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Floyd Reese’s fingerprints are all over the Titans and Nashville, and they’re better for it.

TAMPA, Florida –
— John Robinson sat in a Raymond James Stadium suite Saturday night, watching his Tennessee Titans beat the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34-3, and, like most Titans fans, he probably walked away loving Caleb Farley’s performance, disliking parts of the reserve offensive line’s play, and wondering if Sam Ficken would be his kicker.
After a long fight with cancer, he died on Saturday at the age of 73.
Robinson said he received numerous texts on Saturday from fans across the league expressing their admiration for Reese, the best general manager in Titans/Oilers history.
“I think probably the best way I could sum it up would be, when I took the job here in Tennessee, (then-president and CEO) Steve Underwood called me in his office,” Robinson told The Athletic on Saturday.
“‘Hi, I just wanted to share something with you,’ Steve remarked.
Floyd Reese and I last spoke on the day we let him leave as GM (in 2006).
That is, until last week, when he contacted me on your behalf and gave me a call.
He thinks highly of you, and considering the last chat I had with him, I believe it says a lot about him that he would pick up the phone and vouch for you like that.

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Emmitt Smith, at No. 29 on the NFL 100, accomplished what he did for longer and better than anybody else.

The Athletics’ initiative to select the 100 greatest players in football history is known as the NFL 100.
We’ll reveal new members of the list every day until the season starts, starting with the No.
On Wednesday, September 1st, one player will be crowned.
8.Any time you talk about someone who has all of the records in a certain pursuit, those who support others in the discourse have an instinctual reaction to try to cheapen those records by suggesting it’s just a product of longevity.”He just played longer.””He wasn’t necessarily the greatest player — he just did it for longer.”

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‘You better win,’ says Zac Taylor as the Bengals enter the season of truth.

Bengals president Mike Brown, director of player personnel Duke Tobin, head coach Zac Taylor, defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo, and offensive coordinator Brian Callahan made their way through the cavernous East Club Lounge of Paul Brown Stadium on Monday during the annual media luncheon kicking off the season.
This time of year, as much as the fake turtle soup served later, is filled with much of the same hopeful rhetoric.Another word floated through the proceedings as well: urgency.”Extreme urgency,” Taylor stated forcefully as he began an answer about the pressing importance of this season.
After Green was injured, his first two seasons as one of the NFL’s youngest coaches were marred by unending bad luck, hurdles, and excuses.
Some are legitimate, some are self-inflicted, and many are debilitating.
They totaled 6-25-1.Perhaps it was the stench of in-person interviews or the aftershocks of a fairly positive offseason, but they came at this point with the prior excuses recognized, accounted for, and, for the most part, no longer an issue.
The rebuild’s essential growing pains are now behind us.
Brown believes the moment has come to examine this idea objectively. “He’s got a couple years to get his feet on the ground, get established,” Brown said of Taylor.
“We have a team that is made up of three-quarters of his players, as well as new players that have joined since he arrived.”

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Kliff Kingsbury of the Cardinals starts his third training camp with lessons learned from the 2020 tailspin.

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Kliff Kingsbury, coach of the Arizona Cardinals, enters his third training camp with lessons gained from a meltdown in the second half of the 2020 season.
After the sting of ending 3-6 and one game short of the playoffs last year had worn off, Kingsbury began the laborious process of self-scouting.
What he discovered was a succession of decisions that he would have made differently if he could go back in time.
Some of the issues were logistical.
Some of it was due to practice.
All of this led Kingsbury to believe that if some decisions had been made differently, “we might have certainly done better and had a better finish.”
“But you’re going to look back every year and have certain things you wish you could have done better,” Kingsbury explained.
“But, I believe we had a chance to clinch a playoff berth toward the conclusion of the season and were unable to do so.”
“Now I’ve got to figure out a way to end the season stronger.” 2021 NFL Training Camp
Read more >> * Whole 2021 schedule | Depth charts >> * Trades | Injuries | More NFL >> One such decision will be to give the club the entire Thanksgiving week off during its bye week.
Arizona has been “terrible” during its bye weeks the past two seasons, according to Kingsbury, both of which have resulted in defeats.
Last season, Arizona was defeated 34-31 by the Miami Dolphins, kicking off a five-game losing streak.
Following their bye week in 2019, the Cardinals were defeated 34-7 by the Los Angeles Rams.
With his moves this year, Kingsbury intends to reverse Arizona’s fortunes.
Kingsbury, on the other hand, may have his job cut out for him.
Kyler Murray, the Cardinals’ quarterback, believed in April that the team had to stop taking the little things for granted, which he said was one of the causes for the team’s second-half collapse last season.
“Those organizations that are used to winning do everything correctly,” Murray said. “I don’t think we’re there yet.”
“And I believe that’s exactly what we need to start doing: doing everything properly, the little things right.”
Murray was frustrated by the late-season loss, saying, “The little things matter in the great scheme of things.”
“It’s strange for me not to go to the playoffs,” he remarked.
“I understand it’s the NFL, and I haven’t been there yet, but simply playing beyond the regular season is…
It’s simply that it’s different for me because I’ve always played beyond the regular season in any sport.
“I have no intention of becoming accustomed to that.”
So, it’s definitely upsetting.” For Murray, losing games the Cardinals shouldn’t have last season was a sign of “inconsistency,” which he attributed to “not doing everything correctly on and off the field.”
“Therefore, once that happens, I believe you should reflect on what you could have done differently and how you can improve moving forward.”