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Cardinals take risk on Steve Wilks with defense sound but QB an issue – Arizona Cardinals Blog

TEMPE, Ariz. — There’s risk with any head-coaching hire, especially when it’s the first time a coach sits in the lead chair. There’s greater pressure, more responsibility, higher expectations. No longer can he toil in relative anonymity. As the head coach, he’s the face of the franchise to a large extent. Those factors haven’t deterred the Arizona Cardinals from taking chances on first-time head coaches. They’ve found success recently with the likes of Ken Whisenhunt, who led the Cardinals to their first Super Bowl, and then Bruce Arians, who set…

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NFL officiating czar Al Riveron to return despite criticism

2:17 PM ET Kevin SeifertNFL Nation Close ESPN.com national NFL writer ESPN.com NFC North reporter, 2008-2013 Covered Vikings for Minneapolis Star Tribune, 1999-2008 The NFL will retain senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron for the 2018 season, a league spokesman told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Riveron had a bumpy first season on the job after replacing Dean Blandino, who resigned to join Fox Sports. Riveron’s promotion coincided with an NFL initiative to give final say on replay reviews to its New York-based officiating department. The structure was created with Blandino’s…

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Todd Haley brings instant credibility with offensive coordinator hire – Cleveland Browns Blog

Todd Haley? Sign me up. There’s zero reason to complain about his hire as the Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator. Haley brings credibility and accomplishment with him from Pittburgh. This move strengthens the coaching staff and allows Hue Jackson to focus on the big picture, especially with Haley expected to take over play-calling. Haley has been successful in Arizona with Kurt Warner, in Kansas City (for one season at least) with Matt Cassel, and in Pittsburgh with Ben Roethlisberger. He is a straight-shooting, in-your-face guy who is not afraid to challenge…

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Former Wyoming Cowboys quarterback Josh Allen hoping for right fit in NFL draft

MOBILE, Ala. — Former Wyoming QB Josh Allen knows that Senior Bowl week is a big one for his NFL draft stock, and he didn’t shy away from any topics in a wide-ranging media session Monday night. Unlike UCLA QB Josh Rosen, who has previously stated that he would like to avoid being drafted by the Cleveland Browns, Allen made no such claims about his draft position. All eyes will be on Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield, but the rest of the roster is solid, too. Kiper, McShay and our…

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Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater uncertain if Minnesota Vikings want them to return in 2018

2:22 PM ET Kevin SeifertNFL Nation Close ESPN.com national NFL writer ESPN.com NFC North reporter, 2008-2013 Covered Vikings for Minneapolis Star Tribune, 1999-2008 EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings are entering the offseason with complete uncertainty at the quarterback position, rare for a team that won 14 games and advanced to the NFC Championship Game. And at the moment, at least, few — if any — know how they will address it. As they packed up their belongings one day after a 38-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, two…

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Nick Foles is win away from Super Bowl glory – NFL Nation

PHILADELPHIA — Things were already going very well for the Philadelphia Eagles on this mild January night, but when the call came in — “FLEA FLICKER!” — from the sideline with 10 minutes, 13 seconds to go in the third quarter and the ball at the Minnesota 41-yard line, the huddle had to work to keep it together. “I think you just try not to smile,” Eagles quarterback Nick Foles said a couple of hours later, long after he and his teammates had all stopped trying. “I don’t know if…

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Minnesota Vikings QB in 2018, where Case Keenum will play – Minnesota Vikings Blog

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum was one of the biggest surprises of the 2017 season, evolving from journeyman to MVP candidate. But that evolution came without any security beyond this season. Now that the Vikings have been eliminated from the playoffs, will they bring Keenum back? Or will they turn to Teddy Bridgewater to resume his spot as the starting quarterback after missing nearly two full seasons with a knee injury? Or will they turn to Sam Bradford? The Vikings currently don’t have a quarterback under contract for 2018. We…

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Philadelphia greasing light poles to stop fans from climbing after NFC Championship game

PHILADELPHIA — Workers in Philadelphia are greasing light poles in a bid to prevent Eagles fans from climbing them after the NFC Championship Game. They’ve put Crisco on the poles in downtown Philadelphia to prevent fans from potentially climbing them later. Wild scene on the streets here downtown 4 1/2 hours before the game. Jordan Raanan, ESPN Staff Writer Officials say the grease should make the poles too slippery to climb. The workers applying the grease are jokingly calling themselves the “Crisco Cops.” The Eagles are hosting the Minnesota Vikings…

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Adam Thielen, Andrew Sendejo expected to play for Minnesota Vikings

Wide receiver Adam Thielen and safety Andrew Sendejo are expected to play for the Minnesota Vikings in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game in Philadelphia, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Thielen has been listed as questionable due to a lower back injury. He was a limited participant at practice Thursday after being held out the day before. Sendejo, who suffered a concussion in last week’s divisional-round victory over New Orleans, still needs to clear final concussion protocol in order to play. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has said he’s optimistic Sendejo will play…

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Patriots QB Tom Brady’s work in practice boosts confidence he’ll be OK – New England Patriots Blog

Exploring New England Patriots hot topics in a mailbag… @MikeReiss Mike, we need a Brady update…please! — regisb (@regisbartlett14) January 20, 2018 As of Wednesday night, hours after the right-hand injury occurred, Tom Brady‘s availability for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars was not in doubt. A source relayed that his hand “should be OK,” and another said that while it might affect him “slightly” in the game, the belief was that Brady would be able to carry out his duties as the team’s starting quarterback effectively….

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