The Saints marched into the divisional playoffs after getting a strong season from their staff.

Shurmur enters to take over the offense and the team from Ben McAdoo and Mike Sullivan, who became the Broncos’ quarterbacks coch. Steve Spagnuolo, after being interviewed for the head-coaching position, had a chance to stay with the new hire, but it appears Bettcher, the former Cardinals DC, will get the nod.

Fired OC John Morton was rumored to be heading to the Raiders with Gruden Cheap Authentic Jerseys From China before a breakup with Bowles. It looks like the Jets want to go away from the Air Coryell in preparation for a new franchise QB. Bates, the former QB coach, was the leading candidate to be promoted with a rookie franchise QB in mind.

Ebersol admitted to his old friend Berman that he didnn’t want his new pregame competing with “Primetime” for viewers. With NBC glomming exclusive Sunday Night highlight rights, ESPN was forced to surrender its Sunday night powerhouse. The “Primetime” name survived in a truncated form, on other days, at other times. But it was never the same.

Despite landing “Monday Night Football” in return during that fateful negotiation, Berman called ESPN losing “Primetime” a “f—up of the tenth magnitude” in James Andrew Miller’s book, “Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN.” Berman and Jackson continued their on-air partnership on ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown” pregame show. But Jackson retired from TV in 2016. A semi-retired Berman turned over his “Countdown” chair to Samantha Ponder in 2017. Berman had hosted the show for 31 years, an eternity in TV time.

The Jaguars got to the playoffs by riding their top-ranked (by DVOA) defense. They advanced past the Bills on Wild-Card Weekend by leaning on that defense once again. At some point in the middle of that 10-3 win, Bortles himself realized that relying on his right arm could only lead to trouble in a low-scoring contest. So, instead of throwing the ball, Bortles didn’t. He chose to use his legs Cheap Barcelona Jerseys and not mess up the nearly perfect game the defense was pitching.

The coaches who knew Hunt best might have been shocked

Hunt could be the running back who makes it happen. He has a league-best 502 rushing yards; Todd Gurley, No. 2 on the list, has 362. Hunt strongly suggested he belonged in the same class with the big-name backs drafted ahead of him — namely Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey — after he fumbled away his very first professional carry against the Patriots. Hunt hadn’t lost a fumble over four years and 782 carries at Toledo, and yet he recovered against the Patriots to finish with three touchdowns and 246 yards from scrimmage, a record for an NFL debut.

The coaches who knew Hunt best might have been shocked, but they weren’t surprised. Matt Duffy, his high school coach at Ohio’s Willoughby South, told ESPN.com on Monday that one major college recruiter who passed on Hunt once asked Duffy, “Where do you think he can play?” Duffy answered that question this way:

9:30 p.m. — Touchdown, Buccaneers. Doug Martin 1 yard for the TD with 8:26 left before the half. Officials earlier gave Martin an 11-yard touchdown run before replay review overturned the call and determined his knee was down at the 1. Martin has seven carries for 55 yards and a touchdown so far.

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8:30 p.m. — Those in Raymond James Stadium observe a moment of silence and shine their cell phone lights out of respect for the victims of Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Paul Pierce signs contract to retire with Celtics

Paul Pierce is ending his Hall of Fame worthy career where it all started.

The 39-year-old Pierce signed a contract with the Celtics that will allow him to retire with the organization, the team announced Monday.

“We’re honored that Paul has chosen to retire as a Celtic. He is among the very best Celtics – a champion on and off the court,” said Celtics managing partner Wyc Grousbeck. “We congratulate Paul on a Hall of Fame career, and look forward to seeing his number raised to the rafters of TD Garden.”

“We just felt like we had too much talent to tear it down to the foundation. The main thing with [coach] Quin [Snyder] and Rudy is, what do we stand for? We feel like we have a great player in Rudy, and we want to showcase his ability.”

Hayward opted to leave the Jazz after seven years and sign with the Celtics on a four-year, $128 million deal on July 4. Despite his exit, the team is confident Gobert can be the leader it needs.

“We have the chance to be very good defensively,” Jazz rookie guard Donovan Mitchell said. “With Rudy in the middle, that allows the guards on the perimeter to pressure their men. If we get beat, we have the big guy to erase our mistakes and challenge in the paint. It’s a nice luxury to have.”

Although the Jazz undoubtedly will face a number of challenges, Gobert shares Cheap Basketball Jerseys his teammates’ confidence and believes “people are going to be surprised” by how the team Cheap Authentic Jerseys From China handles the hurdle.