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Defenderdawg : 2/8/2018 10:44 am
Giants

Raanan ESPN NY: Giants nowhere near being Super Bowl team after disastrous season
http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york-giants/post/_/id/56154/giants-nowhere-near-being-super-bowl-team-after-disastrous-season

Magliocchetti Inside Football: What the Giants Can Learn From The Super Bowl Champion Eagles
https://insidefootball.com/giants-can-learn-super-bowl-champion-eagles/

Stapleton The Record: What Eagles' Super Bowl win means to Nick Foles, Carson Wentz and the NY Giants
https://www.northjersey.com/story/sports/nfl/super-bowl/2018/02/05/what-eagles-super-bowl-win-means-nick-foles-carson-wentz-and-ny-giants/307027002/

Dunleavy NJ.com: 6 Giants in danger of becoming salary cap casualties | Who will be this year's Victor Cruz?
http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2018/02/6_giants_in_danger_of_becoming_salary_cap_casualti.html

Traina BBV: How the New York Giants can benefit cap wise if they trade down in the first round
https://www.bigblueview.com/2018/2/6/16943346/how-the-new-york-giants-can-benefit-cap-wise-if-they-trade-down-in-the-first-round

GM

Schwartz NYP: Dave Gettleman brings in old friend to help Giants with draft
https://nypost.com/2018/02/07/dave-gettleman-brings-in-old-friend-to-help-giants-with-draft/

Coach

Politi NJ.com: Pat Shurmur hire is looking better and better for the Giants
http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2018/02/pat_shurmur_hire_is_looking_better_and_better_for.html

Schwartz NYP: Why Giants were able to dodge a Josh McDaniels’ disaster
https://nypost.com/2018/02/07/why-giants-were-able-to-dodge-a-josh-mcdaniels-disaster/amp/#click=https://t.co/P5itNPPNDl

WR

Duggan NJ.com: Should the Giants give Odell Beckham an extension? Examining the pros and cons
http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2018/02/should_the_giants_give_odell_beckham_an_extension.html

Duggan NJ.com: Former Giants GM candidate Louis Riddick explains how he'd handle Odell Beckham's contract
http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2018/02/former_giants_gm_candidate_louis_riddick_explains.html

Cohen Giants.com: WR Roger Lewis spoke with Giants.com to recap his 2017 season and discuss future goals
http://www.giants.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Roger-Lewis-sets-2018-goals-after-increased-role-last-year/14be06db-50e8-4ca1-8d08-e7837d87f81c

Defense

Duggan NJ.com: Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson says new Giants DC James Bettcher is 'very special'
http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2018/02/cardinals_cb_patrick_peterson_says_new_giants_dc_j.html

DB

Marczi Steelers Depot: Former Steelers CB Deshea Townsend Joins Giants’ Staff As Assistant Defensive Backs Coach
http://www.steelersdepot.com/2018/02/former-steelers-cb-deshea-townsend-joins-giants-staff-assistant-defensive-backs-coach/

CB

Duggan NJ.com: Rookie of the Year Marshon Lattimore expects Giants' Eli Apple to 'bounce back'
http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2018/02/rookie_of_the_year_marshon_lattimore_expects_giant.html

NFL

Freeman B/R: Mike Freeman's 10-Point Stance: Eagles' Win a Rebuke to 'Stick to Sports' Crowd
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2758051-mike-freemans-10-point-stance-eagles-win-a-rebuke-to-stick-to-sports-crowd

Noonan Shepherd Express: The Deception Super Bowl
While it’s true that many things work with Aaron Rodgers at the helm, it is important to remember that there is a coaching staff out there that has things working even better with Nick Foles at the helm
https://shepherdexpress.com/sports/packers/the-deception-super-bowl/

ARIZONA
Olson Arizona Sports: At least five coaches from Bruce Arians’ staff will join Steve Wilks’
https://arizonasports.com/story/1407775/five-coaches-bruce-arians-staff-will-join-steve-wilks-staff/

BALTIMORE
Zrebiec Baltimore Sun: Ravens news, notes and opinions on diversifying offense, finding wideouts, Bisciotti's Q& A
http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/ravens-insider/bs-sp-ravens-news-notes-offense-20180206-story.html

Preston Baltimore Sun: Though keeping status quo, Ravens have to move aggressively to fix problems
http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/ravens-insider/bs-sp-preston-ravens-adjustments-20180205-story.html

CAROLINA
Fowler Charlotte Observer: Can the Carolina Panthers' world get any more bizarre?
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/scott-fowler/article198793874.html

Rodrigue Charlotte Observer: Panthers DC Eric Washington has become a leader of men, influenced by his late mother
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/article199020149.html

DALLAS
Yousef Dallas Morning News: Stephen Jones believes with strong offseason, Cowboys have 'opportunity to compete for a Super Bowl'
https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-cowboys/cowboys/2018/02/07/stephen-jones-believes-strong-offseason-cowboys-opportunity-compete-super-bowl

Moore Dallas Morning News: Dez, Zeke and the Cowboys have a choice: Improve from their failures or continue to spin their wheels
https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-cowboys/cowboys/2018/02/05/dez-zeke-cowboys-choice-improvefrom-failures-continue-spin-wheels

DETROIT
Dave Birkett (@davebirkett)
2/7/18, 3:49 PM
Rod Wood on how serious the Giants were with Patricia: I think there was other competition

Birkett Detroit Free Press: Matt Patricia explains why he picked Lions over Giants
“Patricia said things between him and the Giants never got to the point where a job offer was conveyed. The Giants hired Pat Shurmur as head coach on Jan. 22, after the Lions and Patricia decided to pursue an agreement.”
https://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2018/02/08/matt-patricia-explains-why-he-picked-lions-over-giants/318657002/

Albom Detroit Free Press: Matt Patricia joins with old Patriots pal GM Bob Quinn
https://www.freep.com/story/sports/columnists/mitch-albom/2018/02/08/matt-patricia-detroit-lions-coach-mitch-albom/317616002/

Patra NFL.com: Matt Patricia not trying to be Bill Belichick in Detroit
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000915334/article/matt-patricia-not-trying-to-be-bill-belichick-in-detroit

Windsor Detroit Free Press: Lions' hiring of Matt Patricia means a lot of hope, a little faith
https://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2018/02/08/lions-hiring-matt-patricia-means-lot-hope-little-faith/318091002/

Sando ESPN: How Belichick assistants have fared as NFL head coaches
http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/22345092/how-bill-belichick-assistants-fared-nfl-head-coaches-history-tell-us-josh-mcdaniels-matt-patricia-mike-vrabel

Birkett Detroit Free Press: Jim Bob Cooter back as Lions OC; Patricia wants 'physical' offense
https://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2018/02/07/jim-bob-cooter-lions-oc-patricia-wants-physical-offense/317951002/

GREEN BAY
Cohen Mil JS: Too little production from too many Packers receivers
http://www.packersnews.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/2018/02/07/too-little-production-too-many-packers-receivers/315873002/

HOUSTON
Wilson Houston Chronicle: Texans offseason: 5 keys to get back to playoffs
https://www.chron.com/sports/texans/article/Texans-offseason-5-keys-to-get-back-to-playoffs-12551005.php

Wilson Houston Chronicle: Texans QB Deshaun Watson running again after torn ACL
https://www.chron.com/sports/texans/article/Texans-QB-Deshaun-Watson-running-again-after-torn-12553022.php

Wilson Houston Chronicle: Texans' DeAndre Hopkins makes recruiting pitch to Malcolm Butler
https://www.chron.com/sports/texans/article/Texans-DeAndre-Hopkins-makes-recruiting-pitch-to-12552908.php

INDIANAPOLIS
Holder Indianapolis Star: Colts GM Chris Ballard: 'We will get the right leader for the Indianapolis Colts'
https://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nfl/colts/2018/02/07/colts-gm-chris-ballard-we-get-right-leader-indianapolis-colts/312601002/

King MMQB: The Josh McDaniels U-Turn: Coach Abandons Colts After Patriots Convince Him to Stay
https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/02/07/josh-mcdaniels-colts-patriots-changes-mind-peter-king

McCann MMQB: No Signed Contract, No Deal: Legal Fallout for Josh McDaniels and the Colts
https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/02/07/josh-mcdaniels-colts-patriots-coach-legal-fallout

Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet)
2/8/18, 9:24 AM
Source: The #Colts sent in a request to interview #Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier for their vacant head coaching position. Owner Jim Irsay is a big fan, Frazier might restore normalcy

Zak Keefer (@zkeefer)
2/7/18, 11:59 AM
Not to get lost in all of this: Chris Ballard confirmed the #Colts will shift to a 4-3 defense under coordinator Matt Eberflus. Says that scheme fits the team better, built on speed playing indoors 8-12 games a year.

Bucky Brooks (@BuckyBrooks)
2/7/18, 3:56 PM
Makes sense for the team to shift to a 4-3 under a Rod Marinelli disciple. The Tampa-2 scheme is simple but built on the premise of letting explosive athletes play fast and free. In a dome stadium (w/perfect conditions), team should be built around speed on both side of the ball

MIAMI
Jackson Miami Herald: How the Dolphins could draft a QB in the first round and not feel guilty about it
http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/barry-jackson/article198869164.html

MINNESOTA
Tomasson Twincities.com: Vikings reportedly to interview Eagles QB coach John DeFilippo on Thursday
https://www.twincities.com/2018/02/07/vikings-reportedly-to-interview-eagles-qb-coach-john-defilippo-on-thursday/

Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer)
2/8/18, 9:14 AM
Busy day for Eagles QBs coach John DeFilippo. He'll be at the parade down Broad this AM, interview for Vikings OC job tonight. Vikes are accommodating -- They'll meet in Philly, rather than MN, so he can participate in the festivities.


NEW ENGLAND
Howe Boston Herald: Five most important questions for the Patriots in the offseason
http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/patriots/2018/02/five_most_important_questions_for_the_patriots_in_the_offseason

Howe Boston Herald: Indepth look at Patriots’ roster, decisions to be made

“Nate Solder (unrestricted free agent): The left tackle said he wants to keep playing. Would he take another team-friendly two-year, $20 million contract? He could conceivably get $12 million annually on the open market.

LaAdrian Waddle (unrestricted free agent): Didn’t allow a sack all season and showed toughness to return earlier than expected from a sprained ankle and knee. Pats should retain him as the top backup tackle if he doesn’t get a chance to start elsewhere.

Cameron Fleming (unrestricted free agent): Allowed six sacks but is well-liked in the room. Chances to return hinge on Waddle’s status and opportunities to compete elsewhere to start.”
http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/patriots/2018/02/howe_indepth_look_at_patriots_roster_decisions_to_be_made

Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe)
2/7/18, 1:24 PM
The Patriots have a projected $14 million in cap space and could gain an extra $25M (to get to $39M in space) by cutting several other vets. Obviously, there’s a short-term approach with Solder, Lewis, Amendola, Slater, Ebner and Burkhead among their impending free agents...


Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe)
2/7/18, 1:26 PM
But don’t be surprised if the Patriots use some of that cap space to secure a loaded group of players whose contracts expire after 2018: Trey Flowers, Shaq Mason, Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan, Patrick Chung, Stephen Gostkowski and Malcom Brown (if 5th year option is declined).


McBride Boston Globe: Patriots’ needs in the offseason
https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/patriots/2018/02/07/patriots-needs-offseason/JH6AScAoeSa5gzVdmTFAjO/story.html

Reiss ESPN Boston: Dion Lewis, Nate Solder headline Patriots' 2018 free-agent class
http://www.espn.com/blog/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4811418/dion-lewis-nate-solder-headline-patriots-2018-free-agent-class

Volin Boston Globe: With McDaniels decision, Patriots’ succession plan is in place
https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/patriots/2018/02/07/with-move-patriots-succession-plan-place/VuEIqvQlQ1m3fHKUhDBEsN/story.html

Breer MMQB: Josh McDaniels’ Decision Is Sign That Patriots Future Will Be Guided By New Leadership Core
https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/02/08/josh-mcdaniels-bill-belichick-bob-kraft-patriots-colts

Volin Boston Globe: For Patriots’ Josh McDaniels, it better have been worth it
https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/patriots/2018/02/07/for-patriots-josh-mcdaniels-better-have-been-worth/V7vVZO6HDGRPj8NNNULCmJ/story.html

Daniels Providence Journal: Super Bowl LII highlighted the Patriots true problems of 2017 - a makeshift group of defensive players who probably shouldn’t have been on that stage in the first place.
http://www.providencejournal.com/sports/20180207/defensive-depth-became-problem-for-patriots

Volin Boston Globe: Not playing Malcolm Butler had domino effect for Patriots
https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/patriots/2018/02/06/not-playing-malcolm-butler-had-domino-effect-for-patriots/vDAeLJTYjrnFZWukLJK0fM/story.html

NEW ORLEANS
Triplett ESPN NO: Saints could lose invaluable 'sixth man' Senio Kelemete as free agent
http://www.espn.com/blog/new-orleans-saints/post/_/id/29468/saints-could-lose-invaluable-sixth-man-senio-kelemete-as-free-agent

Underhill NO Advocate: Saints release Nick Fairley with non-football illness designation
http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/sports/saints/article_d857a9d0-0ac5-11e8-823d-834d964874ae.html

Teope Nola.com: Saints linebackers come together in 2017 to overcome numerous injuries
http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2018/02/saints_linebackers_come_togeth.html

Underhill NO Advocate: Saints position outlook: While New Orleans' secondary is strong, it could get even better
http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/sports/saints/article_910f3b00-0c3d-11e8-b677-6fa6531ab55e.html

OAKLAND
Williams NBC Bay Area: New Raiders Wide Receivers Coach Will Be Demanding
https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/New-Raiders-Wide-Receivers-Coach-Will-be-Demanding-473156173.html

PHILADELPHIA
Benoit MMQB: A Super Bowl 52 Deep Dive Review
https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/02/07/super-bowl-52-film-study-notes-new-england-patriots-philadelphia-eagles

Domowitch Phil.com: The Eagles' key to winning their first NFL title in 57 years? Resilience
http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/super-bowl-champion-eagles-resilience-injuries-carson-wentz-jason-peters-jordan-hicks-darren-sproles-20180207.html

Mullin Phillyvoice: Pederson knows just how much Super Bowl win means to Eagles fans
http://www.phillyvoice.com/pederson-knows-just-how-much-super-bowl-win-means-eagles-fans/

Berman Phil.com: Eagles coach Doug Pederson: 'This is the new norm in Philadelphia, playing and hopefully playing into February every year'
http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/eagles-super-bowl-playoffs-doug-pederson-press-conference-20180207.html

McLane Phil.com: 'Philly Special' emblematic of Nick Foles' bond with Doug Pederson
http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/philly-special-nick-foles-doug-pederson-touchdown-catch-super-bowl-20180207.html

Sielski Phil.com: One special Super Bowl moment opens a new world for the Eagles' Trey Burton
http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/mike_sielski/eagles-trey-burton-philly-special-nick-foles-touchdown-trick-play-pass-20180208.html

Kempski Phillyvoice: Pederson: Gun to my head... Jason Peters will be Eagles' starting left tackle next year
http://www.phillyvoice.com/doug-pederson-believes-jason-peters-his-left-tackle-next-year-gun-his-head/

PITTSBURGH
Bouchette Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Think the Steelers lost focus in 2017? Art Rooney II doesn't
http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2018/02/07/steelers-patriots-2017-mike-tomlin-comments-art-rooney-II/stories/201802070157

Bouchette Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Art Rooney II: Mike Tomlin is 'one of the best coaches in the NFL
http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2018/02/07/Art-Rooney-II-Mike-Tomlin-best-coaches-in-NFL-ownership-report-pro-football-talk/stories/201802070142

Bouchette Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Ben Roethlisberger wants to play beyond 2019, Art Rooney II says
http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2018/02/07/art-rooney-II-steelers-leveon-bell-contract-ben-roethlisberger-mike-tomlin/stories/201802070127

Bouchette Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Art Rooney II wants a long-term deal with Le'Veon Bell
http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2018/02/07/Art-Rooney-II-wants-a-long-term-deal-with-Le-Veon-Bell/stories/201802070155

Adamski Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Steelers face offseason questions at outside linebacker
http://triblive.com/sports/steelers/13272876-74/steelers-face-offseason-questions-at-outside-linebacker

Bouchette Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Ryan Shazier will be with Steelers 'one way or the other' in 2018, Art Rooney II says
http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2018/02/07/ryan-shazier-update/stories/201802070162

Bouchette Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Blame on both sides in James Harrison's departure, Art Rooney II says
http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/steelers/2018/02/07/james-harrison-release-signed-patriots-super-bowl-art-rooney-ii-mike-tomlin/stories/201802070148

Adamski Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Carnell Lake resigns as Steelers defensive backs coach
http://triblive.com/sports/steelers/13274911-74/carnell-lake-resigns-as-steelers-defensive-backs-coach

SAN FRANCISCO
Branch SF Chronicle: 49ers sign DE Marsh to a two-year extension
https://sfgate.com/49ers/article/49ers-sign-DE-Marsh-to-a-two-year-extension-12559351.php

SEATTLE
Henderson ESPN Seattle: Richard Sherman, Michael Bennett among Seahawks defenders with uncertain futures
http://www.espn.com/blog/seattle-seahawks/post/_/id/29644/richard-sherman-michael-bennett-among-seahawks-defenders-with-uncertain-futures

Condotta Seattle Times: Analysis: Blair Walsh’s struggles typified an uneven year for Seattle’s special teams and will mean changes in 2018
https://www.seattletimes.com/sports/seahawks/analysis-blair-walshs-struggles-typified-an-uneven-year-for-seattles-special-teams-and-will-mean-changes-in-2018/

TAMPA BAY
Stroud TB Times: Bucs GM Jason Licht addresses season ticket holders in renewal video: “We know what we need.”
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/bucs/2018/02/07/bucs-gm-jason-licht-addresses-season-ticket-holders-in-renewal-video-we-know-what-we-need/

TENNESSEE
The Tennessean: Titans coordinators Dean Pees, Matt LaFleur excited to be in Nashville
https://www.tennessean.com/story/sports/nfl/titans/2018/02/07/titans-coordinators-dean-pees-matt-lafleur-excited-nashville/315334002/

Wyatt Titans.com: Titans OC Matt LaFleur Shares Vision for Offense, Mariota
http://m.titansonline.com/news/article-4/Titans-OC-Matt-LaFleur-Shares-Vision-for-Offense-Mariota/6bdf2a28-a058-4077-b55f-745f793a20b5

Wolfe ESPN Nashville: Dean Pees says Mike Vrabel convinced him to come out of retirement
http://www.espn.com/blog/tennessee-titans/post/_/id/25526/dean-pees-on-ending-brief-ravens-retirement-his-son-following-him-to-titans

WASHINGTON
Allen Washington Post: Chris Thompson says Redskins players got ‘mixed messages’ about Kirk Cousins’s desire to stay
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dc-sports-bog/wp/2018/02/07/chris-thompson-says-redskins-players-got-mixed-messages-about-kirk-cousinss-desire-to-stay/?utm_term=.03e841d764da

Draft

Brugler NFL Draft Scout: Brugler Big Board: Nelson earns No. 1 spot
http://tsxfiles.com/blog/2018/02/06/brugler-big-board-nelson-earns-no-1-spot/

Miller B/R: 2018 NFL Mock Draft: Matt Miller's Post-Super Bowl Predictions
https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2757373-2018-nfl-mock-draft-matt-millers-post-super-bowl-predictions

Davis USA Today: 2018 NFL mock draft 2.0: First-round outlook after season
https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/draft/2018/02/05/nfl-mock-draft-2018-first-round-saquon-barkley/304864002/

QB
Cimini ESPN NY: Ex-Jet Chad Pennington shares insight on Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen
http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york-jets/post/_/id/74481/ex-jet-chad-pennington-shares-insight-on-baker-mayfield-josh-allen

RB
Pflum BBV: 2018 NFL Draft prospect profile: Akrum Wadley, RB, Iowa
https://www.bigblueview.com/2018/2/7/16984552/2018-nfl-draft-prospect-profile-akrum-wadley-rb-iowa-scouting-report-ny-giants

OL
Pflum BBV: 2018 NFL Draft prospect rankings: Top 10 offensive linemen
https://www.bigblueview.com/2018/2/5/16971094/2018-nfl-draft-prospect-rankings-top-10-offensive-linemen-ny-giants-quenton-nelson

T
Pflum BBV: 2018 NFL Draft prospect profile: Mike McGlinchey (OT, Notre Dame)
https://www.bigblueview.com/2018/2/6/16976162/2018-nfl-draft-prospect-profile-mike-mcglinchey-ot-notre-dame-scouting-report-ny-giants

History

Dunleavy NJ.com: History says don't expect Giants to try 'Philly Special': When was last NYG QB with a true reception?
http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2018/02/dont_expect_giants_to_try_philly_special_when_was.html

Tomasson Twincities.com: Norm Van Brocklin's daughter looks at the previous quarterback to win a championship for the Eagles in 1960, including his years as first Vikings head coach and his legendary feud with Fran Tarkenton.
https://www.twincities.com/2018/02/06/norm-van-brocklins-daughter-looks-back-at-eagles-championship-qb-first-vikings-coach/
Nate Solder  
Capt. Don : 2/8/2018 11:15 am : link
Quote:
“Nate Solder (unrestricted free agent): The left tackle said he wants to keep playing. Would he take another team-friendly two-year, $20 million contract? He could conceivably get $12 million annually on the open market.


If it takes $12 Million to get him then I think that is a no-brainer.
Re Raanan: The ESPN headline writer failed to comprehend  
shyster : 2/8/2018 11:43 am : link
Raanan's lead sentence.

Raanan posited five possible perspectives on NYG's SB aspirations (highest to lowest) and went with number four: "lots of work to do."

"Nowhere close", the lowest of the five tiers, wound up in the headline (as "nowhere near").
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