Do NFL replay changes go on without Dean Blandino?

Barely more than two weeks ago, the NFL turned its replay procedure on its head. The man at the center of that prominent shake-up of the three-decades-old system is suddenly out of the picture.

For now — now being Friday, the day Dean Blandino left, reportedly for a TV gig — the new replay plan is still in place. Even though, according to one report, it was structured with Blandino, the senior vice president of officiating, in mind.

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This was the latest stab by the NFL to fix replay and, by extension, fix officiating.

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Bucs’ Jameis Winston raves about training with Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson is still searching for a team ahead of the 2017 season, and a prominent member of the Buccaneers might just back the former Pro Bowler joining his squad.

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston trained in Houston with Peterson this offseason, and he raved about the star running back’s work ethic.
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Being able to be in the presence of whom many consider to be one of the greatest backs, especially of this generation, my generation — to be able to learn [from] and see his work ethic, to see the way he works, man, you really know why he’s great, Winston said, via ESPN.com.

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The Rice incident caused the NFL to overhaul its personal conduct policy after the public outcry over Rice’s initial two-game suspension.

It caused the Ravens to eventually drop Rice to save face, and his reputation hasn’t recovered.

I think that the league now, when my situation happened we knew that the policy wasn’t strong enough, Rice said. The one thing I know the league is doing they’re continuing to educate these players and the severity of this issue. You look at a guy like Joe Mixon, and I don’t know him personally, but you’d hope before the draft anyone who has an opportunity to mentor him, make him understand the real issues.

The Rockets outscored the Thunder by 22 with their All-Star guard on the floor

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He did it while firmly outplaying Russell Westbrook, who struggled with 22 points on 6-of-23 shooting, with 11 rebounds, seven assists, and nine turnovers.

Harden claimed at least one pair of ankles on Sunday, reducing Enes Kanter to ash before finishing with a graceful lay-in at the rim. He shook Andre Roberson out of the picture frame and literally shot the ball as if Jerami Grant didn’t exist.

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Dallas bottomed out of playoff contention in his final season.

The Dallas Stars moved on from head coach Lindy Ruff less than 24 hours after their 2016-17 season ended.

Ruff’s contract expired once the season ended, and the Stars announced on Sunday afternoon that they will not renew it and bring the veteran coach back.

“I want to personally thank Lindy for his commitment and professionalism over the four years that he served as our head coach in Dallas,” said Stars general manager Jim Nill in a statement. “Lindy is not only a highly respected coach, he more importantly is a great person and an outstanding family man whom I have the utmost respect for on and off the ice.”

The Heat even escaped a bit of bad luck late in the fourth quarter as they were called for goaltending on John Wall that was not actually a goaltend. It seemed as if it was going to be a pivotal incorrect call by the referees but the Heat prevailed.

The Heat will still need help from the Bulls or the Pacers to get in to the playoffs. Miami will need to finish 2-0 in their last two games, in which they play the Cavaliers and the Wizards. They’ll also need the Pacers to lose one of their games in order to tie, as they have the tiebreaker over Indiana. To get past Chicago, the Heat would need the Bulls to lose both of their final games, as the Bulls own that tiebreaker. It will be tough, but the scenarios are still possible and the Heat have proven to us this season they are up for the challenge.
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Downside to Central Time Zone: Not getting up early enough to watch Premier League games, and NFL London games are a little too early.

JD: Premier League is a big problem with Hawaii, but it’s an acceptable sacrifice. I just don’t feel like deviating one hour from standard makes THAT much of a difference. NFL games starting at 7 a.m. Think about it. You finish the entire dang football day by 7 p.m., meaning you still have time for an evening swim or going out to dinner.

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MH: I would credit Hawaii time for making it easier to get through Warriors games. But I also think you have to consider energy into this.

I don’t think I wanna get up at 7 a.m. for NFL games. I got up at 7 for an NFL London game and it felt weird, like there’s a whole group of people in another part of the world that is more energetic at 1 p.m. their time than I do at 7 in the morning.

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The team that Michigan State trounced in the first round of the 2017 Big Dance should also be ready to take a large step up in class. Miami loses Davon Reed and Kamari Murphy, and adds the best recruiting class ever put together by Jim Larranaga.

Phil Mickelson thinks Lexi Thompson should be given ANA Inspiration trophy

Phil Mickelson on Tuesday at the Masters took the Lexi Thompson rules controversy to a whole new level, stating that some of his PGA Tour peers are less than fastidious when they replace golf balls after marking them on the greens.
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The three-time Masters winner declined to comment on what happened with Thompson, who was assessed a four-shot penalty late into her final round in Sunday’s ANA Inspiration. Instead, Mickelson chose to open a whole new line of inquiry by claiming that improper ball placement is a regular occurrence among the boys.

“Rather than address that specific instance, what I would say is this: I know a number of guys on tour that are loose with how they mark the ball and have not been called on it,” Mickelson said. “I mean, they will move the ball two, three inches in front of their mark, and this is an intentional way to get it out of any type of impression and so forth and I think that kind of stuff needs to stop.”

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The Seahawks went into last season with a bunch of guys who would struggle to earn starting roles elsewhere on the O-line. They drafted guard Germain Ifedi in the first round last year, and they ended up with George Fant, an undrafted free agent who played one year of college football at tight end, starting at left tackle. Fant had never played offensive tackle before.

Instability along the line caused the Seahawks to take a step back offensively last season. Russell Wilson was sacked 42 times and took 111 hits, and the Seahawks were 19th in the NFL for scoring with just 22.1 points per game. The run game suffered, too, as Seattle averaged just 99.4 yards per game on the ground.

Ex-Purdue football player Dorien Bryant on being gay and teammates who weren’t exactly straight

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If the total is going to hit the over, New Orleans may need a big offensive day with Atlanta struggling to score points. The Falcons are averaging 21.4 points per game, but have scored more than 13 points in just one of their last four games. They’ve faced some tough defenses during that stretch, but will face another one on Thursday with New Orleans ranking fifth in the NFL in scoring defense.

Rob Gronkowski becomes fastest tight end in history to catch 40 touchdowns

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski made history on Monday Night Football.

With his touchdown in the third quarter, Gronkowski became the fastest tight end in history to reach 40 career touchdowns, according to the Patriots’ official Twitter account. Gronkowski accomplished the feat in 47 games, shattering Antonio Gates’ mark of 71 game.

At this pace, Gronkowski could be the all-time touchdown king among tight ends when it’s all said and done. Of course, keeping up this ridiculous pace won’t be easy.

Toledo’s defense had plenty of strengths in 2017; the Rockets were efficient on standard downs and strong at creating third-and-longs. They were disruptive up front, and they didn’t allow a ton of big passes.

They were incredibly all-or-nothing in run defense, however, and if they weren’t creating second-and-long, they were getting gashed on first down. Plus, though they didn’t give up many explosive passes, the ones they allowed were poorly timed: in their first two losses (BYU, Ohio), they allowed 22.3 yards per completion.

Toledo’s defense was easily the most volatile in the MAC, allowing the lowest success rate and the biggest big plays.

Woodside spread the ball around beautifully; about 26 percent of his passes went to Z-receivers, 24 percent to slot receivers, 17 percent to tight ends, 17 percent to X-receivers, and 16 percent to running backs. He loses his slot man (Corey Jones) and his tight end (Michael Roberts), plus Hunt, but this incredible variety, plus the return of star Z-man Cody Thompson (1,269 yards, 13.1 per target), suggests Toledo should handle those losses.
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Peyton Manning has been enjoying the best season of his career

This is a team based entirely on its offense. Sure, the defense may improve as Von Miller gets back into football shape after a six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy to start the season, but they will always have to carry the rest of the team.

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Defensively speaking, the Broncos rank 24th in yards allowed per game and 25th in points given up at 27.3. Denver’s biggest problem, by a mile, is the pass defense. The Broncos surrender 299.1 yards per game, only better than the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles

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Bradley talked once again about making things simple, and it’s possible they just added too much to a young team too quickly after the Broncos game. With now two weeks to self evaluate and prepare for the Tennessee Titans, it makes me wonder if we’ll see more from the defense like we saw much of the first half, rather than the past two games.

The New Orleans Saints will be without Jonathan Vilma for the rest of the season. The linebacker was placed on injured reserve Thursday after making his season debut last week against the New York Jets. He played just 12 snaps before being sidelined permanently. Vilma did not suffer a setback on his surgically repaired knee, but according to head coach Sean Payton, it was clear from Sunday’s game that the linebacker needed more rest.

Jon Gruden likely to coach Raiders or Falcons if he returns, per report

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Former NFL head coach Jon Gruden is likely to coach either the Oakland Raiders or the Atlanta Falcons if he decides to return to the profession, according to a report from CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora.

Gruden has been a member of ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast since 2009, and has repeatedly turned down coaching offers from various teams during that time. La Canfora notes that the Raiders make sense for Gruden, however, given his ties to the organization:

Over at Big Blue View, Ed Valentine writes about the turning point in the contest:

The game turned in the third quarter. Just when things were looking like they might get away from the Giants with Oakland leading 20-14 the defense came up big again. Oakland got the ball at the Giants’ 48-yard line following a 27-yard punt by Steve Weatherford. On third and nine at the Giants’ 33, Terrell Thomas intercepted a Pryor pass for Denarius Moore and returned the ball to the Oakland 5-yard line.

As for the Raiders, the loss drops them to 3-6 on the campaign and all but finishes any playoff dreams. Despite a multitude of chances, Oakland could not get the offense rolling all day, gaining only 213 total yards and going 2 of 12 on third down.

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Over the past four games, Terrelle Pryor has had a passer rating of 42.0 (45.7, 25.7, 55.7, and 40.9) with 1 passing touchdown to 8 interceptions. The last quarterback to have a four-game stretch that bad was JaMarcus Russell who had a passer rating of 41.2 (47.6, 46.0, 22.6, and 48.5) over the first four games of the 2009 season.