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What Bob Sutton being ‘relieved’ of his role says about Andy Reid | Kansas City Star

To move forward, to maximize the precious present with Mahomes and overhaul their weak link, Reid and the Chiefs make a change that brought no one any glee.

It remains to be seen who will replace Sutton or how effective he will be — or how loud. But this harder right will be energizing, adds to Reid’s credibility to do what’s best for all, not just this man he cares about, and reminds of his capacity to grow in this job even as he is soon to turn 60.

Agent’s Take: Here’s what comes next for Chiefs and how they can build on success | CBS Sports

Salary cap

Kansas City is top heavy cap-wise. Five players with cap numbers over $10 million are taking up a combined $81,168,400 of cap space. That’s slightly over 50 percent of Kansas City’s current 2019 cap commitments.

Four players have one of the NFL’s five-highest 2019 cap numbers at their respective positions. Outside linebacker Justin Houston has the team’s biggest cap number at $21.1 million. It’s the fourth-highest figure in the NFL among non-quarterbacks.

How the Patriots’ BS Underdog Mentality Has Fueled a Super Bowl Run | Bleacher Report

Finding motivation can be an impossible task for any team, let alone one forever gunning for more Super Bowls. So this is how these Patriots keep the dynasty fresh. This mentality injected by Brady, spread by Edelman (he of “Bet against us” infamy) and carried out by all helped the Patriots slay the likely MVP, Patrick Mahomes, and the top-seeded Chiefs.

Slater always calls heads on coin toss because dad did | NFL

The coin toss in Sunday night’s AFC Championship Game landed on heads, a fateful flip that allowed the New England Patriots to receive the ball, drive for the game-winning score, and never let Patrick Mahomes touch the pigskin in the fifth period.

“Well, I remember as a child watching my father play in L.A. and him going out and doing the coin toss for the Rams,” Slater said, via the Boston Globe. “He always called heads, so I asked him one time, ‘Hey, why do you do that? What’s the story behind that?’ I think anyone who knows my family knows faith is important to us, and for him, he was always like, ‘You know, God’s the head of my life, so I call heads.’ That was something he came up with, and I’ve kind of just embraced it.”

Patriots-Chiefs averaged 53.9M viewers, marking the second-best AFC title game on record | Boston Business Journal

The average for Rams-Saints (Fox) and Patriots-Chiefs (CBS) was just under 49 million viewers, which is the league’s best figure since 2016, when Broncos-Patriots and Panthers-Cardinals averaged 49.7 million viewers.

Lawmaker wants Chiefs to be Missouri’s official pro football team—even if it’s only one | Kansas City Star

The Kansas City Chiefs became Missouri’s only NFL franchise after the Rams fled St. Louis for Los Angeles in 2016. But that hasn’t stopped Sen. Kiki Curls, D-Kansas City, from pushing for designation of the Chiefs as the state’s official pro-football team. The resolution had a hearing Tuesday in the Senate’s Rules, Joint Rules, Resolutions and Ethicscommittee, just days after the Chiefs fell a few minutes short of making it to the Super Bowl.

NFL Rumors: Could Rex Ryan Be Chiefs Next Defensive Coordinator? | NESN

Rex Ryan hasn’t coached in the NFL since 2016 when he manned the Buffalo Bills for two seasons. He also coached the New York Jets, compiling a 46-50 record over six years. The now-ESPN analyst, though, has had success in previous seasons on the defensive side of things. Ryan served as the defensive line coach for both the Baltimore Ravens and Arizona Cardinals. The Ravens ranked in the top-10 in points allowed three times under Ryan.

Will Latest Case of Laser Pointer Usage Finally Cause NFL to Take Action? | Sports Illustrated

Enforceability of such a ban would be a challenge. While facial recognition software and credit card watchlists would facilitate enforcement, Arrowhead Stadium seats over 76,000 people and has limited capacity to monitor each person who enters. A banned person could pay for a ticket with cash or have someone else buy it for him or her. Also, the banned person will obviously age over time.

Around the league

New Orleans ticketholders sue NFL over call in NFC championship game | Fox News

Two New Orleans Saints season-ticket holders filed a lawsuit against the NFL on Tuesday, asking a Louisiana state court judge to order Commissioner Roger Goodell to invoke an obscure rule that could force the final moments of Sunday’s NFC Championship game to be replayed.

Jon Gruden: Brian Callahan leaving for Bengals OC job | NFL

“Here’s an announcement for you, Brian Callahan’s no longer with us,” Gruden said. “He’s gonna go with the Cincinnati Bengals, believe he’s gonna be the offensive coordinator of the Bengals. And I’m really proud of him, happy for him, happy for this opportunity.

Redskins ‘optimistic’ QB Alex Smith will play again | NFL

“He’s moving around and well on his way to a recovery,” Redskins president Bruce Allen told reporters Tuesday at Reese’s Senior Bowl practice in Mobile, Ala. “It’s a tough thing for him and his family. All the love and care has helped him quite a bit.

“We’ll see how it goes. We’re optimistic. If anyone can come back, it’s Alex. I’m sure he wanted to shoot hoops at the game yesterday, but we’ll see.”

NFL prospect Khalen Saunders chooses NFL draft showcase over daughter’s birth | Yahoo! Sports

The decision to choose a once-in-a-lifetime professional opportunity over a once-in-a-lifetime personal one made Saunders, a projected mid-round pick, the unlikely star of Senior Bowl media day on Tuesday. He handled the spotlight with aplomb and a warm genuineness, explaining how much the exposure to NFL scouts at the Senior Bowl means to a small-school prospect.

Redskins don’t expect suspension for Reuben Foster | NFL

“The league is still finishing their investigation of it,” Allen said while at the Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. “We’ve finished our investigation with it. He’s working hard. He’s healthy. Doing the things that we have mandated that he do in order to ever wear the burgundy and gold.”

Allen continued: “I think he’ll fit in very well into our defense as a player. I don’t know why we would expect a suspension, but we’ll let the league finish it.”

Todd Gurley trolls Saints fans with ref-related Instagram photo the NFL probably won’t like | CBS Sports

Now, before we move on here, the first thing that should probably be pointed out is that the picture was 100 percent photoshopped. Gurley DID NOT swap jerseys with any member of the officiating crew after the game. However, the photoshop job, which you can see below, was so convincing that some fans thought the trade actually happened.

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Breaking: Chiefs fire defensive coordinator Bob Sutton

“Bob is a good football coach and a great person,” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said in a statement. “He played an integral role in the success of our team over the last six seasons. I’ve said before that change can be a good thing, for both parties, and I believe that is the case here for the Chiefs and Bob. This was not an easy decision, but one I feel is in the best interest of the Kansas City Chiefs moving forward.”

NFL to “look into” possible laser shined on Tom Brady during AFC title game

According to ESPN, the NFL will “look into” the report and the Patriots said that while they were aware of the incident they had no comment.

We almost saw the Chiefs receive an unsportsmanlike penalty during the divisional round when a snowball from the crowd nearly hit the Indianapolis Colts punter. Andy Reid was not happy.

Patrick Mahomes to play in Pro Bowl, Travis Kelce will not

Joining Mahomes on the offensive side of the football will be wide receiver Tyreek Hill, fullback Anthony Sherman and left tackle Eric Fisher.

Tight end Travis Kelce, a former Pro Bowl MVP, has declined to attend and will be replaced by Oakland Raiders TE Jared Cook.

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