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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Football

Mike Singletary leaves Texas high school team after going 1-21

Mike Singletary

Mike Singletary’s coaching career has really taken a turn for the worse.

The Hall of Fame linebacker for the Chicago Bears has struggled to find success in coaching, and his latest job performance might be his worst yet. Singletary had been coaching at a Dallas high school, but has left as head coach of Trinity Christian-Addison, according to Callie Caplan of the Dallas Morning News.

Singletary went just 1-21 as head coach at the school, including an 0-11 record last season. School athletic director Donald English said Singletary had “elected to look at some other opportunities” in December.

Singletary is remembered for his stint coaching the San Francisco 49ers from 2008 to 2010. He went 18-22 overall, becoming infamous for some of his postgame rants. His team started the 2010 season 0-5, and he was ultimately fired after a 5-10 year. Singletary’s tenure looked even worse when his successor, Jim Harbaugh, instantly transformed the Niners into a Super Bowl contender.

It’s only been a few years since Singletary was being looked at for a possible second stint as an NFL head coach. There are plenty of variables in high school football, but going 1-21 over two seasons is a pretty awful look. Maybe he can get back into the league as a positional coach or in some sort of advisory role.

Nick Foles has funny ‘Philly Special’ advice for Peyton Manning

Nick Foles Jags

One of the more entertaining parts of “The Match” on Sunday was the various athletes weighing in via social media.

Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Foles had one of the better takes on Twitter, giving Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods some advice in the event of a comeback by Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson.

Foles is, of course, referring to the famous play that his Philadelphia Eagles used against the Patriots in Super Bowl LII that played a major role in the Eagles’ victory. It was a play that helped lead to one of Brady’s three Super Bowl losses.

Brady has suggested that loss still bothers him deeply. Foles is really hitting him where it hurts.

Troy Aikman shares thoughts on Dak Prescott’s contract situation

Troy Aikman has made his opinion on Dak Prescott very clear in the past, and the Dallas Cowboys legend reiterated his stance during a radio interview on Monday.

Aikman spoke with Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan about Prescott’s contract situation, and the three-time Super Bowl champion said he loves Prescott as a player and fully expects the Cowboys to sign the 26-year-old to a long-term deal.

“I love everything about him,” Aikman said. “I’m not saying anything the Cowboys don’t already know. They will pay him, he’s going to make a lot of money, and I think he’s going to be the quarterback for the Cowboys for a long long time, and continue to have a great career.”

Aikman said he has been “surprised” by how much discussion there has been surrounding Prescott’s contract negotiations with the Cowboys, as Dak is going to be with the team in 2020 whether he plays under the franchise tag or a new deal. However, Aikman clearly believes the Cowboys should bend in the negotiations if it becomes necessary.

“I think he’s a very unselfish player,” the FOX broadcaster said. “I wouldn’t say that about everybody; he only wants to win. … Dak truly doesn’t care about his stats. He just wants to win, he’s a leader, his teammates love him. So, I would pay him. He’s going to get paid.”

This is at least the second time Aikman has publicly urged the Cowboys to pay Prescott, so he obviously thinks very highly of him. With the way things stand, it would still be surprising if Prescott and the Cowboys failed to reach a long-term agreement by the July 15 deadline. There appears to be only one major disagreement between the two sides, so they should be able to sort through that.

Phil Mickelson shares hilarious strategy for winning ‘The Match’

Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson was as confident as ever heading into the second installment of “The Match” on Sunday, and you will understand why when you hear the complicated yet fantastic formula he came up with for him and Tom Brady to defeat Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning.

Not long before Mickelson, Brady, Manning and Woods teed it up at Medalist Golf Club, lefty shared a video explaining the key to victory. He said it will be crucial to hit “bombs” and “hellacious seeds.” Only Phil can explain the rest.

With professional sports on hiatus, the star-studded match has been one of the most highly anticipated events of the year for fans. The trash talk has also been phenomenal, which was to be expected. If Phil and Brady can hit “bombs” and “hellacious seeds,” they’re going to be very tough to beat.

Eli Manning killed it on Twitter during ‘The Match’

Eli Manning

Who knew Eli Manning would be so good at Twitter?

The longtime New York Giant spent his second day on Twitter trolling his older brother Peyton and the other competitors in “The Match.” He saved most of his best material for Peyton, but he also wryly touted himself during the event. The tweets were likely sent by people tweeting on his behalf as part of an endorsement for Frank’s Red Hot Bloody Mary.

Eli also roasted his brother at the start of the match.

Manning has long shunned social media. He’s only just joined, but it looks like he’s pretty good at it.

Mike Tomlin likes idea of adding incentives to Rooney Rule

Mike Tomlin

The NFL’s proposal to tie draft incentives to teams who hire minority coaches has been controversial, but one of the NFL’s three black coaches likes the concept, at least in theory.

Appearing on “Coffee with Cal” with Kentucky coach John Calipari, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said he liked the idea of giving incentives tied to the Rooney Rule to teams instead of the punitive measures the NFL has taken in the past.

“We’ve always taken it from the approach of, punitive if you don’t interview minority candidates or things of that nature,” Tomlin said, via Brooke Pryor of ESPN. “I just like the different approach in terms of spinning it 180 and talking about maybe incentivizing those that develop the talent and those that hire the talent.”

As for the proposed new draft pick rules, which have been tabled by owners for the time being, Tomlin wouldn’t go so far as to actually endorse that plan as written.

“I agree it’s debatable about the value placed on the incentivized plan, but I just generally like the discussion,” Tomlin said.

Tomlin has a point. Punishments haven’t seemed to do much to get teams to follow the Rooney Rule, so perhaps some incentive would help. What has been proposed, however, has not gone over well with a lot of people.

Hunter Henry ‘fine’ playing under Chargers’ franchise tag

Hunter Henry

The franchise tag can be unappealing for some players. Fortunately for the Los Angeles Chargers, Hunter Henry isn’t one of them.

The tight end said he is “fine” playing under the tag in 2020, though he would still prefer a long-term deal by July 15.

“I think it’s fine,” Henry told SiriusXM NFL Radio, via Tyler Sullivan of CBS Sports. “Obviously, I think I would like to get something done. Just security, and long term and just with the team and the franchise. It’s another year of playing football, man, that’s how I look at it. Another year to play some ball. I think I just look forward to the challenge of whatever it is. I get to go out there and play football with guys that I’ve been doing it with a couple years with now. I get another chance to go out there and do it.

“Whatever the situation is, I’ll be looking forward to going out with this squad. I’m really looking forward to this team, the potential and what we have going for us here in this 2020 season.”

It sounds like no holdout, which is good news for the Chargers. The 25-year-old tight end posted a career-high 652 receiving yards in 2019, and his five touchdown catches were a key part of the offense. He seems excited about the future of the offense, and is set to play a major role in it whether he’s signed long-term or not.