The NFL Is Finally Taking Chances On Coaches.

Forever in the NFL it seemed like when these coaching positions came open in the NFL that teams would just hire a coach that had been around the league and had been a mediocre head coach at multiple other places because they were afraid to go outside of the NFL box and take a risk on a hire. It seems as if Sean McVay being successful has changed that. Besides Bruce Arians to Tampa it has been all new head coaches that are being hired in the NFL. I’m also fine with Bruce because he is a really good coach. He’s not some bum who has been mediocre his entire career. Every other coach that has been hired so far though is going to be a first time NFL Head Coach. 

The Coaches that have been hired so far are:

  • Vic Fangio
  • Freddie Kitchens
  • Kliff Kingsbury
  • Matt LaFleur
  • Bruce Arians
  • Rumored Matt Rhule to the Jets

I get that not all of these guys are going to work out and some of them may be terrible NFL coaches but at least teams are taking a chance instead of playing it safe with a guy who has been a career 500 coach. Also pretty happy that Freddie Kitchens got hired because after Kliff Kingsbury I was worried that the league was starting to only hire good looking coaches. Glad there is still a place in this league for out of shape guys. The players are already people that we can’t associate with in anyway because they are athletic freaks. We don’t need the same thing happening with coaches. 

It will be interesting to see if the rest of the teams this offseason follow suit with newer coaches or if they fall back to hiring someone who has been a head coach in the league before and was obviously fired at some point. 

Also congrats to the Browns on not fucking it up and keeping Freddie Kitchens with Baker Mayfield. 

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PMS 2.0 031 – A Huge Giveaway, A Future HOFer, & Life Talk

On today’s show, Pat and the guys get a surprise call from AQ Shipley and they chat about the Cardinals’ past game, his nightmare flight from New York to Phoenix with his baby and him trying to get her to stop crying, and if he has any questions for Joe Thomas (12:02-19:32). Next, future Hall of Famer, former Browns legend, and the first offensive lineman in NFL history, Joe Thomas, joins the show. They discuss his thoughts on the Browns this season, staying in shape around the holidays, how much he’s enjoyed being on the media side in the NFL, and whether or not he’s going to consider calling any football games next year. To close out the interview, Joe answers questions in a lightning round from all the guys in the studio (19:34-44:50). The guys also discuss Pat’s new three-legged cat, and dive into an NFL conversation about whether or not the Patriots are done, if the Steelers are back/Boz’s woes, if the Colts have quietly become one of the best teams in the AFC, and their thoughts on some of the demands of retired players and HOFer’s. Pat also announces a HUGE GIVEAWAY towards the end of the show. Stick around afterwards to hear some of the live phone calls from Pat opening up the phone lines to the public. It’s a good one, come and laugh with us. Cheers.

NFL playoff picture is WILD

Well if your mind wasn’t already blown by the NFL this year, this weekend certainly did that for you. The Rams and Chiefs who we all thought were locks to be in the Super Bowl this year after their amazing Monday nighter, both lost at home on the weekend. The Patriots lost consecutive games in December for the first time since 2002 and now have 5 losses on the road this season.

Teams that we thought were heating up heading into the playoffs laid absolute eggs. The Seahawks lost in San Fran, the Cowboys got shutout in Indy and i would throw my Dolphins in the mix as well but i think our miracles ran out last weekend.

Then there’s the teams everyone thought was dead that turned things around. Lets start with BIG DICK NICK and the Eagles, am i crazy to say the Eagles might be a better team with him at the helm. I am by no means saying he’s better than Wentz, but for whatever reason that team just looks better with him calling the plays. We also have the Steelers who were trending in the wrong direction, lost three in a row and have always had trouble with the Pats. Mike Tomlin had a 2-7 record heading into yesterday against the Patriots and it felt like he might of finally been on the hot seat. The Boz made a huge kick at the end and the Steelers defence bent but didn’t break in what was a very exciting game.

There is a massive game in Carolina tonight that will go a long way in telling us more about home field advantage in the NFC. It’s going to be a very intriguing final 2 weeks here and i hope you guys are enjoying this crazy season as much as i am. Oh and by the way Saturday night football is absolutely beautiful.

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Digs’ Saturday NFL Picks

The NFL on Saturday is such a beautiful thing. There you are doing your normal Saturday bar bullshit during bar season and it just so happens that you now get to watch NFL games while you do so. It really is the season of giving. Here are today’s matchups. 

I am going to keep these picks nice and simple today. I am going to include them together in a nice little Saturday Teaser. I know no one likes being teased on a Saturday night but tonight this little tease is going to please you all the way into Sunday. 

First team in the tease is the Texans. I am not big on taking big road favorites in weird situations like the first Saturday games of the year so I was not confident enough to take the Texans -7 but I am very very confident in them being able to win the game against the Jets especially after coming off a loss.

Second team in the tease I am going with is the Browns. One of the more up and down teams on the year I have a hard time trusting them to stick within the 2.5 but I have quite an easy time thinking they will stick within 8.5. The key here is that both teams are still technically alive in the playoff race so you do not need to worry about motivation. On the other side the Broncos did not look great after losing Emmanuel Sanders and I don’t see them pulling away from the Browns with their current weapons.

Easy money tonight, 6 point teaser with the Texans -1 and the Browns +8.5.

Bruce Arians And Chuck Pagano To The Browns?

I’m a Colts fan but when Peyton Manning went to Denver, I also became a Broncos fan until the day he left.  I loved that dude, so my fandom would follow him wherever he played.  The same principle applies here.  If these two guys pair back up to coach the Browns…I’m all in!

Bruce Arians provided color commentary for CBS in the Chiefs win over the Browns last Sunday.  During a break Arians was asked by the Canton Repository if he would consider being a head coach again.  His response was “Cleveland is the only job I would consider.”  Then he went on to say that if he got that job, Chuck Pagano would be his choice for Defensive Coordinator.  Holy Shit!!!  Is this possible?!

I have to think as soon as GM John Dorsey read this, phone calls were made.  Colts fans loved these guys when they were together here.  I think the only problem was, most of us would’ve preferred Arians as the head coach and Pagano as defensive coordinator.  In 2012, this duo led the Colts, who were 2-14 the year before, to a record of 11-5.  That’s the year Pagano was battling Leukemia and had to turn the reins over to Arians in week 5.  We were 2-2 at that point and under Arians, went 9-3.  Many of us think Chuck Pagano was a bit conservative and that Arians’ “let it eat” attitude better suited an offense led by Andrew Luck.

The Ravens defense was 3rd overall when Pagano was there and after the Colts fired him, it looked like the Ravens were very interested in bringing Pagano back.

Obviously, he didn’t become the defensive coordinator for the Ravens.  I couldn’t find a report that explained why.  Maybe it’s because the Colts’ defense finished 30th in the last two years that Pagano was head coach.  But the Ravens knew that before they reached out to him so I’m going to put my detective hat back on say it’s more likely that he told them he wasn’t interested.  If that’s the case, it’s possible he just wasn’t ready to jump back in the game yet and wanted to take some time off to spend with his family.

But what if he and Bruce Arians, who had just retired as head coach of the Cardinals, met for drinks and discussed what the future would hold for each of them?  Neither of these guys are starving, so if they wanted to return to coaching they could each afford to wait for the right opportunity to come along.  Even a schmuck like me was aware that if Cleveland didn’t turn things around this year, Hue Jackson was getting the boot.  So, let’s assume both these former head coaches were aware of that as well.  

So, when you add that to the fact that Bruce Arians just announced his desire to take over as head coach at Cleveland and to bring Pagano with him…it’s not unreasonable to assume that he had communicated that information to Pagano before he leaked it to the press.  

Now, Hue Jackson is gone and the Browns will have to make a decision for next year.  If they decide to go with an experienced head coach that has a proven track record and a talent for getting the most out of a quarterbacks that are #1 draft picks…I’d say Bruce Arians and Chuck Pagano are in a pretty good spot.