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Source — Arizona Cardinals’ Josh Shaw appeals suspension for gambling



Arizona Cardinals defensive back Josh Shaw has appealed his suspension for violating the NFL gambling policy, a source familiar with the matter told ESPN on Tuesday.

Pending the appeal, Shaw is suspended through the 2020 season after the NFL found he had bet on league games on multiple occasions this fall.

The appeal had to be filed by 5 p.m. ET Tuesday. If his appeal is denied, Shaw may petition for reinstatement on or after Feb. 15, 2021.

The NFL prohibits all personnel — players, coaches, owners, officials and league employees — from wagering on NFL games.

Shaw, who is on injured reserve, has not played during his first season with the Cardinals. He placed at least one of his wagers on Nov. 10 at a Las Vegas sportsbook operated by Caesars Entertainment, multiple gaming industry sources told ESPN.

According to the sources, Shaw bet a three-team parlay on the second-half results of three Week 10 games, including the Cardinals’ game at Tampa Bay. On his parlay, Shaw bet against Arizona, backing the Buccaneers to cover the second-half spread against the Cardinals. The Buccaneers failed to cover the second-half spread and the bet, which the sources said was for a few thousand dollars, did not win.

The NFL found no evidence that Shaw used inside information to make his bet or that any game had been compromised.

Shaw, who had a player’s card with Caesars, had bet with the company previously, sources said, but not on the NFL until Nov. 10. Immediately after realizing Shaw had bet on the NFL, Caesars contacted the Nevada Gaming Control Board and subsequently the NFL, which launched an investigation.

As first reported by NFL Network and confirmed by ESPN, Shaw met and cooperated with the league office shortly after being notified of the investigation.

The NFL announced Shaw’s suspension Friday, with commissioner Roger Goodell emphasizing the league’s longstanding policy on sports betting.

“The continued success of the NFL depends directly on each of us doing everything necessary to safeguard the integrity of the game and the reputations of all who participate in the league,” Goodell said in a release announcing the suspension. “At the core of this responsibility is the longstanding principle that betting on NFL games, or on any element of a game, puts at risk the integrity of the game, damages public confidence in the NFL, and is forbidden under all circumstances. If you work in the NFL in any capacity, you may not bet on NFL football.”

Shaw is represented by Elite Athlete Management. A message left with the agency Tuesday afternoon was not immediately returned.

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Former Redskins line coach Joe Bugel, architect of the famed Hogs, dies at 80



Former Washington Redskins offensive line coach Joe Bugel, architect of the famed Hogs in the 1980s, has died, the team announced in a statement. He was 80.

No cause of death was given.

Bugel spent 32 years in the NFL but was largely known for his work in Washington, where he coached the Redskins’ offensive line from 1981 to 1989. He served as offensive coordinator and was an assistant head coach from 1983 to ’89.

Bugel left to serve as head coach of the Phoenix Cardinals from 1990 to 1993. But he returned to Washington in 2004 — when Joe Gibbs returned — and stayed until his retirement after the 2009 season.

The Redskins reached three Super Bowls and won two in the 1980s behind their offensive line. One of their offensive linemen during that stretch, guard Russ Grimm, is in the Hall of Fame, and another, tackle Joe Jacoby, was a finalist three times. Four of Bugel’s offensive linemen made the Pro Bowl a combined 10 times during the ’80s, led by Grimm and Jacoby’s four trips apiece, and the line helped pave the way for four 1,000-yard rushers.

Bugel started calling this group the “Hogs” in 1982. During a training camp practice, he referred them as “Hogs” when telling them to head to the blocking sled. The name stuck. Gibbs told them, “Once you establish a nickname, you’d better back it up.”

They did. The Hogs did commercials and posters, and their moniker inspired some Redskins fans to dress up as “Hogettes” during games and charity appearances. They became one of the most famous lines in NFL history.

Bugel once said, while coaching the Cardinals, that he would get recognized in airports by people shouting, “Hey, there’s the Hogs coach!”

“Joe had an incredible passion for the game of football,” Gibbs said in a statement. “He came to work every day with such great excitement and his players had tremendous respect for him. The strength of our coaching staff on both sides of the ball was a key reason we had so much success. Bugel was such a big part of that and his impact was felt not only by those Redskins’ teams, but truly across the entire League. I will miss his friendship and I will always cherish our late-night arguments putting together the game plan each week.”

Bugel coached the Cardinals for four years. He then served as the Oakland Raiders’ assistant head coach/offense for two years before becoming head coach for one season in 1997. He coached the San Diego Chargers’ line for four seasons, leaving after the 2001 campaign, and was out of coaching until Gibbs returned in Washington.

“I am absolutely devastated by the news of Joe’s passing,” Redskins owner Dan Snyder said in a statement. “Joe was a larger than life figure and a true legend of his profession. He exemplified what it meant to be a Redskin with his character and ability to connect with his players along with a work ethic that was unmatched.”

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NFLPA’s DeMaurice Smith says workouts go against player safety



NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith isn’t happy to see NFL players continue to work out together despite a union advisory sent out last weekend saying they should stop doing so.

During an interview with USA Today, Smith was specifically asked about social media posts from workouts by Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and said they aren’t acting “in the best interest of player safety.”

“They’re not in the best interest of protecting our players heading into training camp, and I don’t think they are in the best interest of us getting through an entire season,” Smith told USA Today.

On June 20, Dr. Thom Mayer, the NFLPA’s medical director, issued a statement advising players to avoid working out with teammates to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The statement was made after around 10 teams reported positive coronavirus tests for at least one player, a source told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

Despite the advisory, Brady and several of his new Buccaneers teammates, including tight end Rob Gronkowski, continued to hold workouts at a Tampa, Florida, high school, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Smith also addressed ongoing talks between the league and union over how positive coronavirus cases among players will be handled from a roster and benefits perspective.

“I certainly understand how competitive our players are and I get that,” Smith told USA Today. “But at the same time, we are in the process of trying to negotiate, we have to negotiate with the league about what happens to a player if they test positive during the season. Does that player go on injured reserve? Do they go on short-term IR? If you test positive for the virus after training camp, is that a work-related injury? Are you covered under workers comp? What benefits are available to you if you have downstream injuries from contacting COVID-19?

“All of the things that players may want to do during the offseason have a direct impact on how well we can negotiate protections for them once the season starts. We sent out the guidance because we think that was in their best health and safety interests. Let’s just say for some of the players who have practiced, we’ve made sure that they’ve heard the message.”

The NFL maintains that training camps will start on time late next month, with league executive vice president/general counsel Jeff Pash saying Thursday that “active discussions” are ongoing about what will happen after that point.

The Hall of Fame Game, the league’s annual preseason opener that was originally scheduled for Aug. 8, has already been canceled by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The NFL regular season is slated to begin Sept. 10.

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How Bucs’ Byron Leftwich can capitalize on Tom Brady’s short window – Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog



TAMPA, Fla. — To some, he’s merely the former NFL quarterback whose house Tom Brady was trying to enter when he unintentionally walked into the wrong home this offseason. But to those who follow the Tampa Bay Buccaneers closely, offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich is the man who, in many ways, holds the keys to Brady’s success in coach Bruce Arians’ offense.

He’s also one of the league’s fastest-rising young coaches, going from an Arizona Cardinals coaching intern in 2016 to their QBs coach in 2017 to the Bucs’ OC — including taking over playcalling for Arians — in 2019. But is Leftwich ready to help Brady vie for a Super Bowl championship while playing in a new offense for the first time in 20 years? How is their relationship?

“You have a guy that’s been there, seen it all,” Leftwich said of Brady. “And just the conversations that me and him have — it’s exciting, man. It’s gonna be exciting to work with him and try to put him in position to play as good of football as possible.”

“We’re pretty close in age, so we’re from the old-school version of football,” Leftwich (40) said of Brady (42). “Me and him talk a lot about the old days where you do seven, eight, nine days of two-a-days in a row. We’re from that era of football in this league. We can talk old-school football — things that happened in ’08, ’09; things that are still relevant in this league.”

Leftwich spent 10 seasons in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons, Pittsburgh Steelers and Bucs. In his two stints with the Steelers, he played for Arians and served as Ben Roethlisberger’s backup, before Arians lured him out of retirement to coach in 2017.

Leftwich credits his time with the Steelers for preparing him for his second act as a coach, not only for helping to understand the system he’s teaching and coaching in, but understanding the psychological needs of a quarterback and even serving as a buffer between head coach and signal-caller. For instance, in Pittsburgh, Arians would sometimes yell at Leftwich to then pass on information to Roethlisberger.

“I remember him, we were in Pittsburgh, he cussed me out one day and I wasn’t even playing,” Leftwich said of Arians last year. “I knew it was for Ben. It’s just having an understanding of the dynamics. It was not the time to say that to Ben, it was to say it to me so that I could relay it to Ben later on — two, three plays later.”

Arians could do this with Leftwich because, as some close to him have described him, he is “even-keeled” and level-headed. So the types of sideline arguments that were documented in New England between Brady and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels — which Brady has characterized as overblown — wouldn’t faze Leftwich at all, just as it didn’t faze Leftwich last year when he and Arians were caught chirping on the sideline with each other.

“I think Byron gets along with just about everybody he comes in contact with, ’cause he’s a very personable, outgoing guy,” Brady said of Leftwich. “He’s got great football knowledge. We both have made a huge commitment in our lives to do that, and it’ll be fun to take on this challenge together.”

When Brady signed with the Bucs, Roethlisberger told SiriusXM NFL Radio he texted Leftwich and said, “Hey, don’t screw it up,” to which Leftwich responded, “All I got to do is get out of the way.”

Leftwich understands his role with Brady and how it’s different from last year with Jameis Winston. Leftwich will be doing more listening and taking in what Brady is seeing on the field. And just as Arians gave Roethlisberger a ton of freedom with the playbook in Pittsburgh, believing taking more ownership of the team would help him take the next step as a quarterback, Leftwich is expected to give a lot of freedom to Brady, who is viewed essentially as another coach out on the field.

“He’s about excellence,” Leftwich said of Brady. “He’s trying to do everything possible to make sure we’re as successful as possible. We as coaches are doing the same thing, and it’s great to have a guy like that to come in and lead the guys and to get as much participation as he’s gotten from the guys.”

While it shouldn’t be hard for Brady to master Arians’ offense, Leftwich can take care of the things Brady won’t be controlling on game day, such as the running game, which struggled at times last year (the Bucs averaged 3.72 yards per rush last season — 28th in the league). The offensive line also had lapses in protection — surrendering 47 sacks — which will need to be shored up if they hope to win with a 43-year-old pocket passer.

Expect Leftwich and Brady to collaborate a lot on ideas, even incorporating some of the concepts Brady used in New England, such as more 12-personnel with two tight ends or even three tight ends with 13-personnel, and more passes to running backs. While Leftwich is a risk-taker much like Arians is as a playcaller, he’s perfectly fine with Brady checking down to keep the chains moving, as he has done so many times in his career. And you can expect Brady to have a fairly large role in picking out the plays he wants to run, as has been the case with all of Arians’ and Leftwich’s quarterbacks.

“My philosophy — and which I believe B.A.’s philosophy is also — is that every quarterback I’ve ever been around has a role in the offense. I don’t just call plays; I don’t just come up with plays – I come with plays always with the quarterback in mind,” Leftwich said. “So there’ll be some things that’s different here and there; obviously we want to know everything that Tom knows. Any time you’ve got a guy like this leading your team at the quarterback position, you want to know and put him in the best position possible all the time.”

“There’s not a play that he hasn’t heard of; there’s not a play that he hasn’t ran,” Leftwich said. “Now we just gotta figure out what he does well, and make sure we run a lot more of those plays on Sunday than not.”

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