“I love the game, it’s exciting, I feel like I have a lot of added value that I can help. Not only with the team, but the young guys on this team,” Suh said. “A big motivation is I’ve got one ring, but I gotta get a second ring, so my boys aren’t fighting over the one that I have.”
That is certainly one way to stay hungry.
Suh, 36, remained a free agent until midway through the 2022 season. He chose to sign with the Eagles over one other team, and that decision was validated with Philly’s win in the NFC Championship Game. He is now one win away from his sons no longer having to share a ring.
October 23, 2022; Santa Clara, California, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (11) during halftime against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling has one pertinent concern now that his team will be playing in the Super Bowl.
The Chiefs beat the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 on Sunday to clinch their spot in the big game, and it marks Valdes-Scantling’s first trip to the Super Bowl. That prompted a notable worry for him: he might miss Rihanna’s halftime show.
Serious question… can I watch Rihanna perform at halftime?
Valdes-Scantling had a monster game in the AFC Championship, catching six passes for 116 yards and a touchdown. If he’s upset at the prospect of potentially missing Rihanna, he only has himself to blame, though we’re guessing he is probably okay with it.
One of the most dedicated fans in MLB history has died.
The Cleveland Guardians on Monday announced that longtime ballpark drummer John Adams has died. He was 71.
Adams was well known for banging his bass drum at almost every single Indians and Guardians home game for nearly five decades. The Cleveland native first attended an Indians home game with his drum at Cleveland Municipal Stadium on Aug. 24, 1973. He missed just 45 home games in 48 years.
The Indians shared a tribute video to Adams on social media.
It is with deep sadness that we share the passing of John Adams.
John has been with us since our time at Cleveland Municipal, banging his drum for nearly 50 years, bringing joy to fans and players alike.
Adams was inducted into the Cleveland Guardians Distinguished Hall of Fame last season. A bronze drum and his bleacher seat have been moved to Heritage Park, which is where Progressive Field is located, in his honor.
Aug 29, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Kellen Moore on the field during the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
The Dallas Cowboys made a surprising decision on Sunday when they decided to part ways with Kellen Moore, and it seems like the assistant coach already had another job lined up.
Moore is expected to be named the new offensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Chargers, Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Media report. The Chargers received permission to speak with Moore earlier this month when it became clear that the 34-year-old would be leaving Dallas.
The #Chargers have been working on this for a while, receiving permission to speak with Kellen Moore when it became clear there may be a mutual parting of the ways. Now, he’s expected to land in Los Angeles with one of the top jobs available. https://t.co/AcYmwKWcV5
Moore is viewed as one of the brightest young offensive minds in the NFL. He has received some interest for head coach jobs, and the Cowboys expected him to eventually leave for one. The two sides instead decided to part ways sooner so Moore could take an OC job elsewhere, which is a move most people did not see coming.
Joe Burrow was unable to fire up one of his famous victory cigars after the Cincinnati Bengals lost Sunday’s AFC Championship Game to the Kansas City Chiefs, but Patrick Mahomes’ father was happy to carry on the tradition.
Mahomes’ father, former MLB pitcher Pat Mahomes, smoked a cigar while celebrating on the field at Arrowhead Stadium following Kansas City’s 23-20 win. The elder Mahomes was interviewed by Aaron Ladd of KSHB 41, and he proudly said he was “smoking the Joe Burrow.”
The Bengals did a lot of talking leading up to the AFC Championship Game. While Burrow did his best to not provide bulletin-board material, his teammates were not as concerned. Some of them referred to Arrowhead Stadium as “Burrowhead” because of all the success Burrow has had against the Chiefs. Travis Kelce took a savage shot at the Bengals over that nickname.
Jan 8, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos general manager George Paton before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
The Denver Broncos have been aggressive this offseason in pursuing a big name for their head coach vacancy, but yet another top candidate has reportedly turned them down.
San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans is now free to negotiate with other teams after the Niners lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game. There have been reports that Ryans is the top choice for both the Broncos and Houston Texans, but it sounds like he is leaning toward joining the latter.
“The Denver Broncos also had significant interest in DeMeco Ryans,” Rapoport said Monday. “After interviewing him, they have received indication that his intention is (to head) elsewhere. … He is going to do a second interview with the Texans this week. Assuming all goes well, and it should, he’ll be named the Texans’ next head coach.”
Though things may still work out for the Broncos, it sure seems like they have been swinging and missing on head coach candidates all offseason. Jim Harbaugh was said to be one of their top choices before he once again reaffirmed his commitment to Michigan. The Broncos even reportedly made a last-ditch attempt to change Harbaugh’s mind after he removed his name from consideration.
Sean Payton was also linked to Denver, and he remains available. However, he may ultimately remain with FOX for another season due to an unforeseen obstacle.
The Broncos have a new ownership group that is willing to spend big, but for some reason they cannot seem to attract the candidates they like the most.
The Cincinnati Bengals essentially handed the Kansas City Chiefs a game-winning field goal on Sunday when they were called for a late hit out of bounds, but the Chiefs may have gotten away with a foul of their own on the same play.
The Chiefs had a 3rd-and-4 at the Cincinnati 47 with 17 seconds left and the AFC Championship Game tied 20-20. Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes scrambled to his right after being pressured. Not only did he pick up the first down and go out of bounds, but he also drew a penalty for a late hit by Joseph Ossai (video here).
That penalty occurred with eight seconds left. The 15-yard penalty gave the Chiefs the ball at the Cincinnati 27, putting the Chiefs in field goal range. On the next play, Harrison Butker nailed a 45-yard field goal with three seconds left that put the Chiefs in the Super Bowl.
The Chiefs also may have gotten away with a hold on the play. Trey Smith was beaten by BJ Hill and appeared to hold the Bengals defensive tackle, which allowed Mahomes to step up in the pocket and then scramble for the first down.
They say holding could be called on any play in an NFL game, but most fans and teams want consistency. The block by Smith looked very similar to one that was called a hold on Bengals guard Cordell Volson late in the third quarter. That penalty negated a 19-yard reception from Ja’Marr Chase on 3rd-and-7.
The wild part is other fans felt a holding should have been called on a different lineman on the same play.
The Kansas City Chiefs beat the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, and some KC players were happy to do some talking after the game.
Chiefs safeties Juan Thornhill and Justin Reid appeared in a video from their locker room at Arrowhead Stadium. Thornhill trolled Eli Apple over his season ending. Apple poked fun at Bills receiver Stefon Diggs a week earlier after being eliminated, and this time around it was Thornhill poking fun at Apple for being eliminated. Reid also appeared to say that he lived up to what he said about letting his play do the talking.
This was just another example of how the Chiefs saw all the trash talk from the Bengals in the week leading up to the game and made a point to overcome it. From the “Burrowhead” jabs to the mayor’s insult, the Chiefs had no shortage of motivating points.
Nov 7, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) before the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Denver Broncos at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Germaine Pratt is drawing criticism from a notable NFL peer after a video of him went viral following Sunday’s loss.
Pratt and the Bengals saw their season end with a 23-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game. Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker hit a game-winning field goal in the last seconds of the contest after Bengals defensive end Joseph Ossai made a huge mistake with a roughing-the-passer penalty that cost his team 15 crucial yards (video here).
Katie Kapusta of Spectrum News 1 in Ohio shared a video from outside the Bengals locker room after the game that showed Pratt having a profane outburst over the Ossai mistake.
“This is my f–king last year!” an incredulous Pratt (No. 57) shouted as he walked by.”The f–k! Why the f–k would you touch the quarterback?”
Here is the video (but obviously beware of the bad language).
Pratt, who was playing in the final season of his contract and will now be a free agent, was widely condemned online for the outburst. Many thought it was a very bad look for him to throw a teammate under the bus so openly like that. Dallas Cowboys All-Pro Micah Parsons was one of those who joined in on the criticism of Pratt, tweeting, “This lame asf!”
The fifth-year linebacker Pratt posted a response on Instagram to the critics.
“Yep ppl will post anything on social media for likes and views,” he said of the video. “I have real feelings [and] sometimes they are raw. If you love something as much [as] I do, sometimes things will be said in the heated [sic] of the moment. But I know what type of teammate I am. And what type of man I am. Trust me no love lost Im [sic] hurt. Remember some ppl with [sic] hate you, rate you and shake you and try to break you but I will stand tall like always.”
Pratt probably has a point in that the outburst occurred in the heat of the moment (right after a devastating season-ending loss), so emotions were still very raw. But you have to feel bad for Ossai, who was having a great game (with five tackles, two QB hits, one tackle for loss, and one pass defended) and just made an awful mistake at an awful time. Ossai’s heartbreaking reaction to the play said it all as well.
Those were some bold, not to mention dumb, words from a high-profile person who wouldn’t even be playing in the game. The comments clearly worked to Cincinnati’s detriment, as it’s obvious how much the Chiefs were motivated by the remarks.
Philadelphia’s mayor would be wise to steer clear of the subject ahead of the Super Bowl.