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Bears hire Tibesar as linebackers coach

Bears hire Tibesar as linebackers coach

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears hired former Purdue defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar as their linebackers coach on Tuesday.

He replaces Bob Babich, who was let go after the season and is now Jacksonville's defensive coordinator.

Tibesar served as Purdue's defensive coordinator and linebackers coach last season after working for three years under new Bears coach Marc Trestman with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes. Tibesar was linebackers coach for two years before becoming defensive coordinator in 2011.

Purdue's defense allowed just under 416 yards per game last season and ranked 11th in the Big Ten. Tibesar was also Kansas State's defensive coordinator in 2007 and 2008 after running the special teams there for a year. He oversaw a defense that registered 30 sacks in 2007.

The Bears also hired Brendan Nugent and Carson Walch as offensive quality control coaches on Tuesday. Both worked for Trestman in Montreal.

Nugent was an assistant on special teams and offensive quality control coach for the Alouettes this past season after spending the previous five at William & Mary coaching both the running backs and tight ends.

Welch spent the past three seasons with Montreal, coaching wide receivers last season after two years as special teams quality control coach.

New York's immediate opening of facilities for its pro teams doesn't mean D.C. is next

New York's immediate opening of facilities for its pro teams doesn't mean D.C. is next

New York became the latest state to give its professional sports teams the go-ahead to return to their team facilities for workouts after a 10-week pause because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

When will the District of Columbia follow suit? 

Last week, Mayor Muriel Bowser said she would tell us on Tuesday if an anticipated move to Phase One of a reopening would occur as hoped by May 29, which is Friday. New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order applied immediately. But NBA and NHL teams are still finalizing details about what a return would look like. 

Phase one for D.C. would allow hair salons and barber shops to reopen by appointment only, restaurants could have expanded outdoor seating, there would be curbside delivery for florists and even bookstores. 

But Phase one is far from a wide-open economy. Mass gatherings would be limited to 10 people. While parks and golf courses and tennis courts would be open again, that wouldn’t apply to gyms or museums or playgrounds yet.

The instructions for area pro sports teams – the Wizards, Capitals, Redskins, Ravens, Orioles, Nationals, D.C. United, Mystics, Spirit – are somewhat vague. 

In Phase One, the teams provide the D.C. government with guidelines proposed by their own leagues. It does allow for practice facilities to open – with some limitations. Spectators are not allowed, but teams could start one-on-one workouts at their facilities and graduate to multiple player workouts and practices. 

Phase Two would allow teams to return to their facilities, but with stringent, physical distancing and enough personal protective equipment (PPE). There would be no fans and only 50 personnel allowed on site to broadcast the games. In Phase Three, that number would jump to 250 personnel, but still no fans. 


The District’s regulations don’t apply to all of the local teams, however. The Wizards, Nationals and Mystics practice in Washington. But the Redskins and Capitals are headquartered in Virginia and the Ravens and Orioles, of course, are in Maryland with the Spirit there, too.  

The NBA and MLS have given the go-ahead to players to return to their facilities in states where that is allowed. The NBA is in talks to reopen its season in Orlando in late July at the Walt Disney World Resort. Most MLB teams will likely begin a period of training at their spring facilities in Florida and Arizona. 

The Redskins have opened their headquarters facility in Ashburn to some team employees and staff but not to players – unless they are rehabbing injuries - or coaches. The NFL normally would be holding OTAs and minicamps at this time of year, but those have been put on hold and the league has mandated no more than 50% of staff in the facility. 

The Ravens are still abiding by Maryland’s stay-at-home order. They, too, are allowed to have rehabbing players at their Under Armour Performance Center facility along with medical personnel and a small number of team employees. 

Meanwhile, the Capitals are still waiting on word from the NHL for the go-ahead to bring players back to the team facility in Arlington. The NHL and NHLPA are still working through the details of a 24-team Stanley Cup playoff tournament. 

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The internet had some fun with Tom Brady's golf struggles

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The internet had some fun with Tom Brady's golf struggles

On the football field, there is no denying that Tom Brady is one of the best to ever do it. On the golf course, it is a much different story, at least on Sunday.

Participating in 'The Match', a charity golf round that also featured Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Peyton Manning, Brady had some struggles with his golf swing. A few errant shots off the tee coupled with other less-successful moments made Brady look rather human on the green.

Though he is an all-time great at the quarterback position, he looked like every other struggling casual golfer who can't seem to get things right out there. Having those rough swings play out before a national audience, the internet, of course, had some fun Brady's expense.

His opponents and friends from the NFL world also had to chime in. New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton now has the unfortunate luck of having to face off against Brady two times in 2020 after the quarterback made the move to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, if Brady performs the way he has on the golf course, maybe Payton will feel a little better.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson also threw a jab at Brady, asking if he wanted to try his luck against some less-talented golfers.

Of course, Brady did rebound and show that he can stroke the ball when he needs to. 

It's not very often that the internet can joke about Tom Brady failing at something, so it's no surprise that plenty of people got their jokes in on Sunday.

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