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Rams’ pass rush might be only way to tackle Tom Brady, Buccaneers

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LOS ANGELES — Von Miller has amassed more than 100 career sacks in the regular season, seven and half in the playoffs. The future Hall of Fame outside linebacker said this week that he could recall every one of the sacks he recorded against Tom Brady, the most successful quarterback in NFL history.

“It’s just one of those things,” Miller said. “Whenever he decides to retire, those are the sacks that you are going to remember.”

Miller, lineman Aaron Donald, outside linebacker Leonard Floyd and the rest of the Rams pass rushers aim to create more memories Sunday when they play the Brady and the defending Super Bowl-champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an NFC divisional-round game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

The Rams’ pass rush, which also will include tackles Greg Gaines and A’Shawn Robinson and at times rotational linebackers Obo Okoronkwo and Justin Hollins, is regarded as one of the major keys for the Rams if they are to advance to the NFC championship game against the winner of Saturday’s game between the Green Bay Packers and San Francisco 49ers.

The Rams had 50 sacks during the season, which ranked third in the NFL. Last Monday, they recorded two in their 34-11 wild-card victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

Brady was sacked four times in a 31-15 wild-card victory over the Philadelphia Eagles last Sunday.

Now Brady, 44, will face the Rams behind an offensive line that includes center Ryan Jensen and All-Pro right tackle Tristan Wirfs, both of whom are questionable because of ankle injuries.

Asked if he is worried about pass protection because of offensive line questions marks, Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians did not hesitate.

“I’d be worried if they were all healthy,” he told Rams beat reporters during a conference call. “So, yeah, if they’re not healthy, I’m hellaciously worried.”

Arians has reason for concern.

On Sept. 26, the Rams sacked Brady three times in a 34-24 victory over the Buccaneers at SoFi Stadium. Donald and Floyd each had one, former Rams linebacker Kenny Young the other.

And that was before the Rams traded for Miller, the most valuable player in Super Bowl 50. In nine games with the Rams, Miller had five sacks. He produced another against the Cardinals.

“He’s a Super Bowl MVP,” Arians said. “He knows how to ratchet it up.”

So does Donald, a three-time NFL defensive player of the year who had 12 1/2 sacks during the regular season and half a sack against the Cardinals.

The way the Rams move Donald around makes it even more difficult to contain him, Arians said.

“I hope Tom’s not looking at him because he won’t know where the hell to throw it if he’s looking at Aaron Donald,” he said. “Got to trust the guys in front are going to block him.”

Regardless, the Rams expect to see the best from Brady, a seven-time Super Bowl champion who has 35-11 record in the playoffs.

“The thing about Tom that makes him so special is he processes things, his mind works so quickly,” Rams coach Sean McVay said. “And then, he’s one of the best guys that has a feel for moving, manipulating the pocket.”

In their victory over the Buccaneers in September, the Rams took a 21-7 lead early in the third quarter, forcing the Buccaneers to pass. Brady completed 41 of 55 passes for 432 yards and a touchdown.

Asked if the Rams would try to replicate having Brady pass 55 times, Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris said, “I don’t think you hope to do anything versus Tom Brady other than get a win.”

Rams pass rushers must continue to play well off each other’s talents, collapse the pocket and prevent Brady from stepping up to deliver passes, Donald said.

“You do that with any quarterback,” he said. “You can affect them and get them a little rattled.”

That’s what Miller and the Denver Broncos tried to do in the 2016 AFC championship game against Brady and the New England Patriots. Miller had four of the defense’s 17 hits on Brady and was credited with two-and-a-half sacks.

So, what challenge does Brady present the Rams defense?

“Everything,” said Miller, who including the playoffs has seven-and-a-half career sacks against Brady.

Miller said he hopes the Rams get to Brady quickly.

“Tom Brady, he’s just seen it,” Miller said. “He’s done it all.

“He’s seen the interior blitz, he’s seen the max protection where you drop everybody back. He’s seen all these things. He’s played against Aaron Donald and big-time tackles throughout his entire career.

“We just got to find a way to rattle him.”

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Bob’s Burgers Season 12 Finale: May 22 Release, Time, Where To Watch And Plot Speculations

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Bob’s Burgers Season 12 Finale: May 22 Release, Time, Where To Watch And Plot Speculations

For now, the Journey of Mr. and Mrs. Belcher is coming to an end. Season 12 is ending on May 22, 2022. But there is little to be disappointed in knowing this since a Bob’s Burgers movie is scheduled to release on May 27, 2022. Not only that, there is news of another season of Bob’s Burgers, so we have Season 13 to look forward to.

Ever since Loren Bouchard created this animated series in 2011, it has been garnering fans worldwide fans. The plot remains simple, and we get a glimpse into the everyday life of Mr. and Mrs. Belcher, who run a burger restaurant. However, we see more in this sitcom since every episode brings something unique.

What To Expect From The Last Episode Of The Season?

Well, the quick answer is that we can’t guess. Long-time fans would know that each episode brings something new to the table for us to gobble. Anyone who is either new to this series or has been watching a song doesn’t have to know what happened in the last episode to relate to the news.

A long-standing trait of this show has been the portrayal of real life, in the sense that it mimics the holidays and other things, which makes it relatable. So, whether it is Halloween or Christmas, you know that they will be celebrated in the show when the time comes.

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The Humor And the Weird

Since the first episode, which was titled “Human Flesh,” the show has been weird and full of humor at the same time. Who would go and deliver a huge ventriloquist dummy head in their right mind? Bob and Teddy would do the job and might as well convert it into a road trip.

And every once in a while, we get a horror-themed episode. The basic plot remains the same: friends, family, and much everyday stuff. Bob and Linda are still fighting, and its always heartwarming to see them in their peppy selves.

Increasing Popularity Since 2011

The show didn’t receive good ratings initially, but the positive ratings slowly started overtaking the negative ones. So much so that the hype around the upcoming movie is crazy, and it is always good for the fans that the series do well economically too.

The last episodes of season 12 should be enough to keep us waiting till then. The Belcher family has witnessed a productive season for themselves. The finale should accentuate the hearty emotions that we have witnessed along the way.

Let’s hope that we won’t have to wait much for season thirteen, and even if something like the pandemic occurs, the creators will know how to deal with it. We didn’t see any issues with season 11 or 12, so there is no reason to worry. Right?

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Dolphins Q&A: What can we expect of Josh Boyer as defensive coordinator without Brian Flores?

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Dolphins Q&A: What can we expect of Josh Boyer as defensive coordinator without Brian Flores?

Here’s the latest installment of our Miami Dolphins Q&A, where South Florida Sun Sentinel writers David Furones and Omar Kelly answer questions from readers.

Q: Without [Brian] Flores being part of the defensive play-calling, what can we assume or expect with how well Josh Boyer will be now that this is his defense moving forward? — Dan Giunta on Twitter

A: Much like how it’s a “prove-it” year for quarterback Tua Tagovailoa because he has everything he should need to succeed heading into his third season, this could also be viewed as the season when the pressure is on Josh Boyer as defensive coordinator.

This will be the true test for him — with defensive personnel that offers him all the tools he needs — to show he can do it without leaning on ex-Dolphins coach Brian Flores, whom he’s had a longstanding relationship with going back to their decade-plus together as assistants with the New England Patriots.

As new coach Mike McDaniel reshaped the Dolphins’ offensive staff, he retained Boyer in his same defensive coordinator role as last season, along with other defensive assistants in linebackers coach Anthony Campanile and defensive line coach Austin Clark.

With all 11 starters and several rotational pieces on defense returning, if the Dolphins defense takes a step back in 2022, the blame will land on Boyer, who no longer has Flores with him or former defensive backs coach Gerald Alexander. Alexander, according to Sun Sentinel sources, took on added responsibilities in leading the defense in the second half of last season as the unit turned the team’s fortunes around for eight wins in the last nine games following a seven-game losing streak.

Early on upon being named head coach, McDaniel pursued former Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio for the defensive coordinator role, as the Sun Sentinel reported, but a deal couldn’t be reached. With Boyer retained, maintaining as much continuity as possible on a successful defense became the evident goal.

With the defense now nearly entirely his, Boyer already has the blueprint of what makes it work.

Bring exotic blitzes. Let cornerbacks Xavien Howard, Byron Jones and Nik Needham play man coverage. Allow safeties Jevon Holland and Brandon Jones to be versatile. Utilize multiple defensive fronts with the versatility that many in the front seven possess. And the addition of Melvin Ingram as another pass rusher helps.

Boyer, speaking recently with media at team facilities, said “a lot” of his time is consumed with the internal debate of how much to keep the same with the defense and what he’ll tinker with.

“Even the things that we do and we’ve done consistently, you’re always trying to tweak or do it better,” Boyer said. “There’s always variables that go into that: What teams are doing to you and what you’re looking to do to teams.”

One aspect that McDaniel, offensively, can facilitate for Boyer and the defense is to take some of the pressure off by installing an effective run game in Miami. The better the Dolphins can run the football under McDaniel, who led a consistent rushing attack for years in San Francisco, the more Miami can win the time of possession battle, keeping the defense fresh and not having to get run back out onto the field time and time again following three-and-outs from the offense.

Have a question?

Email David Furones, or tag @OmarKelly or @DavidFurones_ on Twitter.

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Lynx center Sylvia Fowles isn’t getting the foul calls she deserves, and ‘I’m getting annoyed’

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Lynx center Sylvia Fowles isn’t getting the foul calls she deserves, and ‘I’m getting annoyed’

Sylvia Fowles is as dominant a post presence as you’ll find in the WNBA. She’s a skilled post player who also serves as a terror on the offensive glass.

Through six games, Fowles is averaging 18.5 points and 10 rebounds a game. She is scoring 15.7 points a game in the paint, a number that trails only Connecticut’s Alyssa Thomas and is five clear of the next closest player.

Her dominance over 6-foot-8 Sparks center Liz Cambage on Tuesday in Los Angeles provided another reminder that there really isn’t a matchup for the all-world center. Yet for all of her interior excellence, it’s surprising that Fowles simply can’t get to the free-throw line.

Fowles hasn’t attempted more than five free throws in any of the Lynx’s six games this season. Her 3.5 free-throw attempts per game are tied for 24th most in the league. Fowles is only drawing 3.5 fouls a game, which is tied for 22nd most. For reference, that’s the same number as Lynx wing Kayla McBride, who does most of her damage from the perimeter.

The math, frankly, doesn’t add up.

“Syl doesn’t get any respect in this league,” Lynx coach and general manager Cheryl Reeve said.

Reeve noted the WNBA sends out all of the video to teams filled with clips of specific points of emphasis for officials.

“I guess that’s just to check a box that they send the videos to everybody, and it actually doesn’t happen in a game, which is unfortunate for Syl,” Reeve said.

Because she doesn’t feel they’re properly applied to Fowles.

“It’s gotta be darn frustrating,” Reeve said. “I don’t know how she keeps her composure.”

Fowles, frankly, rarely loses that composure.

“Because I know when I flip my wig, it kind of takes me out of my game,” Fowles said.

Still, she noted it does get frustrating when the calls don’t come. Fowles almost seems to suffer from Shaq Syndrome.

Shaquille O’Neal, the Lakers’ Hall of Fame center, didn’t shoot as many free throws during his NBA career as he should have. Defenders were allowed to hang all over him, simply because he was strong enough to play through it. At times, it looks as though Fowles is living a similar lifestyle.

“I guess because it’s not getting impacted, or I’m still getting shots up, they don’t consider it a foul,” Fowles said. “But I guess I need to start throwing my head and flailing and screaming, which is so out of my comfort zone. But if I have to do it, I have to do it, because a foul is a foul.”

Fowles warned that she’s going to have to be “an a-hole” at some point — something she hasn’t been throughout her career — simply to get her point across to officials.

“I feel it coming,” she said. “I’m getting a tad bit annoyed, yes.”

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