McCarthy surely has his merits as an offensive mind and has done a great job of developing Rodgers

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Crosby was left with a 56-yard field goal, having gone just 28-of-54 from 50-plus yards during his career. Was the kick in Crosby’s range? Yes, in the way that a 30-footer might still be considered to be in Klay Thompson’s range, even if he’s far less likely to make that shot than he would a 23-footer. Coaches often treat “field goal range” like a binary proposition, feeling safe once they get to a certain yard line, even though all kickers improve dramatically as you get closer to the end zone.

As much as McCarthy makes mistakes, it’s more the way he runs through those decisions that is troubling. It’s one thing for McCarthy to throw out the challenge flag at the wrong time, as he did in 2012. It’s another to say after the game that he wanted to hit a particular number of carries from his running game in the second half, which is a logical fallacy.

McCarthy surely has his merits as an offensive mind and has done a great job of developing Rodgers, but his in-game decision-making already has cost the Packers dearly in the playoffs in the past and nearly came back to haunt them last weekend.

Quinn is still a relative unknown in terms of how he handles in-game decision-making, if only because the former Seahawks defensive coordinator hasn’t really faced many critical game-management situations during his two years as coach. His game against the Seahawks last week was out of hand by the middle of the third quarter, in part because opposite number Carroll made mistakes of his own.

Quinn’s mostly empty slate is preferable to the obvious, glaring mistakes McCarthy has made during his run in charge of the Packers.

it doesn’t hide the fact that the Jaguars have just seven wins and 25 losses in his two years as head coach

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The team was in disarray and needed to be rebuilt from the ground up and required a young motivator to lead the influx of young talent on the way to Jacksonville. Bradley has provided the Jaguars with the motivating personality fans were hoping for, but not in the expletive-laden and explosive way they expected.

“He is 100 percent positive energy,” said kicker Josh Scobee, who’s been with the team for 12 years. “Not just energy; it’s positive energy. All day, every day. Honestly, it’s a refreshing thing to be around in terms of head coaches in the NFL and coaches, in general.”

However refreshing Bradley has been, it doesn’t hide the fact that the Jaguars have just seven wins and 25 losses in his two years as head coach. No active coach has a lower winning percentage than Bradley at .219. Only six head coaches in NFL history have coached in more than 32 games and finished their career with a lower mark. So how is it that Bradley’s seat isn’t nearly as warm as would typically be the case for a coach as unsuccessful as he has been through his first two years?

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A total unknown to his teammates, Redman enjoyed being perceived as a dark horse, a role he would play again when he joined the Steelers organization. “A lot of the guys didn’t know who I was or what I was capable of when I got there,” he said. “They were only into Maryland sports. I liked it that way. It was cool to be able to surprise the players.”

To land Kyle Shanahan, 49ers must be willing to give

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The process of elimination has left the San Francisco 49ers with just two of their original candidates for their open head-coaching position still available.

Most players hear a heckler in the stands and let that fan’s words go in one ear and out the other. But as Jimmy Butler proved again during the Chicago Bulls’ surprising 108-104 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, he isn’t like most players. Not only did Butler score nine of his 16 points in the fourth quarter on Sunday night, he did it while having a back and forth with a fan seated a few rows behind the Bulls’ bench.

After coming within two wins of the NBA Finals and winning gold in Rio over the summer, Lowry is playing the best basketball of his life. He is averaging a career-high 22.4 points and 5.0 rebounds. His 7.2 assists are a shade under his career high of 7.4. The only other guys to average 20 points, seven assists and five rebounds this season go by the names of Harden, Westbrook and James.

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The Raptors point guard, who is third in Real Plus-Minus behind Chris Paul and Jimmy Butler, spoke to ESPN.com about losing to the Cavs in the Eastern Conference finals, winning gold with Team USA, playing in the golden era of point guards and his impending free agency — once he opts out.

The Texans made critical mistakes in each phase against the Patriots

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The Texans made critical mistakes in each phase against the Patriots, but a good quarterback can help overcome that. On Saturday, Osweiler could not. Though the Texans were able to keep it close in the first half — the Patriots led by just four points at halftime — Osweiler¡¯s second-half turnovers put the game out of reach.

If Osweiler isn¡¯t the answer for the Texans, they have to look elsewhere. The problem is, the answer has to be cheap.
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The four-year, $72 million contract Osweiler signed last offseason is not all guaranteed; the final guaranteed money comes next season. But Houston still owes Osweiler $16 million next year no matter what.

¡°There¡¯s going to be nobody that works harder this offseason to clean up our offensive issues and be better than we were coming up and in the future,¡± Osweiler said.

Context: Ryan talks a big game, much bigger than his 61-66 career record supports. As the Boston Herald expertly chronicled, Ryan has predicted/projected/guaranteed a Super Bowl appearance or victory at least five times. It began with his introductory news conference with the Jets and continued into his first year with the Buffalo Bills.

It took you nine years to get this far. In a week, you’ll play in your second NFC Championship Game. The winner will advance to Super Bowl LI in Houston. These opportunities don’t come often. Your Atlanta Falcons? They have advanced this far only four times in their 51-season history.

The Seahawks had them pinned against their goal line just before halftime. But 99 yards later, the Falcons found the end zone to seize momentum on their way to victory. Listen to how it all went down.

Dotson is one of the top starting right tackles in the league

It was a rough day for right tackles across the league. First, Minnesota Vikings right tackle Phil Loadholt went down with an injury early and had to be carted off the field against the Buccaneers. Unfortunately, it quickly came out that Loadholt had suffered a torn Achilles, which will effectively end his 2015-16 season.

Then it was Demar Dotson of the Buccaneers who went down. Dotson is one of the top starting right tackles in the league, but he left late in the half with a left knee injury. Dotson was playing longer than expected as the Buccaneers were trying to give Winston more time with the starters.

Finally, Chiefs right tackle Jeff Allen, who was only named the starting right tackle recently, left the game with a knee injury and was declared out for the game by Kansas City.

Darius Hamilton, DL (senior): Hamilton was a five-star prospect coming out of high school and has NFL pedigree (his dad Keith Hamilton was an All-Pro with the New York Giants). He played defensive tackle, but he’s undersized for the position (6’3, 255 pounds) and would likely have to move to defensive end in the NFL. Due to his size, he’s limited strength-wise, but he uses his quickness to beat bigger offensive linemen. He could be an intriguing prospect for certain teams because of his versatility.

Christian Hackenberg, QB (junior): Hackenberg has been projected as an NFL draft pick from the day he set foot on campus. He throws an excellent deep ball and has the arm strength to put the ball anywhere he wants. He can fit the ball into extremely tight windows and puts ferocious velocity on his passes. Last season was a struggle for Hack. Disappointing offensive line play, coupled with an extremely green receiving corps, forced him to play on the run for most of the season. His numbers took a hit as a result and his accuracy began to falter as time went on. Hack looked like his old self in the Pinstripe Bowl, after a few weeks off.

Butler’s strength extends beyond the field, and that’s what has impressed teammates like McCourty

On Saturday night, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Butler is prepared to be matched against DeAndre Hopkins or Will Fuller.

“No matter who I’m up against, I’m ready to play,” he said.

And the Texans are prepared for his best.

“He’s a very unique player. We all have a lot of respect for him,” O’Brien said. “He’s very, very difficult to go against because he’s smart. He’s got great playing strength. He has very strong hands. He’s got a very strong way of playing the game.”

Butler’s strength extends beyond the field, and that’s what has impressed teammates like McCourty.

The question is what will happen with Wade Phillips, whose contract with the Broncos is up. Joseph and Phillips were together on Kubiak’s staff in Houston.

If Joseph wants to call plays or play a 4-3, Phillips would likely look elsewhere. Many in the league believe he could be headed to the Los Angeles Rams if Sean McVay is hired as head coach. Secondary coach Joe Woods would be leading candidate for defensive coordinator if Phillips leaves.

If Phillips leaves, several of the Broncos defensive assistants could follow. Then, Joseph will have a complete makeover of the offensive and defensive staff.

That’s all for the days to come. Elway has picked Joseph for the job that comes with high expectations given the level of talent on the roster.

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Broncos defense wins when Peyton Manning can’t

Through five weeks, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning hasn’t been perfect, far from it, but he hasn’t had to be perfect. The Broncos themselves are now 5-0 on the season after beating the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, and the game showcased a recurring theme for Denver early in the season: defense winning the day.
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Going into Sunday, the Broncos led the NFL in total defense, allowing the fewest yards in the league. They’ve allowed the fewest passing yards, and the 10th-least rushing yards, and ultimately have given Manning and the offense plenty of breathing room.

Denver’s defense stepped up big time. They held the Raiders to just 65 total rushing yards despite 25 carries, and also managed an interception of Raiders quarterback Derek Carr. That interception was grabbed by Chris Harris, who proceeded to take it 74 yards for a touchdown. It came when the Broncos were leading by less than a field goal, and it made it a multi-score game.

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After the game, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said that Beckham was taken out after the receiver “felt a little tug on his hamstring,” according to Kimberley Jones of the NFL Network.

Shortly after Beckham left, receiver Reuben Randle was ruled out for the game with a hamstring injury of his own. Randle finished the game with five catches for 42 yards.

Beckham had seven reception for 121 yards and a score on 11 targets before leaving, outpacing all other Giants pass catchers. The game is his second with more than 100 yards receiving this season, the first coming in Week 2 when he posted seven catches for 146 yards and a score against the Atlanta Falcons.

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The route the New York Giants took to rebuild their defense was unorthodox, twined through the most dangerous of webs. It’s a place most franchises don’t want to travel given the perils of past history.
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The following season, Wake emerged as one of the NFL’s best ends. His 14 sacks ranked third in the NFL. After a 15-sack season in 2012, Wake was selected first-team All-Pro.

He was selected second-team All-Pro twice (2010, 2014) and is a five-time Pro Bowler. During an era in which edge rushing has never been more important because the NFL is all about the passing game, Wake, who’s also stout against the run, has been one of the most consistently dominant players at his position. Of course, all of that leads to an obvious question: How in the heck did the NFL whiff so badly on Wake?

Scouting, to say the least, is an inexact science. Team officials evaluate countless hours of game film on players. They analyze seemingly endless computer files that list heights, weights, 40-yard dash times, reps in the bench press, etc.

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“Jerry knows this is on him. I’ve had that discussion with him,” Giants co-owner John Mara said last January. “He can’t hide from the record. It’s up to you to get it fixed because the last three years just were not acceptable.”

He did it with an unprecedented dip in free agency. And now the Giants have a chance to make some noise in the postseason because of it.

World Juniors 2017 scores: United States survives a Switzerland scare to advance to semis

The United States withstood one of their roughest games of the 2017 World Junior Championships to advance to the semifinal round on Monday.

Switzerland proved to be a difficult out, but a late goal from Jordan Greenway gave the United States a 3-2 win and a date with Russia in the semifinals on Jan. 4.

Tyler Parsons was the USA¡¯s best player, stopping 14 of 16 shots against for the win.

No one can put a finger on Portland¡¯s issue. They retained Allen Crabbe, added both Evan Turner and Festus Ezeli in free agency, and have a team built around the dynamic backcourt tandem of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Yet, somehow things haven¡¯t panned out the way that head coach Terry Stotts envisioned.
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There¡¯s still a lot of time left in the season for both teams to right the ship, but there could be some serious shake-ups next summer if things don¡¯t get on track quickly.

Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg opted not to play his starting point guard in the second half, instead choosing to go with youngsters Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams. Rondo did not score and had only one assist. Indiana outscored Chicago by 20 in the 10 minutes he was on the floor.

NFL playoff picture 2017: Standings, scenarios, who’s in, who’s out

This is it. Week 17, the last week of the regular season. And with the Packers’ win over the Lions we now know the complete, finalized playoff standings. Green Bay’s victory gives the Packers the NFC North title and the fourth seed in the NFC. But first, let’s digest the AFC playoff picture and standings.

During the 1 p.m. slate, the New England Patriots beat the Miami Dolphins to lock down the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. They’ll have a bye next week and then get to play at home in the divisional round and the conference championship, if they make it that far.

Bradford carved up the Chicago Bears in Week 17, completing 25 of 33 passes for 250 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. He took a seat in the fourth quarter with the Vikings leading, 38-10.

Bradford wasn’t even on the Vikings’ squad in preseason — at the time, he was competing for a starting job with the Philadelphia Eagles. But desperate times call for desperate measures, and when Teddy Bridgewater went down with a devastating knee injury, the Vikings made an aggressive move. They traded 2017’s first-round pick and a 2018 fourth-round pick to acquire Bradford from the Eagles.

The trade was widely panned at the time, but Bradford and the Vikings ran out to a 5-0 start, seemingly quieting the critics. Unfortunately, everything fell apart. With a poor running game and abysmal offensive line, the Vikings’ offense stalled out and the team collapsed. They’ll finish with an 8-8 record and miss the playoffs.