Milan poked fun at the Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl victory, inspired by star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Chiefs clinched their first Super Bowl title in 50 years with a 31-20 comeback victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

When Ibrahimovic left the LA Galaxy late last year before agreeing a return to Milan, part of his message on Twitter read: "Now go back to watch baseball."

Inspired by that, the Serie A club congratulated the Chiefs on Twitter and a graphic read: "Now let's go back to watching AC Milan."

Ibrahimovic has scored two goals in five games since returning to Milan, who are eighth in Serie A.

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan rued a missed opportunity after a 31-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl on Sunday.

The 49ers looked on track for a record-equalling sixth Super Bowl title as they carried a 20-10 lead into the final seven minutes at Hard Rock Stadium.

But Patrick Mahomes and Damien Williams led a Chiefs comeback as they scored 21 unanswered points to win their first title in 50 years.

A disappointed Shanahan, who was criticised for being too conservative during the loss, said it was a chance missed for the 49ers.

"We had opportunity to win that and we came up short. Win or lose, today doesn't change how I feel about our team," he told a news conference.

"I'm real proud of the guys, what they did all year, I'm proud of what they did today.

"Kansas City played a good game, they were better than us today and we can deal with that, but we're obviously pretty disappointed."

Jimmy Garoppolo had appeared to be guiding the 49ers to victory and the quarterback finished with 219 yards on 20 of 31 completed passes, with one TD and two interceptions.

Shanahan felt Garoppolo "played all right", instead lamenting the 49ers' inability to convert on third down in the fourth quarter.

"We didn't convert those third downs there in the fourth quarter," he said.

"When you don't convert those third downs and you don't get an explosive run, you end up giving them too many chances."

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is longer the winningest NFL head coach without a Super Bowl title.

Reid's long wait for a championship ring ended thanks to Sunday's 31-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Miami.

It was Reid's 222nd win in the NFL, and it proved to be the biggest.

Reid, who spent his first 14 seasons as a head coach with the Philadelphia Eagles up until 2012, has spent the past seven campaigns in Kansas City.

A career spanning 21 years, Reid's teams had made 15 playoff appearances, winning 10 division titles and reaching seven conference championships.

The Reid-led Eagles reached the Super Bowl in 2005 but fell 24-21 to the New England Patriots in Jacksonville, Florida.

But the popular 61-year-old finally had something to celebrate at the second attempt – Reid's Chiefs overturning a 10-point deficit inside the final seven minutes.

The Eagles even congratulated Reid, tweeting: "Time's yours, Andy".

Kansas City Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes said the team never lost faith after denying the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl.

The Chiefs overturned a 10-point deficit inside the final seven minutes as Kansas City claimed their first title in 50 years with a 31-20 victory in Miami on Sunday.

Mahomes led the way for the Chiefs, crowned Super Bowl MVP thanks to his two touchdowns against the 49ers at Hard Rock Stadium.

The youngest player to be named NFL MVP and win a Super Bowl in their career at 24 years and 138 days, Mahomes – the 2018 MVP – told Fox Sports afterwards: "We never lost faith. That's the biggest thing.

"No one had their head down. We believed in each other, that's what we preached all year long. We had this guy right here [referencing Reid] to get us here.

"We had to jump in. Defense had some big stops for us and we found a way to win in the end.

"Keep firing, keep believing in your eyes and throwing it. It gives me the confidence to do what I do."

It was also a monumental moment for Andy Reid, who finally celebrated his first Super Bowl triumph as a head coach.

Reid earned a championship ring, having first been appointed coach of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1999.

Asked if it was worth the wait, the 61-year-old said: "Absolutely, absolutely. Love this guy right here [Mahomes] and the other guys. This is what it's all about. What a great team and coaches. Appreciated every bit of it."

Reid continued: "I'm good. My heart is racing. I'm getting older. I can't let it race too much."

Patrick Mahomes was named Super Bowl MVP after leading the Kansas City Chiefs past the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

Mahomes helped the Chiefs produce a fourth-quarter comeback at Hard Rock Stadium, winning their first Super Bowl title in 50 years with a 31-20 victory.

The quarterback, the 2018 NFL MVP, threw his two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, while he rushed for a score in the first.

Mahomes finished 26 of 42 for 286 yards, two TDs and two interceptions as the Chiefs won their second Super Bowl title.

The 24-year-old became the youngest player in NFL history to win an MVP and Super Bowl.

Patrick Mahomes led the Kansas City Chiefs to their first Super Bowl title in 50 years as they overturned a 10-point deficit inside the final seven minutes to beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20.

San Francisco appeared poised to win a sixth Lombardi Trophy, which would have drawn them level with the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers as the NFL's most successful franchises, when they led 20-10 heading into the closing stages on Sunday.

However, Chiefs quarterback Mahomes – who had been intercepted twice by a swarming 49ers defense – threw late touchdown passes to Travis Kelce and Damien Williams to add to his rushing score in the first quarter.

Jimmy Garoppolo was then unable to respond when the 49ers quarterback got the ball back, Williams adding further gloss with a 38-yard rushing touchdown, meaning the Chiefs claimed their second Super Bowl and veteran Andy Reid finally won his first ring as a head coach.

Mahomes finished with 286 yards passing, and another 44 on the ground, while Williams had 104 rushing yards and Tyreek Hill 105 receiving yards.

It was another crushing Super Bowl loss for Niners head coach Kyle Shanahan, who was the Atlanta Falcons' offensive coordinator when they blew a 28-3 lead in losing to the Patriots three years earlier.

A nervous start at Hard Rock Stadium beset Mahomes and the Chiefs offense, who went three and out on their first offensive series for the third time this postseason.

San Francisco responded with a 10-play, 62-yard series that culminated in a Robbie Gould field goal.

The Chiefs offense would finally get rolling on a near seven-and-a-half-minute possession that featured a fourth-down conversion after Mahomes had fumbled out of bounds on a brutal hit from Jimmie Ward on third down.

Mahomes himself took the ball into the end zone, keeping it on an option play for a one-yard score and the game's first touchdown.

Three plays into San Francisco's next possession and the pendulum appeared to be swinging firmly in the Chiefs' direction when Garoppolo was intercepted by Bashaud Breeland.

The offense could only turn that into three points, though, and San Francisco made it 10-10 when a determined Kyle Juszczyk charged over having collected a short Garoppolo pass.

San Francisco might have gone into the interval ahead too, but a 42-yard George Kittle catch was negated, perplexingly, by a poor offensive pass interference call.

Another Gould field goal restored the Niners' lead at the start of the third quarter and then their defense stepped up, Fred Warner stepping in front of Hill to claim a Mahomes pass the play after the quarterback had recovered his own fumble.

That led to Raheem Mostert punching in from the one as the 49ers' lead was extended to 10 points.

Mahomes continued to be flushed out of the pocket, but he was not rushed on third-and-six early in the fourth quarter when a pass slipped through Hill's grasp and into Tarvarius Moore's hands for his first NFL pick.

It felt like the game was slipping away from Kansas City but Mahomes' 44-yard hook-up with Hill breathed new life into the Chiefs offense and they were back within one score through Kelce's one-yard touchdown catch.

Mahomes had now found his groove and on Kansas City's next possession Williams' quick-thinking saw him reach out and break the plane, a go-ahead score that was confirmed following a booth review.

Garoppolo got the ball back but the quarterback missed Emmanuel Sanders on a third down and was swallowed up on fourth down.

Williams scampered into the end zone again for the icing on the cake before Garoppolo was intercepted for the second time by Kendall Fuller to cap a miserable night for the Niners.

Patrick Mahomes led the Kansas City Chiefs past the San Francisco 49ers and to their second Super Bowl title on Sunday.

Tom Brady might not be leaving the New England Patriots after all.

Earlier this week the six-time Super Bowl champion sparked speculation he could be departing New England, or even retiring, when he posted an uncaptioned black-and-white photo of him in the tunnel at the Patriots' stadium.

NFL players such as Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey were convinced it was a precursor to Brady announcing his departure.

New York Jets Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams even tweeted to ask Brady to "Please leave the AFC East".

However, the meaning of that picture became clear on Sunday as it was in fact a still from an advert for live sports on the station Hulu.

Brady began the commercial by teasing a big announcement.

"So to my team-mates, my family, and most of all my fans, you deserve to hear this from me," the 42-year-old said before discussing Hulu's service.

At the end of the advert, Brady said: "But me, I'm not going anywhere."

Brady, who has spent his entire 20-year career with the Patriots, is due to become a free agent this offseason.

Kansas City Chiefs running back LeSean McCoy was inactive for Super Bowl LIV.

The 11th year veteran was a healthy scratch for Andy Reid's team, not making the 53-man gameday roster along with linebacker Darron Lee and cornerback Morris Claiborne.

McCoy, who has the 27th most scrimmage yards of all time in the NFL, joined the Chiefs this offseason but has played just one snap since Week 15.

Tevin Coleman and Dee Ford were, as expected, both active for the San Francisco 49ers despite some initial concerns over their injuries, while wide receiver Dante Pettis was a healthy scratch having not had a target since Week 10.

Running back Jeff Wilson was surprisingly active for the 49ers, though, suggesting Coleman's dislocated shoulder could restrict him at Hard Rock Stadium.

The Super Bowl LIV matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers is regarded as one of the best of recent years.

Opinions are firmly split on whether the league's most talented quarterback, Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes, or the NFL's most talented team, the 49ers will prevail at Hard Rock Stadium.

Regardless of the outcome, it is anticipated to be a game that will live long in the memory.

Here we look at the aspects of the game where a mouth-watering contest will likely be won and lost.


Patrick Mahomes v the 49ers pass rush

Mahomes is dangerous not just because of the explosive plays he makes look routine, but also because of the way in which he is able to avoid negative plays.

He was sacked only 17 times in the regular season and threw just five interceptions. However, the Niners' ferocious pass rush, which including the playoffs has racked up 57 sacks, will provide the superstar passer with his stiffest challenge of the campaign.

The 49ers' path to victory involves getting to Mahomes and forcing uncharacteristic mistakes, if they fail to do that, it could be a long evening for the best defense in the NFL.

The battle of the elite tight ends

The 49ers' George Kittle has cemented a reputation as the premier player at tight end. However, the Chiefs' Travis Kelce is also among the elite at the position and has the opportunity to state his case as the class of the tight end field on the grandest stage of them all.

Kittle is an outstanding all-around player who makes an impact on almost every play through his remarkable athleticism and pass-catching ability, along with his incredible contributions as a blocker.

Kelce has developed a near-telepathic rapport with Mahomes and is crucial to helping his quarterback dice up zone coverage schemes such as that employed by the 49ers.

Both Kittle and Kelce will be imperative to their respective teams' gameplans and whichever tight end enjoys the better outing could have a decisive impact on an encounter that looks tantalisingly poised.

A heavyweight coaching matchup

Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of Super Bowl LIV is the coaching matchup between Andy Reid and Kyle Shanahan, two of the finest offensive play-callers in the modern game.

The offenses of the Chiefs and the 49ers have each proved near-impossible to stop this season. Kansas City's attack has thrived as the combination of Reid and Mahomes has proved a match made in heaven, the Chiefs possessing unquestionably the most dynamic deep passing attack in the NFL.

Like Reid, 49ers head coach Shanahan is a renowned innovator who excels at exploiting mismatches, with the way he has developed his father Mike's outside-zone running game turning San Francisco's rushing attack into a juggernaut. 

Reid and Shanahan are known for their meticulous preparation and have had two weeks to plan for this contest. The winner of what many expect to be a shootout may be decided by which coach put together the superior gameplan during that fortnight.

San Francisco's surging ground game

That San Francisco running game is likely to be the focus of Chiefs defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, and with good reason.

The Niners totalled an astonishing 471 yards and six touchdowns on the ground across their playoff wins over the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers, controlling the clock and taking pressure off quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo while ensuring the defense stayed rested.

Should the 49ers succeed in doing the same in the Super Bowl and keep Mahomes off the field, the advantage will tilt firmly in their favour.

The Chiefs' need for speed

Kansas City can produce consistently huge games largely because of the track-star speed the Chiefs have in their receiving corps.

Tyreek Hill may be the fastest player in the NFL and rookie Mecole Hardman cannot be far behind. 

Their pace puts a huge strain on opposing secondaries, but the 49ers – despite not being blessed with significant speed among their defensive backs – have done a superb job of limiting explosive plays.

The Niners gave up just five passing plays of 40 yards or more in the regular season, thanks to a combination of their pass rush and a vastly improved secondary, with All-Pro corner Richard Sherman and safeties Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt enjoying excellent seasons.

That trio will need to maintain that form to keep the most dangerous offense the Niners defense has faced at bay.

Super Bowl LIV is considered too close to call by many.

The San Francisco 49ers' swarming defense and punishing ground attack versus the Kansas City Chiefs' lightning-fast offense, led by perhaps the NFL's best quarterback in Patrick Mahomes.

We asked current and past NFL greats for where they thought the game might be won and lost at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Sunday.

 

Hall of Fame defensive tackle John Randle: "San Francisco's front, that defensive line, is going to be putting a lot of pressure on Mahomes. If they can continue to do that, keep Patrick Mahomes from running down the field, I think they can come out with the victory."

Five-time Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick: "I think you're going to see offense, offense, offense. The 49ers defense has been so good and you have such talent on the Chiefs defense, but those offenses are both really good. I think whoever has the ball last is going to win the game."

Hall of Fame offensive lineman Bruce Matthews: "I'm a big Patrick Mahomes fan, I like the kid a lot, the way he carries himself, what he does in interviews, obviously what he does on the playing field and the way the Chiefs have responded in their two playoff games. I like the Chiefs but it's a great matchup. Kyle Shanahan, I know, will have the Niners ready to play and they're a pretty solid team on defense."

Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs: "The 49ers are a complete team, I feel like. That defensive front is crazy, that front four, front seven. But they're going against Patty. It's never a certainty of a win when you're going against him. It's going to be a good one. I'm thinking all the time that system [the 49ers rushing attack] would be a great system to be in. I'm proud of them guys, they're making the running backs look good. They're bringing the value and love for running backs back."

Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott: "If you look at the entire defensive line of the 49ers, that's real. Those guys make it hard to throw. They're going to make it hard for the Chiefs passing game, I imagine. I'm sure [Chiefs head coach] Andy Reid will have a great plan. Andy and I worked together in Philadelphia for 12 years and so expect his team to be well prepared for it. [San Francisco] will bring a lot of heat from that front four."

Pro Bowl outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett: "In order for the Niners to win, it's going to come down to their receivers other than Emmanuel Sanders and George Kittle, they’re going to have to step up and do everything. For the Chiefs to win, they need that defensive line to keep the pressure on Jimmy G [Garoppolo] and everybody to play their run gaps. If you can't stop the run, they're going to eat you alive."

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Brandon Carr: "It comes down to quarterback play. Both defenses are solid, both offenses are explosive. It comes down to the quarterback who can make the most plays and keep the momentum going for their teams."

Hall of Fame offensive tackle Anthony Munoz: "You've got to look at the Kansas City tackles. Those are the guys that, when I was playing and when we were going into a big game, the head coach would say, 'The hat would go on you'. We have two hats and those are going to be on the two tackles, [Eric] Fisher and [Mitchell] Schwartz, those are the guys that if we can see them do a pretty good job, you're going to see some points by the Kansas City offense."

Former San Francisco 49ers head coach Steve Mariucci: "I have loyalty with the team I used to coach for several years, the 49ers. I've got a lot of respect for that organisation. They've got five Super Bowls, looking for number six. But I also have loyalty with a friend, Andy Reid, we cut our teeth together 28 years ago with the Green Bay Packers. Friendships never die, right? So I have part of me that's really rooting for his success."

Five-time All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner: "I hope Sherm [49ers cornerback Richard Sherman] has five interceptions."

Kyler Murray believes he can reach the level of the last two NFL MVPs Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson after being named Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Quarterback Murray turned his back on an MLB career to declare for last year's NFL Draft and the Arizona Cardinals made him the first overall pick.

He had over 4,000 yards of total offense – 3,722 of those coming through the air – and on Saturday in Miami he was named Offensive Rookie of the Year ahead of Josh Jacobs, A.J. Brown and Miles Sanders.

Later that evening Baltimore Ravens quarterback Jackson was named MVP by unanimous vote, succeeding Kansas City Chiefs signal caller Mahomes, with both men winning the NFL's most prestigious individual prize in their second years in the league.

Asked about the possibility of elevating his game to those heights in his second year as a professional, Murray said: "Those two are obviously different for a reason, they've always been good players.

"Taking their games to the next level that next season, I think they probably went back at it and worked hard.

"They've got great team-mates around them, great coaches. It's a team game.

"Those two are obviously very different guys and for me personally I feel like I can be at that level.

"This being my first year, I think it's possible to make that step and that's what we're striving for. I think that's what everyone's striving for – to be the best."

Murray defied the doubters who thought that, at 5ft 10ins, he was too small to be a successful NFL quarterback.

"Everybody sets out individual goals," Murray said of his rookie season.

"I knew if I played well enough... that [award] is not obviously the [main] goal, but just doing my part on the field, leading my guys to wins and trying to play as best as I can that I would be in a good position to do so, with a lot of help around me, [from] God, my parents, team-mates and coaches.

"I'm standing here right now with it so, yeah, it was a goal of mine."

Lamar Jackson joined Tom Brady in becoming a unanimous NFL MVP on Saturday, but the Baltimore Ravens quarterback now wants to emulate his success in Super Bowls too.

Jackson was confirmed as the MVP of the 2019 NFL season in Miami having starred for the 14-2 Ravens in his first full year as the starter.

As well as breaking Michael Vick's single-season rushing record for a quarterback, Jackson also led the league in passing touchdowns with 36 scores and delivered a series of astounding plays with both his legs and arm.

That earned him all 50 first-place votes for the MVP award, making him only the second winner by unanimous vote after New England Patriots great Brady in 2010.

However, collectively Jackson's season ended in disappointment as the Ravens lost a Divisional Round clash to the Tennessee Titans, and it is Super Bowl rings – of which Brady has six – that the newly crowned MVP wants now.

Informed that he was only the second unanimous MVP winner, Jackson replied: "I'm trying to chase Brady.

"I'm not worried about any other quarterback because he's got six Super Bowls.

"I've got to get my first one and then it's on."

Reaching the pinnacle of a sport is usually a time for reflection, yet Jackson, who turned 23 last month, highlighted how he is still at the start of his NFL journey.

"I'm still young, I've got a lot of work to do," he added.

"I'm not really trying to dwell on what I just did. [If] I win a Super Bowl, you'll probably see a lot more emotion.

"I'm good with what I've got now. I'm satisfied."

The Ravens coaching staff reaped the rewards of altering their offense to suit Jackson's unique skillset.

Their 14-2 record also earned John Harbaugh the NFL Coach of the Year award, not that he wanted to take any credit for Jackson's MVP campaign.

Instead he lauded Felicia Jones, Jackson's mother, for fighting her son's corner when others said the athletically gifted player should switch position to running back or wide receiver.

"You know who deserves the credit for Lamar? Lamar. The good lord who gave him the talent and his mum," Harbaugh added.

"I think his mum is the hero in this whole thing. His mum had his back the whole way. We raise our kids, and you want to see them do well and fight for them a little bit.

"All the way, because of the circumstances and situations of football, he wasn't supposed to be a quarterback. And his mum made sure he was a quarterback and here he is, playing at the highest level, differently."

Antonio Brown and Logan Paul teased a potential fight on Twitter on Saturday.

Having apologised over issues that have kept him out of the NFL since September, Brown asked if he should fight Paul.

A YouTuber, Paul lost to KSI in a bout which attracted plenty of interest in Los Angeles in November last year.

On Saturday, Brown tweeted: "Should I fight @LoganPaul for 4.1m with possibly 8.2m raise?! I'll donate proceeds to charity...he keep coming at me about this non-stop."

Paul responded: "If you do, I'll match your donation."

Brown apologised to the NFL following a series of alleged off-field incidents as he played just one game in the league in 2019.

Wide receiver Brown has been without a team since he was cut by the New England Patriots after just 11 days in September amid allegations of sexual assault and rape, which he strenuously denies.

The seven-time Pro Bowler played just one game for the Patriots, who he joined from the Oakland Raiders after leaving the Pittsburgh Steelers in March last year.

An arrest warrant was issued for the 31-year-old last week on charges of burglary with battery and criminal mischief, with a judge freeing Brown from house arrest on Tuesday.

Lamar Jackson was drained.

On January, 6, 2019, in his first NFL playoff game, the Baltimore Ravens rookie quarterback had been restricted to under 200 yards passing by the Los Angeles Chargers, he was sacked seven times and the offense he led failed to score a touchdown until midway through the fourth quarter, at which point the game was gone.

Boos from his own fans ringing in his ears; critics questioning whether he could make it as an NFL quarterback.

He told his personal quarterback coach Josh Harris he needed some time off before they reconvened for their offseason work.

When they did, two weeks after the New England Patriots won Super Bowl LIII, the aim was to get back to basics.

"This is going to be a very slow offseason and it's going to be boring," Harris told Jackson.

Sometimes they would spend an hour mimicking the basic action of the throwing motion. Some days that was all they did.

Other days Harris would swing a broom at Jackson's legs, abdomen and head to replicate the pressure he feels in the pocket.

"He hates the broom drill," Harris told Omnisport.

"I always do this after he frustrates me to scare him. 'If you don't listen to me, I will hit you with this broom!'"

The mantra all offseason was "finding your rhythm" and Harris preached it for four days a week. It was supposed to be five but Jackson "always found a way to get out of Fridays".

On September 8, 2019, in his first NFL game of the season, Jackson got the chance to put the lessons he had learned with Harris just 26 miles away into practice.

He threw for 324 yards, torched the Miami Dolphins in their own stadium with five touchdown passes and had a perfect passer rating. It was the start of a campaign that would end with the MVP award, given to him in the same city on Saturday night.

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Harris has known Jackson since his college days at Louisville. Jackson's mother, Felicia Jones, and his youth football coach, Van Warren, believed Harris could take the quarterback's game on. They were right, he won the Heisman Trophy later that year.

"He never acted like a person that was this gifted at football," Harris said.

"He's very teachable. He's a perfectionist, he gets frustrated when things aren't going well."

And if Harris wants the perfect rep out of Jackson, he knows just which buttons to push.

On his iPhone Notes app are a series of criticisms pundits have levelled at Jackson. Comments from the people who didn't think he could throw. Those who, like former Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts general manager, Bill Polian, thought he should change position.

"You can see when you give him a criticism, it turns into fuel," Harris explained.

"I've had other players, they wither under it. It motivates him, he's seen that [criticism] every step of the way."

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The critics did not think Jackson, unquestionably an elite talent with his legs, would ever be able to lead the NFL in touchdown passes - as he did in 2019 with 36 scores.

So when Harris was designing Jackson's unique pro day before the 2018 NFL Draft, the aim was to prove to those in attendance that he could win from the pocket. Jackson took every snap from under centre and threw to multiple receivers instead of just one.

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was there and so was Baltimore's quarterback coach James Urban, who impressed Harris by showing a keen interest in his drills.

When it came to draft night, Harris wore a purple tie, hoping it would prove a lucky omen and that his pupil would be selected by the Ravens.

One by one the players on the tables next to Jackson that night in Texas were drafted. Saquon Barkley to the New York Giants. Josh Rosen to the Arizona Cardinals. Jaire Alexander, Jackson's college team-mate, to the Green Bay Packers.

Soon only one pick remained in the first round. Amputee linebacker Shaquem Griffin was in the green room, though he was never going to be selected that high, as were running back Derrius Guice, and Jackson, whose entourage had flights booked back for the following morning thinking he would be chosen in the first round.

All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey had stuck around too, an interested observer in Jackson's fate.

When Guice's phone rang with the Philadelphia Eagles on the clock, Harris figured he knew what that meant. But there was another call coming into that room, to Jackson's phone.

"Everybody's in a daze," Harris said.

"He's just sitting there. I slapped him, 'Man, pick up the phone!'"

It was the Baltimore Ravens. They had traded up to select Jackson with the final pick of the first round, a move that would look incredibly shrewd less than two years later when he led them to an NFL-best 14-2 record.

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Harris was a little worried as Jackson continued to compile an MVP-calibre campaign. The sensational 47-yard touchdown run against the Cincinnati Bengals. The ludicrous touchdown pass to Mark Andrews when off-balance in Cleveland. The accumulation of yards on the ground (1,206) that would see him break Michael Vick's single-season record for most among quarterbacks.

"He's the media darling now," Harris thought.

Where then was he going to find the criticism to fuel Jackson?

Then came the shock 28-12 Divisional Round playoff loss to the Tennessee Titans, which happened despite Jackson producing over 500 yards of total offense.

Not only did the Titans' defensive scheme give Harris and Jackson something to mull over this offseason, it also provided the coach with some new entries for his iPhone Notes.

"They're saying you're 0-2 in playoff games," Harris intends to tell Jackson when they next meet.

"They were even critiquing your precision passing in the Pro Bowl skills challenge. 

"I know it's silly but cool, I can use it."

Jackson will trot back out onto the practice field in Pompano Beach in two weeks' time as the freshly crowned MVP - the best player in the entire NFL.

But Harris will be ready, with his iPhone Notes, and his broom.

"I already know how to motivate him," Harris concludes.

"I've got a couple of bullets in the chamber for the MVP!"

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