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KANSAS CITY http://www.ravenscheapstores.com/trace-mcsorley-jersey-cheap , Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs hired Steve Spagnuolo as their defensive coordinator Thursday, moving swiftly to replace Bob Sutton after his unit’s dismal performance against the Patriots in the AFC title game.Spagnuolo began his coaching career as Chiefs coach Andy Reid’s assistant in Philadelphia, where he worked with several position groups over the course of eight seasons. He left to become the Giants‘ defensive coordinator, and has held similar roles with the Saints and Ravens.He’s best known for his two stints as head coach, though. Spagnuolo went 10-38 over three seasons with the St. Louis Rams and 1-3 as the Giants’ interim coach during the 2017 season.“Steve is a bright defensive mind with a lot of coaching experience and success in our league,” Reid said in a statement. “I know him well from our time together in Philadelphia and I feel that his leadership skills and teaching abilities, combined with his scheme, will be a great fit for our team.”Spagnuolo, who spent last season out of coaching, has primarily run a 4-3 defense, which would be a change from the 3-4 scheme that Sutton had run. But the Chiefs drafted last season as if they planned to move forward with two defensive tackles and two defensive ends, so the adjustment should not be a big one for a defense that returns many of its key pieces.One big change will be the mentality of the defense.Sutton orchestrated a bend-but-don’t-break approach to defense, while Spagnuolo — who learned under defensive mastermind Jim Johnson — prefers an aggressive, blitz-oriented approach. But he’s also been willing to adapt, running variations of his defensive scheme with the Giants.Sutton was fired Tuesday, two days after his defense collapsed in the fourth quarter and overtime in a 37-31 loss to New England. The Chiefs failed to stop the Patriots in OT David Montgomery Jersey , meaning star quarterback Patrick Mahomes never got an opportunity to step on the field.That was likely the final straw for Sutton, whose defenses regularly ranked among the worst in the NFL the past few seasons. The Chiefs were particularly bad against the run this season, and they allowed at least 29 points in each of their five losses this season.Spagnuolo doesn’t come without some concerns, either.While his Giants defenses finished in the top 10 three times, two of his last three units were last and second-to-last in yards allowed. And while the Eagles were regularly stout with Johnson as the coordinator and Spagnuolo in various roles, his Saints defense in 2012 allowed more yards than any other in history and Spagnuolo was ultimately fired after the season.Now, the attention in Kansas City turns to Spagnuolo’s personnel.Pass rusher Dee Ford is ready to hit free agency, though it’s becoming increasingly likely that he will be franchised. Defensive end Allen Bailey is also a free agent, while defensive tackle Chris Jones and cornerback Kendall Fuller are likely candidates for contract extensions.Longtime safety Eric Berry has been beset by injuries the past few years, and he is set to take up $16.5 million of the salary cap next season, while linebacker Justin Houston carries a cap hit of $21.1 million next season. The Chiefs could cut both over the summer and free up substantial space, or they could attempt to restructure their deals for a more manageable number.The Chiefs will be looking to plug holes just about everywhere on defense, but particularly at cornerback and middle linebacker. They are projected to have about $32 million in salary cap space and will have one first-round pick and two second-rounders in the upcoming draft. THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams have locked down Jared Goff through the 2020 season, and they intend to keep their franchise quarterback around for a whole lot longer.The Rams exercised Goff’s $22.783 million, fifth-year contract option Tuesday. General manager Les Snead and coach Sean McVay also affirmed the NFC champions’ intention to sign their young offensive leader to a long-term deal eventually.“We just want to make sure there’s clarity on how great we feel about him leading our team for many years to come http://www.bearscheapstores.com/riley-ridley-jersey-cheap ,” McVay said. “He’s only getting better and better, and as he continues to accumulate experience, we feel so good about our quarterback position with him leading the way.”Goff was fourth in the NFL last season with 4,688 yards passing along with 32 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He led the Rams to their first NFC championship in 17 years, but went 19 of 38 for 229 yards in a mediocre Super Bowl while Los Angeles failed to score a touchdown against New England.That disappointment apparently had no effect on the Rams’ opinion of Goff, who has earned two Pro Bowl selections while leading the Rams to 24 regular-season victories over the past two years. Goff has given much of the credit for his evolution to McVay, but the 33-year-old coach returns the praise to his 24-year-old passer.“It really provides a rare opportunity for myself, as he and I are really growing together,” McVay said. “He’s going into his fourth year, we’re going into our third year working together, and I couldn’t be more excited.”The Rams already bet a large portion of their future on Goff when they traded up with Tennessee to get the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft, and the Bay Area native has grown into one of the NFL’s most prolific passers during McVay’s two years in charge.The Rams lead the league in victories and scoring over McVay’s two seasons with Goff, who bounced back from a trying rookie year under Jeff Fisher’s staff to become a prodigious producer. After infamously going 0-7 as a rookie starter with five touchdown passes and seven interceptions, Goff teamed up with McVay and promptly passed for 3,804 yards and 28 touchdowns in 2017.“A few years ago, we moved up to get him http://www.cowboyscheapauthenticstore.com/trysten-hill-jersey-cheap ,” Snead said. “Three years later, (after) him helping us win two divisions, win a conference championship, we probably would have given an extra pick — don’t tell the Titans that — if we had known that was going to occur.”Goff will play for a $4.26 million salary in the upcoming season before getting an $18 million raise next year. His next deal is likely to make him exponentially richer, but the Rams and Goff express no urgency to get it done now.When asked about his long-term contract situation last week, Goff said it was “not on my mind at all. I know the deal and understand that I hired an agent for that reason. Things always work out. If you continue to play well, it will work itself out.”Rams chief operating officer Kevin Demoff said the team hasn’t opened discussions with Goff about a long-term deal, but the relationship between the quarterback and the front office is clearly harmonious.The Rams have extended lucrative deals to several key players over the past year in an attempt to cement the cornerstones of their two-year run of success under McVay. Running back Todd Gurley and receiver Brandin Cooks agreed to multiyear contracts last summer shortly before All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald got a six-year, $135 million deal with $87 million guaranteed.Along with his on-field exploits, Goff will be a key figure in selling the Rams’ move into their multibillion-dollar stadium complex in Inglewood in 2020.In fact, Goff already completed the first pass in the under-construction stadium’s history when he threw a perfect spiral to a worker on the second floor of the arena during the Rams’ team tour of the site last June.“It’s good to know that that won’t be the only completion he has in the new stadium,” Demoff said with a laugh. “He’ll actually get to throw to real teammates as well on an actual field.”
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