Coach Jason Garrett, Romo’s BFF, had no choice but to bench Romo

In the offseason, he’ll be released or traded and allowed to resurrect his career as a starter.

Coach Jason Garrett, Romo’s BFF, had no choice but to bench Romo. He preaches the importance of a football team being a meritocracy.

He talks about the importance of players earning their role on the team every day with their preparation, practice and performance. There’s Robert Alford Authentic Womens Jersey no way he could bench Prescott.

A decade ago, Romo was the young guy who dazzled a city with his superior play and infectious personality. Now, it’s Prescott.

He has done it with superb play and a humble attitude. He has been deferential to Romo while earning a leadership position with his performance.

The latest example occurred Sunday, when Ryan Schraeder Authentic Womens Jersey Prescott twice led the Cowboys from behind in the final two minutes.

“Bill said to me, ‘What are you doing?’ I had just heard enough. Wolf Blitzer was talking so fast it hurt my brain.

“I sent my staff a riff earlier in the day from George Carlin about not voting. If you vote, you are responsible for what you get.”

Phil Jackson is, of course, a president of a different kind. He’s in control of the New York Knicks and fully endorses the notion that if his platform doesn’t pan out, he will assume responsibility.

Jackson sat down for an exclusive interview with ESPN.com the morning after the election to discuss Derrick Rose, the triangle, Carmelo Anthony’s activism and Gregg Popovich’s “asterisk.”

Jackie MacMullan: You have been under siege since you’ve taken over the Knicks, which has been different for you. In your coaching travels you’ve been all but untouchable. How have you handled the adversity?

Phil Jackson: I knew the parameters of what would go on from years of playing in series against the Knicks. I remember all the barbs. It’s a process of sticking to my beliefs and being able to say, ‘Whatever.’ This is what I was hired to do. I’m going to follow the plan and if it doesn’t work out, it will be evident.

Pittsburgh is starting left tackle Alejandro Villanueva

There’s usually a correlation between the teams with the best offensive lines in the league — Dallas, Oakland, Atlanta — and the worst.

And as the season heads into its second half, the spotlight will shine on undrafted free-agent left tackles who have a disproportionate amount Dougie Hamilton Youth Jersey of pressure on them as they try to protect their quarterback’s blind side.

In Washington, starting left tackle Trent Williams — who some NFL coaches believe is the best unsung tackle in the league — will start a four-game suspension Sunday, leaving the Redskins to rely on Ty Nsekhe, an undrafted free agent from Texas State who now is on his fourth NFL team.

In Arizona, starting left tackle Jared Veldheer is out for the year with a torn triceps, leaving the Cardinals to start John Wetzel, an undrafted free agent from Boston College who also is on his fourth team.

Gordon is No. 3 in the NFL in rushing with 792 yards, and Ajayi is No. 6 with 646 yards. Both tall and agile athletes, the two share a physical, hard-charging running style complemented by speed to break loose in the open field.

Gordon and Ajayi developed a friendship while training together Jake DeBrusk Youth Jersey for the draft two years ago in nearby Carlsbad, California, at the EXOS training facility.

“I look at him as a brother,” Ajayi said about Gordon. “It’s going to be fun going against him as the matchup this week. We talked yesterday (Tuesday), and we talk quite often. So it’s going to be fun. I can’t wait.”

And that brotherhood has continued over the years. Gordon said he stayed at Ajayi’s house in Florida this year while rehabbing from knee surgery this offseason, and he took a trip to London to visit Ajayi’s native England.

Not at tight end, where Rob Gronkowski pretty much plays every snap and Martellus Bennett comes off only in the 3-WR/1-TE/1-RB grouping. and not at wide receiver, where Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan are locked in as No. 1 and 2 with Danny Amendola and Malcolm Mitchell splitting reps in the No. 3 role. So the one position to watch is RB, where Dion Lewis is close to returning to game action, which could come as soon as Sunday against the Seahawks. The Patriots have planned to take it slow with Lewis, but he could eventually cut into some of James White’s snaps.

Stafford is having his best season ever

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Before 2005, Linehan was the O.C. with the Minnesota Vikings, and directed a high-scoring offense with Daunte Culpepper and Randy Moss. As he installed our offense in Miami, you could clearly see his philosophy at work. He wanted to attack the defense down the field as much as possible. He loved the big play. He was aggressive, and many short routes were converted to “go” routes versus press coverage. He felt that if a defense was going to come up and play bump-and-run coverage, it was an offense’s duty to attack them down the field.

He had plenty of luck with this philosophy in Minnesota with Moss and Culpepper. The strong-armed quarterback could throw it a mile, and Moss was unstoppable in his prime.

After failing as a head coach in Bruce Bochy Jersey St. Louis, Linehan was hired to coach the Stafford-Megatron combination, which would go on to produce huge numbers. Stafford had the strong arm of Culpepper, and Megatron was as close to Moss as you could find in the NFL. In 2012, the combination created the best season for a wide receiver in NFL history, as Johnson finished with 1,964 receiving yards. The only problem: the Lions won four games. Stafford’s big arm and Megatron’s absurd performance meant nothing in the win column.

Jump to four years later, and Stafford is having his best season ever. He’s also without Megatron for the first time in his career. So was Johnson the problem? Obviously not, as he was one of the best wide receivers in the league during the last decade.

I believe the real problem was that the previous coaching staffs spent way too much time trying to maximize Megatron’s talent, and this, in turn, slowed Stafford’s progress. While the Lions quarterback has always had a strong arm and a gunslinger’s mentality, we’re learning in 2016 that he’s a significantly more well-rounded quarterback. As he enters the Buster Posey Jersey second half of his career, he’s winning games with his head as much as his arm. You’d never use the term “game manager” with Stafford, but he was exactly that in his huge win versus the Vikings on Sunday.

Stephen Curry drained an NBA single-game record 13 3-pointers during Monday’s win over the Pelicans

On Monday night, he was Stephen Curry as we came to know him last season, firing with equal parts abandon and accuracy. In this game, a few of his 13 3-pointers came off broken plays and flubbed passes — questionable, reflexive answers to chaos. On this night, he was bringing back the potency of “bad” shots. Nobody else attempts as many or makes Paul McQuistan Jersey as many. He has the green light on a road nobody else dares drive.

It’s all enough to distract from how the Warriors lost a 21-point lead to the (now 0-and-7) Pelicans, before Curry provided the final push. Certain issues continue to nag. What was presumed to be super team dominance actually looks more like a fidgety process of finding what works.

Less expected was that so much of Curry would Paul Richardson Jersey be needed to fight off a quite defeated New Orleans squad. In any event, a game after he did not register a triple, Curry seized his rightful place in the record books, finishing with 46 points on 26 shots, aided by only one made free throw.

If it wasn’t for Klay Thompson’s struggles, we might have been talking about the reigning, two-time MVP headed into this one. Curry had not been bad so far this season, but also had not quite been himself, either. At times he has been hesitant, deferential to Kevin Durant’s groove.

Against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, he was simply way off, going 0-of-10 from deep. “My process is the same but I had another level of focus the last two days,” Curry said of bouncing back from his bad game in L.A. “Just trying to get my rhythm back and see the ball go in. Our assistant coach [Bruce Fraser] had a couple good days of work and thankfully it translated to some success tonight.”

For Curry to be Curry, some shots have to be “bad.” Take the flick of insanity he tried with 19 seconds on the shot clock, around the four-minute mark of the second quarter. Led by an overly ambitious pass from Thompson, Curry pushed the ball between two defenders, and, then, from 26 feet, pulled. The box score listed the make as a “running jump shot” from 26 feet, because that’s indeed what it was.

The cobbles are something special

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Vikings OC Norv Turner resigns, says it’s in “best interest” of team

Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner resigned Wednesday, following the team’s second straight loss.

“I have tremendous respect for [head coach] Mike Zimmer, our coaching staff and our players and at this time I think it is in the best interest of the team to Ernie Stautner Authentic Womens Jersey step down,” Turner said in a statement. “I thank the Wilf family for my time here in Minnesota and want to see our players and coaches achieve success.”

Marshall said he’s “excited” for the rematch because, “I owe him one.”

This will be an emotional game for Marshall, who was traded by the Dolphins in 2012 after back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. This will be his first game at Hard Rock Stadium since the trade. He said the game means a lot to him because he believes he was treated Franco Harris Authentic Womens Jersey unfairly by the media and fans in South Florida.

But his No. 1 focus will be Maxwell, who was traded to the Dolphins in the offseason.

“They traded for him to stop me, so I’m excited for this matchup,” Marshall said.

When they met early last season at MetLife Stadium, the Eagles won the game, but Marshall dominated his matchup with Maxwell, finishing with 10 catches for 109 yards and a touchdown. Maxwell was called for two holding penalties en route to an 11-penalty season.

Marshall said Maxwell hasn’t changed.

“Still the same guy, still the same player,” he said. “Holds every single play.

Arizona Cardinals: You may be concerned with them traveling back to Carolina

Arizona Cardinals: You may be concerned with them traveling back to Carolina, where they got waxed in the playoffs last season, but I am not. With seven or more points in every game this season, the Cardinals’ defense has been nothing short of terrific. With Cam Newton wanting to protect himself more and likely to run Nazem Kadri Womens Jersey less, this makes the Panthers even easier to defend and I expect another top-five day out of the Cards.

Dallas and the Rams had discussions about a potential Foles trade in the weeks and days leading up to the draft. But the Cowboys were never willing to part with a late-round pick while having to take on Foles’ contract. It was too much all the way Peter Holland Womens Jersey around. Now Foles was free. Dallas didn’t have to compensate the Rams and it could construct a favorable contract for Foles.

But there was a problem. Even without a clear role, Foles wanted to play only for Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid, Foles’ former coach in Philadelphia. Even with four QBs on the roster, the Chiefs beat out Dallas.

After striking out with Foles, Dallas called Cleveland to see about the availability of veteran quarterback Josh McCown. Dallas viewed him as someone good enough to back up Romo and win games if Romo got hurt again.

The price, however, was a problem. Cleveland wanted a second-round draft pick for McCown. Dallas never considered parting with the pick, despite the obvious need. Talks broke off.

Tony Romo fell to the ground, hard and awkwardly. This was his first game back after his injury-marred 2015 season, his third snap of the game, the first real contact he endured. Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril chased Romo and jammed him into the ground. Dallas’ medical staff came out to help him, but after reaching for his lower back upon being hit, Romo insisted on walking off the field without help.

Romo fought with Cowboys coaches to go back into the game. No one thought the injury was severe.

The Cowboys announced that Romo broke a bone in his back. He had a compression fracture that was expected to sideline him 6-10 weeks.

After attempts to draft Lynch and then Cook … after trying to trade for Foles and then McCown … the Cowboys were forced to give first-team reps to rookie fourth-round pick Prescott.

They’d tried everything, but the season was less than two weeks away, and they had no other choice.

The NFC North looks a lot different heading into training camp

The biggest storylines as NFC North teams head into training camp are the new faces found everywhere in the division. With the Bears, it’s players like Danny Trevathan and Jerrell Freeman, who should provide significant upgrades to Chicago’s linebacker corps.

In Detroit, the Lions will look to receivers Marvin Jones and Anquan Boldin to help fill the void left by Calvin Johnson’s retirement. They’ll also hope Mitchell Schwartz and first-round draft pick Taylor Decker can help keep Matthew Stafford upright.

For the Green Bay Packers, it’s tight end Jared Cook, who Authentic K.J. Wright Jersey has an opportunity to become an impact receiver for Aaron Rodgers. Cook is recovering from foot surgery, which may complicate things for him a bit this preseason. In Minnesota, Alex Boone should go a long way toward lowering the number of hits taken by Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, and Laquon Treadwell gives Bridgewater a big, strong receiving threat.

Teddy Bridgewater got hit a lot last season. The Vikings took steps to address that this offseason, bringing in veteran guard Alex Boone and tackle Andre Smith. How this unit shapes up could tip the divisional balance of power in Minnesota’s favor.

The Vikings drafted a big, physical receiver in Laquon Treadwell in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft to give Bridgewater a reliable weapon. Treadwell is expected to factor into the Vikings’ offensive plans heavily and early, and training camp will be an opportunity for him to acclimate to the NFL and develop chemistry with his quarterback.

Of course, they still have Adrian Peterson, who has yet to show any signs of slowing down. He is 31 years old and set to make $18 million next season. The Vikings need to start thinking about life after Peterson, and the next few weeks will help them get a sense of Authentic Kam Chancellor Jersey what third-year running back Jerick McKinnon can do.

Surrounded by relocation controversy, Raiders fans can take solace in the fact that their offense may be the best it’s been in years. In addition to the blossoming connection between Carr and Cooper, running back Latavius Murray — who finished second in the NFL in rushing yards in 2015 — has also emerged as a dynamic threat. Perhaps most impressively, he caught 41 passes out of the backfield last year as well.

The addition of Kelechi Osemele should also improve an offensive line that was already pretty good. For the first time in a while, the Raiders will look to not just return to relevance, but compete.

Maybe the biggest culprit for the Chargers’ miserable 4-12 campaign was their paltry defense — and it probably got worse this offseason. The team lost starting defensive end Kendall Reyes in free agency and stalwart safety Eric Weddle as well. Expectations are high for No. 3 overall pick Joey Bosa, who still hasn’t signed his rookie deal.

Training camp will reveal the readiness of all the new faces in the AFC South to contribute and give a first look at some of the most promising young teams in the NFL.

The Houston Texans offense may have been the most discussed offense in the weeks leading up to training camp. The additions of quarterback Brock Osweiler and Lamar Miller — who replaces longtime Texans running back Arian Foster — were the two most noteworthy moves.

The team also drafted speedy receivers Will Fuller and Braxton Miller, who will join DeAndre Hopkins, a dynamic receiver in his own right. Altogether, this offense should be fun to watch throughout training camp and the season.

Leon Hall chooses to sign with Giants instead of Bengals, per report

Free agent cornerback Leon Hall has signed with the New York Giants, choosing a one-year, $2 million deal with the team over a return to the Cincinnati Bengals, according to Rand Getlin of NFL.com. Hall, 31, played for the Bengals from 2007 when Cincinnati made him the 18th overall pick. He’s been a starting cornerback ever since, and a reliable one at that.

The only issue on the reliability front is an Robert Griffin III Jersey injury history that has impacted a couple seasons in a big way and others in a smaller way. Last season, he missed two games due to injury, but had 55 tackles and a pair of interceptions along with nine passes defensed.

“The Commissioner is the chief executive officer of the NFL,” the ruling reads. “Article 46 of the Agreement authorizes the Commissioner to impose discipline for ‘conduct detrimental to the integrity of, or public confidence in, the game of professional football.’ The standard NFL player contract further acknowledges that the Commissioner has the power ‘to fine player in a reasonable amount; to suspend player for a period certain or indefinitely; and/or to terminate this contract.’ The Agreement does not define ‘conduct detrimental’ or prescribe maximum or presumptive punishments for such conduct.”

Goodell’s authority as a disciplinarian was bolstered by the recent ruling that will force Tom Brady to sit the first four games of the 2016 season and was heightened even more by the decision to enforce his ruling against Peterson. When the Vikings running back won his appeal in February 2015, it was ruled that Goodell retroactively applied rules in the newly Shon Coleman Jersey created NFL personal conduct policy.

“We are not convinced that the arbitrator exceeded his authority in the manner alleged,” the ruling on Thursday read. “The arbitrator concluded that the August 2014 communications did not change the June 2014 Personal Conduct Policy.”

The ruling will not force Peterson to serve any more of a suspension, but it does mean the Vikings running back has to pay up:

If he is able to return from the injury it will likely be after an extended stay on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list or the injured reserve with a designation to return.

Brock Osweiler ‘not surprised’ by chilly Denver reception

DENVER — Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler, who was booed by Denver Broncos fans each time he came onto the field in a 27-9 loss Monday night, said he was not surprised by the crowd’s reactions to his return.

Osweiler was playing in Denver for the first time since leaving to sign a four-year, $72 million contract with the Texans during the offseason.

“I was definitely not surprised by Benson Mayowa Jersey that,” Osweiler said. “I assumed I’d get a lot of boos. In fact, I thought it would be a little bit louder with those boos.”

Foster also made headlines this season as one of three Dolphins players, along with receiver Kenny Stills and safety Michael Thomas, to take a knee during the national anthem before every game.

Texans coach Bill O’Brien learned Bill Bates Jersey of his former player’s retirement following Houston’s 27-9 Monday night loss to the Broncos.

“One of the smartest players that I’ve coached. Great zone runner, excellent vision, big,” O’Brien said at his postgame news conference. “What we found with him was how good he was out of the backfield in the passing game. He was excellent in the passing game. Great receiving back, so lot of respect for Arian.”

Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph said: “[Foster] was a great running back with the Texans as far as all time. He was a great, unique guy off the field with some strong beliefs. He had a great frame of mind and I just wish him well in the future. That’s the way football works, though. Everybody has a different life span in this league. Obviously, he did it for a long time in this league so he really didn’t have anything left to prove.”

Texans QB Brock Osweiler struggled in his return to Denver, finishing 22-for-41 for 131 yards without a touchdown and with a lost fumble. His return was the story of the week leading up to this Week 7 contest, and he said after the game that part of him is happy that this week is over.

“I think there was so much that was built up about myself and the Broncos in this game,” Osweiler said. “And at the end of the day, it was the Houston Texans versus the Denver Broncos. We came up here tonight. We did not play a good enough football game to get this job done.”

“The nerve has to start firing again. Once it starts firing again, he should be fine. It’s just a matter of when is it going to start firing again?,” Mora said in a news conference. “He’s getting all the treatment he can get. He’s doing everything he can do. Our doctors are as good as they get. He’s got a dad at home who’s a doctor, so he’s surrounded by good people. It’s just a matter of his arm starting to fire. He’s been trying to throw, and it just hasn’t gotten to the point where he can cut it loose yet.”

Mike Fafaul has played in Rosen’s place, and he set UCLA records for pass attempts (70) and completions (40) in a 52-45 loss to the Utes on Saturday. He threw five touchdown passes but was picked off four times. Rosen warmed up prior to the game, but did not play.

FSU safety Derwin James continues to recover from the knee surgery he underwent last month.