A look inside the Bears' virtual offseason program, Matt Nagy's 4 computer screens to a player's wood squat rack and bench-press rack
In a typical NFL year, Matt Nagy would be gearing up to meet his Bears team in a couple of weeks for the offseason workout program at Halas Hall.Instead, he’s likely to be greeting them through a webcam.That’s the reality for NFL teams as concerns about the coronavirus require people to stay at home. Offseason programs for returning head coaches were set to begin April 20, and the NFL draft is still on schedule for April 23-25. But Illinois has extended its stay-at-home order through at least April 30.So Nagy, Bears general manager Ryan Pace and their staffs have been working to ensure players...
Better chance of reaching NFL postseason will play into Vikings' hands
The NFL made its postseason 6.3% easier to reach when owners expanded the playoff field from 12 to 14 teams last month.How big a boost is 6.3%?Ask Jim Caldwell. Or Lovie Smith. Or Jon Gruden. Or Marty Schottenheimer. Or Mike Tice.Especially Mike Tice.From 2001 to ‘17, these five men were fired after seasons in which they would have made the playoffs as the seventh seed in the NFC.From 2003 to ‘05, Tice’s Vikings finished the regular season seventh, sixth and seventh in the NFC. But instead of three straight playoff appearances, Tice got sucker-punched out of the postseason by Nate Poole on the...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Former New Orleans Saints kicker Tom Dempsey dies from coronavirus
Tom Dempsey, the former New Orleans Saints kicker best remembered for a record-setting 63-yard field goal, died Saturday from coronavirus.He was 73.Dempsey, who became a football icon for his 1970 kick despite being born without fingers on his right hand or toes on his right foot, had been at the Lambeth House senior living center in New Orleans after his 2012 diagnosis of dementia, according to NOLA.com.He tested positive for coronavirus on March 25.“Our thoughts and prayers are extended to Carlene and the entire Dempsey family on the passing of their dear Tom,” New Orleans Saints Owner Gayle...
New York Daily News
Sideline Chatter: And he insisted on running the four-corners offense to finish every win
Dr. J, meet Dr. A.Anthony Fauci, the immunologist and national point man against the COVID-19 pandemic, was once the point guard and team captain for the Regis High School basketball team in Manhattan, Class of 1958.Quickie retro scouting report: liked to spread the court, run isolation plays; most effective from distance; played lockdown defense.———Headlines gone viral— At TheOnion.com: “Kawhi Leonard misses second consecutive family game night, citing load management.”— At Fark.com: “Wimbledon has officially been canceled. This is not a repeat from 1945.”———20/21 visionThe Tokyo Olympics hav...
The Seattle Times
Dave Birkett: Making the case for Lions to draft Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa
DETROIT — The 2020 NFL draft is a little more than two weeks away, and the Detroit Lions and other teams picking in the top six have a conundrum — Tua or not?Tua Tagovailoa, the Alabama quarterback, remains the most intriguing player in this year’s draft because of the prowess he showed during his three college seasons, the laundry list of injuries suffered, and world events that have made getting the necessary evaluations, medical and otherwise, impossible at this time.Yes, Tagovailoa went through a localized version of a medical recheck last week, a neutral evaluation that essentially replac...
Detroit Free Press
Make no mistake, Nick Foles arrives in Chicago driven to be the decisive winner of the Bears' quarterback competition
CHICAGO — Nick Foles believes he knows exactly why his football career didn’t die when he was absolutely ready to let it. Foles is certain he understands why the flame barely flickering inside him never went out but instead became a roaring fire again.When his one and only season with the Rams came to an end in 2015, Foles was seriously considering walking away. He was battered and fatigued by his on-field struggles. And that one year in St. Louis had been emotionally taxing to boot.Foles had struggled to adapt to a new offense and, in retrospect, never asserted himself enough to persuade coac...
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 ...