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Dan Ryan has left the Leeds Rhinos of the Vitality Netball Superleague.

Dan Ryan, who led Leeds Rhinos Netball to the Superleague play-offs in their maiden season, has resigned his position as head coach of the Vitality Netball Superleague club to return home to Australia.
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Ryan Fitzpatrick was ‘floored’ by the Dolphins’ decision to bench him in favor of Tua Tagovailoa.

According to Allen Eyestone of Imagn Content Services, Washington Football Team quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was “floored” last season after he was supplanted as Miami’s starting quarterback by Tua Tagovailoa.
Fitzpatrick, 38, made 20 starts for the Dolphins from 2019 to 2020, leading the team to a 4-3 record in his first season as a starter.
Nevertheless, during Miami’s bye week in late October, head coach Brian Flores informed Fitzpatrick that Tagovailoa would take over as the team’s quarterback.
Fitzpatrick told The Athletic’s Robert Mays, “I have a lot of respect for [Flores] and we have a really good connection.”
“But, I initially mistook it for a joke.”
‘Are you going to put Tua in?
“That was my team,” says the narrator.
With those men, I fought through the nonsense.
I understand how the NFL operates.
But to have it happen the way it did,” Tagovailoa said. Tagovailoa had a strong first season, going 6-3 with 11 touchdowns in nine starts.
After being benched in October, Fitzpatrick made three relief appearances, including a 182-yard effort in a comeback win against the Raiders in late December.
Despite his 2020 benching, Fitzpatrick isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
In September, the 16-year veteran will start for the Washington Redskins, marking his eighth team in one of the league’s most impressive journeyman careers.
Perhaps there’s still some Fitzmagic left in the Harvard product as he enters Year 17.
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Ryan Fitzpatrick’s tortuous football career has taken him to his biggest opportunity yet, The Athletic.

Ryan Fitzpatrick’s home in Gilbert, Ariz., has just been hit by a rare morning storm, and the 38-year-old quarterback is making breakfast on the outside patio.
In the Fitzpatrick house, the first meal of the day looks a little different.
Two packages of bacon, a few rolls of Jimmy Dean ground sausage, large mixing basins of pancake batter, whipped-up eggs, and a small vat of Log Cabin syrup are almost enough food on the counter to fill an NFL offensive line.
His four youngest children have hopped down the steps, and the rest aren’t far behind.
Fitzpatrick clicks the 48-inch, restaurant-quality griddle built into the counter as he tears open the first slab of bacon.
He says, “This thing.”
“It’s my baby,” he says, pointing to his backyard, which has a playground for youngsters.

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Only because of NFL protocols did Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Ryan Tannehill, the quarterback for the Tennessee Titans, stated on Wednesday that he would not have taken the COVID-19 vaccine if it hadn’t been for the NFL’s standards.
“If you look around, nearly everyone has been immunized or is getting ready to be vaccinated,” Tannehill said after the team’s practice.
“I’m in the middle of it right now.”
The NFL has stated their intentions clearly.
If you don’t follow the protocol, they’ll strive to make your life as difficult as possible.
“Without the protocols that they are putting on us, I wouldn’t have gotten the vaccine.”
I believe it is a personal choice for each of us.
They’re trying to force our hands, and the protocols have succeeded in forcing a lot of hands.
As of Wednesday, 86.9% of players had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccination, according to a source at The Athletic.
According to the source, 18 clubs in the NFL have a vaccination rate of 90 percent or greater, while three teams have a rate of less than 70 percent.
According to a memo from commissioner Roger Goodell last week, NFL teams with a COVID-19 outbreak will be compelled to forfeit their games if they cannot be rescheduled within the existing 18-week schedule.
The forfeiting team will be given a loss, which will have an impact on playoff seedings.
Tannehill joins a growing list of NFL players who have spoken out about the vaccine and the league’s new vaccination regulations.
Deandre Hopkins of the Cardinals said in a now-deleted tweet that being forced to injure his team because he refused to get the vaccine made him question his NFL future, while Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette simply said that he would not get the vaccine.

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Ryan Pace believes the Bears have already reached (or exceeded!) the 85 percent vaccination rate.

Last week, Judy Battista of the NFL Network revealed that 14 clubs had reached the 85 percent COVID-19 immunization rate criteria.
Bears GM Ryan Pace on COVID vaccinations: “We feel good about that 85 percent number.” — Mark Grote (@markgrotesports) July 27, 2021 #Bears GM Ryan Pace stated he feels his club has reached an 85 percent vaccination rate.
— Larry Mayer (@LarryMayer) July 27, 2021 Bears GM Ryan Pace believes the players have already had 85% (or greater) vaccinations.
July 27, 2021 Okay, Kevin Fishbain (@kfishbain)
Pace is pleased not just with his team’s immunization record of 85 percent, but also with the possibility of exceeding it.
With the NFL’s push to have players vaccinated against COVID-19, and the fact that teams with an 85 percent vaccination rate will have their restrictions eased, this is great news.
Getting the vaccine is a step toward a more typical football season from a football standpoint.
During Tuesday’s press conference, Head Coach Matt Nagy made a point of emphasizing how more players getting vaccinated equals less football-related problems.
It’s unclear whether this is contributing to these figures, but I can’t picture players wishing to repeat last year’s procedures.
Finally, I hope the Bears join a growing trend of teams acquiring the vaccine as part of a dual-front struggle to improve their football life as well as the health, safety, and well-being of themselves and those around them.