Good luck with that. It won’t be nearly as easily done as said.

Some within the NFL are eager to move on from the sport’s very public feud with President Trump and return the focus to football this weekend.

Dave Gettleman, New York Giants: The Giants hired the former Carolina Panthers general manager during the final week of the regular season to take over for the fired Jerry Reese. Gettleman, 66, shares deep roots with the Giants, having spent 15 years in New York as a personnel executive from 1998 to 2012. From there, the accomplished talent evaluator was hired as general manager of the Panthers, serving four seasons in Carolina and helping to guide the team to a Super Bowl in 2015.

Brian Gutekunst, Green Bay Packers: The Packers promoted Gutekunst, their former director of player personnel, to the position of GM. Gutekunst is replacing the long time GM Ted Thompson. Earlier this month, Green Bay announced that Thompson was transitioning to the role as senior advisor to football operations.

The Steelers decided not to be on their sideline for the anthem last Sunday in Chicago, only to have offensive tackle and former Army Ranger Alejandro Villaneuva photographed at the front of a tunnel leading to the field, standing alone with his right hand over his heart. The Steelers tried to explain that their decision was not politically motivated. But do they really believe that their approach — two days after Trump used crass language in a speech at a campaign rally in Alabama to urge owners to fire any NFL player who protests by refusing to stand for the anthem — could be separated from politics?

Trump shows no inclination to let this go anytime soon. As he left the White House on Wednesday afternoon for a trip to Indianapolis to talk about tax reform, he stopped on the way to Marine One to answer questions from reporters, including on the NFL.
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Maybe Watson studied Wilson playing hurt. He was doing it too.

Olsen and his wife started the foundation in honor of their son, T.J., who was born with a serious congenital heart condition. Olsen is the Panthers’ 2017 Walter Payton Man of the Year, and he’s in the running for the league award. Rivera, and even the staff at Bank of America Stadium, are campaigning for Olsen with shirts, too.

Rivera got his “Riverboat Ron” nickname for his gambles on the football field back in 2013, when he made a dramatic shift from being one of the most conservative coaches in the league to consistently going for it on fourth down instead of punting.

Sherman was impressed that, late in the third quarter, Watson seemed to hurt his ankle or calf, and it didn’t affect how he played the rest of the game. During a TV timeout, Sherman went to Watson and told him, “Hang in there! Ain’t no time to come out of the game!’”

Said Sherman: “My God, Houston’s so lucky. By next year he’s going to be a top-five quarterback in this league, and that includes the two big dogs [Brady and Rodgers]. He makes you dig to the deepest part of your competitive juices to beat him.”

You know the biggest shame of this day? Because the NFL schedules cross-conference games once every four years, barring a Super Bowl meeting, Wilson and Watson won’t face each other again until they play in Houston … in 2021. So keep this game on the DVR. Cue it up on some ugly February or March day. Maybe you’ll yell at the TV the same way you did Sunday.

You could say this for every matchup in here, but a Falcons-Steelers matchup where both teams are playing their best would be loads of fun. Both offenses are capable of being the best in the NFL, and when both defenses are on, they’re tough to beat.

Why are the Raiders so set on Gruden? Gruden has a history in Oakland. He was hired by Oakland for his first head coaching gig back in 1998. He spent four seasons helping the Raiders become competitive again, and they traded Gruden to the Buccaneers for four draft picks after the 2001 season and two consecutive postseason bids.

The decision to trade him away came back to haunt them in January. Oakland made it to Super Bowl XXXVII and lost 48-21 to Gruden’s Buccaneers.

Gruden was fired by the Buccaneers after the 2009 season, and he was hired by ESPN that May to serve as a color commentator for Monday Night Football. His salary was reported to be more than $6.5 million per year back in 2015. His name still is in the mix every year when NFL head coaching jobs open up, but he’s seemed content to stay in the booth. This time seems different, though.
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Jerry Jones’ grandson wins one of best Texas state championships ever

Jerry Jones already has his eye on the Cowboys’ quarterback of the future, he’ll just have to wait about three years before he can draft him.

The grandson of the Cowboys’ owner, John Stephen Jones, who is yet uncommitted to college, won his second straight 5A Division I state title Friday in one of the best games in the history of Texas high school football.

Martin’s final pass was complete to Jalen Preston on the one-yard line, but the star receiver was dragged down by two defenders to end one of the greatest high school football games in Texas history. This video is via VYPE Houston.

“He’s magic,” Highland Park head coach Randy Allen said of John Stephen Jones via Fox Sports Southwest. “I’ve been saying this all along, he can escape, he’s a leader, he competes, he finds the players … the open receivers, he makes runs when he has to, but the bottom line he competes and he’s magic.”

Former Rams coach Jeff Fisher is a year removed from the team after he was fired 13 games into his fifth season, but he still wants credit for the franchise’s recent success.

The Rams ended the 2016 season with a 4-12 record, but under first-year head coach Sean McVay, the Rams are 10-4 this season and can seal their first division title since 2003 with a win at the Titans on Sunday.

In an appearance on The Midday 180 radio show in Nashville, Fisher said he left them in “pretty good shape.”

What was even crazier was how the game ended. Manvel had one last chance to win the game on a desperation heave with no time left on the clock. Quarterback Kason Martin threw for 483 yards and five touchdowns in the state title game, but he wished he would have thrown for 484.

Pederson figures to be protective of some of his other offensive assets, as well, including fantasy stalwarts wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and tight end Zach Ertz.

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The Dallas defense couldn’t stop anything.

Hopefully your Thanksgiving was better than the one the Cowboys had in their 28-6 loss to the Chargers. Whatever slim playoff hopes they were clinging to are gone, swallowed up by the Chargers offensive attack.

As for the Chargers, they’re playoff hopes are very much alive. The win puts them at 5-6 on the season, hovering just outside the AFC wildcard spot.

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This unit allowed just 10 sacks over the Cowboys’ first eight games. Prescott has been sacked 14 times in the team’s three-game skid.

That pressure has kept the Cowboys from the end zone. The Cowboys have been able to score on only 33.3 percent of their trips to the red zone over their last three games. That’s a significantly lower rate than their 61.6 conversion rate in the red zone all year. And the Cowboys’ inability to score leaves them consistently playing from behind.

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Shohei Ohtani has decided he’s on the side of the Angels.

The Japanese two-way star announced Friday he will sign with the Los Angeles Angels, ending the sweepstakes surrounding his move to the majors in a surprising decision.

Ohtani, who intends to be both a starting pitcher and an everyday power hitter, turned down interest from every other big-league club to join two-time MVP Mike Trout and slugger Albert Pujols with the Angels, who are coming off their second consecutive losing season and haven’t won a playoff game since 2009.

Shortly after the World Series ended, the Angels secured a five-year, $106 million deal with Upton, their late-season trade acquisition. The veteran slugger is an ideal solution after years of underperformance in left field for the club.

Their Monday opponents, the Houston Rockets, are tough on opposing backcourts, allowing the tenth- and eighth-fewest fantasy points to opposing point guards and shooting guards, respectively. Still, in a game that the Pelicans will need to score in bunches to keep the Rockets in sight, I look for them to continue to get production from Holiday. In an all-or-nothing kind of way, Rondo also makes for an admittedly risky play on Monday, as well, especially in light of his long-running rivalry with Chris Paul.

As difficult as that sounds, nothing is impossible in an unpredictable league from season to season, week to week. As bad as things have seemed of late for Jerry Jones, Jason Garrett and Dak Prescott, the Cowboys do have the advantage of an ace in the hole for later: running back Ezekiel Elliott.

Elliott won’t return from his six-game suspension until Week 16 against the Seahawks. Dallas needs to dig deep and find a way to win out, first and foremost, but the remaining schedule before (at Giants, at Raiders) and after Elliott’s return provides a sliver of hope.eagles_036_7d21b9ec06d6b23f-180x180

Orlando Scandrick injury update: Cowboys DB fractures back, reports say

I will never forgive myself for not getting Kamara in any of my fantasy leagues. All of the excitement at the beginning of the season for Kareem Hunt and Tarik Cohen has faded, and it’s Kamara who’s the real truth. I love that dude.

We get my parents on a Facetime call so they can see the kids. I say “see” and not “talk with,” because conversing with the kids through the screen is almost impossible. My son only wants to get close enough to touch the screen (he constantly hangs up on family members), while my daughter becomes hyperactive, running from room to room, posing in downward dog, and crawling through a collapsible tunnel we’ve laid out. After each trick she runs to the iPad to make sure she’s still being watched, shriek-laughs, and runs off to do something else.

Even though Talib got the better of Crabtree, the actual football game has been all Raiders, thanks mostly to Paxton Lynch. Jared Cook makes a nice catch in the back of the end zone, and the Raiders lead 14-0.

The Eagles locked in a key part of their future by signing wide receiver Alshon Jeffery to a four-year extension through 2021, the team announced Saturday.

The deal is reportedly worth $52 million and more than half his salary is guaranteed, according to ESPN.

“First of all I just want to thank (owner) Jeffrey Lurie and the entire Eagles organization,” Jeffrey said in a statement. “Like I said the other day, I love it here. I’m blessed to have the opportunity to play for this organization and for these fans. Everyone has welcomed me with open arms and now I’m looking forward to being here for a long time. We have a great group here and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Jeffery signed a one-year deal with the Eagles in free agency this offseason, and he has emerged as one of the most important players for Philadelphia. Jeffery has hauled in 43 receptions for 619 yards and seven touchdowns this season for a 10-1 team sitting atop the NFC East. chargers_002

Rookie running back Aaron Jones has proved he should get more feature-like work.

The Falcons, based on youth and health, are a better version of the Seahawks’ defense under Dan Quinn than Seattle is at the moment. Without that defense, Atlanta would have little shot to overcome its Super Bowl hangover. The Falcons are typically in trouble against teams with dangerous all-around running backs, something the Seahawks don’t have.

So now we’re at six hours. When I take them off the smoker for good, I put the tinfoil on again, then they sit in the cooler for 20 minutes just to settle in their own juices. That also keeps them warm. The whole process takes six hours and 20 minutes. During the hockey season, I’m not able to cook them that often. I’ve only done them once this season. During the summer, I cook a lot. I love having people over.

Rookie running back Aaron Jones has proved he should get more feature-like work. But the Packers should keep using Ty Montgomery in creative ways to get him key touches, too.

Philip Rivers’ aggressive ways are bad news against Todd Wash’s crew. Blake Bortles will fare much better, because Leonard Fournette will return to out-rush Melvin Gordon.

The Eagles and Rams will play each other on Dec. 10 in Los Angeles in a game that will have massive playoff implications — something nobody would have thought three months ago.

Browns linebacker Jamie Collins injured his right knee after making an interception in the first quarter of Sunday’s 38-24 loss to the Lions. Collins was spun to the turf by Lions center Graham Glasgow and immediately grabbed his knee.

When the Raiders were enjoying their breakout 2016 season under coach Jack Del Rio, some thought they were built to beat the Patriots. Derek Carr was unfazed by weak pass defenses, and Del Rio’s unpredictable, aggressive style was just enough to throw Bill Belichick’s team off.

The matchup that matters most: Diamondbacks versus fastballs and cutters early in the count against Darvish.

One key stat to know: Greinke is 2-5 in seven starts against the Dodgers since signing with Arizona in 2016 (including a five-homer game in September 2016). But he faced the Dodgers three times the final two months of 2017 and allowed just five runs over 19.2 innings.

Because his breaking stuff is so nasty, Darvish has one of the biggest splits among pitchers for when they get ahead versus when they don’t. He doesn’t seem to have a lot of confidence in his fastball, which is why he’ll nibble too much on the corners at times. Anyway, check out the batter results on various counts:

“I would love to be here long term. I hope I’m here long term,” said Smart. “I love the organization, I love the fans, I love everything the Celtics are about.”

Ingram’s 95.2 ADP indicates that most people aren’t as high on him as they were heading into last season, when he was selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA draft. Here’s the thing with Ingram, though. He got a ton of playing time as a rookie, for better or worse. Not only did he play 79 games, he started 40 of them, and averaged 28.8 minutes.

In three game since returning from a suspension, Seferian-Jenkins has made a steady impact for the Jets, catching 15 passes on 18 targets. There aren’t a ton of other players he’s competing for a workload within the Jets offense, and ASJ has made good after a promising offseason. A good story of a player who has turned his life around and has value as a starter in 12-team or larger leagues, especially with more tight end injuries in Week 5 (Charles Clay, for example).

“We would never put a player on the field that we thought could not protect himself,” Sugarman said. “… These issues are very difficult to manage and to treat. … We were all on the same page with, ‘Should Sam play or should Sam not play?'”
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It’s just high enough for them.

Trevor Siemian is fine, right? Not a lot of eye-popping plays, but he limits mistakes and gives a team that wants to win with defense and the running game a chance to do so. He has been, like we said about Tyrod Taylor earlier, better than you think. Behind him is Brock Osweiler, who knows the offense, and former first-round pick Paxton Lynch, who still might make something of himself before it’s all over. The way the Broncos are constructed, they don’t have to feel great about their quarterback situation. And compared to others around the league, the confidence meter isn’t very high. It’s just high enough for them.

Week 5’s opening contest is also FPI’s pick as the game of the week, as the Patriots head south to take on the Buccaneers. The Patriots might have dropped to No. 7 in the most recent NFL Power Rankings, but FPI isn’t quite ready to give up on the defending champs yet. Tom Brady is still playing at an extremely high level, ranking No. 2 in the league with a 75.6 Total QBR, and the Patriots’ offensive FPI value is seen as over a field goal better than any other offense in the league, so all hope should not be lost in New England.

The Buccaneers will try to keep pace in the NFC South with the Falcons and Panthers, who are both 3-1, having played one more game than Tampa Bay. A win for the home team would raise Tampa’s postseason chances to nearly 1-in-3, while a loss would drop the Bucs to less than 1-in-5.

If the Buccaneers can keep the Patriots’ offense in check, perhaps special teams can make a difference, as Tampa Bay has the most efficient unit of any team this season.sharks_168

Some teams will be willing to look past it because of the time that has passed.

We all have lapses in judgment, especially when we’re young. With Mixon, we’re not talking about a youthful indiscretion. We’re talking about a young man punching a woman in the face with such violence that her injuries required eight hours of surgical repair. And it’s impossible to make this a “gotta hear both sides” situation, because we’ve all seen the video.

Some teams will be willing to look past it because of the time that has passed.

“What he did was terrible. It was three years ago,” an NFC executive said. “He got suspended for a year. It’s not like he hasn’t paid a price. Since he did, he’s been fine. It will come down to the owner. I think a lot of owners will be very skeptical doing it. If I was in the 20s I’d take him.”

For other teams, it’s too great of a risk.

“I did a lot of (expletive) when I was 18 that I’m not proud of but I never knocked out a girl,” an AFC executive said. “That’s just such a hot-button issue. I’m hearing too many things. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”

RB Barry J. Sanders Jr., Oklahoma State: Sanders Jr.’s career started at Stanford, where he rushed for 672 yards and seven touchdowns. Following teammate Christian McCaffrey’s NCAA single-season all-purpose record of 3,496 yards in 2015, Sanders Jr. transferred to Oklahoma State, his father’s alma mater. Ironically, the record McCaffrey broke belonged to the elder Sanders.

Oh, and let’s not forget this run by Sanders Jr. at Stanford that looked eerily similar to a run his father had. The lackluster results from those selections may have dissuaded other teams from taking a chance on Gonzalez earlier. In the past, taking specialists early wasn’t a bold or rare strategy.

In just an eight-year span from 1972 to 1979, there were 15 kickers and punters drafted in the first three rounds, including three taken in the first round.

Instead, Browns gets arguably the best kicker — the second off the board after Jake Elliott of Memphis — at a strong value.
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