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I worked through two NFL player strikes during my Vikings management years, and they were difficult times.

We were fearful of being laid off until new labor deals were completed, but we also believed that, even if the lay-offs occurred (and fortunately we stayed on the payroll), we eventually would return to our jobs. An ownership change creates a much greater sense of job insecurity for front office folks.

LeBron James, however, shrugged off the notion that the three-time and reigning Eastern Conference champs wanted to move the same star guard who hit the series-deciding shot in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals to deliver Cleveland its first championship in franchise history.

That makes absolutely no sense, James declares.

Asked to elaborate, James smiles politely, slings his bag over his shoulder, and exits the arena.

How did two people come away with two vastly different conclusions about the way Irving exited Cleveland?

There’s no reason to think either the injury-riddled Colts or the Bengals are capable of beating them. Baltimore will get in with a good chance to win a playoff game, especially if it faces Kansas City in the wild-card round. The Ravens are the unquestioned best of this bunch.

The best from the rest of the alive teams are the Chargers, and they have a much easier schedule in relation to that of the Titans and Bills. The Chargers were the first team to make the playoffs after starting 0-4, in 1992. It would be appropriate if they became the second team 25 years later.

A guard who can shoot off the catch, create his own shot off the dribble, and tear it up on the pick and roll is a great thing for any NBA team. For the Sixers, it’s exactly what we’re missing. Just picturing the Fultz/Embiid pick and roll makes me want to buy their respective shirsey’s, cut them in half and sew them back together to create a single Embultz super shirsey to be unveiled to a drunken Wells Fargo crowd after successful crunch time PnR’s. Hell, I get excited just imagining us with another scorer on the floor during crunch time. A guy NFL Jerseys Free Shipping who can get a bucket from all three levels doesn’t just change our offense. It changes how other Cheap NBA Jerseys teams are forced to defend us.

Despite a perception that he’s lost a step, Bryant remains confident in his ability.

Bryant has 66 receptions on 125 targets for 814 yards and six touchdowns. Unless he gets 186 yards against the Eagles on Sunday, Bryant will fail to reach 1,000 receiving yards for the third straight season. Bryant, 29, admitted he was frustrated this season and let a lot of things get in the way of his play on the field.

I’m still Dez Bryant, he said. I am a hell of a football player. I know that. I believe that. I let a lot of things get in the way that bother me mentally. I feel like if anything, I need to deal with (that) in the offseason.

The Cowboys (8-7) will not make the playoffs this season, a year after winning the NFC East with a 13-3 record, but Bryant was defiant when asked if he still wants to be in Dallas.

Hell yeah, what do you mean? What kind of question was that? That’s dumb, Bryant said. I’m a Texas boy all day.

First-year general manager Chris Ballard expected some tough times for the Colts, especially with Luck (shoulder) out, and that’s how it played out with Indianapolis finishing among the worst teams in the NFL.

Pagano arrived in Indianapolis in 2012 in a season of transition. It was the first year the Colts were without longtime franchise quarterback Peyton Manning.

Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia that season and he missed Weeks 5 through 16. The team, with offensive coordinator Bruce Arians coaching in the interim, rallied. Pagano returned with his cancer in remission for the last week of the regular season. The Colts finished 11-5 and lost to the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens in the wild-card round.

Pagano had arrived with a defensive reputation after being defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens. But the defensive results never showed up for the Colts under Pagano. Indianapolis finished 20th or worse in total defense in five of Pagano’s six seasons, including 31st in 2017.

Pagano’s inability to beat AFC rivals Pittsburgh and New England also hurt him. The Colts were a combined 0-8 against those two teams under Pagano. They lost by an average of 24.3 points to the Steelers and by an average of 24.6 points to the Patriots.

Pagano had a 53-43 regular-season record as coach of the Colts.

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Everybody was sort of chuckling in my office the other day, Hixon says.

We were getting ready to play golf and somebody said, ‘Coach, I don’t know if you remember this, but 10 years ago you told all of us that Koby was going to be a GM in the next 10 years.’ I don’t know what on earth made me give that bold prediction, but he was one of those guys that knows what he wants.

So somewhere, I guess in Lithuania, LaVar Ball is laughing. People are eating out his hands for no apparent reason. Other than he’s become like the Kardashian of the NBA or something and that Wholesale NFL Jerseys Free Shipping sells. That’s true in politics and entertainment and now sports. It doesn’t matter if there’s any substance involved with an issue. It’s just ‘Can we make it really interesting.’ For no apparent reason. There’s nothing interesting about that story. You know how many parents of my players have probably been at home thinking ‘Why isn’t he playing my kid.’ Yet we’re sticking a microphone in front of his face because apparently it gets ratings. I don’t know who cares, but people must care or ESPN wouldn’t be spending whatever they’re spending.

Reason for hope: The Eagles have been the best team all season. Their only losses entering Sunday (when they rested many starters in a home loss to Dallas) were road defeats in Kansas City and Seattle — hardly anything of which to be ashamed. Even at their worst, which they were against the Giants on defense in Week 15 and against the Raiders on offense in Week 16, they’ve managed to find ways to win. They are deep and talented on both sides of the ball and can play a variety of styles and still win.

Reason for concern: Don’t know if you’ve heard, but star quarterback Wholesale MLB Jerseys Carson Wentz tore his ACL in Week 14, and the Eagles are rolling into the playoffs with Nick Foles. While Foles looked great in his first game, he doesn’t offer Wentz’s ability to make chicken salad on third and fourth downs. That was a key element of what made Philadelphia different from the other NFC contenders all season, and without it they may be just one of several very good teams in the NFC field.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones evaluates ‘disappointing’ season

As the Cowboys head into their season finale against the Eagles Sunday, team owner Jerry Jones is reflecting on a disappointing season.

Dallas came into 2017 off of a 13-3 season with hopes of making a Super Bowl run, but that certainly has not been the case. While Jones remains optimistic, he willingly admits that the Cowboys shouldn’t be where they are this year.

Well, I think that we all are disappointed because we didn’t meet our expectation, Jones said, via Star-Telegram. We shouldn’t have had the record that we had this year.

Financially, the 49ers don’t have any obstacles when it comes to signing or tagging Garoppolo as they project to have well over $100 million in salary cap space after they roll over what’s left on this year’s ledger.

Still, the Niners’ preference is to find a common ground and strike a deal with Garoppolo soon so they can begin using what’s left of their cap space on building up the roster around him.

Shaun Wilson, RB, Duke The diminutive Wilson did it all for Duke in Tuesday’s 36-14 win over Northern Illinois. The 5-9, 185-pound senior ran for 75 yards and a touchdown and caught four passes for 22 yards and another score against the Huskies. Wilson, who finished his senior season with 818 rushing yards and six touchdowns, could be a late draft pick in April. Whether he’s drafted or not, Wilson should be in a training camp next summer and has the ability to be a solid third-down back at the next level with good speed and elusiveness in the open field.

Kenny Young, LB, UCLA �� Kansas State became the fifth team to rush for more than 300 yards in a game against the Bruins with 344 in the Cactus Bowl, but Young was all over the field. The 6-1, 235-pound senior plays well sideline to sideline and capped his college career with nine tackles, including one for loss. He finishes his time at UCLA with 304 career tackles, 21 for loss, 6 1/2 sacks and a pair of interceptions.

December closes the book on the first double-digit points month of Dumba’s burgeoning career as an offensive blue liner. His six goals for the month are a showcase of the shot he packs from the point, in addition to his ability to jump into the offensive zone. His average ice time spiked by more than two minutes for the second consecutive season as the 23-year-old has earned the trust of coach Bruce Boudreau in most situations. He’s still hanging around on wires in a quarter of ESPN leagues.

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