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Sporting News NFL awards 2016: Players of the year, All-Pro Team, more

Sporting News this week announced it’s annual NFL awards, voted upon by current players, coaches and executives throughout the league. SN’s 2016 All-Pro Team, voted upon by the league’s head coaches, also was announced.

SN has announced player awards since 1954, including Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year awards since 2012. SN’s Coach of the Year award has been announced since 1947.

Here are the award recipients and All-Pro Team for the 2016 NFL season.

(Editor’s note: SN’s Executive of the Year award will be announced and presented during the annual league meeting in March.)

Kaepernick was a second-round draft pick of the 49ers in 2011 and he’s just one example of Baalke’s failed picks. Others include Anthony Davis, LaMichael James, Tank Carradine, Marcus Martin, Brandon Thomas, A.J. Jenkins, Taylor Mays and Chris Culliver.

San Francisco’s roster is a mess, and, in the end, Baalke was the scapegoat for the team’s miserable 2016 season.

It didn’t surprise me, Baalke said. Weve done some awful good things. Some very successful seasons. Unfortunately regret we werent able to bring a championship to the Bay Area, which they so deserve. I think The Faithful has been great. Wish this organization nothing but the best moving forward. I do see a bright future for them.steelers_005

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Hue Jackson admits adding QB to Browns is ‘imperative’

The Browns hold the top spot, and the No. 12 pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, and their fan base wants to know who will head to Cleveland.

Many expect the Browns to take a quarterback, considering the position held them back last season. Robert Griffin III didn’t show a whole lot as a starter, and Cody Kessler is still pretty unknown.

The second, more likely option is that the Yankees will keep running him out there in hopes that he figures out what’s wrong, which is something Girardi has reinforced several times. On the surface, Tanaka’s issues are pretty simple: As a pitcher who doesn’t rely on pure power stuff, has been living in the upper half of the zone in ’17. His velocity hasn’t changed much from 2014 to now, according to Fangraphs.

But there’s still a third option that may seem farfetched. But given the Yankees’ recent selling spree, it might not be.

Let’s say that Tanaka goes on an absolute tear from this point. With the way Yankees GM Brian Cashman has been dealing these past 365 days, maybe Tanaka could be a trade option. A risky, high-priced trade option for other teams, but if there’s a team really looking to hammer down its contender status, looking for depth, and would be willing to take the risk of future years of Tanaka, it could be on the table.rams_001

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Baseball dismissed Leo Mazzone and Johnny Sain — the Hall of Fame doesn’t have to

Sometime after the Braves hired Leo Mazzone in 1979 to be a pitching coach within their organization, he went to see Johnny Sain.

Sain won 20 games four times for the Boston Braves between 1946 and 1950, helping lead the team to the 1948 World Series. Later, Sain embarked on a successful second career as a pitching coach. So many of the best pitchers of the 1960s crossed paths with Sain, from Whitey Ford to Jim Kaat to Denny McLain.

Partially because his track record of wins and losses is pretty solid (three first-place finishes, two second-place finishes in his five full seasons), but also because Matheny checks so many of the boxes that owner Bill DeWitt Jr., believes are so very important to the well-being of the franchise as a whole.

Still …

This past road trip was a disaster, by any interpretation. And this season has been an up-and-down roller coaster nobody expected, swings of awful baseball and awesome baseball.

With a fastball that sits in the mid-90s and a hard, upper-80s slider, scouts are split on whether Bukauskas will remain a starter at the next level or make a move toward the bullpen, likely in a closer role.

Whether he is taking the ball at the beginning of games or at the end, he has a very good chance to climb to the majors very quickly. Much like Wright, Bukauskas competed in a very tough conference for the past three years, giving scouts a good idea of where he will stack up against professional hitters.

If he remains a starter, look for the Ashburn, Va., native to spend a couple seasons in the minors and make his major league debut in either late 2019 or 2020. However, if the team that selects him makes him a closer immediately, his path to the top could be much shorter, with him getting the call up next summer.
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Tennessee Titans

Eric Berry-Chiefs sequel is another reminder that franchise tag must go

Eric Berry and the Chiefs are back to square one with the franchise tag, according to various local and national news reports. Which makes this as good a time as any to remind everybody of how much the franchise tag should be abolished.

Face it. All sorts of speculation connect Cousins with his former coordinator in D.C., Kyle Shanahan, in San Francisco. If Cousins wants no part of the 49ers, he hasn’t let on in any way. That should tell you plenty — the promise of Shanahan’s regime or not, that carnival act in Santa Clara hasn’t been ruled out.

What’s out there that’s flakier than what’s going on where he already is? Does everybody out there know who’s calling the shots, who has the final say? Not completely. Guess what. They do in Washington — at least now, two years after the fact, after McCloughan was presented as the team builder, then was abruptly sent to an undisclosed location this offseason.

Also, no talk show host/game analyst on the 49ers’ flagship radio station is dropping random, unverified observations about anybody’s fitness for the job, or about major addiction relapses. Unlike what’s happened in Washington recently.

“That’s a hard one in the locker room,” Quinn said afterward. “No place to put that one mentally for us.”

Falcons owner Arthur Blank then came into the interview area to hear his head coach speak (which is customary postgame). Blank’s face was anything but. It displayed all the emotion of someone who had watched Atlanta’s 28-3 lead midway through the third quarter gradually get chipped away through a combination of Patriots perseverance and self-inflicted wounds.
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NFL stars fire back in newest edition of Mean Tweets on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

Evans surprisingly declared early this year after just 14 college starts and one season at Virginia Tech. But Evans is set to be a 23-year-old rookie after bouncing around schools early in his career. Evans, who has a ways to go in terms of footwork and play progression development, has the same intrigue as Cardale Jones did a year ago, and he might go in the similar draft range. Evans is a dual-threat passer who improved in confidence and decisiveness as the 2016 season went along. He’s mentally equipped to develop after a year or two in the NFL, but he’ll be a project quarterback for an NFL team.

Jimmy Kimmel rolled out part two of his NFL “Mean Tweets” series late Thursday, just days before Super Bowl 51.

This year’s lineup includes Rob Gronkowski, Tony Romo, JJ Watt, Odell Beckham Jr., DeMarco Murray and Josh Norman, among others, who recite the brutal insults on camera.

Some of the stars’ responses are just as good as the tweets themselves. See for yourself.

Webb doesn’t have great velocity control or perimeter placement to be a plug-and-play starter in more than few systems, but he possesses the requisite size, arm talent and vertical accuracy to entice teams to spend a top-three round pick on him.

After his early-season struggles and midseason injury in 2016, Kelly went from over-hyped senior quarterback to forgotten in a draft class eventually dominated by underclassmen. He struggled mightily without Laremy Tunsil and Laquon Treadwell to start the year, and his reckless ball placement and inefficient play progression won’t help him win teams over. Combine all that with his off-field red flags, and Kelly will have to rely on his arm talent and athleticism to get him drafted.chargers_003-180x180

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It shouldn’t be a surprise that McVay’s team was the one to draft Everett.

It might not have seemed like a flashy pick at the time, but the small-school prospect wasn’t flying under everyone’s radar.

“A couple other teams groaned when they saw him come off the board with the 44th pick, thinking he’d slip to them later in the second round,” MMQB’s Albert Breer reported.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that McVay’s team was the one to draft Everett. Before he was promoted to Washington’s offensive coordinator job in 2014, McVay was the team’s tight ends coach for three seasons. He helped coax career-best seasons out of Logan Paulsen and Fred Davis, and he also groomed Jordan Reed. In 2013, Reed set team records in catches (45) and receiving yards (499) for a rookie tight end. Two years later in McVay’s offense, Reed set two more team records for a tight end, with 87 receptions and 952 yards.

If McVay can bring along Everett like he did Reed, that only helps the development of Goff.

While Osweiler has been a starting quarterback, he hasn’t been a particularly good one. He’s lost jobs to the injury-riddled husk of Peyton Manning and unheralded backup Tom Savage. His performance in Denver and Houston, where he was surrounded by top-notch receivers like Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, DeAndre Hopkins, and Will Fuller, was at best underwhelming. Only the presence of two of the league’s most intimidating defenses could buoy him to a 13-8 record as a starter.yankees_1615_354b587543651dbe-180x180