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Josh McDaniels Likely To Accept Colts' Head Coaching Job

Jan 15, 2018 3:01 PM

Josh McDaniels is expected to accept an offer to become the next head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.

McDaniels is also a strong candidate for the Tennessee Titans' job.

McDaniels has been close to accepting head coaching jobs in recent offseasons.

McDaniels is in his second stint as offensive coordinator of the Patriots.

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Tags: Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans, Misc Rumor

Patriots -9 Favorites Vs Jags, Eagles Three-Point Dogs Against Vikings

Jan 15, 2018 2:16 PM

The New England Patriots are nine-point favorites in the AFC Championship Game while the Philadelphia Eagles are home underdogs with the Minnesota Vikings posted as three-point favorites.

The Eagles were also underdogs against the Falcons with Nick Foles starting in place of Carson Wentz.

The Patriots comfortably defeated the Titans in the Divisional Round while the Eagles, Jaguars and Vikings each won close contests.

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Tags: Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles

Video: NFL Final Four During The Brady/Belichick Era

Jan 15, 2018 11:23 AM

The Patriots have been in the NFL's Final Four in 12 seasons since 2001 and in each of the past seven seasons dating back to 2011.

The following video shows the Final Four teams in every season dating back to the Patriots' first Super Bowl win in 2001.

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Titans Interested In Josh McDaniels

Jan 15, 2018 10:14 AM

The Tennessee Titans have interest in Josh McDaniels after parting ways with Mike Mularkey.

McDaniels is also a candidate for the head coaching jobs with the Colts and Giants.

McDaniels was briefly a head coach with the Broncos between stops with the Patriots.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Tags: Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, New York Giants, Tennessee Titans, Misc Rumor

David DeCastro: Steelers Obsession With Patriots Was Embarrassing

Jan 15, 2018 7:49 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers entered Sunday's playoff game with the Jacksonville Jaguars talking a lot about the New England Patriots and it may have cost them a chance at a Super Bowl.

The Jaguars will face the Patriots in Sunday's AFC Championship Game after beating the Steelers 45-42 at Heinz Field.

"They were ready to go; they were mad; they were angry; they had something to prove, and they did it," Steelers offensive guard David DeCastro said. "Yeah, it’' embarrassing. It really is, man. It just blows my mind. They beat us 30-9 [on Oct. 9]. We played like crap, and we want to talk about New England?

"I don't know what to say about that. It's just stupid. It's just not what you do. You don't need to give a team like that more bulletin board material."

Safety Mike Mitchell told Sports Illustrated that the Steelers would play the Patriots again and Le'Veon Bell made similar claims in a tweet.

Charean Williams/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars, Misc Rumor

Lions Expected To Hire Matt Patricia As Head Coach

Jan 14, 2018 10:12 AM

The Detroit Lions are expected to hire Matt Patricia as head coach.

The Lions still need to finalize contract terms with Patricia after the Patriots' season ends.

Patricia, who has been defensive coordinator of the Patriots since 2012, has also been a candidate with the New York Giants.

Detroit general manager Bob Quinn worked with Patricia when he was in the New England front office.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

Colts Narrow Coaching Search To Josh McDaniels, Mike Vrabel

Jan 13, 2018 9:24 AM

The Indianapolis Colts have narrowed their field of head coaching candidates to Mike Vrabel and Josh McDaniels.

The Colts could still add additional candidates at a later date depending on whether they receive a commitment from Vrabel or McDaniels.

McDaniels remains in the playoffs as offensive coordinator of the Patriots.

Vrabel is currently defensive coordinator of the Texans.

Albert Breer/Sports Illustrated

Tags: Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

Chris Hogan Cleared To Play Against Titans

Jan 12, 2018 8:15 AM

Chris Hogan has been cleared to play in Saturday's AFC divisional-round playoff game against the Tennessee Titans.

Hogan missed seven of the final eight games of the regular season for the New England Patriots because of a shoulder injury.

He first injured the shoulder on Oct. 29 against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans, Injury, Misc Rumor

Brady, Mariota Represent Largest Age Gap Between Playoffs QBs

Jan 11, 2018 8:19 AM

Saturday night's playoff game between the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans will feature a historic age gap between quarterbacks.

Tom Brady will be 40 years, 163 days old and Marcus Mariota will be 24 years, 75 days old. That will make it the first time in NFL history that starting quarterbacks in a postseason game were more than 16 years apart.

The previous record for the largest age difference between playoff starting quarterbacks was 15 years, 166 days, when 37-year-old Steve DeBerg's Chiefs beat 22-year-old Todd Marinovich's Raiders in 1991.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Tags: New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans, Misc Rumor

Lions Prefer Matt Patricia While He Prefers Giants' Job

Jan 10, 2018 10:36 AM

The Detroit Lions reportedly prefer to hire Matt Patricia as head coach with Mike Vrabel as their backup choice. Patricia is believed to prefer the New York Giants' job.

Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports that "all signs" point to the Giants hiring Patricia.

Patricia has been defensive coordinator of the New England Patriots since 2012.

Patricia has been a candidate for other head coaching jobs in recent years.

Steve Wilks of the Panthers is also a candidate.

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Tags: Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, New York Giants, Misc Rumor

'Tom Vs. Time' Docuseries Shows Private Life Of Tom Brady
Gisele Bundchen says football is the main love of Tom Brady.

Mark Leibovich/New York Times

NFL's Rising Cap Has Changed Success Rate Of Free Agency Strategy
Six of the top-10 spenders during the 2017 NFL free agency period (Patriots, Titans, Rams, Vikings, Panthers, Jaguars) made the playoffs.

Kevin Clark/The Ringer

NFL Divisional Round Matchups By Key DVOA Categories
The Patriots have the best Weighted DVOA while the Titans ranked 18th.

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Tom Brady Disputes Celebrating Jimmy Garoppolo Trade
Tom Brady is disputing a report by ESPN last week that he "seemed liberated" and "especially excited" the day after the Patriots traded Jimmy Garoppolo earlier this season.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Belichick 'Absolutely' Will Remain With Pats, Hasn't Read ESPN Article
Bill Belichick tried to move past last week's ESPN article.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Browns Were Willing To Trade No. 4 Overall Pick For Jimmy Garoppolo
Cleveland attempted to engage the Patriots multiple times leading up to the deadline.

Terry Pluto/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Derrick Henry Expected To Start Against Patriots
The Titans are expected to start Derrick Henry at running back against the Patriots in Saturday's divisional-round game.

Cameron Wolfe/ESPN

Patriots Dismiss Suggestion Bill Belichick Could Be Traded
Robert Kraft called the report that he and Bill Belichick met for half a day during the season about Jimmy Garoppolo "a total fabrication and fiction."

Peter King/Sports Illustrated

Kraft-Belichick-Brady Joint Statement: We Stand United
Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady released a joint statement in response to an ESPN article detailing issues in their working relationship this season.

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Robert Kraft Gave Belichick Mandate To Trade Jimmy Garoppolo
Bill Belichick was furious and demoralized when he was told by Robert Kraft to trade Jimmy Garoppolo.

Seth Wickersham/ESPN

Tom Brady Didn't Want To Advise Jimmy Garoppolo, Relieved By Trade
Tom Brady's trainer tried to avoid treating Jimmy Garoppolo during the 2016 season.

Seth Wickersham/ESPN

Details Emerge Of Deteriorating Relationship Between Brady, Belichick
Seth Wickersham's piece suggests this could be the final run for Tom Brady and Bill Belichick.

Seth Wickersham/ESPN

Bill Belichick Known For Seeking Trades That Benefits Both Sides
The Jimmy Garoppolo trade looks like a win so far for the 49ers with the Patriots only acquiring a second round pick back for him.

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Randy Moss, Terrell Owens Among Hall Of Fame Finalists
The group includes four first-year eligible nominees - Steve Hutchinson, Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, Brian Urlacher and Everson Walls.


Infographic: Five Teams Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA
The Vikings, Rams, Saints, Steelers and Eagles finish the regular season in the top-10 on both offense and defense.

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James Harrison Agrees To Sign With Patriots
James Harrison was recently released by the Patriots.

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Tom Brady Evades Questions About Personal Trainer's Access To Patriots
Alex Guerrero can no longer be on the sidelines or travel with the Patriots on their plane.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Tre'Davious White Still Waiting For Apology From Rob Gronkowski
Tre'Davious White, who suffered a concussion when Rob Gronkowski blindsided him a few weeks ago, still hasn't received a private apology from the tight end.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Patriots Cause Friction By Reducing Role Of Tom Brady's Trainer
Alex Guerrero no longer flies with the Patriots or have sideline access during games.

Charean Williams/Pro Football Talk

Infographic: Five Teams Rank In Top-10 In Offense, Defense DVOA
In an indication of how much turnover there's been in parts of the NFL, none of those five teams (Rams, Eagles, Vikings, Saints and Chargers) made the playoffs in 2016.

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