Jets: Robert Saleh
The Jets have hired Robert Saleh as their new head coach, his deal is for five years.
Saleh, 41, will become the 20th head coach in franchise history. He replaces Adam Gase, whom the team fired Jan. 3 after two seasons. Saleh has served as the 49ers’ defensive coordinator since 2017.
He is expected to take 49ers passing game coordinator Mike LaFleur with him as his offensive coordinator, Schefter reports. LaFleur is the brother of Packers head coach Matt LaFleur.
The Jets also have held virtual interviews with Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady, Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, Saints secondary coach Aaron Glenn, former Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith and Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley.
Jaguars: Urban Meyer
The Jaguars’ search for a new coach focused on Urban Meyer. He has accepted the job.
The team announced the hire on Thursday.
“This is a great day for Jacksonville and Jaguars fans everything,” owner Shad Khan said in a statement. “Urban Meyer is who we want and need, a leader, winner and champion who demands excellence and produces resulted. While Urban already enjoys a legacy in the game of football that few will ever match, his passion for the opportunity in front of him here in Jacksonville is powerful and unmistakable. I am proud to name Urban Meyer the new head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.”
Meyer, 56, has no NFL coaching experience in a career that began in 1985. He was, however, wildly successful at the college level.
Whether that success becomes duplicated at the NFL level remains to be seen. Many already wonder whether he’ll become the next Nick Saban, an impeccable college coach who quickly realizes that the pro game presents much greater parity and much stiffer challenges when it comes to putting together a great team.
Meyer becomes the seventh coach in franchise history. Only one — Tom Coughlin — finished his tenure with a winning record.
- Saleh had been a name for a while. I'm not overly impressed by him so far as he reminds me a lot of Mike Singletary as a coach with too much yelling. Supposedly he is a Pete Carroll type motivator but we'll have to see if the positive yelling is a benefit to the team. Jets have two first round picks (2 and 23)
- Meyer is an interesting hirer. The Jaguars will get the best QB prospect since Andrew Luck and $70 million in cap space so I can see the interest. the Jaguars have 11 picks in the draft, with two in the first and two in the second (1, 21(t), 33, and 45).
- I continue to be surprised that Eric Bienemy can't get a HC job. He's been the most talked about name for the last two years but then they go in different directions. He has to be interviewing awfully. The Texans had previously not requested an interview, then Watson threw a hissy fit and now the Texans are interviewing Bienemy. At this point, I wouldn't be shocked if the Texans hire Bienemy just to place nice with Watson. Which they need to because the Texans are screwed for the next few years from the screwing Bill O'Brien gave them in his last two years there.
- Speaking of O'Brien, Bill is in talks to be the new offensive coordinator at Alabama. Because when you suck at coaching, you need to attend the Nick Saban Coach Rehabilitation Clinic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TepQfqURyY
- While it was the last game played, we gotta start with the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers. So, the Browns couldn't practice, had no coach all week, had to go on the road to Three Rivers, and what did they do? 28-0 at the end of the 1st quarter. Now, the Steelers kind of, sort of, made a game of it, but it was too little, too late. The Browns steamrolled them in the 1st half, and they had no answer. Big Ben ended up with 4 TDs and 500 yards to go with his 4 INTs, but that was mostly just garbage time stats. Officially, the Browns only won by 11, but let's be honest...they flat out kicked the Steelers asses.
- The Chicago Bears should count themselves damn lucky this game was only lost by 12 points. The Bears defense is the only reason this wasn't a blowout. The Chicago Bears have one of the worst offenses in the entire NFL, and were completely carried by their defense all year...but that formula doesn't work quite as well against a team like the Saints. You knew New Orleans would put up some points, and once they did, you knew the game was over, because there was no way the Bears offense could match...
- Not a fantastic passing day by the 2019 MVP Lamar Jackson, but he had a pretty damn good day rushing to make up for it. There was some criticism for the Ravens players that met at the Titans 50-yard line, but the Titans did this to the Ravens on their own 50 during the regular season, so fair is fair. The Ravens didn't finish anything the Titans didn't start. Is Baltimore/Tennessee now the best non-divisional rivalry in the entire NFL?
- Where the hell did Taylor Heinicke come from??? He was the only reason the Buccaneers didn't just massacre the Washington football team. I was rooting for Tampa, to hopefully set up Brady/Brees III, but when the game ended, I legitimately gave Heinicke an clapping ovation. Dude was simply fantastic. I don't know what his contract situation is, but I wouldn't be surprised if he is still on the team during training camp, if Ron Rivera doesn't seriously open up the QB position competition to at least give him the chance to earn the starting spot.
- Rams/Seahawks...I think the only thing I can say about this game, is the Rams DL are the MVPs of it. They gave Russell Wilson FITS, were in his face the entire game. I truly think Russell Wilson was flat out unprepared for the pure pressure the Rams defense put on him. Very impressive performance by Los Angeles.
- The Bills won a close game...but maybe that's what they needed to do, after just destroying the Dolphins last week. You don't want to get overly confident to the point you feel you are invincible, and the fight the Colts put up should scare the Bills into making sure they are fully prepared for the Ravens. Anything less than being fully prepared could put the Ravens in the AFC title game.
Divisional Round Matchups:
Saturday, January 16
4:35pm: Los Angeles Rams at Green Bay Packers (FOX)
8:15pm: Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo Bills (NBC)
Sunday, January 17
3:05pm: Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs (CBS)
6;40pm: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints (FOX)
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Four players are finalists in their 1st year of eligibility, and honestly? You can make a strong case that all four should be included in the five players that will eventually be selected:
The other 11 finalists are:
Clay Matthews, Jr
- Different game, same ol' horsecrap. Nobody believes the NFL's explanation for that roughing the passer call in the Lions/Viking game. Lions/Refs is still the greatest rivalry in all of sports. Also, thanks Matt Patricia, for assembling the single worst Lions defense in history...appreciate that.
- There are rumors that Matt Stafford just played his last game in Detroit, as the thought is, whoever the new coach is, will want to replace him with their own guy...WHO? Who are they going to get that is as tough, or as good as Matt Stafford is? Any incoming coach to the Lions should be thankful that the Lions DON'T need a QB, and it's one less thing they have to worry about. New coach already has to rebuild the entire defense, why add finding a replacement QB for Stafford to that list? That is, if the Lions trade Stafford, or if new coach decides to dump him, I will be PISSED.
- 56 points? What the hell, Buffalo? Why didn't we see 56 points a game when Jim Kelly was running the K-gun? If the Bills offense continues to be that efficient, they are absolutely a legitimate Super Bowl contender. AFC title game rematch between the Bills and Chiefs, anyone?
- The Cleveland Browns qualified for the Playoffs for the first time since 2002.
- The Washington Football Team winning the NFC East at 7-9 is pretty bad...but if the Eagles had won that game, the NFC East could have been represented by a 6-10 team...wasted opportunity, lol
- 43 years old, 399 yards, 4 TDs. So, Tom Brady, who is having a "down" year, finishes the regular season #3 in passing yards. #2 in passing TDs, with a 102.2 QB rating, and a 65.7% completion percentage...Most NFL QBs would kill to have "down" years like that.
- Every indication points to the next Colts loss as being Philip Rivers' last game in the NFL. The QB himself has openly talked about retiring at the end of this season. Then, the debate becomes whether or not Rivers is a Hall of Fame player or not...but that's a topic for another day.
- When asked about the QB change from Jalen Hurts to Nate Sudfeld, Eagles coach Doug Pederson said he was "coaching to win". In Pederson's mind, "Coaching to win" doesn't involve Carson Wentz at all, to the point Wentz was actually listed as being inactive for the game, rather than just being listed as the 2nd or even 3rd stringer. He's a goner. No way in hell Wentz ever wears the Eagles jersey again.
And now, for the playoffs:
Saturday, January 9th
Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo Bills
Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Washington Football Team
Sunday, January 10th
Baltimore Ravens at Tennessee Titans
Chicago Bears at New Orleans Saints
Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers
Now, this is jumping the gun a little bit, as the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots still have their Week 16 MNF game left as I write this, and that game does have some potential playoff ramifications. If Buffalo beats the Patriots tonight, they will take over the #2 spot in the AFC by half a game, by virtue of beating the Steelers H2H. Lose, and they would need to beat the Dolphins in week 17, and hope the Browns beat the Steelers, otherwise the Bills will be the AFC #3 seed.
- The Dwayne Haskins experiment is over in Washington. The team has released Haskins after his terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day yesterday, with Ron Rivera reportedly telling him that they are both better off going their separate ways...OUCH. I have to take the "L" on this one. As you guys may recall, prior to the 2019 draft, I thought Haskins was the best of the bunch, better than both Kyler Murray and Daniel Jones...Now, as the #15 pick, he won't be regarded as big of a bust as either Ryan Leaf of JaMarcus Russell, but...it kinda feels like he should be. This guy was a total stud at Ohio State, and just didn't adapt to the NFL at all...but then again, this seams to be a problem with all Buckeye QBs...College =/= NFL.
- The Cleveland Browns are in grave danger of completely missing out on the playoffs, despite their red hot start to the season. As it is, the only guaranteed way they make the playoffs is to beat the Steelers in week 17. Lose that game, and they need help. The problem is, the teams they need to lose to back their way in should they lose to the Steelers, happen to play the Bengals, the Jaguars and Texans...Bad things happen when you lose to the Jets, man.
- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers just demonstrated how terrible of a coach/GM combination Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn were in Detroit, assembling a defense with no pass coverage ability whatsoever. Tom Brady flat out humiliated the Lions defense with his 1st half performance, and honestly? As a Lions fan, I didn't mind. What Tom Brady did, is demonstrate to the entire world, that Matt Patricia was an abysmal failure. Those were his players. Those were the guys he wanted, those were the guys who he drafted, those were the guys he replaced the good players he ran out of town with...The Lions defense (or complete lack thereof) has his stamp all over it.
- Also, what Tom Brady did, was just...beautiful. I can't believe I am going to quote Ryan Leaf, but, the man has a point...
"So Tom Brady is just a little over a year younger than me. He was on the opposite sideline vs me in my final CFB game. He just threw 4 TD's in the 1st Half of his 20th season. I strained my calf warming up for my bike this morning."
Now, I am a year older than Leaf/two years older than Brady...about 4 years ago, I broke two ribs trying to get my daughter's shoes on her feet. I still don't know how, but it happened. Meanwhile, Tom is 43 years old, is 4th in the NFL in passing yards, 4th in passing TDs, and has a QB rating of 101.0, and people are complaining about him having a DOWN year...Why? Because Tom Brady at 100% is just ridiculous. We have been incredibly spoiled to have witnessed his entire career. What he is doing should not even be possible.
- The NFC Playoffs will feature future HOFers Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Russell Wilson. Regardless of which teams get which specific seeds, we are in for some fantastic QB matchups in the NFC. The AFC playoffs will have some good QBs, but the NFC playoffs are jacked...
- Trevor Lawrence still has a year of eligibility left. Does he enter the draft and become a Jacksonville Jaguar guaranteed, or take the gamble, stay for his final year at Clemson, and risk getting drafted by the Jets again? Personally, I'd take Jacksonville. Even if I think the team will end up moving to London at some point, it's gotta be better than playing for the Jets...
- Believe it or not, here we are, heading into Week 17, and the NFC East is still a 3 team race. The Cowboys, Giants and Washington football team all have a chance to win the NFC East this week.
Teams eliminated from Playoff contention: Jets, Jaguars, Bengals, Texans, Chargers, Broncos, Patriots
1. Kansas City Chiefs 13-1
2. Buffalo Bills 11-3
3. Pittsburgh Steelers 11-3
4. Tennessee Titans 10-4
5. Cleveland Browns 10-4
6. Indianapolis Colts 10-4
7. Miami Dolphins 9-5
Still in hunt:
8. Baltimore Ravens 9-5
9. Las Vegas Raiders 7-7
Teams eliminated from Playoff contention: Panthers, Falcons, 49ers, Lions
1. Green Bay Packers 11-3
2. New Orleans Saints 10-4
3. Seattle Seahawks 10-4
4. Washington Football Team 6-8
5. Los Angeles Rams 9-5
6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9-5
7. Arizona Cardinals 8-6
Still in hunt:
8. Chicago Bears 7-7
9 Minnesota Vikings 6-8
10. Dallas Cowboys 5-9
11. New York Giants 5-9
12. Philadelphia Eagles 4-9-1
1. Green Bay Packers 10-3 (Z) (already clinched NFC North)
2. New Orleans Saints 10-3 (X) (already clinched playoff, clinches NFC South with win or Tampa Bay loss)
3. Los Angeles Rams 9-4
4. Washington Football Team 6-7
5. Seattle Seahawks 9-4 (clinch playoff with win)
6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 8-5
7. Arizona Cardinals 7-6
8. Minnesota Vikings 6-7
9. Chicago Bears 6-7
1. Kansas City Chiefs 12-1 (Z) (already clinched AFC West, win + Steelers/Bills losses clinch #1 seed)
2. Pittsburgh Steelers 11-2 (X) (clinch AFC North with win or Browns loss)
3. Buffalo Bills 10-3 (clinch playoff with win, AFC East with win and Dolphins loss)
4. Tennessee Titans 9-4
5. Cleveland Browns 9-4
6. Indianapolis Colts 9-4
7. Miami Dolphins 8-5
8. Baltimore Ravens 8-5
9. Las Vegas Raiders 7-6