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NFL News and Notes: Player Moves and the Loss of a Legend

NFL Don Shula

On Monday morning, the NFL and the world lost legendary Miami Dolphins head coach, Don Shula. When thinking of Shula, many think about the perfect season. It was 1972 and the Dolphins would go a perfect 17-0 after winning Super Bowl VII. It was the culmination of hard word that was sometimes criticized by his players. In 26 seasons as the coach of the Dolphins, Shula was 257-133. Overall, he was 328-156 with a .677 winning percentage and in his 33 years of coaching, he had only two losing seasons. He is still the winningest coach in NFL history with 347 wins. To put what Shula accomplished in perspective, the Dolphins have had 12 head coaches and won less than 50% of their games since his departure.

Shula did it his way as he demanded maximum effort, drive, and sacrifice to the game from his players. But one of his biggest regrets was not being able to win a Super Bowl with Dan Marino. They were together for 13 seasons and when Marino was drafted, it looked like the Dolphins could win a few more NFL titles. But they were only able to get as far as the AFC championship in Marino’s second year. Whenever there is a team flirting with perfection in any given season, we think of Shula and his gang toasting once that team loses the chance. When you think of NFL greatness, be sure to put Don Shula up there with the best of them.

Around the NFL, moves are still going on and there are players still waiting to see where they may land. In Tennessee, CB, Logan Ryan has announced he will not be returning to the Titans. He said he is looking forward to finding a new team.

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My chapter in Tennessee has come to a close. To the @Titans fans: Thank you for all the love. The energy and support this past season is what led to an epic run. To my Titans Teammates: I love all y’all. Being a leader and earning y’all respect is what meant most to me. Win or lose we stuck together and backed down from no one. (Hyenas) To the Animal Welfare Community: My foundation @rarf was founded and blossomed in TN. All those working hard to support our four legged friends I’m forever grateful. I’m looking forward to continue to play at an elite level for a organization that’s a great fit for my family and me. Everybody Stay Safe & Positive during these crazy times. 26 Out ✌🏾#MMCNB #PayDerrick 🚜

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In Jacksonville, the Jags are saying they are still counting on RB Leonard Fournette to be a part of the team despite not picking up his fifth-year option. They had been looking to trade the fourth pick in the 2017 draft and never got any real offers. It has been a rough go for Fournette during his tenure with the Jags. He has been riddled by injury and lack of production. But last year was his most productive one in Jacksonville rushing for 1,152 yards to go along with 76 receptions. Time will tell if he and the team can really work something out.

The status of Seattle DE, Jadeveon Clowney is still up in the air. He wants any team looking at him to know he is ready to go. But he is also open to returning to the Seahawks. He is another player that has gone through a host of injuries and has not produced as expected coming out of South Carolina. He is still rehabbing from core muscle surgery and says he is ahead of schedule. Look for Clowney to be with another team when the NFL season gets underway.

The Dallas Cowboys have signed former Bengals QB, Andy Dalton to a one-year deal worth $7M. But $4M of that is a bonus he would get by taking 50% of the snaps and leading the Boys to a win in Super Bowl LV. He signs as the backup to Dak Prescott who has never missed a game in his career. Some chatter has gone on wondering if there is an underlying reason for this move. I guess we will all find out in due time right?

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