The Dallas Cowboys have a new offensive coordinator, and it’s certainly a name that produces a “wow” response upon hearing it but not in a good way. Brian Schottenheimer has been named the new OC, taking over for Kellen Moore, who parted ways with the team and will call plays for the Chargers in 2023.
This hire does absolutely nothing to move the needle in Big D, especially when the owner has a reputation for making “big splash” moves. Moving Schottenheimer into the OC role to help with game planning has to be the most uninspired coaching hire during this cycle. Schottenheimer spent last season in a consultant role for Dallas (whatever that means) and will essentially do the same thing since head coach Mike McCarthy will take over play-calling duties.
At 49 years of age and with over two decades of NFL coaching experience, Schottenheimer is the perfect candidate for McCarthy — a guy who won’t threaten McCarthy’s position within the organization.
Schottenheimer is the son of former Cleveland, Kansas City, Washington, and San Diego head coach Marty Schottenheimer, known infamously for the term “Marty ball.” In a nutshell, that meant his teams focused heavily on running the ball, and the passing game was there to set up more running opportunities.
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Marty was a successful head coach and one of the best of his era that never won a Super Bowl. On the other hand, Brian has never risen past the coordinator position and, at this point, likely doesn’t care to. Indeed, if Brian wanted to be a head coach by now, he would’ve been, since he’s been an assistant dating back to 1997 with the St. Louis Rams. We know how that nepotism thing works, especially in the NFL.
McCarthy deciding to move Schottenheimer into this spot and have Jerry Jones sign off on it is ludicrous. This hire lacks thought, innovation, and creativity, which isn’t a good sign for next season. McCarthy’s playcalling had become stale a few years ago at the end of his tenure in Green Bay with Aaron Rodgers. What’s supposed to change years later with Dak Prescott running the show? The answer is not much. Still, this is where Jones wants to spend money.
We take a look at the NFC’s roster ahead of the 2023 NFL Pro Bowl flag football games.
A week of contests for the 2023 Pro Bowl will conclude on Sunday, February 5, with what’s sure to be highlight for fans of high-scoring affairs: flag football.
It’s a seven-on-seven format featuring offensive skill players. There won’t be any linemen, on either side of the ball, except for a center to snap the ball. Defensive rosters will include linebackers and defensive backs trying to make “tackles” by pulling the flags off their opponents. The game will also include special teams play.
The NFC and AFC will play three flag football games. The first two are worth six points for the winning conference’s total. The team that wins the third game will be named the Pro Bowl Games Champion.
In another twist that’s sure to add to the enjoyment of this year’s Pro Bowl format, the teams will be coached by Eli and Peyton Manning, helming the NFC and AFC squads, respectively.
The flag football games will start at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 5, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. The games will be broadcast on ABC and ESPN and streamed ESPN+.
PHILADELPHIA − There are always key moments and key plays that make a difference in a Super Bowl.
Five years ago, for example, who figured rookie running back Corey Clement, an undrafted free agent, would have 100 yards receiving, including a 22-yard touchdown catch, in the Eagles' 41-33 Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots?
Or that Brandon Graham would have the only sack of the entire game, and a huge one at that, causing the fumble that Derek Barnett recovered with 2:16 left that for all intents and purposes clinched the victory?
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"I’m happy I was able to do that in my career ... to be able to make a play like that at a time when we never had a championship, and we finally brought us one," Graham said. "It changed my trajectory on how people view me as a player."
So as the Eagles face the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl next Sunday, somebody will have to make a play like Clement or Graham did in order for the Eagles to come away as champions.
Here, then, are the 9 most important players for an Eagles victory. Keep in mind, they aren't necessarily the best players.
Think of Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones as a game-wrecker like the Eagles' Haason Reddick. But Jones, who had 15.5 sacks during the regular season, mostly rushes from the inside, although he'll move outside at times. So it's likely that all three Eagles interior linemen − Dickerson, center Jason Kelce and right guard Isaac Seumalo − will face Jones. Dickerson has been dealing with an elbow injury since the NFC Championship game. He's expected to play, but if he can't hold up, that means Andre Dillard would be the likely replacement at left guard.
Sure, Miles Sanders is the Eagles' main running back, as he finished with a career-high 1,269 yards this season. But Gainwell, the 5-foot-9, 200-pound bowling ball, has been the Eagles' leading rusher in each of the two playoff games. He had a career-high 112 yards rushing in the 38-7 win over the Giants and 48 yards against the 49ers. Gainwell, of course, is known more for his receiving ability out of the backfield. So if there's a Clement-like play that needs to be made, chances are quarterback Jalen Hurts will look to Gainwell, especially near the end zone.
We have seen three Super Bowls decided by a field goal in the final minute. And you can ask Buffalo Bills fans about the one that missed. So yes, in a game featuring the No. 1 offense in the Chiefs and the No. 3 offense in the Eagles, it could come down to a last-second field goal during a frantic rally. What's often overlooked in the Eagles' first Super Bowl win is that Elliott, then a rookie, went 3-for-3 on field goals, including a 46-yarder with 1:05 left, while the Patriots' Steve Gostkowski missed one of his three attempts.
It doesn't take a mathematician to know that if Elliott missed that last field goal while Gostkowski had made that 26-yard chip shot that he missed, then Brady would have had plenty of time to lead New England to a potential game-winning field goal.
The Chiefs don't have a wide receiver like Tyreek Hill, whom they traded last summer. But that makes Slay and Bradberry all the more important because it's likely that the Eagles will rely on the duo to cover Chiefs receivers Marquez Valdes-Scantling and either Kadarius Toney or JuJu Smith-Schuster without getting much help. It's expected that Mecole Hardman won't play because of a pelvis injury. With Slay and Bradberry, it's possible the Eagles will leave them in man coverage and thus focus more coverage on star tight end Travis Kelce.
Brown has had 22 and 28 yards receiving in the two playoff games. He only had one regular-season game with fewer yards. Sure, it's easy to wonder what's wrong with Brown, who set a franchise record with 1,496 yards receiving. But the Eagles have had such big leads that they ran the ball 44 times in each playoff game. The Chiefs, of course, can score with the Eagles, so they'll have to re-establish the passing game in order to win.
"I’ve been having people coming at me sideways about me not putting up numbers," Brown said. "But you have to watch the game to see how our O-line and running backs have been dominating. We’re just doing whatever it takes right now."
Gardner-Johnson will no doubt spend much of the game following Travis Kelce around. After all, Kelce had 1,338 yards receiving, by far Mahomes' favorite target. Gardner-Johnson will likely get help underneath from linebacker Kyzir White. But if the Eagles are going to slow the Chiefs' offense down, that will have to start with slowing down Kelce.
It is truly remarkable how Johnson has been able to make it through two playoff games, as his usual dominant self, despite playing with a torn adductor in his groin area. Johnson hasn't allowed a sack in 30 consecutive games, spanning more than 1,000 pass attempts. What makes that stat even more important is that Hurts is still playing on an injured shoulder. If Johnson can hold up for one more game and extend his sack streak, then Hurts can thrive, too.
Reddick finished second in the NFL with 16 sacks and was the NFC's Defensive Player of the Month for December. But Reddick has taken his game to a new level, with 3.5 sacks in the two playoff games. And the best way to slow Mahomes is to keep him from throwing. And that's especially true now that Mahomes has a gimpy ankle that seemed to bother him in the AFC Championship game. But Mahomes is a magician in getting the ball off at weird arm angles, which means Reddick and the Eagles pass rushers will have to get to Mahomes quickly.
This is a no-brainer. The Eagles go as Hurts goes. And despite the ailing shoulder, Hurts has shown that he can and will take a hit on it. But the Eagles took big leads against both the Giants and 49ers by halftime, so Hurts could hand the ball off for much of the second half. The Chiefs' offense is much more powerful, so Hurts will have to be at his best for the Eagles to win.
Hurts seemed confident that will happen. When asked his best play of this season, he replied with a sly smile: "The season's not over."
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The Pro Bowl has always been a bit of an outlier in the NFL.
Envisioned initially as the league’s version of the all-star game, it used to be held after the Super Bowl, when fans had started to move on from the season. So, officials moved it up to the week before the Super Bowl, but that meant members of the two best teams were absent—and other players would generally play with a rather gentle nature.
This year, the NFL is trying something new once again—a two-day series of events that culminates in a trio of AFC vs. NFC flag football games. It’s an interesting concept. The question is: Will fans care?
The first events took place on Thursday, with players taking part in dodgeball, water balloon catching events and a NFL take on the dunking booth. (Really.) There were also longest pass competitions and the first round of the “Best Catch” games, where player attempt to receive a ball in the most creative way possible.
Sunday will see the final round of that “Best Catch” competition and other … unusual games, as well as the flag football events.
Does it sound more like a field day at school than an NFL All-Star game? Of course it does. Does that mean it won’t be entertaining? Well, only time will answer that question. We will remind you that “Battle of the Network Stars” ran for just short of 10 years, so, at one time at least, there was an audience for this sort of thing. If you’re figuring out the best way to watch or won’t be near at TV, here are the best way to catch the games.
There has never been a real reason for players to go hard in the Pro Bowl, since risking injury made no sense. Fans got tired of watching them go easy on each other, so this year the league did away with the tackle game altogether, opting instead for a series of skill challenges capped by a few rounds of flag football. There will be three seven-on-seven games of flag football between the AFC and NFL on a smaller field with two 10-minutes halves. It’s not quite the all-star game fans might expect, but it’s still a celebration of the sport.
The best way to watch any sort of network programming for free on a big screen is with a good HD antenna. And since the conference championships air on broadcast networks, you’ll be able to watch even if you don’t have a cable subscription. To ensure you’re getting the most reliable signal, be sure to test the antenna in multiple locations in your home.
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The NFL App will let you stream games that are being broadcast locally in your market on Sundays. If you want to watch an “out of market” game, you’ve got two choices.
DirecTV customers have access to it, but (if you meet the conditions, like living in an apartment complex or some area where you can’t get DirecTV) you can also sign up for an online version, letting you watch any NFL game live this season. There’s a one-week trial, then you’re looking at monthly charges of $1
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The Manning brothers are taking their sibling rivalry into the 2023 Pro Bowl.
The new-look Pro Bowl competition, which began Thursday night, will include three flag football games coached by Eli and Peyton Manning on Sunday. Peyton leads the AFC in the events while Eli leads the NFC, joined by several other accomplished coaches.
While there were several last-minute substitutions and alterations to the Pro Bowl roster, the brothers mentioned several reasons they're taking leadership in the competition's new format.
Here's a few explanations on why the Manning brothers are coaching the 2023 Pro Bowl.
Approaching the Pro Bowl flag football games, the Manning brothers appeared on NFL Network to discuss their rivalry and their goals for the event.
Eli mentioned that while the brothers only met three times in their NFL careers, citing Peyton's five-year age difference, he never had the opportunity to face Peyton in flag football and other skill competitions. While showing clips of his fifth grade flag football career, Eli showcased his strengths for the game on Sunday.
"Peyton never played flag football," Eli said on NFL Network. "I'm at a major advantage coaching the NFC."
When the Pro Bowl's restructuring was first announced in September, the league confirmed that Peyton's company, Omaha Productions, would be responsible for production and promotion for the event. While growing his audience, Peyton will play a major role in coaching the AFC to grow youth awareness for the sport.
Aside from Omaha Productions' involvement, Peyton is striving to win the flag football game. During a segment of the Pat McAfee Show on Friday, Peyton described his goals for the competition and joked about the stakes of the game. He mentioned that the players are racking up the bar tab in Las Vegas with room service and undisclosed cold beverages, and that the winner would make more money than the losing team.
"I went to Tennessee, I'm not that smart," Peyton jokingly said on the show. "But the math is simple, if we win, we get more money to pay for our hotel bill."
The traditional NFL Pro Bowl has been revamped for the 2022-23 season. The rebranded Pro Bowl Games breathe new life into the longstanding praxis of bringing together the league’s top talent.
The festivities kicked off with a skills competition on Thursday night, which will continue on Sunday and culminate with three flag football games later in the day.
The games will have cumulative scoring, with the winning conference of each skills competition earning three points and the winning conference from each of the first two flag football games earning six points.
The sums will be added together and will be the starting score of the third and final flag football game. The winning conference of that game will be the winners of the Pro Bowl Games.
The games will take place over two days at Intermountain Healthcare Performance Center and Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
The skills competitions began on Thursday night. Players competed in five unique categories that tested their abilities, both football and non-football related, with an emphasis on fun and good-spirited competition.
The contests were Epic Pro Bowl Dodgeball, Lightning Round, Longest Drive, Precision Passing, and Best Catch. These games involved activities such as dodgeball, golf, and water balloon toss in addition to the traditional skills of passing and catching.
On Sunday, players will compete in the Best Catch final, along with three new events called Gridiron Gauntlet, Kick Tac Toe, and Move the Chain. These contests focus primarily on speed, strength, and agility.
The elimination of a traditional football game in favor of flag football games is the biggest change between this year’s Pro Bowl and those of the past. By removing tackles and high-impact collisions, players are at a decreased risk of becoming injured. Without fear of injury, players can ideally focus on the competition at hand and compete at a higher tempo.
After Thursday’s contests, the AFC is in the lead. Las Vegas Raiders’ QB Derek Carr was a standout, winning the Precision Passing contest in impressive fashion.
The AFC also took the cake in the Lightning Round, with the catch of the day coming from Commanders wide receiver Terry McLaurin. Finally, they grabbed a victory in the Longest Drive contest thanks to a walk-off 320-yard drive from Bills safety Jordan Poyer.
The NFC’s only victory came in the Dodgeball contest, which was sealed by a throw from San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle. The results of the Best Catch contest are voted on by fans and will be used to determine which players will compete in the Best Catch final on Sunday.
Sunday’s events will air in the US on ESPN and ABC from 3-6 p.m. ET.
Here’s how to catch these teams and others across the league in action, from wherever you are.
Brian Schottenheimer will be the new offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys.
The team announced Schottenheimer’s hire on Saturday. He will serve as the team’s OC though he will not be calling plays. Team owner Jerry Jones said earlier this week that head coach Mike McCarthy would be the play-caller in the wake of Kellen Moore’s departure. The Cowboys and Moore parted ways a week ago and the Los Angeles Chargers quickly hired Moore to replace Joe Lombardi as their offensive coordinator.
“I am very happy to have Brian take on this key role with our team,” McCarthy said in a statement. “He has been an important part of our staff already and has a great grasp of where we are and where we want to go.”
Dallas was fourth in scoring in 2022 at 27.5 points per game. The Cowboys averaged 5.4 yards per play, though Dak Prescott threw 15 interceptions in just 12 games. Prescott was phenomenal in the team’s wild-card win over the Buccaneers before throwing two interceptions in the team’s divisional loss to the 49ers.
Schottenheimer served as a consultant for the Cowboys during the 2021 season. He last officially coached in the NFL in 2021 when he served as the passing game coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars in the team’s tumultuous Urban Meyer season.
Before spending a season with the Jaguars, Schottenheimer was the Seahawks’ offensive coordinator for three seasons. Seattle went 12-4 in 2020, Schottenheimer's third and final there, and scored over 28 points per game, but the offense struggled over the final weeks of the season. After scoring 31 points or more in seven of the team’s first eight games, Seattle failed to score more than 26 points in all but one of its final six games of the season. The Seahawks then lost 30-20 to the Rams in a wild-card playoff game.
Schottenheimer was fired days after the playoff loss as the team cited “philosophical differences.”
Schottenheimer is the son of former NFL coach Marty Schottenheimer. McCarthy’s first NFL job came with Marty Schottenheimer’s Kansas City Chiefs in 1993 when he worked for two seasons as a quality control coach before becoming the team’s quarterbacks coach for four seasons.
FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys have a new offensive coordinator – although he's not new to the building and certainly has a recognizable name.
On Saturday, the team announced Brian Schottenheimer would be the new OC, replacing the recently-departed Kellen Moore, who now has the same role with the Chargers.
"I am very happy to have Brian take on this key role with our team," head coach Mike McCarthy said. "He has been an important part of our staff already and has a great grasp of where we are and where we want to go."
While owner/GM Jerry Jones said this week that head coach Mike McCarthy is expected to call plays next season, the coordinator still has a major role in constructing the offense, specifically the game plan from week to week.
The son of legendary coach Marty Schottenheimer, Brian has plenty of experience in the NFL coaching ranks as well as he just completed his 22nd season in the league.
This past year, Schottenheimer served as an offensive consultant for the Cowboys, but previously, he's been an offensive coordinator in both Jacksonville, Seattle and the Rams, as well as quarterbacks coach for the Colts and Jets.
"Brian has an exceptionally strong foundation, history and relationships beyond his time here that translate very well into understanding what our approach to operating and executing will be for the future. This will be an exciting and efficient transition for us that I am confident will help yield the growth and results we all want and expect."
Earlier this week, the Cowboys interviewed two candidates outside the building – Panthers running backs coach Jeff Nixon and Rams assistant head coach Thomas Brown.
McCarthy has obvious ties to the Schottenheimer family. In 1993, he got his first NFL coaching job with the Chiefs, hired by Marty Schottenheimer to be a quality-control coach at the age of 29. He was on Schottenheimer's staff for six seasons, getting promoted eventually to QB coach.
In 1998, McCarthy's last season in Kansas City, he was on the same staff as Brian Schottenheimer, who was added as an offensive assistant.
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The Raiders have granted Derek Carr permission to speak with teams that have already agreed to the compensation Las Vegas is looking for in a potential trade for the quarterback, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Friday.
It's the same arrangement the Houston Texans had with quarterback Deshaun Watson last offseason.
Carr said on Thursday during the Pro Bowl Games skills competition that he and his representative were waiting to be authorized to speak with potential trade partners. Carr has a no-trade clause in his contract and said he would use it if he deemed it necessary.
Carr also said Thursday that he has no intention of extending the Feb. 15 trigger date on his contract, the date by which more than $1
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The 31-year-old quarterback signed a five-year, $1
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A team trading for Carr would owe him $1
Carr, who had been the Raiders' starting quarterback since being selected in the second round of the 2014 NFL draft, bid farewell to the team and its fans in a statement last month.