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Bill Cowher elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of special 2020 class

The Pro Football Hall of Fame revealed one member of the Class of 2020: Hall of Fame president David Baker surprised Bill Cowher live on CBS’ The NFL Today on Saturday night. Cowher is one of two coaches whom the blue-ribbon panel elected this week as part of the Centennial Slate. The other members of [more]

Ryan Kelly replaces Maurkice Pouncey in Pro Bowl

The Colts added another Pro Bowler Thursday. The team announced that center Ryan Kelly was added to the Pro Bowl roster. He replaces Pittsburgh center Maurkice Pouncey, who didn’t play in Week 17 because of a knee injury. This is Kelly’s first Pro Bowl, and he joins teammates Quenton Nelson and Darius Leonard in the [more]

Joel Bitonio added to AFC Pro Bowl team

David DeCastro won’t be going to the Pro Bowl later this month, but another guard from the AFC North will be there in his place. Browns left guard Joel Bitonio has been named to the team as an injury replacement. Bitonio started every game this season and didn’t miss an offensive snap for the third [more]

Steel Curtain coach George Perles dies at 85

George Perles, a coach who spent a decade with the Steelers and was one of the architects of the Steel Curtain defense, has died at the age of 85. Perles was hired by Chuck Noll as the Steelers’ defensive line coach in 1972, and that season the Steelers made the playoffs for the first time [more]

Panthers owner thinks he hired his Chuck Noll

Panthers owner David Tepper was willing to change the market for first-time coaches in hiring Matt Rhule, but he thinks he’s getting something for his money. Specifically, a future Hall of Famer who will change the trajectory of a franchise that’s 10 games under .500 for its first quarter-century. “I think Matt Rhule can come [more]

The Rooney Rule (still) isn’t working

To say that the Rooney Rule isn’t working is to presume that it ever did. It never truly did, at least not in the way it was intended. Ideally, the rule requiring at least one minority candidate to be interviewed for every head-coaching vacancy will prompt owners to engage in a deliberate, patient, inclusive search, [more]

Four more spots in 2020 NFL Draft order filled in

The Patriots not being involved in the divisional round of the playoffs is unusual enough. Having them involved so early in next year’s annual selection meeting will be peculiar as well. With the results of the wild card weekend in the books, four more slots in the 2020 NFL Draft order have been filled in. [more]

Michael Thomas, Stephon Gilmore unanimous All-Pro selections

The Associated Press has announced the results of this year’s All-Pro voting and two players were selected as first-team choices by all 50 voters. Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas got the unanimous nod after setting a new record for receptions during the 2019 season. Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore joined Thomas in that category. Both players [more]

Zach Thomas, Sam Mills, LeRoy Butler are Hall of Fame finalists for first time

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the modern-era finalists for the Class of 2020 on Thursday night. Seven of the 15 finalists made the list for the first time. The inclusion of first-year eligible players Troy Polamalu and Reggie Wayne was expected. They were joined by five others who previously were eligible for the [more]

Defensive player of the year: Shaquil Barrett

As they began a rebuild on defense, the Buccaneers had some degree of hope that Shaquil Barrett could help them. They could have never imagined to what degree. Barrett broke Hall-of-Famer Warren Sapp’s franchise record, and led the NFL with 19.5 sacks this year. He also had six forced fumbles and interceptions, and helped make [more]

Defensive rookie of the year: Nick Bosa

Nick Bosa was the first defensive player off the board in last April’s draft and he never made the 49ers think twice about their decision to take him with the second overall pick. Bosa missed the preseason because of an ankle injury, but recovered in time to open the year with a sack in a [more]

Mike Tomlin won’t be “shocked” by possible staff changes

The biggest thing the Steelers need to fix is their quarterback position. But that won’t be the only looming issue this offseason, as coach Mike Tomlin acknowledged there could be staff changes. “I understand change is part of the business,” Tomlin said, via Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I wouldn’t be shocked if there [more]

Cardinals, Lions, Broncos, Jaguars, Steelers can be forced to do Hard Knocks

When no teams volunteer to appear on Hard Knocks, the NFL forces someone to do it. This year, five teams meet the criteria to be told they’re on the annual HBO documentary show whether they want to be or not. The Cardinals, Lions, Broncos, Jaguars and Steelers all can be required to do Hard Knocks. [more]

Former Steelers first-round pick Artie Burns ready to find new team

The top draft pick of the Steelers in 2016 is eager to find a new opportunity after four seasons in Pittsburgh. According to Jacob Klinger of PennLive.com, cornerback Artie Burns is ready to find a new place to play beginning in 2020. “I gotta get to another team and do what I got to do,” [more]

Ben Roethlisberger set for “significant” checkup in early February

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said last week that he is “more determined than ever” to return to action in 2020 and his timetable for making that happen should come into clearer focus fairly soon. Head coach Mike Tomlin didn’t have much of an update on Roethlisberger’s surgically-repaired right elbow during a Tuesday press conference. He [more]

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