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The Detroit Red Wings are bringing coach Jeff Blashill for a
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, sticking with him while they rebuild after missing the
postseason for the second year in a row.

”I’m big on experience,” Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said after
announcing the decision on Tuesday.

Detroit extended its postseason streak to 25 years in 2016 during Blashill’s
debut season as an NHL coach. The Red Wings have fallen short since then and are
104-105-37 in three seasons under Blashill, who won one playoff game two years
ago. Holland, who has been Detroit’s GM since 1997 and recently agreed to a
two-year contract extension, decided to stay with Blashill as the Red Wings look
for the right mix of youth and experience to get back in the mix in the Eastern
Conference.

”I’m certainly glad to still be the coach of the Detroit Red Wings. It’s a
job I love,” Blashill said. ”I’m excited about moving this franchise … where
everybody wants it.”

The Detroit native will coach the U.S. team at the IIHF World Hockey
Championship – for the second straight year – next month in Denmark.

The Red Wings hired Blashill in 2015 after Mike Babcock’s contract expired
and the Toronto Maple Leafs gave him a $50 million, eight-year contract.
Blashill was on Babcock’s bench in Detroit as an assistant during the 2011-12
season. He went on to coach the Grand Rapids Griffins, leading the Red Wings’
American Hockey League affiliate for three successful seasons. Blashill also led
Western Michigan University for one season, helping the Broncos reach the CCHA
championship game for the first time since 1986.

”He’s gotten better,” Detroit center Dylan Larkin said. ”That sounds
different to say about a coach. He has become more mature. … He has a good grasp
of the room.”

More NHL hockey: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers insisted all along that they
weren't overly concerned about having to open the season without suspended
quarterback Jameis Winston.

That's because Ryan Fitzpatrick not only is an experienced backup who's one
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No one, however, could have anticipated him launching his 14th season quite
the way he did, throwing for a career-best 417 yards and four TDs without an
interception on the road to key a 48-40 victory over the New Orleans Saints.

Fitzpatrick also ran for a touchdown, improving to 3-1 as a starter since
joining the Bucs before last season.

With Winston suspended for three games for violating the league's personal
conduct policy, the 35-year-old with 120 starts will also lead Tampa Bay (1-0)
the next two weeks against Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

"He's a down-to-earth guy. He's got a great sense of humor. He's witty, he's
intelligent, he's well-spoken. He backs up what he says with how he plays. The
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"When we talked, I think earlier in the year, about the difference between
Jameis' leadership style and Fitz's leadership style, there's different ways to
do it, and there's two good examples of it," Koetter added. "Both (are) good
leaders, and we've had other good leaders step up so far."

Fitzpatrick entered the NFL in 2005 as a seventh-round draft pick of the St.
Louis Rams. He's also played 鈥?and thrown TD passes 鈥?for the Cincinnati
Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans and New York Jets.

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, willingly accepting a role as backup to Winston, the
No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft. He started three games a year ago, winning
two, while Winston was sidelined with a shoulder injury.

"Fitz is comfortable being in there, he's not going to get rattled," Koetter
said.

"After a guy (has) played a certain amount 鈥?I don't know what the cutoff is,
but Fitz has played a lot. I think that experience of, 'OK, I know how fast the
game is going to be. I know when I'm going to have to throw the ball away. I
know when I'm going to have to eat it and take a hit. I know when it's time to
scramble.'" Koetter added.

"I just think that best thing overall that Fitz is doing right now is when
the play does break down, he's making good decisions with the football whether
it be throwing it to a safe spot or becoming a runner."

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throw for at least 400 yards with zero interceptions while also rushing for a
touchdown in the same game. In addition to being 21 of 28 passing, including a
pair of TDs of 50-plus yards, he targeted Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson 12
times, completing all of those throws.

"To hit them all 12 of those times is pretty unusual," Koetter said.

Evans finished with seven receptions for 147 yards and one touchdown. Jackson
had five catches for 146 yards and two TDs.

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