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The Daily Briefing Monday, April 24, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, April 24, 2017 AROUND THE NFL We take an in-depth look at all the NFC schedules today (all times Eastern) with the AFC coming up tomorrow.   You may want to print this out from FootballPerspective.com   NFC NORTH   CHICAGO   SCHEDULE NOTES The Bears get back-to-back primetime games in the season’s first month (odd for a 3-13 team the year before), then vanish from the national stage until a Saturday NFLN affair at Detroit…So that’s 13 games in the early time slot – 10 on FOX and 3 on CBS with the San Francisco…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, April 21, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, April 21, 2017 AROUND THE NFL In the old days, the NFL’s Val Pinchbeck laboriously and manually slotted out each NFL game on a big board in a conference room while hand-crafting a schedule.  Now, a team of NFL employees waits for a computer to spit out a palatable option.  They grew tired of waiting with version 52,129 reports Peter King:   This is the fourth straight year I’ve done a story on the making of the NFL schedule. Each year, I speak to the four-person team of schedule-makers, led by NFL broadcasting and schedule czar…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, April 20, 2017 AROUND THE NFL We get the 2017 schedule tonight.  Eliott Harrison of NFL.com has a list of games fans will be excited to see (Harrison apparently hasn’t got the memo that Atlanta at New England will not open the 2017 season):   Ah, the Super Bowl rematch.   We don't get those too often. At least, we rarely see them the ensuing fall. And this one just happens to be a replay of arguably the greatest -- or at least most stunning -- Super Sunday of all time. Falcons at Patriots will mark…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, April 19, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The NFL announced on Tuesday that it will announce its 2017 schedule at 8 p.m. on Thursday. - - - Even in a league with vast sums of money available to all and a salary cap, Brent Schrotenboer at USA TODAY says income inequality is a big issue.   The gap between rich and poor teams in the NFL has gotten so wide in recent years that three of the underprivileged franchises have taken drastic action:   In the past 15 months, the St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers and…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, April 18, 2017 AROUND THE NFL John Breech of CBSSports.com has 10 things we already know about the 2017 NFL schedule – and some of those you already know if you’ve been paying attention (Patriots open at home probably against Chiefs being one of them).  But a few are a bit off the radar.   5. There will be two weeks worth of Saturday games on the schedule  In 46 of the past 47 NFL seasons, there's been at least one Saturday regular-season game on the schedule, and that streak is going to continue in 2017…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, April 17, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, April 17, 2017 AROUND THE NFL If you read one thing today, make it the story on Konrad Reuland and Rod Carew in BALTIMORE. - - - The 2017 NFL schedule is likely to be announced this week, perhaps on Thursday.  Josh Alper of ProFootballTalk.com with some thoughts:   The schedule for the 2017 season is set to be announced this week, which means that we will find out which team will be visiting Gillette Stadium to play the Patriots in the first game of the season.   The Falcons are on New England’s home schedule…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, April 13, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The City of St. Louis has filed a law suit against the NFL and the Rams for last year’s re-accommodation to Los Angeles.  The case starts out in a hometown court.  Ken Belson of the New York Times:   St. Louis and several groups in the city sued the N.F.L. on Wednesday, accusing it of violating its own relocation guidelines when the league’s team owners voted a year ago to let the Rams leave the city for Los Angeles.   In a 52-page complaint filed in Circuit Court in St.…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, April 11, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The NFL was making some announcements on Monday.   First, there will be an NFL game, at least one, that starts at 9:30 a.m. in the Eastern U.S.  John Breech of CBSSports.com:   After spending the past five months mulling over the possibility of whether to eliminate the 9:30 a.m. ET kickoff time from the NFL schedule, the league has decided to keep the early London game for at least one more season.   The NFL announced Monday that the Dolphins’ Week 4 game against the Saints will kick off…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, April 10, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, April 10, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The preseason schedule is all grown up and just like big brother the regular season schedule it has its own NFL Network special.  Today.  5 p.m.  Opponents will be revealed.   NFC EAST   DALLAS Here is a stunt involving Tony Romo.  Max Mayer at NFL.com:   Tony Romo will suit up for a Dallas sports team possibly for one final time -- except it's not the Cowboys.   The Dallas Mavericks will make the retired Cowboys quarterback "a Maverick for the day" by having him on the team's bench…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, April 7, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, April 7, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC NORTH   GREEN BAY The first thought in the DB’s head after reading this was “Will Aaron Rodgers be repairing his relationship with his family now?”   This from People Magazine:   Olivia Munn and Aaron Rodgers have split.   “They have amicably ended their relationship of three years,” a source close to the situation confirms to PEOPLE exclusively. The source says the couple “remains close friends and wish nothing but the best for each other moving forward.”   The actress, 36, and Green Bay Packers quarterback, 33, began…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, April 6, 2017 AROUND THE NFL More money for NFL owners as Amazon ponies up big time for streaming rights:   Last year, the National Football League experimented by letting Twitter livestream 10 Thursday night games.   This year, pro football will continue the test, but will switch it up: Amazon has bought the rights to the league’s streaming package, and will offer the games for free to its Amazon Prime subscribers around the world.   Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube had also expressed interest in carrying the games this year.   Amazon is paying around…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, April 5, 2017 AROUND THE NFL ROMO Charean Williams in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram on the big decision:   While everyone was waiting on the Dallas Cowboys to make a decision on Tony Romo, Romo was trying to make up his mind. To play, or not to play: that was the question.   Romo began discussions with CBS, as well as other television executives, once the season ended. CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus said talks “heated up in the last couple of weeks.”   Romo considered continuing his playing career, insisting several teams showed interest with…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, April 4, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News is snarky here, but he also is expressing a widespread impression about Roger Goodell’s pay:   Roger Goodell's litany of unpopular decisions have helped make him a wealthy man, but the billionaires who lined his pockets wisely think he needs a pay cut.   Goodell, one of the most loathed commissioners in the history of American team sports, has cashed in during his polarizing decade-long run. The NFL is a cash cow for owners thanks, in part, to Goodell's leadership, but there's…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, April 3, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, April 3, 2017 AROUND THE NFL There was a secret owners-only meeting in Phoenix, but someone clued Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com in on it:   Every league meeting includes a variety of sessions attended by a variety of people. Last week in Arizona, one specific session included only the owners.   Unusual but not unprecedented, the owners-only meeting (technically an executive session of the Finance and Compensation Committees) focused in part on discussions regarding Commissioner Roger Goodell’s next contract and succession planning, based on a potential transition that would be initiated by Goodell after the next labor…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, March 31, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, March 31, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC NORTH   CHICAGO It is not the most ringing endorsement by a coach we’ve heard, but perhaps it is realistic.  John Fox doesn’t think his Bears are winners just yet, but they are close.  Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune:   John Fox has been doing this long enough to know the Bears need a breakthrough to prevent major turnover at Halas Hall, something that has happened too often since the firing of Lovie Smith five years ago.   Fox has his own glass that's half-full, as Smith used…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, March 30, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Kevin Seifert of ESPN looks at the NFL’s new policy on “targeting.”   New rule: Stronger enforcement of penalties for "very egregious" hits What it means: The competition committee identified a handful of plays from the 2016 season that included hits so violent and so counter to existing rules that it wanted them "out of our game," according to chairman Rich McKay. Referees already were empowered to eject players who committed those acts, and they will be encouraged to use that authority. If they don't, the committee is recommending that…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, March 29, 2017 AROUND THE NFL David Steele in The Sporting News does not like the new rule that banned leaping over the line to block a kick:   Pre-emptive safety rules are rare, to put it mildly. Almost every other time, the NFL has outlawed things because they are proven to be dangerous — sometimes long before they get around to acting on it, to many players’ detriment. Head slaps. Cut blocks. Horse-collar tackles. Launching. Hitting defenseless receivers. Every rule that protects quarterbacks in every situation (excluding, as always, Cam Newton).   This play was…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, March 28, 2017 AROUND THE NFL LAS VEGAS The vote was 31-1 and the Raiders are heading to Las Vegas.   Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report leads the naysayers:   The stench of the greed—even for a league that cherishes money over almost anything—is staggering. Like getting used to a smog-filled city and then being hit with the pungent smell of someone who hadn't showered for several days.   Pigs rolling in an ocean of mud aren't this fat and happy. Money, money, money. This is the NFL's motto. The Raiders' move to Las Vegas proves…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, March 27, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, March 27, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Peter King previews the NFL meetings.  First, on Dean Blandino (and Al Riveron) taking ultimate power:   Between meetings at the Biltmore late Sunday afternoon, Blandino, the career office guy, swore he didn’t think the likely vote to give him replay power would be much of a change. (How likely? The influential Competition Committee endorses it unanimously.)   “I really don’t see it as a major difference compared to what we’ve been doing,” Blandino said. “Other than New York having the final say, we’ve been doing this for three years.…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, March 24, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, March 24, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The Commish shares your pain when an NFL broadcast “doubles up” with a 2nd round of commercials after a kickoff.  Never again, he says, but that doesn’t mean less time away from the action.  Tom Pelissero of USA Today: ESPN’s officiating guru Kevin Seifert looks at upcoming changes in replay:   The NFL's plan to centralize replay review is best viewed as the formalization of a trend that has developed during the past three years. Let's take a closer look at what we know about how the process will unfold…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, March 23, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The Commish shares your pain when an NFL broadcast “doubles up” with a 2nd round of commercials after a kickoff.  Never again, he says, but that doesn’t mean less time away from the action.  Tom Pelissero of USA Today:   Every NFL fan has seen an exciting game disrupted in a familiar way: a commercial break, then a kickoff, then … another commercial break.   Commissioner Roger Goodell doesn’t like it, either.   “It drives me crazy,” Goodell told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday. “We call those ‘double-ups.’ They actually…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, March 22, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC EAST   DALLAS Clarence Hill, Jr. in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram on the TONY ROMO hostage crisis:   The Tony Romo hostage crisis in Dallas officially began on March 9.   Romo was told he was going to be released by the Dallas Cowboys and then team’s brass reneged on that option with plans of trying to trade him rather than letting him go for free.   Eleven days later, the situation remains unresolved. Romo remains in limbo.   But he is not in a sunken place.   While…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, March 21, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The NFL has had a Super Bowl crime wave for years, only realized in 2017 when TOM BRADY instantly noticed that his jersey was pilfered.  And it turns out an executive with a Mexican newspaper was the culprit, stealing priceless artifacts in plain sight and absconding with them over the border.  This from Ken Belson of the New York Times:   Tom Brady’s missing jersey from Super Bowl LI has been found in Mexico, apparently in the possession of a newspaper editor who had a media credential for the event…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, March 20, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, March 20, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Peter King doesn’t like the way teams have become so reluctant to guarantee money after the first year in free agency:   Free-agent linebacker Zach Brown, 27, ranked second in the NFL last year with 149 tackles, playing for Buffalo. But nine tackles a game, roving the middle of the field, is not getting Brown rich. Though the average NFL team entered the weekend $19 million under the NFL’s $167-million per team salary cap for 2017, Brown is waiting for the phone to ring. He’s not the only one. Big…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, March 17, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, March 17, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Kalyn Kramer of TheMMQB.com tracked down U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman who ruled against the NFL and for TOM BRADY in the matter known as Deflategate, only to see his widely-praised opinion rejected by a 2-1 vote by a panel from the First Circuit Court of Appeals.  He actually is quite candid, including making it clear that the two judges that ruled for Roger Goodell did not convince him with their reasoning.   KAHLER: So, justice was served on the field, but do you think justice was served in…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, March 16, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, March 16, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The NFL does have a system that reward players (to a relatively small extent) like DAK PRESCOTT who outplay their contracts.  Jared Dubin at CBSSports.com:   The NFL announced on Wednesday the recipients of performance-based pay for the 2016 season. Each team received a sum of $3.995 million (up from $3.8 million last year and $3.63 million the year before), which was then distributed to the players without affecting the salary cap.   The formula for performance-based pay weighs playing time against salary and allocates it accordingly. (As such, late-round…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, March 15, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Conor Orr at NFL.com with a helpful look at the overall state of the free agent market:   We have arrived at the second wave of free agency.   A manic, unpredictable, big-spending frenzy highlighted the opening of the 2017 league year, but in a lot of ways, the best is yet to come. One marquee quarterback could be on the move, while another former marquee passer starts to scope out his market. There are All-Pros, upstarts and first-round picks galore waiting to find out where they'll play next.  …
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The Daily Briefing Monday, March 6, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, March 6, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Last week, the DB floated the idea of a three-team deal between the 49ers, Redskins and Patriots involving KIRK COUSINS and JIMMY GARAPPOLO.    Now, someone (an agent, Jerry Jones?) is using NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport to float a 3-team deal with the 49ers, Redskins and Cowboys:   The Redskins, Cowboys and 49ers are flirting with the idea of an unprecedented three-team quarterback blockbuster.   The three organizations could soon discuss a trade that would send Kirk Cousins to San Francisco, Tony Romo to Washington and draft-pick compensation (including the No.…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, March 3, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, March 3, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC NORTH   MINNESOTA Wow.  We are going to be up to six eye surgeries for Vikings coach Mike Zimmer.  Kevin Seifert at ESPN.com:   Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is scheduled for two more surgeries on his right eye as he struggles to regain vision from a detached retina suffered last November.   Zimmer, speaking Thursday at the NFL scouting combine, said he hopes the procedures restore 50 percent of his current limited vision. He also said he has been told he has a "high likelihood" for a similar…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, March 2, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC EAST   WASHINGTON GM Scot McCloughan is not in Indianapolis.  Zac Jackson at ProFootballTalk.com:   Washington General Manager Scot McCloughan is not at the NFL Scouting Combine, and a team spokesman told the Washington Post that McCloughan is “taking care of some family matters.”   McCloughan told the Washington Post Wednesday evening that he’s not in Indianapolis due to a death in the family.   This year’s NFL Scouting Combine runs through Monday. More than 300 prospects for this year’s draft are going through medical, psychological and physical tests…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Daily Briefing Wednesday, March 1, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Monday was a big day as the leading rushers in Vikings and Chiefs history were cast aside, as was Jets CB DARRELLE REVIS.  The other member clubs now wonder how much do they have left in the tank.   - - - So why wouldn’t this happen –   The Redskins trade QB KIRK COUSINS to the 49ers for the second overall pick in the draft.   The Patriots trade QB JIMMY GARAPPOLO to the Redskins for Washington’s current first round pick (17th overall).   The 49ers get a QB that…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, February 28, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC EAST   NEW YORK GIANTS DE JASON PIERRE-PAUL came back from his serious hand injury to be worthy of a franchise tag.  Josh Alper at ProFootballTalk.com:   The Giants announced on Monday that they’ve used the franchise tag on defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul for the second time in three years, something that sets Pierre-Paul up to make around $17 million for the 2017 season.   That would be a big chunk of the Giants’ cap and it’s thought the team would like to get a longer deal done in…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, February 24, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, February 24, 2017 AROUND THE NFL The NFL’s new Hall of Fame Weekend schedule will feature the Cowboys and the Cardinals on Thursday night.  Marc Sessler of NFL.com:   The Hall of Fame has picked opponents for its annual preseason showdown.   The Dallas Cowboys will face the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday, August 3, 2017, at the new Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.   The choice of teams makes plenty of sense, with former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner and Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones both set to be enshrined into…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, February 23, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Mike Sando of ESPN.com put a lot of work into a “quarterback carousel” where you can match 14 spinning QBs (including some rookies) with 10 QB-needy teams (Dallas?) and see how things match up.    Here are a couple of examples -   Jay Cutler   CONTRACT: Cutler is signed through the 2020 season under a contract featuring a $12.5 million base salary, but releasing him would reduce his 2017 cap hit from $16 million to $2 million.   CAREER RECORD           68-71 (.489) 2016 QBR                          33.2   WHAT LEAGUE INSIDER…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, February 21, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC EAST   DALLAS The Cowboys have reworked some deals and will be cap compliant.  Todd Archer at ESPN.com:   Whenever the 2017 salary cap is finalized, the Dallas Cowboys don’t have to worry about getting under the allowed amount.   On Monday the Cowboys restructured the contracts of All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith and All-Pro center Travis Frederick, freeing up $17.3 million, moving them under a proposed salary-cap of $168 million for 2017, according to sources.   In a simple accounting move, the Cowboys lowered Smith’s $10 million base…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, February 20, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, February 20, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Peter King of TheMMQB outlines the offseason QB market, as he sees it, with an emphasis on TONY ROMO:   Let’s take a morning to set the table for the event of this off-season: the re-setting of the quarterback market in the NFL.   The future of Tony Romo is the most compelling story of all. He’ll be 37 in April. He’s missed 27 of his last 32 games due to injury, and by the time he’d suit up for anyone next September (if he does, and we’ll get to…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, February 17, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, February 17, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Gregg Rosenthal at NFL.com with lists of possible big cuts coming up in the next few weeks.  First in the NFC:   Strong candidates for release   1) Adrian Peterson, RB, Minnesota Vikings: This is not the first offseason with Peterson's future in doubt. Even before Peterson named some potential landing spots on ESPN or broke down the Giants' offseason on Twitter Rapsheet style, it was obvious the Vikings couldn't bring him back on his $18 million cap figure.   Peterson knows a pay cut is coming, yet it's inevitable…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Daily Briefing Thursday, February 16, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC SOUTH   ATLANTA Ex-WR Roddy White’s time in Atlanta came to an end at the hands of Kyle Shanahan.  And now that Kyle Shanahan’s time in Atlanta has come to an end, White kicks him out the door.  Steven Ruiz at USA TODAY reports White’s attack, but also offers a defense of Shanahan:   Former Falcons receiver Roddy White has never been a fan of Kyle Shanahan, and the former Atlanta offense coordinator’s play-calling down the stretch of Super Bowl LI did nothing to change his mind.   White,…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Daily Briefing Tuesday, February 14, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC EAST   NEW YORK GIANTS WR VICTOR CRUZ, who grew up nearly in the shadow of the Meadowlands, is a Giant  no longer.  ESPN.com:   The New York Giants have released wide receiver Victor Cruz in a move that creates significant salary-cap space, a source confirmed to ESPN's Adam Schefter.   The move was first reported Monday by NorthJersey.com. The Giants are expected to officially announce Cruz's release later Monday, the source told Schefter.   The Giants also have released running back Rashad Jennings, sources told ESPN's Jordan Raanan.…
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The Daily Briefing Monday, February 13, 2017

The Daily Briefing Monday, February 13, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   Brad Gagnon of Bleacher Report with one guess on how the quarterback carousel will spin in the next few months:   In a league with 32 teams and fewer than 32 franchise quarterbacks, starting-caliber signal-callers don't often become available.   Most offseasons, trade rumors surround a couple of established quarterbacks and maybe a couple more hit the open market. But rarely do "elite" players at the NFL's most important position change teams.   This offseason could be different because at least a handful of well-established quarterbacks have a shot…
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The Daily Briefing Friday, February 10, 2017

The Daily Briefing Friday, February 10, 2017 AROUND THE NFL Joe Montana with some interesting thoughts on the difficulty of calling someone GOAT.  Michael David Smith at ProFootballTalk.com:   Tom Brady’s childhood idol is one of the few people who isn’t ready to proclaim Brady the best ever.   Hall of Fame 49ers quarterback Joe Montana, whom Brady has called his favorite player of all time, said he can’t declare Brady the best ever because he doesn’t think players from different eras can be properly compared.   “I think that it’s really hard to put anyone in that bucket,” Montana…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Daily Briefing - Thursday, February 9, 2017 AROUND THE NFL NFC NORTH   CHICAGO While 1-15 means the Browns have reduced many of their ticket prices, the Bears are doubling down on 3-13.  Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune breaks the bad news from the Bears.   Despite a 3-13 season in 2016 — the franchise's worst since the NFL went to a 16-game schedule in 1978 — the Bears are raising prices for the majority of tickets for games at Soldier Field.   Team President and CEO Ted Phillips sent a letter to season ticket holders Wednesday detailing…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Daily Briefing - Wednesday, February 8, 2017 AROUND THE NFL With the media in high dudgeon over the current state of American politics, players are now expected to have coherent opinions or at least opinions that match those of the media.     Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com:   For decades, NFL players have steered clear of political issues. And while there are signs that things are changing, change could come very, very slowly.   “[W]e are institutionalized sometimes,” Jets receiver Brandon Marshall explained last week in a visit to PFT Live. “We are. We’re told, “That’s not OK. You…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The Daily Briefing - Tuesday, February 7, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   We’re back.  We have Bill Barnwell’s long and excellent recap of what happened in Houston Sunday night towards the bottom.   NFC NORTH   GREEN BAY The Packers released RB JAMES STARKS on Tuesday.  Starks, scheduled for a 2017 cap hit of more than $3 mil, missed the last six games (including playoffs), with a concussion sustained in an auto accident.   NFC SOUTH   ATLANTA The Falcons surprise by taking Steve Sarkisian off Nick Saban’s Alabama staff to be their new OC.  Jeff Schultz in the Atlanta…
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The Daily Briefing Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Daily Briefing - Thursday, January 26, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   SUPER BOWL LI The Falcons had a chance to wear white, but gave that opportunity to New England.  Robert Hanzus at NFL.com:   The Atlanta Falcons have made their choice on the color of their jerseys in Super Bowl LI. If recent history is any indication, it was a poor one.   Falcons PR confirmed that the team will be wearing their red jerseys in the Feb. 5 championship game at NRG Stadium in Houston. The Patriots will wear their white jerseys. Fun fact: Teams wearing white jerseys…
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The Daily Briefing Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Daily Briefing - Wednesday, January 25, 2017 AROUND THE NFL   SUPER BOWL 51 The Falcons have opened up as 3-point underdogs to the Patriots who have played in six previous Super Bowls in the Belichick-Brady Era with none decided by more than four points.   They may be underdogs, but that’s a much more highly-regarded position than the Falcons found themselves vis a vis the betting public when the season started.  David Perdum ofESPN.com with some tales from Vegas: In the offseason, there was so little betting interest in the Atlanta Falcons that some Las Vegas sportsbooks lengthened their…
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The Daily Briefing Tuesday, January 24, 2017

AROUND THE NFL   SUPER BOWL LI The Falcons had a chance to wear white, but gave that opportunity to New England.  Robert Hanzus at NFL.com:   The Atlanta Falcons have made their choice on the color of their jerseys in Super Bowl LI. If recent history is any indication, it was a poor one.   Falcons PR confirmed that the team will be wearing their red jerseys in the Feb. 5 championship game at NRG Stadium in Houston. The Patriots will wear their white jerseys. Fun fact: Teams wearing white jerseys have won 11 of the last 12 Super…
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