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LeBron James backs Deion Sanders for Florida State coaching job

LeBron James

Deion Sanders is apparently being considered as a potential candidate for the Florida State head coaching job, which is somewhat shocking given that he has no coaching experience at the college or pro level. But if LeBron James were the athletic director at FSU, Sanders might already be hired.

On Friday, LeBron tweeted his endorsement of Sanders for the job. He said he feels the Hall of Famer would be “PERFECT” for it and a fantastic recruiter.

Sanders would be a great buzz hire for Florida State and could definitely help with recruiting, but his lack of experience would make him a big risk for the Seminoles. Sanders also has some red flags surrounding him, as he was fired over an assault claim from his job as a coach at Prime Prep Academy, which is the school he founded. The school later closed due to financial mismanagement after Sanders had been fired a second time.

Sanders, 52, is currently an offensive coordinator at Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill high school in Cedar Hill, Texas, where his sons attend. He was supposedly in consideration for a job on Willie Taggart’s staff when Taggart was first hired, but he turned it down. Unfortunately for him, LeBron isn’t doing the hiring for the Seminoles. Sanders seems very unlikely to get the job.

Report: Deion Sanders a candidate for Florida State head coach job

Deion Sanders

Florida State is in the market for a new head football coach, and one report says they are considering their most famous football alumnus as a candidate.

NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo reported on Thursday night that Deion Sanders has emerged as a candidate for the Seminoles’ head coaching job.

This report is nothing short of shocking.

Although a superstar in every sense of the word, Sanders has no coaching experience at the college or pro level. The 52-year-old is an offensive coordinator at Trinity Christian-Cedar Hill high school in Cedar Hill, Texas, where his sons attend. He previously coached at Prime Prep Academy, the school he founded, but he was fired over an assault claim. The school later closed due to financial mismanagement, after Sanders had been fired a second time by the school.

Sanders was in consideration for a job on Willie Taggart’s staff after Taggart was first hired but turned it down.

After the disaster that Prime Prep Academy turned into, we can’t imagine anyone would turn over a major college football program to Sanders, even if he is famous and would generate buzz and help in recruiting. This feels like a report that either came from Sanders’ camp to help prop him up, or as some sort of test balloon from Florida State to see what public reaction to Deion as a candidate would be like.

Deion Sanders thinks Ben Roethlisberger could retire before end of season

Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers could not have gotten off to a much worse start to the season with their 33-3 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday night, and Deion Sanders thinks a few more performances like that could inspire the star quarterback to walk away from football a lot sooner than expected.

How much sooner? Sanders said after Sunday’s game that he does not think Roethlisberger will make it through the 2019 season.

“I think mentally, physically, something’s gonna shut down, because what I saw today was a lackluster effort by the offense, by the defense, by the coaching staff, by everyone,” Sanders said. “He seemed not engaged. There was no big-play ability, no running game, nothing ever got going defensively. He seemed disinterested.

“We’ve all heard the murmurs of Big Ben saying he would like to retire. The way they played today, a couple more of those games, I think that would happen.”

Roethlisberger openly contemplated retirement two years ago, but that seemed like it was more about him being frustrated after a poor performance than anything. He has since gone out of his way to squash the retirement talk, and it seems highly unlikely that he would bail on the Steelers midseason.

All that said, Roethlisberger is 37 and has battled some injuries throughout his career. If the 2019 season turns out to be a disappointment and the Steelers miss the playoffs, it would not be a surprise if Big Ben makes it his last.

Deion Sanders believes ‘garbage’ Raiders will dump Derek Carr

Derek Carr

Deion Sanders is on the payroll with NFL Network, and the Oakland Raiders were so bad on Thursday night that even he didn’t want to watch the product his employer was putting out.

As the Raiders were sleepwalking through a humiliating loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Sanders took to social media to criticize their lackluster performance. From what the Hall of Famer sees, he believes it is only a matter of time before head coach Jon Gruden parts ways with Derek Carr.

Carr looked skittish on many of his pass attempts against San Francisco, but it’s hard to blame him with how horrendous Oakland’s offensive line played. He was sacked a whopping seven times, and there were some plays where Niners defenders were in the backfield the second the ball was snapped.

Defense was just as big of an issue for the Raiders as offense, and Sanders said on his Instagram story at one point that Gruden’s team has become unwatchable.

“I’m sorry, I can’t take this no more. Please, can somebody get these Raiders off my TV?” Sanders said. “That right there (pointing to TV) — garbage.”

There have been reports that the Raiders want to build around Carr and have assured him that his future with the team is safe, but Gruden has already criticized the QB publicly this season. With three first-round picks in next year’s draft, it’s going to be hard for Gruden to resist starting fresh at a position he considers himself a specialist with.

Deion Sanders embarrassed himself in Twitter exchange with Kevin Byard

Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders completely embarrassed himself on Twitter Tuesday during an exchange with Kevin Byard.

Sanders apparently had praised the Houston Texans’ signing of Tyrann Mathieu, terming the Honey Badger the best safety in football.

Byard, who was a first-team All-Pro safety last season with the Titans, was incredulous and responded. He asked Sanders how he could omit the two All-Pro safeties — himself and Harrison Smith.

Sanders then responded by essentially dismissing Byard, calling him a “fan.” It was pretty clear Sanders did not even know who Byard is.

Byard responded to Sanders and had to inform him he’s a current player.

This just shows how little attention Sanders is paying. Byars led the league in interceptions last season with eight and had 87 total tackles, and Sanders didn’t even recognize his name. But of course, as this story from 2011 should have told you, Sanders isn’t much of an analyst anyhow.

Report: Deion Sanders will not join Florida State coaching staff

Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders got Florida State fans excited last month when he refused to rule out joining new head coach Willie Taggart’s staff, but the Hall of Famer has apparently decided against it.

College football reporter Brett McMurphy was told by a source that Sanders turned down a role with the Seminoles.

Sanders was interviewed during Florida State’s bowl game against Southern Mississippi on Dec. 27, and he was asked about the reports that he and Taggart have mutual interest in Sanders coaching defensive backs for the Seminoles. The reaction Sanders gave made it seem like it was something that could happen, but we all know how much “Primetime” loves the spotlight. It’s possible he had serious discussions with Taggart, but we also wouldn’t be surprised if Sanders was just trying to get fans buzzing.

Deion Sanders does not deny report that he could join Florida State staff

Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders has been outspoken with his support of Florida State’s decision to hire Willie Taggart as its head coach, and that could be because the Hall of Famer has had discussions about joining Taggart’s staff.

Sanders was interviewed during the first half of Florida State’s bowl game against Southern Mississippi on Wednesday, and he was asked about a report that claims he and Taggart have “mutual interest” in Sanders joining FSU’s staff to coach defensive backs. The Seminoles alum certainly didn’t deny it.

“You never know. I’ve been known to make big plays with these colors on,” Sanders said. “That’s all I’m gonna say.”

Over the weekend, Sanders had an identical response when someone tweeted that he should join Florida State’s staff.

Fueling even more speculation, Taggart retweeted Sanders’ response.

At the very least, Sanders is having fun with the speculation. We know “Primetime” loves the spotlight, so that isn’t a surprise. But if Sanders does have plans to return to Florida State, that should be a huge boost for the Seminoles in the recruiting department.

Michael Irvin jabs Deion Sanders over Tony Romo incident

Michael Irvin

Michael Irvin is offering his opinion on the recent on-air beef between former teammate Deion Sanders and Tony Romo.

In an appearance this week on KRLD-FM 105.3 The Fan, the retired Dallas Cowboys great jabbed Sanders over his back-and-forth with Romo.

“I didn’t like that at all, man,” said Irvin, per SportsDay. “I saw it. Here’s the kicker for me. I love Tony, I talk with Tony all the time. I love Deion. But it’s like, for so long Deion, you’ve made a living off telling people that my job is covering. Now when someone uses it within the framework of what you said.

“So when Tony used it and for him to come back that way, yeah that’s crazy,” the five-time Pro Bowl receiver continued. “It’s having fun, guys. You’ve gotta be able to laugh at yourself. I think we lose it with that.”

The beef between Sanders and Romo, who both now work for CBS, started when the latter made an off-hand remark about the former’s tackling ability while doing color commentary during Sunday’s Cowboys-Kansas City Chiefs game. Sanders apparently took the comment quite personally and later lit into Romo on NFL Network over his lack of postseason success, his interception totals, and the fact that he lost his job to Dak Prescott, among other topics.

As for Irvin, he too has worked as a sports commentator since retiring and has done just as much, if not more, winning than Sanders has in his NFL career, so he definitely seems to be speaking from a position of strength here. Not to mention that all three are former Cowboys, so Irvin probably doesn’t like seeing two Dallas legends getting into it. Of course, Deion has never been shy from throwing around criticism, so this is nothing new for him.

Deion Sanders annihilates Tony Romo over tackling comments

Deion Sanders

During Sunday’s game between the Dallas Cowboys and Kansas City Chiefs on CBS, Tony Romo opened Pandora’s box after criticizing the tackling ability of Chiefs cornerback Marucs Peters.

Romo likened Peters’ tackling to that of former Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers cornerback Deion Sanders, who was never exactly known as a solid tackler and never shied away from the fact that he wasn’t.

“He makes Deion Sanders look good at tackling sometimes,” Romo said during the broadcast.

Sanders got wind of Romo’s comments and used his airtime on NFL Network to completely annihilate the retired quarterback, ripping him for being ousted by Dak Prescott and implying he’s not fit for the Hall of Fame.

“Tony, I tried my best to take the high road, but I don’t know the address to the high road so I gotta come at you man,” Sanders said. “Ten years as a starter you’re 2-4 in the playoffs, you ain’t won nothing. I tried to bury the hatchet, both of us work for CBS I went and shook your hand and said ‘Tony you’re doing a great job this year,’ But nevertheless, you keep on shovin’ at me. Tony, what’s going on?

“I got a gold jacket that I didn’t buy. Dak says hi…and bye. Tony leave me alone man I got a lot of ammunition. How many interceptions? 19 in 2012 come on man you threw to everybody but me. You know you never won the big one, so stop man and leave me alone.”

Sanders, of course, is one of the greatest to ever play the game and did earn himself a gold jacket to go along with two Super Bowl titles and a Defensive Player of the Year award. Romo, on the other hand, managed only two playoff wins in a career that was defined by injury.

Romo will be back on the air in Week 10, so it’ll be interested to see if he responds to Sanders or takes aim at him yet again.

Deion Sanders annoyed his accusations against Colts have become big story

Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders dropped a noteworthy accusation on Sunday that seemingly got lost in the Super Bowl shuffle, and the Hall of Fame cornerback is now annoyed that his comments have become a national story.

When the topics of Spygate and Deflategate came up after the New England Patriots’ miraculous comeback against the Atlanta Falcons, Sanders defended Bill Belichick’s team by claiming the Indianapolis Colts used to steal signals and everyone knew it. On Wednesday, former Colts coach Tony Dungy gave a lengthy response to the allegations from Sanders.

In an appearance on PFT Live, Dungy explained how there is a difference between legally and illegally stealing signs. He explained how sign-stealing has been a part of sports for nearly 200 years.

“Deion, I’m sure on every scouting report that he ever got, the first thing that’s on there on the defensive scouting reports, who is the live signal caller, who signals the personnel groups in. And that’s what happened,” Dungy said. “And you looked over there because you wanted to know as a defensive player: Is it going to be three wide receivers? Is it going to be two tight ends? Who’s in the game? There’s a person over there signaling and Deion Sanders and every other defensive player would look at the offensive sideline to get that signal. So that is football. And I’m not sure what Deion is referring to, really.

‘That’s all part of the game, but doing it legally and illegally, that’s the difference. I hope Deion is not saying we did something illegally. Of course we got signals when we had an opportunity to do that, and so did Deion.”

After Dungy’s response gained steam, Sanders fired off a series of tweets. Was he backpedaling? Was he standing by what he said? It’s kind of hard to tell.

The biggest issue with Spygate was that the Patriots were illegally videotaping signals. Unless Sanders has information about the Colts doing something similar, you can understand why Dungy — who is notoriously paranoid about cheating — was offended by the accusation.