Gary Kubiak may be gone as the Broncos’ coach, but he’s not forgotten.

Denver linebacker Von Miller wrote a tribute letter to his former coach, who stepped down Monday after two seasons with the Broncos because of health concerns.
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He was a leader who was believable, a man of high character who always had a plan, Miller said in the letter, which was published Tuesday at MMQB. He used to assign me what I call side missions after team meetings hed pull me aside and tell me what he needed from me that day, whether it was raising the intensity level at practice or heightening the focus on the details. I was excited and proud to be called on.

He won MVP honors for that performance (a Super Bowl-record 414 yards and two touchdowns) and was the NFL MVP that year as well.

Mens Ronnie Lott Jersey Warner won the league MVP award again two years later, although the Rams fell in the Super Bowl that year to the upstart New England Patriots and a young Tom Brady.

Warner also led the Cardinals to the Super Bowl following the 2008 season, where they lost to the Steelers.

On the down side, Warner’s career marks are not spectacular; he ranks 38th on the NFL’s career yardage list (32,344 yards), just behind Jay Cutler. He’s 35th on the all-time list with 208 TD passes again, tied with Jay Cutler. lists Warner as a top candidate for induction this year, saying, So much has been said and written regarding Warner’s mid-career lull. At this point, it’s a tired discussion. The bottom line: Warner owns a r??sum? that is very difficult for other players to match: two MVPs, a Super Bowl MVP and leading the Cardinals to the big game in 2008. Prior to that year, the franchise had won all of one playoff game since 1947. Read that line again. The dearth of locks — and quarterbacks — makes Warner a strong possibility.

Bottom line: Don’t be surprised to see Warner get the nod this Saturday evening. It’s a good bet @kurt13warner will share the news.

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Le’Veon Bell thinks he is changing the way running backs play in the NFL, much like how Stephen Curry has revolutionized the way basketball is played in the NBA.

I think I’m changing the game, Bell told Bleacher Report. In that sense, I’m what Steph Curry is to basketball. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t necessarily think Steph Curry is the best basketball player, but he changed the game so he’s going to always go down as being remembered. Now, everyone wants to shoot the 3 and shoot it from deep.

After Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers led a 13-play, 86-yard touchdown drive to give Green Bay a 32-26 lead with 3:58 remaining, Matt Ryan engineered an 11-play, 75-yard drive that ended with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Mohamed Sanu.

‘You need those moments,’ Quinn said. ‘If we’re going to play really well at the end of the year, there’s going to be close games you’re going to have to battle and win. You need to be in those fights.’

The Falcons cruised to blowout wins over the Seahawks and Packers in the playoffs, but they aren’t expecting another easy victory against the Patriots in Super Bowl 51.

‘One of the things we’ve challenged our teams on is finish,’ Quinn said. ‘It’s those examples of finish that give you confidence moving forward.

‘I can think of no greater team that you better demonstrate finish against than New England. They’ve been outstanding at it.’

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Quinn stressed the importance of being ‘prepared for those moments’ against the Patriots.

‘Having those kind of moments, I like being in those situations,’ Quinn said. ‘It’s not an uncomfortable feeling for us at the end when the game’s on the line.’

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I just won a Super Bowl last night on Madden with the Green Bay Packers. I go to the playoffs every year on Madden, so I have some playoff experience if guys want to talk to me and lean on me. The team looks a little different. I made some cuts, added some guys, edited some contracts so I could have some cap space. But I was using Rodgers pretty good on Madden, so hopefully I know some of his weaknesses, because you know Madden doesn’t lie.

Seven of Pittsburgh’s past eight first-rounders have been position players. If that trend holds 鈥?no guarantees, of course 鈥?Kendall is an excellent choice. He’s a three-year starter at Vandy, and he has 15 homers and 18 stolen bases heading into the SEC Tournament.

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The Royals might not contend anytime soon, which means they have time to let an ultra-talented prep pitcher develop in their system.

The Blue Jays pick twice in the first 30 selections, here and at No. 28 (compensation for losing Edwin Encarnacion), which gives them options. They’ve leaned college lately, and if Warmoth is still here, the college hitter with a good glove might be too much to resist.

The Dodgers have gone with college players for five of their past seven first-rounders, but they’ve hit prep gold in the past with Corey Seager (2012) and Clayton Kershaw (2006). White is an outstanding college bat who could play first or corner infield.

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The Astros earned their 11th straight win Monday with a 7-3 victory over the Royals.

It seems as though a new Astros player steps up every day. This time, it was Brian McCann. Despite entering the game with just one hit in 19 at-bats since May 16, the veteran catcher went 2 for 4 with a home run, two RBIs, a double and three runs scored.

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Basically, he is doing everything right so far this season after struggling to make consistent contact with the ball during the first seven years of his MLB career.

Blues Jays fans likely thought the loss of Edwin Encarnacion would be a huge detriment to the lineup. But heading into Wednesday’s game, the new Indians slugger had just 10 home runs and 22 RBIs.

Smoak has not only been better than Encarnacion through the first two months-plus of the season, he is among the American League leaders in home runs and RBIs, and his 1.5 WAR is on pace to set a new career high.

Why: It’s difficult for managers to get in the Hall of Fame, with just 23 men enshrined as managers. For whatever reason, though, it’s been impossible thus far for coaches to get inducted, even if cases could be made for a variety of men from Mazzone and Sain to hitting guru Charlie Lau to Tony LaRussa’s longtime pitching coach, Dave Duncan.

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The competition for “best Super Bowl ever” is tight, and it’s not hostage to recency bias, since one of the biggest contenders was the game just two years ago, involving one of the teams that played Sunday night.

But when things happen that have never happened before in the long history of the game, that tilts the argument in favor of one game. The greatest comeback ever, the first overtime ever … they make the Patriots’ 34-28 win over the Falcons in Super Bowl 51 No. 1.

It could be all let out now, in the next few days, by the time the parade in Boston is over and the streets swept up and the offseason gets into full swing.

All the hard feelings could be let out by then. Tom Brady has done a solid job of soft-pedaling all the revenge talk, right up to yet another awkward photo op with Goodell on Monday morning at the Super Bowl MVP award presentation. He got his version of the last word in that postgame commercial Sunday night.

Kraft has a team to run, fellow owners to bond with and a commissioner to work with against their real common enemies, the players.

Goodell has eaten all the crow he can stand by now. All the damage of the botched investigation has been done, and overcome.

It’s the perfect time and opportunity for Patriots fans to walk away, to assign this to the past. There will be another reason for some fans somewhere to grit their teeth about how this league is run soon enough.

But Deflategate will not be allowed to drift away. It will be anchored in place, ready for Goodell to catch another earful on opening night 2017.

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Youth Dwight Freeney Jersey “When it comes to questioning my character and what I did in that locker room, the thing that a lot of people are missing, is these coaches and these people are saying that I’m this type of person in the locker room, well who are those guys?” Owens said. “Nobody’s attaching any names to anything. They’re just saying, ‘Oh, this is what I heard.’ ”

“If you go look at a number of social media outlets and platforms, I’ve had a number of players that have played with me that have come out and said nothing but great things and said basically the polar opposite of what they’re claiming as far as me being a locker-room distraction or me being divisive.”

Simple things such as wide receivers catching everything thrown their way and cornerbacks being fluid in backpedaling into coverage can raise players’ stocks. Likewise, if a speed demon in the 40 can’t smoothly translate that here, it’s a red flag. Imagine that, football scouts judging football players most on football-like actions.

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If the Redskins can’t agree with Cousins on a long-term contract this year, the cost for them to keep him in 2018 would be an absurd $35 million, which would not make much sense for Washington.

At that point, the best the Redskins could do would be a third-round compensatory pick, which they would receive 2019. So an offer from the 49ers — perhaps the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft and one more selection — should be tempting for Washington if it dos not have long-term plans with Cousins.

The 49ers have the cap room to easily fit any contract for Cousins, and he already has a relationship with Shanahan. But, while the 49ers would be expected to improve to at least .500 with Cousins, a big jump from where they are now, such a high draft pick and a contract of $24 million-plus per year present a high price to pay.

Dwight Freeney is ready to play in Super Bowl 51 against the New England Patriots, but he isn’t a fan of the media circus leading up to the big day.

Game Will Fuller V Jersey In his third Super Bowl, the Atlanta Falcons defensive end knows what it’s like having to wait two weeks with the big game constantly on his mind and the media coverage that comes with it.

I think the process honestly sucks, because you’re waiting two weeks, Freeney told reporters Thursday. It’s not like a bye week where you get take your mind off of football for just a second, do whatever you want to do.
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No, it’s like you’re focusing on the game for two weeks straight. You just can’t wait until it gets here, partially just so you can stop talking about it and just do it. I think that’s the agonizing part about this whole entire process. It’s just that wait until the Super Bowl. That’s the pain, the pain is the wait until you get there.

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Bat flips. The bane of baseball fandom today. So, it shouldn’t shock anyone that Jose Bautista, bat-flip aficionado and drink-stirrer, is at the forefront of yet another bat-flip controversy. (Bat-flip controversy? That seems ridiculous to type. I digress.)

On Wednesday, Bautista got into it with the Braves after hitting a home run. The dinger didn’t tie the game, or give the Jays the lead, but it did pull the Blue Jays within four runs in the late stages of the game.

Not everything in this world is for everybody and nowhere does it say that to be a sports fan you have to like all sports equally. If you only like baseball for the brawls then you don’t actually like baseball — and that’s OK.

Everybody’s tastes are different. That’s why there are options. To me, a baseball-first sports fan, I want dramatic play on the field. Pitcher’s duels, flair, walk-offs and dancing. That is what makes baseball interesting.

Game Mens Marc-Edouard Vlasic Jersey I still hear about how batflips and celebrating home runs set a bad example for kids. The real bad example I’m seeing is the one that shows kids that throwing fastballs at people you’re mad at and then fighting about it is cool. It isn’t cool.

I would rather see players having fun than fighting. Fun is a much better example to set.

So thank you, Gio Gonzalez, Dusty Baker and the Washington Nationals. Thank you for not bowing to the old ways and rising above the idiocy.

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The Chicago Bears surprised us all during the NFL draft by moving up one spot to No. 2 overall to select North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Yet the Bears had an idea of drafting him all along, but carried out measures to keep it a secret.

Five members of the Bears — GM Ryan Pace, head coach John Fox, director of player personnel Josh Lucas, offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, and quarterbacks coach Dave Ragone — made the trip to Chapel Hill to evaluate Trubisky, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The Pro Bowl Skills Showdown — where players competed in games like dodgeball, precision passing, wide receiver drone drop, and a relay race — was even better than the game itself.

Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry made quick work of the Best Hands challenge. The Power Relay, where players had to work together to lift up a 250-pound wall and pull a 700-pound sled, ended with a running back smashing through a wall.

But the best event of the Skills Showdown had to be dodgeball. The NFC won, and Ezekiel Elliott was pretty pumped about it:

The NFL hosted the Pro Bowl in Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium for 30 straight years, starting in 1979. With the exception of a move to Miami’s Sun Life Stadium in 2009 and Arizona’s University of Phoenix Stadium in 2014, the Pro Bowl remained in Hawaii until the move to Orlando in 2017.

Despite low expectations, last season’s Pro Bowl was more exciting than we thought it’d be. Here’s hoping the second Pro Bowl in Orlando is even better.


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The Bills have released former second-round pick Cyrus Kouandjio weeks after a strange incident in which police found him roaming in a field in his underwear.

Kouandjio started just seven games in three seasons with Buffalo after being selected with the 44th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. The former Alabama offensive tackle has dealt with several injuries during his time with the Bills and never made the expected impact on the field.

According to the NFL’s Next Gen Stats, Hill had the two fastest plays in the NFL last season, clocking top speeds of 23.24 mph and 22.77 mph on kick returns.

Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson measured the next fastest speed in the stats, hitting 22.60 mph on a long reception from Kirk Cousins.

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It’s not surprising to see Hill and Jackson atop the list, but there were several surprises. Raiders wide receiver Johnny Holton, an undrafted free agent in 2016 who touched the ball only eight times from scrimmage last season, clocked 22.23 mph on an end-around. Minnesota cornerback Xavier Rhodes checked in at 22.40 mph on a 100-yard pick six.

The middle of summer 2015, Mauk had found out that his father was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. His father, a highly successful high school football coach in Ohio, is someone he calls a friend, a mentor. He was crushed, as any son would be.

The diagnosis was grim, that Mike Mauk might not make it through his treatment. The son took it hard and admits he made some poor choices and, rather than seek support from his teammates and coaches, he hung out with the wrong crowd.

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