of course gronk was asked about brady.
We can't seem to escape the New England Patriots this week even though they aren't in the Super Bowl. It is truly mind-boggling.
Reporters (of course) asked former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski about what QB Tom Brady should do this offseason, and Gronk advocated for Brady to test the free agent waters.
a big retirement in new england.
Not the one the world wants -- but Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia announced his retirement on Tuesday.
Imagine being stuck on that team for that long. Jesus.
bill o'brien hires.... himself as texans gm.
The Houston Texans are missing a general manager no longer -- they just threw out the feelers and hired within. Head coach Bill O'Brien is now also the general manager. What could possibly go wrong?
the chargers will move on from philip Rivers.
The Los Angeles (or San Diego, both count) Chargers are moving on from quarterback Philip Rivers in 2020, and can we all just say....... finally.
Rivers will become a free agent this offseason, and he's already moved his giant family to Florida, so are we thinking retirement? He said he'd play for another team, but how realistic is that? Too many teams need to start fresh, I don't see a lot of teams scrambling for a 38-year-old QB. I have a gut feeling this is it for Rivers.
The other option would be for Rivers to be a "bridge QB" for a younger guy to learn behind, which could be fun for them if they're into yelling, throwing picks, and that sort of thing.
As for the Chargers, some think they have New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady lined up, which would be utterly hilarious, but I think they're starting over. It's time.
cleveland has a gm.
The Cleveland Browns hired a new general manager on Monday -- former Philadelphia Eagles exec Andrew Berry.
Is this it? Do the Browns finally have hope? How many times do they have to try for things to align?
I like Berry, he has Maryland ties (sup?), and he's accomplished a lot in the football world at such a young age. But the Browns are a very large burrito bowl to eat in one sitting, if you know what I mean.
new york gets back to the kitchens.
In more sort-of-Browns-news, former Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens is joining the New York Giants as their tight ends coach.
Well, we already know he's not a great head coach, so why not? This is a chance for Kitchens to get back to what he knows -- he coached tight ends in the past -- and not have to lead an entire team, which was what hurt him in the end.
rip kobe bryant.
I am not a basketball fan. On Sunday, I was even talking with two of my girlfriends at brunch about how neither of us knew how many quarters were in basketball, and we ended up Googling it. But that's the thing. You don't have to be a basketball fan to feel at a loss right now. You don't even have to be a sports fan. You just have to be a human being.
If you haven't heard, former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning in Calabasas, California. Also among the victims was his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, a rising basketball star. I'm not going to make this into a "which death is more sad" thing -- both are equally sad, equally devastating, and equally shocking.
I'm not here to analyze his career, look back on his accomplishments, etc. -- plenty of others will do that in the coming days, weeks, months. Plenty of people will go on to play basketball just like him because he's the reason they started playing in the first place. I'm here to tell you to look at the relationships with people around you -- good or bad -- and appreciate them, because you never know when they won't be there anymore.
chiefs players head to miami a la andy reid.
The Kansas City Chiefs headed to Miami on Sunday for next weekend's Super Bowl. They didn't dress up though -- they dressed down, in floral Hawaiian attire, just like head coach Andy Reid.
Chiefs by one hundred.
the only pro bowl highlight you need, and it's not from this year.
Two words: Sean. Taylor.
Ok, I'll say it -- that would be a flag today.
kansas city is going to the super bowl
The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship Game to advance to Super Bowl LIV. They finally did after fifty years.
Lamar Jackson may be the league MVP (and he deserves it), but Pat Mahomes is the best player in the NFL. Period.
Tight end Travis Kelce seems extremely excited as well, and I wish to have this type of energy about just about everything.
san francisco is also going to the Super Bowl
The San Francisco 49ers dominated the Green Bay Packers, who honestly didn't look like they even showed up, to secure a 37-20 win and a trip to Super Bowl LIV. Cornerback Richard Sherman sealed the deal with this game-winning interception.
fattest guy touchdown
Tennessee Titans offensive lineman Dennis Kelly accomplished something that can't be erased with an L, and should be nationally celebrated. He became the heaviest player in NFL history to score a postseason touchdown. King shit.
Kelly is 321 pounds, and this particular touchdown gave the Titans a short-lived 14-0 lead in Sunday's game.
raheem Mostert makes history
The San Francisco 49ers running back ran for 160 yards and three touchdowns in the first half of Sunday's NFC Championship Game, drawing a 27-0 lead over the Green Bay Packers. Mostert then became the first player in NFL history with over 200 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns in a postseason game.
Mostert took on a heavy workload after running back Tevin Coleman was declared out of the game with an arm injury.
phil rivers has shipped out of san diego
Current (but not for long) Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers informed ESPN's Adam Schefter that himself and his giant family have moved out of San Diego to retire to Florida. Ok, I added the retire part.
Rivers has said recently he doesn't want to retire, and is open to playing for another team. I think this move 100% points to the fact that the Chargers are moving on from him, but I still tend to think he leans toward retirement.
joe woods to (probably) become new browns dc
The Cleveland Browns are replacing defensive coordinator Steve Wilks with San Francisco 49ers defensive backs coach Joe Woods, as soon as the Niners' season is over.
Not a bad hire. But it is the Browns, so it's basically like throwing a deck of cards into the air and guessing what you're gonna pick up first.
stunner: Luke Kuechly retires
Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly announced his retirement on Tuesday night, saying he knew it was "the right thing to do."
I lost count of how many concussions he's had, so it's probably for the best, but the league is a better place with Kuechly in it. His parting resume includes five first-team All-Pro selections, Defensive Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and if you're into that sort of thing, seven Pro Bowl nods.
As I said on Twitter, it is really hard to think about yourself and do what's best for yourself, not only at a young age, but in a team-centered sport. Good for him.
joe brady leaves lsu for panthers
LSU's passing game coordinator Joe Brady is making his return to the NFL with the Carolina Panthers as their offensive coordinator.
Brady was previously with the New Orleans Saints for two seasons, before taking the job at LSU. Can't wait for all the "Joe Burrow to Panthers" rumors to start. Or have they already started?
antonio gates calls it quits
Los Angeles Chargers tight end Antonio Gates announced on Tuesday that he's retiring from the NFL.
Quite a nice resume for him: Eight Pro Bowl nods and the most touchdown catches by a tight end in the NFL. Not bad for sixteen seasons.
For what it's worth, I wouldn't be surprised if his teammate QB Philip Rivers isn't too far behind (even though he said he wasn't).
the chicago bears are moving
No, not like that. The team will hold their 2020 training camp in Halas Hall this year. I have no idea what that is, to be honest, so thankfully there are people to explain it to me.
jags need a new offensive COORDINATOR.
On Monday, the Jacksonville Jaguars mutually parted ways (supposedly) with offensive coordinator John DeFilippo after just one season.
This is kind of unexpected, as he did a pretty good job with rookie QB Gardner Minshew this past season. Is it possible he was Tom Couglin's guy and they just wanted to completely start over?
lions hire a new defensive coordinator
The Detroit Lions have some fresh blood -- former Philadelphia Eagles defensive backs coach Cory Undlin.
Anyone want to tell Matt Patricia that hiring your buddies to work with you doesn't always work out?
kansas city is heading to the afc championship
I don't know how I can possibly write any words about this game. It was bananas. Things started off quick for the Houston Texans and then shit hit the fan, hard. Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs erased a 24-point deficit, and ended up winning 51-31, in probably one of the craziest games I've ever seen.
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