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NFL’s “old man club” is dwindling

Todd Archer of ESPN came up with a great stat: From 2000-03, 1,023 players were selected in the NFL draft. Of those draft picks, only Tom Brady, Terrell Suggs and Jason Witten remain under contract for 2018. That, of course, will change soon. Drew Brees (second round, 2001) will return next season. Julius Peppers (first, [more]

In 2017, NFL twice tabled rule that would change timing of coaching hires

The decision of Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to remain in New England has given new attention to the potential adjustment of the rule that prevents teams from hiring as head coaches assistant coaches whose teams are still playing postseason games. Some think that, if the Colts had been allowed to formally offer the job [more]

Devin McCourty undergoes shoulder surgery

Patriots safety Devin McCourty has undergone shoulder surgery since Super Bowl LII, though it was only a clean-up procedure, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports. McCourty also underwent minor shoulder surgery in 2013. He separated a shoulder in 2011. He was added to the injury report in Week 17 with a shoulder injury. But McCourty missed [more]

Coming Friday, six hours of PFT Live

WEEI will be suspending its programming for 12 hours on Friday, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET, so that all employees can attend mandatory sensitivity training. Since WEEI is an NBC Sports Radio affiliate, WEEI will broadcast NBC Sports Radio content in place of WEEI’s normal programming. Since PFT Live is broadcast by NBC [more]

WEEI losing advertisers over Christian Fauria’s racist Don Yee impression

Former Patriots tight end Christian Fuaria did a racist impression of NFL agent Don Yee on his WEEI radio show, and the show is losing advertisers as a result. Comcast and City of Boston Credit Union have pulled their ads from WEEI, the Boston Globe reports. The president of City of Boston Credit Union says [more]

Report: Patriots keeping assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski

Patriots assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski will remain in his role with the team in 2018, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports. Schuplinski helped develop Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett and will play “an important role in helping develop another young quarterback,” via Reiss. A reports a week ago had Schuplinski joining Josh McDaniels in Indianapolis. [more]

Marquis Flowers: Five Super Bowls is more fun than one

Marquis Flowers admits he’s got a “lil time to waste” now that it’s the offseason, so he spent the day firing back at Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson. In a series of tweets, the Patriots linebacker questioned Johnson’s contention that the Patriots are a “fear-based organization” while the Eagles had fun. Flowers pointed out more [more]

Mike Pereira: Eagles were in illegal formation on Philly Special

On second thought, maybe the Philly Special shouldn’t have counted. After Nick Foles caught a touchdown on fourth down in Super Bowl LII, PFT asked the NFL for clarification about whether the Eagles were lined up in an illegal formation. A league source said the NFL views it as a “judgment call.” But FOX rules [more]

Tedy Bruschi: Lane Johnson is wrong, Patriots have a lot of fun

Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson ruffled some feathers in New England when he said his team has more fun than the Patriots, who live in fear of Bill Belichick. Now a former Patriot is hitting back. Tedy Bruschi, who played for the Patriots for 13 seasons, says he thoroughly enjoyed his time playing for Belichick. [more]

Pereira thinks Goodell told Riveron to change his standard on replay reviews

The NFL appeared to change its standard for overturning calls in instant replay in 2017-2018, with head of officiating Al Riveron seeming to stray away from the “indisputable” standard in the regular season only to return to it in the postseason. One of Riveron’s predecessors believes the commissioner was behind that. Former NFL head of [more]

Belichick opened the vault for McDaniels 10 years ago

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels decided to remain with the team in part because head coach Bill Belichick plans to open the vault for his pupil. “Bill Belichick said to him, ‘I want you to be by my side. I am going to open my world to you,’” said Mike Reiss of ESPN.com last week. “‘Show you [more]

Did the Colts dodge a bullet with Josh McDaniels?

The feeling around the Colts has become dramatically different than it was six days ago, in the aftermath of Josh McDaniels informing Indy that he’d be staying with the Patriots. And with Frank Reich happily taking over in Indy, there’s a sense that maybe the Colts got lucky when McDaniels got cold feet. As accurately [more]

Super Bowl LII game-winner exposes a flaw in Patriot Way

In the aftermath of Super Bowl LII, the play known as “Philly Special” received most of the attention. And rightfully so. The gadget play used on fourth and goal made Nick Foles the first quarterback in league history to catch a touchdown pass in a Super Bowl. But Wristband 145 a/k/a Gun trey left, open [more]

Wrestling pal on Gronk: WWE a matter of when, not if

Last Sunday night, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski provided a post-Super Bowl surprise by declining to commit to playing next year — and by reacting to retirement rumors with a very telling, “I don’t know how you heard about that.” The night before the Super Bowl, Gronk’s wrestling pal, Mojo Rawley, dropped a hint about [more]

Report: Frank Reich the favorite for Colts job

The Colts may wind up with an offensive coordinator from the Super Bowl as their next head coach, but it’s not the one they expected to be hiring. Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich has emerged as the favorite to be named the next head coach in [more]

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