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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE: NEWS & NOTES

 

(courtesy of NFLmedia.com)

Here’s the latest news, information and milestones from the National Football League.

 

***When Kansas City defeated Green Bay, 19-14, handing the Packers their first loss of the season, dropping them to 13-1. It was Romeo Crennel’s first game as the Chiefs’ head coach. That ended Green Bay’s 15-game regular-season winning streak, the longest streak ended by a head coach in his NFL debut for a team.

The previous mark was held by Pro Football Hall of Famer Paul Brown, whose Browns defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, winners of their past eight games in 1949, in Cleveland’s first game as an NFL team on September 16, 1950.

 

***The Detroit Lions drove 98 yards in the final minutes of their game in Week 15 at Oakland and scored a touchdown with 39 seconds remaining to top off the comeback win. Detroit QB Matthew Stafford passed for 391 yards and four touchdowns and wide receiver Calvin Johnson caught nine balls for 214 yards and two touchdowns. The two hooked up on the game-winning TD from six yards out.

Stafford at 23 years, 10 months old has passed for 4,145 yards and a team-record 33 touchdowns and is the second youngest QB in NFL history with at least 4,000 passing yards and 30 TD passes in a season behind Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino from 1984.

***San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers has surpassed 4,000 yards (4,015) for the fourth straight season. He joins Peyton Manning and Drew Brees as the only QB’s in NFL history to pass for 4,000+ yards in at least four consecutive seasons.

***Philadelphia Eagles RB Le Sean Mc Coy leads the NFL with 20 TD’s, 17 rushing, 3 receiving and passed Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Van Buren who had 18 in 1945 for the most in a season in franchise history. That was the longest-standing single-season club TD mark in the NFL. The current record now belongs to John David Crow of the Cardinals in 1962. He scored three TD’s against the New York Jets in Week 15.

***In the Cowboys Week 15 win over Tampa Bay, 31-15, QB Tony Romo became the first quarterback in team history to throw three touchdowns and run for another in the first half of a game. Romo, who made his 75th career start, passed for 249 yards and his 20,283 passing yards are the the third-most for any player in NFL history through his first 75 starts, joining Hall of Famer Dan Marino, 20,492 and Kurt Warner 20,305.

***The Saints defeated Minnesota in Week 15, 42-20. In the contest Drew Brees became the first player in NFL history to complete 80+ percent of his passes (32 of 40, 80 percent) and throw for at least 400 yards (412) and five touchdowns with no interceptions in a game. It marked his 11th 300-yard passing game of 2011, the most in a single season all-time. Brees has 4,780 yards, joining Peyton Manning as the only QB’s to pass for at least 4,500 yards in three different seasons and needs 305 yards to set the single-season passing record set by Pro Football Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino’s 5,084.

 

Info compiled from NFL game notes and NFLmedia.com news

Bengals shock Browns in season opener, 27-17

 

A.J. Green (U of Georgia photo)

Rookie wide receiver A.J. Green caught Cleveland’s secondary napping to score his first career catch, a 41-yard touchdown from backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski as the Cincinnati Bengals spoiled a sloppy debut by Cleveland under new head coach Pat Shurmur.

The Bengals won 27-17.

Gradkowski, who played for the Browns in 2008, came on in relief of injured rookie quarterback Andy Dalton, called for a quick snap as the Browns were still trying to figure out the Bengals offensive alignment, lobbed the ball to Green, who scored with 4:31 to go in the game and shocked the Browns and all the fans in Cleveland Stadium.

The Browns fell to 1-12 in season openers since their return to the NFL in 1999.

Another bright spot was Bengals running back Cedric Benson, who rushed for 121 yards and cemented the game with a 39-yard run down the right sideline for a TD with 1:49 to play.

Dalton, the Bengals rookie QB, looked good in the team’s first three drives. The second-round pick from TCU, took advantage of good field position to help the team to a 13-0 lead; two Mike Nugent field goals of 24 and 47 yards and a 2-yard TD pass to tight end Jermaine Gresham.

But the Browns came alive in the second quarter after a long Joshua Cribbs kickoff return.

Cleveland QB Colt McCoy threw a 34-yard TD pass to tight end Benjamin Watson halfway through the second quarter for their first score.

McCoy then threw a 56-yard completion to Mohammed Massaquoi, the longest pass of his career, set up a 2-yard TD to tight end Evan Moore, three plays later and the Browns led 14-13.

McCoy, is the Browns’ eighth different opening-game QB in the last nine seasons.

The Browns led 14-13 at the half despite shooting itself in the foot with 10 penalties for 67 yards. While the Bengals were concered about their rookie QB Dalton, who had his right wrist injured in the second quarter. Although X-rays did not show anything severe at halftime, the Bengals coaching staff turned to the veteran Gradkowski, who had looked very capable as a backup during the preseason.

Dalton looked very poised and under control in his NFL debut. He completed 10 of 15 passes for 81 yards for a TD and a quarterback rating of 102.4.

During the game, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis became the longest tenured coach in team history when he began his ninth season with the team. He passed owner and founder Paul Brown (1969-75) and Sam Wyche (1984-91). He will soon become the winningest coach in franchise history.

The Bengals played the game without starting offensive guard Bobbie Williams, who is serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL policy against using performance enhancing substances.

Info compiled from Radio, TV, NFL, Cincinnati Bengals & Cleveland Browns news

Belichick named NFL Coach of the Year

Bill Belichick (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft still recalls the day that his organization traded a #1 draft choice to the New York Jets for the right to sign Bill Belichick as their head coach. He said people thought he and the Patriots were nuts.

Then Belichick goes out and is 5-11 in his first season at New England and the fans began to wonder themselves. But all of that is history as he is one of the NFL’s top head coaches.

The Patriots coach won the Associated Press 2010 NFL Coach of the Year award, the third time he has earned the  honor.

Belichick, who also was selected in 2003 and 2007, trails only Don Shula, a four-time winner of the award.

The controversial Belichick led the Patriots to a 14-2 record, the best in the NFL and beat out Tampa Bay’s Raheem Morris for the award.

Belichick has four 14-win regular seasons, no other coach has accomplished that mark. His .716 career winning percentage of .716 ranks eighth which ties him with Hall of Famer Paul Brown.

He is 126-50 overall and 14-5 in the playoffs with New England.

compiled from staff, NFL & New England Patriots news

Bengals owner Mike Brown gives Lewis contract extension

Marvin Lewis (file photo)

Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown, who doesn’t listen to what the media or public says about how he runs his operation, pulled a stunner on Tuesday.

Everybody around the sports world kept saying that the Bengals would fire Marvin Lewis or that he didn’t want to stay unless the Bengals changed their scouting department, build a practice facility and let him make decisions on coaches and players.

Well, the Bengals won’t be changing their scouting staff or building a practice field at the current moment, but Brown is bringing back Marvin Lewis for at least two more seasons.

Say what you want about Coach Lewis, next to the popular Sam Wyche and team founder Paul Brown, he has been very successful in getting the Bengals some respect around the NFL by getting players to look at Cincinnati as a place of employment when in years past with other coaches like David Shula, Bruce Coslet and Dick LeBeau were unsuccessful. Even when the Bengals were losing games this year, the players still played hard for him and they even lobbied for him to stay.

Lewis decided to stay in Cincinnati and accepted an unspecified contract extension that will make him the longest-tenured coach in team history. Owner Mike Brown agreed to changes in the coaching staff and the roster as part of the deal, which left both men comfortable knowing they can still work together.

The Bengals have only had two winning seasons and two playoff appearances in the last 20 years, both under Lewis who has a record of 60-69-1 in eight seasons.

Brown in the press conference implied that the contract was for at least two years but would not give more specific details. He said if the Bengals show improvement, the contract would get longer.

With the new deal, Lewis will surpass Paul Brown and Sam Wyche for the longest coaching tenure.

Brown did say they have the right to cover one of the practice fields across the street from Paul Brown Stadium but would have to pay for it.

There will definitely be changes to the offensive coaching staff. Offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski has not been well received by the fans and some players because of his play-calling over the years, but especially this year. He just finished his 10th season and will probably be the scape-goat for the struggling offense.

The defensive staff under Mike Zimmer is on solid ground. They kept the Bengals in several games that they could’ve won if it weren’t for the offensive struggles.

compiled from staff & Cincinnati Bengals news

Browns honor past greats with Ring of Honor

Cleveland Browns stadium (NFL)

The Cleveland Browns unveiled its new ring of honor during halftime ceremonies Sunday during their game with the Kansas City Chiefs. Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown was absent from the event because of his disagreement with team president Mike Holmgren, who upon arriving in town to take the front office job back in the spring, stripped the 74-year-old of his senior adviser’s title and role with the club.

Brown received a very loud ovation during the ceremony. The event was attended by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Browns stars, Leroy Kelly, Bobby Mitchell, Paul Warfield and Joe DeLamielleure. Also being honored were Ozzie Newsome and Paul Brown.

Goodell said he spoke with Brown about not attending the event and said that Brown will always be important to the NFL and the Cleveland Browns organization.

compiled from staff & Cleveland Browns news

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