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Bills staff picking up players on snowmobiles

An unbelievable amount of snow was dropped on the Buffalo area the last few days. This forced the NFL to move the Bills/Jets game to Detroit Monday night.

As if the Bills weren’t already having enough issues with having a home game taken away and not being able to practice, their players are having a hard time getting to the stadium to head to the airport.

A tweet from NFL Network’s Albert Breer confirmed the chaos in Buffalo:

A fan also tweeted this picture to Breer, where apparently an unidentified Bills players is about to board a snowmobile:

Randy Moss thought Bill Belichick’s phone call was a prank

 

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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is an expert at picking out highly-talented players who seems to be disgruntled for one reason or another.

Former NFL wide receiver Randy Moss fell into this category when the Patriots called him him on draft day in 2007. Moss is one of the most talented wideouts to ever lace up the cleats. However, he didn’t believe that it was Belichick on the other end when he got the call.

Per NFL.com:

“When I came from Oakland, I was in a dark place,” Moss said, per CSN New England. “I was in a dark place because I was there for two years, I just got traded from the Vikings. Things wasn’t going too well in California. I was away from home. My career wasn’t going the way I wanted it to go.

“I remember I was in Houston, Texas, during the (2007) draft and I got a call from Bill Belichick. I thought it was one of my friends playing. I was like ‘Who is this?’ He was like, ‘Uh, it’s Bill Belichick.’ I was like, ‘Man, get real! Who is this?'”

Turns out it was Belichick on the phone, and Tom Brady to Randy Moss became one of the most prolific combos in NFL history. Well played, Hoodie.

Bills website lists domestic violence hotline instead of ticket office for refund seekers

The NFL made the right decision by moving the Buffalo Bills/New York Jets game to Detroit, and it will be played Monday night. Due to an absurd amount of snowfall in the Buffalo area, playing the game at Ralph Wilson Stadium wasn’t realistic, especially when talking about traveling issues.

The Bills have offered several refund options to season-ticket holders, and people who bought single-game tickets. There’s only one problem: the number listed on the Bills’ website is taking callers to a domestic violence hotline.

Per PFT:

For those who had purchased tickets to only the Jets game, refunds will be provided.  According to the Buffalo News, however, the Bills have given the wrong phone number to call in order to obtain a refund.

“Information on the Bills Website instructs ticket holders to call 1-877-228-4357,” writes Tiffany Lankes of the Buffalo News.  “But that’s actually the phone number for a domestic violence crisis center in Ohio, which has been receiving a barrage of calls from Bills fans.”

The correct number is 1-877-228-4257, and the Bills’ ticket office reopens Monday morning.

PHOTO: Le’Veon Bell includes Steelers offensive line in award candidacy picture

Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell gave all the credit to his offensive line after rushing for a career-high 204 yards Monday night. Pittsburgh defeated the Tennessee Titans 27-24, largely because of Bell’s performance.

The game put Bell in the conversation for the FedEx ‘Ground Player of the Week’ Award. As if there wasn’t enough to like about him already, Bell apparently photo-shopped his offensive line into the picture for the award candidacy, with the caption “Le’Veon Bell AND the Steelers O-Line.”

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The Steelers came back from down 11 to beat Tennessee. After they took the lead, Bell was able to burn the last seven minutes off the clock with his first downs. Even with his numbers, he gave all the props to his line:

“Those guys just kept moving guys off the ball and making my job easy,” Bell said. “I got to the second level a lot, and you have to give a lot of credit to the guys up front. I definitely feed off those guys.”

He took the credit-giving a step further by putting the offensive line in the picture. Bell is currently second in the NFL in rushing with 951 yards.

WATCH: Jerry Rice says Sherman, Revis, Peterson would have no chance against him

Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice is regarded by many as the best pass catcher in the history of the NFL.

Rice recently sat down with Bleacher Report’s Adam Lefkoe to talk about the great corners in the NFL today – Richard Sherman, Darrelle Revis, and Patrick Peterson specifically.

Rice gave them a few props, but ultimately said none of them could cover him, or even have a chance against him.

Eli Manning fires back at Tiki Barber for Tom Coughlin comments

During a recent interview, former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber said he believes the team no longer listens to head coach Tom Coughlin. Barber then went on to say Coughlin should be fired.

Quarterback Eli Manning has apparently taken exception to what Barber had to say, and he responded to his comments Wednesday.

Per Sports Illustrated:

Asked about Barber’s comments on Wednesday, Manning sarcastically said, “That’s nice of him. It’s good to hear from Ol’ Tiki,” according to NJ Advance Media

Manning was also asked if it’s a distraction when a former player is critical of a head coach. He answered that it “depends on your opinion of that player.”

The G-Men have struggled the last two seasons, as they failed to make the playoffs in 2012 and 2013. It’s not looking to good this season, either.

Barber previously criticized Coughlin in a book he wrote in 2007, implying that if Coughlin wasn’t the coach, he may have remained a Giant.

Either way, New York has to figure something out quick. At 3-7, it’s hard to think Coughlin’s seat isn’t getting at least a little warm, despite being 93-77 with two Super Bowls as head coach.

Bills say they have Manuel back on ‘original plan’

Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel struggled adjusting to the starting gig his first year and a half, having been plagued by injuries as a rookie and failing to get a good handle on things as a young sophomore.

Manuel combined for 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 14 total starts, and four weeks into his second season, he was replaced by veteran Kyle Orton.

READ FULL HERE via AFC East Daily

Pouncey: LeGarrette Blount’s release a ‘blessing’

There’s a good chance we might hear more tales of LeGarrette Blount‘s insubordination in the coming weeks.

The former Steelers running back, who was released following a moment Monday when he reportedly walked off the field before the game was over, didn’t make many friends during his brief tenure in Pittsburgh.

Team captain Maurkice Pouncey called the decision “a blessing in disguise” on Tuesday.

READ FULL HERE via NFL.com

Steelers ban Mike Mitchell from social media after Twitter rants

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Mike Mitchell went ape on Twitter following their 27-24 win over the Tennessee Titans Monday night. Among other things, he lashed out at “haters”, and even directly messaged one fan to “kill yourself.”

The Steelers have now apparently asked Mitchell to stay off social media, as they don’t want his antics to become any sort of distraction.

Per Bleacher Report:

Mitchell took to Twitter following the team’s Week 11 win over the Tennessee Titans on Monday Night Football and reportedly lashed out at Twitter critics. He sent direct messages, per CBS Pittsburgh, with one reading, “You on the other hand kill yourself.”

Due to that postgame tirade, Mitchell has reportedly been asked to stay off social media entirely, per the report.

Mitchell was Pittsburgh’s biggest free-agency acquisition this past offseason, and some don’t believe his play thus far has lived up to the five-year, $25 million contract he signed.

However, Mitchell is being asked to do almost the exact opposite on the Steelers’ defense of what he did on the Panthers’ defense. That is a tough transition.

He has been in coverage more often than not, even though he is an excellent blitzer and good in run support. The jury is still out on him, but his play won’t matter for long if he keeps up his off-the-field shenanigans.

 

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