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Did this Aaron Rodgers tweet get Packers assistant coach fired?

Did this Aaron Rodgers tweet get Packers assistant coach fired?

There's an old saying on Twitter: When in doubt, don't tweet.

Winston Moss didn't heed those words, and it may have cost him his job.

Green Bay Packers interim coach Joe Philbin announced Tuesday night the team had fired Moss, the team's associate head coach/linebackers coach.

Perhaps not coincidentally, Moss posted a tweet earlier Tuesday that appeared to reference quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the recent firing of head coach Mike McCarthy.

Moss' tweet isn't too incriminating on its face, but it could suggest a few things: that Rodgers needs to be held to a championship standard -- which perhaps isn't easy to do? -- and that Moss may not have agreed with Green Bay's firing of McCarthy.

That's just speculation, but the latter theory would make sense: McCarthy hired Moss in 2006 after coming to the Packers and quickly promoted him to assistant head coach as his "right hand man."

And while Philbin didn't give a reason for Moss' firing Tuesday, Moss certainly felt his tweet played a role in his ouster.

Of course, Moss could have been let go eventually as Green Bay cleans house after McCarthy.

In fact, a recent report suggested several assistant coaches have expressed interest in joining New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels -- who's the current favorite to become the Packers' next head coach -- on his staff if he goes to Green Bay.

But if McDaniels does join the Packers next season and those assistants follow, they might want to watch what they tweet about Rodgers.

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Does Caserio's contract clause with Patriots violate NFL rules?

Does Caserio's contract clause with Patriots violate NFL rules?

The tampering dispute between the Patriots and Houston Texans over Pats director of player personnel Nick Caserio appears to be settled - for now - after an exchange of statements Friday between Robert Kraft and Texans CEO Cal McNair.

Still, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk points out that the clause in Caserio's contract that keeps him from leaving for other teams being questioned. "Some in league circles are now asking whether the Caserio clause complies with league rules," as Florio puts it.

Other teams thinking the Patriots are violating league rules? When has that ever happened?

This is the part of the NFL's anti-tampering rule that's the focus of the issue:

"..the inquiring club is prepared to offer a position as a high-level employee . . . the employer club may not deny the employee the opportunity to discuss and accept such employment.”

Seeking a Patriots employee to become your team's general manager would certainly qualify as "high-level." Florio reports that one source says at least one other team's non-"high-level" employee had a similar clause and when it was challenged, the NFL ultimately invalidated it.

The NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that the Texans asked what they would have to give up in a trade to get Caserio, whose Patriots contract is up after the 2020 draft.

The Texans will reportedly go without a GM this season. Sounds as if this is far from over.

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Chandler Jones motivated by trade from Patriots: 'I never want to be traded again'

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Chandler Jones motivated by trade from Patriots: 'I never want to be traded again'

Chandler Jones has settled in as a member of the Cardinals, but he isn't getting too comfortable.

The former Patriot knows the nature of the business in the NFL and that he can be traded any given moment. Jones found that out the hard way when he was traded from New England to Arizona back in 2016, and he still uses that trade as motivation three years later.

“I feel like at any time I can be traded,” Jones said, via Kyle Odegard of azcardinals.com. “It might sound bizarre to say, but I’m someone who has been in that situation. I’ve been traded before and that little sense of rejection is a crappy feeling, honestly. That’s what drives me. That’s what motivates me. I never want to get traded again.”

Jones shifted from defensive end to linebacker after joining the Cardinals, and he continues to produce at a high level. The 29-year-old has racked up double-digit sacks in each of his three seasons with Arizona (11 in 2016, 17 in 2017, 13 in 2018).

But it appears Jones may have learned a valuable lesson from his time under Pats head coach Bill Belichick: it isn't all about stats.

“It’s not about getting double-digit sacks,” Jones told Odegard. “The big thing is just being consistent. Speaking from a coach’s perspective, you want a player that’s consistent. You want a player that you know what you’re going to get day in and day out, on and off the field. A lot of that gives credit to some of my numbers, and hopefully I can stay consistent.”

Jones signed a five-year, $82.5 million extension in 2017, so using his trade from the Patriots as fuel certainly seems to have paid off.

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