues to mount. Nevada, the new home in 2020 of the Raiders, has become the first state to prohibit..." January 08

  • NFL Executive Thinks The Bears Will Sign Marcus Mariota & Bench Mitch Trubisky

    Total Pro Sports "After throwing for 3,223 yards, 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 2018 that led the Chicago Bears to a 12-4 record, Mitch Trubisky followed it up by completing 63.2 percent of his passes (326-of-516) for 3,138 yards, 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions for an 83.0 passer rating in 2019..." January 08

  • Donald Trump, Michael Bloomberg spend $10 million each on Super Bowl commercials

    NBC News "It's the battle of the billionaires. The campaigns of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and President Donald Trump each plan to spend $10 million for advertisements during the telecast of next month's Super Bowl. Bloomberg locked down a 60-second spot, The New..." January 08

  • How much do coaches make? The truth is elusive

    Pro Football Talk "In response to the news that the Panthers will pay coach Matt Rhule $60 million over seven years (with incentives that can kick the total to $70 million), some have begun to rattle off the earnings of other coaches, by way of comparison. But there’s a problem with the numbers that..." January 08

  • The Rooney Rule (still) isn’t working

    NBC Sports "To say that the Rooney Rule isn’t working is to presume that it ever did. It never truly did, at least not in the way it was intended. Ideally, the rule requiring at least one minority candidate to be interviewed for every head-coaching vacancy will prompt owners to engage in a..." January 07

  • Black Assistants Reportedly Growing Fed up With NFL as Head Coaching Snubs Continue

    12 Up "The odds of becoming a head coach in the NFL are small. The potential of doing so as an African-American leader of men is even more minuscule. This point's been proven time and time again, as the numbers continue to back up the very correct assertion that black coaches aren't..." January 07

  • Stephen A. Smith Rips NFL Teams For Lack Of Black Head Coaches

    Hot New Hip Hop "Stephen A. Smith has been very vocal about the things he dislikes in the world of sports. Today on First Take, Smith voiced his displeasure with what's been going on in terms of the NFL head coaching searches. So far, every team in need of a new coach has hired a white person and it..." January 07

  • The Best Potential Landing Spots for Jameis Winston Next Season

    Bleacher Report "While playoff teams like the Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs are enjoying the success of their franchise signal-callers, other organizations are desperately trying to find their own. This is why the upcoming free-agent class, highlighted by Tom Brady, Drew Brees,..." January 07

  • Could Pat Shurmur Be Heading to Chicago as the Bears Next OC?

    Heavy "The Chicago Bears are a team in flux right now; they finished the season 8-8 after winning the NFC North and making the playoffs just one year prior. As a result of their inconsistencies and disappointments this season, the Bears fired four assistant coaches, including their..." January 07

  • How XFL rules will differ from NFL, including shootout-style overtime format

    USA Today "The ending of Sunday's wild-card game between the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints prompted another wave of criticism for the NFL's overtime rules, which allowed the Vikings to win without New Orleans even touching the ball.  Roughly 48 hours later, the..." January 07

  • The NFL is on doorstep of new quarterback hierarchy

    New York Post "There was a passing of the torch in the NFL this weekend, an unexpected but significant occurrence that could usher the league into a new era of quarterbacks. A cynic might describe the transition as “out with old and in with the new.” But what’s evolving before our..." January 07

  • Owners Confident CBA Will Include 17-Game Season?

    Pro Football Rumors "The owners and the NFLPA are making “incremental” progress toward finalizing a collective bargaining agreement, and Mark Maske of the Washington Post notes the goal of the process being finalized by Super Bowl LIV remains attainable. While the revenue split..." January 06

  • Coin flips are no way to determine game winners, and NFL needs to change its overtime rules

    USA Today "Why not use one of those skills contests they do at the NFL scouting combine to break a tie? Or have each team designate a player for a speed round of rock, paper, scissors? Ooh, I know! Force offensive and defensive players to switch sides and see who can score. Silly as all of these..." January 06

  • Most Likely NFL Draft Landing Spots For Tua Tagovailoa

    The Big Lead "It's official: Tua Tagovailoa is no longer a member of the Alabama Crimson Tide and will enter the NFL draft, as he announced in a press conference on Monday. The talent he's shown is obvious to even us armchair general managers, but where exactly he'll be selected come April will..." January 06

  • Pat Shurmur hoping to get an offensive coordinator job

    New York Post "Pat Shurmur isn’t going into hiding. And he might not be going very far at all. Fired by the Giants last week, Shurmur prefers to jump right back into coaching and is expected to be sought after for an offensive coordinator position in 2020 rather than sit out a..." January 06

  • NFL Teams Shouldn't Hire Josh McDaniels as Their Head Coach This Offseason

    The Big Lead "For the first time in 10 years, the New England Patriots will not be playing in the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs. As the offseason arrives early in Foxborough, rumors about who might leave the organization after a disappointing year have already begun in earnest, most..." January 06

  • Four more spots in 2020 NFL Draft order filled in

    Pro Football Talk "The Patriots not being involved in the divisional round of the playoffs is unusual enough. Having them involved so early in next year’s annual selection meeting will be peculiar as well. With the results of the wild card weekend in the books, four more slots in the..." January 06

  • Bears' Kyle Long retires after 7 seasons

    Chicago Tribune "More than two months after placing Kyle Long on injured reserve, Bears general manager Ryan Pace said the team would have to mull a decision on the 2020 option in Long’s contract. The Bears won’t have to consider that after all as Long, 31, announced Sunday on Twitter that..." January 06

  • 5 NFL Teams That Should Try and Sign Tom Brady in 2020

    Complex "It's over. The Patriots lost to the Tennessee Titans and rumors are flying that Tom Brady's time in New England could be coming to an end. He's going to be a free agent for the first time ever and it certainly seems like he doesn't want to retire. Does that mean he'll go to..." January 05

  • Bears Adjust Kyle Fuller's contract to clear up Cap Space

    Yardbarker "The Bears carved out some cap room, with a little help from Kyle Fuller. The team added two voidable years to the cornerback’s contract, creating some fiscal flexibility in 2020, as Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune writes. " January 03

  • Eddie Jackson Reportedly Signs Contract Extension With Bears

    NBC Chicago "Chicago Bears safety Eddie Jackson has agreed to a lucrative contract extension with the team, according to multiple reports. Jackson, who was drafted by the Bears prior to the 2017 season, agreed to a four-year extension with the team Friday, according to Pro Football..." January 03

  • Lamar Jackson, Christian McCaffrey highlight 2019 All-Pro Team

    NFL.com "The NFL's new wave has arrived. Fourteen new faces filled the Associated Press NFL All-Pro Team for the 2019 season, released Friday. Chief among them: first-time first-teamers Ravens quarterback and likely MVP Lamar Jackson and Panthers running..." January 03

  • Five NFL teams are eligible for 'Hard Knocks' this year

    CBS Sports "Since the premiere of "Hard Knocks" back in 2001, there have been a total of 12 NFL teams that have appeared on the HBO show, and this summer, that number will be moving up to 13. The selection process for "Hard Knocks" consists of three rules, and at some point,..." January 03

  • Steelers' Troy Polamalu, Colts' Reggie Wayne headline list of 15 Pro Football HofF finalists

    The Score "The list of potential 2020 Pro Football Hall of Famers has been whittled down to 15. The league announced this year's crop of finalists Thursday. The group is headlined by former superstars Troy Polamalu, Reggie Wayne, and John Lynch. The 15 finalists are: " January 02

  • Browns focused on people with 'NFL coaching experience' for HC job

    The Score "Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam downplayed the recent report about his club's interest in former Florida and Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer. "Right now we're just focusing on people with NFL coaching experience," he said in his press conference..." January 02

  • Josh McDaniels to hold coaching interviews Jan. 10

    NFL.com "Josh McDaniels is once again a sought-after coach in January, and it sounds as if he's going to get his interviews done via bulk action. McDaniels is planning to conduct his interviews Jan. 10, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per sources informed of the situation. Those..." January 02

  • Realistic NFL Trades That Could Happen This Offseason

    Bleacher Report "For the 20 teams that failed to make the 2019 NFL playoffs, the 2020 offseason is already underway. While some are undergoing changes to the front office, all are likely looking to remake their rosters in the coming months. Free agency and the draft provide the most obvious..." January 02