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NFL rumors: Patriots "preparing" for Josh McDaniels to leave for head coach job

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NFL rumors: Patriots "preparing" for Josh McDaniels to leave for head coach job

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is a popular head coaching candidate for vacant jobs around the NFL, and it sounds like the Pats are at least readying themselves for a potential departure.

ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio reported Sunday during NBC's broadcast of the Chicago Bears vs. Philadelphia Eagles NFC wild card game that "this year, the Patriots, I'm told, are preparing for McDaniels to leave, with the (Green Bay) Packers and the (Cleveland) Browns being the two most viable opportunities for McDaniels this time around."

Perhaps the most interesting bit of information in Florio's report was that Kliff Kingsbury is a potential candidate to replace McDaniels if he leaves. Kingsbury was fired as Texas Tech head coach in November and currently is the offensive coordinator for USC. The Patriots selected Kingsbury in the sixth round of the 2003 draft but he never played for New England.

McDaniels reportedly had an interview with the Packers on Friday. Here's what ESPN's Rob Demovsky tweeted about the process:

Packers wrap up on-the-road interviews today with Matt LaFleur and Adam Gase and are expected to reconvene Monday to decide who to bring to Green Bay for 2nd interviews. Josh McDaniels, one of the first interviews this weekend, remains very much a possibility, I'm told.

McDaniels will turn his attention Monday to the Los Angeles Chargers, who will play the Patriots in the AFC divisional round on Sunday at Gillette Stadium. 

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NFL Rumors: Antonio Brown sent "intimidating" text messages to artist accusing him of sexual misconduct

NFL Rumors: Antonio Brown sent "intimidating" text messages to artist accusing him of sexual misconduct

After a Sports Illustrated story detailed new allegations against Antonio Brown, the Patriots' wide receiver reportedly sent "intimidating" text messages to the accuser. 

An artist, who accused Brown of sexual misconduct after he made a sexual advance toward her and fired her for not reciprocating, received messages from Brown after SI released the original story.

Photos of the messages are included in the story, including Brown asking his associates to investigate his accuser. The artist, who has remained unnamed, had her lawyer write to the NFL for the intimidation to stop, according to Robert Klemko. 

Here is part of what the accuser's lawyer had to say:

Our client ... is understandably frightened by these text messages, which are clearly intended to threaten and intimidate her. While she certainly qualifies as a ‘starving artist,’ she has never approached Mr. Brown, nor will she, about seeking money to compensate her for his sexual misconduct, contrary to his allegations in the text messages.

According to the story, the NFL responded to the letter within an hour and arranged a phone call between investigators and the artist's attorneys. The Patriots and Brown's agent Drew Rosenhaus did not comment. 

Sports Illustrated also texted the number used in the group messages associated with the alleged intimidation, asking the number linked to Brown if they would confirm nor deny the charges brought to him. The number responded with, "foh clown."

The wide receiver is also facing allegations of sexual assault and rape from Britney Taylor. As of now, Brown has not been placed on the commissioner's exempt list and is eligible to play Sunday against the Jets.

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Tom Brady and Jamal Adams sound off on NFL officiating during Jaguars vs Titans

Tom Brady and Jamal Adams sound off on NFL officiating during Jaguars vs Titans

Tom Brady couldn't contain his disappointment in NFL officiating Thursday night after Titans edge rusher Kamalei Correa was flagged for roughing Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew. 

Here's the play that netted the Jaguars 15 yards during a first-half drive:

For two seasons now, the NFL has been trying to protect quarterbacks from plays where defensive players drive them into the ground on sacks and/or QB hits. Plenty of quarterbacks have suffered collarbone and/or shoulder injuries that cause them to miss significant time, so the league has put an emphasis on calling bigger hits on quarterbacks. 

But sometimes, plays like these don't warrant a 15-yard penalty and players have been expressing their frustration lately. 

Jamal Adams was recently fined for a hit on Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield on Monday Night Football, calling the league a "damn joke" for fining him. And if a quarterback is complaining about a rule protecting quarterbacks, then it's probably time to reconsider how it's being called out on the field. 

Brady and Adams will square off against each other this Sunday when the Jets visit the Patriots in Week 3, so it'll be interesting to see what Adams will do if he has a chance to put a hit on Brady, and how the QB will react if it happens. 

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