Cousins was drafted in the fourth round in 2012 to be the backup


Earlier this season, Hornacek, in his first season in New York, de-emphasized the triangle, saying at one point that the club was running it “much less” than 50 percent of the time. Hornacek said late last week, though, that the club has been running the triangle more often in games after the All-Star break. He added that Jackson was not behind the decision.

Jackson, of course, won a combined 11 championships while using the triangle offense as a coach in Chicago and Los Angeles, but the Knicks have struggled to run the offense during Jackson’s presidency.

“I can’t figure out how you can hire a coach and tell him how you want him to play,” former Knicks coach Larry Brown said of the Phil Jackson-Jeff Hornacek dynamic.

Revis, a first-round pick in 2007, ascended to stardom early in his career and became known as the premier cornerback in the NFL. His ability to dominate the top receivers launched the “Revis Island” moniker.

“When you’re dealing with a player of Darrelle’s caliber, these decisions are extremely hard to make,” general manager Mike Maccagnan said. “We all have a great deal of respect for Darrelle and the significance of his time with the Jets cannot be overstated. He provided an example of how a pro should approach his craft and established his place in NFL history as one of the best at his position.”

Revis also became known for his contract problems, and a bitter dispute led to his trade to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012. The Jets received a first-round pick from the Bucs, which they used to select defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.

Cousins was drafted in the fourth round in 2012 to be the backup — and insurance policy — for Robert Griffin III, who was taken with the second overall pick that year. He started four games his first two seasons, one as a rookie replacement for an injured Griffin.

In 2013, Cousins started the final three games as the team benched Griffin, saying they wanted him healthy to work out in the offseason.

this should be a fairly even matchup between two of the NFC’s best teams


First of all, when Arizona sets up prior to the snap, they do a great job of not tipping their hand to the offense–milling about, playing off the line, or apparently locked in to man coverage outside. Colin Kaepernick (or any quarterback, or sometimes center) has to set protections based on what the defense is showing. Are there six defenders that look like they’re going to rush? He’s got to call a protection scheme that protects against six. What Arizona does well is to make it look like pressure will come from the left, for instance, then rush from the right (dropping players on the left into coverage).

Another thing that they like to do is the double or triple A-Gap blitz. The A-gaps are the two gaps between the center and guards. Below, you can see the center and running back pick up the double A-gap blitz by No. 50 and No. 36. What they haven’t accounted for in their protection is the delayed third blitzer, No. 22 Tony Jefferson.

“I want people to look at it and see that this man, for the time he was on this earth, did a lot of good for a lot of people.”

“Sean Taylor: A Football Life” airs Friday, September 26 at 9 p.m. ET on NFL Network.

The OVER is 7-1 in the last eight meetings between these two teams and 8-2 in Philadelphia’s last 10 games on the road. Sunday’s total is set at 50.5 at sportsbooks monitored by

If the first three weeks of the season are any indication, San Francisco should take a big lead in the first half and lose it in the second. Of course, both of these coaches will be grilling their teams this week about putting in a full 60-minute effort.

Regardless of how it plays out, this should be a fairly even matchup between two of the NFC’s best teams, providing some value on the team getting the points at Philadelphia +5.5

Notable cuts tracker: Who already has been released?


Hollis Thompson Limited Jersey Free agency has yet to arrive, but that hasn’t stopped NFL teams from trimming the fat.

The first few weeks following Super Bowl LI have seen a handful of notable players cut by their respective teams, as some organizations aim to clear cap space in anticipation of the start of the new league year. Veterans who are suddenly deemed expendable have been released, as have underachieving players who entered the league as high draft selections. We’ve assembled a round-up of the most notable moves so far.

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If the Browns got a third-round compensatory pick, they would convey it to the Patriots. The Browns found out that they did get a compensatory pick on Friday, so the 103rd overall pick will be in play for Bill Belichick to use in April. The Patriots now have two third-round picks and two fifth-round picks to go with selections in the first, second, fourth (they acquired one in a trade during last year’s draft to offset the one stripped by the NFL in Deflategate) and seventh rounds.
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This is the first year that teams have been allowed to deal compensatory picks in trades and the Patriots weren’t the only ones adding a third-round selection to their collection. The Titans will pick at No. 100 with the Rams sending their compensatory pick to Nashville in last year’s trade for the first overall pick.

The Browns were rewarded with four compensatory picks, but they will only have two come the draft. They also agreed to send a fourth-round compensatory pick to the Eagles as part of Philly’s deal for the No. 2 overall pick last year. They received two of them and it is believed the higher of the picks — No. 139 overall — will go to the Eagles.

It¡¯s worth losing your job over a meat pie


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The meat pie. It¡¯s objectively one of the world¡¯s great foods, and something that it horribly underrepresented in U.S. culinary tradition. Today we¡¯re talking about in in relation to sports after Sutton United goalkeeper Wayne Shaw ate a pie on the sideline and started ¡°Piegate,¡± also known as ¡°Pieaffair.¡±

Elite Brandon Williams Jersey Shaw ate a pie on the sideline after learning that bookies were taking bets at 8-1 odds that he would eat a pie during the game. It was a lark, but also a serious violation of betting laws and created a quagmire he wasn¡¯t fully prepared for. On the plus side, he got to eat a pie.

I¡¯m of the fervent belief that almost any job in the world is worth losing over a meat pie. For the uninitiated, this is a small, hand-held pie with buttery pastry and filled with a mixture of meat and gravy. Sometimes you can have mushrooms in it, maybe some onion ¡ª this is a free area because all meat pies are good pies.

We have been tricked by a false god in America. We have been led to believe that a hamburger is better than a meat pie. Some have gone so far as to take the common pastie, a British culinary treat and passed it off as a true meat pie. This is false. The difference between a true meat pie and a pastie is the meat-pastry ratio, which is perfect in a pie and skews too far towards pastry.

We can understand why the Kings traded Cousins, even if we don¡¯t understand the return they received in the trade. Each side needed a fresh start. But when videos emerge showing Cousins spilling his heart to his fans away from that sporting world, it strips down what makes sports special to its most basic level.

The Patriots defense allowed just seven points to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship


What differs between the playoffs and the regular season is simple: the game cannot end in a tie in the postseason, and that of course counts for the Super Bowl. The overtime period is a 15-minute frame in which both teams get three timeouts apiece. If the game is tied after that first frame, they’ll play as many 15-minute periods as needed until one of them scores.

The Patriots defense allowed just seven points to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship, albeit in sloppy conditions. Whether the Seahawks offense can gain traction early in the game or the Patriots defense maintains its momentum could swing the outcome. Here’s everything you need to tune in:

Beyonce’s performance was one of the most well-received halftime shows ever. Bruno Mars’ halftime also drew high marks for his halftime show last year. The Red Hot Chili Peppers aspect of that show left something to be desired, but all in all, this year’s performers do have some recent history to live up to.

Also per tradition, President Obama did not make a prediction for Super Bowl XLIX between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots. He did admit that he thinks the game will be close, though he has worries about the health of Seattle’s secondary.

Although both essentially shrugged off what happened afterward, Keselowski also choose to look ahead to next Sunday¡¯s season-opening Daytona 500. His message was clear and directed not only to Hamlin, but those not eligible to compete in the exhibition race who were watching the Clash on television.

Game Youth Theoren Fleury Jersey ¡°I guarantee he knows ¡ª and everyone else who was watching today ¡ª that I¡¯m going to make that move again,¡± Keselowski said. ¡°And you better move out or you¡¯ll end up wrecked.¡±
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Alex Reyes news starts Cardinals season on a bleak note


The Alex Reyes news hits the St. Louis Cardinals right where they live.

Something wasn’t right from the minute the team’s hulking, baby-faced pitcher set foot in the clubhouse Tuesday morning. He politely declined an interview request, saying he had somewhere to be. That somewhere turned out to be an appointment with a doctor that led to an MRI tube that led to the grim realization that one of the brightest young talents in the game could be dimmed for at least a year.

Nowadays, the prognosis for injuries like this is pretty encouraging long-term. Reyes is only 22 years old. He’d be nuts to prolong what could prove to be the inevitable if doctors think it truly is inevitable.

He might as well get it addressed now rather than wait until the prime of his career, his best earning years, when the team will need him the most. He and the Cardinals have known since the spring of 2013 that things could be heading this way. The first time doctors found a partial tear — also known as a strain — they were able to keep him on the field with an injection of platelet-rich plasma. Now, it looks as if they’ll have to cut open his elbow and replace the ligament.

What do the Brewers, Blue Jays, and A’s all have in common? According to Grant Brisbee, they all have underrated strengths that you should keep an eye on this season.
As they arrived for camp, the Arizona Wildcats decided to take a hint from a beloved (albeit fictional) Cleveland team from the past.

The injury to Alex Reyes makes this piece on imagining the Cardinals as sellers this season a bit more relevant.

Brett Favre revenge: Would Packers be interested in Adrian Peterson?


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¡°There are two lanes eastbound and two lanes westbound,¡± she said.

Peterson can still deepen the intrigue. The Vikings’ looming decision on Peterson should be closely watched at Steelers headquarters. The Vikings are widely expected to pass on the 31-year-old Peterson’s $6 million roster bonus in the final year of his deal. That leaves Minnesota with two options: Cut him or ask him to take a reduced salary, a reality a prideful Peterson might not accept.

If Peterson is released, that $14-million-a-year clip is off the books, leaving McCoy the game’s highest-paid back. The Steelers easily could give Bell more than McCoy without jeopardizing the salary cap.

Elite Arik Armstead Jersey The Cardinals will tag outside linebacker Chandler Jones unless a long-term deal can be reached, coach Bruce Arians said during his end-of-season news conference in early January. “Chandler’s not going anywhere because, if we have to, we will franchise him,” Arians said. The Cardinals want to keep the 26-year-old as the foundation of their pass rush.

He has produced double-digit sacks in each of his past two seasons, including 12.5 sacks in 2015 with New England and 11 in 2016 with Arizona. The projected franchise tag for linebackers is $15.287 million. If he can convince the Cardinals to call him a defensive end, he could be tagged for $16.988 million, a difference of about $1.7 million more.

After his season ended with a Super Bowl victory parade in Boston, Jimmy Garoppolo would be a worthy investment if the Browns envision him as their quarterback of the future.

Andrew Wiggins scored 27 points against Chicago on Sunday


Gordon Hayward certainly hasn’t slowed down since earning his maiden All-Star nod; Hayward has cracked the 30-point plateau in four of his past five games and remain on course to record the highest scoring average by anyone in Jazz colors since Karl Malone’s 23.2 PPG in 2000-01. Utah’s week, however, ended with a double thud after it hiked its record to 15 games over .500, thanks to blowing that 21-point lead in Dallas and a home loss Saturday night to Boston, suffered despite George Hill’s 22 points. The Jazz are now 12-1 when Hill scores at least 20 points … as well as 19-5 ?when both Hill and Hayward are in the lineup. Without Hill? The Jazz are 12-13.

Jim Otto Youth Jersey Milwaukee Bucks: With Jabari Parker (knee) out for the season and Khris Middleton out of the lineup Saturday against Indiana, the Bucks turned to Giannis Antetokounmpo, Michael Beasley and Thon Maker as their starting frontcourt, with Matthew Dellavedova starting at point guard and Tony Snell manning the 2-guard. This is a rotation to keep a close eye on, as it will evolve on a game-to-game basis, with Greg Monroe and Mirza Teletovic being two other options who could start in the future.

Denzelle Good Womens Jersey Minnesota Timberwolves: Andrew Wiggins scored 27 points against Chicago on Sunday, giving him 20 or more points in each of the past 13 games. How has he done it? For one, he’s taking a lot of shots with Zach LaVine out for the season and no longer in the lineup (20 FGA in the past five games), but he’s also been very efficient. The third-year swingman is shooting 52 percent in his past five games and 49.5 percent in the past 10.

But he said they can’t do it without Cousins hitting his full stride when the time comes.

“We’re very similar,” Barnes told ESPN-Tencent. “Obviously he’s the superstar and I’m a role player. But I think we have similar reputations. You know me being young. And doing all the stuff he did, reputation-wise, I think I can give him advice sometimes.”

Kevin Durant hired extra security for his return to Oklahoma City


Kevin Durant¡¯s return to Oklahoma City promises to be an emotionally charged atmosphere. To prepare for that, Durant will be traveling with extra security for him and his family members in attendance, according to ESPN¡¯s Chris Haynes.
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The Warriors will travel with three times as many personnel as they normally do on road trips, according to Haynes. A number of them will be specifically assigned to protect Durant¡¯s mother, Wanda Pratt. Pratt will sit next to Durant¡¯s agent, Rich Kleiman.

The Warriors played in Memphis on Friday night, so Durant won¡¯t have much time to explore the city he once lived in for nine years. However, he ¡°won¡¯t be locked in his hotel room,¡± a source told Haynes. Kleiman will make several community appearances on Durant¡¯s behalf.

LeBron James did the same thing before his return to Miami
In fact, James actually took more precautions. From a 2010 ESPN article:

To ensure James’ safety, there will be dozens of extra police officers on hand, both uniformed and undercover. Officers will be stationed inside and outside the arena, and many will be positioned by the Heat bench and at the tunnel where the Heat players will enter the court.
The Cavaliers also confiscated any sign or apparel that was deemed inappropriate. It¡¯s unclear if Thunder security plans to do the same. Some fans have already made special KowarD T-shirts:

That extra security prevented a serious incident from happening in James¡¯ return, though it was still a charged atmosphere. David Fizdale, the Grizzlies¡¯ current head coach and a Miami assistant in 2010, told Haynes that fans threw batteries on the floor in James¡¯ return:
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Fizdale doesn¡¯t expect Oklahoma City to be as ¡°volatile¡± as Cleveland was that night. We¡¯ll see if that is indeed the case.

Ravens announce release of Chris Canty as they continue to try to create cap space for 2015 moves


The Ravens signed the former Giants defensive tackle in 2013 to a three-year deal. He recorded one sack and a total of four quarterback pressures last season. Canty saw his workload decline over the last two years, from 579 snaps in 2013 to just 360 regular season snaps last year. The move saves Baltimore $3.3 million in cap space.

“Even though I will think about it every day, I hope one day I will be remembered for something else,” Bostick wrote. “I do know this: If I ever get another chance to play in a conference championship game, no matter what uniform I’m wearing, I will take a moment to apologize to my teammates on the 2014 Packers.”

The NFL moved the NFL draft away from New York City this year for the first time in decades. Instead, the annual player selection meeting will be held in Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre. The league has made it known that the draft could become a roaming event that takes place in a new location each year. It may not even take multiple years. According to Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal, Rodger Goodell said the NFL has discussed having each of the draft’s seven rounds in a separate location.

Regardless of whether that plan comes to fruition, Hall of Famer Dan Dierdorf would like to see the draft hosted in Canton, Ohio. Canton is already host to the Hall of Fame, the yearly induction and even a preseason game. While Canton could indeed host the draft in theory, the league probably has its eyes on bigger cities.

Texans offensive tackle David Quessenberry was entering his second season in the NFL when he learned some horrifying news. After feeling fatigued and battling with persistent cough, doctors diagnosed him with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a form of cancer. Quessenberry spent the rest of the season on the Non-Football Illness list while receiving treatment. On Wednesday, Quessenberry revealed some exciting news on his Twitter account.

Quessenberry told David Nuno of ABC 13 that he finished radiation two weeks ago. It’s unclear whether he plans on returning to football anytime soon, but that’s unimportant relative to the potentially deadly health scare he has overcome.