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Seahawks mutually part ways with defensive assistant Travis Jones

The Seahawks have mutually parted ways with senior defensive assistant coach Travis Jones. Jones had spent the last five seasons as a member of the team’s defensive staff. He replaced Dan Quinn as the team’s defensive line coach when Quinn was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2013. He then transitioned into a role as a [more]

Larry Warford will join Saints coaches at the Pro Bowl

The Saints coaching staff will be handling duties for the NFC team at the Pro Bowl and they learned Monday that they will have another familiar face on the roster. Their right guard Larry Warford has been added to the team. Eagles guard Brandon Brooks was dropped from the roster because of his February 4 [more]

Jaguars go from run of top-five picks to 29th

The Jaguars are going to have to scout differently this year. With yesterday’s loss to the Patriots, the Jaguars will pick 29th in the 2018 NFL Draft, the lowest they’ve picked in the first round since 2000, when they burned the 29th pick on R. Jay Soward. But the draft status also shows how far [more]

Keenum keeps making plays on the move

Russell Wilson, not Case Keenum, consistently draws comparisons to Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton. But as Vikings quarterbacks in the four decades since Tarkenton go, however, Keenum is the closest thing the team has had. Daunte Culpepper possessed mobility, but he used it vertically far more often than horizontally. (And Culpepper ultimately paid for [more]

Vikings gobble up trademarks for the slogans of a special season

The Vikings have been working hard this month, both on the field and off it. As explained by Darren Rovell of ESPN.com, the Vikings have applied for various federal trademarks with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the aftermath of Sunday’s demon-exorcising last-second win over the Saints. They’ve filed three separate applications for trademarks based [more]

Sean Payton turns free couch offer into goodwill gesture

Who would have thought the Vikings and Saints could end up as BFFs after a game that ended like last week’s did? It began when a Vikings fan suggested on social media that Minnesotans donate to Thomas Morstead‘s “What You Give Will Grow” charity to show appreciation for the Saints punter playing through torn rib [more]

Terron Armstead, Trey Hendrickson both fined $18,231

The NFL fined Saints offensive lineman Terron Armstead and defensive end Trey Hendrickson $18,231 each. Armstead’s fine was for unnecessary roughness after he used a horse collar tackle to bring down Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr following an interception in Sunday’s game. Officials penalized Armstead on the second-quarter play. Hendrickson received his fine for roughing the [more]

Andrew Sendejo still in concussion protocol, but Vikings are optimistic

Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo is still not cleared from the NFL’s concussion protocol, but the team is optimistic that he will be cleared in time to play on Sunday in Philadelphia. Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer said today that Sendejo has made progress and has a good chance of getting cleared. He will be examined again [more]

Will another team make a run at Drew Brees?

Saints quarterback Drew Brees has said, repeatedly, that he plans to stay with the team for which he has played for 12 years. The Saints, so far, have said nothing about the process for signing Brees to a new contract. Here’s the process, as a practical matter. The Saints eventually will decide what they can/will [more]

Vikings fans’ donations to Thomas Morstead charity tops $100,000

The best trend of the NFL postseason has been the outpouring of support from fans to players’ charities, and Saints punter Thomas Morstead is giving back to Minnesota after Vikings fans gave to his charity. It all started after the last play of Sunday’s game, following the touchdown that thrilled Vikings fans and broke the [more]

Parcells advises Zimmer to urge players to forget unforgettable finish

The Vikings wouldn’t currently be preparing to face the Eagles for a berth in the Super Bowl but for an unforgettable finish to the divisional-round game against the Saints. And now the Vikings need to find a way to forget it. Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells, who still regularly advises Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, [more]

Sean Payton not talking about Drew Brees’ potential return, yet

Saints quarterback Drew Brees has made it clear, on multiple occasions since Sunday, that he intends to extend his 12-year with the team to a beignet baker’s dozen. Coach Sean Payton wasn’t willing to be similarly candid during his end-of-season press conference. “Not right now,” Payton said when asked whether he would comment on the [more]

Tuesday’s PFT PM, Five-Down Territory edition

If you haven’t heard (in other words, if you’ve been ignoring the various posts promoting it), there’s a PFT PM podcast, a four-or-five-times-per-week afternoon-drive look at NFL news and analysis. Also, I answer plenty of Twitter questions, typically without looking at them in advance, a handy excuse for when the answers suck. Hopefully, today’s episode [more]

Thomas Morstead plays through rib injury, impressing Vikings fans

Thomas Morstead tore cartilage in his ribs while making a tackle early in the first quarter. The Saints punter was in obvious pain on his final three punts, though he had kicks of 56 and 54 yards after the injury and a pain-killing injection. “It was pretty simple in my mind: ‘This is either gonna [more]

Drew Brees: “I think we have a great window of opportunity”

Drew Brees was one play from his third career NFC Championship Game. Now, it starts all over again to try to get back. Was that the best last chance for the Saints quarterback? He has one Super Bowl ring but covets another. Brees, who turned 39 on Monday, said he believes the window remains open [more]

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