New coach Mike Vrabel: Titles proof Tennessee Titans’ approach works

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee general manager Jon Robinson got his NFL start as a scout with the New England Patriots, the same team his new head coach Mike Vrabel won three Super Bowl rings as a linebacker. Yes, it seems like the Titans are trying to implement the Patriot Way in Music City. Vrabel said that’s what it looks like — until the Titans win big themselves. “You have to

Pat Shurmur hired as New York Giants’ next head coach

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur has been hired as the New York Giants head coach. The Giants announced the hiring late Monday afternoon, less than 24 hours after Shurmur and the Vikings were beaten by the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC title game. The 52-year-old Shurmur replaces Ben McAdoo, who was fired in early December with the team mired with a 2-10 record and owners

Supply, demand and the Super Bowl create the perfect storm for Minneapolis hotels

According to a Kayak.com search Monday afternoon, the closest hotel to U.S. Bank Field in Minneapolis with availability on Super Bowl weekend is a Days Inn in St. Paul about five miles from the stadium. TripAdvisor.com ranks it as No. 14 out of 16 St. Paul hotels, with user-submitted reviews mentioning a host of unsavory activities and a permanently closed restaurant. Visit this particular Days Inn for a Friday-to-Monday stay

Cleveland Browns hiring fired Steelers coordinator Todd Haley

CLEVELAND — A person familiar with the negotiations says the Browns are hiring former Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley. Cleveland coach Hue Jackson is turning his offense over to Haley, who spent six seasons in Pittsburgh before he was fired last week, said the person who spoke Monday night to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the move. A former head coach with

Wyoming QB Josh Allen ready for up-close with Broncos at Senior Bowl: “I want to prove I belong”

MOBILE, Ala. — Josh Allen didn’t get a chance to talk to John Elway when the Broncos’ general manager stood on the sideline of the Potato Bowl in Boise, Idaho, in December. But he saw enough. As Allen glanced over during his three-touchdown performance that afternoon, he saw the Broncos’ plans for 2018 beginning to take shape. “It’s fun to look over there and see a guy with as a

Philadelphia Eagles fan who collided with pole in subway is OK

PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia Eagles fan whose attempt to rally subway passengers for a playoff game ended with him running into a concrete pole says he’s doing OK and a viral video shows the “passion” of Philly fans. Jigar Desai said his pain eased with the Eagles’ 38-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game Sunday night. The mishap occurred while Desai was heading to the game

Von Miller to compete in Pro Bowl Skills Showdown

Broncos linebacker Von Miller will compete for the AFC team in the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown on Thursday in Orlando, Florida. Related Articles After spurning the Broncos, Calais Campbell has the Jaguars one win from the Super Bowl Broncos head to Alabama to (maybe) find answers for 2018 Déjà vu: Broncos offensive line needs another offseason reconfiguration Former CSU star Michael Gallup is preparing to win over NFL teams. First

Jacksonville Jaguars collapse seals New England Patriots’ 10th trip to Super Bowl

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Jacksonville linebacker Myles Jack put his thumb and forefinger about an inch apart as it sank in for him that the Jaguars had fallen just short — just like the Falcons and the Seahawks and the Rams and so many other Patriots opponents had before. “Close, man. We were almost there,” he said after New England came back to beat Jacksonville 24-20 on Sunday for the franchise’s

Nick Foles goes from backup to championship game hero

PHILADELPHIA — Nick Foles stood tall in the pocket, ignored the pressure and made one big throw after another. On the biggest stage of his life, Foles silenced the critics who thought the Eagles couldn’t get to the Super Bowl without MVP candidate Carson Wentz. Foles threw for 352 and three touchdowns to lead Philadelphia to a convincing 38-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC championship game Sunday.

New England Patriots open as favorite over Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII

LAS VEGAS — Oddsmakers like the chances of Tom Brady winning a sixth Super Bowl ring, making the New England Patriots nearly a touchdown favorite to beat the Philadelphia Eagles. Sports books around Las Vegas opened the Patriots around a 6-point favorite Sunday to win their second straight Super Bowl. They also made New England a big favorite to win the Super Bowl next year in Atlanta. But the closest

Jenkins: Another Patriots Super Bowl appearance wasn’t inevitable. But it sure seemed that way.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots always make it look unpreventable, as if there was nothing anyone could have done to keep them out of another Super Bowl. What were the Jacksonville Jaguars supposed to do in the fourth quarter, force feed Tom Brady some sugar, maybe, or plant a high-pitched whine in Coach Bill Belichick’s headset or sink some lead in Danny Amendola‘s ballet shoes? They still would

The Patriots and Eagles will square off in Super Bowl LII

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are going back to the Super Bowl in search of a sixth title. They’ll face a Philadelphia Eagles team looking for their first Lombardi Trophy. Brady led the Patriots (15-3) back from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-20 in the AFC championship game Sunday. Starting his 36th playoff game, Brady shook off an injury to his right hand and

Philadelphia Eagles dominate Minnesota Vikings in NFC championship game

PHILADELPHIA — Nick Foles threw for three touchdowns and the Philadelphia Eagles made big play after big play Sunday night, winning the NFC title in a stunning 38-7 rout of the Minnesota Vikings. Next up: the Eagles’ first Super Bowl appearance since 2005, against the team that beat them then, AFC champion New England. Foles was on fire, throwing for 352 yards in a performance that might make the Philadelphia

Diversity group will seek Rooney Rule reforms after Jon Gruden’s hiring by Raiders

In the wake of its disagreement with the NFL over whether the Oakland Raiders complied with the Rooney Rule while hiring Jon Gruden as their coach, the Fritz Pollard Alliance will seek stricter future enforcement of the rule and will ask the league to implement other reforms related to employment opportunities for minority coaches, the group said Saturday. “The goal for us is strengthening the rule and everything around it,

New England Patriots beat Jacksonville Jaguars in AFC championship game

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady shook off a hand injury and threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola with 2:48 remaining, rallying the New England Patriots back to the Super Bowl with a 24-20 comeback victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC championship Sunday. Brady, wearing a black bandage on his right hand, showed no signs of being hampered. And, with the game — and possibly the season

Vikings vs. Eagles live blog: Real-time updates from the NFC championship game

Live updates, tweets, photos, analysis and more from the Minnesota Vikings conference championship playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field at Philadelphia on Jan. 21, 2018. Mobile users, if you can’t see the live blog, tap here. (function(d, s, id) {var js,ijs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://embed.scribblelive.com/widgets/embed.js";ijs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, ijs);}(document, "script", "scrbbl-js"));

Jaguars vs. Patriots live blog: Real-time updates from the AFC championship game

Live updates, tweets, photos, analysis and more from the Jacksonville Jaguars conference championship playoff game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., on Jan. 21, 2018. Mobile users, if you can’t see the live blog, tap here. (function(d, s, id) {var js,ijs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://embed.scribblelive.com/widgets/embed.js";ijs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, ijs);}(document, "script", "scrbbl-js"));

Mike Vrabel hired as Tennessee Titans’ new coach after quick search

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans hired Houston defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel as their new coach in a fast search that wrapped up after three interviews and just five days after firing Mike Mularkey. The Titans announced Saturday they have agreed to terms with Vrabel. A news conference was scheduled for Monday. Vrabel was the first person Tennessee interviewed after firing Mularkey on Monday. Mularkey, who also coached Buffalo and

Jaguars don’t fear Patriots’ history in AFC title matchup

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The week started with a little trash talk from the underdog. The rest of it was dominated by speculation about a certain 40-year-old quarterback’s injured throwing hand . Plenty of intrigue for when the Jaguars and Patriots meet in Sunday’s AFC championship game? New England (14-3), the defending Super Bowl champion, is favored heading into its seventh straight conference title game. But the polished veneer it normally