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Expect Kyle Shanahan to exploit Chiefs’ penchant for defensive holding

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 [more]

Report: Eric Berry plans to return to NFL in 2020

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, [more]

Will Fuller underwent sports hernia surgery

The Texans went 8-3 with Will Fuller and 2-3 without him this season. They need him, and he needs to stay healthy. The receiver said that “a big goal” for him in 2020 is to play all 16 games, something he has never done. He has played 42 of a possible 64 games since the [more]

Zac Taylor’s simple criteria for a quarterback: “A winner”

Some say wins aren’t a quarterback statistic. Bengals coach Zac Taylor apparently isn’t one of the some. Taylor, embarking on his second season with the Bengals, has fairly simple criteria for what he’s looking for in a quarterback. “A guy that elevates his teammates, accurate, has the best understanding of the playbook of anyone on [more]

Calais Campbell believes he is worth every penny of his salary

General Manager Dave Caldwell said earlier this week that the Jaguars “still feel like [Calais Campbell] has football left ahead of him.” But the Jaguars can get $15 million in cap space by parting ways with Campbell. The defensive lineman signed a four-year, $60 million contract with the Jaguars in March 2017 and is scheduled [more]

George Kittle recalls Anthony Hitchens bullying him at Iowa practice

Chiefs linebacker Anthony Hitchens was a starter at Iowa in 2012 when a freshman named George Kittle showed up. Kittle was a backup whose primary job was playing on the scout team, and he’s motivated by some of those memories. Kittle said he’s looking forward to going after Hitchens and fellow Chiefs linebacker Ben Niemann, [more]

Yes, you can bet that the 49ers will blow a 28-3 lead (but you shouldn’t)

The number of Super Bowl prop bets is limited only by the creativity of those devising them. For Super Bowl LIV, the folks at PointsBet have plucked a fairly low piece of low-hanging fruit in crafting a prop wager that calls back to Super Bowl LI. Via David Purdum of ESPN.com, the odds of the [more]

Hunt family will host close to 2,000 for Super Bowl

Norma Hunt has attended every Super Bowl. This time, the widow of Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt will have plenty of company. According to Chiefs V.P. of communications Ted Crews, “The Hunt family is hosting close to to 2,000 staff, friends and their families” in Miami for Super Bowl LIV. (Ryan O’Reilly wearing a Chiefs helmet [more]

Jed York hopes 49ers are in position to visit White House

What once was a given has become a point of contention in recent years, spanning two administrations. As the 49ers and Chiefs prepare to battle for the privilege of the next NFL invitation to the White House, San Francisco CEO Jed York has taken a pragmatic approach: It doesn’t matter until the 49ers win the [more]

Joe Burrow: Whoever wants to pay me to play football, I’ll play for

Joe Burrow will not try to force his way onto his preferred team, if he even has one. Burrow, the LSU quarterback who’s the odds-on favorite to go first overall in April’s NFL draft, says he’s happy to play for any team that wants him. “Whoever wants to pay me money to play the game [more]

Player attitudes make it easier for Kyle Shanahan to keep the team accountable

For as complicated as football can be, at its core it’s very simple. Blocking, hitting, tackling. And in an age of limited blocking, hitting, and tackling during practice, there’s a premium to be placed on players who can and will embrace blocking, hitting, and tackling during games. The 49ers have players who can and will [more]

Dolphins hire Gerald Alexander as defensive backs coach

Gerald Alexander appeared in two games for the Dolphins in 2011. He is returning to the defensive backs room where he briefly sat as a player. The Dolphins have hired the University of California assistant as their new defensive backs coach, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports. Alexander replaces Josh Boyer, whom Brian Flores [more]

49ers taking the entire organization to Super Bowl LIV, including interns

The 49ers haven’t won the Super Bowl in 25 years. As they try to get their sixth Super Bowl championship, they’ll have the entire organization in attendance. As in everyone who works for the team. Interns included. Via David Lombardi of TheAthletic.com, CEO Jed York has confirmed that the team will fly all employees, including [more]

Report: Patriots hire Jedd Fisch from Rams

Jedd Fisch has joined the Patriots’ coaching staff in a yet to be determined offensive capacity, Jim McBride of the Boston Globe reports. Fisch was the Rams’ senior offensive assistant the past two seasons, adding assistant offensive coordinator to his job title for 2019. He spent the 2017 season as offensive coordinator at UCLA. Fisch [more]

Report: Broncos finalizing contract to make Mike Shula their QBs coach

The Broncos are finalizing contract details to make Mike Shula their quarterbacks coach, Mike Klis of 9News reports. The team still needs to work out the offset with the Giants, per Klis. The hiring of Shula is not a surprise given the Broncos hired Pat Shurmur as offensive coordinator. Shula was the offensive coordinator under [more]

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