Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan sees a brand new world, one a little less shiny and new than before. [Shanahan] said Thursday that the Washington Redskins and other NFL teams with option-style plays in their offenses are "not shocking people" the way they did last season. Opposing defenses have adjusted, Shanahan said, after it was "easy at times" last season to make such an offensive approach work. "You knew any time you get the attention that we did, that San Fran. did, Seattle did last year, when you have something that was that successful, guys are too smart," Shanahan said at Redskins Park. "They're gonna work all offeason, find a way to stop it. I think when that happens, you've got to get better at the other stuff. I think we do have some other stuff. I think we are getting better at it." (The Washington Post) Comment
First, a lot of coaches would love to share Alabama coach Nick Saban's problems, but he is now preaching perspective. Speaking to a room full of fans and thousands of others listening at home, [Saban] was direct with his language and frank about how the expectations surrounding the two-time defending national champions have caused "a lot of anxiety" among the players. "There's a lot of anxiety on our team because of the expectations that everybody has for the team," Saban said on his weekly "Hey, Coach!" radio show. "I think rather than having all these expectations, I think we should turn the expectations into just being supportive." ... "I think we need more of that on our team and we need people to be more supportive of this team," Saban said. (AL.com) Comment
Officially, Bud Selig has let the world know he'll step down as baseball's commissionership on Jan. 24, 2015. [It] is entirely unclear throughout all areas of the sport, from the league office to the union to inside clubhouses, who will be the sport's 10th commissioner. The odds-on favorite is Rob Manfred. ... Tim Brosnan, who runs MLB's business operations, is even better versed in the money-making operations, and some consider him a stronger candidate than Manfred. And while Bob Bowman has helped grow MLB Advanced Media into one of the greatest new-media success stories there is, and is considered among the most brilliant people in the sport, two sources said his reputation as someone who is abrasive could hinder him from getting a job that relies so much on public perception. If baseball desires a great ambassador who could let others do the dirty work, Joe Torre is a possibility. (Yahoo! Sports) Comment
Mariano Rivera buries his head in Andy Pettitte's shoulder after long-time teammates Pettitte and Derek Jeter came to the mound to remove Rivera from the final outing of his career. (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
The MMQB's Peter King explains why Russell Wilson might be the best of the sophomore quarterbacks.