The Lions have hosted extra Tremendous Bowls than they’ve performed: 2-Zero.
The Giants have received extra Tremendous Bowls than they’ve hosted: Four-1.
Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is the No. 1 candidate for the Giants and Lions.
That is the best choice Patricia will make in his head teaching profession. Indications are Patricia and the Giants need one another with the Lions hoping his long-time affiliation and friendship with Detroit GM Bob Quinn after they had been collectively in New England for 12 years shall be sufficient to draw him to the Motor Metropolis and preserve him away from the brilliant lights of Broadway.
To not sound too New York-centric, however it’s laborious to give you too many the explanation why Patricia would fairly coach the Lions. He’s from a tiny city in upstate New York, and there shall be much less stress in Detroit, however he’s labored for Invoice Belichick since 2004, so he’s used to working in an atmosphere with extraordinary expectations.
Do you know the Lions are the one group that has been round for all the Tremendous Bowl period that has by no means performed within the recreation? Their final NFL championship got here within the first yr of Dwight Eisenhower’s second time period as president. That was 1957. The Lions, Browns, Jaguars and Texans are the one groups which have but to play within the Tremendous Bowl. Think about this: Lions followers want they had been Jets followers. It’s solely been 50 years for Gang Inexperienced.
So, why would Patricia even take into account Detroit?
– His relationship with Quinn is taken into account an actual draw, however keep in mind this: Eric Mangini and Mike Tannenbaum had been finest buddies when Tannenbaum was promoted to Jets GM in 2006 and employed Mangini, who on the time was Belichick’s defensive coordinator. Mangini was fired after three years by Woody Johnson and it was as much as Tannenbaum to interrupt the information.
– It’s only 45 miles to Ann Arbor, the best faculty city in America, residence of the College of Michigan, The Huge Home and Zingerman’s deli.
– The Detroit airport could be very good.
Okay, these are the one causes I can give you.
Oh, wait a minute, perhaps the Ford household will throw in a few additional automobiles. And the Lions do have Matthew Stafford, whom they thought sufficient of to make the very best paid participant in NFL historical past final yr with a five-year, $135 million contract that included a $50 million signing bonus with $92 million assured. It’s an excellent factor the wage cap retains going as much as cowl the invoice. Stafford was picked first in 2009, the yr the Jets traded as much as get Mark Sanchez at No. 5. Playoff report: Sanchez Four-2. Stafford: Zero-Three.
Now why would he choose the Giants?
– Barry Sanders and Calvin Johnson, the Lions’ two finest gamers of this period, every retired prematurely, unable to cope with the dropping. Sanders performed 10 seasons, averaged 1,527 yards per season (he had at the very least 1,000 yards every year), and will have pushed his whole out to this point that Emmitt Smith would by no means have been capable of catch him. Johnson was the unstoppable Megatron. They every left loads of yards and cash on the desk. Sanders was 31 when he stop. So was Johnson, who performed 9 years.
– Detroit has been a graveyard for coaches. The excellent news: Patricia could be following Rod Marinelli, Jim Schwartz and Jim Caldwell. The bar isn’t set excessive.
– Let’s not overlook that the Giants are coming off a Three-13 season wherein they set the report for many losses within the 93-year historical past of the franchise. However there’s a motive the Patriots are the one group to win extra Tremendous Bowls than the Giants since 1986. The Giants have confirmed they will win, even when they’ve struggled placing collectively a three- or four-year run of sustained success. They’ve a blueprint that has labored prior to now. The Lions make it up as they go alongside.
– The Giants have Odell Beckham, who when wholesome is among the many two or three most explosive receivers within the league.
– They’ve the second choose within the draft and presumably will take Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen.
As an alternative of inheriting Stafford, who has but to show he can take the Lions previous the wild-card spherical, Patricia might create his personal identification by creating a possible franchise QB. Alabama offensive coordinator Brian Daboll could be a pure match to work for Patricia because the Giants offensive coordinator. They labored collectively for Belichick for seven years in New England. Daboll’s inventory is method up after one yr working for Nick Saban after freshman QB Tua Tagovailoa got here off the bench to start out the second half and threw the successful 41-yard TD in extra time to beat Georgia within the nationwide championship recreation Monday evening.
Placing it collectively, the Giants provide a greater alternative for Patricia to succeed. It’s a greater group. It’s a greater metropolis. GM Dave Gettleman is a confirmed GM. Quinn remains to be studying how you can construct a group.
This actually does appear fairly straightforward.
Right here’s how I believe the teaching mock draft will shake out:
Giants: Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia
Colts: Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels
Cardinals: Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur
Lions: Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel.
First on all people’s listing in 2019: Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks
RULE OF ENGAGEMENT
The Rooney Rule is damaged and it’s grow to be demeaning to minority candidates for head coach and GM alternatives. The Raiders got here to an settlement with Jon Gruden earlier than they even fired Jack Del Rio. That was dangerous. However after they fired Del Rio following the final recreation, they interviewed their tight ends coach Bobby Johnson and USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin to fulfill the Rooney Rule. As soon as Gruden was formally employed final week, he fired Johnson and interviewed Martin for his employees.
The NFL is trying into whether or not the Raiders violated the Rooney Rule.
Groups will typically interview two minority candidates so it doesn’t seem they’re doing it simply to fulfill the Rooney Rule. The good thing about the interviews is it does elevate the profile of the candidates, but when they don’t have any probability at getting the job, is that the way in which to do it? I wish to assume it’s reached the purpose that one of the best candidates are going to get interviewed no matter coloration, however clearly the NFL nonetheless doesn’t belief the groups to do it on their very own.
Andy Reid is the worst playoff coach of this technology, even worse than Marvin Lewis, who’s Zero-7. Reid is among the high regular-season coaches, however when he will get to the playoffs, he simply flat out stinks. He was 1-Four in NFC title video games in Philly, dropping twice at residence, after which his recreation administration within the Tremendous Bowl loss to the Patriots clearly indicated he fell asleep on the sidelines. The Chiefs blew a 31-10 halftime lead and 38-10 third quarter playoff leads in Indy in 2013 and misplaced 45-44. They blew a 21-Three halftime lead final week to the Titans and misplaced 22-21 when main rusher Kareem Hunt carried simply 5 instances within the final 48 minutes at the same time as TE Travis Kelce, the Chiefs finest participant, missed the second half with a concussion… Ok.C. will definitely look to commerce QB Alex Smith within the offseason, opening the way in which for Patrick Mahomes to start out. Finest case situation for the Giants is Browns GM John Dorsey, who was in Ok.C. after they traded for Smith, brings him to Cleveland and drafts RB Saquon Barkley No. 1, leaving the Giants their alternative of Rosen or Darnold. Smith has one yr left on his contract: $14.5 million wage, $2 million roster bonus, $500,000 exercise bonus… I can’t see Washington franchising Kirk Cousins for a 3rd straight yr, this time at $34 million. Perhaps they get him signed to a long-term deal or let him go away as a free agent and begin over. Jay Gruden didn’t sound overly thrilled in his postseason analysis of Cousins: “While you’re 7-9, it’s laborious to say, ‘Wow, this man actually was excellent,’” he stated. “Kirk had his flashes the place he was actually good. From a constant standpoint, over the course of 16 video games, we’re 7-9.” John Elway might make a play for Cousins in Denver. The Jets, too. Cousins shall be 30 in August and I might fairly see the Jets get a first-round QB and develop him.
Wyoming’s Josh Allen and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield will play within the Senior Bowl in two weeks, in order that’s good for the Jets. Much more necessary is how they carry out in apply within the week main as much as the sport. Darnold and Rosen should not eligible to play within the Senior Bowl as a result of it requires participant was at school at the very least 4 years… It’s a Turner household reunion in Carolina. Ron Rivera employed Norv Turner to interchange Mike Shula as offensive coordinator. Norv has introduced his son Scott to be QBs coach. He labored for his father in Minnesota and spent final yr at Michigan. Already on Rivera’s employees: Turner’s brother Ron is an offensive guide and his nephew Cameron is the assistant quarterbacks coach. Nicely, it can make getting collectively for the vacations a lot simpler. However will it enhance the Panthers offense? Turner stop throughout the season with the Vikings in 2016 when he acquired bored with the interference from Mike Zimmer. Rivera labored for Turner as defensive coordinator when Norv was the Chargers head coach. But it surely’s not just like the Turners had been ever thought of the primary household of teaching.
Saints at Vikings has the potential to be a really entertaining, high-scoring recreation. Zimmer and Saints coach Sean Payton are good buddies after working collectively on Invoice Parcells’ employees in Dallas from 2003-05. They performed loads of golf collectively and Zimmer’s daughters babysat Payton’s children. Zimmer’s spouse handed away throughout the 2009 season when he was the Bengals defensive coordinator. Zimmer’s son Adam was Payton’s assistant linebackers coach in New Orleans on the time. Payton went to the funeral. Adam Zimmer now works for his father as Minnesota’s linebackers coach. Zimmer and Payton are nonetheless each near Parcells. “Once we had been all working there in Dallas, there’s that feeling as you’re all getting hammered by Invoice that you just’ve acquired to be shut with one another only for some other motive than to outlive,” Payton stated. “So distress loves firm, I assume. If it was Zim someday, then I might in all probability doodle on a pad that might in all probability say, ‘Higher him than me right now.’ After which if it was me, I’m certain Zim could be doodling the identical factor.”