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The Deeper Meaning Behind Bill Belichick’s Press Conference

Bill Belichick’s impromptu Saturday press conference that shared the New England Patriots’ findings on underinflated footballs was about more than just PSI’s, atmospheric conditions or My Cousin Vinny references.

Eight days before Super Bowl XLIX, it was a rallying cry.

The past week has been a nightmare for Belichick. Hours after beating the Indianapolis Colts 45-7 to win his sixth AFC title, allegations arose that the Patriots used underinflated footballs in that game, and—just like Spygate—cheated. Boy, did the media pounce.

Belichick was grilled relentlessly at his Thursday press conference. Shortly after, his quarterback’s presser turned into an over-the-top interrogation.

The work and preparation his players and coaching staff put into the 2014 season was being flippantly dismissed.

On Saturday, the man of few words suddenly had plenty. Belichick struck back with an honest, refreshing assessment of what he thinks happened with the footballs on that damp New England night. But buried in the technical jargon was a message to his players:

It’s us against the world. Again.

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Redskins Fans Should Use Context Before Bashing Joe Barry

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The Washington Redskins hired San Diego Chargers linebackers coach Joe Barry as their new defensive coordinator on Tuesday and judging by the reaction on social media, a majority of fans are not pleased.

Why is that?

Those who don’t know much about someone will tend to cling to that person’s greatest accomplishment or failure as a starting point from which to judge. In the eyes of Redskins faithful, Barry’s greatest perceived failure is so glaring that his accomplishments are seemingly meaningless.

Forget that he has 10 years of NFL coaching experience or that he helped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win a Super Bowl as linebackers coach. Barry will forever be known as the defensive coordinator for the only team in NFL history to go 0-16, the 2008 Detroit Lions.

That’s a difficult label to shake, no doubt. That season, Barry’s defense gave up 6,470 yards and 517 points, the second-most ever.

But how convenient, lazy even, is it to judge a football coach off of 16 games, without context?

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Lowly Raiders Need a Hollywood Makeover

Photo: Casey Bisson

Photo: Casey Bisson

It’s difficult to make much sense of the NFL through the first quarter of the regular season, but this much is crystal-clear:

The Oakland Raiders are bad. Again.

After an 0-4 start, head coach Dennis Allen was fired Monday night over the phone, according to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer. It turns out that an overall record of 8-28 doesn’t get you the decency of a face-to-face meeting.

On Tuesday, general manager Reggie McKenzie tabbed Tony Sparano to steer this sinking ship for the next 12 games. Nine of those games will come against opponents that had winning records last season.

Coincidentally on the same day Allen was fired in Oakland, Anschutz Entertainment Group announced that it is seeking a six-month extension with the city of Los Angeles on the Farmers Field project, via ESPNLA.com’s Arash Markazi. The extension would allow more time for AEG to pursue an NFL team.

CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported last week that league sources think the Raiders could generate $2 billion or more if sold and that a sale could accelerate a move to Los Angeles.

With the Raiders about to hit the reset button yet again, the writing is on the wall in bold, bright letters for owner Mark Davis.

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Fantasy Football: Who is the No. 1 Pick in 2014?

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All month long, BumpAndRun.com is producing a series of quick-hit videos to prepare you for your upcoming fantasy football drafts. Check back often for fresh opinions and sound advice on how to win your league.

Have a fantasy question? Tweet @chrishayre using #bumpandrun or email chris@bumpandrun.com. We’ll answer it.

In this installment, we answer the question: Who’s the No. 1 overall pick in fantasy football this season? Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings), Jamaal Charles (Kansas City Chiefs) and LeSean McCoy (Philadelphia Eagles) are all worthy candidates.

Who Will Be the Top Fantasy Rookie in 2014?

All month long, BumpAndRun.com is producing a series of quick-hit videos to prepare you for your upcoming fantasy football drafts. Check back often for fresh opinions and sound advice on how to win your league.

Have a fantasy question? Tweet @chrishayre using #bumpandrun or email chris@bumpandrun.com. We’ll answer it.

Find out below who will be the top fantasy rookie in 2014.

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