Don’t plan the New England Patriots funeral just yet. Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are headed to an eighth straight AFC Championship game. Brady and the Pats throttled the Los Angeles Chargers, 41-28, and this one was over by halftime as the Patriots roared to a 35-7 lead at the half. Brady torched the Chargers, going 33/43 for 343 yards and 1 touchdown. New England did what they wanted on offense, scoring touchdowns on five of their first six drives. Sony Michel starred in the running game with 129 yards, 3 TD’s. Philip Rivers falls to 5-6 in his playoff career. —KC opens up as a 3-point favorite for the AFC title game—
C.J. Anderson couldn’t find work for months, never got a call from the Steelers, and is another example of why you don’t bring out the brink trucks for running backs. Anderson with now three 100 yard rushing games in three games with the Rams, totaled 127 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Rams 30-22 win over the Cowboys. Los Angeles physically punished the Cowboys at the line of scrimmage, en route to the NFC title game.
The AFC Goes through Arrowhead. The Kansas City Chiefs held serve at home with a 31-13 win over the Colts, advancing to the AFC title game. The surprise in this one was how small the Colts offense came up in a dud performance. Andrew Luck had no vertical game through the air, going 19/36 for 203 yards. T.Y. Hilton was a non-factor as the Chiefs were swarming on defense, producing 3 sacks, 1 turnover and allowing just 7 points.
On the cusp of Hue Jackson’s firing, there will be no expanded role for Todd Haley in Cleveland. In fact, there will be no role for Haley in Cleveland. Haley is out as offensive coordinator and has been fired, the NFL network reports. What’s next for Haley? It’s hard to see him getting another shot as an offensive coordinator anytime soon. His stock is going to be as low as it can get around the league. Among the primary reasons is that Haley is an extremely tough person to work with for coaches and only stayed around in Pittsburgh as long as he did because of the Rooney’s.
Jon Gruden Already Growing Frustrated with Martavis Bryant This past April Steelers officials were in shock when the Oakland Raiders presented Pittsburgh with a trade offer for Martavis Bryant that included a third-round. Those close to the situation say Kevin Colbert didn’t even need to discuss the offer with his staff and mull the pros and cons. Despite a Super Bowl or bust mentality, Pittsburgh had no hesitation in jumping at the offer and for good reason — Bryant could never be trusted –. Just a couple weeks into Raiders training camp, there’s talk that Bryant might not make it out of camp with the Raiders and Jon Gruden’s comments this week will only add more fuel to the fire. The Martavis Bryant ‘act’ of mysteriously missing practices due to a made-up illness and a lack of attention to detail has followed Bryant to Oakland. RAIDERS COACH JON GRUDEN ONRead More »
While USC’s Sam Darnold has been the consensus No. 1 pick for weeks due to being the safest pick the Cleveland Browns could make, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports on the morning of the draft there is a “mounting belief” around the league from head coaches and general managers that Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield will be the first overall pick. Mayfield going No. 1 will send ripple effects to the top of the draft. The Browns have had 28 different starting quarterbacks since 1999. Tyrod Taylor will be No. 29 to open the 2018 season and Mayfield the likely pick will certainly be No. 30 at some point in 18.
Former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley is expected to become the Cleveland Browns new offensive coordinator. All signs point to former #Steelers OC Todd Haley being named #Browns OC soon https://t.co/SKpvICfRHW — Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) January 22, 2018 Haley will take over the play-calling from Hue Jackson and it will be an intriguing situation for Haley if Jackson actually stays out of the way. With the first and fourth overall picks, Cleveland is primed to draft a potential franchise quarterback. If Haley develops good chemistry with whoever the Browns draft, it’s not a far-fetched scenario that 1-31 Hue Jackson gets fired mid-season by new GM John Dorsey and Haley gets a look as interim coach or a candidate to replace Jackson at somepoint. For a guy who has been on no one’s radar as a head coaching candidate, this is a smart move by Haley that could eventuallyRead More »
The New England Patriots are headed back to the Super Bowl and James Harrison showed he can still play. New England always finds a way and they did again with a 4th quarter comeback in rallying past the Jaguars for a 24-20 win in the AFC Title Game. New England trailed by 10 in the 4th quarter but in typical New England fashion, the Patriots would outscore the Jaguars 14-0 in the final nine minutes of the game to secure a trip to Super Bowl LII. The Steelers couldn’t find time for James Harrison to even get 5 snaps a game. When the Patriots needed stops, all Harrison did today was go out and provide 3 QB pressures in the 4th quarter and a sack at the 2-minute warning to force a 3rd and 19 for the Jaguars and eventual turn over on downs. The Steelers could have used aRead More »