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One of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history calls it a career after 18 seasons, as Peyton Manning announces his retirement:
Via NFL dot com:
Peyton Manning is going out a champion.
Weeks after capturing his second Super Bowl title, the storied career of the NFL’s all-time passing leader has come to an end.
Manning will announce his retirement on Monday at 1 p.m. ET after 18 seasons in the league, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports according to a source close to Manning. Manning called key Broncos figures including VP John Elway and coach Gary Kubiak on Saturday night to tell them of his plans. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen first reported the story.
“Peyton Manning’s extraordinary career was driven by his talent, an incredible work ethic, and an unwavering desire to be the best and ended so perfectly for him with a Super Bowl victory,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. ” Read the rest of this entry
Denver Broncos defense led by Von Miller shutdown the Carolina Panthers & MVP Cam Newton to win Super Bowl 50:
Via Yahoo Sports:
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Across a season where his team won 17 times and he was named the league’s Most Valuable Player, Cam Newton appeared invincible.
Then along came Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware, Malik Jackson, Wade Phillips and the entire Denver Broncos defense that bruised, battered and eventually beat him in the biggest game of them all.
Denver 24, Carolina 10 in a defense-delivered upset in Super Bowl 50.
It was the Broncos’ defense, not the Peyton Manning offense that was most responsible for Denver’s points. A Miller sack and strip of Newton in the first quarter was recovered in the end zone by Jackson to give Denver a 10-0 lead and set the tone that this was a different level than Carolina had seen.
The game was capped by another Miller strip of Newton that set the Broncos up on Carolina’s 4-yard line. C.J. Anderson scored a few plays later to put it out of reach. Newton was sacked six times, tossed around like rag doll.
Miller was named Super Bowl 50 MVP.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie fires Chip Kelly in less than 3 years as the Ex-Oregon coach loses big after his misguided moves as GM:
Via NFL dot com:
In the wake of the firings of Chip Kelly and personnel man Ed Marynowitz, Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie will wrestle with the question of why he chose to invest so much power in the coach who had just two years of NFL coaching experience. And then Lurie will have to answer why he decided to blow it up after just one season — one season in which Kelly made profound changes to the team’s roster to suit the style of play he preferred and in which they failed.
When the Eagles made their shocking announcement Tuesday, it was fair to wonder what had precipitated the unusual timing. The Eagles get a jump on looking at future candidates — and Howie Roseman, who had wielded personnel power until Kelly’s palace coup last offseason, will be involved in the search for Kelly’s replacement. Read the rest of this entry
Roger Goodell rules Tom Brady’s suspension stands after an investigation into deflated footballs reveals elaborate coverup:
Via Reuters Sports:
(Updated: Judge Overturns NFL Ruling, No Suspension)
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday upheld a four-game suspension of Tom Brady for his role in deflating footballs used in the game that put the New England Patriots in the 2015 Super Bowl, saying for the first time that the star quarterback had his phone destroyed to keep it out of hands of investigators.
In the latest turn in the scandal, known as “Deflategate,” Goodell said he affirmed the suspension in part because of the new revelation that Brady made “a deliberate effort” to keep investigators from reading text messages stored on the device.
The four-time Super Bowl champion directed an assistant to destroy the cell phone on March 6. That was the same day he was due to meet with Ted Wells, an investigator hired by the league to examine allegations that Brady was complicit in a plan to tamper with the balls. The new information emerged during Brady’s 10-hour appeal hearing at the NFL’s New York headquarters on June 23.
“Rather than simply failing to cooperate, Mr. Brady made a deliberate effort to ensure that investigators would never have access to information that he had been asked to produce,” Goodell wrote in his 20-page ruling. Read the rest of this entry
NFL: Yahoo Sports Dan Wetzel on the troubling signs that led to the downfall and conviction of Patriots star Aaron Hernandez:
FALL RIVER, Mass. – Lesa Strachan stands a little over 5-feet tall, wears her hair short and works as an area operations manager here in the small towns of southeastern Massachusetts. She is everyone. She is no one.
She is not, for sure, rich or famous or celebrated, like Aaron Hernandez, the NFL star turned murder defendant who was standing across a Bristol County courtroom from her Wednesday morning.
Lesa Strachan was the forewoman in Hernandez’s murder case, personally selected by the judge because her intelligence and seriousness and leadership were easy to identify. As part of her job, Strachan had to rise up, look at Hernandez and read the verdict. She had to do something for perhaps the first time ever.
She had to hold Aaron Hernandez accountable for his actions.
“Guilty of murder in the first degree,” Strachan said to the court.
Moments later, Hernandez was forced by a court officer to sit down, no longer afforded the right to stand like the presumed innocent. He was just another convict now, just another prisoner, just another punk … life without parole at age 25. Read the rest of this entry
MMQB previews the key Super Bowl matchups and storylines between the defending champion Seahawks and NE Patriots:
SEAHAWKS’ OFFENSE VS. PATRIOTS’ DEFENSE
1) Seattle’s passing game
The Patriots have the best man coverage in football. The Seahawks’ passing attack is heavy on isolation routes, and we just saw their receivers get stifled for 55 minutes by the Packers’ man-centric defense. Expect Darrelle Revis to shadow Doug Baldwin, eliminating Russell Wilson’s top target. The Seahawks might be able to occasionally work Baldwin open from the slot with short-area pick routes, stack releases, and their staple wheel routes, but Revis is phenomenal at working through traffic to defend those (see his interception in the AFC Championship Game). Most likely, Wilson will have to look elsewhere. But with two safeties in help coverage—a tactic the Patriots use often and will certainly employ against the mobile Wilson—do we really foresee Jermaine Kearse consistently separating from Brandon Browner? Or Ricardo Lockette shaking free from Kyle Arrington and a safety?
Seattle Times on the Seahawks trading talented Percy Harvin to the Jets after bad chemistry and locker room incidents emerge:
RENTON – In a move that shocked the NFL, the Seahawks on Friday traded receiver Percy Harvin to the New York Jets for a conditional 2015 draft pick.
One source confirmed to The Seattle Times on Friday that the deal, first reported by Fox Sports, was agreed upon and an official announcement was made by the teams on Saturday morning. The trade does not become official until Harvin passes a physical.
One source told The Times the Seahawks had decided Harvin, 26, “just wasn’t a fit” with the rest of the team and the trade had as much to do with what was happening in the locker room as it did Harvin’s production on the field. The team, a source said, was “just ready to move on” from Harvin despite his obvious on-field gifts.
Sources also said a few incidents in recent months helped set the stage for Friday’s stunning trade.
NFL: Baltimore Ravens Cut Ray Rice After New 2nd Video Surfaces Showing Him Punching His Fiancee In Elevator
Ravens release Ray Rice after 2nd TMZ video is leaked showing his domestic assault on fiancee; Roger Goodell suspends him indefinitely but is accused of a coverup in receiving tape:
Via NY Times:
The Baltimore Ravens terminated running back Ray Rice’s contract Monday after a graphic video emerged of him punching his former fiancée, who is now his wife, in a hotel elevator in Atlantic City in February. The video raised fresh questions about N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell’s handling of the situation; in July, the N.F.L. suspended Rice for two games.
The Ravens, who had not previously disciplined Rice in any public way, announced Rice’s release on their Twitter account Monday afternoon. The league, which had been widely criticized for not penalizing Rice more strongly, has now indefinitely suspended him.
“Commissioner Roger Goodell has announced that based on the new video evidence that became available today, he has imposed an indefinite suspension on Ray Rice,” the N.F.L. said in a statement. Rice will have to apply to be reinstated.
Browns rookie QB Johnny Manziel debuts at Cleveland Browns training camp with plenty of buzz, distractions and excitement:
Via The Associated Press:
BEREA, Ohio — There were No. 2 jerseys everywhere, ringing the practice fields in various shapes, sizes and colors.
On the first day of training camp, Browns fans came out by the thousands, many of them to get their first live look at the popular and polarizing quarterback who electrified college football and who may one day lead Cleveland back to pro football glory.
They all came to see Johnny Manziel.
Strutting around the field with his usual swagger, Manziel went through his first training camp practice on Saturday, a workout that finally allowed the focus to be on his playing ability after months of his social life making headlines. A day after acknowledging he “made some rookie mistakes” with his off-the-field exploits, Manziel zipped passes and showed some of the elusiveness that earned him his Johnny Football nickname while at Texas A&M. “I have fun playing this game,” Manziel said. “I have fun going out on this field playing football. It’s what I live for, it’s what I love to do.” Read the rest of this entry
Taking a closer look at some of the best draft picks and overall value by each team after a very busy 2014 NFL Draft:
Via ESPN Insider: After looking through each team’s draft board, these choices stood out as being the best based on what each player brings to the table, how he fits with his new team and where he was drafted in the order (and also who else was available at the time).
Here are my favorite picks of all 32 teams, plus plenty of thoughts on some of the other choices I did or didn’t like for each.
Round 3 (79): Terrence Brooks, S, Florida State
I could have gone with C.J. Mosley, who was the best player on the board when the Ravens took him at No. 17 overall, and is an NFL-ready player who will be a playmaker behind the Ravens’ big defensive front.
But I decided to go with Brooks here, as I think he was a steal in the third round and could develop into an every-down starter for Baltimore given his physicality near the line and range in coverage. He’s always around the football.
Timmy Jernigan, drafted at No. 48 in the second round, is a good player, but I don’t totally understand his fit as a 1-technique. He won’t provide much as a pass rusher, and he comes with some character baggage.
Rd. 1 (4): Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson (from CLE)
It came at a high cost (a 2015 first-rounder in the trade with Cleveland to move up from No. 9 to No. 4), but the Bills got the most dynamic offensive playmaker in this draft — and the best wide receiver prospect since A.J. Green — in Watkins. They are going to need to surround second-year QB EJ Manuel with great players to give him a chance to succeed, and in Watkins he will have a true No. 1 target. Read the rest of this entry