High-flying Rams run over Cowboys for first playoff win in McVay era – Los Angeles Rams Blog

3:39 PM ET Lindsey ThiryESPN Close Covered Rams for two years for Los Angeles Times Previously covered the Falcons Has covered the NBA and college football and basketball LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay felt the pressure. So did quarterback Jared Goff. Despite producing back-to-back division titles for the first time in nearly four decades, both coach and quarterback knew the results that matter most are those posted in the playoffs. Last season, they fell flat in a wild-card loss to the Atlanta Falcons. C.J. Anderson led…

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50 years later, Joe Namath & Co. still relish win that changed it all – New York Jets Blog

The man who made a career of delivering the ball to Joe Namath still prides himself on the center-quarterback exchange. Just like old times, John Schmitt is the initiator, especially when the calendar says Jan. 12. Instead of snapping, he’s yapping. “Every year, I always call Joe and say, ‘Hey, remember this day?’” the old center said with a laugh that shook his entire body. He’s referring to Jan. 12, 1969, and, yes, Namath remembers. On that day in Miami’s Orange Bowl, the AFL champion New York Jets — mocked…

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How Rams DT Aaron Donald became the NFL’s most unstoppable force – Los Angeles Rams Blog

LOS ANGELES — Aaron Donald was uncommonly sentimental on the afternoon of Dec. 23. He had just broken the record for sacks by a defensive tackle, accumulating 19.5 with still another game remaining, and so he found himself on the verge of tears as he rode the Los Angeles Rams‘ bus out of State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, that Sunday. There, Donald crafted long, heartfelt text messages for all of the people who helped mold him into what might now be the greatest, fiercest player in the NFL. The…

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Saints banking on Superdome advantage on road to Super Bowl LIII – New Orleans Saints Blog

NEW ORLEANS — The Saints think there’s something special about the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in the postseason, and it’s hard to argue with the numbers. The Saints are 5-0 in postseason games in the Superdome in the coach Sean Payton era, compared to 1-5 on the road (not counting neutral site games), in that same time period. If the road to the Super Bowl goes through New Orleans, the Saints will be a tough opponent to defeat. “It’s wild. It’s energetic. It’s beautiful,” said left tackle Terron Armstead. “From my point…

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Donald McCain Blog – Weekend Runners + Exclusive Q & A

Donald McCain It’s been a pretty good week with both Henry’s Joy who jumped a lot better and The Some Dance Kid winning. Like so many other trainers we are still having to be selective with our runners. I was delighted to get all your questions on Twitter yesterday and I have tried to answer as many as possible: Q & A: Have you any Cheltenham prospects? Cheltenham prospects are few and far between, if I have any horses good enough for those races and there is a choice, then my…

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Andrew Luck’s masterpiece: Comeback vs. Chiefs in ’13 playoffs – Indianapolis Colts Blog

INDIANAPOLIS — Quarterback Andrew Luck‘s seven-year NFL résumé features 21 come-from-behind victories when trailing in the fourth quarter and overtime. But there’s one come-from-behind victory that most refer to when it comes to Luck. It happened Jan. 4, 2014, at Lucas Oil Stadium. • Division MVP, rookies, award winners• Colts’ Marlon Mack delivers ‘body blows’• How will Matt LaFleur coach Aaron Rodgers?• Amari Cooper, the Cowboys’ anti-diva WR• Drew Brees turns 40: Untold stories• Playoffs schedule, Super Bowl LIII coverage Indianapolis Colts vs. Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC wild-card…

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MMA obsession is toughening up the Chargers receivers – Los Angeles Chargers Blog

COSTA MESA, Calif. — A fan of mixed martial arts while growing up in Springfield, Massachusetts, Los Angeles Chargers receivers coach Phil McGeoghan uses a unique technique to help his players get separation from defensive backs: hand-to-hand combat. “It’s something we’ve evolved with and developed over the years, and it’s led me to some really successful and accomplished MMA fighters,” McGeoghan said. “I can always pick their brain and get a technique or two that will help us in some close-quarter combat down in the red zone, or at the…

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How will Matt LaFleur coach Aaron Rodgers? See Ryan, Matt – Green Bay Packers Blog

GREEN BAY, Wis. — There will come a time when Matt LaFleur will have to correct something Aaron Rodgers does. It may be in a meeting room during the early days of the offseason program or on the field during individual spring workouts or in an 11-on-11 drill in a full-blown practice. And LaFleur can only hope it goes as well as it did with another MVP quarterback he coached. It was 2015 and LaFleur was the 35-year-old first-year quarterbacks coach of the Atlanta Falcons, where Matt Ryan was about…

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Jets gamble future on Adam Gase’s ability to recapture his McVay-ness – New York Jets Blog

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The New York Jets joined the new craze in the NFL, hiring their version of Sean McVay. Actually, their new coach is an older, dented version of the Los Angeles Rams‘ so-called genius. Say hello to Adam Gase, who was McVay before McVay. In 2016, Gase was a 36-year-old offensive whiz kid who, in his first season as an NFL head coach, led the Miami Dolphins to their first playoff appearance in eight years. Now he’s a recycled coach, coming off two losing seasons and fighting…

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Matt LaFleur’s year as Titans OC offers glimpse of what Packers can expect – Tennessee Titans Blog

4:52 AM ET Turron DavenportESPN Close Covered Eagles for USA Today Covered the Ravens for Baltimore Times Played college football at Cheyney University NASHVILLE, Tenn. — It’s not unusual for successful teams to have assistant coaches plucked from their staffs. But it was a mild surprise for the Tennessee Titans — who didn’t make the playoffs and struggled offensively for much of 2018 — to have offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur plucked from theirs by the Green Bay Packers. But the imminent hiring of LaFleur as the Packers’ new coach could…

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