Julio Jones isn’t the best Falcons player ever not yet

That makes that 2011 draft-day deal the best in franchise history. Which is saying a lot, considering which trade it beat out, which player it surpassed and the controversy over that player that will last forever.

No, Julio Jones isn’t the best Falcons player ever not yet, at least. Nor will he reach the levels of fame and infamy, love and hatred, adoration and condemnation, reached by Michael Vick. (One would hope not on the infamy.)

No deal had packed a punch and left an impact the way the Falcons’ acquisition of the first overall pick they used on Vick in 2001. The Jones deal, though, had that potential. That potential was realized Sunday in the Georgia Dome because Jones owned that 44-21 demolition of the Packers, doing everything a team could ever desire from a game-breaking receiver, and more.

Elias Sports Bureau confirmed three precedents from the NFC playoff game: 1) Mason Crosbys 51-yard field goal for the Packers as time expired was the longest game-winning kick in NFL postseason history; 2) For the first time, three field goals from 50 or more yards were made in the last two minutes of the fourth Cheap Giants Jerseys quarter of a playoff game; 3) Crosby was the first to hit two by himself from 50 or more in the last two minutes.

That was Crosby from 56 to put the Packers ahead 31-28 with 1:33 left, then Dan Bailey from 52 to tie it with 35 seconds left, and Crosby again at the gun.

It was like Reggie Millers eight points in the last 18 seconds in the NBA Cheap Girls Softball Jerseys playoffs years ago but if Miller played for both teams.

And it made the heroics by Rodgers and Prescott down the stretch of an instant-classic NFL playoff game count not to mention making their jobs a lot easier. The field gets shorter, the decisions easier and the choices less risky when a team not only trusts its kicker, but trusts him from anywhere on the field.

Packers-Cowboys was a wake-up call: Never take good kickers for granted

The big lesson from the Packerswin over the Cowboys Sunday night, even with Aaron Rodgers and Dak Prescott and Jason Garrett and Mike McCarthy doing what they did to win and lose this game: Never, ever take kickers for granted.

At least if you have one you can trust.

Bills: Sean McDermott. Kudos for Buffalo staying defensive-minded after it got away from Rex Ryan. The difference is, the 4-3 scheme experience McDermott brings is a more natural fit with their talent to shore up there right away.

But what’s key for Buffalo, given how the Ryan experiment failed, is McDermott Cheap Euro Jerseys having a strong, steady relationship with GM Doug Whaley while the latter retains full control of the personnel decisions.

Rams, Sean McVay. Stan Kroenke needed the anti-Jeff Fisher in every way. He got him in the 30-year-old.

McVay was a brilliant young offensive mind for Washington and becomes a fresh, innovative face for a team that desperately needs excitement. He was right man to charge with making Todd Gurley and Jared Goff a pair of entertaining superstars. Best case, McVay turns into the new Jon Gruden after working with his brother, Jay.

Broncos, Vance Joseph. John Elway had the right instinct in replacing a successful John Fox with his good friend Gary Kubiak, which also brought Wade Phillips in a package deal. That combination delivered a Super Bowl ring, so why wouldn’t he trust someone who worked and learned very well under both men in Houston?

Although the Dolphins’ defense had its ups and downs in Joseph’s lone season as coordinator, he stood out as a players coach. That should put the Broncos’ veteran championship core in position Cheap European Soccer Jerseys to rebound well under its new coach.

Generated a franchise single-season record 415.8 yards per game.

And while Shanahan is being honored based upon regular-season votes, the Falcons didn’t slow down during the playoffs, either. Atlanta lit up Seattle (36 points) and Green Bay (44) en route to the club’s first Super Bowl appearance in 18 seasons.

While the unit fields a blue-chip wide receiver in Julio Jones, who burned Carolina for 300 yards in Week 4, the Falcons are hardly a one-trick pony. Thirteen different players caught touchdown passes during the season, which helped compensate for the time Jones missed with a toe injury.

(Shanahan) does such a good job of putting people in positions to be successful using match-ups, Ryan said following Atlanta’s NFC title game rout of the Packers. But it was much different from what I had done in the past. Play calls are a lot longer. Being on top of the details and making sure everything is just right is really important.

I just felt that we could do some really good things when we all got comfortable together.

Shanahan and the Falcons are now likely to get separated by the 49ers, who incidentally employed his father Mike as offensive coordinator before he became Denver’s head coach in 1995. San Francisco won Super Bowl 29 in Mike Shanahan’s final season there.

Harold Goodwin, offensive coordinator, Cardinals: Goodwin is getting plenty of Cheap Dolphins Jerseys attention as Bruce Arians’ right-hand man in Arizona. He’s such a trusted and respected players’ coach, he got Cheap Donegal Gaa Jerseys his chance to operate as a head coach for a preseason game. His offensive line acumen, including his play for two Super Bowl teams in Pittsburgh, is exactly what Denver needs. His personality meshes with the beloved Phillips.

Ryan Grigson is gone, but not because Peyton Manning is in

Ryan Grigson is no longer with the Colts, but Peyton Manning won’t be stepping in anytime soon.

After announcing the firing of Grigson as the general manager, Colts owner Jim Irsay said Saturday that Manning is not in the mix for the general manager position.

There had been reports that Irsay wanted Manning, who spent 14 of his 18-year Cheap Authentic NBA Jerseys NFL career with the Colts, to rejoin the organization as head of football operations. While Irsay said he had spoken with Manning, those conversations never amounted to anything of substance.

I wouldn’t say that Peyton is in the picture, Irsay said of an executive position with the Colts.

Thats an important distinction. Quarterback is not a disaster in Denver it just isnt what it was a few years ago, before Manning hit the wall. Elway and Co. know well enough that theyre not going to find another Manning. But theres no getting around them finishing sixth from the bottom in the NFL in offense, eighth worst in completion percentage, 11th worst in passing offense and 11th worst in passer rating.

In their defense, their running game was a complete mess by seasons end, too. On the other hand, they still have the wealth of receiving talent that helped them win it all the year before, Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and the rest.

They may or may not have a new offensive coordinator coming; speculation remains strong that former Chargers head coach Mike McCoy could return to his old team to become offensive coordinator, which Cheap Baseball Jerseys Kids would then affect the future of Rick Dennison, the coordinator under Kubiak.

it’s not hard to see why Spielman could laugh at the first question being about something other than Peterson.

To Harbaugh, it means teams like the Ravens have to do their due diligence away from the one-time mass gathering.

“We respect the NFL’s priorities, what they’re trying to accomplish and the statement that’s being made with that policy,” he said. “And also, our job is to turn over every stone on every player, and we’ll do that on all those guys.”

However, considering that they’re a team with a known history of dealing with a player’s domestic violence incident, the Ravens are the most public exception to the general backlash against banning such players. The objection by Lions general manager Bob Quinn on Wednesday has gotten far more traction.

And all of this as they approach a draft that, to their credit, is deep at their positions of need — running back and offensive line — but in which they don’t have a first-round pick.

They traded it, remember, to get Bradford after Bridgewater’s grotesque training-camp knee injury. They do have eight picks in the other six rounds as of now, which helps. It wouldn’t be a shock to see the Vikings make a move to get back into the first round.

For now, though, it’s not hard to see why Spielman could laugh at the first question being about something other than Peterson.

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NFL Combine records: Top 40 times, bench press reps, more

Nothing projects a football player’s ability to perform at the highest professional level quite like a cone-to-cone sprint in his underwear.

Enter the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, where 330 of the country’s best college football players converge for their first encounters with NFL franchises ahead of the draft.

Whether and how much the Combine’s events matter is up for constant debate, but we doubt Byron Jones would have been drafted in the first round in 2015 without his Combine world-record broad jump. Physical attributes, though just one piece of the puzzle that is a player’s pre-draft evaluation, can’t hurt.

“That’s a fair statement,” was Gettleman’s response, though he didn’t say when that pick would occur. The most popular choice is LSU running back Leonard Fournette when the Panthers are on the clock with the eighth overall pick.

The Panthers need a running back to take over for oft-injured Jonathan Stewart, who will be 30 later this month. Gettleman had some pretty complimentary things to say about Fournette.

“Big running backs are nice,” Gettleman said when asked about the 240-pound running back who ran for 3,830 yards and 40 touchdowns in three seasons at LSU. “They tend to run people over better than 180-pound running backs. But this is a deep group, we know that. And it’ll be interesting to see how the whole process plays out, because we’re really just halfway through it. You’ve got to evaluate the film and Cheap Jordan Jerseys China get a picture of every individual running back. Then you talk about “fit” and then Cheap Knicks Jerseys we go from there.”

Aikman cemented the Cowboys’ resurrection with an emphatic win over the AFC’s Bills in Super Bowl 27.

This wasn’t the peak of the Packers’ dynasty under Vince Lombardi, but it was by far the better of their first two Super Bowl teams. Such offensive greats as Jim Taylor and Paul Hornung were starting to fade; Taylor never played again for the Pack after rushing for 56 yards and a touchdown in the Super Bowl victory over Kansas City, and Hornung did not play because of a pinched nerve. But the defense was a terror. Six opponents scored fewer than 10 points. Four were held without a touchdown.

A little bit of arrogance and a lot of nasty defense typified Pete Carroll’s team in 2013. Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch kept the offense humming, and the league’s best defense intimidated behind “The Legion of Boom.” This team also took a cue from Richard Sherman, the outspoken leader whose tipped pass against San Francisco was iconic both for the play and the post-game reaction. Seattle then toyed with Denver in a 43-8 blowout in Super Bowl XLVIII, a dominant defensive performance that evoked memories of the 1985 Bears. The Cheap Jerseys Wholesale comparisons continue today.

Aikman cemented the Cowboys’ resurrection with an emphatic win over the AFC’s Bills in Super Bowl 27. The Dallas quarterback only missed on eight of 30 passes, and tossed four touchdowns that amounted to 105 yards to three different receivers, including two to Michael Irvin.

Aikman’s performance helped the Cowboys get their first Super Bowl victory since the ‘77 season, and kickstarted a new Dallas dynasty, only broken up by one fellow NFC team …

Byron Maxwell says Dolphins’ secondary can be like Legion of Boom

Byron Maxwell thinks his team could be on the verge of something great.

Despite being unraveled by the Steelers in the wild-card round of the playoffs, the Dolphins cornerback believes Miami’s secondary will come back stronger next season and could even replicate the Legion of Boom he was once a part of in Seattle.

The Patriots defensive coordinator was spotted wearing a T-shirt that showed the NFL commissioner’s face with a clown nose as the team exited its plane at Logan Airport in Boston on Monday afternoon after returning home from an incredible Super Bowl win over the Falcons.

“The T-shirt really bothered [Goodell],” an NFL ownership source told CBS Sports. “The fact that Kraft didn’t stop him from wearing that ticked some people off, but did they really think he’s going to protect Goodell after all of this?”

While the Patriots ownership hasn’t publicly spoken out Cheap Jerseys Team against Goodell, New England Cheap Jerseys Stitched fans booed Sunday night as he presented the Patriots with the Lombardi Trophy.

According to the CBS Sports report, the Patriots front office will continue to have a rough relationship with the NFL until the league parts ways with general counsel Jeff Pash, who played a key role in the Ted Wells/NFL investigation into Deflategate.

Julian Edelman compares Jimmy Garoppolo to Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers

Regardless where Jimmy Garoppolo ends up in 2017, his teammate knows he’ll be just fine.

During a Tuesday appearance on NFL Network’s Total Access, Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman said he believes the backup quarterback’s mentality is as strong as some of the greatest signal callers to ever play the game and compared his assertiveness to Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers.

Other than a torn ACL in 2008, Brady has been durable and shows no signs of diminished skills, especially with arm strength and accuracy.

Brady told MMQB the secret to his longevity is complete devotion to diet and fitness.

“I’ve worked hard to get a system in place that really works for me and I know could work for everybody else if they just did it,” Brady told the site. “That enables me to play 99 plays [in Super Bowl 51, the most of his career in one game] as a 39-year-old in the last game of the season. … Football to me is more than just a sport. It has become my life. Every choice that I make … what I have for breakfast, how I work out, all of those things. I love the game. I love playing.”

Tarkenton may be one of the best quarterbacks to never Cheap Jerseys win the big game, but his combined stats from his three Super Bowl losses — 36 of 89, 487 yards, one touchdown, six interceptions; one rushing TD — left a lot to be desired.

His worst Super Bowl outing was against Pittsburgh’s Steel Curtain defense; the Vikes’ offense produced no points. Pittsburgh also recorded the first safety in Super Bowl history after Tarkenton fell into the Vikings’ end zone while recovering a Dave Osborn fumble.

Steelers assistant Joey Porter pleads guilty to disorderly conduct, fined $300

Joey Porter is putting his infamous arrest behind him.

It’s the third time in less than a year where Wilson ran into trouble with the law while nude.

In June, he was shot by a homeowner outside Portland after he tried to break into that residence without clothes. He was arrested again in January after being found naked outside another Portland residence.

Wilson was sentenced to 10 days in jail for the June offense just last Monday. However, the Cheap Goalie Jerseys court allowed his stint in jail in the months between his arrest and sentencing to count as time served.

According to Oregon Live, Wilson has been battling drug addiction, which is the cause of his strange behavior. The court ruled that Wilson will be on probation for three years and that if he failed to go into treatment he could face a six-month jail sentence.

With this third arrest, that sentence could likely go into effect.

Wilson, the son of former Cincinnati Bengals running back Stanley Wilson Sr., was drafted by the Lions in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft.

Woodley had a great start in Super Bowl 50, completing four of his first five passes for 97 yards and a touchdown five minutes into the second quarter. Unfortunately, the only pass he completed the rest of the game was to Redskins safety Mark Murphy in the third quarter; he finished the game with nine straight incompletions.

If you remove Woodley’s 76-yard touchdown to Jimmy Cefalo (56 of which came after the catch), then Woodley finishes 3 of 13 for 21 yards and an interception.