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Jack Del Rio: Changing QBs wouldn’t have made “big change”

Raiders quarterback Connor Cook was 4-of-14 for 41 yards and an interception in the first half of Saturday’s game against the Texans, which led many people to wonder if the Raiders would make a change and insert Matt McGloin in an effort to save their season.

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Maybe so, but Connor Cook looked awful.  Yes there were a lot of  drops but Cook is not good.

Panthers defensive end Jared Allen, the NFL’s active sacks leader, announced his retirement Thursday

Panthers defensive end Jared Allen, the NFL’s active sacks leader, announced his retirement Thursday via a video, riding off “into the sunset.”

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers defensive end Jared Allen announced his retirement from the NFL on Thursday in an unconventional but appropriate way.

The NFL’s active sacks leader (136) posted a video of himself wearing a black cowboy hat, heavy coat and riding a horse off “into the sunset” even though there was none.

“I just want to say thank you for an amazing 12-year career,” Allen said in the video. “This is the part where I was going to ride off into the sunset, but seeing how there is no sunset, I’m just going to ride off.”

Allen, who was raised on a ranch, then waved to the camera, turned his horse and rode off into a snowy field.

Allen released the following statement through his agent, Ken Harris:

“I want to take this time to thank my family, friends, fans and teammates who have given their continued support throughout my 12 year career. It’s been a great ride for me, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the memories. It is with a great deal of thought and consideration that I have decided that I will not return to football next year.

“I want to thank the Carolina Panthers, Chicago BearsMinnesota Vikings and the Kansas City Chiefs organizations, who provided me with an opportunity to live out my dream and to be a part of their wonderful communities. Thanks for the life long memories.”

Allen played in Super Bowl 50 against the Denver Broncos with a broken right foot suffered in a divisional playoff win against Seattle.

Coach Ron Rivera hinted after the 24-10 loss to the Broncos that Allen might have played his last game.

What is the Carolina Panthers’ Club Shiznit?

  

  
Have you ever been in a hotel and wondered why there was a dead-bolted door to nowhere jammed into one side of your main corridor? Well, that door connects to the room next to it, and if you’re a member of the Carolina Panthers, it’s also the opening to an exclusive social gathering space.

  
At the team’s headquarters here in San Jose, fullback Mike Tolbert and running back Fozzy Whittaker broke out the door that separated both of their rooms and made it into a suite. The purpose?

“You gotta let grown men be grown men,” Tolbert said. “We have a good quality group of guys on this team, so nobody’s gonna go out and do anything stupid. To be able to say ‘Stay out of this place’ or ‘Don’t go to this place.’ If you’re a grown man and another grown man is telling you that’s not a good place to be, then the majority of the time, nobody’s gonna do it. We’re gonna have a good time, we’re gonna enjoy this process, we gonna be here. You gotta enjoy it but at the same time you gotta let a man learn from his own mistakes.

  
“There’s no alcohol, no nothing, no women. It’s only us. We having a good time playing cards, laughing, playing video games, just enjoying life, enjoying being at the Super Bowl, enjoying having a good time.”
Club Shiznit underscores what has been an immensely lighthearted run throughout the season. This is not unique, of course. Stories like this tend to populate Super Bowl week every year because good teams usually get along well. General manager Dave Gettleman knew that this was the type of environment that head coach Ron Rivera was trying to create, and his familiarity with the personalities on the team spawned a tight-knit team that nearly finished the season undefeated.
During Tuesday’s brief media session, this was evident not only in secret clubs, but in little gestures that have carried the team through some of their most frustrating moments.

  
Left tackle Michael Oher was blown away by the friendship displayed by captain and middle linebacker Luke Kuechly because “he’d go get you 1,000 waters if you wanted them. He’s always like, you want a water?”
Club Shiznit is not to be confused with Thieves Avenue, which is another imaginary location that has made its way to California. The defensive backs use it as a rallying cry, and brought with them a realistic looking street sign that hangs above their locker. The team used to have a homemade sign made by head coach Ron Rivera’s daughter.
“Thieves Avenue is just where the thieves live,” Panthers safety Kurt Coleman said. “That’s where we reside. Such as, this is Market Street out here. This is where the Hilton and the Marriott meet. It’s just where we live. The thieves are the people amongst ourselves in the DB (defensive backs) unit, and it all started at the beginning of the year, when we said we wanted to lead the league in takeaways. That has kind of been our thing. Every game, we’ve figured out ways to, ‘how do we get more picks? How do we get more forced fumbles? How do we just create more opportunities for our offense to have the football?’

   

“And then one week, (Panthers defensive line coach) Eric Washington kind of called us thieves, and it stuck. We wanted to embrace that. So, for the first few weeks, it was almost just talk. We want to be thieves, but now it’s what we believe.”
Many of the Panthers vowed not to travel during their off day on Tuesday, especially not to San Francisco, which is more than an hour away from the hotel. But, like any good Super Bowl team, they brought the party along with them.

Source:  NFL.com

NFL Playoff Picture and Scenarios After Week 16

With the Philadelphia Eagles’ surprising loss to Washington on Saturday, clarity was finally cast upon the NFC playoff picture. The AFC? That’s a question that will be better answered following Week 17.

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Sunday’s action only proved to muddy the picture further in the AFC, with multiple teams above .500 jostling for position heading into the season’s final week.

On Saturday, the San Diego Chargers kept themselves alive with a three-touchdown comeback from the dead-on-arrival San Francisco 49ers, while the AFC North is a complicated riddle yet to be solved.

The Pittsburgh Steelers clinched a playoff berth after a win against Kansas City. The Baltimore Ravens, meanwhile, shot themselves in the foot with a dispiriting loss to the Houston Texans, who were forced to start Case Keenum at quarterback due to injuries.

While there are still some positions left to be filled, this week has helped pare down the field. The Eagles’ loss in Washington eliminated them from contention, Kansas City and Baltimore both have work to do and Detroit further solidified its playoff status.

But as much as some things changed, others stayed the same. The New England Patriots are the top seed in the AFC and clinched home-field advantage after the Denver Broncos’ loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday.

To cap off Sunday’s action, the Seattle Seahawks looked as strong as ever in their Super Bowl defense, dominating the Arizona Cardinals 35-6 on the road to ascend to No. 1 in the NFC.

Let’s take a quick look at the updated playoff picture, courtesy of theNFL‘s official press release, and assess how everything should shake out.

Week 17 AFC Scenarios

Broncos clinch first-round bye with:

  1. Denver win vs. Oakland OR
  2. Denver tie vs. Oakland + Cincinnati loss or tie vs. Pittsburgh OR
  3. Cincinnati loss OR
  4. Cincinnati tie + Indianapolis win vs. Tennessee

Bengals clinch AFC North with:

  1. Cincinnati win vs. Pittsburgh

Bengals clinch first-round bye with:

  1. Cincinnati win + Denver loss or tie OR
  2. Cincinnati tie + losses by both Denver and Indianapolis

Steelers clinch AFC North with:

  1. Pittsburgh win vs. Cincinnati

Chargers clinch playoff spot with:

  1. San Diego win vs. Kansas City OR
  2. San Diego tie + Baltimore loss or tie vs. Cleveland

Ravens clinch playoff spot with:

  1. Baltimore win + San Diego loss or tie OR
  2. Baltimore tie + San Diego loss

Chiefs clinch playoff spot with:

  1. Kansas City win + loss by Baltimore + loss or tie by Houston

Texans clinch playoff spot with:

  1. Houston win + losses by both Baltimore and San Diego

Week 17 NFC Scenarios

Cowboys clinch home-field advantage throughout NFC with:

  1. Dallas win + loss or tie by Arizona vs. San Francisco + Detroit vs. Green Bay tie OR
  2. Dallas win + win by Seattle vs. St. Louis + Detroit vs. Green Bay tie

Cowboys clinch first-round bye with:

  1. Dallas win + loss or tie by both Seattle and Arizona OR
  2. Dallas win + Detroit vs. Green Bay tie OR
  3. Seattle and Arizona both lose OR
  4. Dallas and Seattle both tie + Arizona loses or ties + Detroit vs. Green Bay does not end in a tie

Lions clinch NFC North with:

  1. Lions win or tie

Lions clinch home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

  1. Lions win + Seattle loss or tie + Arizona loss or tie OR
  2. Detroit tie + losses by both Seattle and Arizona + Dallas loses or ties

Lions clinch first-round bye with:

  1. Detroit win OR
  2. Detroit tie + Dallas loss or tie OR
  3. Detroit tie + both Arizona and Seattle lose

Packers Clinch NFC North and first-round bye with:

  1. Green Bay win

Packers clinch home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

  1. Green Bay win + loss or tie by Seattle

Seahawks clinch NFC West with:

  1. Seattle win OR
  2. Seattle tie + loss or tie by Arizona OR
  3. Arizona loss

Seahawks clinch home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

  1. Seattle win + Detroit vs. Green Bay does not end in tie OR
  2. Seattle win + Dallas loss or tie OR
  3. Seattle tie + losses or ties by both Arizona and Dallas + Detroit vs. Green Bay tie

Seahawks clinch first-round bye with:

  1. Seattle win OR
  2. Seattle tie + Arizona loss or tie + Dallas loss OR
  3. Seattle tie + Arizona loss or tie + Detroit vs. Green Bay tie

Cardinals clinch NFC West with:

  1. Arizona win + Seattle loss or tie OR
  2. Arizona tie + Seattle loss

Cardinals clinch home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:

  1. Arizona win + Seattle and Green Bay both lose or tie OR
  2. Arizona tie + Seattle loss + Dallas loss or tie + Detroit vs. Green Bay tie

Cardinals clinch first-round bye with:

  1. Arizona win + Seattle loss or tie OR
  2. Arizona tie + Seattle loss + Dallas loss or tie OR
  3. Arizona tie + Seattle loss + Detroit vs. Green Bay tie

Panthers clinch NFC South with:

  1. Carolina win or tie vs. Atlanta

Falcons clinch NFC South with:

  1. Atlanta win

Read more at the Bleacher Report

Original article here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2306994-nfl-standings-2014-15-results-playoff-picture-and-scenarios-after-week-16