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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Chris Foerster had been an NFL assistant for nearly two decades when he first met Kyle Shanahan, long before he became one of the league’s most accomplished play-callers.

Shanahan was in his third year as an NFL offensive coordinator when Foerster joined head coach Mike Shanahan’s staff in Washington as offensive line coach in 2010. He was immediately impressed by Shanahan’s knowledge, creativity, and teaching ability.

That has only grown over their four years together in Washington and the last four in San Francisco, where Foerster has worked as an assistant on Shanahan’s staff.

“I’ve been amazed since working with him, and I won’t stop,” Foerster said. “It’s just how he does it and his understanding of what he’s doing.”

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Productive Offenses Without Elite Quarterback Play

Shanahan’s success in San Francisco overseeing productive offenses without elite quarterback play is one of the reasons why so many teams look for the next trendy, play-calling offensive coach to take over their teams every January.

All four conference championship game head coaches have an offensive background, with Andy Reid of Kansas City and Zac Taylor of Cincinnati calling plays like Shanahan, while Philadelphia’s Nick Sirianni delegated that duty during his first season.

“Plays are just played,” said Shanahan. “It’s how you connect them, how you hide them, how you do things around them, and how you coach them.”

Shanahan and Reid are two of the best at it, and their coaching styles have had a big impact on modern offenses. Almost half of the NFL teams run offenses that were inspired by their ideas.

Shanahan’s offense is built around the running game, with his dedication leading to opportunities with play-action passes downfield.

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“He’s not just copying other people’s plays,” said 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans. “He has that very creative mind, and he’s always putting his players in position to make plays. That is what distinguishes him from the other coordinators in the league.”

The Niners disguise their intentions with frequent motion and different formations, and Shanahan has designed a nearly position-less offense that allows him to move playmakers like Christian McCaffrey, Deebo Samuel, George Kittle, and fullback Kyle Juszczyk all over the field to create mismatches.

“He pays attention to every detail,” said 49ers rookie quarterback Brock Purdy. “Every day, he’s the one installing the plays, which is pretty cool to have your head ball coach teach you what you’re running.”

Shanahan has updated his father’s offense when Denver went to the Super Bowl twice in the 1990s.

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Big Plays In-Store This Season

He has amassed a comprehensive knowledge of his system, allowing him to adapt plays from his past to his current team.

According to Foerster, Shanahan also has the uncanny ability to see how a defense is playing the Niners during a game and pull out a play they didn’t even practice that week.

This has already resulted in several big plays this season.

“He’s just looking for that dagger,” Foerster explained. “Where is that play that I believe will put them over the top on this one?”

Reid takes a different approach, relying much more on the passing game in his career with an offense that peaked when Patrick Mahomes took over as quarterback in Kansas City.

Reid also enjoys using gadget plays, whether it’s a 1949 Rose Bowl nfl play he used against s in the Super Bowl three years ago or the “ring-around-the-Rosie” Snow Globe play against the Raiders in Week 18.

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“You want to have fun, but you also want to score,” Reid explained. “It’s not fun not to be doing that.”

Since Mahomes took over in 2018, the Chiefs have averaged a league-best 30.1 points per game, 3.6 more than No. 2 Tampa Bay and a larger gap between the Buccaneers and the 16th-place team.

“With Coach Reid, he can get anyone (open),” tight end Travis Kelce nfl explained. “He can get my dad open if he was out there. So I’ve been extremely fortunate to be under his direction, programmed the way he is because I genuinely believe he does it correctly.”

Not all head coaches still alive in the playoffs call the plays, with Sirianni delegating those duties to coordinator Shane Steichen during his first year in Philadelphia in 2021.

Instead of constantly looking at his play sheet for the next play to call, Sirianni said this has allowed him to better manage the game and deal with defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon and special teams coordinator Michael Clay.

“My head coach’s job is to manage the game. “I understand that everyone does it a little differently, and what works best for us is that I do it this way,” he said. “We like the way things are going. We’re always trying to improve it, but I’ve got great coaches I can rely on, and Shane is doing an excellent job calling it.”

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Kansas Adds AJ Storr After He Led Wisconsin In Scoring This Season

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AJ Storr is transferring to Kansas after scoring the most points for Wisconsin this season.

Storr announced on Thursday via social media that he was making this move “with great excitement and humility.” Later Thursday, Kansas formally confirmed the signings of Storr and former South Dakota State guard Zeke Mayo.

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Kansas Adds AJ Storr After He Led Wisconsin In Scoring This Season

“Joining the Jayhawks is a dream realized, and I’m incredibly honored for this opportunity to be a part of the tradition and culture of Kansas Basketball,” Storr wrote on his Facebook page.

It was a busy day for Wisconsin transfer news, as Badgers point guard Chucky Hepburn confirmed on social media that he would also be joining the portal.

Storr, who stands 6-foot-7, averaged 16.8 points and 3.9 rebounds for Wisconsin this season, helping the Badgers finish 22-14. Wisconsin received a No. 5 seed in the NCAA Tournament, but lost 72-61 to James Madison in the first round.

Mayo revealed his commitment to Kansas on social media two weeks ago. This season, he was named Summit League Player of the Year after averaging 18.8 points and helping South Dakota State earn the conference’s automatic NCAA invitation. The Jackrabbits lost 82-65 against Iowa State in the tournament’s first round.

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Kansas Adds AJ Storr After He Led Wisconsin In Scoring This Season

Kansas will be Storr’s third school in as many seasons. Storr began his college career at St. John’s, where he averaged 8.8 points during the 2022–2023 season.

While Storr only spent one year at Wisconsin, Hepburn was a three-year starter. As a freshman, he helped Wisconsin win a share of the Big Ten regular-season title in 2022 by hitting a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left in a 70-67 victory over Purdue.

This past season, Hepburn averaged 9.2 points, 3.9 assists, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.1 steals. He averaged 12.2 points per game during the 2022-23 season and 7.9 points per game in 2021-22.

“As I embark on this new chapter and enter the transfer portal, please know that my decision is not a reflection of anything lacking at Wisconsin,” Hepburn wrote in an Instagram post announcing his decision and thanking Wisconsin’s players, coaches, and supporters. “Rather, it is an opportunity for me to explore new alternatives and continue my journey towards my dreams.

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“I appreciate all Wisconsin has given me. I will take the teachings and memories I learned here with me wherever I go, and I will always be happy to be a Badger.”

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Travis Kelce Named Host Of ‘Are You Smarter Than A Celebrity?’ For Prime Video

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Travis Kelce’s NFL off-season with the Kansas City Chiefs has been a busy one.

The Super Bowl LVIII-winning tight end is the host of a new game show called “Are You Smarter than a Celebrity?” for Prime Video, the streaming service confirmed Tuesday. Filming for the 20-episode season has already completed.

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Travis Kelce Named Host Of ‘Are You Smarter Than A Celebrity?’ For Prime Video

The premise is a twist on “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?”, which debuted on Fox in 2007 and was hosted by Jeff Foxworthy. It also aired in syndication. John Cena hosted a 2019 revival for Nickelodeon.

In Travis’ show, an adult contestant will be given 11 elementary-level questions where they can ask a classroom of various celebrities for help answering.

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The final question is from the 6th grade curriculum and is worth $100,000. Only one celebrity is allowed to talk through the answer to the last question with the contestant.

Travis, who is dating music superstar Taylor Swift, said in a statement he grew up watching game shows and is “excited to be following in the footsteps of so many TV icons.”

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This isn’t Travis’ first TV gig. He starred in his own 2016 dating competition show for E! called “Catching Kelce” and hosted an episode of “Saturday Night Live” last year.

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‘Once In A Lifetime’: What Caitlin Clark Said After Being Selected At No. 1 In The WNBA Draft

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Few things in professional sports have been as guaranteed as Caitlin Clark’s selection first overall in the 2024 WNBA draft.

The former Iowa Hawkeyes standout, the NCAA Division I all-time leading scorer in men’s and women’s basketball and holds the women’s record for the most points scored in a single season, will begin her professional career with the Indiana Fever.

Clark, who helped attract record-breaking TV viewership and sellout crowds in venues throughout the country during her final collegiate season, says she is most excited to bring her passing skills to the Fever, a skill she believes “gets overlooked.”

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Clark, who helped attract record-breaking TV viewership and sellout crowds in venues throughout the country

The 22-year-old is especially excited about the opportunity to play with Fever forward Aliyah Boston, who was unanimously named the 2023 WNBA Rookie of the Year after being selected first overall in the draft last year.

“I think the scoring and the long shots is what everybody falls in love with,” Clark said. “Then, moving to an organization with one of the best post players in the world [Boston].

“My point guard eyes lit up at that. Aliyah has previously been one of my colleagues [on the Under-19 Team USA roster]. I’m excited. I can’t wait.

“There’s a lot to say about her: The Rookie of the Year is one of the greatest players in the league, in my opinion. As I already stated, my primary responsibility as a point guard is to pass the ball to Aliyah every day. That is what I am going to do. I’ll go in there and say, ‘Make a layup.’ She is going to make my life easier.

“She’s amazing, but what I love most about her is that she’s a wonderful person. She enjoys the game, is familiar with it, supports it, and has a grin that touches many people and delights them when they see her. “I can’t wait to be her teammate again.”

Clark has had an “insane” time recently.
Clark claims the last few weeks have been “pretty insane.”

She only had two days at home after losing to South Carolina in the NCAA Championship Game, just enough time for a home-cooked lunch from her mother before going to Los Angeles and then New York for the draft on Monday.

“I think the biggest thing is I’m just very lucky to be in this moment, and all these opportunities and things, they’re once in a lifetime,” she adds, reflecting on a hectic few months.

“When things get boring or you have to do something, I believe the most important thing is to look at it as an opportunity. This is not something that everyone gets to do. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and I’m trying to soak up every moment of it because I know how quickly things can change, and I have a lot of people on my side.”

Clark has been filming a documentary for ESPN and Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions, where she also serves as an executive producer, and will appear alongside new Chicago Sky draftee Kamilla Cardoso and UCLA Bruins player Kiki Rice.

“If you’re a women’s basketball fan or not a women’s basketball fan, I encourage you to watch the show when it comes out,” Clark said. “I have seen bits and pieces. It’s simply great.

“It really allows you to understand the student-athlete for way more than just a basketball player, and I think that’s really important.”

Clark has pursued a variety of off-court ventures in addition to her basketball career, including sponsorships, name, image, likeness (NIL) agreements, and business prospects.

She is unquestionably one of the most marketable athletes in the United States, with her new Fever jersey allegedly selling out the instant she was drafted.

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Clark has been filming a documentary for ESPN and Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions

Clark feels her experience juggling numerous aspects of her life and dealing with high pressure and expectations in college will serve her well in the WNBA.

“If I’m being completely honest, I feel like it doesn’t change a ton from how I lived my life over the course of the last year,” she said.

“Sponsorships remain the same. People around me, including agents, have been able to assist and guide me over the last year. I’m unsure I’d be where I am now if it hadn’t been for several of them.

“My mom and dad have done a lot. That, I believe, is the most significant factor. “My advice is to just lean on the people around you,” Clark continued.

“I do not have to do everything. In college, I always stated that my primary emphasis was basketball. That’s why I’ve had so many other opportunities in my life: it’s because of how I conduct myself and play the game.

“In my professional career, I intend to do the same thing. My main focus is basketball, and I strive to be the best I can.”

Clark will graduate from Iowa on May 14, and she says it’s “pretty exciting” not to have to go to school. She adds that her “110% focus” is now on her professional basketball career.

She joins a squad that hasn’t had much success in recent years. The Fever’s last playoff trip came in 2016 when they fell in the first round to the Phoenix Mercury.

Clark said the team’s major goal is to “get back to championship habits.”

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Clark, who helped attract record-breaking TV viewership and sellout crowds in venues throughout the country

“I’m very lucky to be going to an organization that really loves women’s basketball,” she said. You saw it today. I believe they had 17,000 tickets claimed for just watching the draft. That reflects the excitement in Indianapolis. It’s an excellent basketball city.

“Obviously, the Pacers’ postseason performance this year has been exceptional. I suppose I am just excited. As you mentioned, the club has a lot of young potential, and the goal is to get back to the playoffs and win as many basketball games as possible.”

The new WNBA season begins on May 14, with training camps starting on April 28 and preseason games on May 3.

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