Chiefs add Suggs for playoff push
Terrell Suggs was brutally honest with Chiefs coach Andy Reid when they spoke on the phone for the first time, shortly after the Chiefs were awarded the veteran pass rusher off waivers ahead of a handful of other playoff contenders.
He spent 16 years with the Ravens, almost all of them memorable. He spent one with the Cardinals that he would rather forget.
“I asked coach, I was like, ‘I just learned the hard way, a player like me don’t just fit in anywhere,’ ” Suggs said over the din of a pickup basketball game in the Chiefs locker room. “Coach Reid got on and said, ‘Trust me. You’ll fit in here.’ ”
So far, so good. After a day of rumors that Suggs might not report to any team other than the Ravens, the seven-time Pro Bowl selection was more than ready to take the field with the Chiefs for the first time Wednesday.
Suggs’ arrival happened to be a perfectly timed marriage of convenience: He joins a team that already clinched the AFC West and has Super Bowl aspirations, but also a team that has lost defensive ends Emmanuel Ogbah and Alex Okafor to torn pectoral muscles.
Okafor’s injury occurred this past Sunday, shortly before halftime of the Chiefs’ win over the Broncos. It left the team with just Frank Clark, Tanoh Kpassagnon and Demone Harris at a crucial position in defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s scheme — hardly an enviable situation heading into the final two regular-season games and the playoffs.
“I think I can come in and contribute right off the bat,” Suggs said. “This was a team that was what, a penalty away from the Super Bowl? You’re not really missing much. Hopefully I can add that last addition and we can do something special.”
Ax falls in Jacksonville: The Jaguars fired Tom Coughlin as executive vice president of football operations, parting ways with the two-time Super Bowl-winning coach a little more than a day after the NFL Players Union took a sledgehammer to his reputation.
Owner Shad Khan made the announcement, saying he decided earlier this season that Coughlin would be gone at the end of the season. Khan said he reconsidered the timing in “recent days.”
The NFL Players Association said this week that than 25% of player grievances filed in the last two years have been against the Jaguars. The takeaway from the union: “You as players may want to consider this when you have a chance to select your next club.“
Khan responded by firing Coughlin. He added that general manager Dave Caldwell and coach Doug Marrone will report directly to him on an interim basis.
Beckham committed: Tired about speculation over his future, Browns star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. said Wednesday he doesn’t want to leave Cleveland after one frustrating season.
Beckham dismissed reports that he’s unhappy with the Browns (6-8) and said he’s committed to helping the team win.
“It’s done. It’s over with,” he said of the speculation. “I’m not going anywhere. I’ll be here.
We’re going to figure this thing out. It’s just too special to leave.”
Extra points: Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has a shoulder injury that is limiting him in practice but shouldn’t keep him out Sunday when the Cowboys try to qualify for the playoffs in Philadelphia . ... Bengals WR A.J. Green decided not to try to play in the team’s last two games because he hasn’t fully recovered from ankle surgery during training camp. The Bengals’ most accomplished player said he expects to be fully healed in the offseason, when he can be a free agent. He said he’s not sure whether he’ll stay in Cincinnati after nine years, and he won’t participate in offseason workouts if the Bengals use their franchise tag on him. ... Former Broncos and Bengals CB Deltha O’Neal, 42, has been charged with felony drunken driving in connection with an August high-speed crash that seriously injured him and a passenger, Florida court records show.
Terrell Suggs joins the Chiefs after being claimed on waivers from the Cardinals.