Atlanta Falcons hire Kyle Shanahan as OC, wait on Dan Quinn

January 19, 2015 – 5:38 pm by Ryan Phillips
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The Atlanta Falcons made a big move on Monday, as they have reportedly hired Kyle Shanahan as their new offensive coordinator. The Falcons still have not officially hired a head coach, but all signs point to Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn getting the job. Quinn will have his second interview with Atlanta on Monday but that could just be an opportunity for both sides to firm things up. He cannot be officially hired until Seattle’s season is over.

Shanahan has developed into a solid offensive game-planner and usually has solid schemes. He has seven years of experience as an offensive coordinator and was at the helm of the Cleveland Browns’ offense in 2014. The Browns were solid offensively for about the first half of the season before things fell apart. Still, with Brian Hoyer at quarterback and missing top receiver Josh Gordon, Shanahan managed to make Cleveland’s offense competitive.

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2015 NFL Draft: Final list of early entrants

January 15, 2015 – 12:00 pm by Ryan Phillips
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The 2015 NFL Draft will kick off on April 30 at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have the No. 1 overall pick and will be selecting from what should be a deep group of talent.

Underclassmen have already started declaring their intentions to enter the draft and over the next few weeks we should expect a tidal wave of entries to emerge. Below is the list of players who have decided to forgo further college eligibility and enter the draft. We will keep the list updated as more players make their intentions known. The deadline to declare for the draft was January 15.

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It’s time for Mayweather to give boxing fans what they want

January 15, 2015 – 3:34 am by Ryan Phillips
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One half of what would be the biggest fight of all-time has been agreed to. On Wednesday, reports surfaced that Manny Pacquiao has agreed to terms for a fight with Floyd Mayweather. Pacquiao has been pushing hard for the fight for years now and things are one step closer to happening. All that remains is for Floyd Mayweather to agree and finally give boxing fans the fight they’ve been wanting for the better part of six years.

Pacquiao wants to fight Mayweather so badly that he agreed to pretty much every concession to make it happen. Though he agreed to full, random drug testing years ago and has actually voluntarily been strictly tested for his last few fights, Mayweather has claimed that has been the big stumbling block. That can’t be claimed as an issue anymore, as Pacquiao has even agreed to allow the United States Anti-Doping Agency to perform the tests, when he had been using the Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency for his previous fights.

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Will Bears be next to trot with Fox?

January 13, 2015 – 1:36 am by Hickey

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The Broncos sent coach John Fox packing on Monday after Denver’s disappointing playoff exit to Indianapolis, but he may not have to change the colors in his wardrobe.

Logic dictates that the defensive-minded coach would be a logical fit for the defensively challenged Bears, who have yet to fill their vacancy after firing Marc Trestman at the end of the regular season.

Fox was hardly a failure in Denver, winning AFC West titles all four years he was in town, which is even more impressive when one considers Tim Tebow was his quarterback in Year 1 of that venture. He even won a playoff game with Tebow and before that reached a Super Bowl with Jake Delhomme in Carolina. What’s to say he couldn’t be the guy to replicate those levels of success with the always baffling Jay Cutler?

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Can Rex Ryan be the savior of Buffalo?

January 12, 2015 – 2:14 am by Hickey

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Only in Buffalo could a coach coming off a 4-12 season be turned to as the man with the answers.

But when you’ve missed the playoffs 15 straight years in an era where the rules are very heavily rigged to prevent such incompetence, at some point you’ve got to do something splashy. And pass or fail, the Buffalo Bills jumped into the pool with a cannonball (I swear, that’s not a “heavy guy” joke) by hiring Rex Ryan as their head coach on Sunday.

Though Rex’s Jets teams weren’t always good — they were downright horrible the past three seasons — at least you were guaranteed some form of entertainment. And for much of the nation, the Bills are simply another thing that was cool in the ’90s that isn’t worth paying attention to anymore — Zubaz, hacky sacks and Murphy Brown once held the same place in our collective consciousness as Buffalo’s football team. Now you’ll be lucky to find anyone under 25 who can identify more than one of the four things I just mentioned.

It won’t be that way with Rex around.

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Keith Olbermann predicted result of Mueller Report in September

January 8, 2015 – 4:35 pm by Ryan Phillips
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Former FBI director Robert Mueller released the findings of his investigation into the NFL’s handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence scandal on Thursday, and it was predictably whitewashed. Mueller essentially exonerated everyone involved on the NFL side of things and claimed that the NFL never saw the in-elevator video of Rice hitting his then-fiance, now-wife Janay.

This was absolutely what everyone expected from the anything but independent investigation, and Keith Olbermann called this outcome months ago.

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New York Knicks set record with 13th straight loss

January 8, 2015 – 1:28 am by Ryan Phillips
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The New York Knicks are having a less than ideal season. OK, let’s be real, they suck. And the team’s level of awful hit a new low on Wednesday night when they lost to the Washington Wizards 101-91.

The loss to the Wizards was New York’s 13th in a row, setting a record. It is the longest in-season losing streak in franchise history. It was also the Knicks’ 23rd loss in the last 24 games. It also dropped them to a horrendous 5-33 on the season.

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Report: Cleveland Cavaliers trade for Timofey Mozgov

January 7, 2015 – 4:43 pm by Ryan Phillips
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The Cleveland Cavaliers continued their roster shakeup on Wednesday as they added a big man who will likely step into the starting for the injured Anderson Varejao.

Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Cavs have traded two first-round picks to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Russian center Timofey Mozgov. The Cavs control picks from the Memphis Grizzlies and the Oklahoma City Thunder and will be sending those to the Nuggets. Obviously they won’t be high selections, but Denver could use as many assets as it can get.

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