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Browns continue G.M. search after interviews with Andrew Berry, Monti Ossenfort

The Browns interviewed Andrew Berry and Monti Ossenfort on Friday for their General Manager vacancy. They will interview three to five candidates before making a decision, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. George Paton, the Vikings assistant G.M., is scheduled to meet with the Browns this weekend as the third candidate for [more]

Frank Clark calls lining up offsides an “inexcusable” mental mistake

Dee Ford used to wear No. 55 as a pass rusher in Kansas City. Frank Clark now wears No. 55 as a pass rusher in Kansas City. If not for Ford lining up offsides at a crucial moment in last year’s AFC Championship Game, the Chiefs might not have traded Ford to the 49ers and [more]

Mike Mayock thought Raiders would “get the best out of Antonio Brown”

The Raiders traded for Antonio Brown to great fanfare March 10. They released him Sept. 7 without him ever playing a down for them. But it wasn’t a quiet six months to be sure. Raiders General Manager Mike Mayock takes the blame for the AB saga, which turned into a soap opera. “I put that [more]

Ben Watson claims he played with torn Achilles in 2019

Tight end Ben Watson had an unusual 2019. He retired from the NFL, tested positive for a PED, returned to the NFL despite knowing he’d tested positive for a PED, signed with the Patriots, participated in the offseason program, training camp, and the preseason, served the suspension, was released after the suspension ended, and then [more]

Aaron Hernandez documentary meanders through vague efforts to excuse his murders

An archaic quirk of Massachusetts law nearly absolved Aaron Hernandez of murder because he died while the case was pending on appeal. The new Netflix documentary regarding Hernandez tries, in roundabout fashion, to do what Massachusetts ultimately didn’t. That’s my takeaway from the meandering, three-part look at the life, the lives taken, and the death [more]

Tremaine Edmunds replacing Dont’a Hightower in Pro Bowl

Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds is a Pro Bowler for the first time. The team announced Edmunds will replace Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower on the AFC all-star team. Edmunds finished his second season with a team-high 115 tackles, 1.5 sacks and nine passes defensed. He made 121 tackles as a rookie, making him the first player [more]

Browns to interview Monti Ossenfort for G.M. job

The Browns have added another name to the list of candidates for their General Manager job. According to multiple reports, the team will interview Patriots director of college scouting Monti Ossenfort for the vacancy. The Browns fired John Dorsey after the end of the regular season. Ossenfort’s name has come up during other G.M. searches, [more]

Analytics have an important role in football, but certain factors complicate things

Tuesday’s rare public appearance from Browns chiefs strategy office Paul DePodesta has sparked renewed discussion about the role of analytics in football. The Browns claim that they use analytics no more than any other team; people with other teams who have gotten some exposure to how the Browns use analytics through the recently-completed interview process, [more]

A.J. Francis becomes a professional wrestler

A well-traveled former NFL player will be doing more traveling as part of his latest venture. According to Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, veteran defensive tackle A.J. Francis has signed a three-year deal with WWE to become a professional wrestler. Francis, whose side gig with Uber drew attention several years ago, played for [more]

Rob Gronkowski congratulates Luke Kuechly

Luke Kuechly was one of the few guys who could cover Rob Gronkowski. So Gronkowski made sure to congratulate another brilliant player who walked away at his peak last night. The former Patriots tight end sent out a message last night, with a wink toward the near-constant speculation about his own status. Congrats @LukeKuechly on [more]

Chiefs are betting favorites to win this year’s Super Bowl, and next year’s too

With four teams remaining in contention to win Super Bowl LIV, the Chiefs are the favorites. And with 32 teams in contention to win Super Bowl LV, the Chiefs are the favorites to win next year, too. The current odds at Caesars Sportsbook have the Chiefs as 11-10 favorites to win this year’s Super Bowl. [more]

Brady, Peyton, Ben absent from AFC Championship for first time in 17 years

Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill will be welcomed into an exclusive club on Sunday, a club that Patrick Mahomes became a member of last year, and a club that has had surprisingly few members in recent years. That club is quarterbacks who have started the AFC Championship Game. When Tannehill’s Titans take on Mahomes’ Chiefs on [more]

Antonio Brown continues to be his own worst enemy

It’s entirely possible that Antonio Brown has a health condition that has caused him to consistently act in bizarre and erratic ways over the course of the last year. If so, someone who can influence him to get the help he needs should do everything in his or her power to make that happen. If [more]

Cowboys parting ways with strength and conditioning coach Mike Woicik

Mike Woicik has six Super Bowl rings. The strength and conditioning coach won three with the Cowboys in the 1990s and three with the Patriots in the 2000s. Woicik returned to the Cowboys for a second stint in 2011, reuniting with Jason Garrett. Garrett was a backup quarterback during Woicik’s first tour with the Cowboys. [more]

Kevin Stefanski agreed to certain specific terms that limit his authority

Head football coaches like to run the show. In Cleveland, the head football coach won’t be. As explained by Steve Doerschuk of the Canton Repository, new Browns coach Kevin Stefanski showed during his interview a willingness to yield to certain expectations of part-time chief strategy office Paul DePodesta, including having someone from the analytics group [more]

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