Chargers coach Anthony Lynn finishes college degree almost 30 years later

Many college students graduating this spring still have no idea what they want to do in life.

“The disappointment on her face when I told her I wasn’t coming, it was tough. I thought about it. She made me rethink it. I decided to walk because if it could inspire one person, then it’s worth it.”

Lynn, who went undrafted after playing four seasons at Texas Tech, went on to play six seasons in the NFL as a running back and special teams member with the Broncos and 49ers. He says he always intended to finish his degree, but as he began his coaching career in 2000, that goal faded away. Lynn credits a friend, Dave Szott, with convincing him to go back to school.

He’s especially happy his mother will be on hand for Saturday’s ceremony.

“I was the first person in my family to go to [college], and my mother sat there and watched my son graduate, watched my daughter graduate,” Lynn said. “And I just think she’s going to enjoy watching her son graduate.”

Both reality and perception will be important in this regard, with a compelling need to eradicate mistakes by officials and an even more compelling need to create the impression that the NFL is doing everything possible to eradicate mistakes by officials. For starters, the NFL will need full-time officials, across the board.

The process toward employing officials on a full-time basis already has begun. Eventually, all will need to be full-time employees, given the reality that for any mistake made by a part-time official, the argument will be, “A full-time official wouldn’t have made that mistake.”

And while there’s a practical limit to the number of calls that will be gotten right, it must seem to the neutral observer that the league is trying. Having a full complement of full-time officials cries out, “We’re trying as hard as we can.”ravens_129

Jets’ Sam Darnold throws at rookie minicamp

Obviously too many quarterbacks right now, Bowles said when asked about the release of Petty. Hopefully Bryce can get with another team.

2008: After the Falcons go Matt Ryan, the Raiders draft Joe Flacco. Baltimore never wins that second Super Bowl thanks to Flacco’s magic. The Browns grab Chris Johnson with their 2008 first-round pick that they didn’t trade to move up for Quinn in 2007.

Mostly, the Giants were down to Sam Darnold or Josh Allen, with some Josh Rosen support in the building as well. Schwartz reports there wasn’t much love for Baker Mayfield among the new-look Giants power structure.

If it were up to Pat Shurmur, Allen would have been the quarterback pick — had the franchise been leaning in that direction.

The first round of the 2018 NFL Draft is over, which means it’s time for some early reactions on the selectiotigers_013-115x115ns.

The draft is a fun time because it brings so much promise to fans and to the teams themselves. We don’t really know how these picks will turn out until we see them on the field, but we can still analyze the decisions beforehand based on what we know already.

These selections are reversed in Sporting News’ latest mock draft, with Miller going No. 23 and Rudolph at No. 31. But the stock of the two QBs “behind” USC’s Sam Darnold, Wyoming’s Josh Allen, UCLA’s Josh Rosen and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield keeps rising. Garoppolo and Brissett with their athleticism developed well behind Brady, and both Jackson and Rudolph fit the same profile.

Adapting to Jackson’s speedy, quick skill set would take patience, and returning offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels can get the most out of him. Jackson also has a growing edge over Rudolph, because what he did at Louisville translates better to the Patriots’ playbook. It makes sense for New England lean that way at No. 23, especially with the chance to also get Miller several picks later.

I was surprised they took a QB because I thought maybe in the third round you can get some really good players that can help this team win now. Nothing against Mason I think he is a great player. I don’t know him personally but I’m sure he is a great kid. I just don’t know how backing up or being the third, who knows where he’s going to fall in the depth chart but helps us win now but that’s not my decision to make that’s all the coaches and the GM and owner…if they feel like he can help our team, so be it but I was a little surprised.

Josh Allen apologizes after offensive tweets from high school resurface

On the eve on the NFL draft, offensive tweets from a potential No. 1 pick, Josh Allen, surfaced on social media.

Mel Kiper projects the first round of the draft Thursday night, based on what he’s hearing. What will the Browns do with the first pick?

The former Wyoming quarterback acknowledged the tweets to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith late Wednesday night and apologized, saying he was young and dumb.

The tweets no longer appear on Allen’s account. However, they contained racial slurs and other offensive language, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Philadelphia’s Scott Kingery went 0 for 4 with four strikeouts. He has two hits in his last 24 at-bats with 12 strikeouts.

Phillies C Jorge Alfaro struck out three times while going 0 for 4 and is now 8 for 47 (.170) with 24 strikeouts.

Arizona RHP Zack Greinke (2-1, 4.13) faces Phillies RHP Jake Arrieta (2-0, 2.04) on Wednesday night in the second game of the three-game series.

He found himself at Arizona State, committing to play for head coach Todd Graham and offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey. Since Barnett’s arrival, Lindsey left for Auburn and Graham has been fired, leaving Barnett starting from scratch.

Barnett was behind starting quarterback Manny Wilkins at ASU and now will have the opportunity to find a starting spot of his own.

The Arizona Republic first reported Barnett was transferring, and Fox Sports first reported he was visiting USF.

Jazz: Ingles is 10 of 21 from 3-point range over his last two games. … Utah forced 15 turnovers. … Royce O’ Neale finished with a career playoff-high nine rebounds. … Rubio is averaging eight assists per game in the series.

Westbrook publicly promised to shut down Rubio in Game 4 after the Jazz point guard notched a triple-double in Game 3. His aggressiveness ended up with Westbrook drawing four personal fouls in the first half. In the end, Rubio shot just 4 of 12 from the field, but he finished with two fewer assists (eight) than the Thunder tallied as a team.
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WATCH: Yankees address being worst-fielding team in majors

Yankees manager Aaron Boone dubbed Friday’s pre-game workout “defensive day,” and, for sure, this was different from the regular routine where infielders take a few groundballs during batting practice.

This half-hour session took place before BP and looked somewhat like a morning spring training session.

Ten of the Yankees’ errors were committed by infielders – three by third baseman Brandon Drury, two each by utility infielder Ronald Torreyes and third baseman Miguel Andujar, and one by shortstop Didi Gregorius, second baseman Tyler Wade and first baseman Tyler Austin.

Last year, the Yankees committed 95 errors in 162 games – that was tied for 13th best in the majors – and their .984 fielding percentage was tied for 14th best.

Watch our video above to see the Yankees go through their “defensive day” workout.

The way NFL Network’s Mike Mayock sees it, none of this year’s prospects are clear-cut future  NFL stars. At least, not compared to two recent quarterback draftees who carried all of the traits Mayock looks for when he’s evaluating quarterbacks with franchise-changing potential.

In 2008, Huizenga’s final season as owner, the Dolphins had a turnaround year and won the AFC East on the final day of the regular season.

“It was a magical feeling,” Huizenga said. “I had tears in my eyes. I kept looking away so I wouldn’t have to wipe my eyes in front of everybody.”

Miami lost in the first round of the playoffs and didn’t return to the postseason until 2016. But Huizenga won praise from such disparate personalities as Shula, Johnson and Marlins manager Jim Leyland even when they no longer worked for him.

Harry Wayne Huizenga was born in the Chicago suburbs on Dec. 29, 1937, to a family of garbage haulers. He attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but dropped out and began his own garbage hauling business in Pompano Beach, Florida, in 1962. He would drive a garbage truck from 2 a.m. to noon each day, then shower and go out and solicit new customers in the afternoon.
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Lions re-sign Jake Rudock

It’s a simple structure that guarantees Solder $34.8 million over the first two years. And in 2020 and 2021, the Giants will have to make early decisions on whether to keep Solder, given the seven-figure roster bonuses that activate on the first day of the league year.

Mingo was the sixth pick of the 2013 draft, but, like most Browns first-round picks, underwhelmed once he hit the field. He was traded to the Patriots before the 2016 season and ed a sizable special teams role in all 19 games the Super Bowl champs ed that year.

Now he’ll try to find a spot in the front seven of a new-look Seahawks defense.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers unexpectedly traded their third and fourth-round picks to the New York Giants in exchange for defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul early Thursday morning in an effort to upgrade their struggling defense and lackluster pass-rush. Shortly after the trade, Pierre-Paul discussed with Kim Jones of the NFL Network what enticed him to sign with Tampa Bay. Pierre-Paul admitted that being closer to his son and returning to the city he suited up in during his days at USF certainly played a factor.

“We are aware of the situation involving Michael Bennett and are in the process of gathering more information,” the Eagles said in a statement. “Because this is an ongoing legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time.”

The charge Bennett is facing — injury to the elderly — includes intentionally and knowingly, causing bodily injury to a person 65 years or older. It carries a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The Bengals made that pick and employed Joseph for the first five years of his career. He signed with the Texans in 2011 and has been a fixture in their starting lineup over the last seven seasons. He started all 16 games last year and returned one of his two interceptions 82 yards for a touchdown.
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The next person in the Colts’ head-coach drama that the world needs to hear from is Andrew Luck.

Or, a casebe made, Luck is the first person the world should have heard from. Or even the only person.

How fast does Ballard have to switch gears on his own vision, while still looking side-eyed at every candidate to protect himself from another 11th-hour jilting? He’s got to be at least a little gun-shy; this was his first head-coach hire, after all.

McDaniels will be leaving the Patriots for a second time. He was their offensive coordinator from 2006-08 before becoming the Broncos head coach in 2009 and eventually returning to New England in 2012.

“He’s a great coach. … Any team would want him to be the leader of the organization,” Pats quarterback Tom Brady said of McDaniels.

As mentioned, McDaniels and Patricia aren’t the first coordinators to move on from New England — and they likely won’t be the last.

Former offensive coordinators Charlie Weis and Bill O’Brien left to become college head coaches. O’Brien parlayed his job at Penn State into becoming the head coach of the Texans.

“Nick got pulled down a little bit strange and tweaked his shoulder,” Long said. “They beat us, but Nick the next week said he was ready to go.”

Foles wouldn’t let Long know just how serious his injury was while he led the Chaparrals to the state title game.

“In reality, our philosophy of the program was winning wasn’t the most important thing,” Long said. “It was to prepare these young men to be a viable part of society and be able to handle the ups and downs that the world will hand them.”

Those lessons are a big reason why Foles is standing atop the NFL universe today.

The Jaguars upgraded, yet again, on defense through free agency. A.J. Bouye, Barry Church and Calais Campbell will provide immediate impact on a unit that already ranked sixth best in the NFL in yards allowed.

It’s time for the offense to get an upgrade, but is this too high to draft a running back? It wasn’t last year when Dallas selected Ezekiel Elliott, but Cook isn’t Elliott. That said, if the Jaguars aren’t going to make a change at quarterback and there are no star offensive tackles in this draft, Cook is the next best option, if the Jaguars stay at No. 4. This is a trade spot for a team to come up and start a run on quarterbacks.

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There are a few things the Eagles can do here.

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The Panthers can see that coming, too, with Newton hitting a half-dozen receivers in the road wins over New England and Detroit, and hitting each of those six guys multiple times against the Lions. Even better, he’s shown a willingness to dump the ball off. His flip to Fozzy Whitaker on a double-screen against New England, with the defense flowing to McCaffrey and vacating the left side of the field, is a great example of it. He threw the ball probably seven yards in the air; it wound up as a 28-yard touchdown.

“I think he’s learned,” Rivera said. “He still throws those deep digs, he still throws those bang 8s, those deeps outs, and he still throws the vertical. But in between, he’s getting the ball into other players’ hands quicker. And he’s limiting the number of hits he has to take.

“That’s the thing he’s learned, that’s the thing I think he appreciates. I mean, he had a huge day [in Detroit], but it wasn’t like he had to sit there and run the ball. It wasn’t like he had to sit there in the pocket and hold, hold, hold. The ball came out.”

The Oakland Raiders hired Jon Gruden and are giving him a monster deal that is reportedly worth $100 million for 10 years. Is Gruden’s star power, sheer excitement about football, and passion for coaching worth $100 millionMaybe. Is his ability to analyze NFL draft picksWell, that’s debatable.

Christian Hackenberg couldn’t even pull the starting gig for the Jets. The fucking Jets.

Jeffrey Lurie, Eagles: “I think it’s great when players get together with owners, whether it’s their own team or a group of owners. The communication’s great, you really learn where everyone is coming from, and you get to understand these are human issues.”

This is all good for now, of course, with the league getting its efforts going on the social causes that are important to players. And with three years and change left on the current collective bargaining agreement, it could be even more meaningful down the line.

DeMarco Murray injury update: Titans RB reportedly has sprained knee ligament

The Titans could be without DeMarco Murray in their last-ditch effort to make the playoffs in Week 17.

The veteran running back left Sunday’s 27-23 loss to the Rams with a knee injury, and ESPN reported initial exams showed a sprained lateral collateral ligament. Murray will have an MRI exam Monday to confirm the extent of the damage.

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Players who show signs of “impact seizure,” as Texans quarterback Tom Savage did after a hit in Week 14, will now be ruled out for the rest of the game. Players who show “gross motor instability or significant loss of balance” must now be evaluated in the locker room rather than on the sideline as long as those reactions don’t appear to be the result of foot or leg issues.

In addition, referees who remove a player from the game due to suspected head trauma must notify team medical officials and any player evaluated for a concussion must be checked again within 24 hours, regardless of whether the team is scheduled to be off that day.

“We are constantly looking at the protocol and how it’s applied and trying to get better,” the NFL’s chief medical officer, Dr. Allen Sills, told ESPN. “The process happens through the season.”

Savage’s injury and the Seahawks’ handling of Russell Wilson’s concussion during Week 10 (which resulted in a $100,000 fine) were among the incidents that prompted the league to move now instead of waiting until next season.packers_157_42c89a3c78e1edb2-180x180

There has been speculation about O’Brien’s future in Houston after the Texans struggled to a 4-12 season.

“I am eternally grateful to the McNair family for their unwavering support during this trying time,” Smith said in a statement Sunday. “This was an extremely difficult decision for me to make as I love this organization and every member of this team both on and off the field. I remain committed to our quest to bring a championship to the city of Houston, yet my family needs me now and they are my priority.”

Although there has been speculation about Bill O’Brien’s future in Houston, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that it’s likely he will be back as Texans head coach in 2018.

Meanwhile, speaking after Sunday’s 22-13 season finale loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Bill O’Brien said his future as head coach of the Texans is up to owner Bob McNair.

The Texans went 9-7 in each of the head coach’s first three seasons and won AFC South titles in 2015 and 2016. On Sunday morning, ESPN reported that O’Brien is likely to be back in Houston in 2018.

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The historical ugliness between the two teams has forced the NFL to literally rewrite parts of its rulebook.

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DETROIT — Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy wasn’t necessarily surprised to see the Boston Celtics move down in the NBA draft and nab Jayson Tatum with the No. 3 pick in June. “I thought he was the best prospect in the draft. He’s got all the tools,” Van Gundy declared before Sunday’s visit from the Celtics.

The Steelers and Bengals cannot allow this vicious cycle to continue to the point someone’s career and life are dramatically altered. Shazier’s could be, and what happened to him shouldn’t be immune from having a profound effect on changing things just because it wasn’t related to any of the other heated hits.

If Shazier’s uncertain future isn’t a harsh wakeup call to the teams to put aside revenge and extend full respect, then nothing will be. Smith-Schuster, all of 21 and who wasn’t there for that playoff game, provided a glimmer of hope when he delivered a quick, heartfelt apology toward Burfict after the game.

If the Steelers and Bengals won’t do their part to follow those new rules (or old ones), then the league shouldn’t be afraid to step in (again) and show zero tolerance in response to them taking the rivalry further in the wrong direction.

Mayfield also apologized after grabbing his crotch and cursing at the Kansas sideline on Nov. 18. In turn, coach Lincoln Riley suspended Mayfield from starting the final home game of his career and temporarily stripped him of his captain status. But after he sat out the first series, Mayfield passed for three touchdowns in the victory over West Virginia.

The following week, he passed for another four scores to propel the Sooners past TCU in the Big 12 championship game, which effectively punched Oklahoma’s ticket to the playoff — and clinched the Heisman for Mayfield.eagles_035_be44ad623b1f93a9-180x180