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Trial run of possible onside kick replacement ends in Kirk Cousins interception

With the success rates of onside kicks plummeting, the NFL debuted a trial run of a possible alternative in the Pro Bowl on Sunday afternoon. Instead of an onside kick, an offense would have the chance to convert a fourth-and-15 from their own 25-yard line in an attempt to keep possession. With the NFC trailing [more]

Russell Wilson asks Drew Brees to start in his place in the Pro Bowl

Russell Wilson was chosen as the NFC’s Pro Bowl starting quarterback, but he’s stepping aside today. Wilson has asked Drew Brees to start in his place in today’s Pro Bowl. It was a classy move from the 31-year-old Wilson toward the 41-year-old Brees. Perhaps Wilson has some inside information about Brees’s retirement plans, but more [more]

Richard Sherman on Jimmy Garoppolo critics: “Idiots sound like idiots at this point”

Most players get criticized for things they do. 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has been criticized lately over something he didn’t do. As in he hasn’t thrown the ball very much during the past six quarters of football. The circumstances that led to the run-heavy offense — several near misses against the Vikings in the divisional [more]

49ers’ Mike Person was cut by three Super Bowl teams before finally making it

San Francisco 49ers guard Mike Person will arrive in Miami today to play in his first Super Bowl, after three near misses. Person, who has been on the rosters of six different franchises in his NFL career, was previously cut by the 49ers in 2012, the Seahawks in 2013 and the Falcons in 2016. All [more]

On Patrick Mahomes’ running, more words and context

On Friday morning, I thought I’d said all I needed to say about last week’s comments arising from the failure of the Titans to tackle Patrick Mahomes on his 27-yard, gamebreaking touchdown run and projecting how the 49ers may handle a similar situation with a Super Bowl championship on the line. On Friday afternoon, three [more]

Drew Brees will “give it a month or so” before making his decision

For Saints quarterback Drew Brees, the decision is simple: Play for the Saints in 2020, or retire. On Saturday, the timetable for making the decision became a bit more clear. “I’m really waiting until football is totally done,” Brees said Saturday from the Pro Bowl, via Amie Just of “Obviously being here, I’m just [more]

Martin Mayhew: I wish I took Aaron Donald when I was Lions G.M.

Martin Mayhew is headed to Miami for Super Bowl LIV with the rest of the 49ers organization and it marks the vice president of player personnel’s first trip to the game since he went to Super Bowl XXVI as a Washington defensive back. Many in Detroit hoped that Mayhew would have found a way to [more]

George Kittle, USAA, TAPs have given the family of a fallen soldier a Super Bowl trip

49ers tight end George Kittle is doing what he can to acknowledge and support a family that suffered the loss of a man who was serving his country. Kittle, working with USAA and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, has given the family of Martin “Mick” LaMar a trip to Super Bowl LIV in Miami. [more]

Russell Wilson is looking for a few more “superstars” to help the Seahawks take the next step

As the Seahawks pieced together an unexpectedly solid season in 2018, after performing fairly major surgery to the coaching staff and roster, quarterback Russell Wilson said that it felt like 2012 all over again. Which was an important observation, because the Seahawks won the Super Bowl to cap the 2013 season. After the Seahawks exited [more]

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 That included a league-high 21 defensive holding penalties, with three declined. Kansas [more]

Report: Giants adding University of Tennessee assistant Kevin Sherrer

The Giants are hiring University of Tennessee inside linebackers coach and special teams coordinator Kevin Sherrer, Patrick Brown of GoVols247 reports. Sherrer and new Giants coach Joe Judge coached together on Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama for two seasons. Sherrer, 46, played tight end at Alabama from 1993-95. He began his coaching career as a [more]

Former Packers executive Rob Davis to join Mike McCarthy’s staff

New Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy has hired one of his former players who worked with him in Green Bay. Rob Davis spent his final two seasons — 2006-07 — as the Packers’ long snapper. After his 12-year playing career ended, Davis went to work for the Packers as the director of player development in the [more]

Eagles hire Marquand Manuel as defensive backs coach

The Eagles have hired Marquand Manuel as their defensive backs coach, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reports. Manuel interviewed earlier this week. He replaces Cory Undlin, who left to become the Lions’ defensive coordinator. Manuel, 40, was the Falcons’ defensive backs coach when they went to the Super Bowl. The Falcons promoted him to coordinator the [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, the odds of the [more]

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