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Mike Vrabel does not hold back after getting drilled by Bills

Mike Vrabel on the sidelines

Jan 11, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel against the Baltimore Ravens in the second quarter in a AFC Divisional Round playoff football game at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: George Walker IV/The Tennessean via USA TODAY NETWORK

Mike Vrabel did not hold back after his Tennessee Titans got drilled 41-7 by the Buffalo Bills on Monday night.

Tennessee answered Buffalo’s touchdown on the opening drive with a touchdown of their own, but it was all downhill from there. The Bills went into halftime up 17-7 and then completely tore apart the Titans in the third quarter.

Buffalo outscored Tennessee 24-0 in the third quarter. They capitalized on a muffed punt and added a pick-six in order to run away with the game.

Tennessee made a quarterback change from Ryan Tannehill to Malik Willis late in the third quarter, and their offense remained just as putrid. Willis went 1/4 for 6 yards and lost a fumble.

Vrabel did not sugarcoat things after the game.

“We got our a–es kicked, plain and simple. We got outcoached and outplayed and we have to get it fixed,” Vrabel said (profanity edited by LBS).

There’s no way around it. They got completely outclassed by Buffalo. Things got ugly in the second half.

Tennessee had problems in all three phases of the game. On offense, they passed for just 107 yards and Derrick Henry averaged just 1.9 yards per carry. They threw two interceptions and lost a fumble.

Kyle Phillips muffed a punt for the second week in a row. And the defense allowed Stefon Diggs to make 12 catches for 148 yards and 3 touchdowns.

The Titans didn’t look very good at home in Week 1 when they lost to the Giants 21-20. They looked even worse on Monday night.

Tennessee looks nothing like the team that went 12-5 to earn the top spot in the AFC last season.

Odell Beckham Jr sparks fresh rumors with latest QB meeting

Odell Beckham on the field for warmups

Oct 21, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) warms up before the game between the Browns and the Denver Broncos at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Odell Beckham Jr has yet to find a new team as he continues to recover from the torn ACL he suffered in the Super Bowl. There have been plenty of rumors about where he might sign, and the star wide receiver sparked a fresh one on Sunday with one of his on-field interactions.

Beckham was at the Caesars Superdome in New Orleans for the Saints’ game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Prior to kickoff, he and Tom Brady shared a long hug and spoke for a while on the field.

The video went viral and left many people asking the same question: Do the Bucs have room for one more?

The Buccaneers are loaded at the wide receiver position, though their depth has already been tested. Chris Godwin missed Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury, and Julio Jones sat out with a knee injury. Mike Evans was ejected in the second half for his role in a brawl that broke out (video here).

Brady and Beckham have been friends for many years. One report even claimed they want to play together. No one would be stunned if it happened.

Extent of Trey Lance’s ankle injury revealed

Trey Lance holds a ball

Sep 11, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance (5) drops back to pass against the Chicago Bears during the first quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance suffered a significant injury during Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks, and it is one that will likely end his season.

Lance is expected to undergo season-ending surgery on his right ankle, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

Lance was carted to the locker room late in the first quarter on Sunday. His leg bent awkwardly underneath him when two Seahawks defenders tackled him as he took the ball up the middle on a designed run. Medical personnel used an air cast to stabilize Lance’s leg on the field. The former No. 3 overall pick was immediately ruled out for the remainder of the game with an ankle injury.

Jimmy Garoppolo took over for the 49ers after Lance left the game. The veteran led the team to an easy 27-7 win over their division rival. San Francisco agreed to a restructured contract with Garoppolo prior to the start of the season that includes several incentives. He will likely have an opportunity to hit them now.

Lance’s start against Seattle was only the third of his career.

Trey Lance carted off with potentially serious injury

Trey Lance suffers an ankle injury

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Trey Lance was carted off the field on Sunday with what looked like a serious injury.

Lance left the game after suffering a gruesome-looking injury to his lower right leg late in the first quarter. The former first-round pick’s leg bent awkwardly underneath him when two Seattle Seahawks defenders tackled him as he took the ball up the middle on a designed run.

Medical staff immediately stabilized Lance’s leg with an air cast, which usually is not a good sign. Players from both teams came over to the former North Dakota State star to wish him well as he was taken to the locker room.

The Niners ruled Lance out for the remainder of the game with an ankle injury.

Lance was making just his third NFL start. He struggled in a loss to the Chicago Bears last week, going 13/28 for 164 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. Though, torrential rains and poor field conditions played a role in that performance.

Jimmy Garoppolo took over for Lance, and the veteran may once again be the 49ers’ starting quarterback for the foreseeable future. That is one of the reasons San Francisco decided to bring Garoppolo back on a restructured contract, even though the decision reportedly did not sit well with Lance.

Video: Ugly Buccaneers-Saints fight leads to key player ejections

Mike Evans and Marshon Lattimore fight

An ugly brawl broke out during the second half of Sunday’s game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints, and two key players were ejected for their roles.

The fight began after Tom Brady complained about what he felt should have been a pass interference penalty. As Brady was letting the officiating crew hear it, Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore appeared to say something that the 45-year-old quarterback did not appreciate. Brady then began jawing at Lattimore, and the situation escalated from there.

Leonard Fournette stepped in to stand up for Brady. He and Lattimore exchanged shoves before Mike Evans came flying into the mix and leveled the Saints defensive back. You can see the scrum below:

Even if he was defending his quarterback, Evans’ actions were inexcusable. He should have been more aware of the situation and known that the Bucs were without both Chris Godwin and Julio Jones, who missed Sunday’s game with injuries. That made it even more crucial for Evans to stay on the field.

Of course, it is hardly a surprise that Evans went after Lattimore. The two have a history with one another and have gotten into similar altercations in the past.

Tyrod Taylor suing doctor who is treating Justin Herbert injury

Tyrod Taylor during warmups

Aug 27, 2020; Inglewood, California, United States; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor at a scrimmage at SoFi Stadium that was cancelled in the wake of protests following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Tyrod Taylor lost his starting quarterback job to then-rookie Justin Herbert two years ago because of a team doctor’s mishap. That same doctor still works for the Los Angeles Chargers and is now treating a significant injury for Herbert. He is doing so while facing a lawsuit from Taylor.

Taylor suffered a punctured lung prior to Week 2 in 2020 when team doctor David S. Gazzaniga administered a pain-killing injection to treat a rib injury. The veteran was going to play through the rib injury, but he was ruled out as a result of the lung puncture. Herbert started in Taylor’s place, and the rest is history.

According to court documents obtained by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, Taylor has sued Gazzaniga and the Newport Orthopedic Institute that the doctor runs. Taylor is seeking at least $5 million. The trial in the case was originally scheduled for November, but both sides agreed to move it until after so it would not be during the NFL season.

Taylor, who is now with the New York Giants, alleges in the lawsuit that he suffered “severe physical pain resulting in hospitalization, physical therapy, emotional distress and other past pain and suffering.” The 33-year-old’s attorneys argue that “negligence, carelessness and other tortious, unlawful and wrong acts” led to Taylor losing his starting job in 2020 just before he was set to become a free agent.

Taylor’s attorneys also say that Gazzaniga did not obtain proper consent from Taylor before administering the injection.

Despite losing his starting job with the Chargers, Taylor still entered the 2021 season as a starter with the Houston Texans. He signed a one-year deal worth up to $12.5 million with them. Taylor suffered a hamstring injury in Week 2 and missed six games. He returned to start four more games but was eventually replaced with rookie Davis Mills.

Taylor signed a two-year deal worth up to $17 million with the New York Giants this past offseason. He served as the backup quarterback to Daniel Jones in Week 1.

Taylor chose not to file a grievance against the Chargers following the incident in 2020.

Gazzaniga has remained with the Chargers despite the situation with Taylor. He is now treating a rib injury for Herbert.

Video: Tommy Rees lit into QB Drew Pyne amid Notre Dame struggles

Tommy Rees yelling

Notre Dame’s offensive struggles continued on Saturday, and offensive coordinator Tommy Rees definitely looked like one of those who was feeling the pressure.

NBC cameras caught Rees berating quarterback Drew Pyne from the coaches’ box during Saturday’s game against California. Pyne looked quite sullen as Rees absolutely lit into the senior quarterback.

It did not take an expert lip-reader to figure out what Rees was saying based on this camera view, either.

“Do your f—ing job. The whole f—ing team is counting on you,” Rees appeared to say.

One can sympathize with Pyne, at least to a degree. He was pressed into duty after Week 1 starter Tyler Buchner suffered a season-ending shoulder injury against Marshall last Saturday. He and the offense struggled mightily again in the first half against Cal, with the quarterback going 7/12 for just 57 yards, though he did throw a touchdown pass.

Rees is a former Notre Dame quarterback himself, so it is not as if he is unaware of the pressure here. Still, after the school made retaining him such a priority, he might come under scrutiny over the lack of results so far in 2022.

Appalachian State changed ESPN’s ‘GameDay’ plans

Gameday at Appalachian State

ESPN was originally scheduled to host “College GameDay” at Texas A&M in Week 3, but Appalachian State University changed those plans.

Following App State’s incredible upset victory over No. 6 ranked Texas A&M last week, ESPN decided to reroute. Rather than going live at College Station on Saturday, they will instead head to Boone, North Carolina for the first time ever.

“I saw the reaction, post-A&M game, the parade mentality, like charging into the downtown city, that was frickin’ fantastic,” ESPN College GameDay analyst David Pollack said, via ABC 13 News. “So, I was like, this is going to be awesome.”

The GameDay crew will broadcast from Sanford Mall and upwards of 30,000 fans are expected to attend.

“This is absolutely insane. I’ve never seen anything like this before,” said Rachel Fleig, a senior at App State. “The atmosphere this whole week, it’s just been really a game-changer for our entire university.”

Appalachian State represents the 77th different college campus GameDay will broadcast from, but just the second Sun Belt Conference school ever.

Report reveals how far Texas went to recruit Arch Manning

Arch Manning looks on

Oct 30, 2021; Clemson, South Carolina, USA; Recruit Arch Manning, right, and his father Cooper Manning before the game between Clemson and Florida State at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Longhorns scored a coup in recruiting by landing Arch Manning, and it sounds like they paid a hefty sum to do so.

Manning took his official visit to Texas in June, and the Longhorns spared no expense in making it a memorable trip. According to records obtained by Sam Khan Jr. of The Athletic, the university spent $280,000 for food, accommodations, and other luxuries for Manning and eight other recruits that visited on the weekend of June 17.

In addition to a luxury hotel and food, Texas paid up for recruits to play at TopGolf, as well as a cruise on Lady Bird Lake. Manning did not commit during the three-day visit, but did so publicly four days after it ended.

To be clear, this was hardly special treatment just for Manning. One weekend later, the school hosted 14 recruits with largely the same itinerary for nearly $350,000.

As impressive as the visit was, it does sound like there were other factors that played into Manning’s decision to attend Texas. If nothing else, this grants a look at just how glitzy recruiting is at the highest levels of college football.

Look: Chargers TE tried to get subbed out before pick-six

Gerald Everett calls for a sub

The biggest play in Thursday night’s game between the Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs was an interception at the goal line that was returned 99 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Had Chargers tight end Gerald Everett’s request for a substitute been granted, the result may have been different.

Everett was the intended receiver on the pick-six, which came with the game tied 17-17. The veteran looked like he gave up on the play. Replays showed that Everett motioned to be taken off the field before the play, but the Chargers went with the no-huddle offense.

You can see the sequence below:

Everett caught back-to-back passes of 7 yards and 26 yards from Justin Herbert before the interception. It is unclear if he was injured or just needed a breather.

Kansas City went on to win 27-24. The pick-six led to a massive momentum shift and was probably the difference in the game. Chiefs defensive back Jaylen Watson deserves credit for anticipating the route and jumping in front of the pass, but it sure seemed like Everett was totally out of gas.