Matt Calkins: Is this the year Seahawks QB Russell Wilson separates himself from the rest of the NFL?
SEATTLE — Will this be the year?If the NFL season comes to fruition, will it be the one in which Russell Wilson distinguishes himself as the game’s best QB?Right now, Cam Newton and Tom Brady seem to be the two most-discussed quarterbacks in the game, and for good reason given Newton’s recent signing with the Patriots. And at the end of last season, Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes and Ravens QB Lamar Jackson were the two biggest names in football, as the former won Super Bowl MVP and the latter regular-season MVP.But as he enters his ninth year in the NFL, it feels as though the league’s highest pai...
The Seattle Times
Omar Kelly: Dolphins have as much talent as any other AFC East team, so bar should be set higher for Flores
The late Tony Sparano coached the Miami Dolphins to their last AFC East title in 2008 during his first season as the franchise’s head coach. Sparano then followed up that impressive start with three straight losing seasons.Adam Gase led an injury-decimated Dolphins team to a 10-6 record and the franchise’s last playoff berth in 2016, despite finishing the year with backup quarterback Matt Moore as his team’s starter. Gase then produced two straight losing seasons after his strong debut.Brian Flores won five games in his first season as head coach with a rebuilding Dolphins roster, and some loc...
Dave Hyde: After 44 years of helping teams, Kevin O'Neill looks back at coaches, Dolphins management, Bullygate and life as a cog
On Monday, Kevin O’Neill sent out 100 emails of thanks. And goodbye. Some went to the head coaches he worked with like Jimmy Johnson, Nick Saban and Butch Davis. Some went to assistant coaches or doctors from his 44 years as a college and NFL trainer.Some, too, went to the trainers he worked with, including seven current NFL trainers who once learned under O’Neill. We talk of coaches having trees, like family trees of assistants who worked under them. But as long-time New York Giants trainer Ronnie Barnes said last year when seeing O’Neill’s tree of head and assistant trainers: “That’s not a t...
Larry Stone: Why Seahawks coach Pete Carroll's compassionate leadership approach could be more important than ever
SEATTLE — Michael Gervais, the Seahawks’ high-performance psychologist, had just finished a long, passionate explanation of how the program Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has put together can, in a “loving, compassionate, empathetic way,” help people realize their full potential.Carroll, who was also participating in the Zoom call, chimed in with a slight chuckle.“We just want to do that so we can kick ass,” he said. “This is the way we think we can do it best.”By now, Carroll’s relationship-based approach to team building has become his calling card. He partnered with Gervais about 10 years ago ...
The Seattle Times
NFL cuts preseason schedule in half as coronavirus continues to surge: report
The NFL will be reducing its preseason by two games according to ProFootballTalk, cutting out the first and last week due to the surge of coronavirus cases throughout the country.This comes after two other events were already canceled last week: The 2020 Hall of Fame Game and Hall of Fame induction ceremony were called off because it’s simply not safe to have a gathering of that size right now. So far, training camps are still projected to start at the end of July. But even that may change soon with the preseason starting later than it normally would.The NFL and NFLPA are still discussing prot...
New York Daily News
Tom Krasovic: NFL could aid in COVID-19 fight if it hits the right notes, but there is risk involved
SAN DIEGO — Say the NFL plays its games this year while the coronavirus pandemic persists, and in some cities fans are allowed to attend.You won’t see infectious disease expert Richard Garfein in the crowd.“You wouldn’t catch me dead in a football stadium this year — or next year, probably,” said Garfein, a professor in UC San Diego’s Division of Global Public Health.As Garfein told it, wearing a mask would be appropriate, but not his idea of a great way to spend three hours of fun time.Nor is the local epidemiologist wild about the NFL’s chances of staging the 2020 season, calling it “really ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Mike Sielski: He signs Cam Newton. He gets punished for manipulating the NFL's system. Bill Belichick is the sports villain we need right now.
Thank God for Bill Belichick. Thank God for his brilliance and his deviousness and his ruthlessness and his power. Thank God that, as the sociopolitical and cultural ground shifts beneath our feet every day, as our major institutions try to adapt to and survive a pandemic and an economic crisis, as our sports leagues accommodate players who might not want to play and fans who might not want to show up to stadiums, as the coronavirus changes how we interact with each other and whether we interact with each other and how we live our lives, Bill Belichick does not change.Bill Belichick is not put...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Matt Calkins: Bill Belichick's signing of Cam Newton proves he's still a step ahead of the NFL, including the Seahawks
SEATTLE — You’ve seen a lot of praise of Pete Carroll and John Schneider in this column over the years. There has been criticism, yes, but mainly kudos for the Seahawks coach and general manager for their upkeep of the franchise.No NFC team has been as consistent as the Seahawks since they started running the franchise 10 years ago. Playoffs eight of the past 10 seasons. Two Super Bowl appearances and one win.It’s hard to beat that. Except one guy has.(Cue the Imperial March music).Patriots coach/GM Bill Belichick.If the top minds in football are a group of Himalayas, Belichick is the Everest....
The Seattle Times
Cam Newton posts hype video titled 'Farewell Carolina, Hello New England'
The internet was set ablaze on Sunday night when the news broke that Cam Newton was signing a one-year deal with the Patriots.Within the first two hours, the news elicited responses from many of the NFL’s elite players on both Twitter and Instagram. We saw comments from Odell Beckham Jr., Melvin Gordon, Christian McCaffrey, Greg Olsen, Cameron Jordan, Jamal Adams, Joe Mixon, Dwayne Haskins, Hall of Famer Warren Moon and even Tom Brady. On top of that, several current Patriots players responded the same way, such as the McCourty Twins, James White, Stephon Gilmore and JoeJuan Williams.It didn’t...
The Providence Journal (Providence, R.I.)
Now 101 and thankful for award, superfan says donning jersey made Chiefs the champs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Many credit the Kansas City Chiefs’ comeback victory in Super Bowl LIV to star quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ three touchdowns in just over five minutes.Melba Mills, the Sports Radio 810 KC Fan of the Year, suggests with a wink that fans — and Mahomes and his teammates — have her to thank, too.When the Super Bowl kicked off Feb. 2 in Miami, Mills, like many of us, was planted in front of the TV. Not far from where she sat was the No. 100 jersey given to her by the Chiefs and NFL at KC’s 2019 home opener at Arrowhead Stadium. She was celebrated before that game for being a cent...
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