The Texans are close to naming Bills vice president for player personnel Brian Gaine as their new general manager, according to NFL.com.
Rick Smith stepped away from the position of Texans GM after the season to care for his ailing wife. He also had some reported tension with head coach Bill O’Brien.
According to the report, Gaine was always a Houston favorite, having spent three years in the organization from 2014-16 as the Texans’ director of pro personnel and director of player personnel.
The Patriots scored 30+ points in a game seven times this season. Only the Eagles and Rams (nine) had more such games.
Tennessee outscored opponents 98-49 in the third quarters of games in 2017 (inc. playoffs). Their +49 differential is the third highest in the NFL.
In NFL playoff history, a quarterback age 40-or-older has only thrown for more than 100+ yards three times and 2+ touchdowns twice. In his postseason career, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is averaging 267.5 passing yards and 1.9 passing touchdowns.
The next night Altuve faced Aroldis Chapman, who throws the hardest fastball (100.0 mph) in the AL. Altuve, batting in the ninth inning of a tie game, smashed one of those 100-mph bullets to left for a single, then scored on a walk-off double by Correa, sliding home gleefully on the seat of his pants like a kid on a metal saucer down a snowy hill.
The Yankees got the message. For the rest of the series, covering 21 plate appearances, they dared throw him only 15 more four-seam fastballs—just seven in the strike zone.
Altuve devours fastballs. The harder they come in, the more he feasts on them. The average big league heater is 92.3 mph. The major league batting average on above-average fastballs (94 and above) is .254. Altuve hit .432 against them, including an astounding .529 in the postseason. Nobody in baseball was within 31 points of his mastery of velocity.
The conference champions will play in Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4 in Minneapolis. Sportsbook.ag lists the Patriots as the futures favorite to win the big game at 10/11 (-110), followed by the Vikings at 2/1 (+200), the Eagles at 7/1 (+700) and the Jaguars at 8/1 (+800).
Interim GM Marty Hurney and coach Ron Rivera said Monday they believe the Panthers followed the protocol after Newton took a big hit in the fourth quarter of the 31-26 loss in New Orleans.
We did everything the right way, Hurney said (per the Charlotte Observer).
However, The Washington Post noted, in the wake of a joint NFL-NFLPA investigation into the handling of Texans QB Tom Savage’s concussione during the regular season, the league and union announced modifications to the protocol, one of which came into play Sunday regarding Newton: Any player who falls or stumbles after suffering a potential head injury must be be taken to the locker room for a concussion evaluation. A sideline evaluation in the medical tent is not sufficient, under the late-season rule change.