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PITTSBURGH (AP) Out of work on the first Saturday in September after getting cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers D.K. Metcalf Jersey , Devlin Hodges sat in his parents house in Kimberly, Alabama, texted his high school coach Dusty Goode and asked Goode if he wanted to come over and watch some football.As afternoon turned to evening and LSU slowly pulled away from Texas, the quarterback who as a senior at Mortimer Jordan High embraced Goodes decision to install the option because it gave the Blue Devils the best chance to win even though his numbers would dip and potentially limit his college options talked about the future.There was a chance to work out for the New York Jets. Maybe the XFL would find room for the most prolific passer in Football Championship Subdivision history. Hodges wasnt sure of anything other than the notion he wasnt ready to bail.He aint that way, Goode said Wednesday. And look where hes gone. Hes gone from not having nothing, to having everything.Or, at the very least, a shot at everything. The player Alabama coach Nick Saban considered too small to suit up for the Crimson Tide, who is a champion duck caller in his down time, who wasnt signed after coming out of Samford last spring and only made the Steelers after performing well in a tryout, could run onto the field with the starters on Sunday night when Pittsburgh (1-4) visits the Los Angeles Chargers (2-3).While Mason Rudolph returned to practice Wednesday, an important step in his recovery from a frightening concussion suffered in Sundays loss to Baltimore , Hodges worked with the starters and didnt exactly look out of place. Heady territory for the 23-year-old affectionately known as Duck by his teammates after Steelers coach Mike Tomlin dubbed Hodges Duck Dynasty during offseason workouts.Yes, in a way things have happened quickly. Hodges went from jobless to the practice squad to primary backup to completing 7 of 9 passes for 68 yards in the second half of a pivotal division game at Heinz Field in the span of a month. He knows his story is unlikely. At least, to everyone else but Hodges.Its a crazy process Nick Bosa Jersey , even from the beginning, coming here for a tryout, he said. I told some people before that if I play in the NFL five years, 10 years, this whole kind of story will fit who I am. It just shows (with) hard work and confidence and belief in yourself, you can accomplish your dreams.Hodges talks with a bit of a twang that belies his upbringing in Kimberly, a town of about 3,000 located 20 minutes north of Birmingham. Hes been throwing touchdown passes since he was 5 but when Goode arrived to take over at Mortimer Jordan in 2013, the Blue Devils were in the process of rebuilding.So Goode asked Hodges to run the option, a decision that limited Hodges opportunities to show off his right arm but also kept the teams defense off the field. Hodges numbers were modest he threw for 1,748 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior but the team turned a corner. Mortimer Jordan reached the playoffs that fall, the start of a rise thats made them a perennial contender in Alabama.It was a big deal, Goode said. He kind of helped create the foundation and weve reaped the benefits ever since.Still, big-time colleges werent interested in the 6-foot-1 Hodges. Goode told anyone who would listen that Hodges doesnt measure well but played with a gunslinger mentality that reminded him a bit of Hall of Famer Brett Favre. Saban wasnt interested, telling Goode that Hodges wasnt big enough. So Hodges eventually chose to stay close to home , playing four years at Samford, just down I-65 in Birmingham.All Hodges did over four years is set an FCS record by throwing for 14,584 yards, breaking the mark set by former Tennessee Titans star Steve McNair. Still, when the NFL draft came and went, his phone didnt ring. It stayed silent even after teams started making offers to undrafted free agents. The Steelers eventually brought him in for a look, and it didnt take long for all the mix of talent and fearlessness Goode saw back in high school to become evident.He had this feel about him, Steelers cornerback Mike Hilton said. We seen him make a lot of throws that probably undrafted guys trying to make a team wouldnt make.Though he played well during camp and the preseason, he got caught up in the financial realities of the NFL. The Steelers were set at quarterback with Ben Roethlisberger, Mason Rudolph and Josh Dobbs. So Hodges returned to Alabama and hung out, a man without a team for the first time in his life. It was weird. It also didnt last.Pittsburgh traded Dobbs to Jacksonville on Sept. 9. Then Roethlisberger was lost for the season with an elbow injury on Sept. 14. When Rudolph fell unconscious to the Heinz Field turf on Sunday after taking a hit to the chin by Baltimores Earl Thomas, Hodges trotted into the huddle without a care in the world.Back in Alabama, Goode was reviewing tape at the schools field house. He set his phone on a window sill the only place it could get decent reception and checked it every 30 minutes or so. In the middle of the afternoon, the messages came in a deluge. All of them saying the same thing: Duck is in! Duck is in!Hodges led Pittsburgh to a pair of go-ahead scoring drives. Though Baltimore pulled out the victory in overtime after JuJu Smith-Schusters fumble, Hodges for at least two quarters looked as if he belonged. Watching the highlights Dre'Mont Jones Jersey , Goode wasnt surprised.We talk to our players, before the game is played, its played 1,000 times in your head, Goode said. Devlin had played that game over and over. Hes thrown TD passes. Hes run some in. Hes led them on drives. He might not have done it physically yet, but hes done it mentally.The chance to do both could arise again on national television on Sunday night in Los Angeles, where Pittsburghs fading chances of getting a wayward season back on track might rest on the slight but swaggering shoulders of a player nobody wanted six months ago.Hes got the It factor, Goode said. He always has. METAIRIE, La. (AP) New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton says hes hired Darren Rizzi as special teams coordinator.Rizzi, whose hiring was announced Monday, fills a vacancy that opened when former coordinator Bradford Banta was fired after this season, his second on the job.Rizzi has spent the past 10 seasons as an assistant with Miami and has 26 years of coaching experience at the professional and college levels. The Dolphins have been among the league leaders in blocked kicks during the past eight seasons 22 during that span, including 11 blocked punts.Dolphins kicker Jason Sanders made 90 percent of his field goal attempts (18 of 20) this season while Miami punter Matt Haack ranked fifth in the NFL in punts inside the 20-yard line with 35. The Dolphins 10.5 yards per punt return ranked eighth.Rizzis college coaching stops included Rutgers, Rhode Island and Northeastern.
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Wide receiver Keke Coutee wasnt in the lineup for the Texans in last Mondays 30-28 loss to the Saints David Montgomery Jersey , but hes ready to go against the Jaguars this weekend.Coutee has been dealing with an ankle injury, but he was able to fully participate in practice all three days this week. That left him without an injury designation for Sundays game against Jacksonville. That means it will be the first time that the Texans roll out their full receiving corps since acquiring Kenny Stills in a trade with the Dolphins.First-round pick Tytus Howard also missed the opener and he joined Coutee in avoiding an injury designation this week. Howard, who broke his finger, is listed as the starter at left guard on Houstons depth chart.Guard Senio Kelemete (wrist), offensive lineman Greg Mancz (ankle) and running back Taiwan Jones (elbow) are listed as questionable. BEREA, Ohio (AP) The explanation didnt make any sense at the time. Days later, Baker Mayfield remains baffled.After the Browns rookie quarterback was blasted in the helmet on Sunday by Tampa Bay safety Jordan Whitehead, who lowered his head to deliver the blow on Mayfield, referee Shawn Hochuli added a layer of confusion to a controversial play with his reason for not calling a penalty.The quarterback is still a runner and therefore is allowed to be hit in the head, Hochuli announced. He had not yet begun his slide. There is therefore no foul.Mayfield cant grasp that explanation.No words, an incredulous Mayfield said Wednesday. Honestly. No words.Mayfield said he didnt initially hear Hochulis comments , mainly because he was focused on calling the Browns next play.Once he found out, Mayfield was dumbfounded.I thought thats why they put the rule in, Mayfield said. But well see.The NFL is expected to fine Whitehead for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Mayfield, a person familiar with league discipline told The Associated Press on Wednesday.Mayfield had begun to slide at the end of a 35-yard scramble when he was drilled by Whitehead, who used the crown of his helmet to plaster the No. 1 overall pick.Whitehead should have been flagged for unnecessary roughness or unsportsmanlike conduct, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the league has not commented on calls from last weeks games.The league, which has placed an extra emphasis on protecting quarterbacks, has been announcing fines on Saturday. If Whitehead is punished, it will be public confirmation that the play should have been penalized.However, the Browns arent looking for another veiled apology from the league. Theyve had several questionable calls go against them this season, but guard Joel Bitonio doesnt think officials are biased against the Browns (2-4-1) , who have played four overtimes games.Its a tough job being an NFL ref, said Bitonio said. Mistakes happen. Thats part of the job. We miss things. They miss things. Its part of the business. We have to overcome that. The refs might have blown a call here and there, but weve had opportunities to make things happen. When it came down to it, we missed those opportunities.And while the league has been proactive in protecting quarterbacks, late hits remain a problem. The one on Mayfield was particularly alarming because he was doing everything correctly, still got whacked and nothing was called.Browns coach Hue Jackson is in favor of such plays being subject to replay review if it means getting the call correct.The league and the officials want to get it right, so to me anything that is questionable that way, I think you take a real good look at it, Jackson said.Lets just not move on from it, even if you have to review it. Lets make sure that those things are correct as those calls are being made, when its something thats that vicious Connor McGovern Jersey , that kind of hit, especially on a quarterback.Jackson said he has had positive conversations with the league. Ultimately, he said the goal is for fairness.I think the most important thing for the league, for teams, for coaches, for everybody, is we just want to get it right, he said. Games are won and lost on these things. Jobs will be on the line because of these things and thats important. Again, we just want it to be right.Mayfield feels the NFL might consider adopting the college targeting rule in which players are subject to ejection and suspensions if called for using their helmets to deliver a blow. Mayfield said the rule served as a deterrent when he was at Oklahoma.I definitely know it affected our team, Mayfield said. When anytime you have guys that are flying around trying to impose their will on an offense and a hit like that can take them out of not only that second half but then the first half of the next game, that can affect a lot of guys.Mayfield wasnt injured on the play and he sneered Ill be all right when asked if he felt fortunate that he didnt sustain a concussion.After he got popped by Whitehead Khari Willis Jersey , Mayfield jumped to his feet and walked directly at him while yelling that he needs to hit harder. The moment underscored Mayfields toughness and fire.Thats who hes always been, running back Duke Johnson said. Were going to back him. Were going to support him, and its great to see. Wish hed get down a lot sooner, but its great to see him get up from it, bounce back and go down there and make more plays.NOTES: LB Joe Schobert (hamstring), WR Rashard Higgins and CB E.J. Gaines (concussion) will miss Sundays game. Jackson is following through on his promise to be more involved in Clevelands offense, but Mayfield doesnt think the unit needs an overhaul. We dont have to re-invent the wheel, he said. We need to perfect our craft. You look at the good teams around the league, they work hard at what they do and they become good at it. We have what we have.
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ENGLEWOOD http://www.jacksonvillejaguarsteamonline.c...liams-ii-jersey , Colo. (AP) Peyton Manning hasnt strayed too far from football in retirement, serving as a volunteer coach at his kids youth games, hosting a show celebrating the NFLs 100th season and visiting old friends like he did Thursday when he dropped by the Denver Broncos practice.Only a handful of teammates remain from the squad that won Super Bowl 50 with him three years ago, and its a good thing cornerback Chris Harris Jr.s contract stalemate was resolved this week or there would have been one less familiar face.Manning still keeps tabs mostly on Indianapolis and Denver, where he played, and on New York, where his brother Eli is in a QB battle with Giants rookie Daniel Jones and where his former offensive coordinator Adam Gase is now running the Jets.Despite rumors that Manning was up for the Jets GM job following the ouster of Mike Maccagnan, Manning said Gase never contacted him about the job.He never did. I have spoken with Adam, of course, since hes been there, but I did not speak with him about that nor was I contacted by anyone, Manning told a group of beat reporters in a wide-ranging interview.But as Ive said before, I enjoy keeping up with of course Eli, but (also) the players or coaches that Ive played with, played for not many players here that Ive played with. I was meeting a lot of players here for the first time.Manning said he enjoyed catching up with Broncos new head coach Vic Fangio, who was his defensive coordinator in Indianapolis from 1999-2001. Manning said Fangios arrival in Indy had a lot to do with the Colts turnaround from 3-13 his rookie year in 1998 to 13-3 in 99.Hes super competitive and he wanted to win every practice against the offense, Manning recounted, adding, I think it helped me a lot.Manning recalled one practice in particular where he complained loudly that the DBs were holding his receivers and afterward found a plate of wine and cheese in his locker, a present from Fangio.Manning ended up going 15-1 against Fangios defenses during his career.I dont remember him bothering me that much, but I guess I kept it with me, Manning said. But Im happy for him getting his opportunity to be a head coach. He has certainly paid his dues. He is all football. He is a grinder. And I think hell do a great job.Manning also visited with quarterback Joe Flacco , whos trying to do the same thing Manning did seven years ago when he revived not only his own career in Denver but also the fortunes of a foundering franchise.I think hell have a great year, Manning said, adding that rookie Drew Lock is in a good spot getting to learn from the veteran QB.Manning said what he misses about playing is the camaraderie.I miss my teammates because you dont see them every day, he said. Thats the greatest thing about football. You were around the guys every single day. Huddle. Plane rides. Cafeteria. The off-the-field things.He said he was looking forward to attending the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in August for Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and cornerback Champ Bailey, but never thinks about his own enshrinement prospects. Hes eligible in 2021.Asked if hes going to work in the league someday, Manning said Ryquell Armstead Jersey , I cant speak too far into the future. I guess in a way, I am right now doing this little thing for the NFL, on the 100th year.Manning is hosting and serving as an executive producer for Peytons Places , a five-part, 30-episode series celebrating the NFLs 100th season. The show debuts on ESPNin July, with ESPN and ABC airing special compilations.Beyond that, I cant look into a glass and say what I am going to be wanting to do this year, next year or five years from now, Manning said. I do know I want to stay close to it, connected to it.Manning, who said he turned down the chance to work on the Monday Night Football telecasts because the timing wasnt right this year, spends plenty of time shuttling his 8-year-old twins Marshall and Mosley to their games.I will be at the Yankees and Smashers 8-year-old baseball and softball games, Marshall and Mosley, Manning said. I am not coaching. I am a volunteer assistant.Manning is so busy nowadays that he shuns the word retirement.Its my second chapter, if you will, he said. I dont have that one-word job description, coaching or broadcasting. I have just been kind of busy doing lots of things. Thats important to be able to go those games. Theres flag football on Sunday. Marshall is playing for the Rams. He has a game on Sunday at 4.And parents trust him around their kids after his United Way skit on SNL ?Certain parents are very hesitant, Manning deadpanned. I kind of have to earn it as a volunteer assistant. Its funny. Its fun. There is no way anyone outside of Tampa or Chicago would have predicted the Bucs and Bears would both be first-place teams when they square off in Week 4.Sure, its still plenty early in the schedule. Yet theres no denying both teams are ahead of schedule.Although the Buccaneers (2-1) come off a 30-27 home loss to Pittsburgh last Monday night, their offense behind backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has been dynamic. Fitzpatrick started the three games that starter Jameis Winston was suspended and made a strong argument for keeping the job. Fitz leads the NFL with 1,230 yards passing and is second with 11 TD passes. Hes the only player in league history to throw for 400-plus yards in three consecutive games.Winston certainly has been impressed and promises not to make any waves.Its about the teams success. Im not a selfish player, its about our team, Winston said. Were out here doing big things, and weve got to continue doing that.Chicago (2-1) is doing big things on defense. The trade with Oakland for Khalil Mack has made a huge impact in the Windy City, making up for a mediocre offense.Mack is tied for the league lead with four sacks, with at least one in each game, and leads the NFL with three forced fumbles.What he has done is completely elevated everybody else on defense, coach Matt Nagy said. When that happens Will Harris Jersey , thats rare, to have one guy affect a team like that.Week 4 began with Jared Goff throwing for 465 yards and five touchdowns and getting a perfect quarterback rating in a 38-31 victory over Minnesota. The Rams are 4-0, while the Vikings are 1-2-1 and havent won since opening day.On byes are Carolina and Washington.Baltimore (2-1) at Pittsburgh (1-1-1)Classic NFL matchup, Part I.The Steelers have won nine straight games on Sunday nights, twice over the Ravens. But Baltimore has a rekindled offense, with Joe Flacco off to a sizzling start, helped by a trio of new receivers. Newcomer Michael Crabtree leads the Ravens with 15 catches and needs six to reach 600 for his career.Pittsburgh likely gets back top blocker David DeCastro for Ben Roethlisberger, whos is 21-3 in regular-season prime-time games at home, throwing for 55 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Roethlisberger has thrown a TD pass in 45 straight home games, the third-longest streak in NFL history.If this comes down to kicking, Baltimore has a huge edge. The Ravens Justin Tucker has hit eight straight field goals from 50-plus yards and owns the best FG percentage (90.0) in NFL history. Pittsburghs Chris Boswell has hit just one of four field goals; the three misses match his entire 2017 total.Kansas City (3-0) at Denver (2-1), Monday nightClassic NFL matchup, Part II.Another prime-time showcase worth watching, this is a series of streaks. The Chiefs have taken five straight following seven straight losses. The offense is a buzzsaw: Kansas City is the third NFL team to score 38 or more points in its first three games (2007 Patriots, who were 16-0; 1967 Colts, who went 11-1-2).Patrick Mahomes has established an NFL record with 13 TDs through three games and zero interceptions to lead the league with a 137.4 passer rating. The second-year QB credits the depth of talent around him.Guys everywhere, Mahomes said. Knowing that I have those weapons, whenever someone has to get a break we say if youre tired, get a break, because I know I can trust the next guy coming in.The Chiefs can be scored on, though, and Denver had the NFLs third-ranked rushing game with rookies Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay, the first undrafted player to eclipse 100 scrimmage yards in his first two NFL games.Plus, linebacker Von Miller , tied for the league lead with four sacks, is a Chiefs nemesis: Miller has eight sacks, 11 tackles for loss against Kansas City.Miami (3-0) at New England (1-2)Classic NFL matchup, Part III.Yes , the Patriots have so dominated the AFC East that we forget there are other teams in the division. This is the one team Tom Brady has fallen to the most, 10 times. Of course, he has beaten the Dolphins 21 times.Indeed, the last time the Dolphins won at New England was 2008, when Brady was sidelined by a knee injury.Miami already has seven interceptions; it had nine all of last season.Meanwhile, the Patriots have struggled to find any consistency. They ranks 25th on offense other than Rob Gronkowski, Brady has little comfort with any receivers and 28th on defense. Bill Belichick was outcoached by his former defensive coordinator, Matt Patricia, last Sunday night.But the Patriots have started slowly before and then become unstoppable.Philadelphia (2-1) at Tennessee (2-1)Philly likes playing AFC South squads: The Eagles have won seven straight games against them, the teams longest active winning streak against any division.This could come down to the running game, particularly if Titans QB Marcus Mariota still is struggling with a right elbow injury that has affected his grip. The Eagles rank first in run defense after finishing first last season and also lead the NFL in time of possession (36:03).Cleveland (1-1-1) at Oakland (0-3)There are good vibes by Lake Erie and bad ones in the Bay Area.The Browns got their first win in 18 games by beating the Jets, and top overall draft choice Baker Mayfield led the way to take over as starting quarterback. Their defense has been relatively stout, led by the No. pick in the 2017 draft, Myles Garrett.Oaklands decision to trade its best player, Mack, and then the 0-3 start has worn thin any luster on Jon Grudens return. The Raiders are last in the NFL with three sacks, and tied for last with one takeaway. They have been outscored 37-3 in fourth quarters and are the second team in the last 20 years to start 0-3 when leading all three at halftime.Detroit (1-2) at Dallas (1-2)The Lions got off the schneid with that surprisingly dominant win against New England. They have the top-rated passing offense, but they also are a sieve against the run on defense.With Dallas struggling so much throwing the ball, look for RB Ezekiel Elliott to be very busy in this one. Elliott is tied with the 49ers Matt Breida for the NFL rushing lead with 274 yards.San Francisco (1-2) at Los Angeles Chargers (1-2)Injuries probably have ruined the 49ers season. After giving Jimmy Garoppolo his big payday, they will be without him for the remainder of this year after he tore his ACL against KC. C.J. Beathard, who was in over his head last year in going 1-5, steps in.The Chargers have won the past four meetings and have a dangerous offense behind QB Philip Rivers and a ramped-up running game. Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler form the only pair of running backs on the same team with 250 or more scrimmage yards this season.Cincinnati (2-1) at Atlanta (1-2)Injuries are beginning to ruin the Falcons season, too. They lost free safety Ricardo Allen with a torn Achilles tendon and he joins starters Keanu Neal (knee), a strong safety, and linebacker Deion Jones on the sidelines. Jones underwent foot surgery and is out until at least Nov. 18.Plus, defensive ends Takkarist McKinley and Derrick Shelby are nursing groin injuries.This is Cincinnatis third road game already, and Atlantas third successive home game. The Bengals come in without starting RB Joe Mixon (knee), but are stunningly successful in the red zone. They have points on their last 29 times inside the 20-yard line (21 TDs Rashan Gary Jersey , 8 FGs), the longest active streak in the NFL.Buffalo (1-2) at Green Bay (1-1-1)On a high after their stunning win at Minnesota as 16 ½-point underdogs, the Bills get another NFC North trip. Hey, its always good to do those in September.Buffalos rookie quarterback Josh Allen wasnt intimidated by Minnesotas staunch and physical defense. Green Bays doesnt come close to resembling that group, and standout runner LeSean McCoy (ribs) vows he will be back.Aaron Rodgers figures to throw a bunch this week, with Davante Adams now his top target.New York Jets (1-2) at Jacksonville (2-1)Coming off a loss that easily could linger, and with safety Jamal Adams saying the Jets werent prepared for Mayfield when he replaced Tyrod Taylor in Clevelands victory, New York takes on ticked-off Jacksonville.The Jets have won four straight in this series, but those games were mostly against weak Jaguars teams. After the Jags struggled so much vs. Tennessee, they could take it out on rookie Sam Darnold with a sack-happy defense. And Darnold displayed happy feet against the Browns.New Orleans (2-1) at New York Giants (1-2)If Eli Manning gets protection, the Giants are competitive. That happened in last weeks win at Houston, and the Saints have been disappointing defending the pass.The excitement level ramps up in the running game as Giants rookie Saquon Barkley and the Saints Alvin Kamara, last years Offensive Rookie of the Year, face off. Also intriguing: Saints WR Michael Thomas leads the league with 38 catches and 398 yards receiving. His catch total is an NFL best in a teams first three games. New Yorks Odell Beckham Jr. has a respectable 24 receptions, even if that pales compared to Thomas.Seattle (1-2) at Arizona (0-3)Two teams with messed-up offenses, although the Seahawks look like an indomitable force compared to Arizona.The Cardinals rank dead last in all offensive categories and have scored a total of 20 points. Now, rookie Josh Rosen will start, and while Seattles defense no longer has legion-like boom, it can be tricky and ranks eighth against the pass.A win will tie Pete Carroll with Mike Holmgren for the most coaching victories in Seattle history (90).Houston (0-3) at Indianapolis (1-2)Houston probably is the most disappointing team in the NFL, having gotten back J.J. Watt, Whitney Mercilus and Deshaun Watson for injury, yet not winning at all. Indeed, the Texans last victory came in November 2017.They rarely fare well with Indy, which has a 25-7 edge in the series. The Colts next win will be No. 300 since moving from Baltimore to Indianapolis in 1984.Adam Vinatieri needs one field goal to break Morten Andersens NFL record (565). Vinatieri also needs three field-goal attempts to pass Gary Anderson (672) for second all-time, and one game played to pass George Blanda (340) for No. 4.Cant kick about that.___
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The New Orleans Saints franchise has seen its ups and downs since entering the NFL in 1967. They've endured multiple losing seasons in their history , became playoff contenders through the early 90s, the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Steve Gleason's memorable blocked punt that led to a touchdown in their triumphant Superdome return, experienced a Super Bowl victory, and the Bountygate scandal.After Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, the hiring of head coach Sean Payton and the free agent signing of quarterback Drew Brees following a forgettable '05 season turned their fortunes around. The Saints have since won three division titles during the Payton era with an explosive offense that boasted Brees Brian Burns Jersey , Reggie Bush, and Marques Colston, along with a defense anchored by Will Smith and Jonathan Vilma. The Saints marched to Super Bowl XLIV in Miami and claimed their first title against the Indianapolis Colts. But the team failed to clinch a playoff berth in 2012, as Payton earned a year-long suspension with four other players for their involvement in Bountygate, and has missed the playoffs for the last three years. Let's count down the eight best and seven worst Saints players since the 2000 season. CLEVELAND (AP) The Browns coaching search isnt quite ready to cross gender or diplomatic lines.General manager John Dorsey, who opened the possibility of hiring a woman to be Clevelands next coach , said Sunday that the team has not discussed former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as a candidate to become the clubs ninth coach since 1999.ESPN, citing an anonymous league source, reported that the team would like to interview Rice, an ardent Browns fan since childhood, for its coaching job.However, Dorsey said she is not on the teams current list of candidates.Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is a great leader Will Grier Jersey , possesses the highest possible character and also happens to be a Browns fan, Dorsey said.I have the utmost respect and admiration for all shes accomplished and was honored to meet her for the first time earlier this season. Our coaching search will be thorough and deliberate, but we are still in the process of composing the list of candidates and Secretary Rice has not been discussed.Earlier this week, Dorsey said he would consider a wide-range of candidates.I just want the best possible head coach to move this thing forward regardless of age, he said. It could be a woman, too. I am serious. Who knows?The 64-year-old Rice would be an historic and outside-the-box candidate for the Browns , who fired Hue Jackson last month after he won just three games in two-plus seasons and went 0-16 in 2017.There has never been a woman interviewed for a head coaching job in the NFL.On her Facebook page, Rice professed her deep love for the Browns and said confidently, I know they will hire an experienced coach to take us to the next level.On a more serious note, I do hope that the NFL will start to bring women into the coaching profession as position coaches and eventually coordinators and head coaches, she wrote. One doesnt have to play the game to understand it and motivate players. But experience counts and it is time to develop a pool of experienced women coaches.BTW Im not ready to coach but I would like to call a play or two next season if the Browns need ideas! And at no time will I call for a prevent defense.Rices last reference is common among die-hard Browns fans, who still bemoan then-coach Marty Schottenheimers decision to play soft coverage in the 1986 AFC championship game when Denver quarterback John Elway drove the Broncos 98 yards to a game-tying touchdown in the final seconds. The Drive as its known helped the Broncos beat the Browns 23-20 in overtime Jordan Scarlett Jersey , denying Cleveland a trip to the Super Bowl.Rice discussed her love for the team during a visit to the Browns headquarters in 2010. Her passion for the Browns dates to her early years in Alabama, where she and her father watched games together and cheered for Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown on teams coached by Paul Brown.Rice has become increasingly involved in sports, serving on the College Football Playoff selection committee and chairing a commission on college basketball.She served as secretary of state under President George W. Bush from 2005-09.Dorsey said interim coach Gregg Williams will be interviewed for the full-time position following the season.The Browns have a bye this week and will face Cincinnati next Sunday, when theyll have a reunion sorts with Jackson, who was hired by the Bengals as a special assistant to coach Marvin Lewis.
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SANTA CLARA Justin Layne Jersey , Calif. (AP)For the first time since 2012, the San Francisco 49ers passed on a chance to add to their defense in the first round of the draft and instead grabbed an offensive lineman.Dont expect general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan to take the same approach on Friday.The 49ers have holes to fill along their defensive line , linebacker and in the secondary.Lynch acknowledged after the first round that he and his staff had been looking at a handful of linebackers with their first selection before settling on offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey. The 49ers first-round pick in 2017, middle linebacker Reuben Foster Zach Gentry Jersey , is currently facing domestic violence charges.San Francisco could also use some help in the secondary. The team signed free agent Richard Sherman in the offseason but the four-time Pro Bowl cornerback is still on the mend after rupturing his right Achilles tendon last season. The Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns have each hosted former Green Bay Packers interim head coach Joe Philbin for interviews, according to Rob Demovsky of the specific position Philbin has interviewed for was not specified Joey Bosa Jersey , he had previously interviewed for the offensive line job with the Minnesota Vikings.Cleveland has already hired an offensive coordinator in Todd Monken and announced that James Campen will serve as offensive line coach/assistant head coach under Freddie Kitchens. However, the Bills are seeking a new offensive line coach to replace the departed Juan Castillo.Philbin took over as interim head coach in Green Bay after the firing of Mike McCarthy in early December. Hes spent most of his NFL coaching career in Green Bay before becoming a head coach with the Miami Dolphins for four seasons (2012-15) and then spending two years with the Indianapolis Colts as an assistant head coach/offensive line coach in 2016-17.

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