Jim Souhan: Postpone WNBA, NFL drafts. It's the right thing to do.
MINNEAPOLIS — April will offer the closest thing we’ll get to real sporting events for months. The coming weeks will also bring us the jet fuel of big-time sports: rampant speculation.The WNBA draft is scheduled for April 17. The NFL draft is scheduled for April 23-25. For at least four days this month, and every day between now and then, we will be blessed with the ability to think, dream, analyze and first-guess the Lynx and Vikings, and every other team in the WNBA and NFL. Then we can second-guess them for years.From the time COVID-19 became an ever-present threat, I’ve thought of these dr...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Remote preparation is the new normal for Giants as NFL draft nears
NEW YORK — Giants headquarters right now are in Massachusetts, not to mention New Jersey, New York and countless other states where coaches, executives, scouts and staff are working from their respective homes.For first-year head coach Joe Judge, that means working remotely out of his house in North Attleborough, Mass., where he and his family are still based for the time being, waiting out the coronavirus pandemic.This, according to people familiar with how the Giants are operating, is the new normal.Their Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford is shuttered for the foreseeable f...
New York Daily News
Jaguars legend Tony Boselli on battle with COVID-19: 'I've never felt so overmatched'
ORLANDO, Fla. — For the first time in his life, Big Tony Boselli felt very small.He felt vulnerable.He felt overwhelmed.Boselli is one of the biggest, strongest, fiercest football players I have ever covered. He was a 6-foot-7, 330-pound mountain of a man; a blocking bulldozer; a human wrecking machine who played offensive tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars back in their heyday two decades ago.He should already be in the Hall of Fame and will be someday because of the intimidating way he once dominated opposing defensive linemen — Hall of Famers such as Buffalo Bills icon Bruce Smith and Miam...
Safid Deen: Dolphins should focus on offense on first two days of NFL draft
With the 2020 NFL draft less than three weeks away, here’s a look at the draft focusing on the Miami Dolphins’ top six picks which are in the top-70 selections overall.The Dolphins have 14 total picks in the draft, but their three picks in the first round, two in the second round, and their third-round pick all have the potential to be major contributors in Miami’s rebuild under coach Brian Flores and general manager Chris Grier.Some of these picks could be in line with Miami’s thinking before the draft. Others, most likely, might completely deviate from how Flores and Grier may want to build ...
Bob Condotta: Germain Ifedi's deal with Bears validates concerns from time with Seahawks
SEATTLE — Few if any Seahawks elicited as much debate — or maybe we should say, frustration — as Germain Ifedi the past four years.A first-round pick in 2016 out of Texas A&M, Ifedi arrived with a lot of fanfare — finally, the thinking went, the Seahawks were doing something to improve their offensive line, even if that thought undersold the fact that from 2010-17, the Seahawks drafted more offensive linemen than any team in the NFL (and it’s maybe worth recalling that Seattle took Ifedi after trading down to get an extra third-round pick that turned into tight end Nick Vannett, who the team t...
The Seattle Times
Dave Hyde: If Dolphins' Tua dilemma is Brees decision all over again, let's review the truth about Brees decision
In talking with a Miami Dolphins official who isn’t privy to the team’s full thinking — and only owner Steve Ross, general manager Chris Grier, coach Brian Flores and team president and CEO Tom Garfinkel are in that inner circle — a common theme surfaced about the draft decision of Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.“It’s the Drew Brees situation again,” he said.That’s repeated around the team a lot these days.“I hope we get it right this time,” he said.That’s repeated a lot, too.No decision set the Dolphins back more than passing on Drew Brees as a free agent in 2006. No miss has caused more ...
Bob Ford: Eagles should bring back, not cast off, Alshon Jeffery
PHILADELPHIA — The Eagles will spend approximately $26 million over the next two seasons to end their relationship with wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. On that, there is no disagreement.The only question is how they spend it, and that is where the Eagles have an interesting choice.As for most of the fan base, the decision is apparently easy: Get rid of him. Get rid of his pouty, injured, Josina-Anderson-tattling, useless, old butt.There is some merit to that point of view. Jeffery, as much as can be determined from the outside, isn’t the greatest for locker room harmony. Even if he were not the ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Football will be different after Coronavirus – FIFA President
Gianni Infantino: FIFA PresidentFIFAPresident Gianni Infantino has revealed that football will be totally different once the Coronavirus Pandemic ends.Football across the world has been badly hit by the virus, with football leagues across Europe, Asia, South America, North America, and even Africa put on hold to prevent the spread of the disease.Money spinning competitions like the Euros, Champions and Europa League and even the Olympics have been postponed due to the virus with major clubs forcing their players to take a pay cut during this period to prevent clubs from shutting down over loss...
Mitch Trubisky vs. Nick Foles is 'an open competition' to be Bears' starting QB. Plus 3 more things we learned from Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy.
CHICAGO — Bears general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy spoke with reporters on a conference call Friday morning, their first availability since February. Both Pace and Nagy had a lot to say with all that has unfolded since the combine ended, free agency began and the coronavirus crisis became a national emergency. Here are three highlights from that 40-minute session.———1. The Mitch Trubisky-Nick Foles quarterback duel has officially been labeled ‘an open competition.’That declaration came from Ryan Pace right out of the gates Friday, a clear indication that Mitch Trubisky’s grip on the...
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has 'zero doubt' football will be played this fall
There have been plenty of theories floated around over the past couple of weeks in regards to what will happen to the college football season in 2020.ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit is on record as saying he would be “shocked” if the NFL or college football takes place this fall, while Brett McMurphy of Stadium recently reported that one of the possibilities being considered is playing games into next spring, with the national title game taking place in May or June of 2021.Then there is Dabo Swinney’s opinion.Clemson’s head coach went an entirely different route when speaking with the media Frida...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)