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Matt Ryan throws some serious shade at Kyle Shanahan for the Super Bowl loss

Matt Ryan throws some serious shade at Kyle Shanahan for the Super Bowl loss

Matt Ryan spoke to CBS Sports' Pete Prisco about the loss to the Patriots in the Super Bowl and how the Falcons will rebound in 2017. 

In the process, he took a shot at former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's play-calling and put some of the blame on his style of coaching for the disastrous fourth quarter.

"Kyle's play calls -- he would take time to get stuff in," Ryan said. "As I was getting it, you're looking at the clock and you're talking 16 seconds before it cuts out. You don't have a lot of time to say, 'There's 16 seconds, no, no, no, we're not going to do that. Hey, guys, we're going to line up and run this.' You're talking about breaking the huddle at seven seconds if you do something along the lines.

"With the way Kyle's system was set up, he took more time to call plays and we shift and motion a lot more than we did with (former coordinator) Dirk (Koetter). You couldn't get out of stuff like that. We talk about being the most aggressive team in football. And I'm all for it. But there's also winning time. You're not being aggressive not running it there."

Those are some harsh words from Ryan and not exactly a ringing endorsement of Kyle Shanahan. This loss will surely haunt him should he never get back to another Super Bowl.

"There's always going to be a little sting," Ryan said. "You never lose that. Hopefully we've got four Super Bowl victories after this one, but that doesn't mean we won't still be like, 'Damn, let's talk about the other one we should've had."

Redskins fans may be able to relate to Matt Ryan's pain as some were vocal about Kyle Shanahan's play-calling during his time in Washington. Maybe Kirk Cousins takes notice of Ryan's comments as well before he considers San Francisco next off-season.


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John Keim doesn't know if Bruce Allen is intentionally mispronouncing Kirk Cousins' name

John Keim doesn't know if Bruce Allen is intentionally mispronouncing Kirk Cousins' name

During the Redskins' Monday press conference announcing no long-term deal with Kirk Cousins, many noticed that it sometimes sounded like team president Bruce Allen said "Kurt" instead of "Kirk."

John Keim, ESPN's Redskins beat reporter, noticed social media couldn't ignore the slip. So, he went to Redskins personnel and asked about the pronunciation. Keim was told it only sounded like "Kurt" because of Allen's accent.


"I did ask that question yesterday and what I was told is it's just his, for lack of a better phrase I guess, his accent and just how he pronounces it," Keim said.

He joined the Sports Junkies Tuesday morning and they asked if he believes that reasoning is true.

"I don't know. I don't know what purpose would be gained by consistently mispronouncing his name. I don't get that. I don't know," Keim said. "All I know is that it sounds the same to me as it does to everybody else."

No one can know for sure if it is being done intentionally or the reasoning behind doing such a thing on purpose.

"Again, I was just told that it's just the way he pronounces the word and it's his accent. I don't know what's inside his head with that. I can't answer why he would do that, if he is indeed doing that. It seems like an odd thing to do if it's being done on purpose. So, that's what I would say," Keim said.

Could it be Allen's way of trolling Cousins?

"I think anything is possible. Again, I was just told that. I don't know what value that would serve by doing that because at the end of this, again for the longest time it's been we want this guy here and all that, so if you really want him here, why would you do that on purpose? It doesn't make sense to me."

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Cowboys WR Lucky Whitehead's dog reportedly held for ransom

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Cowboys WR Lucky Whitehead's dog reportedly held for ransom

While out of town in Florida, Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead received a disturbing phone call. His friend, who was dog sitting for Whitehead while he was out of town, had come to the residence to find Whitehead's new pitbull puppy Blitz, missing.

Whitehead immediately booked a flight back home to Dallas when he received a call from a blocked number, claiming they had Blitz and were demanding ransom money to the tune of $10,000.

A local Dallas NBC affiliate spoke with Whitehead about Blitz's disappearance, found on The Comeback's blog.

In the interview, Whitehead said he agreed to pay the dognapper(s) their ransom money as long as they could prove his dog was OK. The dognapper(s) told Whitehead they would let him know in a phone call back after a few minutes, but never called back.

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Additionally, Whitehead told the NBC affiliate that shoes and bags were also stolen from his home, but he is only concerned with the wellbeing and safe return of Blitz, whom Whitehead only had for 9-10 weeks.

In an Instagram post, Whitehead pleaded for any information about the whereabouts of his dog.

So far, police have been unable to locate Blitz's whereabouts, as the phone number used to contact Whitehead was an untraceable "burner phone."

Whitehead is convinced whomever stole Blitz is someone who knew when the dogsitter would not be at his home.