jags fire doug marrone
As expected, the Jacksonville Jaguars have fired their head coach Doug Marrone on Monday morning after winning just one game in the 2020 NFL season. If it were up to me, he would have been fired the second he said he would start Mike Glennon. Owner Shad Khan released a statement, thanking Marrone for his "hard work over the past four seasons" in Jacksonville (if you want to call it that):
The Jags have been linked to Urban Meyer as a replacement and are likely to grab top prospect Trevor Lawrence, in the 2020 NFL Draft. Additionally, a slew of draft picks, and some nice weather should make Jacksonville one of the top spots for a new hire (behind the Los Angeles Chargers, imo).
anthony lynn and chargers part ways
Another one that's been brewing for a while: The Los Angeles Chargers have fired head coach Anthony Lynn on Monday morning, adding their name to the growing list of teams with an opening. The Chargers finished at 7-9, which isn't terribly bad, considering the Washington Football Team made the postseason with the same record. -confused emoji face-
The biggest 'plus' this season was the emergence of rookie quarterback Justin Herbert, and Lynn does deserve credit for that. Herbert did kind of fall into his lap (flashback to the Tyrod Taylor injection situation where the team was forced at the last minute to start Herbert). Still, the decision to keep him going and his development can be credited to Lynn. Any head coaching candidate is looking at Herbert's abilities as a positive asset when taking the job.
carson wentz doesn't talk to reporters monday
The Philadelphia Eagles cleaned out their lockers on Monday after Sunday night's debacle, and Carson Wentz is just done with it all and refused to speak to reporters. I don't blame him one bit. Head coach Doug Pederson insisted that their relationship was fine (Wentz was a healthy scratch on Sunday and reportedly wants a trade), but I have some slight trouble believing that.
josh jacobs arrested for dui after game
Las Vegas Raiders star running back Josh Jacobs had too much fun celebrating their win on Sunday night. Jacobs was arrested for a DUI at 4:40 am after a single-vehicle crash.
Say it with me: Take. An. Uber!
john elway is giving up his gm role
Add the Denver Broncos to the long list of teams looking for a new general manager. John Elway is stepping away from the role, though he'll remain president of football operations.
Basically the final say in the roster, the drafting, the players signings (aka all the good stuff) is out of his hands now.
the bills started things off with a perfect first drive
Buffalo Bills quarterback and MVP candidate Josh Allen did what Josh Allen does in marching his team down the field to open up the night against the Denver Broncos. Allen completed seven out of ten passes in this drive, finishing it off with a touchdown to tight end Dawson Knox.
Buffalo made the broncos call them daddy the entire first half (until the end)
Denver scored at the very end, but the Bills mostly controlled the first half. Allen had two touchdown passes and this methodical touchdown run.
And it wasn't just Josh allen piling on, either
Bills linebacker Jerry Hughes took a turn at making a mockery of Denver. Hughes grabbed a fumble from Lock, and it resulted in a 21-yard touchdown run.
Bills beat broncos, grab AFC East title
If you couldn't tell already by the highlights, the Bills wiped the floor with Denver, 48-19. They also clinched the AFC East division title for the first time since 1995. I was wearing my Dorothy ruby slippers to bed every night and playing with Barbies. Allen had himself a game, and inserted himself into the MVP conversation. Buffalo has a lot to celebrate -- and can do it at their first home playoff game in over twenty years.
Packers start off with a quick seven
Shockingly, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers are making it look easy, once again. The MVP-candidate quarterback marched his team down the field and hit tight end Robert Tonyan for an early touchdown on their first drive, giving Green Bay a 7-0 lead.
green bay continued to dominate at halftime
It wasn't perfect for the Packers on Saturday night, but it sure seemed like it at half-time. The Panthers struggled to contain Green Bay's offense as they headed into the second half, down 21-3. We even got the belt celebration back.
Carolina tried to come back in the second half
The Panthers went into the second half down 21-3, but showed some semblance of life in the second half. QB Teddy Bridgewater ran the ball in for a touchdown in the third quarter, while kicker Joey Slye hit a field goal in the fourth, bringing Carolina's score up to 21-13.
green bay got the w
It seemed like it would be a blowout in the first half, but the Panthers rallied, and kind of (maybe?) tried to come back in the second. It didn't work, though, and Rodgers and company showed that they mean business and are a clear Super Bowl contender with a 24-16 win. Green Bay moves to 11-3 so far this season, with two to go.
Tonight's riveting Denver Broncos-New York Jets matchup is already keeping us on the edge of our seats. Add in some last-minute injury decisions and we are just shaking with anticipation.
Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder is likely to play after missing two games with a hamstring injury. Even while not being at one hundred percent, Sam Darnold is breathing a sigh of relief, even with the remaining dumpster fire of a team.
Additionally, Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay is not expected to play tonight after injuring his foot in Week One.
With an injury to starting quarterback Drew Lock, the Denver Broncos are starting Jeff Driskel for some reason. Denver also signed QB Blake Bortles just yesterday, meaning he won't be ready to back up Jeff..... Driskel..... with just a day's notice, but I'm sure that doesn't matter because it's Jeff..... Driskel.
Meanwhile, in order for Denver to have a backup, because something is sure to happen, they promoted QB Brett Rypien to the active roster. This seems like a mean joke, but it's true.
The Broncos are playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this weekend, and godspeed to them, they will need it.
Running back CJ Anderson, most notably of the Denver Broncos, has decided to retire, ESPN reports.
Anderson is only 29 years old, and his career was one of success. As an undrafted free agent, he went on to win a Super Bowl ring before being released in 2018. After not finding another permanent landing spot, he has decided to move on.
His next plan? Coaching. Not a bad deal.
Denver Broncos cornerback AJ Bouye left Monday night's game after landing on his shoulder, dislocating it. Bouye is now expected to miss some time, although he won't need surgery. The first-year Bronco is likely heading to injured reserve.
The hope is that Bouye can return after just a few weeks and not be out long-term. No surgery is one of the best-case scenarios for a short-term return. Denver has the Pittsburgh Steelers up next.
Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay left Monday night's game against the Tennessee Titans with what the team initially called a foot injury. Head coach Vic Fangio later clarified what sort of foot injury Lindsay sustained, and it's not great.
More testing is expected to take place this week to evaluate the severity of the injury further. Turf toe is one thing that can either be minor or knock you out for the season. The Broncos have the Pittsburgh Steelers up next.
Ever since the Denver Broncos lost star linebacker Von Miller to a leg injury a mere few days ago, they have been looking high and low for a replacement since the season starts...... today. Free agent Clay Matthews is one of the top choices for a last-minute option, but it looks like that won't be happening.
This is probably the reason why Matthews hasn't been picked up yet. He didn't play poorly last season until he landed on injured reserve with a broken jaw.
The Los Angeles Rams released Matthews early this offseason, which followed with him filing a grievance with the team. Hence the reason another team hasn't signed him; if he takes money somewhere else, that means the Rams don't owe him. I hope that makes sense.
updated with response from agent:
While, above, I assume that he doesn't want to play this year because of said grievance, his agent released a statement explaining that Matthews is still open to playing this season, as long as it's for the "right" team. Aka, if the money is good enough to offset the grievance.
If there will be Monday Night Football Week 1, ESPN has their announcers lined up.
The first game will be Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Giants and will feature Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit, college football announcers. The second game of the double-header, Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos, will feature Steve Levy, Louis Riddick, and Brian Griese. (The tweet is a little unclear, but wanted to give credit to who had it first.)
It's unclear if this is their plan for the entirety of the season or just for now, but I am just happy we don't have to see Booger McFarland.