Josh Freeman is gone from Tampa, and, with him, goes a bit of Greg Schiano's reputation. NFL Media columnist Michael Silver, speaking Thursday on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access Kickoff," said he asked one Buccaneers player if Schiano is at risk of "losing his team." "Unless we start winning games ASAP, absolutely," the player told Silver. Silver paraphrased the player saying there is too much "gosh-darned" talent on the team to keep on losing. The ugly series of back-and-forth stories about Freeman's situation could jeopardize Schiano's connection with his players. NFL Media's Deion Sanders said his sources in the Buccaneers locker room are not "100 percent riding with this coach and his philosophies." Silver mentioned that some players believe Schiano micromanages too much. (NFL.com) Comment
Who's No. 1? It's not about blurring the line between No. 1 and No. 2 on the quarterback depth chart at this point, but just having some role in the Notre Dame offense, how ever fragmented, that has Irish senior Andrew Hendrix playing with renewed energy and turning heads in practice this week. "I think he was a lot more engaged, just locked in a lot more relative to every little detail," [Brian Kelly said]. ... Kelly is fully committed to exploring the complementary quarterback concept, with fellow senior Tommy Rees still very much the starter. Hendrix's effectiveness has a lot to say with how long and how deep that commitment will go. Hendrix has attempted just 50 passes in his 3 1/2 seasons at ND -- one fewer than Rees amassed against Michigan alone earlier this season. (South Bend Tribune) Comment
These days, baseball is Magic Johnson's game, and on Thursday he weighed in on a variety of topics -- including Robinson Cano's impending free agency. "You know that guy in New York is going to get paid," Johnson said, referring to Cano. "Probably not by us, but he's going to get paid. Hey, when you're a superstar, you get paid." ... When asked if the Dodgers would make a run at Cano, Johnson said, "When you've got to pay Clayton [Kershaw] ... I mean, come on, anybody who knows numbers. A year from now, two, here comes Hanley (Ramirez). We've got guys we need to keep. When it's said and done, the numbers probably don't add up." Johnson added that Kasten and Colletti have already begun talking to Kershaw's agent. "We'll see what happens," he said. "But you know we can't lose our guy." (New York Daily News) Comment
Buffalo backup quarterback Jeff Tuel came into the game after E.J. Manuel went down injured, but the Cleveland defense proved to be too much for him, as the Browns beat the Bills 37-24. (Jason Miller/Getty Images)
The Cardinals' Carlos Beltran smacked a three-run homer in the bottom of the third, his 15th-career postseason home run.