Tag Archives: cheap on field nfl jerseys

Cheap Green Bay Packers Jersey From China For Free Shipping

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Packers decided to stay within the Ron Wolf scouting tree for their next general manager, but it’s not his son, Eliot. Instead, the more experienced Brian Gutekunst was promoted to replace Ted Thompson.

Gutekunst will receive a five-year contract, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Gutekunst was set to interview for the Texans’ general manager vacancy Sunday. The Houston Chronicle first reported the news of the Packers’ decision to hire Gutekunst as GM.

The 44-year-old had been the Packers’ director of player personnel since 2016. He joined the Packers in 1998, when he was hired as an area scout by Wolf, the Hall of Fame general manager, and served in that role for 13 years. Previous to his last promotion, he was the director of college scouting from 2012 to ’15.

Packers president Mark Murphy picked Gutekunst over the younger Wolf, 35, and another in-house candidate, Russ Ball (the team’s vice president of football operations/player finance), and former Bills GM Doug Whaley.

Had the Packers hired Ball, they would have broken from the Wolf scouting tree by hiring a GM without a background in player personnel and talent evaluation. According to multiple sources, Ball had taken on a larger role in that area over the last two years as Thompson, 64, cut back on his duties in part because of his age and his health.

The Packers also contacted two of their former scouts who are current GMs — John Schneider (Seattle) and Reggie McKenzie (Oakland). They were denied permission to interview Schneider, while McKenzie declined.

The Packers risked losing Gutekunst and Wolf if they hired Ball. It’s still possible Wolf will leave the organization. They also already lost senior personnel executive Alonzo Highsmith to the Browns last week, and it’s possible Wolf would join him to work under former Packers personnel executive John Dorsey.

The Packers would like to retain Ball in a high-level position.

While there could be turnover in the scouting department, this should stabilize the coaching situation. According to a source, coach Mike McCarthy is comfortable working with Gutekunst. McCarthy is under contract through the 2019 season after he signed a one-year extension late this season.

Cheap New York Giants Jersey From China For Sale

New York Giants

New York Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo held a “long, hard, honest meeting” on Wednesday with his players on their first day back to work this week. During the meeting, he put some plays on the screen from Sunday’s 31-21 loss at the San Francisco 49ers that McAdoo described as an inconsistent desire to finish.

It was a vastly different meeting than the Giants are used to when they arrive to work on Wednesday mornings. This one was more to the point and critical.

“Message to them in the meeting was we had some open conversations, some hard talks, some plain talks, some simple talk, played some film and were brutally honest with each other,” McAdoo said. “We’ll see how the players respond. They had a nice day of practice [Wednesday]. We also talked about the great opportunity in front of us.”

The Giants (1-8) have seven games remaining, beginning with a difficult matchup on Sunday with the Kansas City Chiefs. The Giants are 10.5-point underdogs at home.

They’re hoping the meeting correlates to a better product. They’ve conceded that what was put on the field over the past few weeks was embarrassing.

Still, it took until Week 11 for this kind of meeting to happen. It might have been too late, with this season long dead.

The Giants are in last place in the NFC East and have allowed 82 points in the past two games combined.

“Yeah, definitely,” cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie said about the meeting possibly occurring too late.

“I think it would’ve put guys at a different attention on alert back then, because nobody wants to be called out,” he later added. “I don’t care what you say. Nobody wants to have that play up there where you have to come back in the locker room and everybody is looking at you like you’re that guy.

“I think it could’ve helped if it were done earlier or not, but at least it got done.”

The meeting occurred after the Giants were blown out by the previously winless 49ers. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins appeared to be one of the biggest offenders with his effort on several tackles.

But Jenkins was not alone. McAdoo explained in his Monday conference call that he didn’t see a consistent desire to finish throughout the game. He provided that same explanation when asked specifically about Jenkins, who was unavailable for comment on Wednesday as the Giants began preparations for the Chiefs.

McAdoo said there is a “possibility there were to be some changes” this week as a result. He did not provide any specifics.

It was clear that the players’ efforts were a point of contention at Wednesday’s meeting.

“At some points [efforts were questioned],” linebacker Devon Kennard said. “Just guys could have given more effort.”

The players saw it on tape. They didn’t reject the notion that it was insufficient.

“The only thing I can say is disappointing is the lack of want-to after all we’ve been through,” Rodgers-Cromartie said. “I’ll take a lost play flying around. But how we’re losing …”

The Giants have lost each of their past three games by double digits. They’ve allowed 14 plays of over 20 yards in the past two weeks.

The meeting was McAdoo’s last-ditch effort to get his team back on the same page after a pair of recent suspensions and blowout losses have its season seemingly off the rails.

“It was just an opportunity for everybody to see what was going on, from both sides of the ball,” Kennard said. “We got to see some of the offensive plays and hear Coach McAdoo coach some guys up on the offensive side and the defensive side, and I think it’s just a good way for everybody to be held accountable for what’s going on, on and off the field.”

Cheap Pittsburgh Steelers Jersey Wholesale From China Free Shipping

Pittsburgh Steelers

Pittsburgh Steelers

A substantial portion of the blame for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ persistent difficulty in translating field position to touchdowns this season has been laid at the feet of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. It’s been said that Big Ben no longer can do the wondrous things that became his trademark as one of the NFL’s top field generals during his 14 seasons in the league. Questions also have been raised about Ben’s degree of motivation, particularly in view of the hints he dropped at the end of last season that he was considering possible retirement.

But a closer examination of what’s actually occurring on the field suggests that the root problem with Pittsburgh’s offense might have more to do with Ben’s lack of familiarity with his current receiver corps, and their lack of familiarity with No. 7. This also was a nagging problem last season, becoming painfully evident in the Steelers’ defeat in Foxborough in the AFC Championship Game.

Consider, for example, the fact that the Steelers’ strongest teams for more than a decade have been characterized by veteran receiver groups tightly synchronized with Roethlisberger. In Super Bowl 40 for example, Ben was throwing the ball to Hines Ward, Antwaan Randle El, Heath Miller and Nate Washington. A few years later, in Super Bowl 43, it was the same grouping of receivers plus the contributions of the talented-but-mercurial Santonio Holmes. By the time of Super Bowl 45, the Steelers had added current NFL stars Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders to the group.

While Washington, Randle El and Sanders moved on to other NFL teams after 4- or 5-year stints in the Steel City, Pittsburgh’s core receivers (Miller and Ward) remained in the lineup for 11 and 14 seasons respectively. For this reason, it’s hardly surprising that the level of coordination with receivers throughout the majority of Ben’s career has been consistently outstanding. Essentially, Ben almost always has known exactly how his receivers were going to run their routes and where they were going to be on the field. This was a level of familiarity that very few NFL teams could match, and the results were spectacular, making for plenty of exciting Steelers Sundays.

But during the past two seasons—and with the exception of the incomparable No. 84—the Steelers’ receiving corps has generally resembled a game of musical chairs. Throughout the 2016 season during Martavis Bryant’s suspension, there was plenty of talk about how, once No. 10 returned to action in 2017, the Steelers’ offense would take off to become a more potent scoring machine. But consider where we are now—halfway through the 2017 season and without a significant uptick in offensive performance.

Ben continues to look downfield for Antonio Brown—not because he likes to throw into double-coverage—but mainly due to the comfort level and rapport he’s established with No. 84. There seems little doubt that, if Heath Miller was still in his prime, Pittsburgh wouldn’t be platooning tight ends and the team’s red-zone efficiency would be vastly improved. Similarly, who knows where we might be today if Bryant hadn’t missed the entire 2016 season? Despite the outstanding performance of rookie JuJu Smith-Schuster on Sunday night against the Detroit Lions, neither he nor Bryant has yet established anywhere close to the kind of rapport with Ben that Hines Ward enjoyed throughout his amazing career.

So when it’s remarked that Ben seems a bit ‘off’ these days, and we note that No. 7 is throwing a higher percentage of interceptions so far this season, the explanation might be nothing more complicated than the receivers he’s targeting and the brevity of their backgrounds with the team. Also, in today’s NFL, quarterbacks and receivers get very little practice under game conditions during the preseason, so quarterbacks have no alternative except to adapt to their receivers’ tendencies during games that count in the standings. Not only does this represent a significant difference from the circumstances existing when Roethlisberger was a young quarterback—it’s also far from ideal in terms of getting your team’s offense in gear for the start of the regular season.

But this story could very well have a happy ending for the Black-and-gold. In their victory over Detroit on Sunday night, Ben appeared mostly in synch with Smith-Schuster, despite the fact they’ve only known each other for only about five months. And JuJu might prove to be the same kind of fast-starter which other notable Steelers receivers have been in the past (e.g. Washington, Randle El, Sanders and Holmes). But realizing this welcome development would still leave the tight end situation unresolved, possibly requiring a remedy via the off-season, free-agent market or the 2018 NFL Draft. Of course, that’s assuming No. 7 delays his retirement plans. If you belong to the camp that favors hastening Ben’s exit, it might give you pause to consider that, without Ben, all you’ve got is a group of talented Steelers’ receivers with nobody to get them the ball. Sadly, today’s NFL already has its share of teams like that.

But the need for stability at the tight end position, by itself, isn’t likely to pose any barrier for Pittsburgh’s prospect of making another Super Bowl appearance. As long as Pittsburgh finds its clutch, No. 2 receiver sometime during the second half of this season, don’t be surprised if people suddenly stop wondering whether Ben “might not have it anymore.”