49ers and Patriots: Coaches share mutual respect and a history with Jimmy Garoppolo
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The 49ers and Patriots don’t have a whole lot in common when it comes to the way the two football teams operate, their fan bases or even their climates.“We’d be here for a while if I told you all the differences,” 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said this week.Garoppolo, of course, is a protagonist in New England’s longstanding melodrama, even while he plays his home games more than 3,000 miles away. The prodigal son once destined to replace Tom Brady is now with San Francisco, and Sunday is heading back to play against the team that drafted him — that might secretly wi...
The Sacramento Bee
Dolphins enter bye week with growing confidence, potential to make a run in final stretch of season
What a difference a year makes for the Miami Dolphins.The franchise has come a long way under coach Brian Flores since the start of its rebuilding process.After six weeks of the 2020 NFL season, the Dolphins are 3-3 and at .500 for the first time in the Flores era, following Sunday’s 24-0 win over the New York Jets.The Dolphins have won three of their past four games and could even contend for a playoff spot as the season continues after their bye this week.And that’s a far stretch from Miami’s 0-8 start last year, and 5-11 record they were able to finish with in 2019.“I think guys are startin...
As NFL deals with coronavirus spread, Eagles' Darius Slay says he had doubts about season before training camp
PHILADELPHIA — When asked about the sudden rash of positive coronavirus tests across the league, Eagles cornerback Darius Slay said that at one point in the offseason he believed the NFL shouldn’t attempt to have a season.Slay said it wouldn’t be easy for teams to continue to contain the virus and mitigate risk, pointing out it would take every player on the roster staying safe in order to have success.“It’s not going to be easy, man, it will take all of us,” Slay said. “My true opinion, I felt like we shouldn’t have had (a season) just because of what was going on. It’s a difficult time, but ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Brad Biggs' Week 5 NFL rankings
Brad Biggs’ NFL power rankings for Week 5 of the 2020 season.Last week’s ranking in parentheses.———1. Chiefs 4-0 (1)With Cam Newton out for the Patriots, the Chiefs broke open a close game in the second half by stripping quarterback Brian Hoyer, who was then benched, before Tyrann Mathieu returned a Jarrett Stidham interception for a touchdown. The Chiefs became the first team to start four consecutive seasons 4-0.2. Packers 4-0 (2)Robert Tonyan, a McHenry (Ill.) East High School product and former undrafted free agent, leads NFL tight ends with five touchdown receptions after catching three i...
Mac Engel: Jerry Jones needs to pull rank and force Earl Thomas on the Dallas Cowboys
ARLINGTON, Texas — Jerry, it’s time to clear the room.Time to show Melatonin Mike who runs the Dallas Cowboys because no one else has the courage to do what no one else in the NFL will do — sign safety Earl Thomas.What do you have to lose?Jeff Heath ain’t walkin’ through that door.Don’t be fooled by another miracle fourth quarter comeback, because this one didn’t work. Jerry Jones’ defense is historically awful.“In my own words, I’d call it soft. We’ve got to hold ourselves to a higher standard,” defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence said. “I call this s — — soft.”No lies here.What Jerry and 25,000 ...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Good cause, bad judgment as Raiders players eschew masks at Darren Waller fundraiser
Whether the NFL season grinds to a halt over positive coronavirus tests or not is to be determined.One thing’s for sure — the Raiders, fair or not, are becoming poster children for violating coronavirus protocol.A fundraiser Monday night on behalf of the Darren Waller Foundation was the Raiders’ third and the most serious known breach of policy in that it took risk outside the cocoon of their own facility and those of NFL stadiums.Quarterback Derek Carr, who was there, said videos from the event represented only “a few moments, a few minutes” of a night that included signing waivers, hand-sani...
The Mercury News
Manish Mehta: Jets coach Adam Gase is circling the drain, but GM Joe Douglas owns this mess too
NEW YORK — The Jets will throw their proven losing head coach to the wolves when the brain trust feels the need to seek shelter from the avalanche of warranted criticism.Adam Gase will be the sacrificial lamb at some point. He should be. But a larger concern remains for this wayward franchise. A frustrated fan base searching for a flicker of hope has placed its faith in another giant question mark. Joe Douglas has his fingerprints all over this mess, too.While Gase has become an easy target and whipping boy among the masses, Douglas is hardly blameless for a string of choices that has turned t...
New York Daily News
Manish Mehta: Who won the Jets-Colts trade for Sam Darnold?
NEW YORK — Six weeks before the 2018 NFL draft, there was a sense of urgency on 1 Jets Drive. The Bills were lurking.Kirk Cousins had just spurned Gang Green’s push in free agency, leaving this star-crossed franchise with two choices: A) Sit around and stew or B) make a bold, fast decision that could provide prosperity for the next decade.The Jets might have still been seething over losing the Cousins Sweepstakes, but swift, deliberate action was required now. So, they pulled the trigger on what they hoped would be the most monumental deal in franchise history.Hindsight hasn’t provided complet...
New York Daily News
NFL conducting additional test of MetLife Stadium turf prior to Giants-Niners game
The NFL and NFL Players’ Association were conducting an additional test of MetLife Stadium’s FieldTurf surface on Wednesday ahead of Sunday’s Giants-49ers game, sources confirmed.Every NFL field is tested within 72 hours of each game played on it by an independent field inspector, so the turf will be examined again later this week per standard operating procedure.But Wednesday’s survey was deemed necessary due diligence given the San Francisco 49ers’ concerns about playing a second straight game where several of their players were badly injured against the Jets last Sunday.Niners coach Kyle Sh...
New York Daily News
Editorial: Hurrah for Big Ten football (with sensible precautions)
For fans of Big Ten football, this was shaping up to be a season of agony. The calendar said “kick off” but COVID-19 dashed those plans. Even as other college teams took the field, the Big Ten decided it would be safer to stay on the sidelines. No running, passing, blocking and tackling. Just punting.The apparent sensibleness of this decision was contradicted by the other major university conferences, which felt they could go ahead with precautions in place. That meant Big Ten students, alumni and fans were left out.Woe to the Wildcats. Sorry, Spartans. A bummer for the Badgers and Buckeyes. S...