The 6 worst NFL quarterbacks to ever win a playoff game

January 2, 2015 – 3:56 pm by Hickey
    Tim Tebow Denver Broncos

Arizona Cardinals fans are a hardy bunch, spending many a year frying in the bleachers of Sun Devil Stadium while watching a terrible football product.

Now Cardinal fans finally get to support a winner in a climate-controlled environment, with Saturday’s game at Carolina marking the franchise’s fourth playoff appearance since moving west in 1988. Of course, there is a catch — winning requires a competent effort from third-string quarterback Ryan Lindley, who may well be one of the worst quarterbacks to ever set foot on a field in a playoff game.

But worry not, Cardinal fans! There is precedent for terrible quarterbacks winning playoff games! In fact, just to get your hopes up, we proudly present you with a (pick) six-pack of the worst.

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Adam Gase is the NFL’s hottest coaching candidate

December 29, 2014 – 6:37 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Adam Gase

Word broke Monday afternoon that the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons both want to speak with Adam Gase, the Denver Broncos’ 36-year-old offensive coordinator, about their head coaching vacancies. The 49ers officially parted ways with Jim Harbaugh Sunday evening and Atlanta canned Mike Smith on Monday.

The Broncos will reportedly allow Gase to interview with those teams (and any others that may come calling) in Denver later this week. The team’s players have Thursday, Friday and Saturday off as a result of earning a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs.

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Video: Victor Oladipo posterizes LeBron James

December 27, 2014 – 1:43 am by Ryan Phillips
    Oladipo LeBron dunk

Man, Victor Oladipo is fun to watch. The second-year Orlando Magic guard is one of the more explosive players in the NBA already and Friday night he showed that off once again. In the third quarter of Orlando’s 98-89 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Oladipo had a sick dunk over none other than LeBron James.

After Elfrid Payton stripped Kevin Love on the defensive end, he got the ball up to Oladipo in transition. The Indiana product caught the ball, took two steps and threw down on King James, who made an attempt at blocking the dunk. It was emphatic and gorgeous.

Video of the dunk is below.

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Report: Todd Gurley to enter 2015 NFL Draft

December 26, 2014 – 9:15 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Todd Gurley

Georgia football coach Mark Richt says that junior running back Todd Gurley has told him he will enter the 2015 NFL Draft. Richt made that announcement after Friday’s practice for the Belk Bowl. The No. 13 Bulldogs are set to take on No. 20 Louisville on Tuesday.

Gurley was the early-season Heisman Trophy favorite after getting off to an explosive start. But his season was waylaid by a four-game suspension, then ended by a torn ACL in his left knee. Despite the injury, Gurley is thought to still be a first-round pick.

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New York Giants: Six players fined for St. Louis Rams game

December 24, 2014 – 5:55 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Giants Rams fight

Odell Beckham Jr. and five of his New York Giants teammates have been fined for their actions during the team’s 37-27 win over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. Most of the fines came for a sideline brawl that broke out after Beckham was tackled out of bounds by Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree.

Kicker Josh Brown, defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, wide receiver Preston Parker, defensive end Damontre Moore and long-snapper Zak DeOssie were all fined for their Week 16 shenanigans.

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Rex Ryan believes he’ll win Super Bowl ‘one day’

December 23, 2014 – 5:55 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Rex Ryan

Rex Ryan probably won’t be coaching the New York Jets much longer, but he’s never been shy about predicting his future. On Tuesday, Ryan claimed that he will “definitely” win the Super Bowl as a head coach “one day.” While that’s a far cry from guaranteeing his Jets team would win a Super Bowl as he’s done in the past, Ryan clearly hasn’t been humbled by his experience in New York.

The Jets will miss the playoffs for the fourth straight season after reaching the AFC Championship Game in Ryan’s first two seasons in charge. While owner Woody Johnson hasn’t made his intentions public, there is a really good chance Ryan and general manager John Idzik will be fired after New York’s season finale against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

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Report: David Shaw to stay at Stanford

December 22, 2014 – 3:01 pm by Hickey

Shaw swag

The hottest new trend in Pac-12 coaching? Letting everyone know that you are staying at your current job rather than leaving for a better one even if it is unclear anybody was actually going to offer you a better job.

Jim Mora Jr. was the pioneer in this movement when he let it be known that he was staying at UCLA rather than going to Texas — even as sources in Austin later let it be known that he was a mere backup option if they didn’t get the top choices on their list.

Stanford’s David Shaw is the newest to join the “I’m not going there” club even though it is unclear he was receiving an invitation. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that any NFL team hoping to hire Shaw this year should expect to be rebuffed because he “loves working with student-athletes.”

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A.J. Preller has completely remade the Padres in two weeks

December 19, 2014 – 6:08 pm by Ryan Phillips
    A.J. Preller

Wow. That was a crazy last two days. The San Diego Padres have gone from offensively-challenged perennial doormat to what looks like a dark horse World Series contender. And it’s all thanks to the tireless effort and dogged determination of new general manager A.J. Preller.

Preller took over the team in August and bided his time getting to know the organization inside and out. He retained key members of the coaching and scouting staff, then he hit the ground running this offseason. First he made hard runs at Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas and free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval. He missed on both of those guys but immediately shifted his attention to the trade market.

Preller swung a deal for an All-Star outfielder in Matt Kemp, prying him away from the rival Los Angeles Dodgers without giving up a top prospect and also got the boys in blue to chip in with $32 million to help pay Kemp’s salary. Then in a massive 11-player swap, Preller got former wunder-prospect Wil Myers from the Tampa Bay Rays, again without surrendering one of his top four prospects. Those two moves already made it a successful offseason, but Preller wasn’t even close to done.

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