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  • Go Steelers! The very small yinzer part of me is happy.

    Feel bad for Harbaugh, the Ravens have been cursed all season. Badly cursed. Cursed with a side of fries.

  • In case anyone was wondering what happened to the Chargers, this is a great summary of their defensive issues

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHO9nLIY­OD4

    tl;dr - not enough inside pressure on the D-line and no outside shut-down corner to make his scheme as effective as it was with the Rams

  • Great QB
    Decent young HC

    Another year should be excellent.

  • Can't believe the dolphins, cut bait on Brian Flores. Despite the 7 losses, 7 wins streak this season, that team played hard for him, players didn't quit, they were still in with a shout for the playoffs despite the disastrous start, and he's the first coach in a long while in miami to have back to back winning seasons. He might not have got them back to the playoffs, but no coach has in the last 20 odd years, so it seems a bit weird to get rid, despite the owner making googly eyes at Jim Harbaugh
    If I were a team like the vikings or the bears or the bronco's or any of the other coaching carousel stops, I'd be putting in a call to him pretty damn quick.

  • Oh snap. Just saw that too.

    Chatter is that the Dolphins owner is a big Michigan guy (University of) and with Jim Harbaugh (now HC at Michigan) stating he wants to return to the NFL it pushed out Flores to make space for him. Wonder if that puts Tua on the block with a trade for Watson. Or if the Panthers take Bill O'Brian (spits) as their OC, then that may facilitate Watson too, especially if they can convince someone to take on McCaffrey and his salary cap hit.

    Vikings and Bears have fired Head Coaches and GMs today. Flores to the Bears would be super interesting given his DC background.

    Really unfortunate for Flores. Pretty unfair given the limited talent he's had to work with.

  • Hmm. Looks like the Harbaugh thing may be overplayed

    https://twitter.com/JeffDarlington/statu­s/1480550814003470338?t=2GzWjZAOwLYHycLL­0EM80g&s=19

    ^ESPN reporter

  • Now lots of Flores to the Texans commentary showing up. Spicy. Would be all over that.

    Fucking love this part of the offseason.

  • yeah I read that the Harbaugh reasoning might be overplayed, but thought I'd put it out there.
    Did Chris Grier appoint Flores, or did he come after? Seems Grier has been in the dolphins organisation for 20 odd years in various roles, so maybe he's more of a company man, and/or it's possibly a case of GM pushing out the coach to save his position.
    Not sure who Grier gets in to take that position, is the talent/organisation there more appealing than the bears/bronco's/jag's/ insert name of team with losing record here..

  • I am all here for this. Love Flores.

    Shocking move by Miami and they’ll pay the. Price for it I have no doubt.

  • which of the coaches that coached for/with Belichick have had a successful head coaching career after leaving the patriots?
    Flores feels like the most successful, and he's just over .500, names that pop to mind, are:
    matt patricia
    eric mangini (not sure if he was part of belichick's coaching staff, but I think he was)
    charlie weis (was he even a head coach or just a Co-ordinator?)
    bill o'brien
    I'm sure there are more...

  • Lots of people have tried to copy the Pats success with Belicheck hires.

    Your list is missing a lot of names

    https://www.nbcsports.com/boston/patriot­s/bill-belichicks-coaching-tree-hasnt-fa­red-well-nfl-head-coaches

  • With Joe Judge fired as HC of the NY Football Giants, there are no longer any former Bill Belicheck assistants working as head coaches in the NFL. More of a coaching cactus than a coaching tree.

  • I am not surprised by that move. Hopefully the giants opening equates to one more landing spot for up and coming black assistants and co-ordinators (if Eric bienemy doesn’t get a head coaching spot this season, I’m not sure he ever will), black ex head coaches (Brian Flores, lovie smith, I’m looking at you guys) and maybe even another couple of gm’s

  • Apparently The Glorious Texans are considering trading Larry Tunsil for a high pick so we can draft someone who may or may not be as good as Larry Tunsil.

    Big Brain Bill O'Brien legacy lives on.

  • We're rebuilding. We don't need one of the best left tackles in football. Given that we went 4/4 in last year's draft (all were starters this season) then I have a bit more confidence in Caserio's ability to get great value out of draft picks.

  • Lovie transformed the Texans this year as our DC. In 2020 we had 3 total takeaways over a full season.

    Under Lovie Smith we had 25 takeaways this year, 17 picks and 8 fumble recoveries. That is good enough for joint 10th spot in the league.

    We love him.

  • there's a load of black ex HC who are doing sterling work as co-ordinators, Lovie, Todd Bowles, Vance Joseph, Raheem Morris, Leslie Frazier, and you'd think would be in for a shout of another head coaching opportunity. But I'm not holding my breath. NFL is trending younger, whiter and offensive play caller, at the HC position, which means some of the older coaches above might not get another shot, even though they deserve to.
    I'm also loving how in his absence, Jim Caldwell's reputation grows ever larger, especially in relation to the shitshow that was Detroit after his removal (not including their energetic play this season) would love for him to get another go round.

  • NFL is trending younger, whiter and offensive play caller, at the HC position,

    Gee. I wonder why that is happening. Hmmmm. Not really sure why.....

    There are lots of older black coordinators but I do not see any of the younger ones coming in. Which is distressing. As much as they love to pat themselves on the back for Robert Saleh, Tomlin and Culley, the remaining coaches are either "grumpy old white guy" (NE, TB, KC, Seattle, Dallas, Minn) or "borderline tech-bro" (LAR, LAC, CLE, CIN).

    I want to see Campbell and Saleh and a new generation of coaches succeed with a new approach to managing the teams.

    which means some of the older coaches above might not get another shot, even though they deserve to.

    Culley is a case in point for that. He was an assistant for 20+ years before getting a shot. Eric Bienemy will get mentioned a lot and then be running KCs offense again next year.

    I'm also loving how in his absence, Jim Caldwell's reputation grows ever larger, especially in relation to the shitshow that was Detroit after his removal (not including their energetic play this season) would love for him to get another go round.

    Matt Patricia - part of the Belichick coaching tree.

  • That second link is a great article, didn’t realise how deep the nepotism ran, especially the zinger about Mcvay at the end.

    I wish those coaches who drag their kids with them from stop to stop promoting them higher up the coaching rung everytime, would give them an initial opportunity and then tell them to find another role without their help, because it’s sink or swim time. Be good at the role or the league will get rid of you. But that still doesn’t change the value of the name brand in providing more opportunities to sons of coaches and limiting the opportunities for black coaches who don’t have that cachet.

    Find it interesting with the amount of black coaches son’s now becoming head coaches in the nba, and how long they have to work as assistants across multiple staffs before they get a sniff at the big seat.

  • There are articles on nepotism in NFL coaching articles going back to 2012. Probably before too. Crazy. At least the Mannings, despite being heavily family connected, are still judged by their performance, not their name.

    Anyway. HOF / Greatest Show on Turf QB Kurt Warner explains why Wentz sucked.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPFlTsAL­b68

    Wentz has prior on his meltdowns

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lU_Km4r0­45E

    ^This guy is amazing. Doesn't post very often but his content is unbelievably good.

  • Lots and lots of noise since the Culley firing in Houston. Flores looks like the front runner behind the LB coach at the Pats Jared Mayo.

    The fan base was pretty indifferent on Culley, but the general consensus was that he was really hard done by. He walked into a terrible situation and got far better than expected results. One season seems really not long enough.

    Rich Eisen's take is pretty solid

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwquaZ1i­khs

    Also - Wild card weekend!

  • There’s been some discussion on the around the nfl podcast about how he only had two years guaranteed on his five year?!? Deal. Which is standard for players but not so much for coaches, seeing how if you don’t win, you’re gone pretty quick..

    Wildcard weekend is not making me a happy bunny. Only three games to watch at a decent (uk) time, and on further review two of them I could sit through, but there’s no way I’m up until 4am Sunday/Monday and Tuesday to watch the big games.

  • There’s been some discussion on the around the nfl podcast about how he only had two years guaranteed on his five year?!? Deal. Which is standard for players but not so much for coaches, seeing how if you don’t win, you’re gone pretty quick..

    Quote from Culley via Marc Berman (local Houston TV Sport reporter 30+ years) was that all 5 years were guaranteed. Seeing lots of conflicting information on his contract.

    Some interesting stats

    1) 25% of teams now looking for new head coaches (I suspect Ruhle will go from Carolina if there are any interesting coaches around when the dust settles). A bad loss in the playoffs may also add to that number. Lots of assistants from top teams are in the mix as 1st time head coaches. Tomlin is now the only black head coach in the league - that is completely disgraceful.

    2) Approx 10% of teams are looking for new GMs (Vikes, Bears, Giants). Lots of assistant GMs looking for promotions too.

    The next 3 years in the league are going to be interesting as lots of new approaches get implemented.

    Only the Broncos will change owners. The same group of white billionaires will still be in charge of the league.

    I give a huge pass to the Rooneys in Pittsburgh because they consistently have been incredible owners and stewards for the NFL for almost 100 years. More Rooney's less Jerry Jones' please.

  • If it’s five years and it’s guaranteed good for him, because it’s not likely that he’ll get another nfl head coaching job (age is against him) that guaranteed money means he can sit out for a couple of years, or go and coach high school/college/be an NFL assistant/co-ordinator again.

    Good article here on why the nfl keeps getting coaching and gm hires wrong

    https://www.theringer.com/nfl/2022/1/6/2­2869889/nfl-coaching-carousel-avoid-mist­akes

    Really interesting bit from the article:

    “ Sportsology did a deep dive on the 57 general manager openings in the NFL since 2010. The numbers paint a picture of owners’ lack of creativity: 75 percent of the hires were former NFL scouts, and 70 percent of all hires came from a team that had made a Super Bowl during their tenure. This means that if you are a senior scout with a past Super Bowl participant, you are likely to be firmly in the mix. The numbers get more interesting from there. The data showed that teams with GMs from scouting backgrounds won less than those with GMs who had a salary cap and football operations background, a group that includes New Orleans’s Mickey Loomis, Buffalo’s Brandon Beane, and Philadelphia’s Howie Roseman. There are small sample sizes when you’re dealing with over a decade of hires in a 32-team league, but it’s important to point out that the data shows no real difference in winning percentage between GMs who came from a Super Bowl team and those who did not.”

    I won’t get into the diversity numbers in terms of head office, think it’s even harder to get a gm job and then another if you’re fired if you’re black than if you’re a black head coach.
    Think currently there are more black gm’s than their are head coaches, even the relatively successful ones that aren’t fired, like your Texans and their former GM rick smith, who stepped away to look after his wife who had cancer, and hasn’t had a sniff since deciding he wanted to get back into it, and his track record was pretty decent, built a solid team, the backbone of which bill O’Brien then traded away.
    (Quick google shows smith is being mentioned in relation to the bears GM seat)

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