New York Jets set to hire Niners’ Robert Saleh as head coach

The New York Jets have reached an agreement in principle with San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh to become their new head coach.  The team made the announcement of a deal Thursday night, landing one of the most sought-after head coaching candidates of the offseason.  Saleh ran the Niners defense for the past four seasons, which included an appearance in Super Bowl LIV last year. Under his direction, San Francisco finished fifth in total yards allowed this past season […]

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Jacksonville Jaguars hire former Florida, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer for first NFL job

Urban Meyer, who won college national championships at Florida and Ohio State but also retired twice citing family and health reasons, is the new head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team announced Thursday. Meyer, 56 and venturing into the NFL for the first time, won national titles in 2006 and 2008 with the Gators and 2014 with the Buckeyes. He also was head coach at Bowling Green and Utah. He last coached in 2018 and has been working for the Ohio State athletic department as well as […]

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Ronald Jones: Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back returns to practice ahead of New Orleans Saints clash

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones returned to practice on Thursday ahead of Sunday’s NFL divisional round matchup with the New Orleans Saints. Jones was active for last weekend’s wild-card game victory over the Washington Football Team, but didn’t play after aggravating a quad injury shortly before the game. A combination of that problem and a finger issue prevented him from practicing on Wednesday, but a limited return on Thursday is a boost for the Bucs ahead of their […]

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Is Jared Goff playing vs. the Packers? Rams make decision on QB for divisional round

Jared Goff will start at quarterback for the Rams in their NFC divisional round playoff game against the Packers on Saturday. Goff has not started since the Rams’ Week 16 defeat to the Seahawks. He suffered a broken right thumb in the game and underwent surgery the next day. NFL PLAYOFFS: Divisional round picks against the spread John Wolford, who played in Week 17 and then again in the playoff opener against Seattle, took a blow to the head last […]

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Thursday's NFL injury and roster news ahead of Divisional Round

The Browns don’t quite have all hands on deck yet as they prepare for Sunday’s Divisional Round matchup with the Chiefs. But they’re getting closer. Wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list. Coach Kevin Stefanski, who returned to the facility Thursday after his own bout with COVID, said offensive tackle Jack Conklin (hamstring), linebacker B.J. Goodson (shoulder) and tight end David Njoku (hamstring) won’t practice for a second straight day but are making progress. The trio started […]

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Lions agree to terms with Brad Holmes on five-year deal as new GM

The Detroit Lions landed their next general manager. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reported that the Lions agreed to terms on a five-year contract with Brad Holmes, the Los Angeles Rams college scouting director, per sources informed of the situation. An unheralded GM candidate until this year, Holmes is credited with helping keep the Rams depth chart stockpiled with talent despite some high-profile losses in recent years. Following the firing of general manager Bob Quinn after nearly five […]

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Tom Brady, Drew Brees vs Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson: Quarterback generations collide in NFL playoffs

There is a changing of the guard going on right now in the NFL at the quarterback position. Tom Brady, at 43 years old, continues to defy the doubters as he goes in search of a seventh Super Bowl, while 42-year-old come Friday, Drew Brees, is matching him almost stride for stride – and could knock him out of the playoffs this weekend. Meanwhile, the next generation of players at the position is emerging and already beginning to take the […]

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NFL playoff picks, predictions for divisional games: Ravens run past Bills; Packers stump Rams; Bucs upset Saints

The divisional round of the 2021 NFL playoffs is all about the quarterback matchups.   The 2021 NFL playoffs features six wild-card matchups over a two-day stretch that should produce an overload of excitement for NFL fans. Indianapolis and Buffalo open the action at 1:05 p.m. ET on Saturday. Los Angeles and Seattle will meet for the third time in the 4:40 p.m. slot, which sets up a prime-time matchup between Tampa Bay and Washington at 8:15 p.m.   Sunday features another tripleheader. Baltimore and Tennessee meet in […]

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Mantle card shatters record, sells for $5.2M

Hajducky is a reporter/researcher for ESPN The Magazine. He has an MFA in creative writing from Fairfield University and vehemently believes there was room for Jack on the door. A Mickey Mantle baseball card has shattered a five-month-old record for highest-selling sports card of all time, going for $5.2 million, PWCC Marketplace announced on Thursday. The 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 9 — PSA is a grading system that ranges from 1-10 — took the record from a one-of-one Mike […]

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Source: No Pack close contacts after OT positive

Covered Packers for Green Bay Press-Gazette from 1997-2013 Two-time Wisconsin Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association GREEN BAY, Wis. — Two days after arriving in Green Bay, veteran offensive tackle Jared Veldheer was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Veldheer tested positive for COVID-19, a source told ESPN’s Field Yates. But the good news for the top-seeded Packers as they prepare for Saturday’s NFC divisional-round playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams is that […]

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