Cousins told The Monday Morning Quarterback’s Jenny Vrentas that he ate steak at the dinner.

I mean it’s an 18-year marriage and it’s been an incredibly successful run, but there’s a lot of intensity and a lot of pressure, and a lot of big personalities. And Tom is one of them. I think, you know, that hasn’t been easy, and I find it interesting that by the end of the season, that all kind of faded away, because when you get to the end of the season, no matter what is going on, everyone sort of gets on the same page and focuses. Again, they had another incredible run. And that’s what he says at the end, is like, this is a very different offseason for him.

And I think, that’s not necessarily what happened during the season. It’s the fact that he’s got three growing kids, a wife who’s like, ‘You know, I’ve kind of been putting stuff on hold for a while, and I wanna go out and do my thing now too.’ And so Tom’s juggling a lot of things, and I think that’s basically what he says at the end: I gotta recalibrate. I have to find that conviction again. I think he will, but, you know, I think this idea that he’s going to play for four or five more seasons… I mean, this is just me, the guy who’s been around him for a while now. I just have a hard time envisioning that, to be candid. But we’ll see. I do think that these next few weeks and months are a critical time for him.”

This week’s conversations: “Tom vs. Time” producer, director and cinematographer Gotham Chopra, former Browns and Eagles executive Joe Banner, and Nicki Jhabvala, who covers the Broncos for the Denver Post.

Cousins did sign a three-year deal with the Vikings. He apparently did so without making a restaurant switch.

The New York Jets signed the premier press corner in the NFL, Trumaine Johnson. They also brought back Morris Claiborne, who was an above-average press-man corner under head coach Todd Bowles.

New York now boasts one of the most physical and talented secondaries in the league. Johnson and Claiborne complement each other and fit the usage Bowles desires perfectly, and safeties Marcus Maye and Jamal Adams proved to be a dynamic duo in their rookie seasons. The biggest question mark in the secondary is slot corner Buster Skrine, who will benefit from being a slot-only player and not being rotated to the boundary on occasion.

Austin Rivers: Trevor Ariza and I ‘have no problems’ after talk

Trevor Ariza and Austin Rivers have buried the hatchet.

Rivers said Ariza reached out to him this week after Ariza led three Rockets players to the Clippers locker room after Monday’s game to clear the air about what went down.

“First and foremost, me and Trevor have no problems,” Rivers told ESPN Wednesday. “He called me. He reached out to me. Trevor and I talked and hashed everything out. He was really cool about being the bigger guy and calling me.”

Ariza and Rockets teammates Gerald Green were each suspended two games for trying to bust into the Clippers locker room after things got chippy on the court. Chris Paul and James Harden, who were with Ariza and Green, were not punished. Neither were any of the Clippers players.

“So I took offense to it. And he didn’t know what I said. So after the game he came in the locker room and his whole thing was, ‘What’d he say? What’d he say?'”

However, once the situation died down, Rivers said Montrezl Harrell set up the phone call between the two and Ariza apologized for overreacting.

It’s why developing a midrange jump shot would open up his game tremendously. It would give the Heat the flexibility of turning Adebayo into a power forward depending on the matchup, and it would put less pressure on him to become an elite rim protector because he could, in theory, play alongside a more traditional big man. (The Heat’s offensive rating in the 35 minutes Adebayo and Whiteside have played together this season? A horrifying 95.6).

There is a possibility Adebayo never develops a jump shot and never becomes the type of big man who can anchor a defense, but he’s already shown enough this season to believe he will get there one day. And if he does, there’s a strong chance he’ll go down as the biggest steal in the 2017 NBA Draft.

“We talk about putting your name on something,” Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. “Those are all great opportunities for our club to fight for something. I thought they did.”

Rinne recorded his seventh shutout this season, tying Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy for most in the NHL. Rinne is 17-1-1 over his last 19 games, and this was the 50th shutout of his career. Rinne said the Predators’ stats are pretty remarkable over the last 30 games.

New England and Alabama have still never won a title in the same season

The Eagles beat the Patriots in a Super Bowl thriller, and that’s fine and good.

But there’s an interesting trend that has developed in recent years between the Pats, the NFL’s dynasty, and the Alabama Crimson Tide, the college equivalent of New England: the two dynasties have never won a title in the same year.

In the first quarter, Jeffery scored the first touchdown of the game with an incredible effort on a leaping grab. He was draped by Eric Rowe and was still able to come down with the football:

I think (the return of injured players) will be great for us. It will elevate some of our games. When you have a little more pressure to perform, that will make our team better.

Trump stayed mostly quiet on Super Bowl Sunday. He declined to make any public prediction and refused a pregame interview with NBC. But he did congratulate the Eagles on their 41-33 win.

Notre Dame was looking to bounce back from a 6-6 finish in 2004. Weis returned to his alma mater and led the Fighting Irish to a 9-2 record, before a loss to Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. In 2006 they went 10-3, but got blown out by LSU in the Sugar Bowl. The Irish struggled in 2007, locking up just three wins. They went 7-6 in 2008, and a 6-6 season in 2009 led the team to move on from Weis.

In 2011, Weis reunited with Crennel in Kansas City briefly as the team’s offensive coordinator. But he’s been away from the game since he was fired by the Chiefs for a “lack of on-field progress” in 2014.

Super Bowl XXXIX against the Eagles was the final time the Patriots’ trio of Belichick, Crennel, and Weis would share the sideline.

“It was the last time we’ll be coaching together. Potentially the last time we’ll be coaching together,” Belichick said after that Super Bowl XXXIX win, via ESPN’s Michael Smith. “It felt kind of different and strange. But if you have to go out, to go out a winner in the Super Bowl, that’s a real special feeling.”

We’ll soon find out if Patricia and McDaniels will leave New England the same way Weis and Crennel did: With a Super Bowl win over the Eagles.49ers_115

It’s December so the Seahawks must be starting to get hot.

The Seahawks, who defeated the favored Eagles at home last week, believe they’re just hitting their stride based on their recent history playing games at this time of year, during which they’re 20-5 since 2012 in regular-season games during the months of December and January.

Their .800 winning percentage ranks first in the NFL in that span, according to ESPN. It’s way up from their winning percentage in September, October and November since 2012 (.664), but that ranks third-best in the league.

“If you tape a defensive coach’s signaling in the plays, and you compare it to the action of the field, you can quickly discover that when they flap their arms like a seagull, they’re in a blitz,” he said. “The basic formations are pretty easy to decipher with just a quarter of the action taped.”

Walsh did not return The Post’s call for comment, but in 2008 he told “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel” that the team’s intent was clear.

“Coach Belichick’s explanation for having misinterpreted the rules, to me, that really didn’t sound like taking responsibility for what we had done, especially considering the great lengths that we had gone through to hide what we were doing.”

Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA. The Giants should attack their offensive-line issues aggressively, but picking this high in this draft, a quarterback should be priority No. 1 if the right one is on the board.

We don’t think the haters hate Tebow himself. He’s a try-hard quarterback who led Denver on a memorable playoff run before he fizzled out in New York and New England. He does and says all the right things. The haters hate the Tebow hype, which started in college with “The Speech.” Tebow’s strong beliefs in God have also drawn out both sides. He has done nothing wrong, but perhaps no quarterback with nine career wins as a starter (including playoffs) has driven so many headlines with so much criticism behind it.

Newton might have been more hated at Auburn. There’s been a carry-over into the NFL, especially in 2015. Newton’s end-zone celebration — or “dabbin'” — caught fire after a prolonged dance against the Titans. Newton then bolted early from a Super Bowl press conference, which created another fire-storm. He celebrates every first-down run, and that drives the old-school crowd crazy. The 2015 NFL MVP promises to be a lightning rod for both sides for years to come.

“I thought I was in [the end zone]. But obviously I wasn’t,” Cooper said, “that was just a mistake on my part. I didn’t think anyone was close to me. I slowed down and the guy made a great play.”

Trail Blazers: Lillard was selected the Western Conference player of the week by the NBA on Monday.

He averaged 29.3 points and eight assists as Portland swept its three games last week. … The Trail Blazers had more steals (eight) than fouls (seven) in the first half. … Portland has scored 100 or more points in 12 straight games.

Nuggets: Murray’s previous career high was 32 points. … F Wilson Chandler came off the bench after starting all 42 games in which he had played this season. … F Kenneth Faried was inactive with left ankle soreness.

But the remaining fans at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa cheered the result. With the loss, the Bucs secured the No. 1 pick in the next year’s NFL draft, in which they would take Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. And while everyone involved denied that an NBA-style tank job had just taken place — the Bucs claimed they simply wanted to get everyone on the roster playing time so they could evaluate things for the next season — such claims stretched the realm of plausibility.

In Week 3 against the Dolphins, Murray missed three field goals — one of them on the last play of regulation — and the Browns lost in overtime. Cleveland ended up doing the 2014 Bucs one better (worse?) by winning just one game to secure the No. 1 pick, where it took Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett.

Those comments infuriated many players, as well as drawing statements of condemnation from team owners, and the number of players taking a knee during the anthem went from a handful to more than 200 on the Sunday immediately following Trump’s rally appearance.

“Once the president made those remarks in Alabama, at that particular point it was like throwing a match into a gas tank,” Michaels said. “During the offseason, both sides just have to sit down and figure out a way to make this a situation where it doesn’t overwhelm the conversation about the NFL.”patriots_014_5102f2966fdcbf9f-180x180

Seahawks fined $100K for not following concussion protocol with Russell Wilson

bengals_044The Seahawks have been fined $100,000 and the team’s coaching and medical staffs will be required to attend remedial training regarding the NFL’s concussion protocol, following a joint review by the league and its players union of how Seattle applied the protocol last month to quarterback Russell Wilson.

The AFC North champion Steelers (11-2) will look to secure home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoff picture when they host the Patriots (10-3) at 4:25 p.m. ET Sunday.

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Burfict was carted off the field with a head injury in Cincinnati’s loss to Pittsburgh after being rocked by an illegal crackback block by Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who was penalized for unnecessary roughness and taunting as he stood over him after the hit. Burfict was reportedly livid as he was taken into the locker room and jumped off the cart in anger before being examined.

As for Smith-Schsuter, the rookie standout was suspended one game for the helmet-to-helmet hit. The ban was appealed, but upheld despite Smith-Schuster’s public apology.

In addition to Burfict, running back Joe Mixon and cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick also suffered concussions against the Steelers. Their status for Week 16 remains uncertain, but their availability should be made more clear when the team’s final injury report is released Friday.

The Bengals (5-9) are scheduled to host the Lions (8-6) at 1 p.m. ET Sunday before finishing the regular season on the road against the rival Ravens (8-6).

Hopefully this year, we can go beyond that.It giving up runs, Wacha said.But he at least seems to be moving that direction, and if he continues at this clip, there’s no telling where he’ll land.On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 790.

DeShone Kizer fumbled on a sack.

It was right there for the taking. Somehow, some way, the Browns had the ball in the final minutes of the fourth quarter with a chance to win against the Jaguars.

Instead, The Jaguars did nothing on offense, the Browns got another shot, and Kizer fumbled on a sack again. The second one was recovered for a Jacksonville touchdown.

Weekly disclaimer: These aren’t your average power rankings and are instead an attempt to measure the current state of mind — or “hope” — for each team and fan base.

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Elliott will be eligible to return to the field in Week 16 against the Seahawks. But if they can’t turn it around, the Cowboys’ season may be effectively over by then.

Yet, all hope is not lost.

Dallas has been competitive in the first halves of each of the last three games, and things spiraled starting in the third quarter and beyond. The Cowboys have enough talent in place to sustain drives and get in the end zone. It’s just a matter of the offense rallying around Prescott and helping him get it done.

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Dear New York Football Giants: Welcome to the human-shield portion of your 2017 schedule.

What transpired Tuesday afternoon signaled much more than the end of the Eli Manning era in New York, even though the Giants, face down in the North Jersey mud at 2-9, are claiming that benching him does not mean his career there is finished.

While the Chargers defense held the Cowboys to 247 yards of offense and forced two turnovers, Thursday’s win was driven by quarterback Philip Rivers and wide receiver Keenan Allen. Rivers lit up the Cowboys defense while Allen racked up 172 yards on 11 receptions. The highlight was a weaving 42-yard touchdown as he made four defenders miss.

Scott started 11 games for the upstart Michigan State defense, picking off two passes and leading the team with nine pass breakups. With Scott at corner, Michigan State’s secondary jumped from 12th in the Big Ten in opponent passer rating to fourth.

Burfict also was accused of intentionally injuring Le’Veon Bell on the play in which Bell tore up his knee in 2015, and of celebrating with other Bengals while he lay in pain. That incident drew no fines.

Bell, Brown, Shazier, Burfict, Andy Dalton and Geo Bernard have all been seriously injured in those games. Ironically, one of the most-controversial un-penalized plays of the postseason game was Shazier’s helmet-to-helmet hit on Bernard.

Paul is also as good of a defensive point guard as there is east of a healthy Patrick Beverley, which is a positive as well.

Trade grades: Did Yankees ace Giancarlo Stanton deal?

Trailing the Patriots 23-20 in the 2012 AFC Championship Game, Cundiff lined up for a 32-yard field goal to tie the game with 15 seconds to play. Stunningly, he pulled it wide left from the right hash marks. The Patriots went on to lose to the Giants in the Super Bowl for the second time. But the loss deflated (sorry) the Ravens’ spirits, as they feared they had squandered their last chance to deliver a Super Bowl to veterans like Ray Lewis.

“It’s a kick I’ve kicked probably a thousand times out there,” Cundiff said to reporters postgame. “… I think the disappointment is letting my teammates down.”

The Ravens would win the Super Bowl the next season, but there’d be no retribution for Cundiff. He was no longer on the roster, replaced by Justin Tucker.

New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown could be lost for the remainder of the season after fracturing his left (non-throwing) hand on Sunday in a 23-0 loss to the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field.

McCown will have additional tests to determine if he can play, according to the Jets. If he can’t, Bryce Petty will start next Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Christian Hackenberg, who has yet to play in a regular-season game, would be the backup, coach Todd Bowles said.

A choked-up McCown, 38, in the midst of a career year, broke down at his post-game news conference, pausing for several seconds when asked to describe his emotions. He refused to count himself out, but he didn’t sound optimistic about his chances.

General managers who have to deliver a winner in 2018

You can’t win the World Series in December. As so many of the recent big-splash teams have shown, throwing money at a free agent or two, or making a trade for a known star, doesn’t move the needle as much as is sometimes presumed. Building a championship team takes a year-long commitment to building a complete organization, and in baseball, all the non-Mike Trout players aren’t good enough to turn an also-ran into a contender by themselves.

In claiming Bennett, the Patriots inherited the three-year, $21 million contract that he had signed with the Packers, according to ESPN. If the Patriots do not pick up a $2 million bonus early in the 2018 league year, Bennett would become a free agent again and the Patriots would not have to make any commitments on their salary cap.

Backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is 2-0 since starting for Winston, including Sunday’s 30-20 victory over the Miami Dolphins.

“Ryan’s done exactly what I thought he’d do,” Koetter said. “Ryan made really good decisions. We didn’t turn the ball over.”

The NFL confirmed last week that it is investigating a female Uber driver’s allegation that Winston grabbed her crotch area in March 2016 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Winston has denied those allegations, stating that he was not the only passenger in the vehicle.

The driver has retained attorney John Klune, who also represented the woman who accused Winston of sexual assault at Florida State in 2012.

Thanksgiving is about sharing food with family and friends, so we asked hockey’s biggest foodies for their favorite entrées and desserts. Aaron Ekblad’s chocolate chip cookies, Erik Gryba’s smoked ribs and other delights are sure to make your mouth water.broncos_063