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Daily Almanac for Thursday, January 10, 2019

DAILY ALMANAC WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF www.almanac.com

 

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NFL upcoming important dates

FROM NFL CALENDAR

 

Important Dates

  • Divisional Playoffs.
  • Assistant coaches under contract to playoff clubs that won their Wild Card games may be interviewed for head coaching positions through the conclusion of Divisional Playoff games.
  • Deadline for college players that are underclassmen to apply for special eligibility. A list of players who are accepted into the NFL Draft will be sent to clubs on January 18.

 

NFL moves to Divisional Round of the Playoffs

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

WHAT TO LOOK FOR – DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS

LOWER SEED SUCCESS: The INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (11-6) and PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (10-7) both earned victories on Wild Card Weekend as the No. 6 seed in their respective conferences.​

The Colts, who travel to Kansas City on Saturday (4:35 PM ET, NBC), and the Eagles, who play at New Orleans on Sunday (4:40 PM ET, FOX), look to become the first No. 6 seeds to reach the Conference Championship since 2010, when both the Green Bay Packers and New York Jets accomplished the feat.​​​​

The No. 6 seeds to reach the Conference Championship since the 12-team playoff format began in 1990:

SEASON TEAM CONFERENCE ADVANCED TO
2010 Green Bay NFC Won Super Bowl XLV
2010 New York Jets AFC Conference Championship
2008 Baltimore AFC Conference Championship
2008 Philadelphia NFC Conference Championship
2005 Pittsburgh AFC Won Super Bowl XL
       
2018 Indianapolis AFC ???
2018 Philadelphia NFC ???

 

In the AFC, the LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (13-4, No. 5 seed), who face New England on Sunday (1:05 PM ET, CBS), and the sixth-seeded Colts are both still alive. With victories by both teams in the Divisional Playoffs, it would mark the first Conference Championship game featuring a No. 5 and No. 6 seed since the 12-team playoff format began in 1990.

– DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS –

WINNING WAYS: The DALLAS COWBOYS, who defeated Seattle 24-22 on Wild Card Weekend, and the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS, who had a bye last week, will each be playing in the Divisional Playoffs.

Dallas, who plays at the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday night (8:15 PM ET, FOX), has 35 playoff wins and can tie the PITTSBURGH STEELERS (36) for the most postseason victories all-time. New England, who hosts the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday (1:05 PM ET, CBS), has 34 postseason victories and can surpass the GREEN BAY PACKERS (34) for the third-most playoff wins all-time.

The teams with the most postseason wins in NFL history:

TEAM WINS LOSSES WIN PCT. SUPER BOWL WINS
Pittsburgh 36 25 .590 6
Dallas 35 27 .565 5
Green Bay 34 22 .607 4
New England 34 20 .630 5
San Francisco 30 20 .600 5​


​– DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS –

TOUCHDOWN LEADERS: Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES and the Chiefs are s​et to face off against Indianapolis quarterback ANDREW LUCK and the Colts in the Divisional Playoffs on Saturday (4:35 PM ET, NBC).

Mahomes, who led the NFL with 50 touchdown passes, and Luck, who ranked second with 39 touchdown passes in 2018, have the most combined regular-season passing touchdowns (89) among any opposing quarterbacks in a playoff game in the Super Bowl era.

With Mahomes and Luck ranking first and second in regular-season touchdown passes, Saturday will mark the fifth time since 2002 that the top two passing touchdown leaders from the regular season will face off in the postseason.

The postseason games between the top two regular-season passing touchdown leaders since 2002:

SEASON PLAYER (TEAM) TD PASSES PLAYER (TEAM) TD PASSES PLAYOFF ROUND
2016 Aaron Rodgers (GB) 40 Matt Ryan (Atl.) 38 NFC Championship
2014 Andrew Luck (Ind.) 40 Peyton Manning (Den.) 39 AFC Divisional
2009 Drew Brees (NO) 34 Peyton Manning (Ind.) 33* Super Bowl XLIV
2009 Drew Brees (NO) 34 Brett Favre^ (Min.) 33* NFC Championship
           
2018 Patrick Mahomes (KC) 50 Andrew Luck (Ind.) 39 AFC Divisional
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Tied for 2nd

– DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS –

AGE IS JUST A NUMBER: New England quarterback TOM BRADY and the Patriots welcome quarterback PHILIP RIVERS and the Los Angeles Chargers to Gillette Stadium on Sunday (1:05 PM ET, CBS).

Brady, who will be 41 years and 163 days old on Sunday, and Rivers, at 37 years and 36 days old, combine for a total of 28,688 days old, the oldest combined age by opposing starting quarterbacks in a postseason game in NFL history.

The oldest combined age by opposing starting quarterbacks in a postseason game in NFL history:

DATE QUARTERBACK TEAM QUARTERBACK TEAM COMBINED DAYS OLD
1/13/19 Tom Brady New England Philip Rivers Los Angeles Chargers 28,688*
1/24/16 Peyton Manning Denver Tom Brady New England 28,603
1/9/99 John Elway^ Denver Dan Marino^ Miami 27,704
1/16/94 Warren Moon^ Houston Oilers Joe Montana^ Kansas City 27,306
1/22/17 Tom Brady New England Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh 27,162
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Total days as of Sunday, January 13

– DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS –

RATED WELL: Philadelphia quarterback NICK FOLES and the Eagles head to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday (4:40 PM ET, FOX) to face New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES and the Saints.

Foles, who has the highest postseason passer rating (105.2) in NFL history, and Brees, who ranks fifth with a 100.7 passer rating, are two of five quarterbacks to have a passer rating of 100 or higher in the postseason (minimum 150 attempts).

The quarterbacks with the highest career postseason passer rating (minimum 150 attempts):

QUARTERBACK COMP. ATT. YARDS TDS INTS RATING  
Nick Foles 125 179 1,432 10 3 105.2  
Bart Starr^ 130 213 1,753 15 3 104.8  
Kurt Warner^ 307 462 3,952 31 14 102.8  
Matt Ryan 237 351 2,672 20 7 100.8  
Drew Brees 354 537 4,209 29 9 100.7  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Foles (69.8 percent) has the highest postseason completion percentage in league annals (minimum 150 attempts) and Brees (65.9 percent) ranks fifth.

The quarterbacks with the highest career postseason completion percentage (minimum 150 attempts):

QUARTERBACK COMP. ATT. PCT.  
Nick Foles 125 179 69.8  
Matt Ryan 237 351 67.5  
Kurt Warner^ 307 462 66.5  
Ken Anderson 110 166 66.3  
Drew Brees 354 537 65.9  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS –

SHOWDOWN IN SO CAL: Dallas running back EZEKIEL ELLIOTT and the Cowboys head to Southern California to take on defensive tackle AARON DONALD and the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday night (8:15 PM ET, FOX).

Elliott, who led the NFL with 1,434 rushing yards in 2018, rushed for 137 yards and a touchdown in Dallas’ Wild Card Weekend victory over Seattle. Elliott has recorded at least 125 rushing yards in each of his first two playoff appearances and can become the fourth player in NFL history to record three consecutive postseason games with at least 125 rushing yards.

The players with the most consecutive postseason games with at least 125 rushing yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM DATES CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH 125+ RUSH YARDS
Terrell Davis^ Denver 1/11/98-1/17/99 4
Arian Foster Houston 1/7/12-1/5/13 3
John Riggins^ Washington 1/15/83-1/30/83 3
       
Ezekiel Elliott Dallas 1/15/17-1/5/19 2*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Active streak

Donald, who led the league with 20.5 sacks and earned the 2018 Deacon Jones Award as the NFL’s sack leader, became the 11th different player since 1982 to record at least 20 sacks in a single season.

With a Rams win on Saturday, Donald would join Pro Football Hall of Famer LAWRENCE TAYLOR (1986) as the only players to record at least 20 sacks and advance to the Conference Championship in the same season since 1982.

The players to record at least 20 sacks and advance to the Conference Championship in the same season since 1982:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON SACKS ADVANCED TO
Lawrence Taylor^ New York Giants 1986 20.5 Won Super Bowl XXI
         
Aaron Donald Los Angeles Rams 2018 20.5 ???
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

 

NFL announces nominees for 2018 Don Shula High School Coach of the Year

PRESS RELEASE WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; Taylor Kielpinski-Rogers, NFL; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

 

 

Don Shula 2009 photo By U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley, Public Domain, https commons.wikimedia.org

The NFL announced today the high school football coaches nominated by the 32 NFL teams for the Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award, representing the best at the high school level.

 

These coaches were recognized by their local NFL club for the prestigious award – named after Pro Football Hall of Famer Don Shula, the winningest coach in NFL history – for their character and integrity, leadership, dedication to the community, commitment to player health and safety and on-field success.

 

“We are honored to celebrate the 32 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year nominees, as each embodies the integrity, commitment and character of Coach Shula,” said NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL. “High school football coaches not only serve as leaders, but as role models dedicated to shaping the lives of young high school players on and off the field.”

All Don Shula Award nominees are invited to attend the 2019 Pro Bowl in Orlando, FL and will be recognized in special ways during the NFL’s week-long celebration of football. Throughout the week, coaches will receive VIP access and accommodations at various events such as Pro Bowl practices, the Play Football High School Skills Showdown and Play Football Celebrity Flag game; a chance to interact and engage with various members of the football community; and attend the Pro Bowl. Each coach will also have an opportunity to invite a senior on their roster to participate in the Skills Showdown to represent their high school football community.

 

“It was truly the honor of a lifetime to be recognized as one of the elite high school coaches in the nation,” said ROBERT GARRETT, 2017 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award winner. “As a coach, you never seek individual recognition or accolades and the priority is always helping young men to achieve their highest potential, but being nominated for the Don Shula Coach of the Year Award is special and this year’s nominees should be proud.”

 

Two finalists will each receive $15,000 from the NFL Foundation, $10,000 of which will go to their high school’s football program. They will also attend Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta as special guests of the NFL. The Don Shula Award winner will be announced during the 2019 Pro Bowl, airing Sunday, Jan. 27 at 3 PM ET on ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and simulcast on ABC. The winner will also be recognized and walk the red carpet at NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards special to air nationally on February 2, the eve of Super Bowl LIII, at 9 PM (ET and PT) on CBS.

 

The Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year winner is selected by a panel of distinguished individuals:

  • Pro Football Hall of Famer, Coach DON SHULA – the winningest coach in NFL history
  • 2017 Don Shula NFL Coach of the Year Award Winner ROBERT GARRETT
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame President DAVID BAKER
  • Former Dallas Cowboys Personnel Director and NFL.com contributor GIL BRANDT
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame coach and current NBC analyst TONY DUNGY
  • Executive Director of USA Football SCOTT HALLENBECK
  • 3-time Super Bowl Champion (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX) WILLIE MCGINEST
  • 2x AP NFL Comeback Player of the Year and current head coach at the Sayre School CHAD PENNINGTON
  • Pro Football Hall of Famer and Super Bowl XXXV Champion ROD WOODSON
  • Former Secretary of State CONDOLEEZZA RICE, Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution and faculty member at the Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Aplington-Parkersburg High School Principal AARON THOMAS, son of the school’s late football coach, Ed Thomas

Below is a full list of the 2018 Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year nominees. For more information on the NFL Foundation, visit nflfoundation.org or follow @NFLFoundation on Twitter.

 

NOMINATING TEAM SCHOOL COACH
Arizona Cardinals Highland High School Brock Farrell
Atlanta Falcons Pike County High School Brad Weber
Baltimore Ravens Glenleg High School Butch Schaffer
Buffalo Bills Clymer-Sherman-Panama High School Ty Harper
Carolina Panthers Tarboro High School Jeff Craddock
Chicago Bears Sacred Heart-Griffin Ken Leonard
Cincinnati Bengals Wyoming High School Aaron Hancock
Cleveland Browns Kirtland High School Tiger Laverde
Dallas Cowboys Duncanville High School Reginald Samples
Denver Broncos Sedgwick County High School Chris Michel
Detroit Lions Reading High School Rick Bailey
Green Bay Packers Muskego High School Ken Krause
Houston Texans Santa Fe High School Mark Kanipes
Indianapolis Colts Warren Central Jayson West
Jacksonville Jaguars Mandarin High School Bobby Ramsay
Kansas City Chiefs North Kansas City High School Leon Douglas
Los Angeles Chargers Lawndale High School Travis Clark
Los Angeles Rams Mater Dei High School Bruce Rollinson
Miami Dolphins Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Aaron Feis
Minnesota Vikings Owatonna Senior High School Jeff Williams
New England Patriots North Andover High School John Dubzinski
New Orleans Saints Notre Dame High School Lewis Cook
New York Giants Hasbrouck Heights High School Nick Delcalzo
New York Jets Midwood High School Anthony Odita
Oakland Raiders Canyon Springs High School Gus McNair
Philadelphia Eagles St. Joseph’s Preparatory School Gabe Infante
Pittsburgh Steelers Upper St. Clair High School Jim Render
San Francisco 49ers Liberty High School Ryan Partridge
Seattle Seahawks Colville High School Randy Cornwell
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pinellas Park High School Kenneth Crawford
Tennessee Titans Oakland High School Kevin Creasy
Washington Redskins Highland Springs High School Loren Johnson

Winners

 

Year Winner School Nominated by
2010 Ray Seals Madison (TX) Houston Texans
2011 John McKissick Summerville (SC) Carolina Panthers
2012 Steve Specht St. Xavier (OH) Seattle Seahawks
2013 Mike Grant Eden Prairie (MN) Minnesota Vikings
2014 Bruce Larson Somerset (WI) Green Bay Packers
2015 Michael Burnett Tuscarora (VA) Washington Redskins
2016 Randy Allen Highland Park (TX) Dallas Cowboys

About The NFL Foundation: The National Football League Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those touched by the game of football – from players at all levels to communities across the country.

The NFL Foundation represents the 32 NFL clubs and supports the health, safety and wellness of athletes, youth football, and the communities that support our game. For more information on The NFL Foundation, visit: www.NFLFoundation.org.

About Play Football: Play Football is a year-round initiative celebrating youth and high school football. Play Football works to shape the football experience, advocate for safety, promote football values and connect football communities. For more information, featured football stories, best practices and resources aimed to create a positive playing experience, please visit PlayFootball.com or follow @NFLPlayFootball. Join the conversation on social media using #LetsPlayFootball.

 

PAST WINNERS GRAPHIC WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF WIKIPEDIA COMMONS

Joint statement issued by NFL/NFLPA on drug policy involving Performance Enhancing

STATEMENT WRITTEN BY NFL COMMUNICATIONS; COURTESY NFLmedia.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

1/9/19​

“We take any claim questioning the integrity of our collectively bargained performance enhancing drug policy seriously. We asked the independent administrator of the policy to review and produce a report on the claims of targeting. A copy of this report, which contains personal and confidential testing information, has been provided to Eric Reid. We will not breach any player’s confidentiality, but can confirm that the report documents the dates he was randomly selected for testing and the actual dates of the drug tests. The report also demonstrates that Mr. Reid’s tests were randomly generated via computer algorithm and that his selection for testing was normal when compared with the number of tests players were randomly selected for throughout the league during the time that he was on an active roster. There is no evidence of targeting or any other impropriety with respect to his selection for testing.”

 

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