philip rivers is retiring
As expected, former SAN DIEGO Chargers (I've been waiting to type that un-accidentally) and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers has decided to retire from the NFL after 17 seasons.
Rivers had a solid career stat-wise, but the thing that will stand out about him was that he never had a Super Bowl under his belt. That's okay though. He now gets to go home to a house full of kids. I mean, FULL full.
lions hire their next head coach
The Detroit Lions agreed to a deal with their latest head coach Dan Campbell on Tuesday. The deal is for six years.
Campbell spent the past five seasons with the New Orleans Saints as their tight ends coach. He also has some experience as a head coach, as he was named the interim head coach in 2015 for the Miami Dolphins.
The biggest challenge for Campbell will not only be to fit into his role nicely, but to completely undo all of the damage that ex-HC Matt Patricia did over the past few years. Nothing improved, their was either a running-in-place situation or a setback. He will also have a say in the fate of quarterback Matthew Stafford, who you will definitely be hearing some trade rumors about this offseason.
falcons hire terry fontenot as general manager
The Atlanta Falcons have hired their new general manager, as they announced on Tuesday.
This is the second big hire for the Falcons' front office -- they also hired new head coach Arthur Smith this month. After tons of blown leads and a myriad of disappointment, the team fired general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Dan Quinn earlier this season.
Fontenot spent the past 18 seasons with the New Orleans Saints. New Orleans will receive third-round compensatory picks in the 2021 and 2022 NFL Drafts under the new rules that organizations will reward teams for minority hires.
Fontenot has a lot of work to do this offseason (-cough JulioJonesandMattRyan cough-).
washington is hiring marty hurney for gm role
Another team in need of a severe change: The Washington Football Team is set to hire Marty Hurney as their new general manager as early as Tuesday, as things are currently in the stages of being finalized.
Hurney was the Carolina Panthers GM from 2002 to 2012, and then again from 2017 to 2020. Hurney joins former colleague Ron Rivera, who was head coach of the Panthers during his time there.
Washington had a bombshell pick in the 2020 NFL Draft with Chase Young, and the hope is that sort of stuff will continue. Although, in my opinion, nothing will change about that franchise until Dan Snyder is out.
sarah thomas to be first woman to ref a super bowl
Say it with me: "QUEEN SHIT." Referee Sarah Thomas will be the first woman to work a Super Bowl as part of Carl Cheffers' crew.
Thomas was also the first woman referee in general, but it's a huge barrier broken on such a large stage.
justin fields declares for the 2021 nfl draft
As expected, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields declared for the 2021 NFL Draft on Monday.
The most popular landing spot for Fields is the New York Jets, if the Jacksonville Jaguars end up taking Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The Jets recently hired Robert Saleh as their new head coach. The major question remaining is, what the hell are they going to do with Sam Darnold?
no NFL scouting combine in 2021
The NFL has canceled the 2021 NFL Scouting Combine because of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, and the inability of people to listen to health professionals and quit being assholes. A memo sent to teams stated that there will be no in-person workouts for prospects, and all workouts will essentially be done Pro-Day Style.
saints score first
This is Drew Brees' final game at his home stadium as he is set to retire, and the New Orleans Saints get on the board first against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Punt returner Deonte Harris had a nice 54-yard return, as kicker Will Lutz grabbed the field goal for a 3-0 lead.
... and then deonte harris is out
Harris is now out of the game with a neck injury after being tackled by Bucs' linebacker Devin White. The Saints are up 6-0 after a 26-yard field goal from kicker Ryan Succop.
drew brees throws a pick, and the bucs grab the lead
Probably not the way Brees wants to go out thus far, but the Bucs grabbed a 10-6 lead after a pick by cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting.
Bucs quarterback Tom Brady found wide receiver Mike Evans in the endzone for a score.
did someone say Jameis winston?
Saints backup quarterback Jameis Winston subbed into the game for Brees in the second quarter, and promptly threw a 56-yard touchdown to Tre'Quan Smith. Who woulda thought? This one put the Saints up on the Bucs, 13-10.
bucs tie it up at halftime
In the Brady vs. Brees Grandpa Bowl, both teams have been trading scores throughout the first half. The Bucs were able to tie it up just before halftime, with a field goal from Succop.
tre'quan smith scores second td of the day
Smith caught his second touchdown of the game, and the first one from Brees. The 16-yard score put the Saints back on top of the Bucs, 20-13.
jared cook fumbles, bucs score
Tampa Bay tied things up again after Saints tight end Jared Cook fumbled in the third quarter. Running back Leonard Fournette (former Jacksonville Jaguars great, yep that's him) caught a six-yard touchdown from Brady to tie it, 20-20.
brees throws another pick
Brees is throwing dimes... to the other team. This time it's Devin White who comes up with the ball, taking it to the 20-yard line, and eventually leading the Bucs to a lead of 30-20. If this is how Brees goes out, it's not ideal.
Tampa Bay takes another step towards... tampa bay
The Bucs beat New Orleans in a game of back-and-forth, capped off by some bad turnovers from Brees in a 30-20 win. Tampa Bay will travel to Green Bay to face the Packers next week.
chiefs hit first
As expected, the Kansas City Chiefs have struck first against the Cleveland Browns in Sunday's matchup. And yes, quarterback Patrick Mahomes made it look easy as pie with a one-yard touchdown run right into the endzone.
travis kelce can levitate
The Chiefs keep it rolling, which shouldn't be shocking to anyone. Mahomes ran Kansas City's first touchdown in, and threw the second. The recipient was tight end Travis Kelce, who literally went airborne over the goal line for a 20-yarder. The score gave the Chiefs a 10-point lead over Cleveland in the second quarter.
Mahomes has a toe injury
Pretty much everything is going perfectly so far for the Chiefs in the first half, but Mahomes has a toe injury limiting his running ability. The good news is that Kansas City is still up 16-3 after a 50-yard field goal from kicker Harrison Butker. Does he need two feet? We'll find out.
can we talk about this?
First of all, Browns quarterback, Baker Mayfield, is playing his ass off, while the rest of the team, well, isn't. Things looked like they might be turning around as Rashard Higgins caught a pass and looked like he was about to get in the endzone. -record scratch- It turns out he fumbled, it was ruled a touchback, and the refs missed a clear helmet-to-helmet hit. Infuriating? Yes.
patrick mahomes is hurt again
Mahomes was already dealing with a toe injury when he headed into the locker room in the third quarter after a nasty-looking hit. Mahomes got up slowly and was unsteady on his feet, and had to be helped off the field before independently walking to the locker room. The team says he is being evaluated for a concussion. Backup QB Chad Henne is in his spot. I'm not joking.
UPDATE: Mahomes was later ruled out of the game with a concussion.
what's happening here?
Aside from on-the-field action, there appears to be something going on off the field as well. CBS cameras captured wide receiver Tyreek Hill pushing receivers coach Greg Lewis before cutting to a commercial.
Could have been playing around? Who knows.
chiefs lose their qb, still move on
Mahomes remained out of the game with a concussion, but Kansas City is moving on to the AFC Championship Game anyways, thanks to..... Chad Henne. No, seriously.
The Browns deserve some props as well, taking the defending Super Bowl champions down to the wire, and having a stellar season that led them out of the NFL's basement.
The Chiefs have to hope Mahomes is well enough to return next weekend for the AFCCG, where they will face Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills.
bills up first, justin tucker misses
No, we're not dreaming, but Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker missed a kick. In the postseason. An easy one, and no, I don't want to talk about it. We are moving on.
Baltimore had a strong first drive, aside from that miss. The Buffalo Bills were able to get down the field thanks to a roughing the passer call but couldn't pull in a touchdown. Kicker Tyler Bass kicked one in from the 28-yard line, putting the Bills on the board, 3-0.
this is ugly
Normally there would be highlights by now, but there are literally none. It is abysmal. The game is tied 3-3 at halftime and that's all I have to say about that.
We have a touchdown!
Bills receiver Stefon Diggs scored the game's first touchdown -- a three-yard pass from quarterback Josh Allen to give Buffalo a 10-3 lead over the Ravens.
a 101-yard pick-six? sure, why not
Long story short, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson tried to hit tight end Mark Andrews in the end zone and was promptly picked off. Taron Johnson took it to the house in a 101-yard touchdown run bringing the score to 17-3.
lamar jackson ruled out with concussion
As if things could not get any worse for Baltimore, Jackson was ruled out with a concussion, after banging his head on the turf in the end zone. Backup Tyler Huntley replaced Jackson.
If you couldn't tell from the one worthy highlight, the Bills are moving on to the AFC Championship Game, beating Baltimore 17-2. Neither team played particulary well (or up to their standards), but the Bills seemed to be able to make some halftime adjustments while the Ravens continued to struggle. The Ravens have an interesting offseason on deck, while Buffalo is waiting to see if they will face the Cleveland Browns or the Kansas City Chiefs next week.
packers get on the board first
The Los Angeles Rams began Saturday's game going three-and-out, but the Green Bay Packers got on the board first. The Rams' defense held them to three points, as linebacker Troy Reeder broke up a touchdown pass from quarterback Aaron Rodgers to receiver Allen Lazard.
Davante Adams has the first td of the day
And it's a pretty one. Rodgers fired off a quick one to receiver Davante Adams, a play perfectly designed to keep Rams star cornerback Jalen Ramsey away from the ball.
This touchdown gives the Packers a 10-3 lead.
Rodgers has yet another one for the highlight reel, and an MVP play if I've ever seen one. This pump fake turned rushing touchdown put the Packers up yet another score, for a 16-3 lead.
packers up on rams at halftime
The Packers have dominated the first half so far and are up on Los Angeles 19-10 at the half. The Rams answered with a score of their own late in the second quarter but are gonna have to do more than that going forward. Green Bay gets the ball at the start of the second half.
turns out everyone is named 'aaron' in green bay is good
The Packers got the ball in the second half, and running back Aaron Jones made sure to make the most of it with a 60-yard run.
Jones ran it in for a touchdown a few plays later to give the Packers a 25-10 lead.
the Rams have some fight in them
The Rams were able to march down the field, completely obliterating Green Bay's defense in the process. The result? A Cam Akers touchdown, where he lined up in the wildcat formation. Los Angeles tried this two other times so far during this game, and this situation was the perfect time for it to work.
The Rams went for two after this and cut the Packers' lead to 25-18.
packers keep their foot on the gas
Rodgers-to-Lazard kept things rolling in the fourth quarter with this 58-yard touchdown, making it look easy once again.
This beauty put the Packers up 32-18 and put the icing on the cake.
packers move on, rams go home
The Packers are moving on to the NFC Championship game, defeating Los Angeles 32-18. The next round will feature 37-year old Rodgers, and either Tom Brady or Drew Brees, and I don't think we need to talk about how old they are. It's been drilled into our heads all week.
jets hire robert saleh
After firing head coach Adam Gase 15 games too late, the New York Jets hired former San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh to take over the position. The team announced their decision on Thursday night. The deal is for five seasons.
Saleh has been the Niners' DC since 2017 and was a highly-touted candidate -- interviewing with almost every team who had a head coaching job open. He's expected to bring aboard San Francisco's passing game coordinator, Mike LaFleur.
Saleh has high expectations for this team -- I'm talking like burning this whole thing down and starting over-type expectations. The Jets have the second-overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, which should help get things off the ground.
Urban Meyer and the jags inch closer towards a deal
After about a week or so of constant rumors, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Urban Meyer are taking more steps towards making him the latest head coach of the team. The two parties met again on Wednesday, and it's looking like the rumors could morph into reality any minute now.
The Los Angeles Chargers were also rumored to have contacted Meyer, but they had no formal interview with him for the position. Adam Schefter says above that the Jags seem to be the only choice for Meyer.
Meyer would get the chance to transform the Jacksonville franchise and (maybe) utilize the actual talent on the roster (and incoming talent) correctly, something the team has been missing for a long while.
kevin stefanski back with browns
Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski missed last week's playoff game after testing positive for COVID-19 but is now back with the team on Thursday.
I'm just as surprised as all of you that the Browns could pull off a win last week without their head coach, who is my pick for Coach of the Year. They're up against the Kansas City Chiefs this week, which is a whole different ballgame as far as playoff games go.
The Browns also activated Denzel Ward and Kevin Johnson off of the COVID-19 list on Wednesday. Will they win? Check out my picks for this week on Patreon.
Jared goff will start for rams on saturday
After not starting for the past two weeks, quarterback Jared Goff will start for the Los Angeles Rams in Saturday's divisional-round against the Green Bay Packers. Backup quarterback John Wolford is out with a neck injury that he suffered in last weekend's win.
Goff had thumb surgery a few weeks ago and played most of last weekend's game, despite not starting. With a full week of practice and is listed as a full participant, it looks like he'll be more prepared this week. Blake Bortles will serve as the backup.
anthony castonzo retires
Indianapolis Colts veteran left tackle Anthony Castonzo announced his retirement from the NFL on Tuesday at age 32. Living the damn dream.
Castonzo was the Colts' first-round draft pick in 2011 and spent all ten seasons with the team. A pillar in the Indianapolis community, his leadership on and off the field will be missed. These are big shoes to fill for the offensive line, as there's no clear replacement on the roster currently. Indy has some work to do this offseason.