Archive for December, 2014

Doug Marrone steps down as coach of Bills (The Associated Press)

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Turns out the Buffalo Bills aren't ''stuck'' with coach Doug Marrone, after all.

World Juniors: Canada edges U.S. to stay undefeated

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
World Junior Canada

Max Domi scored two goals as Canada topped the United States 5-3 to finish first in its preliminary round group at the world junior hockey championship on Wednesday.

Brady gains appreciation for early championships (The Associated Press)

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- A young Tom Brady and the New England Patriots grabbed three championships in his first four seasons as a starter.

Marrone quits as head coach of Buffalo Bills (Reuters)

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
(Reuters) - Doug Marrone has resigned as head coach of the Buffalo Bills, the National Football League team announced on Wednesday. Marrone departs just three days after guiding the Bills to their best season in a decade. They finished the regular season with a 9-7 record. "Doug Marrone informed me late today that he has decided to exercise the option clause in his contract and relinquish his responsibilities as our head coach," Buffalo owner Terry Pegula said in a statement. "We are disappointed that Coach Marrone will no longer be an important part of our organization. ...

Cowboys’ Barry Church vows legal payback vs. Lions’ Golden Tate (Shutdown Corner)

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
You think Sunday's Detroit Lions-Dallas Cowboys game is going to have a little extra juice? First there was the announcement that Ndamukong Suh's one-game suspension for stepping on Aaron Rodgers had been rescinded. [ Join FanDuel's $1.75M Wild Card fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 14,530 teams paid ] Then Cowboys safety Barry Church sent out word that Lions receiver Golden Tate might want to have his head on a swivel. As a member of the Seattle Seahawks, Tate delivered a massive — and dirty, Church said — crackback block on Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee in a game back in 2012. Tate switching teams hasn't caused Church to forget what he did, and he's plotting his revenge. Legally, that is. On his weekly radio show in Dallas, Church said he plans to help out his teammate Lee, who is on injured reserve for a knee injury he suffered back in May, by paying back Tate for what happened that day more than two years ago. "That was the dirtiest shot I've ever seen," Church said on 105.3 The Fan, via ESPN Dallas . "We were talking about it on the way back from Washington, me and Sean. He was just like, 'Man, I wish I could play so bad in this game just to give a little payback for what he did in Seattle.' "Obviously he can't play, but we're definitely going to keep our radar out for [Tate] because that was a dirty shot. We're looking forward to seeing him. We'll definitely get him back after that, but it will be within the rules, within the rules." Tate's peelback block on that Russell Wilson run cost the receiver a fine of $21,000. What made it illegal — even though no penalty was called on the play — was that Tate struck Lee with the crown of his helmet and left his feet, launching to make the block. Adding insult to injury, Tate flexed his muscles and celebrating his big hit, enraging the Cowboys. Especially Church, whose memory has not faded. The week after the hit occured, Lee ripped Tate for the hit. "Crackback hits, that's not a definition of toughness," Lee said the next week. "A definition of toughness is hitting, squaring up, being able to do your job as hard as you can every single play. That's at least what I believe. Anybody can crackback block." Church also took time on his show to comment on the Suh fine, which was $70,000, and the incident of him stepping on Rodgers in the fourth quarter game between the Lions and Green Bay Packers in Week 17. "Yeah, you're trying to deliver a painful blow, as legal as possible — but when the guy is down and you're stepping on people ..." Church said. "And like you said, he had a track record of that, stepping on people when they're down. That's uncalled for. We don't need that in our game. But hey, I guess if you can pay the money, you can play." And if you play, Golden Tate, you might want to keep an eye out for No. 42 who apparently has a blood oath legal form of payback in mind. - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm

Colts’ Cherilus ends season on injured reserve (The Associated Press)

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Gosder Cherilus took a few snaps at practice Wednesday, and then learned his season was over.

Doug Marrone opts out of contract, done as Buffalo Bills’ coach (Shutdown Corner)

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
There's always at least one crazy firing in the NFL offseason. Except, Doug Marrone wasn't really fired. He just opted out. [ Join FanDuel's $1.75M Wild Card fantasy league: $25 to enter; top 14,530 teams paid ] Marrone is out as Buffalo Bills coach, and that was his choice. According to a statement by the Buffalo Bills just a few hours before the calendar turned to 2015, he opted out of his contract after two years as head coach. Marrone is now a free agent, and can pursue another job. Before Marrone opted out, there were five NFL head-coaching openings. Now there are six. ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen reported that Marrone walks away with his 2015 salary of $4 million "without it counting as an offset against any future salary." The out clause in his contract activated if the Bills changed ownership, which happened when Terry Pegula bought the team. Within minutes, there was speculation that the New York Jets would have a strong interest in Marrone. The Jets' division rivals are unexpectedly looking for a new coach. "Doug Marrone informed me late today that he has decided to exercise the option clause in his contract and relinquish his responsibilities as our head coach," Pegula said in a statement. "We are disappointed that Coach Marrone will no longer be an important part of our organization. We thank him for all of his hard work and leadership during his tenure and wish him and his family the best with the next chapter in their lives. "We will now begin the important process of conducting a thorough search for a new head coach as we continue to strive to reach our goal of returning to the playoffs and bringing a championship to Buffalo for our fans." It's not often you see a coach just leave on his own, and it has to be a tough blow to the ego of the Bills, who haven't been to the playoffs since 1999. Buffalo made strides this season, finishing 9-7 and just out of the playoffs, though the retirement of quarterback Kyle Orton the day after the season ended made the 2015 outlook a little bleaker. Marrone's time in Buffalo finishes with a 15-17 record over two seasons. Now the Bills have to start over. One would imagine Marrone has his eyes set on another opening. It's tough to believe he walked away from one of 32 NFL headl-coaching jobs without a backup plan in place. - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

Barth goes from couch to AFC Player of Month (The Associated Press)

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Had the Denver Broncos not called him in late November, Connor Barth said he'd be ''paddle-boarding, hanging out on the beach or down in Tampa at my house. I'm a big water guy.''

Doug Marrone has stepped down as coach of the Buffalo Bills (The Associated Press)

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Doug Marrone has stepped down as coach of the Buffalo Bills.

Lions-Cowboys Preview (The Associated Press)

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
Ndamukong Suh is the main reason why Detroit has the league's best rushing defense.