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The Saints Have a Major Salary Cap Crunch This Offseason - MMQB
I can say the Eagles are doing extensive background on Patriots OC Josh McDaniels. That doesn’t mean he’s getting the job, but I do believe that Jeffrey Lurie and Howie Roseman are intrigued with what McDaniels might be able to do, and he’s an easy answer to a question they’re trying to confront: Which available coach is best equipped to build an offense that works for our quarterback(s)? I also believe this one can work because Roseman and McDaniels have different strengths. Where they’d have to bridge gaps would be in how the organization would set up structurally, since both guys have a very defined vision for that. But I think, in a certain way, both guys here could be really good for each other, if everyone is reasonable. I also think that Roseman’s experience, and belief that his job first and foremost is to go and get players for the coaches, borne of his experience with Andy Reid, would go a long way in melding coaching and scouting, if McDaniels is the guy.
Multiple signs seem to be pointing to Josh McDaniels as the Eagles’ next head coach [UPDATE] - BGN
While nothing is official just yet, there are multiple signs pointing to New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels becoming the Philadelphia Eagles’ next head coach. Let’s run through them all. UPDATE: ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports “multiple sources connected to the Eagles’ coaching search believe Josh McDaniels is a prime candidate for the HC job.”
Who is Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels competing with for the Eagles’ head coaching job? - Pats Pulpit
Given the Eagles’ apparent commitment to quarterback Carson Wentz, McDaniels seems to be a realistic candidate to be offered the job: the long-time Patriots assistant has worked as in a dual role as the team’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach between 2012 and 2019, and has had tremendous success with Tom Brady. While Wentz is no Brady — nobody is — Philadelphia could very well identify him as the man to help salvage the former first-rounder’s career.
NFC Hierarchy/Obituary: Rams and Saints are dead - PhillyVoice
But perhaps even more importantly, the Saints’ salary cap situation is the worst in the NFL. Actually, as Jason Fitzgerald of OverTheCap.com put it, “It has to be the worst salary cap position a team has ever been in.” They are going to have to cut a number of key contributors this offseason, while also kicking the can down the road by restructuring a slew of others. It’s going to be a multi-year fix in which the team can’t get better through free agency, and hang on, let me see how many draft picks the Saints have this year... (googling)... Three! The Saints have three draft picks this year (before comp picks are doled out), and they’ll be picking 28th in the first round. You really gotta feel for them.
NFL free agency 2021: The free agent each NFL team can’t afford to lose - PFF
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: HC Doug Pederson. The Eagles went all-in on a veteran roster, seeking to repeat their 2017 Super Bowl run. As a result, they effectively don’t have any significant free agents. This isn’t all bad, as they aren’t going to lose any valuable contributors from the 2020 roster unless they choose to move on. Filling the void at head coach thus becomes the clear top priority.
Trailblazers: Ralph Goldston, Don Stevens paved the way for future Eagles - PE.com
The Philadelphia Eagles were born in 1933 when the Frankford Yellow Jackets were sold to Bert Bell and Lud Wray for $2,500. But the Eagles weren’t integrated for nearly another 20 years. There were, in fact, no Black players in the entire NFL from 1934 through 1945. In 1952, the Eagles used their first-round pick on running back Johnny Bright out of Drake. Bright knew that he would have been the first Black player in Eagles history and didn’t know how he would be treated, so he went to play in Canada. The Eagles used an 11th-round pick in that same draft on another running back, Ralph Goldston from Youngstown State. They concluded that draft class in the 30th round with yet another back, Illinois’ Don Stevens. Goldston and Stevens were the first Black players to ever suit up in a game for the Philadelphia Eagles. “I didn’t find out I was the first (Black player) until I was there awhile,” Goldston told Ray Didinger for The Eagles Encyclopedia. “It wasn’t a big deal. Don and I were treated the same as the other rookies.”
Report: Rich Scangarello is back as the QB coach for the 49ers - Niners Nation
NFL Network’s Mike Silver and Ian Rapoport reported that the San Francisco 49ers have officially promoted Mike McDaniel to offensive coordinator and DeMeco Ryans to defensive coordinator. [...] Silver also reported that Rich Scangarello comes back as QB coach, which would signal Shane Day’s contract is up, or the team moved on from Day. I know fans have signaled they’ve wanted a change, so here you go. Scangarello served as the 49ers QB coach in 2017-18 before leaving to become the Broncos offensive coordinator in 2019 and senior offensive assistant in 2020.
Poll: Should the Green Bay Packers success post-Mike McCarthy make Cowboys fans nervous? - Blogging The Boys
While our focus here is the Dallas Cowboys, it bears discussing how the current head coach’s former team is doing without him. As they often say, Mike McCarthy was available for a reason, after all. The Packers hired Matt LaFleur on January 8th, 2019 in the middle of all of the “wow, he had a cup of coffee with Sean McVay he must be a great head coach!” jokes. LaFleur’s latest victory came over his friend Sean McVay in this season’s divisional round, the second straight year that the Packers have found success in the round that has plagued the Cowboys for a quarter century. Never mind that LaFleur has now surpassed McVay for NFC Championship Game appearances with two, but the Packers in general have looked like one of the best teams in the NFL since 2019 and the obvious change is just that - obvious.
What would the hiring of Marty Hurney mean for the WFT front office? - Hogs Haven
As many suspected he would - even before he was eventually fired in Carolina - Marty Hurney now stands on the cusp of being hired as the Washington Football Team’s next General Manager. Reactions range from feigned surprise, to a sense of disgust that Rivera is somehow more concerned with stacking the team’s ranks with his own loyalists from Carolina, rather than the most capable people for the jobs. I think reactions on both ends of that spectrum miss the sensibility of the choice, under the circumstances.
New York Giants news, 1/18: Jason Garrett, NFL Draft and free agency chatter, more - Big Blue View
The Los Angeles Chargers are hiring Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley as their head coach. Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett interviewed for that job. Garrett does not appear to be a candidate for the two remaining opens, with the Houston Texans and Philadelphia Eagles. Thus, the likelihood Garrett will return for a second season as Giants offensive coordinator has increased.
How the Conference Title Matchups Reveal What Matters Most in Today’s NFL - The Ringer
The conference championship matchups are set. The Chiefs will host the Bills in the AFC, while the Packers will host the Buccaneers in the NFC. This field features the most decorated quarterback of all time, Tom Brady, playing his 14th conference title game in the past 20 years. It also features Josh Allen, whose Buffalo franchise hasn’t advanced this deep into the playoffs since he was born. The defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs become the second team ever to host three consecutive conference championship games. (The other was Andy Reid’s Eagles, from 2002 to 2004.) The Packers, meanwhile, will play their first NFC title game at Lambeau Field in Aaron Rodgers’s storied career. How did we get here? And what do the four remaining teams teach us about the state of football this season? Five lessons stand out.
2 winners and 4 losers from the NFL divisional playoff round - SB Nation
I know this is a difficult morning in Cleveland. Local fans were rooting for the Browns to win, heck everyone outside of Kansas City was praying we’d get a Browns vs. Bills AFC Championship game, but it just wasn’t to be. I get that it’s disappointing, but dang Cleveland, Browns fans should be over the moon this morning. This was unquestionably the best season the team has had since being re-launched in 1999 — and there’s really something to build off here. We’ve seen scant few winning seasons for the Browns, but this feels like the first where there’s a real foundation that can be built off. A solid future that is actually set up for success, with young talent, the right coaching, and finally a front office that can put everything together. Not only are all the stars aligning for Cleveland, but circumstance has made it that it’s unlikely the Browns will be the laughing stocks of the NFL again, at least for a while. Congratulations Houston for playing yourselves and earning that mantle.
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