Falcons’ Matt Ryan still has to prove he can be trusted

Matt Ryan lifted the Falcons to a first-round bye and into a divisional-round playoff game against the Seahawks, and he lifted himself into the MVP conversation.

But do you trust him in this postseason or, for Cheap Gaelic Jerseys that matter, this weekend?

Dont feel bad if you dont. There are still some great reasons not to. Feel free to not believe in him until you see him do it.

Ryan certainly could continue the best statistical season, by far, of his nine-year career and cross that last threshold to that category shared by the proven winners. Knocking out someone in that category already, the SeahawksRussell Wilson, would go a long way toward doing that.

Also up there and potentially in his Super Bowl path: Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger.

Yes, its a lofty standard. Thats just how it goes, and building a numerical argument against it is pointless. Get it done in the playoffs. Or, at least, dont blow it. Dont screw up. Dont make Cheap Goalkeeper Jerseys that fatal mistake that sticks to you until you tear it off yourself.

Are you ready to believe he can do that when he’s gone this far without doing it yet?

Owners Terry and Kim Pegula have proven to be impulsive, secretive and unaccountable. They let their crush on Rex Ryan steer them into hiring him almost before the door from the Jets had closed behind him, then pulled rank on him this season, capped by firing him over the phone.

General manager Doug Whaley got publicly embarrassed by the revelations that he was barely part of the coach-hiring and firing decisions at all. Interim head coach Anthony Lynn got equally shown up by being frozen out of decisions about playing Tyrod Taylor, who the team is trying to avoid paying his contract guarantees for next year.

49ers’ five best coaching candidates to replace Chip Kelly

If the Niners want to go with another offense-oriented coach, Shanahan would be a natural choice. He’s in charge of a Falcons offense that led the NFL in points by a wide Cheap Embroidered NFL Jerseys margin this season. He is enjoying his greatest success in Atlanta after OC stints with the Texans, Redskins and Browns. That’s because this is the best talent he has been given (Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman with the Falcons, a lot of mediocrity elsewhere). He won’t have that kind of foundation right away with the Niners, obviously.

Wrigley Field has seen a lot of home runs, and it saw a lot of Mike Schmidt’s 548 career homers during the ’70s and ’80s. Plus, when the Phillies and Cubs got together in those days, weird stuff seemed to happen. Schmidt’s four-homer game on April 17, 1976, was just one example.

Bob Horner was a masher. He looked the part, and he played the part. Playing in the Launching Pad (aka Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium), Horner put many, many balls over the wall, though the apex of his long-ball career came on July 6, 1986, when he smacked four homers in a game against the Expos. Unfortunately for Horner, he did it in a losing effort. #Barves.

Mark Whiten was an intimidating presence at the plate in the ’90s, earning him Cheap Flag Football Jerseys the nickname Hard Hittin’ Whiten. Besides the nickname, Whiten’s biggest claim to fame is the day he hit four home runs for the Cardinals against the Reds in a 12-RBI explosion on Sept. 7, 1993. Whiten actually had 13 RBIs on the day, as his four-homer output came in the second game of a double-header. In the first game, Whiten went 1-for-4 and drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk. Bonus: Listen to a young Joe Buck call the homers.

Tyreek Hill could be double trouble for Chiefs’ opponents in 2017

KISSIMMEE, Fla. Fantasy football players take note: Tyreek Hill could average as many as 70 snaps a game as a wide receiver and returner in 2017.

‘He was averaging 35 plays a game (in 2016),’ Andy Reid told co-host Cheap Discount Jerseys Kirk Morrison and me Thursday on SiriusXM NFL Radio. ‘Maybe he can double that or at least take it up a couple notches and allow him to get in more in a starting role.’

Hill started one game this season and registered only eight touches as a receiver and Cheap Echl Jerseys rusher in Kansas City’s first three contests. Hill’s role gradually increased to where he led all AFC rookies with 61 catches for 593 yards and six touchdowns, along with another 24 carries for 267 yards and three scores.

There are few nicer guys in the NFL than Reid. Those who focus too much on him being too conservative discount how his steady style is the reason the Chiefs have quickly developed into a consistent winner under him.

Consider that Kansas City had strong competition from both Oakland and Denver in the West, and it swept both teams to take the division. Although the season ended in a home playoff loss to Pittsburgh in the divisional round, over the past two years, Reid’s Chiefs have won 23 of their past 28 games.

The Chiefs had to deal with some key injuries on both sides of the ball, including Jamaal Charles, Jeremy Maclin, Justin Houston and Derrick Johnson. They had to lean on more younger players such as rookies Tyreek Hill and Chris Jones to improve on their 2015 record. Reid also had to do all that after seeing his offensive coordinator, Doug Pederson, leave to take the Eagles job he once had.

Falcons’ Kyle Shanahan voted Sporting News Coordinator of the Year for 2016

There’s only one downside when a franchise has one of its own win Sporting News’ Coordinator of the Year honors.

Often times, that staff member will be parlaying such success into Cheap Barcelona Jerseys a head coaching job elsewhere.

This seems the case again with our winner Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.

If he is hired by San Francisco as expected a second interview that should seal the deal was scheduled the honor is well deserved based upon the overall body of work the 37-year-old Shanahan Cheap Custom NFL Jerseys has compiled during coordinator stints with Atlanta (2015-2016), Cleveland (2014), Washington (2010-2013) and Houston (2008-2009).

Produced the league’s likely MVP winner in quarterback Matt Ryan, who threw 38 touchdown passes to just seven interceptions.

The Steelers said Bell, who was fifth in the NFL this season with 1,268 rushing yards despite missing four games, came back for one carry midway through the second quarter. But after a 2-yard gain, he gingerly jogged to the sideline and did not return.

The Steelers were trailing 10-0 at the time of Bell’s injury, but DeAngelo Williams stepped in and scored from 5 yards out to cut into the lead.

The Patriots responded to Pittsburgh’s first touchdown with a little trickery. After Brady handed off to Dion Lewis, the running back pitched it back to Brady, who then completed the flea-flicker with a 34-yard touchdown pass to Chris Hogan.

We’ve been working on that, Hogan told ESPN. We haven’t had a chance to use it. It finally came up and we nailed it.

What quarterbacks do you like to watch and emulate?

Their success wasn’t the sole reason for that increase in wins, but it was a significant factor. That spins back to Peterson. Minnesota went from a 6-10 team before Peterson’s arrival in 2007 to 12-4 with a trip to the NFC championship game by 2009. Their win total increased by two in each of his first three seasons.

If a GM believes that Fournette can have that type of impact over the next few seasons, then he’s worth the pick.

Fournette at least proved he’s worth considering in the top five, but it’s still a risk. He could’ve really forced the issue with a time below 4.5 at his pro day. He’ll likely be the first running back off the board, especially given a time that is comparable to Cook and McCaffrey.

Any numbers you’re hoping to hit at the NFL Combine? Any 40 time goals?

(Laughs) Nah, I think I’ll show it on the field. My agent told me that all my drills and 40 time will be just icing on the cake. My main focus is to do well in the quarterback drills and all the throws, especially the 18-yard digs, 18-yard comebacks, you know. I want to show where I’m at footwork-wise and everything. I just want to prove my skills, show I can throw the ball on time and accurately, and in conjunction with the other stuff. I’m excited to show it all.

What quarterbacks do you like to watch and emulate?

The quarterback I watch the most? Hands down, Aaron Rodgers. He’s the best in the game to me, it’s not close. And no offense to Tom Brady, love Tom Brady, but Rodgers is the best. The way he’s able to move and throw, stay in the pocket and finish, make plays look easy. He’s just a guy I always watch and try to pick things up from people.

As far as who people compare me to, I wish they’d say more Aaron Rodgers, like Cheap Lacrosse Jerseys a bigger Aaron Rodgers (laughs), just the adjustments he makes, extremely strong arm, he’s Cheap Los Angeles Dodgers Jerseys a great leader, all those things I try to do. But I get a lot of Cam Newton because of my running style and size. He’s got all those things too, and I watch him a lot, too.

Kyle Shanahan adding familiar faces to first 49ers staff

New 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is leaning on people he knows to help fill out his staff, Sporting News’ Alex Marvez reported Monday.

Shanahan, who officially took over in San Francisco hours after coaching for the Falcons in Super Bowl 51, has settled on three assistants, according to Marvez: the Buccaneers’ Jon Embree (tight ends/assistant head coach), and Niners assistants Jeff Hafley (defensive backs) and Jason Tarver (unknown position). Shanahan worked with Hafley when the two were Browns assistants in 2014. He and Embree were assistants with the Redskins in 2010.

The Coyotes noted it was Fitzgerald’s first time skating, so cut him some slack. It’s not as easy as it looks.

Fitzgerald is no stranger to hockey, though, as he grew up in Minnesota and said he’s a “big fan” of the sport. He’s also maintained a friendship with Coyotes captain Shane Doan through their many years starring together in the desert.

Doan took it easy while critiquing his buddy.

“When we heard he was going to do it we were excited to do it,” he said, via the Coyotes’ team website. “It was pretty special. He was a lot better than I thought he would be.”

Fitzgerald last year cited Doan’s loyalty to the Cheap Jerseys Youth Coyotes (he’s spent each of his 21 NHL seasons with the franchise) as inspiration for his NFL career.

Like Doan, the Cardinals’ all-time leading receiver has only played Cheap Kids NBA Jerseys for one team.

Joe Thomas compares Roger Goodell to a rat after Tom Brady handshake

Joe Thomas had been mocking Roger Goodell’s relationship with the Patriots leading up to the Super Bowl, and now he’s poking even more fun at the NFL commissioner.

During an appearance Thursday morning on ProFootballTalk Live, Thomas explained his thoughts on watching the postgame trophy celebration. Specifically, he was paying attention to Goodell’s interaction with Tom Brady.

Renee Elise Goldsberry, Jasmine Cephas Jones and Phillipa Soo, original cast members of the Tony Award-winning Broadway hit “Hamilton: An American Musical,” will sing “America The Beautiful” as part of Super Bowl 51 pregame festivities.

In addition, on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), actor Kriston Lee Pumphrey will perform in American sign language both the national anthem and “America The Beautiful.”

Even though the Lions took Eric Ebron in the top 10 just three years ago, I’ve been Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Online told they’ll be focused on the 2017 tight end class. I won’t have a mock draft between now and the 2017 draft (barring a trade or free agency addition) that doesn’t have the Lions taking a tight end in the first two rounds. O.J. Howard likely won’t be there for them at 21. David Njoku of Miami might be, though.

The Browns didn’t do themselves any favors at the Senior Bowl. Their practice Cheap Jerseys USA Soccer was widely reported as inefficient, and they brought an absurd number of personnel: 57 people. I don’t know what the carryover will be for the Browns and their relationship with the rest of the league, but other scouts I spoke with were disgruntled to say the least.

Browns cut veteran Josh McCown, continuing quarterback shuffle

Josh McCown won’t figure into the Browns’ quarterback plans in 2017.

Cleveland released the veteran journeyman Tuesday after two seasons, the team announced.

The move comes as no surprise as McCown, 37, was set to earn $3.625 million with a $750,000 roster bonus in 2017. With the Browns, owners of the Nos. 1 and 12 overall picks in April’s NFL Draft, searching near and far for their 27th starting quarterback since 1999, McCown no longer fit the equation.

That’s not to say his tenure is Cleveland was a total loss, though.

“Well, you know what’s interesting, this is our, I’m happy to say, fifth Super Bowl in the last 16 years,” Kraft said. “And every time we’ve had the privilege of going to the White House, a dozen of our players don’t go. This is the first time it’s gotten any media attention.

“You know, some of the players have the privilege of going in college because they’re on national championship teams, others have family commitments. But this is America. We’re all free to do whatever’s best for us. We’re just privileged to be in a position to be going.”

Contrary to Kraft’s belief, however, this isn’t the first time skipping the traditional White House visit has drawn attention. The media highlighted Tom Brady’s refusal to go after the Cheap Jerseys Shop Patriots beat the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX when Barack Obama was in office.

As for Trump’s White House, Alan Branch, Chris Long, Martellus Bennett, Devin McCourty, LaGarrette Blount and Dont’a Hightower thus far have said they’re not interested in making the customary White House trip.

Watch: Falcons get overly dramatic in post-Super Bowl hype video

The Falcons’ collapse against the Patriots last Sunday was monumental, but in its post-Super Bowl hype video released Friday, the team lays on the drama extra thick.

The video is narrated by Georgia Tech team chaplain Derrick Moore, a former NFL running back, and includes plenty of clips from Atlanta’s Super Bowl 51 heartbreak.

We get that it’s going to be tough to get over the loss, but this is a bit over-the-top, don’t you think?

“There’s certain years, like a couple years ago, I wanted to go and didn’t get the opportunity based on the schedule,” Brady told PFT. “We didn’t get told until I think like 10 days before we were going, and at that point I had something I’d been planning for months and couldn’t get there.”

Patriots teammates Alan Branch, LeGarrette Blount, Martellus Bennett, Devin McCourty, Dont’a Hightower and Chris Long have already publicly said they won’t be attending the White House because of their objections to President Donald Trump.

Brady, coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft have fairly open personal friendships with Trump, but Brady wants his teammates to understand the White House trip is about them, not politics.

“It really is a great experience,” Brady told PFT. “Putting politics aside, it Cheap International Soccer Jerseys never was a political thing. At least, it never was to me. It meant you won a championship and you got to experience something cool with your team, with your teammates. Everyone has their own choice. It’s an offseason. These days are valuable for everybody. You only get so much time with your family and friends, and if people don’t want to go they don’t want to go and that’s their choice.”

Darren McFadden thinks Cowboys ‘wouldn’t mind keeping’ him

The untimely injury paved the way for Ezekiel Elliott to have a breakout rookie season and become the team’s featured rusher, so the veteran should expect to be Dallas’ third option Cheap Gaa Jerseys behind Elliott and Alfred Morris if McFadden is offered a deal.

“For me, I still feel fresh. … I didn’t get a lot of wear and tear on my body from the season. I only played in the last three regular season games and the playoff game,” McFadden said. “I feel like I have a lot that I can offer any team as far as being out there and a guy that can carry the load. I don’t feel like I’ve lost a step at all. I feel like that any team that wants to take a shot at me I don’t think it’d be a bad deal for ’em.”

McFadden, who turns 30 in August, spent his first seven seasons in Oakland after being selected fourth overall by the Raiders in the 2008 NFL Draft. Although he recorded just 24 rushing attempts for 87 yards in 2016, he finished the 2015 season with 239 attempts for 1,089 yards.

Victor Cruz is starting to consider his future outside New York.

According to Bill Voth of Black and Blue Review, the veteran wide receiver visited the Panthers this weekend and met with general manager Dave Gettleman.

Although a deal is not imminent, Cruz could still be considered by Carolina as one of Cam Newton’s new targets in 2017. The free agent is also expected to have at least one other team visit scheduled before he’s permitted to sign a contract at the start of the new league year on March 9.

Cruz, who was released by the Giants on Feb. 13, had two seasons left on his contract with New York and was set to count $9.4 million against the salary cap in 2017. The team also released Rashad Jennings, their leading rusher in 2016, to save $10 million of cap space by dropping the two contracts.