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Dave Boling: Hiring of Mike Macdonald shows Seahawks will lean on familiar team-first strategy, with a mix of new-school innovation

Whether it turns out folly or genius, the hiring of Mike Macdonald as Seahawks head coach is John Schneider’s biggest gamble. High stakes, at that. The hiring, which replaces revered and beloved Pete Carroll, has been hailed as a victory by many NFL observers. Despite his youth (36) and scant resume, Macdonald is considered a prodigy among those whose job it is to devise ways to prevent 21st century offenses from scoring touchdowns.
Sports >  Seattle Seahawks

Dave Boling: For Pete’s sake, it’s all about the partnership between Seahawks new coach Mike Macdonald, GM John Schneider

Mike Macdonald, whose value surged in his second season as defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens, is just 36 – half Pete Carroll’s age. This being his first head-coaching position, Macdonald can’t fully understand how important is the relationship between GM and head coach – and how rare was the positive collaboration between Schneider and Carroll.
Sports >  NFL

Lions’ Dan Campbell under fire after gutsy fourth-down decisions fail

Bold, aggressive game management by Coach Dan Campbell helped the Detroit Lions go from perennial doormat to playing for a spot in Super Bowl LVIII. But Campbell’s go-for-broke mentality, particularly in a couple of key fourth-down situations, cost his team dearly in Sunday’s 34-31 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship game.
Sports >  NFL

49ers beat Lions to set up Super Bowl against Chiefs

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The play that doomed the Detroit Lions’ season got no reaction from coach Dan Campbell. He decided to be aggressive – to go for it on fourth and 3 instead of attempting a 48-yard field goal to tie the score – but quarterback Jared Goff hadn’t been able to make a play rolling to his right. Campbell stood motionless on the sideline for a few seconds before calling over an assistant.
Sports >  NFL

Commentary: All credit goes to the Ravens, they beat themselves

BALTIMORE – On a miserable afternoon when their Super Bowl dreams forever seemed to fall just past their fingertips, the Baltimore Ravens faced one possession – one stop of the Kansas City Chiefs – to get the ball back to Lamar Jackson, to have a chance in a game in which they had squandered too many. The 71,439 on hand at M&T Bank Stadium had toyed with the notion that this team – with a historically good defense and the almost certain MVP at quarterback – might be one of destiny.
Sports >  NFL

Chiefs get back to the Super Bowl with one-sided defeat of Ravens

BALTIMORE – Patrick Mahomes had conquered every opponent over six glittering seasons as an NFL starting quarterback, and Sunday evening, a fresh victim was left in his wake: doubt. He had piloted the Kansas City Chiefs through a regular season defined by the celebrity in their luxury suites and the stagnation of their offense.
Sports >  NFL

Commentary: This Patrick Mahomes-Lamar Jackson NFL playoff matchup was years in the making

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As the Chiefs prepare to play in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game at Baltimore, you’ve heard it and seen it everywhere: The essential game within the game — a matchup of quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson — marks the first time in NFL history that two past MVPs under age 30 will face each other in the playoffs. For all the focus on their relative youth, though, ...