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  1. xbay

    xbay NBA 1st Team All Pro Staff Member

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    If the Jaguars and Jets finish 1-15, the Jags win the tiebreaker for the #1 pick based on strength of schedule. And that means the Jets losing out on Trevor Lawrence becomes very real. What a blow and soooo Jets.
     
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    the jets coach knows he will get fired, so he doesn't give a shit about the 1st pick.
     
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    Gase’s parting shot to Jets ownership.
     
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    Gase is an asshole, not to mention he can't relate to players (plenty of players from his Miami days have said that). They never should have hired him, to begin with, and look now. That's why it's so important to hire the right coach. And it's not easy, but Gase was run out of Miami... they shouldda known better.
     
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    Two quick thoughts:

    - I don't understand why Washington has released Haskins. I mean, it's not like he's been playing great, but he's only 23 and doesn't seem like they've done a good job developing him. I think they cut him a season too soon.

    - I didn't see this coming from Josh Allen. What a great season he's having for the Bills. 34 Tds to 9 INTs, a threat running as well (not a Lamar Jackson kind of threat, but he can run a bit). The Bills have won 12 games already and it's not like the defense has been bad, but we knew the D would be there. We didn't know Allen would be such a force.
     
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    A lot of people trashed Allen and said that his early, yet inconsistent success was a farce. Look at him now. Good for Buffalo. They've had to deal with trash for years and being in the same division as Tom Brady. The roles have reversed.
     
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    Go Buffalo Bills!!!
     
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    Ok, with the playoff landscape set, let's talk about coaching openings in the NFL:

    - NY Jets. They fired Gase, never should have hired him to begin with. So they've lost two years and are back to square one. They won't have the top pick, but they've got #2 and Seattle's picks from the Jamal Adams trade, as well as a lot of cap space. Keeping Darnold or not should be the biggest doubt in their minds. But it's NY, it's an attractive opening and they need to hire someone that can get respect from the players and who is not a first time head coach, imho. They need to establish a culture, a football program. Best options (always imho): Don Martindale, Jim Schwartz.

    - Atlanta: This is going to be a tricky one. They have talented players, but not any cap room to improve their team in positions of need. Ryan is untradable at this point due to the cap hit it would carry (and why would you want to trade a top 10 QB?). The defense has a few young good assets as well. But it's a difficult situation because the team doesn't have much room to improve, other than hitting on most of their picks. If not, they're facing a multi-year rebuilding, not a quick one. Best candidate: Raheem Morris. Other than the last game, Atlanta improved a lot since he took over. And he had a did well in Tampa before he lost the locker room. I think he has matured as a HC and deserves a new shot, and he knows the roster and the franchise. If not, Eric Bienemy would be a good choice.

    - Jacksonville: Top pick in the draft, a lot of cap space and a roster with a few talented guys, but mostly in shambles. It's going to be a challenge to have Jacksonville in contention again. Which is why I think Urban Meyer is an awful choice for them. It's going to be the same as when Saban joined Miami and left soon because he's not used to losing and the NFL. Best candidate: Robert Saleh would be a good choice and bring stability to the rebuilding process.

    - LA Chargers: This is one of the most attractive openings, with a guy like Herbert who had a great rookie season at QB, and talent on offense (Allen, Williams) and defense (Bosa, James, Kenneth Murray). I think it's the best opening in the league right now, but I also think they should go with an offensive-minded HC. Best options: Bienemy, Daboll.

    - Detroit: Always good enough to not suck, always bad enough to not be a threat. Saleh is not a bad option for them, but it's not an attractive opening. Daboll also would make sense here.

    - Houston: Great QB, but lack of high picks (the Tunsil trade) and a bad cap situation will hinder their chances to improve the roster. I think it's a great opening for a guy like Brian Daboll, but it's not an easy job by any means (always considering that no job in the NFL is an easy one).
     
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    Ok, predictions for the Wildcard Weekend:

    - Buffalo over Indiana. I think Buffalo is legit. Great defense, great QB (totally unexpected, but Allen has been magnificent), great coaching staff. I think they're the real dark horse in the AFC.

    - Seattle over Rams. Russ is an MVP-level QB. The Rams have a great coach (I think McVey can become the Rams version of what Sean Payton is for the Saints) and decent pieces, but they don't have a real QB. Goff is a mirage, the other kid, Wolford, is not good enough. It shouldn't be close, in fact.

    - Tampa over Washington. Tom Brady and a high octane offense vs a good defense that excels in the d-line. That's where the game will be. I think they're so limited on offense that, even if they slow us down a big, it won't be enough. They've got to shut us down to have a chance. But I think they have more of a chance than LA has vs Seattle...

    - Baltimore over Tennessee. I don't trust the Titans D. Can go either way, because Henry is unstoppable and Tannehill has done a good job with clutch plays. But I still don't trust the Titans D.

    - New Orleans over Chicago. The Bears shouldn't be in the playoffs. Period. They have a decent defense, but they have to hide their QB any time they play some good team. They're the definition of mediocrity, not bad enough to have a high draft pick, not good enough to be a threat. The real threat for New Orleans is that they're gonna be missing guys like Hendricksen, and Thomas and Kamara will be game-time decisions (although I guess they'll be available). Chicago is an afterthought of this postseason.

    - Pittsburgh over Cleveland. Tough, close game that I expect the Steelers to win, either by scoring the last possession or by Cleveland not scoring theirs. This week has been tough for the Browns and Stefanski is gonna miss the game.
     
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    Well, I certainly didn't expect the Rams to win that game...
     
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    So Nickelodeon is broadcasting the Bears/Saints game and I have got to say... this might be one of the best kid/sports crossover perspectives I’ve seen. The digital slime when someone scores. The funny bits relating to a Nick show in between plays. It’s all great. My 8 year old mean is thrilled this happened.
     
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    Oh, well... didn't expect the Browns to win this one, but then again, didn't expect the Steelers to throw 4 INTs and going down 28-0 in the first quarter. Good for Cleveland.

    As for the other games, Henry was stoppable. Baltimore won the game there.
     
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    Pederson out in Philly.

    And I gotta say... I'm not surprised and it's the right move for the Eagles.

    Never liked the hiring, but it was imperative to fire him at this point, because it seems like he had completely lost the locker room with his erratic decisions. The fact that Philly won a ring with him as a coach baffles me, but at this point, I'm pretty convinced that Frank Reich was the brain of that staff.

    It's going to be an interesting job. The Eagles are a good organization, with options at the QB position, but way over the cap and in need of cutting vets for next season. It's going to be a challenge. But I think it's going to be one of the most attractive openings for next season.
     
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    Who you got this weekend, TMC? All games look great, but I’m interested most in that Ravens/Bills game.
     
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    I'm not sure in several games... but let's give it an early try.

    - Green Bay over LA Rams. Rodgers had the best season of his career and he's well rested. They actually only had a truly awful game this year (coincidentally, at the RayJay vs the Bucs). The Packers offense is better than Seattle's, and the Rams offense is... as dubious as it was last week. Akers was great, but it was their defense who carried LA. I'm definitely going with the Packers for this one.

    - Buffalo over Baltimore. I think Baltimore has a great defense (part of if because of Martindale, who deserves to be a head coach but keeps being ignored) and Lamar is a weapon in itself. But Buffalo has very good weapons, play at home and is a very well-coached team. I think Baltimore took advantage of a Titans team that wasn't that well-coached and whose defense wasn't good enough. I don't see it happening vs Buffalo. Although, I gotta admit that I expect this game to be close and it can go either way. Particularly if the weather is bad.

    - KC over Cleveland. I think Cleveland has really made strides this season, and was really impressive last week vs Pittsburgh, although the Steelers themselves have to share part of the blame (that awful fumble to start the game gave Cleveland a boost at the worst possible time). But they're going against Mahomes. I really think KC would have trouble making the playoffs with any other QB. Mahomes is part QB, part Superman, as I've seen him make plays that nobody else could do. And look at ease doing it. I'm not betting against Mahomes if he's healthy.

    - Tampa over New Orleans. This is, very obviously, a homer pick, done as a fan. The Saints beat us in the first game of the season and spanked us at the RayJay, in one of the worst defeats of Brady's career. Our defense should be far better with White back, but the secondary looked bad vs Washington except for isolated plays. But I remain optimistic and hope the team is better focused and prepared this time around. Also, it's not like the Saints were really impressive vs Chicago, because the game was close most of the time. And Chicago is not a good team, they clearly didn't belong in the playoffs.

    A pity we lost the Chicago game and one of the Saints games this year, because we would have won the NFC South and play this one at the RayJay... but I remain somewhat optimistic, although, let's be honest, the Saints should be favorites. I just think we have just enough to be the underdog that beats the better team.
     
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    I will miss Saleh. He was a true leader. The Jets got a great one in him. Those Jets players will love him and he’s going to attract some free agents to sign. I will be rooting for them to get out of that hell hole they dug themselves in. He also brings Mike Lafleur with him to be his offensive coordinator.

    Sounds like DeMeco Ryans may be his successor as D-coordinator, which would be a great move to promote from within. Players love Ryans and what he’s done for Fred Warner and co.
     
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    I think it's a mistake. Not a huge one, because I've got nothing against Saleh, and he's certainly going to be an improvement over Gase, but the Jets, as any other team in the NFL looking for a HC, f*cked up by not signing Martindale, who has done a lot more than others with a lot less. The Jets interviews anybody willing to fly to NYC and didn't even talk to him. Shameful. The HC jobs in the NFL are only a matter of connections, not performance.

    Still, as I said, it's going to be an improvement for NYC. But he's got a tremendous challenge in front of him.

    As for Urban Meyer signing with the Jags, he's the leader they needed, but is he gonna be able to endure a long re-building? Because this is not college, the Jags are a ways away from merely being competitive. A very interesting signing, but one that's not without risks.
     
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    Falcons decide to go with the Titans OC, Arthur Smith, as their next HC.

    Some quick thoughts: he's young, hungry and the Titans offense was good for most of the season (their defense, on the other side...). And I say for most of the season because the Ravens found a way to stop them, but you'll know how I feel about Don Martindale. So let's put that on Martindale's resume. Smith's offense was consistently good, and balanced, which also matters.

    And now he comes to a team with enough weapons on offense, but with players that are getting up there in age, a team that needs more talent on defense and that has no cap room to sign the guys they need. It's going to take time, imho.

    It's also good for the Bucs because Bowles was one of the guys they interviewed. So there's that...

    Overall, I like the signing. But I think Falcons fans better have some patience with the current state of the franchise. It's not going to have an easy fix.
     
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    Best football weekend of the season is here! The wildcards pretenders are gone, only legit teams left. I can't wait for the games to start. And I've got no clue about the Baltimore at Buffalo one, my gut says Buffalo, but Lamar has played better when the weather is cold.

    Also, in other news, seems like Brian Daboll is going to become the next Chargers HC. I think it's a great choice, for both sides.
     
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    Well, so far, it's been somewhat easy for the home teams...

    The Rams never had the offense to match the Packers, as expected. As for the Bills, they took advantage of a bad quarter by Baltimore (well, their offense was bad all game, but the game was close til that point) and Jackson's concussion and never looked back.

    In any case, no surprises yesterday. Now come the real games (although I expect the Bucs at Saints one to be close, KC shouldn't have much trouble getting rid of Cleveland, but who knows...)
     

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