Falcons flip playoff script to defense, positioned to fly higher than Eagles

The final statistics say the Rams were the more efficient running and passing team thanks to Todd Gurley and Jared Goff, respectively. But taking a page out of the Patriots’ book, the Falcons came through where it counted: in the red zone and on third down, and thus, on the scoreboard.

Chris Paul and Paul George both played an active role in pursuing better opportunities for themselves, but Irving’s move was far bolder because he had so much more to lose. His exposure was real: Leaving James meant sacrificing cover on the court and putting his reputation at stake. If his move failed, he would be subjected to endless ridicule. “He had it made with LeBron. What kind of selfish idiot would leave?”

So far, Irving’s bet has paid off. The Celtics were an excellent landing spot, providing him with the right balance between freedom and structure, excellent coaching, smart systems, a quality cast, a winning environment, and a huge platform. As Irving looks ahead to the rest of his prime, he can anticipate being a centerpiece for recruiting efforts (Anthony Davis?) without worrying about James’ latest decision. Altman’s ability to land Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and a pick for Irving will likely be enough to ensure that James and the Cavaliers win the East in 2018, but past that the Celtics’ outlook is brighter than ever. In other words, Irving is unlikely to harbor any regrets.

It’s really ridiculous the kind of environment we place our children into and expect them to get an education. I got two classes in one room, kids are freezing, Lights are off. No computers. We’re doing our best but our kids don’t deserve this.

He took over Baylor after the Bears spent the 2016 season under an interim head coach, Jim Grobe, and went 7-6. Grobe was only in the job because Baylor fired Art Briles before that season, amid a sexual misconduct scandal that also led to the ouster of Baylor’s then-athletic director and chancellor. The program lost players and recruits after Briles’ departure, and Rhule didn’t have the same team his predecessors did.

The Colts fired coach Chuck Pagano after the regular season. For now, Indy will have to look elsewhere, and Baylor gets to keep his coach.

Of course, this all made for some sideline melodrama back in November when Keenum threw interceptions on consecutive passes against the Redskins and cameras captured Bridgewater strapping on his helmet, ready to go. Yet Keenum stayed in, finished out the 38–30 win with four TDs, earned NFC Player of the Month accolades and never relinquished the starter’s job.

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