Posts Tagged ‘2017 NFL Season’

The Pittsburgh Steelers have only had three head coaches since 1969, but if it was up a few of the club’s minority owners, they’d be hiring a fourth.

Some members of the Steelers’ limited partners, a group that owns a minority stake in the team, intend to lobby owner Art Rooney to fire Mike Tomlin and search for a new coach, a source told Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

The report comes just two days after the Steelers fell at home in the AFC divisional round to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Tomlin made a few controversial choices, most notably his decision to attempt an onside kick with just over two minutes left and the Steelers trailing by seven.

Jacksonville recovered, but moved the ball just 9 yards in four plays. Thanks to Pittsburgh attempting the onside kick, the Jaguars were already in field-goal range, and Josh Lambo connected on a 45-yard kick to put Jacksonville up by 10. That kick proved to be the winning margin, since the Steelers scored a late touchdown to cut the lead to three.

Tomlin has won a Super Bowl with the club and taken them to another during his 11 years in command. The 45-year-old has an impressive overall record of 116-60, but the Steelers haven’t won the AFC title since 2010, even though they’ve arguably had the best quarterback-running back-receiver trio in the league since Le’Veon Bell joined them in 2013.

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Ben Roethlisberger is tripling down on a public statement from Sunday when he said he’s planning to play in 2018, as Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback told teammates he wants to play at least three more seasons.

The 35-year-old has another two years remaining on his current contract, at a base salary of $12 million in both 2018 and 2019, according to Spotrac. His cap hit will be $23.2 million in each season.

Roethlisberger completed 64.2 percent of 561 pass attempts in the regular season, totalling 4,251 yards, 28 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. Five of those interceptions came in a Week 5 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

It was a performance Roethlisberger nearly avenged in Sunday’s divisional-round mathcup with the Jaguars, as he threw for 469 yards and five touchdowns, with just one interception in the 45-42 loss.

 

Drew Brees is now an unrestricted free agent, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he will be looking to go elsewhere in 2018.

Shortly after the New Orleans Saints‘ loss to the Minnesota Vikings in Sunday’s NFC Divisional Playoff game, the 39-year-old quarterback answered questions about whether he expects to remain with the Saints moving forward with a brief, yet very clear answer.

“I do,” Brees said, according to Mike Triplett of ESPN.

The future Hall of Fame gunslinger compounded his statement by expressing optimism for what lies ahead for the team despite the devastating nature of its most recent defeat.

“I mean, I’m more toward the end of my career than the beginning, I know that. That’s all I divulge (about how long I plan on playing). But the season ends, and this one will sting, but I think you look back at the things we accomplished and some of the memories that were made and the relationships that were built and the way this team came together. It really leaves me excited for the future of Saints football.”

Should Brees return to the gridiron, with the Saints or elsewhere, he will be on the cusp of attaining a pair of monumental accolades. Brees currently needs 1,495 passing yards to surpass Peyton Manning for the most in NFL history, and just 78 pass completions to surpass Brett Favre for most all-time in that category.

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry is frustrated with his stalled contract negotiations as free agency inches closer.

Landry – who just finished playing out the last year of his current deal – apparently hasn’t made progress in trying to secure a new contract with the Dolphins. Miami presented Landry’s agent, Damarius Bilbo, with an offer in mid-December, which he and Landry counter-offered in response. Bilbo and Landry said the Dolphins haven’t responded to their proposal.

Although Landry wants to remain with the Dolphins, he couldn’t help but voice his disappointment with the process.

“I displayed I was a team guy,” he said to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “My agent and I talked about being a leader and setting a good example so I silenced all those things by going to OTAs and training camp, by putting the team first and being a team guy. I feel like in the NFL, they preach loyalty and family and they have none for you. As a player, you see it’s not a family during negotiations, how it becomes them versus me or me versus them. That’s part of the NFL I believe the fans don’t see.”

Landry also called the Dolphins’ tactics “disrespectful.”

“I tried to handle it the right way and figured if a team values you and wants you to be a part of the team, why haven’t they answered (the counter-offer) in the past month?” he added.

Landry caught a league-high 112 passes for 987 yards and nine touchdowns in 2017.

The Dolphins can elect to use the franchise tag on the receiver if the parties can’t reach a new agreement before free agency.

The Tennessee Titans announced Monday the team has parted ways with head coach Mike Mularkey.

The development comes hours after it was reported the two sides were discussing a contract extension.

The Titans stated that they “couldn’t come to an agreement over the future.”

“I want to thank Mike Mularkey for his contributions to our franchise over his tenure with our organization,” owner Amy Adams Strunk said in a team statement.

“In fact, we did discuss extending his future with our team over the past week, but in those discussions about the direction of the team, it became evident that we saw different paths to achieve greater success.”

After replacing Ken Whisenhunt halfway through the 2015 season, Mularkey posted a pair of 9-7 seasons, including a playoff run this year that included a come-from-behind victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in the wild-card round. The Titans were eliminated in a blowout 35-14 loss to the New England Patriots on Saturday.

“It is certainly unfortunate that we couldn’t find enough common ground. I generally believe that continuity is the best path for success, but I also view this as an important moment for our football team as we try to make that next step to sustained success on the field,” Adams Strunk said. “(General manager) Jon (Robinson) will begin the search immediately to identify that person.”

The Titans are rumored to be in the running with their division rivals in the Indianapolis Colts for the services of Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. Robinson spent 12 years with the Patriots, beginning as a scout before ascending to the front office.

There are now five coaching vacancies in the NFL. The Titans join the Colts, New York Giants, Detroit Lions, and Arizona Cardinals in the search for a new frontman.

The New England Patriots‘ power trio of owner Robert Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick, and quarterback Tom Brady plan to meet after the season to clear the air, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Together, they have denied any reported tension between them, but they plan to address any lingering issues that have arisen after the trade of backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and the reported revoked access of Brady’s personal trainer Alex Guerrero.

Larry Fitzgerald‘s future is up in the air, but the fact he’s the last remaining member of the Arizona Cardinals‘ old guard apparently won’t affect his plans.

The Cardinals’ star pass-catcher said Friday that the retirement of head coach Bruce Arians and quarterback Carson Palmer won’t have any impact on when he also decides to walk away from football, according to James Palmer of NFL Network.

The future Hall of Famer could be motivated to return for at least one more year, with two milestones in reach. Fitzgerald needs just 92 catches and 390 yards to move into second on both the all-time receptions and receiving yards lists – both achievable marks for the upcoming season.

Arizona has yet to hire a new head coach and is likely to be in the quarterback market this offseason, whether via free agency or the draft.