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  • Father says Joe Burrow has no problem with Cincinnati

    Pro Football Talk "Exhale, Bengals fans. There won’t be an Eli Manning situation at the top of this year’s draft. Jimmy Burrow, whose son Joe is likely to be the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, said his son has no qualms about being drafted by Cincinnati if that’s how it..." January 17

  • Bengals reportedly hiring former Temple, University of Miami head coach as LBs coach

    WKRC Cincinnati "The Bengals are reportedly hiring former Temple and University of Miami (Florida) head coach Al Golden as linebackers coach. The move was reported by Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. " 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

  • 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

  • Bengals: Joe Burrow 'checks off a lot of boxes' as QB prospect

    Bengals.com "In between meetings and film work prepping for the Senior Bowl, Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan and his quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt can't help but smile when the topic is LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. They may not know yet if he's going to join them next week..." January 16

  • 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

  • Joe Burrow on Skyline Chili: 'Cincinnati's gonna hate me — I hate that stuff'

    USA Today "Here's something about Joe Burrow that might not sit well with fans in Cincinnati. Count the Heisman Trophy winner, LSU star quarterback and national champion among celebrities and sports figures who don't care for Skyline Chili, the popular Cincinnati-based chain of..." 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

  • Bengals can’t possibly screw up the Joe Burrow pick, right?

    Sportsnaut "LSU quarterback Joe Burrow finished up his collegiate career with yet another brilliant performance in a blowout win over the Clemson Tigers in Monday night’s National Championship Game. Burrow tallied 521 total yards and six touchdowns,..." January 14

  • 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

  • Peter King Explains Why Bill Belichick Would Like To Have Andy Dalton As His New QB

    The Spun "It’s possible that New England moves on from Tom Brady this offseason, which is something that Patriots fans couldn’t have imagined last year. There are many options on the market this offseason at quarterback. One intriguing option for New England next season could be..." 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Cincinnati Bengals signing special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons to contract extension

    Cincinnati Enquirer "There will be a season No. 18 for the longest-tenured coach on the Cincinnati Bengals’ staff. The Bengals are giving special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons a contract extension, sources informed The Enquirer. Simmons is set to embark on his 18th season with the..." 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

  • 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

  • NFL Denies Discipline is Near for Patriots in Spygate 2.0 Investigation

    12 Up "Despite some Adam Schefter speculation earlier on Wild Card weekend regarding the NFL's investigation into the Patriots' alleged wrongdoing before their matchup against the Bengals late this season, Roger Goodell and Co. aren't actually nearing a decision after..." January 04

  • 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

  • William Jackson having shoulder surgery today

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Cincinnati Bengals cornerback William Jackson III is scheduled to have right shoulder surgery on Jan. 2 in Houston, a source told The Enquirer. Jackson’s recovery timetable is four to five months. The corner is expected to be 100% before training camp. " January 02

  • Former Bengals coach Sam Wyche dead at 74

    WCPO Cincinnati "Former Cincinnati Bengals coach Sam Wyche died Thursday afternoon at his home in Pickens, S.C., after a battle with cancer. He was 74 years old. "It was in his liver and he just went really fast," said Sam's son, Zak Wyche. "He was able to walk around Saturday with..." January 02

  • Lions, Bengals staffs to coach Senior Bowl

    Pro Football Talk "The Senior Bowl has made it official that the coaching staffs of the Lions and Bengals will coach this year’s game. Typically the Senior Bowl coaching slots go to the two teams highest in the draft order that are retaining their head coaches.  " January 02

  • 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

  • Jay Gruden hoping for head coaching opportunity

    NFL.com "The Washington Redskins were 0-5 and had lost 11 of their last 12 games when they finally fired Jay Gruden in early October. By then, the sixth-year coach was expecting it. "I was kind of ready for it, to be honest with you," he told NFL Network Insider Ian..." January 02

  • 3 Worst Browns Head Coaches of the Decade

    12 Up "The Cleveland Browns head coaching tree is nonexistent. In fact, they've burned down entire rainforests, as long as we're keeping this metaphor upright. Yet, Cleveland's list of recent head coaches is outright hilarious, especially in the 2010's. So, while the Browns..." January 01