With the Super Bowl LIV teams set, it's time to reflect on the year that was and recognize the fantastic play from the 2019 NFL season and reward the achievement of the players who put it all on the line every week.
Some Chiefs players landed in Miami, the site of Super Bowl LIV, wearing Hawaiian shirts in an apparent nod to coach Andy Reid, who favors the fashion. Reid, for his part, departed the team's chartered plane in a suit.
The majority of Pro Bowl players are against adding a 17th regular-season game -- mostly because of safety concerns -- but if it does become a possibility during CBA negotiations, then players would want something major in return, such as more time off.
History has a long lens, but as empires go, the NFL's 100-year conquest was record time. The Roman Empire needed twice that to reach its peak. From humble beginnings, the league's growth mirrored America and spread to every corner of the country.
San Francisco tight end George Kittle has awarded the surviving family of Martin "Mick" LaMar a trip to Super Bowl LIV in Miami, where the 49ers will play the Kansas City Chiefs. LaMar was killed in Mosul, Iraq, in 2011.
Two words sum up the Browns' season. Lamar Jackson draws magical comparisons. We see ghosts. We ask "Zeke who?" and wonder just how full that glass is. Worry about your "frickin' meat" and enjoy all that was said in the NFL.
Opening a winery helped ease Drew Bledsoe into retirement. That winery's unequivocal success, critically and commercially, has helped him put his playing career -- and all its unfinished business -- in the past.
Former Jacksonville Jaguars safety Donovin Darius was arrested on Sunday afternoon and charged with driving under the influence. According to Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com, Darius was also hospitalized under the authority of the Baker Act for a mental health evaluation after “ingesting numerous pills” following the arrest. The Baker Act is the common term for […]
With the success rates of onside kicks plummeting, the NFL debuted a trial run of a possible alternative in the Pro Bowl on Sunday afternoon. Instead of an onside kick, an offense would have the chance to convert a fourth-and-15 from their own 25-yard line in an attempt to keep possession. With the NFC trailing […]
As expected, Chargers left tackle Russell Okung has become the first player to throw his hat into the ring for the position of NFL Players Association president. Okung officially disclosed his candidacy to Ken Belson of the New York Times. An opponent of a 17-game season, Okung’s election — if it happens before the finalization […]
Russell Wilson was chosen as the NFC’s Pro Bowl starting quarterback, but he’s stepping aside today. Wilson has asked Drew Brees to start in his place in today’s Pro Bowl. It was a classy move from the 31-year-old Wilson toward the 41-year-old Brees. Perhaps Wilson has some inside information about Brees’s retirement plans, but more […]
The Jets only had linebacker C.J. Mosley in the lineup for two games in his first season with the team, but Mosley said he’s on track to start his second year on better footing. Mosley suffered a groin injury in the season opener, returned for Week Seven and then went right back onto the shelf. […]
Most players get criticized for things they do. 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has been criticized lately over something he didn’t do. As in he hasn’t thrown the ball very much during the past six quarters of football. The circumstances that led to the run-heavy offense — several near misses against the Vikings in the divisional […]
San Francisco 49ers guard Mike Person will arrive in Miami today to play in his first Super Bowl, after three near misses. Person, who has been on the rosters of six different franchises in his NFL career, was previously cut by the 49ers in 2012, the Seahawks in 2013 and the Falcons in 2016. All […]
On Friday morning, I thought I’d said all I needed to say about last week’s comments arising from the failure of the Titans to tackle Patrick Mahomes on his 27-yard, gamebreaking touchdown run and projecting how the 49ers may handle a similar situation with a Super Bowl championship on the line. On Friday afternoon, three […]
For Saints quarterback Drew Brees, the decision is simple: Play for the Saints in 2020, or retire. On Saturday, the timetable for making the decision became a bit more clear. “I’m really waiting until football is totally done,” Brees said Saturday from the Pro Bowl, via Amie Just of NOLA.com. “Obviously being here, I’m just […]
When Tom Brady met Robert Kraft in 2000, the sixth-round rookie said to the billionaire owner of the Patriots, “I’m the best decision this organization has ever made.” That’s debatable, and the debate could be settled, starting this year. Three months before using a sixth-round pick to get Brady, they used a first-round pick to […]
Martin Mayhew is headed to Miami for Super Bowl LIV with the rest of the 49ers organization and it marks the vice president of player personnel’s first trip to the game since he went to Super Bowl XXVI as a Washington defensive back. Many in Detroit hoped that Mayhew would have found a way to […]
Several quarterbacks have gone from having strong performances at the Senior Bowl to being drafted early in the first round and Justin Herbert might be the player following that path this season. Herbert went into the week saying he hoped to show NFL teams leadership ability that he might not have shown during his time […]
49ers tight end George Kittle is doing what he can to acknowledge and support a family that suffered the loss of a man who was serving his country. Kittle, working with USAA and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, has given the family of Martin “Mick” LaMar a trip to Super Bowl LIV in Miami. […]
As the Seahawks pieced together an unexpectedly solid season in 2018, after performing fairly major surgery to the coaching staff and roster, quarterback Russell Wilson said that it felt like 2012 all over again. Which was an important observation, because the Seahawks won the Super Bowl to cap the 2013 season. After the Seahawks exited […]
Former Steelers safety Troy Polamalu is one of the finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and before the final vote is taken on Saturday, a longtime opponent is putting in a good word for him. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady released a statement explaining just how tough an opponent Polamalu was. “One key to […]
It’s a good bet officials will call a defensive holding penalty or pass interference penalty on the Chiefs. The question is: How many? The Chiefs led the league in penalties on passing plays during the regular season, according to Matt Maiocco of NBCSportsBayArea.com. That included a league-high 21 defensive holding penalties, with three declined. Kansas […]
The Giants are hiring University of Tennessee inside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator Kevin Sherrer, Patrick Brown of GoVols247 reports. Sherrer and new Giants coach Joe Judge coached together on Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama for two seasons. Sherrer, 46, played tight end at Alabama from 1993-95. He began his coaching career as a […]
Eric Berry plans to return to the NFL in 2020, Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reports. The former Chiefs safety worked out for the Cowboys but did not play in 2019. Garafolo said that was by design, giving Berry time to recover physically and mentally. Berry, 31, has played only four games, including the postseason, […]
The Pro Bowl happens again on Sunday, a non-football football game that essentially amounts to two-hand touch in pads. After the non-game game, the NFL will have to decide whether to keep it in Orlando for yet another year. As explained by Jabari Young of CNBC.com, the NFL’s annual option to stay in Orlando will […]
New Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy has hired one of his former players who worked with him in Green Bay. Rob Davis spent his final two seasons — 2006-07 — as the Packers’ long snapper. After his 12-year playing career ended, Davis went to work for the Packers as the director of player development in the […]