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Patriots’ LeGarrett Blount Explains Marshawn Lynch Shirt

Patriots’ LeGarrett Blount Explains Marshawn Lynch Shirt David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(NEW ENGLAND) -- During the New England Patriots' Super Bowl victory parade in Boston, running back LeGarrette Blount was seen holding up a t-shirt mocking Seahawks running back, Marshawn Lynch. Pictures went viral of Blount holding up a shirt that read "B***h Mode" with the No. 24.   Blount took to Twitter to explain his actions. "About this shirt...Just so ppl know, I have 100% respect for @MoneyLynch and how he plays the game. There's a reason he's called #BeastMode," he wrote. In the Patriots win over the Seahawks, Blount carried the ball 14 times for 40 yards. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Report: Browns Facing Sanctions for Illegal Texting

Report: Browns Facing Sanctions for Illegal Texting Scott Boehm/Getty Images(CLEVELAND, Oh.) -- The black cloud looming over the Cleveland Browns is turning into an outright thunderstorm. As the Browns offseason continues to spiral into the abyss, general manager Ray Farmer could face a possible suspension and the organization a loss of a draft pick and a steep fine as a result of texts being sent to the sidelines mid-game during the 2014 season, according to ESPN.com. First reported by Cleveland.com, the Browns, specifically Farmer, was reported to have texted with former quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggins, who sat in the press pox and additionally sent messages to former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan down on the sideline. Sending communications via text during a game is illegal under NFL rules. It is believed that Farmer was not sending information regarding strategy but commenting about the use of quarterbacks and play calling. Shanahan resigned and Loggins was fired. According to ESPN reports, Shanahan felt that the front office was interfering with the team decisions on-field and the text messages were another form of influencing coaching decisions. This offseason has not been productive for the Browns as wide receiver Josh Gordon faces at least a one-year ban, quarterback Johnny Manziel enters rehab, the teams two top offensive minds need to be replaced and according to CBS' Jason La Canfora, starting tight end Jordan Cameron, who is a free agent, has said he is "not interested" in re-signing with the team. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Colts’ D’Qwell Jackson Arrested

Colts’ D’Qwell Jackson Arrested Tom Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Indianapolis Colts linebacker D'Qwell Jackson was arrested and charged with assault after arguing over a parking spot in Washington, D.C.  Jackson was arrested on a misdemeanor charge on Tuesday after allegedly punching a man in the face, according to the police report. "The Indianapolis Colts have been made aware that D'Qwell Jackson was charged yesterday in DC with a count of simple assault. When the Club learns more of the surrounding facts, it will make an appropriate statement," the team said in a statement. Jackson signed a four-year, $22 million contract last year with the Colts. Jackson had 140 tackles and 4 sacks this past season. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Report: Titans Hire Dick LeBeau

Report: Titans Hire Dick LeBeauScott Boehm/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tn.) -- Pro Football Hall of Famer Dick LeBeau has found a new home. LeBeau will join the Tennessee Titans coaching staff this Thursday, according to ESPN.com. "Onward and upward," LeBeau said. "Coaching's been ...

Pete Carroll Denies Reports About Changing Final Play of Super Bowl

Pete Carroll Denies Reports About Changing Final Play of Super Bowl Whitney Curtis/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll denied all reports that he changed the final goal-line play in Sunday's Super Bowl loss against the Patriots from a run play to a pass. Carroll and the Seahawks will be seeing Malcom Butler's game-sealing interception play over and over again, until they get back to work next season. "There was not a thought about running it, and then I changed the play," Carroll said Monday when reports said that he went with a throwing play so Marshawn Lynch wouldn't get a chance at the MVP. "That did not happen." Carroll said that he didn't have any problem with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell's call. "There's no reservation in [the call], and don't make it out like there is," Carroll said Monday. "First off, Darrell is an incredible playcaller. He's done a fantastic job. We are so lucky to have him. He has been absolutely instrumental in what we have done. He is an awesome guy on our staff and crucially important to our future, as well." "And let me say this, too," Carroll continued.  "We don't ever call a play thinking we might throw an interception.  I don't ever think that, just like [the 11-yard TD pass to Chris Matthews] with six seconds to go in the half. We go with what we know. There was not a thought in my mind that we would make a mistake on [the interception] play. It was a tremendous play by the guy on the other side." Carroll gave credit to Butler for making the play on second down, but wouldn't second-guess himself. "One of those downs we were likely to throw the ball and maybe two of those downs," Carroll said, "depending on how we had to save the clock to get in all of our plays. It wasn't just run the ball. That wasn't what the thought was." Seattle has opened up as the favorite to win Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Browns’ Johnny Manziel Checks into Treatment Center

Browns’ Johnny Manziel Checks into Treatment Center Elsa/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel entered a treatment center on Wednesday. "We respect Johnny's initiative in this decision and will fully support him throughout this process," Browns general manager Ray Farmer said. "Our players' health and well-being will always be of the utmost importance to the Cleveland Browns." "We continually strive to create a supportive environment and provide the appropriate resources, with our foremost focus being on the individual and not just the football player. Johnny's privacy will be respected by us during this very important period and we hope that others will do the same," he continued. ESPN.com interviewed numerous Browns sources who made reference that Manziel was partying too hard. His party habits have been much scrutinized since his days at Texas A&M. After winning the Heisman Trophy in 2012, Manziel became a lightning rod in the media and sports world. He was selected by the Browns with the 22nd pick in the first round. He struggled his rookie season, throwing for 175 yards in five games with one total touchdown. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

ESPN: Wide Receiver Lance Moore Requests Release

ESPN: Wide Receiver Lance Moore Requests Release Pittsburgh Steelers/NFL(NEW YORK) -- Unhappy with his playing time, ESPN reports that wide receiver Lance Moore has requested release his team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. "It didn't go the way I'd hoped it would go, but that's life in the NFL sometimes," Moore said Jan. 5 after the Steelers were eliminated in an AFC wild-card game. "It's unfortunate that it unfolded the way that it did, but I enjoyed my time here this season. "I just want to play...whether that's here or somewhere else," he continued. "I'd love to be here, I'd love to be a part of this offense, but I think those are decisions that have to be made down the line." Last March, Moore signed a two-year deal with the Steelers worth $3 million. The Steelers will only have to pay $322,500 towards their cap if he is indeed granted his release. Just two seasons ago, the 31-year-old Moore had 1,041 yards for the New Orleans Saints. In 2014, Moore caught just 14 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Report: Seahawks CB Richard Sherman Could Need Tommy John Surgery

Report: Seahawks CB Richard Sherman Could Need Tommy John SurgerySteve Dykes/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Not only did the Seattle Seahawks lose Super Bowl XLIX in heartbreaking fashion, Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman reportedly played with torn ligaments in his left elbow that could result in him undergoing Tommy...

Brady Wins 3rd Super Bowl MVP

Brady Wins 3rd Super Bowl MVP Jim Rogash/Getty Images(GLENDALE, Ariz.) -- After leading the New England Patriots to a Super Bowl XLIX victory over the Seattle Seahawks, quarterback Tom Brady was named Super Bowl MVP for an NFL record third time, tying Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana. Brady completed 37 of 50 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns, including an 8-for-8 65-yard drive late in the fourth quarter to give the Patriots the lead with two minutes remaining in the game.  The drive would ultimately end up putting the Pats ahead for good. Tom Brady joins Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to win four Super Bowl titles. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.  

Seahawks Are Early Favorites for Super Bowl 50

Seahawks Are Early Favorites for Super Bowl 50 Scott Boehm/Getty ImagesGLENDALE, Ariz. -- Despite losing Super Bowl XLIX to the New England Patriots, the Seattle Seahawks are early favorites to hoist the Lombardi Trophy next year. According to The Westgate Superbook and the William Hill sports book, the Seahawks are 5-1 favorites to win Super Bowl 50 heading into the NFL offseason.  The Patriots, who defeated the Seahawks 28-24, in Super Bowl XLIX, are 6-1 favorites to win next year's Super Bowl. Other notable teams are: Green Bay Packers (7-1), Denver Broncos (8-1), Indianapolis Colts (12-1), and the Dallas Cowboys (14-1). The Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers are both at 20-1 odds to win. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.  

Belichick Collects 4th Super Bowl as Head Coach

Belichick Collects 4th Super Bowl as Head Coach Jim Rogash/Getty Images(GLENDALE, Ariz.) -- With his team's victory over the Seattle Seahawks Sunday night, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has joined Chuck Noll in a very exclusive club: the only head coaches in NFL history to win four Super Bowl titles. Belichick's legacy consists of leading the Pats to nine AFC Championship games and four Super Bowl victories in six appearances, all in a 13-year span with New England. In Belichick's 20-year coaching career, he has a regular season record of 211-109, and a 21-9 postseason record. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

New England Patriots Win Super Bowl 49

New England Patriots Win Super Bowl 49   Rob Carr/Getty Images Spor(GLENDALE, Ariz.) -- The New England Patriots have defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 to capture their fourth Super Bowl championship. In a back-and-forth game Sunday night, the outcome came on the hands of undrafted rookie corner Malcom Butler. With less than 30 seconds to go and the Seahawks on New England’s three-yard line, Russell Wilson fired a pass to Ricardo Lockette at the goal line. Butler broke on the route and intercepted the pass, sealing the victory for the Patriots. Tom Brady showed some struggles against the high-speed Seahawks defense by throwing a pick on the opening drive and again to Bobby Wagner late in the third quarter. The second interception appeared costly, as Wilson led a six-play touchdown drive to give Seattle a 24-14 lead. Brady would rally his team in the fourth quarter, leading two 60-plus yard touchdown drives with the game-leading score coming at 2:02, when he found Julian Edelman. Brady would finish 37 of 50 for 328 yards and four touchdown passes, breaking Joe Montana's record for career touchdown passes in the Super Bowl, and would capture his third Super Bowl MVP. After two weeks of headlines regarding deflated footballs, Bill Belichick and Brady cemented their eventual Hall of Fame status.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Goodell Declines Interview With NBC

Goodell Declines Interview With NBC Christian Petersen/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Just days after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell committed his latest gaffe in the pre-Super Bowl press conference, he tops it with another. NBC requested to conduct an interview with Goodell during Sunday's pregame show. During Friday's press conference Goodell addressed his accessibility with the media. "I understand the obligation and my job to meet with the media," Goodell said. "I don't know whether I meet with them at a press conference every week, but I'm available to the media almost every day of my job, professionally. We try to make ourselves available on a very regular basis. It is my responsibility, it is my job, and I will do that." Media members have been taking the opportunity to showcase their declined interview requests since Goodell's statement.  "I'm available to the media almost every day of my job professionally." Goodell has rejected every interview request I've made since 2012," ESPN's Don Van Natta tweeted Friday after the press conference. While there are certain logistical details missing from the story, the perception from this isn't good for the NFL commissioner. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Report: Atlanta Falcons Investigated For “Fake” Crowd Noise

Report: Atlanta Falcons Investigated For “Fake” Crowd Noise Leon Halip/Getty Images(ATLANTA, Ga.) -- While national attention has been drawn to the New England Patriots and underinflated footballs, another NFL team is being investigated for cheating. The Atlanta Falcons are accused of projecting artificial crowd noise into the Georgia Dome over the past two seasons, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. "We were informed during the season that the league office is looking into crowd noise during our games," a Falcons team spokesman said. "We have cooperated fully with them, and we're awaiting the outcome." The Falcons are alleged to have played phony crowd noise while the opposing team huddled to call its play.  In a similar fashion to deflated footballs, some question how much of an advantage was gained. Many teams now utilize a silent count by which the offense begins their play based on when the center snaps the ball, rather than the quarterback starting the play with an audible sound. The Falcons are 6-10 the past two seasons at home.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bruce Arians: We ‘Desperately’ Want Larry Fitzgerald Back

Bruce Arians: We ‘Desperately’ Want Larry Fitzgerald Back Christian Petersen/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians made his case for wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald to stay put. Fitzgerald is due $15 million base salary in 2015 and holds $23.6 million of the Cardinals' salary, but the organization is hoping he'll restructure his deal. "We definitely, desperately want him to stay," coach Bruce Arians said Friday, via the team's official website. "He knows that. It's really his decision." Fitzgerald pulled in 63 passes for 784 yards and two touchdowns in 2014, which was the lowest in his career. Fitzgerald also had to deal with four different quarterbacks throwing to him this season, because of Carson Palmer going down mid-way through the year with a torn ACL. Arizona finished 11-5, but were knocked out of the playoffs in the first round. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Seahawks’ Kam Chancellor Listed as Probable for Super Bowl

Seahawks’ Kam Chancellor Listed as Probable for Super Bowl NFL Media(PHOENIX) -- Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor looks like he'll be ready to go on Sunday for Super Bowl 49 after he participated in the team's walk-through practice without favoring his leg, according to the pool report. Chancellor is listed as probable for their game against the New England Patriots. Chancellor left Friday's practice with his left knee wrapped, but all signs point towards him making it on the field in Arizona. "He looked pretty good today," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told Emily Kaplan, the Super Bowl pool reporter for the Pro Football Writers of America. "We will make sure we test him in pregame, but he remarkably looked great today and so that's all we have to go on." Chancellor was drafted by Seattle in 2010 and was a member of last year's Super Bowl team. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

NFL Puts Cap On Tone-Deaf Season

NFL Puts Cap On Tone-Deaf Season Christian Petersen/Getty Images (PHOENIX, Az.)-- The NFL has come full circle on an embarrassing 2014-2015 season. In the annual pre-Super Bowl press conference, held Friday, commissioner Roger Goodell was asked by CNN's Rachel Nichols if the league c...

Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning still Evaluating his Future

Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning still Evaluating his Future Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Even at age 38, Peyton Manning is still one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, but the Denver Broncos don't know if he'll be lining up behind center next season. Manning says he's still deciding if he wants to come back and play in 2015 or not. Even though Manning was rated among one of the best at his position in 2014, he is not the same player he once was, and even dealt with injuries throughout the season. "I haven't made a decision yet," Manning said. "I still want to take some time to evaluate some things, to talk to some people. Obviously the Broncos have been quite busy hiring a staff, I have had some dialogue with Coach (Gary) Kubiak and did have a chance (to) see him in person. "I'm not interested in making this a lingering thing, I'd like to make a decision soon. But at the same time, you know, both Coach (Kubiak), (Broncos CEO) Joe (Ellis) and John (Elway) have instructed me to take some time, so I'm kind of following their orders." This past season, Manning threw for 4,727 yards and threw 39 touchdowns. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

NFL: Fewer Concussions Suffered in 2014 Season

NFL: Fewer Concussions Suffered in 2014 Season NFL Shield (NFL)(NEW YORK) -- The NFL announced that concussions were down during the 2014 season as well as other injury findings. According to the league, the number of recorded concussions dropped 25 percent during the regular season. "Players are changing the way they're tackling," NFL Senior Vice President of Health and Safety Policy Jeff Miller said. "They're changing the way they play the game." There were 111 concussions in games during the 2014 regular season. That number was down from 148 in 2013 and 173 in 2012. That equates to a 36 percent drop over that three-year span. "It would have been nice if we had started this in 1930, but we didn't," said San Francisco 49ers chairman John York, who leads the owners' health and safety committee. "And as things came to our attention, we took more interest in looking at these questions." Miller also went on to say that the drop in concussions has not resulted in more knee injuries. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Browns WR Josh Gordon Speaks Out About Off-The-Field Issues

Browns WR Josh Gordon Speaks Out About Off-The-Field Issues American Football Field Yard Lines IStockPhoto/ Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) -- After another failed drug test, Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon wrote a first-person letter posted on Medium.com, telling his own story of his most recent incidents with the law.  Gordon directs the letter to his critics, including Charles Barkley, and ESPN analysts Stephen A. Smith, and Cris Carter, all who have expressed concern for Gordon’s future in professional football, and his well-being off-the-field. In the letter, Gordon explained his failed alcohol test, which came after a flight he took with teammates and former receivers coach, Mike McDaniel on Jan. 2.  He also discussed his 10-game suspension this past NFL season and his reduced four-game suspension for a DWI charge last year.  Gordon says he just made a bad decision at the wrong time. However, after discussing his current instances, Gordon took full accountability for his actions, saying, “the only person to blame is me.” Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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