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Ryan credits Texans offensive line coach Mike Devlin for introducing some of the more exotic schemes. Devlin helped design similar plays for the Jets, when he was working under Ryan.
EXTRA WATTAGE: Though Watt gets the most credit for the Texans' defensive resurgence, he's not doing it alone. Linebacker Brian Cushing leads the team with 84 tackles, and linebacker Whitney Mercilus has 4 1/2 sacks in his past four games. The secondary has combined for five interceptions during the winning streak.
"I believe in this team. I believe in what we're capable of doing," Graham said. "We know what it takes. We know what's at stake. We know what we've got to do."
Hopkins, who at 23 is a year older, refers to Watkins as "my little bro," and has had the distinct edge. Hopkins ranks third in the NFL with 1,Nike Air Max 1 Mens Trainers,081 yards receiving, and has nine touchdowns. Watkins, who has missed two games due to injuries, is 48th with 526 yards, and has five TDs.
BANGED-UP: Though DE Mario Williams is expected to return after missing one game with a foot injury, the Bills will be minus a number of defensive regulars.
Buffalo has lost two straight and four of six. Injuries are piling up. And so are questions about the porous performance of coach Rex Ryan's prized defense, which is playing well below its high-priced expectations.
Chris Polk, Jonathan Grimes and Akeem Hunt have all pitched in, and Houston has also unveiled a wildcat formation featuring receiver Cecil Shorts.
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Watt has been a difference maker over the past month,Air Max 97 Silver Bullet Uk. He has 9 1/2 of his NFL-leading 13 1/2 sacks in the past five games.
Tackle Kyle Williams (left knee) and his backup Alex Carrington (quadriceps) were placed on season-ending injured reserve this week. Linebacker Nigel Bradham is out with a sprained right ankle. And safety Aaron Williams still isn't cleared to return from a neck injury.
Some things to watch for as Houston attempts to beat Buffalo for a fourth straight time:
Watkins joked Hopkins is playing so well he can't help but keep track of his former teammate.
End J.J. Watt is leading a defense that's allowed two touchdowns and 35 points in its past four games. And quarterback Brian Hoyer has been efficient in managing an offense led by star receiver DeAndre Hopkins.
They'll have to do it against an opponent who has won four straight and moved into a tie with Indianapolis atop the AFC South.
Beating the surging Houston Texans (6-5) on Sunday would be a start for Buffalo (5-6), which has run out of room for error in mounting any realistic bid to end the NFL's longest active playoff drought at 15 seasons.
GROUP EFFORT: Texans running back Alfred Blue has started all four games since star Arian Foster suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon injury. But he's far from the only one getting carries. Since Foster was injured, four other players have helped Blue carry the rushing load.
"I have no choice," Watkins said. "I see him on Sports Center like every week."
"I'm not admitting defeat by any stretch of the imagination. We have some opportunity," Ryan said. "And clearly right now, in my opinion, we can win the rest of them. But we're also a team that could lose them all."
Coach Ryan still isn't sure what to make of Buffalo.
The Bills,Air Max 97 White, by comparison, have just 16 sacks all season â€” a considerable drop-off after they led the NFL with 54 last year.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) â€” Inconsistent as the Buffalo Bills have been, safety Corey Graham sees no reason why they can't finally get on a roll to make a late-season playoff push.
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"Sometimes when you're backed into a corner, you see what people are made of," Graham said. "It's time for us to fight."
"People can try and look at it like it was some sort of overnight switch from five weeks ago," said Watt of Houston's turnaround. "But it's really been a day-to-day process to make this happen. And it's going to continue to be a day-to-day process."
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"Standing on the sideline across from him, to me,Nike Air Max 1 Mens Shoe, it was obviously Brady's team and he had to share time with this freshman," Brees recalled. "Yet, his approach and his discipline during that time â€” he played at such a high level, but he just worried about what he controlled. ... By the end of the season, they just flat out gave the starting spot to Brady and they played lights out.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) â€” Brady, Brees and Bono. How's that for a middle-aged power trio?
"That probably shaped and molded a lot about him â€” a little bit of a chip on his shoulder, which has obviously served him well, a mental discipline and a mental toughness that's unmatched."
They also hope their careers are nowhere near over, particularly after last season, when Brees led the NFL in yards passing. Brady led the Patriots to a fifth Super Bowl title.
For many football fans in New Orleans, U2's latest Superdome show Thursday night served as an apt prelude to a game featuring two quarterbacks who are not only among the most accomplished in NFL history,Nike Shox Clearance, but who can actually remember when "The Joshua Tree" album came out in 1987.
Similarly, Brady noted that the Patriots "played very poorly in the fourth quarter" of a season-opening loss to Kansas City.
The Saints presented the band with a football signed by Brees and coach Sean Payton. U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr. wore a T-shirt with "Saints" printed on the back, and the crowd roared when it was shown on the big screen. U2 also played riffs of "The Saints Are Coming" â€” which they'd also performed with Green Day at the dome's '06 reopening â€” as Saints-style fleur-de-lis symbols scrolled up the expansive screen behind the stage.
SUSTAINED PRODUCTION: Brady and Brees have combined for staggering passing numbers: 128,251 yards and 922 TDs. Brees stands third in NFL history with 66,402 yards and 466 TDs, and Brady fourth with 61,849 yards and 456 TDs. Brady's 208 career wins as a starter, including playoffs, rank first in NFL history.
RUN SUPPORT: Both teams were disappointed by their running games last week,Air Max 97 Silver Womens, particularly in light of key free-agent signings: Adrian Peterson with the Saints and Mike Gillislee with New England. Gillislee had three touchdowns in his debut, but it was largely a footnote as New England's ground game was ineffective in the second half against the Chiefs. Still, that compared favorably to Peterson, who played just nine offensive snaps, gaining only 18 yards on six carries â€” and giving Payton a glare on the sideline. "I didn't sign up for nine snaps," Peterson said. "Unfortunately, that's the way the game played out."
Here are some things to know about the Patriots-Saints matchup:
This week, they must "be the kind of players that our teammates can depend on and try to go get a win at a very tough place to play," Brady said.
"It is very important. It is our home opener and we want to get everybody back on track," Brees said. "Obviously, there's a lot of things to correct."
U2 played when the renovated Superdome reopened a year after Hurricane Katrina for the Saints' triumphant 2006 home opener . They also played halftime of Brady and the Patriots' maiden Super Bowl victory in the Big Easy in 2002.
"I have so much respect for Drew and what he's accomplished," Brady said. "Playing against him for a long time; I know the challenges a Drew Brees-led team presents. We've got our work cut out for us."
Now 40, Brady and Brees, 38,Air Max 97 Undefeated Black, come in highly motivated to help their clubs recover from Week 1 losses.
HOME COOKING: The game brings Brandin Cooks back to New Orleans, where he was a 2014 first-round pick and played his first three seasons. Brady said he's glad Cooks is on his side now. "He's pretty unique,Womens Nike Air Max 270 Coral Stardust Shoes," Brady said. "His maturity is probably what surprised me the most. ... He wants to do extra. He wants to know what I'm thinking. He just wants to do the right thing all of the time."
Brees recalled how Brady, then a senior, had to share snaps with Drew Henson in the midseason game.
Brady said it was "pretty cool," some 18 years after that college meeting, to play the latest of several games against Brees.
ROOM FOR ERROR: While one team will drop to 0-2, recent NFL history suggests neither team should be in panic mode. Since realignment in 2002, 108 of the 180 playoff teams (60 percent) opened 1-1 or 0-2.
MUTUAL ADMIRATION: Brees said he's admired Brady since he first played against him in college before the turn of the century â€” a 1999 victory for Brady's Michigan over Brees' Purdue.
"I'd say we probably both have the mindset that we want to change the norm of what is possible in regards to how long a guy can play and the level that they can play at," Brees said.
When New England quarterback Tom Brady and his prolific New Orleans counterpart, Drew Brees, take the Superdome field on Sunday, it'll be just days after U2's concert. Seems fitting, given the association the Irish rockers had with key moments for both franchises in that stadium.
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CLEVELAND (AP) â€” There's nothing Joe Thomas hasn't experienced during a stormy decade with the Cleveland Browns.
While his players get away, Jackson planned to work through the break, determined to get a victory over the final four weeks. He'll have starting quarterback Robert Griffin back after the bye â€” he's been out since Week 1 â€” and RG3's return could infuse some life into an offense that has produced just 39 points in the past four games.
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The Haslams have already fired three coaches â€” Pat Shurmur, Rob Chudzinski and Mike Pettine â€” since taking over the team in 2012.
"How we're going to fix it is together. We have to do it brick by brick and step by step. I know we are in the midst of doing that."
"I do see some progress even though, obviously, no wins this year is disappointing," said Thomas, the eighth player to be selected to the Pro Bowl in his first nine seasons. "But definitely the ship is headed in the right direction."
And that's staring Thomas in the facemask.
"Being 0-12 is hard on anybody. That's hard, period. I don't like to lose, and I don't like being in this situation, but I know we are going to fix it.
"Hue has been exceptional," Thomas said, noting Jackson's ability to motivate,Nike Air Max Zero Black, his football I.Q. and steadiness.
To Jackson's credit, the Browns are still playing hard despite being outmanned.
Thomas has been fooled before. The 2016 season reminds him of 2013,Air Max 97, when coach Rob Chudzinski was let go after just one year following the finale at Pittsburgh.
Jackson was dealt a dreadful hand, but Thomas, who has never missed a snap as a pro and played on a damaged right knee this season, has been impressed by the way his sixth coach in 10 years has persevered.
"The optimism and positivity and the effort you still see out there on a daily basis is because everybody here knows we're working for something down the line in the future and it's not going to get destroyed at the end of the season."
Three years later, the Browns, who will face Cincinnati, Buffalo and San Diego the next three weeks, will finish up on the road against the Steelers again. Only this time Thomas feels the end of another demoralizing season represents a beginning.
Only five teams have started 0-13 since the 1970 merger, and the Browns are desperately trying to avoid moving into the 0-16 basement as roommates with the 2008 Detroit Lions.
Thomas said that fight-to-the-finish mentality is due to a belief among the players that the extensive building project, though unfinished, will not include any more demolition.
"Some of the years past when you're sitting in this situation with a poor record, the coach is imminently going to get fired, all the players on the team are going to get cut and traded and released and there's a bomb that's going to get dropped on the organization," said Thomas, who has had just one winning season in Cleveland.
The man has seen it all. Everything, except a 0-16 season.
But as the Browns (0-12), first-year coach Hue Jackson and his staff mercifully reached their bye week just four losses from infamy and shame, Thomas believes things aren't as bad in Cleveland as they may look.
There are no signs Jackson's job is in jeopardy. In fact, Jackson, who became emotional when describing the difficulty of this season following Sunday's loss to the New York Giants, said he has assurances from owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam that he's not in trouble.
The Titanic's captain muttered the same thing before clipping the iceberg, but Thomas is convinced Cleveland will emerge from these dark days â€” the dimmest in the team's 66-year-history,Nike Air Max 2018, worse even than the 1999 expansion season â€” into a bright future.
"I have trust in the people who hired me," said Jackson, adding he asked for guarantees before taking the job in January.
"There's a lot still for this team to play for in that regard because we do know these coaches are going to be here,Nike Vapor Max Plus Triple Black," he said. "A lot of these players are going to be here. So this is our opportunity to start building for next year."
"I'm not distracted by what my fate will be because I never would have taken this job if I thought it was going to be anything other than me being here and seeing this through.
It's been another one of those years for the Browns, who have lost at least 10 games in eight of the past nine seasons.
Amid the firings, the hirings, the draft busts, the regime changes, the mistakes, the quarterback conundrum, the losses and, oh yes, Johnny Football, Thomas, a once-in-a-generation left tackle, has personified class and cornerstone consistency while the franchise that selected him with the third overall pick in 2007 has wandered aimlessly as an NFL laughingstock.
"I thought 'No way are they going to fire him. That would be idiotic,'" he said. "I couldn't believe it. But we did, and that's the way it was, I guess. That was the most shocked I've even been."
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Right guard Andrew Tiller, who has started the past two games, credits Draughn for his contributions picking up blitzes.
"I'm grateful for the opportunity that I'm getting," Draughn said.
"It makes it easy when you have the type of guys that we have in this locker room. It's about football, but we have guys that are more like brothers in the locker room," he said. "I would love to be here. It's a great place, like I said. It's a group of guys that I could definitely see myself being around for years to come."
NOTES: LB Ahmad Brooks said he is symptom-free from a concussion that kept him out of last week's loss to Arizona. He took a hit in the fourth quarter at Seattle on Nov. 22 and immediately had a headache that lasted three days.
"We're fortunate to have him," quarterback Blaine Gabbert said Wednesday. "For him to step in and start pretty much from Day 1 going into a game, having only been here for four weeks and starting the last three weeks ... it's been a tremendous asset to this offense and this team."
"I'm just humbled,Nike Air Max Shoes For Women," Draughn said. "I just want to go out there and show my teammates, show the fans and show the organization that I'm here to work and do whatever it takes to win. I'm here for the guys and I'm going to give it my all when I go out there. Regardless of whether I'm starting or not, that's just the type of player I am."
Starter Carlos Hyde missed his fourth straight game last week against first-place Arizona with a stress fracture in his left foot, while Reggie Bush was already lost for the season after he slipped on the concrete at St. Louis on Nov. 1 and required knee surgery.
Draughn has also been with Kansas City, Baltimore and Indianapolis.
Draughn will face two of his former organizations in the next two weeks, this Sunday at Chicago and the following week in Cleveland.
Draughn, who turns 28 on Monday, has 43 carries for 146 yards and 259 total yards in three games since San Francisco acquired him.
He played in five games for Cleveland this year before being let go Oct. 20. In 2014, he moved around even more: Two games with Chicago,Undefeated Air Max 97 Australia, four for San Diego and four with the Browns.
San Francisco signed Draughn the next day, Nov. 2, and he has now played in games for six teams since joining Washington as an undrafted free agent in late July 2011, a few days after the lockout lifted.
For Draughn, this December stretch is important to show what he can do to land a job next season â€” he hopes to stick right here where he already feels at home.
Now with his eighth organization in five years, he is suddenly a featured back, called upon to fill a void in San Francisco's injury-riddled backfield.
He rushed for 2,Nike Air Vapor Max Flyknit On Sale,070 yards and 10 touchdowns to go with 50 catches for 268 yards and a TD in 44 games during his college career for North Carolina.
Draughn has been reliable without the ball, too.
Draughn, 5-foot-11 and 205 pounds, has gone through so many franchises he wasn't sure when his chance would come.
"He just sticks his face up in there," Tiller said. "He doesn't care who is blitzing. He's going to put his hat in there and pick up that block. Shaun runs hard. I like Shaun back there. He's a good back. I feel like he's getting into a groove. He's got our trust up front."
Draughn can barely believe it.
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SANTA CLARA,Air Max 97 Buy Online, Calif. (AP) â€” In a year of sweeping changes for the San Francisco 49ers, few could have envisioned journeyman running back Shaun Draughn leading the way in the ground game down the stretch this season.
After all of those switches, he's a featured back at last.
"That's the thing that I feel like I've been missing," Draughn said. "Other teams didn't give me this shot, but the 49ers did and I was definitely going to take it and run like a wild man when I got the chance. It's a blessing to be in this position."
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The NBA on Friday joined the NFL in suggesting that Texas will be overlooked for future big events if lawmakers pass a bill requiring people to use bathrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificate.
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WASHINGTON (AP) â€” A group of NFL players is on Capitol Hill to discuss ways to improve relations between police and the communities that they serve,Cheap Nike Shox Shoes.
A spokeswoman for Boldin says the players are here to find out what they can do,Jerseys From China.
Anquan Boldin,Cheap Nike Air Max 97 Shoes For Women, a Detroit Lions wide receiver, organized the meetings. Boldin earlier this year received the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year award for his off-the-field volunteer and charity work.
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The players met Tuesday morning with members of the Congressional Black Caucus and Rep. Patrick Murphy, a Florida Democrat. They're also scheduled to meet with House Speaker Paul Ryan's staff and Rep. Daniel Webster,Cheap Jerseys From China, a Florida Republican.
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"It's generic things that spread quarterbacks coming out of college have to get over that learning curve," Boykin said.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) â€” Trevon Boykin and Vernon Adams are getting a chance this weekend to pull off their best Russell Wilson impersonation.
"He told me he watched a couple of my games. I told him I watched more than enough of your games," Boykin said with a chuckle. "I told him I was going stay in his hip pocket and just soak up everything he has to give me."
"It probably had some effect. But like I said I've moved forward, pushed past it," Boykin said. "I'm surrounding myself with better people. I'm doing better things."
They're now on the field together and competing for a chance to be developed as Wilson's backup. Boykin said he ran into Wilson at the Seahawks facility on Thursday as the rookies were arriving,Discount Football Jerseys.
Their similarities to Seattle's starting quarterback are a big reason why both are part of the Seahawks rookie minicamp that started Friday.
"It gives us a chance if it works out â€” we still have a long way to go â€” but if it works out to maintain continuity with one of the backups," Carroll said. "Tarvaris has been a fantastic kid for us over the years but they're not in the same style (as Wilson)."
But it's hard not to notice Adams' production when he was healthy. Adams threw for 21 touchdowns and four interceptions in the final four games of the regular season last year for Oregon. He threw for 55 touchdowns as a sophomore at Eastern Washington and 35 touchdowns the following season,Cheap Air Max 90 Men Shoes.
Backup quarterback is one of the big remaining questions for Seattle this offseason. Veteran Tarvaris Jackson has served as Wilson's backup for the past three seasons but is a free agent and while Seattle would like to bring Jackson back,Air Max 97 Silver Bullet For Sale, it is also looking at other options.
Boykin said his offers were from Seattle and Dallas, but he wanted the opportunity to play for Carroll and with Wilson.
Boykin had 40 total touchdowns his senior season at TCU â€” 31 passing, nine rushing â€” and was considered a Heisman Trophy candidate at one point during the season before fading late. He said he believes his draft stock took a hit after his arrest two days before TCU won the Alamo Bowl. He was out on the famed River Walk after the team's curfew in the early morning hours on Dec. 31 when he was allegedly heckled at a bar and ended up being subdued by authorities who said they had to threaten the quarterback with a Taser.
Coach Pete Carroll said the Seahawks targeted Boykin and Adams for this weekend because of their skills that are similar to Wilson's. But Seattle clearly sees a bit more of a future in Boykin, who was signed as an undrafted free agent.
NOTES: Carroll said Seattle intends to have first-round pick Germain Ifedi play at right guard with the idea he could switch to right tackle. The Seahawks plan to have veteran J'Marcus Webb at tackle for now. ... Nine of 10 Seattle draft picks have signed. The only unsigned player is RB Zac Brooks, a seventh-round pick.
While Boykin was forced to watch the Alamo Bowl as a spectator,Wholesale Jerseys, Adams was leading Oregon to a 28-0 lead before leaving the game with an injury. TCU rallied from a 31-0 deficit to beat Oregon in triple overtime.
Adams has more to prove than Boykin. He's shorter. He has a unique throwing motion. And he was tested only one year at the highest level of college football, transferring from Eastern Washington to Oregon for his final season.
For both Boykin and Adams, the little things about playing quarterback in Seattle's system are the toughest to pick up. Calling plays in the huddle. Taking a snap from under center. They were tasks that seem so mundane for a quarterback to learn, but with the proliferation of spread offenses in the college game,Air Max 1 Atmos, they are skills that are becoming somewhat rare to find.
Adams is with Seattle simply on a tryout basis.
Adams said his only tryout offers were from Seattle and Washington.
"It's an honor to be compared to somebody as great as Russell Wilson. ... I just embrace it and watch film on him and model my game after him a little bit," Adams said.
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The Cowboys' longest losing streak since 1989 reached seven games Sunday when Jameis Winston scored on a 1-yard quarterback keeper with 54 seconds remaining,Cheap Air Jordan Shoes, lifting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 10-6 victory.
With Vincent Jackson out for the third consecutive game with a knee injury, Evans had eight receptions for 126 yards.
TAMPA, Fla,Air Max 98 Gundam 2018, (AP) â€” The Dallas Cowboys remain winless without Tony Romo.
Romo has been out with a broken left collarbone. The star quarterback could return next week at Miami.
The Cowboys (2-7) reached the Tampa Bay 44 following the kickoff after the Winston score, but Cassel's throw to the end zone was intercepted by Bradley McDougald after the Tampa Bay safety appeared to give Dez Bryant a slight shove in the back.
Winston completed 22 of 39 passes for 264 yards, including a 17-yard throw to Brandon Myers to help get the Bucs into position to win. On third-and-goal from the 5, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound quarterback scrambled up the middle and dived for the end zone, losing the ball before crossing the goal line.
Cassel was 19 of 31 for 186 yards and one interception.
"Obviously to a man, we're all disappointed," Cassel said. "We keep saying that we're going to get this thing turned around, and we truly believe it. Unfortunately we keep getting in these tight games we're not able to finish."
Winston shrugged off two interceptions â€” the first he had thrown in a month â€” and benefited from a defensive holding call that wiped out his goal-line fumble on the play before he faked a handoff to Doug Martin before circling around the right end all alone.
But safety Jeff Heath, who had two interceptions, was flagged for holding receiver Mike Evans in the end zone. Winston scored his fourth rushing TD of the season on the next play.
"I think we just have to look at how we deal with these losses," Jones said. "How you address that loss. You all saw it. We weren't able to make the plays. To their credit,2018 World Cup Russia Jerseys, they make the play at the end."
"The touchdown was magical, man," Winston said.
Matt Cassel is 0-4 and Brandon Weeden is winless in three starts in the Cowboys' longest slide since they also lost seven straight on the way to a 1-15 finish. Dallas owner Jerry Jones said the skid hasn't changed his mind about having Romo play as soon as next weekend.
Bryant argued for a pass interference call to no avail.
"Tony has had a good couple of weeks of practice with us," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "We anticipate him being able to practice this week."
The Bucs (4-5) drove 56 yards in nine plays for the winning score.
NOTES: Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne left with a hamstring injury. "It can't be that good ... I didn't finish the game," Claiborne said. He will have an MRI exam Monday. ... Dallas had just 216 offensive yards and 12 first downs. ... Cowboys DE Greg Hardy had one solo tackle.
Bryant had five catches for 45 yards for Dallas, which was limited to field goals of 42 and 53 yards in the first half. Dan Bailey also missed a 48-yarder in the second quarter.
"It's in the long-term best interest, if of course he's ready, to play this week,Nike Air Max 2018 Mens Shoes," Jones said. "It's in our long-term best interest to go out there and try to win a ballgame."
"We're not finishing games,Nike Air Max Tn Ultra Plus," Dallas defensive end Jeremy Mincey said. "I don't know (why). It's definitely a head scratcher. Definitely a disappointing loss. It was right there. We held them to three until the last three minutes or so. It's just frustrating."
After throwing four interceptions and losing a fumble during a 14-point loss to Carolina on Oct. 4, Winston went four straight games without a turnover. Heath's interception in the second quarter, stopping a drive that reached the Dallas 26, ended the rookie's streak of 134 consecutive passes without a pick.
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Gaines' familiarity with third-year defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' schemes has been a boost to his preparation, and he's eager to show everything he learned to the Rams' new fans at the Coliseum, which was packed for the home opener last month.
Gaines played in his first game since Dec. 21, 2014, last Sunday as the Rams rallied to beat the Arizona Cardinals, 17-13. The third-year pro missed all of last season with a foot injury, and a thigh injury kept him out of the first three games of their homecoming season in Los Angeles.
"For me, it'll be exciting to get out there in front of the home (crowd) and try to make some plays," Gaines said. "For this football team,Jordan Shoes For Sale Cheap, it's exciting to get two road wins and come back home. Hopefully the stands will be rocking and the fans will be ready for us to come back home."
The Rams' move to the West Coast uprooted Gaines, a born-and-raised Missourian from Independence who played four seasons at the University of Missouri before the Rams drafted him in 2014. The sixth-round pick immediately earned a key role in the Rams' secondary,Adidas Nmd r1 Pink, starting 15 games and making 70 tackles with two interceptions and 14 pass breakups as a rookie.
"If that's me starting or me not starting, if it's special teams or whatever, just getting out there with the defense, it's a feeling I haven't felt for a while," Gaines said. "But I'm excited to do it."
The Rams instead put veteran journeyman Troy Hill in the starting lineup for the past two games, but Gaines entered the game in Arizona in the second quarter as a slot defensive back. He eventually slid into the key job on the outside of Los Angeles' defense.
If Gaines reclaims the starting job that he improbably won in 2014 as a rookie,Undefeated Air Max 97 Australia, he will be happy â€” but the real thrill is just running onto the Coliseum field for the first time.
Gaines got back into the game rhythms gradually, but he appeared to fit in flawlessly on a defense that hasn't actually changed extensively since late 2014. The Rams, who forced five turnovers by the Cardinals, still have a dominant front seven, including a defensive line that helps the secondary in multiple ways.
"I think just getting after the quarterback, pushing the pocket back and then trying to make plays on the outside in the secondary, and that's what we need," Gaines said.
While Gaines' return was uncertain this summer,Cheap Air Jordan Shoes, the Rams attempted to patch the hole left by Jenkins with free-agent signee Coty Sensabaugh. While Fisher hasn't directly criticized Sensabaugh, he wasn't active against the Cardinals, apparently due to his inexperience with special teams.
"He just went out there and played like he did a year ago," Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. "(He has) a year of starting experience at the position in our defense. That's what's helpful for him."
Gaines seems likely to get major playing time at cornerback for Los Angeles (3-1) on Sunday at home against Buffalo, finally returning at full strength from the injury woes that slowed his career just when it was taking off.
He was in competition last year with Trumaine Johnson for a starting cornerback job opposite Janoris Jenkins in training camp, but that foot injury ended his season. Johnson went on to earn a $13.95 million contract for this season on the franchise tag, while Jenkins got a lavish free agent deal with the New York Giants.
Gaines wasn't bitter about his bad break,Nike Air Max 1 Mens Trainers, and he didn't sulk when he got hurt again in training camp in California. He kept working for a return, and he finally made it three weeks into the season.
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) â€” Although E.J. Gaines had to wait nearly two years to get back into the Rams' lineup, he's getting the chance to make up for that lost time.
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"Lorenzo found out today," coach Todd Bowles said Thursday. "He got some tests run. They're recommending surgery,Huarache Shoes For Men, so he has to get a second opinion and we'll go from there, but his back got significantly worse."
Mauldin, 24, is on the injured reserve list after missing almost all of training camp and each of the four preseason games because of the back ailment. He returned for one practice midway through camp, but hasn't been on the field since.
The New York Post first reported that Mauldin needs surgery and his season is likely over.
He is also facing some off-field issues after he was accused of punching a man in a New York nightclub in April. Mauldin was arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge, but has not been formally charged. He is also being sued by the accuser.
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Mauldin is in his third season with the Jets after being a third-round draft choice out of Louisville in 2015. He was expected to compete for a starting job at outside linebacker this year, and has so far failed to live up to expectations. Mauldin has just 6 Â½ sacks in 26 NFL games.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) â€” Lorenzo Mauldin's season appears to be over before it ever started.
"It got better at times," Bowles said. "It was up and down with him and it took a turn for the worse."
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"I think he is going to have to make us comfortable," Kubiak said Tuesday at the NFL owners' meetings. "He's going to have to come in and do his job. Mark hasn't asked for anything. He just wants an opportunity to compete. We can give him a tremendous opportunity to do that right now."
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) â€” Mark Sanchez has a lot to prove to Gary Kubiak and the Denver Broncos.
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"He's been on some big stages and he's got an excellent chance to get back on one again," Kubiak said. "I think that's what he's excited about and I think that's also something that intrigues us about how willing he is to get going here and be a part of our football team."
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Now the Buccaneers, with injuries to several key players on defense, play twice in the next 11 days with the New York Giants and New England Patriots visiting.
The star wide receiver stomped around on the sideline before kicking a water bottle and shoving over a towel cart . After a commanding victory over the Bears in Chicago to start their season, the Buccaneers took several steps backward in a 34-17 defeat on Sunday by the Vikings .
"We don't want to take away from our overall goal, which is to go out there and play football. But at the same time, we do have feelings toward things that are being said out there in the world."
"Hopefully we can get the taste out of our mouth,Nike Air Max 1 Mens Cheap," Jackson said. "It's still a long season, and we have 14 games to go."
Winston went 28 for 40 for 328 yards, but he was picked off three times, twice in the end zone.
The momentum was gone, and Mike Evans was mad.
"I make the final decision on where the ball goes, and I've got to protect the football at all costs no matter what they do," Winston said.
The frustration was evident.
Evans was even more pointed with his criticism of Trump.
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"It was very childish on his part," Evans said. "It seems like he's trying to divide us."
The window for a rally was still open early in the fourth quarter, until it slammed shut with an errant pass by Jameis Winston.
Andrew Sendejo picked it off and returned it 36 yards to the Buccaneers 35, setting up a field goal that gave the Vikings a three-score lead.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) â€” Right after cutting Minnesota's lead to two touchdowns, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers forced the Vikings into their only three-and-out of the game.
"However anyone takes it, I'm a firm believer that everyone has their own rights," Jackson said. "It's more unity than anything. We don't want to be individualized.
Evans and Jackson were in the spotlight all afternoon, after they took a knee with their hand on their heart during the "Star Spangled Banner" to join the rebuke of President Donald Trump's recent obscene remarks about players protesting social justice by kneeling during the national anthem.
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The change hardly came as a shock. Fox Sports first reported that the Saints had decided to fire Ryan Monday morning, only to have Payton initially deny that report before saying hours later that the move had indeed been made.
Payton announced the move on his radio show on WWL-AM, adding that defensive coordinator duties were handed over to senior defensive assistant Dennis Allen, a former defensive coordinator in Denver and head coach in Oakland.
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"It's a success-driven business," Payton said. "We've got some young guys that want to do well, want to please,Cheap Nike Shox, some veterans the same way. Yet we've got to look closely at what we're doing and how well they're doing. But the main thing was,Air Max 98 Gundam 2018, it wasn't going to be the same when they got back. It was going to be different. And it needs to be."
"We're presuming that he's going to get let go at some point," Rex Ryan said Monday during his weekly radio show on Buffalo's WGR-AM, before Payton had confirmed the move. "But I know one thing: He's tough. He's going to compete to the very end. ... I can tell you he'll be the same guy."
Injuries have hampered the unit lately, but New Orleans has ranked consistently low defensively for a season and a half, having finished last season ranked 31st.
Payton spoke to reporters after a team meeting in which he said he delivered a similar message about the need for change.
"It's hard to swallow a game where all of a sudden you're feeling like there isn't an answer," Payton said. "There's some things on tape that have to be better. And we'll get that right. ... It might take a little bit of time. And it might hurt going down for some people. But we'll get it squared away."
Jordan said Ryan served in his typical role in team meetings Monday before players left the facility for their bye week.
Coach Sean Payton promised changes to the team's NFL worst defense on Monday and hours later made a significant one,Cheap Air Max 90, firing Ryan, the defensive coordinator.
Rex Ryan, head coach of the Buffalo Bills, said his brother was expecting the move.
"I do know this â€” continuing just along the same course we're taking right now is not something that we're going to do. And I'm talking about players. I'm talking about us as a staff, all of us collectively." Payton said. "But you've got to look closely at what's winning and what's keeping you from winning. And in fairness to the players and fans and everyone else, we've got to look at that specifically."
Washington's Kirk Cousins had the best game of his career on Sunday,Nike Air Force One Shoes For Sale, throwing for 324 yards and four touchdowns, producing a perfect QB rating of 158.3.
"It's hard to be last," Payton said. "That's hard to do."
METAIRIE, La. (AP) â€” The New Orleans Saints' defense is in disarray and Rob Ryan will not be the one to fix it.
Even in some of their victories this season, such as a 52-49 victory over the New York Giants three weeks ago, New Orleans' defense often appeared to botch coverages and leave gaps that led to explosive plays.
But Jordan added, "I don't know what the organization will do from this point on."
Defensively, New Orleans ranks last in the NFL with 424.7 yards allowed per game, 6.7 yards allowed per play and 31.5 points allowed per game.
Payton's comments came a day after the Saints allowed 526 yards in a 47-14 loss to the Washington Redskins.
NOTES: Payton was critical of veteran cornerback Brandon Browner's apparent decision to give up pursuit of the ball carrier on one play against Washington and instead deliver a blind-side hit to offensive lineman Spencer Long, who was trailing the play. "Obviously when you're playing a screen pass that is away from you, you want to get to the ball. So those are some of the mistakes we are discussing," Payton said. "You have to get to the ball. We have to play the ball. ... You don't want to fight a battle unless you're getting to the football."
Yet the Saints' defense has often made it look easy, particularly in its past two games sub-.500 teams Tennessee and Washington; New Orleans lost both games to fall to 4-6.
Opposing quarterbacks have consistently had their best games of the season against New Orleans.
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"For a game like this, to show that we can get open and we can make plays too it kind of shows for the fans, for the coaches and across the league," said Hamilton,Adidas Shoes On Sale, a former practice squad player who finished with three receptions for 54 yards and his second career score.
Pittsburgh insists it's not the team it was nearly three months ago.
Jones finished 24 of 37 for 277 yards with three touchdowns and an interception despite getting sacked four times.
Jones, who will become a free agent in the offseason, took time to get going but came on late to help dig Pittsburgh out of an early two-touchdown deficit to earn his first victory in a game he played from start to finish.
"He's just a good quarterback," Hamilton said. "It's not really reps. He knows how to throw the ball. It's nothing special we did. It's kind of what we do every day in practice."
Still, it appeared the Steelers were in trouble when Jones threw into double coverage in the third quarter and Cleveland cornerback Brien Boddy-Calhoun zigzagged 67 yards the other way.
Heyward-Bey later added a 46-yard reception to set up a touchdown and the Steelers benefited from another mistake-prone performance by Cleveland.
"They ran for 200 yards, enough said there," Timmons said. "We can't allow that at all. That's not what we stand for."
Still, the Steelers are plenty wary after serving as the coming out party for Miami running back Jay Ajayi, who ran for 204 yards and two scores.
The Steelers were rolling at 4-1 when they went to Miami on Oct. 16. The Dolphins promptly ran them over in a 30-15 thumping that saw Roethlisberger leave with a left knee injury, the first loss in a four-game spiral that seemed to put Pittsburgh's promising season in serious jeopardy.
"It's good to know that your backups or somebody behind you is willing to come in and do something like you or even better," linebacker Lawrence Timmons said.
Jones fell on it for a touchback and the Steelers responded by going right down the field to tie the game on the second of DeAngelo Williams' two touchdowns.
The defense allowed the Browns (1-15) to move up the field with relative ease and the offense did practically nothing until rookie safety Sean Davis recovered Robert Griffin's fumble late in the first half that gave Pittsburgh the jolt it needed to get back in the game.
The Steelers already banged up defensive line took another hit. Ricardo Mathews left with an ankle injury and did not return. Rookie Javon Hargrave went into the concussion protocol in the second half. He was cleared and returned for one more series, but spent the rest of the game on the bench. Hargrave missed a game last month because of a concussion.
"I was going for the tackle,Cheap Air Force 1," Heyward-Bey said. "But defenders never hold the ball well or that often so when I saw the ball slip out I just kind of threw a little punch at it."
"As a team that's going to make you strong, especially as you go down the stretch. Playoffs, injuries happen, just to know you have that guy in the back, that's going to make you better."
Fitting,Cheap Nike Air Max 97 Shoes, since for long stretches in the first half it seemed as if the AFC North champions â€” already assured of the third seed when the postseason begins at home against Miami next weekend â€” played as if nothing was on the line.
Pittsburgh was outgained 437-312 and allowed 231 yards on the ground, but forced a fumble with a minute to go in regulation to preserve a tie and then sent the Browns backward after Cleveland had first-and-goal at the Pittsburgh 2 on the opening possession of overtime, forcing the Browns to settle for a field goal.
"It was hard the way that we won," Jones said. "But in the end, for a quarterback to do it in overtime, to do it on the last drive and to throw a pass like that â€” those are the things you dream about. I think for me that was just a big deal in my career."
After Cleveland took a three-point lead on its first possession of the extra period,Nike Air Max Tn Ultra Plus, Jones deftly led the Steelers 75 yards in nine plays, the last a pretty lob that Hamilton ran under to give Pittsburgh (11-5) its seventh straight victory overall and 13th consecutive at home against the Browns.
Backup quarterback Landry Jones hit Cobi Hamilton in the left corner of the end zone with 2:57 left in overtime as Pittsburgh rallied by the Browns 27-24 on Sunday,Nike Air Max 1 Mens Trainers.
Boddy-Calhoun tried to stretch for the goal line to restore Cleveland's two-touchdown lead only to have Pittsburgh wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey swat the ball out of Boddy-Calhoun's hands.
No matter, their understudies kept up a late-season tradition unlike any other.
PITTSBURGH (AP) â€” Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown stood on the sideline in sweatsuits already thinking about the playoffs.
In Pittsburgh, the Steelers always beat the Cleveland Browns.
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Rivera said he's confident that Ed Dickson, the team's backup tight end, can help the passing game. The coach likes third-stringer Chris Manhertz too, although he wouldn't rule out adding another tight end to the roster.
"Granted,Cheap NBA Jerseys, Greg is an extremely key artery for our team, as well as this offense, but Ed (Dickson) is ready to blossom," Newton said. "He's a diamond in the rough. I don't want to put too much on Ed, but he's be making plays for us - very subtle over the years. That's why he's been somewhat of our unsung hero over the years and hopefully, not hopefully, we are going to be expecting big things for him and knowing he's going to pick the gun up and keep shooting."
He did catch a career-high 54 passes for 528 yards and five TDs for the Baltimore Ravens in 2011.
Given the way Olsen likes to work the middle of the field, more balls could be headed to wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin and rookie running back Christian McCaffrey out of the backfield. It's likely wide receivers Curtis Samuel and Russell Shepard could see a few more balls thrown their way, too.
"Quite honestly, we'll see," Rivera said. "It just depends on who they try to take away and, quite honestly for us, who steps up."
Olsen has never missed a game due to injury in 11 seasons.
Quarterback Cam Newton said Sunday the team will miss Olsen, but expressed optimism that he won't be lost for the season.
Olsen has led the Panthers in receptions the past four years and is coming off three straight 1,000-yard seasons.
CHARLOTTE,Adidas Stan Smith Shoes Sale, N.C. (AP) â€” The Panthers struggling offense will have to find a way to replace its leading receiver in each of the last four seasons.
Rivera said who picks up the slack on offense is to be determined.
Rivera wouldn't speculate on how long Olsen will be out. However, the 32-year-old tight end said after Carolina's 9-3 win over the Bills on Sunday that he expected to miss several weeks.
Shepard said it's time for everyone to step up in Olsen's absence.
The Panthers have only scored two touchdowns and six field goals in their first two games with Newton overthrowing two open receivers for would-be touchdown passes. One of those was Dickson in the season opener at San Francisco.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera says tight end Greg Olsen had surgery Monday to repair a broken right foot.
"We're not going to change the offense because Greg is out," Rivera said. "We're going to do the things that we do. These are the things that we have been practicing on. I think one of the worst things you can do now is say we have to change all of the stuff we have put in. Ed is more than capable. He has that kind of ability and we as a coaching staff have to stick with what we do."
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"He has 3,Nike Air Max 2018,000 yards over the last three years, so that goes somewhere," Shepard said. "Offensively we need to make up for it. We need to come together. We need some more production from our receivers and tight ends."
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But quarterback Derek Carr said whenever he is asked about how good those other higher-profile receivers are he always adds Roberts to the mix.
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That play overshadowed Roberts' big catch and is indicative of how his career has gone as a former undrafted free agent who often gets lost in all the talk about Crabtree, Amari Cooper and even newcomers Jared Cook and Cordarrelle Patterson.
Roberts played all 16 games with the injury and never appeared on the injury report but that doesn't mean he wasn't hampered by it. After catching 32 passes his first season as a bit of a revelation, Roberts had 38 in 2016 but also posted an NFL-worst 13 dropped passes,Nike Air Max 1 Mens Sale, according to SportRadar,Cheap Nike Air Max Shoes, and had his yards per catch fall from 15 in 2015 to 10.4 last season.
NAPA,Cheap Air Max Shoes For Sale, Calif. (AP) â€” After a promising first season in the NFL, Oakland Raiders receiver Seth Roberts stalled a bit in year two as he was plagued by inconsistent play and dropped passes.
"It was more mental,Cheap Nike Free Run Shoes," he said. "When your body isn't all the way how you want it to be or need it to be on game day, I might think I've missed a step."
There might have been a reason for that as Roberts played through the 2016 season with a double sports hernia injury suffered in training camp and never revealed by the team.
Despite those struggles at times last season, Roberts still delivered numerous big plays highlighted by his 41-yard touchdown catch in overtime to beat Tampa Bay in Week 8 last season and a TD in the final minute of the opener at New Orleans that was followed by a game-winning 2-point conversion to Michael Crabtree.
"They need to know who I am," Roberts said. "I don't want to fly under the radar anymore. I'm trying to make it happen. I have a family to provide for."
"I don't know why he goes under the radar so much," Carr said. "That man has made game-winning catch after big-time play and all these things. It's because he works his tail off. It's no secret. This man goes out there every single day, he puts in the extra work when no one is watching, he studies his stuff and he asks me questions."
That work ethic has helped him develop from an overlooked player out of low-profile West Alabama into a key performer on a playoff team. Roberts leads the NFL with four game-winning TD catches the past two seasons
After undergoing surgery in January and rehabilitating all offseason, Roberts notices a big difference from the way he felt a year ago to how he feels now in training camp.
"It was tough mentally," Roberts said Wednesday. "I just had to stay in it. It was a real struggle but I made it happen. I got through the season. It wasn't my best and I didn't feel my best but I made it happen. I had to do it."
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Fitzpatrick has enjoyed his first several months with the Jets, acknowledging that he's having fun playing football again. He's a free agent after this season, but he might just be a keeper for New York.
The Jets are 6-5 and preparing to play the Giants, with every win keeping them on track in the AFC playoff hunt. And, despite all his stops, Fitzpatrick has never played in the postseason.
"When he ended up becoming the starter, I knew exactly what to expect from him," Gailey said. "He's very, very capable of being a productive quarterback in this league and he proves it."
"I think you're a little naive when you first get into the league," Fitzpatrick said. "I started with the Rams and I thought I'd stay there for a while, but that only lasted a few years. ... There's a different reason for each scenario in terms of why I haven't stayed in one place. I just try to make the most of it."
But it could end up being general manager Mike Maccagnan's most important transaction.
The Jets were set on having Smith be the starter, but those plans were knocked out when linebacker Ikemefuna Enemkpali decked the quarterback in the middle of training camp and broke his jaw.
Fitzpatrick has never been flashy and his career has been mostly solid but unspectacular. His best years came under Chan Gailey with the Bills, for whom Fitzpatrick threw for at least 3,000 yards and 23 touchdowns in each of those three seasons.
The Texans traded him for a late-round conditional pick in March, a move that was largely overshadowed by New York's other bigger-name acquisitions such as Darrelle Revis, Brandon Marshall and Antonio Cromartie.
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"It tells you what kind of team you have, what kind of teammates they are," Gailey said.
He started some games, sat for others â€” but learned the entire time. After all, what would you expect from an Ivy League guy who to this day earned the highest Wonderlic Test score by a quarterback preparing for the NFL draft?
There have been ups â€” last Sunday's four-TD performance against Miami â€” and some downs â€” three INTs in a loss to Philadelphia in September. But Fitzpatrick has given the Jets a reliable â€” and respected â€” leader.
"I feel like I'm a much better player now than I was four years ago just because of the experiences I've had," Fitzpatrick said. "I wouldn't trade it for anything."
The 33-year-old veteran has thrown for 2,476 yards with 20 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He's on pace to become the first quarterback in Jets history to have 30 TD passes in a season.
Yes, more than Joe Namath.
That's what it has taken for Ryan Fitzpatrick â€” a classic journeyman quarterback â€” to perhaps finally find a home.
"He's got the right demeanor and it's his time."
As a seventh-round draft pick out of Harvard in 2005, Fitzpatrick's first stop was St. Louis. After two years with the Rams, he went to Cincinnati (2007-0, then Buffalo (2009-12), Tennessee (2013) and Houston (2014).
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When he went down with a torn ligament in his left thumb against Oakland on Nov. 1, it appeared to be yet another tough break in Fitzpatrick's career.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) â€” Six teams and 11 NFL seasons.
"Sometimes,Adidas Ultra Boost Shoes Cheap, you have to bounce around to find your home,Off White Vapormax Retail Price," Bowles said. "I've seen a lot of guys bounce around on practice squads and different teams before they became stars. It was his time. He's at the right age. He's got the right mindset.
"Yeah, I mean I'd love to get there," he said. "I've watched plenty of ex-teammates and buddies, so I'm a little bit jealous and patiently been waiting my turn. That's not the focus right now. The focus is just kind of on this game and trying to get another win."
"Well, law of averages would say that I've got to be getting close," Fitzpatrick said with a bearded grin.
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"Obviously, he was (No.) 2 and Geno was (No.) 1 at the time," coach Todd Bowles said. "But misfortunes happen and he got a shot at (No.) 1 â€” and he never gave it back."
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The Patriots rested several injured starters. Brady's afternoon ended when he was buried on a third-down sack with five minutes left, and he watched the Patriots' final offensive series from the sideline along with teammate Rob Gronkowski.
Brady was sacked twice and endured at least half a dozen knockdowns, including three on one series.
"There are a lot of teams that are going to be looking for coaches," Ross said, "so we want to make it sooner than later."
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That would be a big change. The Dolphins (6-10) missed the playoffs for the seventh consecutive year, which is why another coaching change looms.
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"I'm looking for somebody who can really be motivational," Ross said, "and inspire the players to play to get the best out of them, that's very intelligent, and who can really change the culture here â€” somebody who can make sure that when you walk into this locker room, you intend on winning a football game."
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Miami scored the game's first touchdown on Ryan Tannehill's 15-yard pass to Parker with 36 seconds left in the first half. Tannehill finished 25 for 38 for 350 yards and two scores.
"It wasn't the season we wanted to have," Tannehill said, "but you get to leave with a good taste in your mouth, and that's what we wanted."
Interim coach Dan Campbell,Nike Air Vapor Max Flyknit Men, who went 5-7, will be among those interviewed but is not expected to return.
"I'm pretty sore," Brady said, "but I'll be all right."
For the second week in a row, the Patriots (12-4) missed a chance to earn the top playoff seed by winning. Instead Denver will be the AFC's No. 1 seed.
DeVante Parker won a jump-ball battle for a long pass to make a 46-yard catch, setting up the touchdown that put Miami ahead to stay with seven minutes left. The rookie first-round pick had five catches for 106 yards, both season highs.
They finished Sunday by beating the Patriots 20-10 â€” their only win in six games against the other teams in the AFC East. Afterward Ross spoke to the team about changes to come.
Executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum will lead the search. The person he selects is likely to be a first-time NFL head coach.
"I didn't see the replay," Brady said. "I'll be anxious to see it."
"Today it's very hard to find somebody with a lot of prior NFL head-coaching experience," Ross said. "The great ones are all under contract, and I can't really negotiate with them or lure them to Miami, unfortunately."
Brady tweaked his right ankle in the second quarter when Ndamukong Suh rolled into his legs on a third-down incompletion, but the quarterback was back for the next series.
"In my book we are 1-0 in 2016," Miami receiver Jarvis Landry said.
As for the timetable, the Dolphins are expected to move quickly.
First there's the small matter of choosing a coach. The search is underway and will gain momentum now that the Dolphins' disappointing season has ended.
The owner acknowledged the 2015 season as a disappointment. But in the finale they mounted lots of pressure on Tom Brady and netted 438 yards, their second-highest total of the season.