Brad Biggs: 4 NFL teams have in-season GM openings, and Bears play 3 of them in next month. They must win — or face prospect of change themselves.
CHICAGO — The New York Jets are not on the schedule this season, so we have no way of knowing how the Chicago Bears stack up against the worst team in the NFL. But the next four weeks will provide everyone from Chairman George McCaskey to fans still watching from home a chance to see how the Bears measure up against three of the four franchises that already have fired their general managers. The Bears have reached the soft part in the back half of their schedule, although their opponents are probably looking at them in a similar light given the five-game losing streak that has deflated a seaso...
Tom Krasovic: Joey Bosa is doing his part; can Chargers do theirs?
SAN DIEGO — Five seasons into an NFL career that began with San Diegans chanting “Bo-sa, Bo-sa” at team practices, Joey Bosa has done right by the Chargers. Bosa, said Patriots coach Bill Belichick this week, is “a one-man wrecking crew.” The defensive end seems headed to this year’s All-Pro team and his third Pro Bowl squad. But it’s still not clear the Chargers, when it comes to football, can do right by Bosa. Can the Spanos braintrust match Bosa’s steady excellence that defensive coordinator Gus Bradley lauded Thursday? Will the same people who drafted Bosa third overall in 2016 — Tom Teles...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Will Falcons, Saints, NFL make it to the finish line?
ATLANTA — With the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic, the Falcons and the New Orleans Saints have different issues and concerns as the NFL approaches the three-quarters mark of the season. The league is trying to find a path to finish the season and hold the playoffs. Heading into the weekend, the Falcons have had 12 players placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list and dodged a major wipeout of the defensive line that caused two coaches to miss time and one to test positive. The Saints have had their issues. They were fined after a postgame celebration that was deemed to violate the league’s int...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Mike Sielski: Miles Sanders is the Eagles' best offensive player. They're wasting him.
PHILADELPHIA — There’s a case to be made that Miles Sanders has been the Eagles’ best draft pick since they won Super Bowl LII. How’s that for damning with faint praise? After all, there have been just three drafts in that time, and Howie Roseman — with the occasional word of input from Jeffrey Lurie — is the one doing the picking, and one could argue that Dallas Goedert, whom the Eagles drafted the year before they picked Sanders, is or will turn out to be the better player. If you want to argue that, go for it. But Sanders is more explosive, a greater threat to score whenever the ball is in ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Dak Prescott piling up small daily victories in rehab, knows Cowboys 'need him'
FORT WORTH, Texas — Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott still has a long road ahead in his rehab and recovery from compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle suffered on Oct. 11 against the New York Giants. Vice president Stephen Jones has said that Prescott is ahead of schedule but that’s a relative term, considering that his prognosis is four to six months. He still has long way to go. Prescott offered his own take on his situation during the NFL Media’s Pepsi Rookie Roundtable. First, in true Prescott fashion, he offered advice on how to be ready and take advantage of opportun...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
2021 NFL mock draft: First-round projections
The quarterback position always defines the draft and draft season. If there is an elite prospect or prospects at the top or even if the draft class is a dud. Next year will be no different and there’s a perfect storm brewing. Not only are there six signal callers who will at least be considered for the first round, there are more teams than usual who conceivably could be considering them come late April. There are the obvious candidates (Jets, Jaguars, Football Team, Bears and Patriots), the teams with senior citizens under center (Buccaneers, Saints, Steelers and Colts), the teams with a que...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Russell Wilson's NFL MVP campaign appears at a dead end. Does he have time to turn it around?
SEATTLE — DK Metcalf continues to do his part to help his quarterback. Yes, Metcalf’s performance Monday night — 10 catches for a career-high 177 yards — helped propel the Seahawks to a 23-17 victory in Philadelphia. After the game, Metcalf continued to lift up his quarterback, standing behind the mic and propping up Russell Wilson’s NFL MVP chase. “Russ for MVP,” Metcalf said, concluding his postgame news conference the same way he’s done throughout the season. When Metcalf began that sign-off early in the season, Wilson was in full-throttle #LetRussCook mode, and his MVP bandwagon was overfl...
The Seattle Times
Doug Pederson has already doled out some play-calling and could give more to Press Taylor, sources say
Doug Pederson said Tuesday that giving up his offensive play-calling duties was “on the table,” but the Eagles coach has already doled out some to assistants, NFL sources told The Inquirer. Pederson has handed the reins over to pass game coordinator Press Taylor several times in recent games, and could give him more responsibility starting Sunday in Green Bay, according to the sources. Senior offensive assistant Rich Scangarello has also been calling plays, specifically in two-minute situations, since the beginning of the season. Pederson, through a team spokesperson, had no comment Thursday. ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Eric Kendricks keeps finding the right place to be for the Vikings
The Panthers were in pursuit of a game-tying touchdown in the second quarter on Sunday when a pair of unproductive runs put them in a third-and-11 from the Vikings’ 12, with Teddy Bridgewater in the shotgun and three receivers to his right. From his position in the Vikings’ nickel defense, linebacker Eric Kendricks first reacted to Curtis Samuel’s vertical route from the slot, then shifted his attention to Robby Anderson’s shallow crossing route once Samuel ran out of his zone. Kendricks followed Anderson to the middle of the field, with his eyes back on Bridgewater. When the quarterback’s thr...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
John Niyo: Darrell Bevell quarterbacked Wisconsin's turnaround. Can he do it for the Lions?
Maybe it’s not the way he would’ve drawn it up, but for Darrell Bevell, the Lions’ interim head coach, that’s nothing new. Not for a man whose football career took a detour designed by his faith 30 years ago, one that ultimately led him to a starring role in Wisconsin’s first- Rose Bowl triumph. And not for a coach whose two decades in the NFL have run the gamut of emotions, from Super Bowl glory and grief to a year of unemployment and now this latest awkward twist of fate, after a post-Thanksgiving purge in Detroit gave him a fourth-quarter shot at the job of a lifetime. One that had him on t...
The Detroit News