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.
kevin stefanski tests positive for covid-19
The Cleveland Browns have made the playoffs for the first time in almost twenty years annnnnd -fart noise-
The team announced that head coach Kevin Stefanski (and arguably their most significant asset when it comes to their success this season) has tested positive for COVID-19, along with two assistant coaches, a wide receiver, and an offensive lineman. The facility will be closed Tuesday. Not great!
All coaches and players who tested positive today will be absent in Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer will serve as "acting head coach." And I'm sure the NFL still plans to play the game as scheduled because... NFL.
UPDATE: Three-time Pro Bowler and longest-tenured Browns player left guard Joel Bitonio, and wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge are the two players who have tested positive.
stefon diggs dealing with oblique injury
Something Buffalo Bills fans DO NOT WANT: wide receiver Stefon Diggs (and Josh Allen's literal life-line) is dealing with an oblique injury and was limited in Tuesday's practice. The good news is, it's only Tuesday. The bad news is, WR Cole Beasley is still out of practice after injuring his knee in Week 16. Beasley also missed last week's game and is considered "week-to-week." Pls, cross your fingers.
2021 Hall of fame finalists announced
The NFL announced 15 finalists for this year's 2021 Hall of Fame class. The headliners include Peyton Manning (no-brainer), Charles Woodson, Calvin Johnson, John Lynch, Reggie Wayne, and Jared Allen. The full list is below:
texans hire nick caserio for gm position
The first of many general manager positions has been filled. The Houston Texans have hired Nick Caserio to be their new GM.
Caserio has spent the past 13 seasons with the New England Patriots as their director of player personnel.
First order of business: Get Deshaun Watson some fucking help. Please. Love, all of us.
the Browns are going through it
The Cleveland Browns did not practice on Thursday due to positive COVID-19 tests, one of which was cornerback Denzel Ward. Ward will not be able to go on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers and could miss the Browns' wild card game the following week, should they make it.
There is some good news -- The NFL gave the Browns the OK to practice on Friday, after no new positive tests. The situation is still one to monitor, as we all saw the Baltimore Ravens' and Tennessee Titans' situations earlier this season.
bills activate john brown
The rich get richer -- the Buffalo Bills activated wide receiver John Brown off the COVID-19 reserve list. Buffalo added Brown to the 53-man roster after being named a close contact of TJ Yeldon. Brown missed Monday night's game due to being on the reserve list and four other games due to an ankle injury. They will need him, as WR Cole Beasley has been ruled out for Sunday's game.
giants offensive line coach tests positive for covid
A new year and all the top NFL stories today are COVID related. Shocking. New York Giants offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo tested positive and will not coach in Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys.
cowboys have a player test positive
Speaking of the Giants' opponent... the Cowboys are also working remotely on Friday due to a player testing positive. The plan for the team (if there are no other positives) is to return to practice on Saturday before traveling to New Jersey.
alvin kamara will miss sunday, maybe postseason with positive test
Another one. New Orleans Saints star running back Alvin Kamara will miss Sunday's game due to a positive COVID-19 test. He may miss the first postseason game as well, which will certainly put a damper on the Saints' chances of winning.
And yes, most of the top stories today are COVID-19 related. We're a week out from Christmas, and it'll only get worse based on what I saw on Instagram stories last night.
darius slay will not play for eagles this week
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Darius Slay will not play this week due to a concussion and did not make the trip to Arizona. CB Avonte Maddox is also out, which is not what you want to hear when going against Arizona Cardinals star quarterback Kyler Murray and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Already sounding like t's gonna be a long ass day for Philly on Sunday.
michael thomas heading to ir
New Orleans Saints' top weapon Michael Thomas is heading to injured reserve for the remainder of the regular season. New injured reserve rules require all players to miss at least three weeks, meaning Thomas is eligible to return in the postseason. Thomas has had an ankle injury that has lingered all season, with a quad injury mixed him, which has resulted in an under-achieving season for his standards.
ryan finley will start for bengals on monday night
Despite getting their guy in quarterback Joe Burrow in the draft, it has been, well... a bleak season for the Cincinnati Bengals. QB Ryan Finley will start for the team on Monday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers after an injured Brandon Allen has been "just not ready to play," according to head coach Zac Taylor. It's gonna be a bloodbath; Steelers by 100.
marcus peters fined for spitting at jarvis landry
He swore up and down he didn't do it, but Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters was fined a whopping $12,500 for spitting on Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry during last Monday night's game. Head coach John Harbaugh also said he didn't do it in his direction, even though a video clearly shows he did. Landry also called Peters a "coward," adding to the drama. He did it, and the NFL obviously agrees with me there.
If you've watched a Cleveland Browns game this season (minus Week One I guess), you've seen that they don't look like your average Cleveland Browns. One of the reasons for that is star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is finally back to playing like.... well, like Odell Beckham Jr.
Beckham credited this awakening to him feeling stronger, faster, and healthier than in years' past.
Beckham is coming off his best game in a long time, and the Browns are hoping some of that energy can continue, as they play a strong defense in the Indianapolis Colts this week.
According to NFL Network, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry is technically listed as questionable for tonight's game against the Cincinnati Bengals, but he is expected to play.
Landry was limited on Wednesday after missing practice on Tuesday.
I'm expecting the Browns offense to get it together after a poor showing on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. If they do not, things in Cleveland could get ugly, fast.
The Cleveland Browns have high expectations this season once again, and once again, Week One showed us that those expectations had not been met. There was no preseason, and they're operating under a brand new head coach, but quarterback Baker Mayfield and wide receiver Odell Beckham's connection struggled big-time against the Baltimore Ravens.
First step? Recognition. Mayfield told reporters that although Beckham only had the lowest of low three catches for 22 yards, the team plans to get to the bottom of the issue, he doesn't plan to force OBJ the ball.
The next step? Find a solution.
I'm willing to give Cleveland some time to get this thing together -- it is only Week One. But you can bet that all eyes are going to be on the Mayfield-Beckham connection heading forward.
The Browns play the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday, so they have to do something quickly.
The Cleveland Browns put their kicker Austin Seibert on waivers on Monday, and today (Tuesday), he was picked up by the Cincinnati Bengals. The two teams play each other on Thursday night. What are the chances?
Current Bengals kicker, Randy Bullock, missed the kick that would have allowed the team to go into overtime on Sunday. He then magically came up with a calf injury. Seibert will likely be the back-up plan if Bullock cannot go Thursday.
Cody Parkey is the current kicker for the Browns.
Running back Kareem Hunt will be sticking around in Cleveland for a while. Hunt signed a two-year extension, worth $13.25 million, and $8.5 million guaranteed.
He posted this message on the Gram, announcing the extension.
The Kansas City Chiefs released Hunt after he was an asshole in 2018. Hunt signed with the Browns as a free agent, and he'll be in Cleveland for quite some time.
Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. commented before that he would not mind if the 2020 season did not happen. Despite questioning safety and the owners' grabs for money despite the pandemic (all valid concerns), Beckham has no plans to opt out of the season, as some others are doing.
These comments were made prior to Beckham reporting for testing/training camp and physically entering the Browns' facility. It's perfectly normal to feel apprehensive about something and then feel differently once faced with the reality, such as in this situation here. There's no doubt in my mind teams are doing all they can within their facilities to keep their players (their $$) safe here.
But what happens when pads come on? What happens when players start doing drills? Having a safe facility and actually coming into close contact with others are two entirely different things here. I guess we will just have to wait and see on that one.