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    If you want to know how mediocre coaches think, sometimes all you need to do is listen to the announcers. Take Nick Sirianni’s decision to go for it on fourth-and-goal from the 3-yard-line on Sunday. After falling behind 14-0 early in the second quarter, the Eagles drove 50 yards down the field to put themselves in position for their first points of the day. On the CBS broadcast, color ...

      I’m one of the people that needs to be educated, or re-educated, about concussions, brain injury and head trauma. I admit it. I would have played Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa on Thursday at Cincinnati. I wouldn’t have played him in the third quarter of the Buffalo game, not after the way he wobbled around after hitting his head on the ground late in the second quarter after a hit by ...

        The ardor with which Kentucky football pursued victory Saturday at then-No. 14 Mississippi was impeccable. On display in Oxford was the same refusal to buckle that produced UK’s miracle comeback at Missouri in 2018 and the rally by a depleted Wildcats roster past Iowa in last season’s VRBO Citrus Bowl. In spite of that, two ill-timed turnovers in the game’s closing minutes and a first-half ...

        TAMPA, Fla. — Bucs tight end Cameron Brate initially complained of shoulder pain and was checked three times by team doctors before going back into Sunday’s game against the Chiefs, head coach Todd Bowles said Monday. Brate, who was targeted three more times, wasn’t ruled out and placed under the NFL’s concussion protocol until symptoms of a head injury became present at halftime, Bowles said. ...

        The push-back on the growing hype for Kentucky football quarterback Will Levis has been strong since his two red-zone fumbles in the fourth quarter of a 22-19 loss at Ole Miss. That criticism is not shared in the Kentucky locker room though. “I wouldn’t trade him for anybody,” UK Coach Mark Stoops said Monday. “I just love his competitive nature, I love his ability. I love the way he’s ...

        The last time the Jets won a game against an AFC East division opponent was Dec. 29, 2019. During the last two years, Gang Green is 0-12 against the Buffalo Bills, the Miami Dolphins and the New England Patriots. That includes a 0-6 mark in Robert Saleh’s first season as coach. Following four consecutive games against AFC North opponents (Ravens, Browns, Bengals and Steelers), the Jets will ...

        They did right by Doug Pederson on Sunday — the Eagles, their fans, the players here who knew him best. The Jacksonville Jaguars came jogging out of a tunnel at Lincoln Financial Field, and cameras found Pederson to flash his image on the giant video screens behind the end zones. Then those screens cut to a shot of the Eagles' only Super Bowl banner, the one that Pederson helped them hang as ...

        CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The Hurricanes will stick with their more experienced starter heading into their first Atlantic Coast Conference game. Despite benching him against Middle Tennessee State on Sept. 24, Mario Cristobal said Monday that Tyler Van Dyke will be Miami’s starting quarterback this Saturday against North Carolina. “We are honest about the fact that Tyler has played great football ...

        Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith will announce his retirement Monday afternoon, ending his NFL career after 11 years in Baltimore. Smith, a first-round pick in 2011 who helped secure the Ravens’ Super Bowl XLVII triumph, played 128 games in Baltimore, starting 90. He finished with 14 interceptions, seventh most in franchise history. Smith, 33, acknowledged near the end of last season that his ...

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        OXFORD, Miss. — Too many mistakes. Too many errors. Too many miscues. A top-10 team via the AP college football rankings, Kentucky did not play like a top-10 team in its 22-19 loss at Ole Miss on Saturday. I’m not so sure the winners are the better team. Yes, the Rebels outgained the Cats 399-328. They made winning plays when they needed to make winning plays. Lane Kiffin’s squad is now 5-0, ...

        CLEMSON, S.C. — It was the avoidability of it all that seemed to rankle Devin Leary the most, not merely a missed opportunity but one N.C. State never really fully grasped. It wasn’t just that the Wolfpack couldn’t seem to get out of its own way at times. It was that the flaws N.C. State couldn’t overcome could be seen so far in the distance. Months even. There was anger in the Wolfpack ...

        ARLINGTON, Texas — Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was kidding when he said he’d welcome a quarterback controversy, but that’s what he will have if Dak Prescott doesn’t play well, or loses. Cooper Rush’s time as the starting QB is ending soon for the Dallas Cowboys, and Dak Prescott has a small problem. He must play as well as his backup. If not, he’s going to hear it from the rational Dallas ...

        EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — At the end of an ugly performance on a gloomy New Jersey afternoon, the Chicago Bears found themselves pulling together for one last eyes-closed, fingers-crossed, full-prayers miracle. Only 8 seconds remained Sunday and the Bears were 67 yards from MetLife Stadium’s north end zone, the landmark for a potential last-gasp touchdown that could have maybe, possibly, by ...

        Mike Tomlin got the spark he wanted and the crowd got the player they have so fervently wanted when the hometown hero, Kenny Pickett, was sent into the game after halftime to rescue the Steelers. And he didn’t disappoint either one. He ran for a pair of touchdowns, made quick decisions like a crafty veteran and repeatedly got the ball to his two favorite playmakers, receiver George Pickens and ...

        GREEN BAY, Wis. — As Brian Hoyer walked off the field Sunday, head down and carrying his team’s best hopes of an upset into the locker room, the Patriots turned to a fourth-round rookie. Bailey Zappe, their last remaining quarterback, had no choice but to replace Hoyer and take the field against Aaron Rodgers in his NFL debut. Waves of football history and the sounds of 81,441 strong crashed ...