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Patrick Mahomes was ‘controlled quite a bit,’ referee says, on controversial first-half play that aided Kansas City Chiefs | ESPN.com

Referee Tony Corrente said Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was “being controlled quite a bit” as the reason that a key play in Monday’s game against the New England Patriots was ruled a sack and not a fumble.

The Chiefs went on to win 26-10, but the play happened at a juncture in the second quarter when the game was still in doubt. Kansas City led 6-3 at the time.

The ruling allowed the Chiefs to punt from their own 35 with less than six minutes left in the half, rather than having the Patriots take possession deep in Kansas City’s end of the field. Replays showed that Mahomes lost the ball before going to the ground.

“As he was being controlled, other players were coming in at him,” Corrente said of Mahomes. “And so, with those other players bearing down on him, a quarterback is considered in the grasp, and his forward progress is considered stopped when I feel as though the player’s safety is being jeopardized.

“And that was the case in this instance. So rather than allow him to get hit by a second and third player, we shut it down and considered it forward progress at that point.”

Brian Hoyer explains, laments costly errors after Patriots’ loss to chiefs | NESN.com

On the sack at the end of the first half, Hoyer appeared to believe the Patriots had a timeout remaining, unaware they’d exhausted their final one two plays earlier.

“I just had a mental error that,” he said. “We had a chance to throw at the end zone, everyone was off and covered, and I’ve just got to throw it away. …

“(Offensive coordinator) Josh (McDaniels) said to me in the helmet, ‘Let’s take a shot, and no bad plays.’ I looked, and I knew I was in the pocket, so I didn’t want to intentionally ground. I’ve just got to do a better job of just throwing it over someone’s head.”

On the strip-sack, Hoyer held the ball for close to four seconds in the pocket before being slammed from behind by defensive end Taco Charlton, who’d maneuvered around rookie right tackle Justin Herron.

“It was just trying to step up,” Hoyer said. “Obviously, we’re in field goal range, and I was getting ready to throw it, and (I’ve) just got to do a better job of protecting the football.”

Tampa Bay Coach Bruce Arians Compares Justin Herbert to Patrick Mahomes | Essentially Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians was left impressed by the performance of rookie quarterback Justin Herbert in Sunday’s win at the Raymond James Stadium. He praised the youngster and compared him to Super Bowl LIV MVP, Patrick Mahomes.

“I told Anthony after the game, ‘You’ve got a great one.’ That retreating play – that looked like Mahomes where we had an all-out blitz and he just kept retreating and threw a dime down the field. For rookies to make plays like that, you know they’re special,” Arians told NFL Network reporter James Palmer.

German technology company helps Chiefs contact trace, prevent COVID-19 spread | KSHB.com

In recent weeks, NFL facilities have been shut down after reporting positive cases, but the small device is helping prevent the spread.

“It wasn’t a matter of reinventing the wheel, we really just needed to adapt to the new challenges that our clients and businesses have,” said Mehdi Bentanfous, CEO of Kinexon North America.

Kinexon created the SafeZone Tag, which alerts users when they break social distancing rules and monitors who they are in close contact with.

“In case of an infection, we immediately can see which contact has been made to an individual and then limit the risk to the people that had contact with that person,” Bentanfous said.

Patrick Mahomes invests more than his time as part of Hyperice endorsement | Kansas City Business Journal

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ new deal with a California company added to his endorsements — and his investment portfolio.

Hyperice, a company whose products help athletes with training and recovery, said Mahomes signed on as an “athlete ambassador” and investor. In August, the MVP quarterback announced an endorsement and equity deal BioSteel Sports Nutrition Inc.

Neither company released terms of their deals with Mahomes.

In a release announcing the Hyperice deal, Mahomes said he has used the company’s products as part of his training and recovery routines throughout his career. Hyperice is a fast-growing company, ranking No. 220 on this year’s Inc. 500.

Around the NFL

Houston Texans fire coach/GM Bill O’Brien after 0-4 start | ESPN.com

The Houston Texans have fired head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien and named associate head coach Romeo Crennel the team’s interim head coach.

The McNair family, which owns the team, fired O’Brien after the Texans fell to 0-4 on Sunday, losing to the previously winless Minnesota Vikings.

“On behalf of my family and our entire organization, I want to sincerely thank Bill O’Brien and his family for their impact on our franchise,” Texans chairman and CEO Cal McNair said in a statement. “Bill’s leadership moved our organization forward as he guided us to four AFC South Division championships, 52 wins and multiple playoff appearances during his tenure.”

On Monday evening, O’Brien thanked the McNair family for hiring him and said he is “sorry that we couldn’t get this team over the hump.”

Stephen Jones: Cowboys have no plans of making drastic coaching changes after 1-3 start | NFL.com

Despite the 1-3 start, the underachieving Cowboys aren’t planning to shake up the coaching staff yet. Dallas EVP Stephen Jones said on 105.3 The Fan Monday the team isn’t planning to make any drastic changes following Sunday’s 49-38 loss to Cleveland.

“We just have to be better. We’ve got to go to work,” Jones said, via Jon Machota of The Athletic. “Now’s not the time to think about things like that. I’m very convicted about this staff. I’m very convicted about this team.”

Given that Mike McCarthy is four games into his tenure as the hand-picked Jason Garrett replacement, and the Jones’ relationship with Kellen Moore, the implication is that the first change that could be made is defensive coordinator Mike Nolan.

“We’re going to stay the course,” McCarthy told reporters when asked about Nolan.

NFL stresses new COVID-19 protocols in memo; violations causing schedule adjustments could result in forfeiture of games | NFL.com

The league is again stressing the importance of following protocol to ensure the season can continue as scheduled with minimal contraction of the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. For the first time, the NFL is also threatening forfeiture of games if a team cannot participate due to COVID-19 spread coming as a result of not following protocol.

“Protocol violations that result in virus spread requiring adjustments to the schedule or otherwise impacting other teams will result in additional financial and competitive discipline, including the adjustment or loss of draft choices or even the forfeit of a game,” Goodell stated in the Monday memo, obtained by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

In the prior weeks, the league focused on adherence to the league’s protective personal equipment and social distancing policies, threatening fines and forfeiture of draft picks for repeat offenders after multiple coaches had been seen failing to wear proper facial coverings on the sidelines during games. The threat of forfeiture, though, is a step up in seriousness.

10 Las Vegas Raiders players fined for violating coronavirus protocols at Darren Waller’s charity event, source says | ESPN.com

Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller was fined $30,000 and nine of his teammates, including team captain and quarterback Derek Carr, were fined $15,000 each for breaking coronavirus protocols at a public charity event hosted by Waller’s foundation last week, a source told ESPN’s Dan Graziano, confirming an NFL Network report.

The players were mask-less for most of the event, which raised money to help youths battling addiction. Carr was photographed mingling and taking pictures with attendees, many of whom were also without masks.

“I’m well aware of that, yes,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden said Monday after reports of the fines surfaced. “And I know our players are going to handle that individually and I know they regret any harm they may have caused, and they’re very sensitive about it and we’ll handle it the right way.”

Monday Night Football at 50: Iconic broadcast has shaped NFL | NFL.com

At first, the NFL thought about playing on Friday nights, until there was an outcry about what that would do to attendance at high school games. Then Rozelle scheduled a Monday game for Detroit’s Tiger Stadium between the Packers and Lions in 1964. The game was not televised, but it was a sellout. In the late 1960s, CBS and NBC showed a few Monday night games each season. But after the merger of the NFL and AFL was complete in 1970, Rozelle, a public relations man by training, focused on creating a weekly Monday night game that would be shown on a single network, an ideal promotional vehicle for his newly merged league.

“He understood the power of television and the promotional value of television better than anyone,” Joe Browne — the NFL’s former public relations executive, who worked closely with Rozelle — said last month. “I say that, and people ask, ‘Anyone in football?’ No, anyone. ‘Anyone in sports?’ No, anyone. ‘Anyone in television?’ No. Anyone.”

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Chiefs become second NFL team to play on consecutive Monday nights

In the early morning hours of December 12, 2010, the roof of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis collapsed under the weight of 17 inches of snow.

The Minnesota Vikings had been scheduled to play a home game against the New York Giants that day. With their stadium unavailable — and not enough time to clear that much snow from the field at the University of Minnesota’s nearby outdoor stadium — the NFL moved the game to Monday night in Detroit.

By the following Monday night, officials had been able to clear the snow from the field at the Gophers’ TCF Bank stadium — an effort that reportedly required 15,000 man-hours of labor — and the Vikings hosted their first outdoor home game in 29 years against the Chicago Bears as part of a Monday Night Football doubleheader. In a snowstorm.

So it won’t be the first time the same team has played on consecutive Monday nights. But since the Vikings lost both of their back-to-back Monday games, the Chiefs could be the first team to win on consecutive Mondays.

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