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  • Tom Savage Holds Shortest Post-Game Press Conference of All-Time?

    November 28, 2017 • AFC, AFC South, Features, Front Page, Houston TexansComments (0)

    After tossing for 252 yards and a pair of interceptions in Houston’s 23-16 Monday Night Football loss to Baltimore last night, Texans quarterback Tom Savage walked out of his post-game press conference after about … oh, I don’t know, 10 seconds.

    Shortest press conference of all-time?

    It’s understandable that he’s frustrated after losing four of the last five games and dropping to 4-7 on the season, but I believe it could have been handled a little bit more professionally.

    Then again, it’s Tom Savage. The Texans won’t be making any noise as long as Savage is under center.

    For Houston fans, you’re better off going into hibernation until Deshaun Watson recovers from his ACL tear.

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  • Steelers Introduce Inaugural “Hall of Honor” Class

    November 28, 2017 • AFC, AFC North, Front Page, History, Pittsburgh SteelersComments (0)

    Most NFL teams, at this point, have some sort of “Hall of Honor” or “Ring of Fame” to honor former players.

    As the team with the most Super Bowls in league history, you’d think the Pittsburgh Steelers would have already had one. Especially given how often the team honors its former Super Bowl champion teams.

    But nope, Sunday night the franchise debuted its inaugural Hall of Honor class, which includes 27 players/coaches/contributors.

    Jerome Bettis, Mel Blount, Terry Bradshaw, Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Bill Dudley, Joe Greene, Kevin Greene, L.C. Greenwood, Jack Ham, Franco Harris, Dick Hoak, John Henry Johnson, Walt Kiesling, Jack Lambert, Bobby Layne, John McNally, Chuck Noll, Arthur J. Rooney Sr., Daniel M. Rooney, Andy Russell, Donnie Shell, John Stallworth, Ernie Stautner, Lynn Swann, Mike Webster, Rod Woodson.

    That’s a lot of greats under one roof.

    Photo: Steelers.com

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  • AFL: Albany Names Les Moss As Assistant Coach

    November 28, 2017 • Arena Football League, Front PageComments (0)

    Things are starting to fall into place for the Arena Football League’s newest team out of Albany, NY.

    Though they don’t yet have their nickname, the Albany squad had already named Rob Keefe as the team’s head coach and now it appears as though Les Moss will be joining Keefe and Chris Thompson (OC & director of football operations) on the coaching staff.

    Moss is a huge addition, given he’s a four-time ArenaBowl champion.

    Moss won an ArenaBowl in 1990 as an assistant coach with the Detroit Drive, two in 1998 and 2000 as the Orlando Predators’ defensive coordinator  and one as the Jacksonville Sharks’ head coach in 2011.

    He won af2 Coach of the Year in 2004 and AFL Coach of the Year in 2010.

    Photo: Jacksonville.com

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  • Julio Jones Racks up 253 Yards in Win over Tampa

    November 27, 2017 • Atlanta Falcons, Fantasy, Front Page, NFC, NFC SouthComments (0)

    After Antonio Brown’s insane sideline catch in last night’s win over Green Bay, there’s no doubt in my mind that he’s the best receiver in the game.

    Honestly, the catch just further cemented his spot in my mind.

    But, Julio Jones is pretty much right there behind Brown.

    In yesterday’s 34-20 win over Tampa Bay, Atlanta improved to 7-4 on the season. How did Julio do? Oh, he just caught 12 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns. No big deal.

    The craziest part, however, is the 253 yards is only the third-highest single-game total he’s racked up in his pro career. His 12 catches were one catch behind his career-high of 13, and marked the fifth time he’s caught 12+ passes in a game. Impressive.

    Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

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  • 10 Years Later: Remembering the Late Sean Taylor

    November 27, 2017 • Features, Front Page, HistoryComments (0)

    November 27, 2007.

    It’s a date football fans — specifically University of Miami and Washington Redskins fans — will always remember.

    At the incredibly young age of 24, fourth-year pro Sean Taylor passed away after being shot in the leg by an intruder inside his home.

    His career was tragically cut far too short, as he was well on his way to a Hall of Fame-worthy professional football career.

    In his three-plus seasons with the Redskins, the free safety had racked up 299 total tackles, 12 interceptions, 2.0 sacks and eight forced fumbles in 53 starts. He earned Pro Bowl selections in 2006 and 2007, despite his ’07 season being cut short due to his death.

    He will forever be remembered as one of the hardest-hitting safeties in the league, and was loved by his family and everyone who stepped foot on the football field with him.

    Photo: AP file photo

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  • NCAA: Terps Drop Season Finale to No. 10 Penn State

    November 25, 2017 • Front Page, NCAA, University of MarylandComments (0)

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Wide receiver DJ Moore hauled in eight catches for 100 yards en route to breaking Maryland’s single-season reception record, but the Terps fell to No. 10 Penn State, 66-3, on Saturday afternoon.

    Moore finished the season with 80 catches, breaking the Maryland single-season record on his sixth catch of the game. The record had previously been held by Geroy Simon (77) since 1994.

    Moore also finished the season with 1,037 reception yards, becoming just the third player in Maryland history to reach the 1,000 yard mark, joining Marcus Badgett (1992 – 1,240) and Torrey Smith (2010 – 1,055).

    Penn State’s Trace McSorley threw two touchdown passes and ran for a score to help the Nittany Lions improve to 10-2 overall and 7-2 in Big Ten play.

    Junior Ty Johnson led Maryland (4-8, 2-7 B1G) with 70 rushing yards on just eight carries. Johnson finished the season with 1,592 all-purpose yards – a mark that ranks seventh in Maryland single-season history.

    Senior Jermaine Carter, Jr. led the Terps defense with 11 tackles. He ends the season with a team-high 90 tackles, marking his third straight season leading the team in the category. Carter finished with 329 tackles in his career.

    Maryland honored its 19 seniors in a pregame ceremony. The Terps open the 2018 season against Texas at FedEx Field on Sept. 1, 2018.

    More on Moore: DJ Moore ends his junior season with 146 career catches – a mark that ranks fifth in Maryland history. His 2,027 career reception yards makes him just the fifth player in Maryland history to achieve 2,000 career receiving yards. Moore’s eight touchdowns this season rank tied for fourth in Maryland’s single-season history. He ranks fourth in Maryland career history with 17 touchdown catches.

    Carter Leaves His Mark: Senior linebacker Jermaine Carter, Jr. is just the fifth player since 1969 to lead the Terps in tackles three straight seasons, joining Alex Wujciak (2008-10), D’Qwell Jackson (2003-05), E.J. Henderson (2000-02) and Ratcliff Thomas (1993-95).

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  • Former NFL Wideout Terry Glenn Passes Away in Car Wreck

    November 20, 2017 • Breaking News, Front Page, HistoryComments (0)

    Sad news in the NFL world today.

    Former NFL wide receiver Terry Glenn passed away in a car accident earlier this morning.

    The 12-year veteran and former Ohio State standout was 43 years old.

    Glenn was selected seventh overall by the New England Patriots in the 1996 NFL Draft.

    The Pro Bowl receiver would play the first six years of his pro career in New England before spending one in Green Bay and the last five in Dallas.

    Over those 12 seasons, Glenn reeled in 593 catches for 8,823 yards and 44 touchdowns. He put up four 1,000-yard seasons and played in nine career postseason games.

    Rest in peace, Terry Glenn.

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  • NCAA: Slow Start Trips Up Delaware in 28-7 Loss to Villanova

    November 18, 2017 • Front Page, Game Recap, NCAA, University of DelawareComments (0)

    Press release from BlueHens.com:

    VILLANOVA, Pa. — This time, a slow start was just way too much to overcome for the University of Delaware football team.

    Delaware, playing longtime rival Villanova in its annual Battle of the Blue rivalry, fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter and could never recover in falling to the Wildcats by a 28-7 verdict at soggy Villanova Stadium Saturday afternoon.

    The Blue Hens (7-4, 5-3 Colonial Athletic Association) fell to Villanova for the sixth straight time and for the 11th time in the last 12 seasons. Still, Delaware will hold out slim hopes of earning an at-large spot in the upcoming NCAA Tournament. The 24-team field will be announced live at 11 a.m. on ESPNU.

    If Saturday was indeed the final game of the 2017 campaign, it was a year in which the Blue Hens made great strides under first-year head coach Danny Rocco. Delaware nearly equaled the win total from the previous two years and won seven games for the first time since the 2014 season. The five wins in conference play marked the best season for the Hens since 2011 when the team also went 7-4 overall and 5-3 in league play.

    The Blue Hens, who finished the regular season having won five of the final seven games, could not generate enough offense to keep up with Villanova, which had struggled offensively itself for most of the season. The Wildcats (5-6, 3-5 CAA) snapped a four-game losing streak.

    Delaware fell behind 14-0 after the first quarter and was down 28-0 after Villanova scored twice in the third stanza. Earlier this season, the Hens came back from a 20-7 halftime deficit to Stony Brook, 10-0 to Maine, and 3-0 to Albany before mounting comebacks. This time, the comeback never materialized.

    Delaware finished with more first downs (18 to 16) and total yardage (336 to 322) than Villanova but managed just 44 yards in the first quarter and just 116 in the opening half. The Hens were also hurt by two interceptions, including one in the first quarter when Villanova linebacker Jeff Steeb picked off a pass by J.P. Caruso and sprinted into the end zone untouched from 38 yards out to give VU a 14-0 lead six minutes into the game.

    Curuso (above left) hit on 21 of 33 passes for a career-high 197 yards and an 11-yard touchdown strike to Jamie Jarmon with 59 seconds left in the game to avoid the shutout. Jarmon caught five passes for 26 yards while Vinny Papale had three catches for 70 yards and Joe Walker hauled in three passes for 79 yards. Walker also had a team-high 37 yards rushing and threw an 18-yard pass.

    Defensively, Delaware allowed a season-high 261 yards rushing as Villanova running back Aaron Forbes ran for 140 yards. Quarterback Jack Schetelich threw two touchdown passes to Taurus Phillips and ran for another score.

    Blue Hen safety Nasir Adderley led the Hens with 12 tackles and forced a fumble while senior defensive tackle Blaine Woodson made 11 stops, including sack.

    Photo: Mark Campbell/bluehens.com

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  • Why is Drew Brees Rarely in the “Greatest QB of All-Time” Debate?

    November 15, 2017 • Features, Front Page, History, New Orleans Saints, NFC, NFC South, OpinionComments (0)

    Just the other day, while watching 38-year old quarterback Drew Brees lead the New Orleans Saints to a 47-10 victory over Buffalo while completing 72% of his pass attempts, I had an interesting thought.

    Why on earth is Brees rarely included in the “greatest quarterback of all-time” discussion?

    It’s typically between four-time Super Bowl champion Joe Montana and five-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady.

    So, I understand. Brees’ one Super Bowl ring doesn’t quite match up to the Montana and Brady collection.

    But guys like Peyton Manning (two rings), Dan Marino (0 rings), Brett Favre (1 ring) and Steve Young (three rings, but only one as starter) often find themselves at least in the discussion. But no Brees?

    In his 17 seasons in the National Football League, the 10-time Pro Bowl quarterback has thrown for 68,509 yards (third all-time), 478 touchdowns (third all-time), completed 66.8% of his passes (first all-time) and posted a career 96.6 QB rating (sixth all-time).

    Given a couple more productive seasons, he very well could be No. 1 in all three of those statistical categories.

    The league has only seen nine 5,000-yard passing seasons ever …. and Brees has five of them. FIVE.

    While he may have a rather small playoff sample size (11 games), he at least has a winning playoff record (6-5) and a Super Bowl championship, unlike Marino.

    And just take a look at his career playoff numbers in those 11 games: 306/464 (66%), 3,539 yards, 24 TD, 6 INT, 100.7 QB rating. He has six 300-yard passing games in the postseason, with 400+ in three of those games.

    Another interesting aspect I’d like to point out is that one of the best wide receivers he’s ever thrown to is the undrafted Marques Colston. He did also get the opportunity to throw to TE Antonio Gates for three seasons in San Diego. And Brees to Brandin Cooks was a formidable duo for a couple seasons recently as well.

    The early-2000s Chargers trio of Brees, LaDainian Tomlinson and Gates provided us with a great five-year run from ’01-’05 before Brees headed off to New Orleans to bring the ‘Aints a Super Bowl championship.

    But let’s take a minute to just check out some of the guys these other quarterbacks had the opportunity to launch passes to throughout their careers:

    • Brady has had Randy Moss, Wes Welker and Rob Gronkowski.
    • Montana had John Taylor and the greatest receiver of all-time in Jerry Rice.
    • Young also had Rice and Taylor. And the first four years of Terrell Owens’ legendary career.
    • Marino had Mark Duper, Mark Clayton and O.J. McDuffie.
    • Manning had Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark in Indy. Also had a few years with Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Emmanuel Sanders in Denver.
    • Favre had Sterling Sharpe, Antonio Freeman, Donald Driver and Greg Jennings.

    For the most part, Brees’ go-to weapons in the passing game through his 17 years, aside from Colston and Gates, have been long-forgotten names such as Devery Henderson, Lance Moore, Robert Meachem.

    I’ll also throw in a few more names: Jimmy Graham (four spectacular seasons as a pass-catching TE before heading to Seattle) Kenny Stills, Curtis Conway, Adrian Arrington, Brandon Coleman, David Boston.

    Last season, rookie Michael Thomas stood out as a key weapon for Brees, catching 92 passes for 1,137 yards and 9 touchdowns. This season, he’s reeled in 59 catches for 662 yards and 2 touchdowns through nine games. Brees surely hopes Thomas can keep up the pace to make up for the loss of Cooks, who is now catching passes from Brady in New England.

    This season, the 38-year old Brees has the Saints sitting at 7-2.

    New Orleans doesn’t typically have a top five defense and a top-tier rushing attack, but they do so far in 2017.

    Let’s face it, Brady isn’t the only one still slinging it in his old age. He may have two years on Brees, but let’s not overlook what ol’ Drew has done during his prolonged tenure in the National Football League. Who knows how much longer we’ll be blessed with his presence!

    If Brees can win another Super Bowl this season, do you think we’ll finally be talking about Brees as a — at the very least — top three quarterback of all-time?

    Photo: Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

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  • Bills: Tyrod Taylor Benched in Favor of Rookie Nathan Peterman

    November 15, 2017 • AFC, AFC East, Breaking News, Buffalo BillsComments (0)

    The Buffalo Bills coaching staff is looking to shake things up.

    This morning it was announced by head coach Sean McDermott that starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor would be benched in favor of rookie Nathan Peterman.

    The move comes as a bit of a shock to some, as Taylor has put up decent numbers (64.2 comp. %, 1,684 yards, 10 TD, 3 INT, 91.4 QB rating) for the 5-4 Bills through nine games.

    However, the offense has struggled to move the ball on offense the last few weeks and has had its fair share of 3&outs with Taylor under center.

    Following Buffalo’s 47-10 loss to New Orleans — a game in which Taylor completed just nine of 18 passes for 56 yards and Buffalo’s offense managed just 198 total yards — the Bills felt they needed a change at the quarterback position. And throwing Peterman out there is a the change they decided to go with this week.

    Peterman, 23, is a fifth-round pick out of Pittsburgh and will make his NFL debut this Sunday against the Chargers.

    Tell us what you think of the move in the comment section below!

    Photo: Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

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