fearless players in the NFL before he was brave enough to talk in front of a group

For most of his life, Chancellor Whitney Mercilus Jersey avoided these pregame speeches. Even as team captain in high school, in college and during his first years in the NFL, he never once spoke in front of an entire team. There was an entire locker room ready to follow him before he was ever ready to lead. He was considered one of the most intense, fearless players in the NFL before he was brave enough to talk in front of a group.

But now, in the moments before a Monday night game against Buffalo, he approaches the team huddle in the center of the locker room. He walks past Carroll and the other coaches who always stand on the outer ring, and then past Wilson and Sherman until he reaches the middle of the circle. One player speaks before each Seahawks game, a rotating core of four or five superstars, but Matt Paradis Authentic Jersey teammates say that Chancellor’s speeches feel most akin to a religious chant. He closes his eyes. His muscles tense up. He opens his eyes and looks possessed, demanding eye contact with every player on the team.

“I make those plays, but I love it when other guys step up and make those plays and we’re spreading the ball around. That’s when we’re jelling together, when we have confidence in everybody to step up and make that play in that situation.”

Jones’ selfless attitude hasn’t gone unnoticed by his teammates.

“It’s huge when your leaders and your best players are guys that are unselfish and want to win,” quarterback Matt Ryan said of Jones on 680 The Fan. “That trickles down to the rest of the team. And there’s no better example of that for us than Julio. He is about winning games and doing everything that he can to help us win games.”

Chancellor became closer to God, and more players started praying in the locker room. He began warming up with bands around his ankles to loosen up before games, and soon half the defense was wearing those same bands. He started drinking Reliant Recovery Water, and Wilson began drinking it too.

Adrian Peterson not asked to take pay cut, DeAngelo Hall restructures and other NFL news

Adrian Peterson is due $12.75 million in 2015, but hasn’t been asked to take a pay cut to stay with the Minnesota Vikings nor has the running back asked for a trade, according to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Peterson, 29, played in just one Benny Cunningham Youth Jersey game in 2014 before an indictment for child abuse sidelined him and eventually resulted in a suspension that ended the rest of his season. The tumultuous year created talk of Peterson and the Vikings parting ways, but according to Tomasson, those talks have never been formalized.

The running back told ESPN last week that he’s “still uneasy” about a return to the team and there’s plenty of reason to believe that the Vikings would want to avoid keeping Peterson on the roster and take a $15.4 million hit against the salary cap.

Those interceptions were plenty damaging, and the Bears only won five games this past season. And that’s why his contract is so bad. The Bears signed him to a huge seven-year deal last season, and he’ll carry a cap hit of $16.5 million in 2015. He then has cap hits of $17 million, $16 million, $17 million, $20 million and $21.7 million, respectively, through the 2020 season.

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New Bears general manager Ryan Pace also addressed the quarterback situation on Wednesday, echoing Fox’s comments that the team is still evaluating Cutler, both as a player and as a person. Pace didn’t offer specifics, but added that their goal was “to maximize Brian Quick Youth Jersey our time and make thorough decisions.”

The Bears met with free agent quarterback Josh McCown Wednesday, who started five games for the team in 2013 before signing a two-year, $10 million deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2014 offseason.

Outside linebackers Bruce Irvin and Malcolm Smith also showed up

Per Pro Football Focus, Mack had an overall grade of 83.7 against the Texans, with a sack, a QB hit and five hurries plus two run stops. Mack, who has a team-leading eight sacks on the season, has a season grade of 90.8, second in the NFL among edge-rushers, and his 54 total pressures is third overall.

But he was not the only Jim Brown Womens Jersey player on the Raiders’ defense to step out. Outside linebackers Bruce Irvin and Malcolm Smith also showed up.

Irvin said it might have been his best game as a pro, and PFF gave him an overall grade of 79.2 after he had a sack and three hurries with four stops in the run game and 10 total tackles.

“Just a complete game for him, just being a total package football player,” defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. said of Irvin. “Coming into the league, he may have been detailed as a finesse-type player. He’s really rugged now. He’s really strong, really smart, really confident. He can play sideline to sideline. He can rush the passer. He can drop into coverage. He can knock tight ends off the line. He can cover tight ends. He can do all this stuff.

In his past four games, Bryant has 22 catches for 400 yards and four touchdowns. Bryant feels like it could have been more. He turned around Norman on a deep route in the first half, but Prescott did not see the play develop.

“Man, he got lucky, put it that way,” Bryant said.

In the past, Bryant would have been thrown off his game by Joe Haden Womens Jersey Norman. He would have made it about him. Maybe he would have exhausted himself so much he would have needed intravenous fluids. Maybe he would have been drawn into a penalty or two.

“You are going to play against certain guys that are going to try to get you off your game and distract you,” coach Jason Garrett said. “I keep using the word focus, but I thought he was focused throughout this ballgame. He was locked in on what he needed to do to have success. When the opportunities were there, he cashed in on them and made a lot of big plays.”

Darrelle Revis made the right decision

I spent about five hours yesterday trying to wrap my head around the Sam Bradford-Nick Foles trade (two hours just trying to figure out the conditional pick). It was kind of a relief when the Darrelle Revis news broke. An old fashioned, straight-forward big money free agent signing.

The Jets, John Idzik Art Shell Authentic Jersey specifically, got crucified for not doing enough, not spending enough. Trading Revis to the Buccaneers and then watching him go to the Patriots, the eventual Super Bowl champs, became the impresa for a team trudging toward irrelevancy.

“Really I was in awe,” Jones said after the game. “I was very disappointed, but I was in awe of RG3. The plays that he was making — they made some great catches, they made some great plays. It was unbelievable the plays they were making.”

The 28-year-old has consistently Austin Howard Authentic Jersey moved up the all-time passing list over the past two seasons, having passed Hall of Famers Terry Bradshaw, Ken Stabler and Joe Namath earlier this season.

He also moved up the all-time passing touchdowns leaderboard in the first half against Minnesota. With a 2-yard pass to Anquan Boldin, he threw his 182nd touchdown, placing him in a tie with Steve Grogan for No. 52 all time. The play was also the 80th touchdown catch of Boldin’s career.

It was also Stafford’s 15th touchdown pass on Thanksgiving, setting a franchise record.

Four years is a lifetime in the NFL. Sustained success is the mark of excellence.

“They’re such a key part of our success in what they do. I really don’t think anybody looks at them as rookies,” Jason Witten said. “Not just by their play, but just how they go about it. They love ball. You’re now 10 weeks into it. I mean, that’s a long time. And they have the ball in their hands at key times in games. I don’t think anybody looks at them as rookies, playing really well for us.”

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has advocated that the NFL install

The RFID chip could tell us where the ball is at any given point in time, but we wouldn’t necessarily know where it was when the player was down. To do that, as one source described to me, the NFL would have to put chips in each player’s knee and elbow pads — at least — to be able to coordinate locations.

Since the start of Week 6, Kaepernick has rushed for 52 yards per game, 28.1 percent of the 49ers’ rushing total, both best among quarterbacks during this stretch. With 34.4 percent of his fantasy production coming from the ground and a respectable Luke Bowanko Authentic Jersey clip of 228.8 passing yards per game since assuming starting duties in Week 6, Kaepernick is 10th among quarterbacks in fantasy points per game as San Francisco’s starter.

In August, Arians was rushed to a San Diego hospital before a Cardinals preseason game against the San Diego Chargers, thinking he had a kidney stone. The Cardinals said Arians was suffering from complications from diverticulitis, an inflammation in the colon.

He spent the night in the hospital and was released the next morning.

Arians’ health has been an issue throughout his career.

He gained 33 pounds during his first season in Arizona but lost about 15 in the first two Luke Joeckel Authentic Jersey months after the season. He began walking before practices during the 2013 season but hasn’t been seen doing that in a couple of seasons.

Before his time with the Cardinals, Arians was hospitalized before an Indianapolis Colts wild-card game against the Baltimore Ravens in 2013 because of an ear infection.

He also underwent surgery for prostate cancer in 2007 while with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

When he was the head coach at Temple, Arians said he was hospitalized for migraines, sometimes up to twice a week. He said the migraines stopped as soon as he was fired from Temple in 1988.

Ex-Lions QB on going 0-16: ‘I don’t wish that on anybody’

BEREA, Ohio — Quarterback Drew Stanton knows what it means to go through a winless season.

“I don’t wish that on anybody,” said Stanton, a member Adam Henrique Authentic Jersey of the 2008 Detroit Lions, the only 0-16 team in NFL history.

In 2009, the St. Louis Rams went 1-15. The team the Rams beat? Detroit. After the game, Stanton crossed paths with a former teammate from Michigan State, Cliff Ryan.

“I told him, ‘I’m so happy for you guys,'” Stanton said. “‘Usually I can never accept losing, but the fact that you guys don’t have to worry about going 0-16 makes it that much better for you guys.'”

Stanton now plays for the Arizona Cardinals, who Andy Greene Authentic Jersey went to the NFC Championship Game last season. Cliff Avril, another former Lion, now plays for the Seattle Seahawks. Both are well aware of the Browns’ 0-10 record.

Theismann later told the New York Times in a 2005 interview: “The pain was unbelievable, it snapped like a breadstick. It sounded like two muzzled gunshots off my left shoulder. Pow, pow! It was at that point, I also found out what a magnificent machine the human body is. Almost immediately, from the knee down, all the feeling was gone in my right leg. The endorphins had kicked in, and I was not in pain.”

“I’m not happy at where they are,” former Colts center and current ESPN analyst Jeff Saturday said. “You can’t lay it all on Andrew Luck. They have to do things around him. He’s so valuable that he’s counted on to do everything right. It’s not that he hasn’t made mistakes, because he has. But you’re putting it on him every week to make something happen, and it’s one of those deals where other areas of the football team are going to have to step up and meet that same level of performance and play if they want to be consistently in the playoff hunt and the championship hunt.”

The expectations for the Colts likely wouldn’t be what they are had they not been successful from the start. They set the bar by winning 33 regular-season games, reaching the playoffs three straight seasons and going undefeated in the AFC South in back-to-back seasons during their first three years with Luck.

Angels’ Mike Trout named AL MVP for second time in his career

Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels has been named the American League MVP.

The only players to post a higher WAR at age 23 than the Red Sox right fielder? Willie Mays, Ted Williams, Ty Cobb, Eddie Collins and Cal Ripken Jr.

Trout received 19 first-place votes and 356 points, while the runner-up Betts received 311 points. Retiring Red Sox slugger David Ortiz got one first-place vote to finish sixth in his final year in the majors.

Retained from Chip Hale’s staff are hitting coach Dave Magadan, pitching coach Mike Butcher, first-base coach Dave McKay and Ariel Prieto as coach/interpreter.

This time, Trout beat out Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox and Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros to become the first player to finish in the top two in MVP voting in five consecutive seasons.

Still, recent precedent suggested Betts would win the award after his Red Sox finished 93-69 and won the AL East. Of the 20 MVP winners from 2006 to 2015, 17 played on playoff teams. Was Trout the right choice? There is no right choice. This Chris Doleman Authentic Womens Jersey debate is as much about philosophy as it is numbers. All three finalists are great players, and we wouldn’t care much about who wins if it just went to the player with the highest WAR. Which, of course, was Trout:

There are Betts supporters who will argue that WAR doesn’t tell the whole story, that, for example, because the Red Sox won more games, Betts must have contributed more in those wins.

There is a statistic called win probability added that we can bring in here. Some analysts like it, some think it’s mostly a junk stat. I think Chuck Foreman Authentic Womens Jersey it just adds another piece to the puzzle. WPA looks at each plate appearance and credits or debits the player for how much his team’s win expectancy in the game changes based on the outcome of that plate appearance. A home run in the eighth inning with the score tied changes the odds of winning much more than a home run in the eighth inning of a 9-1 game.

Mike Evans ends anti-Trump protest of national anthem, will stand with Bucs teammates

Mike Evans has reversed course on his decision to protest the national anthem “as long as Donald Trump is president-elect” and will stand with his Tampa Bay Buccaneers teammates, opting to find what he calls “more effective ways” to communicate his message.

In a statement released Tuesday to ESPN’s Josina Anderson and the Tampa Bay Times, Evans apologized to the military and anyone else offended by his actions Sunday, when he sat during the national anthem before the Buccaneers’ game against the Chicago Bears.

And his family can notice a Dan Carpenter Authentic Jersey difference in the now-retired Johnson. Besides exuding a high level of charm throughout his Dancing with the Stars season, he has smiled more in three months than he seemed to throughout the last three seasons of his NFL career.

“Since he retired, he’s happier,” said his sister, Elan Johnson.

While competing on Dancing with the Stars, Johnson Doug Flutie Authentic Jersey said he has learned a valuable lesson: He can do anything in life, considering he had never really danced before going on the show in August. When it was announced he was going to be on the show, Johnson’s former teammates criticized his ability to not dance.

Now, he reached the semifinals on live national television.

“Just because I retired from football, it doesn’t mean I’m retired in life,” Johnson said in the pre-taped package before his first dance. “I still have a lot of things that I want to do.”

What’s next for Johnson is unclear. This was his first major foray after retirement besides getting married this past summer and working with his foundation while running his camp.

In the semifinals, Johnson and his partner, Lindsay Arnold, danced a tango to Seven Nation Army, with Johnson in black pants and a black shirt with a red vest. During the dance, he showed his extreme athletic ability with a high kick.

“I have very strong emotions regarding some of the many issues that exist in our society today. I chose to sit as an expression of my frustration towards this year’s election. It was very personal for me, as it was for so many Americans.

A ‘Moneyball’ approach for the Browns might not work in the NFL

While Cleveland Browns executive Paul DePodesta was waiting in line to head home from the NFL Combine, he says he heard several of his peers openly mocking him. Given the initial resistance that met the analytics movement in Major League Baseball, DePodesta is used to skepticism. But in the NFL, it will be more difficult for him to prove his doubters wrong.

Many of the NFL’s most prominent names, including Troy Aikman, Terry Bradshaw, Adrian Peterson, Kurt Warner and Brett Favre, have all said that they wouldn’t let their sons play football. LeBron James echoed the sentiment and even President Barack Obama Taj Gibson Authentic Jersey told The New Yorker that if he had a son, he wouldn’t let him play pro football.

Arians, 63, earned a label as one of the NFL’s more progressive coaches when he hired Jen Welter as a training camp intern last summer, making her the first female coach in league history.

On Friday, he told high school coaches that teaching better tackling is the way to decrease concussions and battle the stigma associated with football:

“Our job is to make sure the game is safe, at all levels,” Arians said. “The head really has no business being in the game. There’s a lot of different teachers, but when I was taught how to tackle, and block, it was on a two-man sled, and you did Toni Kukoc Authentic Jersey it with your shoulder pads. That’s still the best way to do it. There’s really isn’t any place for your face in the game. I would beg all of you to continue to learn more about what they’re now calling rugby style tackling. I thought it was f—— football myself.”

With Lynch off the board, the Jets turn to improving a subpar pass rush. Spence can pressure the pocket with either his hand in the dirt or standing up near the line of scrimmage. His play implies that he’s worth a higher pick than No. 20 overall, but his off-field issues may ding him in the draft.

The consideration here was an Alabama player, either Robinson or linebacker Reggie Ragland. Robinson is the choice, though, simply because he’s the better player. He can pack a wallop playing end in Washington’s defense because of his power and underrated athleticism.

Bucannon said the military influence came in his punishments

Teachers tried to talk to Bucannon, but he said it was difficult because they couldn’t grasp the type of emotions he was experiencing. So Bucannon turned to his father, and Duane became Deone’s sounding board. And when Bucannon wasn’t talking to his dad about his mom, he was praying for her.

More than 10 years after she returned from Iraq, Bucannon hasn’t talked to his mother about her year in the Middle East. He can’t.

“I was hoping it didn’t Greg Jennings Authentic Jersey get too volatile out there,” he said. “I never really asked her about it. I don’t think that’s something someone would want to talk about it.

“But shoot, she’s the best mom a guy can have.”

Bucannon said his father also was also deployed for “a couple things.” And as with his mother, Bucannon didn’t talk to his father about it.

“They take pride in being in the military and things like that,” Bucannon said. “But I’d rather go on the positive sides of that.”

“Because I feel like there’s a large body of water we haven’t discovered,” Hayes said. “We find different species in the water every day, so, who’s to say that a mermaid can’t be down there?”

All hope in convincing Hayes about dinosaurs was lost when they encountered the fossils of an animal Kimmel believed to be an anteater, only Harrison Smith Authentic Jersey to be told it was the ancient ancestor of a whale or a dolphin. A man in a T. rex outfit jumped out to scare Hayes, which only wound up confusing him. It just wasn’t working.

Kimmel found out about Hayes’ outlandish beliefs through HBO’s “Hard Knocks” and declared on one of his previous shows that he would someday take Hayes on a field trip.

When their long-awaited day was finished, Kimmel asked Hayes if his mind had been changed.

“Absolutely it has,” Hayes said. “It changed my mind that mermaids aren’t just in the water; they could be on land. … My search for Ariel has intensified even more now.”