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Schwartz, Shanahan, Frazier Among Coaches to be Fired

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As the NFL regular season has come to a close, six head coaches have been fired right off the bat on Monday, while, some, surprisingly still have their job.

For now.

One coach was fired as soon as the regular season ended. First year head coach Rob Chuzinkski of the Cleveland Browns was fired on Sunday night after a 7-game losing streak. Chuzinkski was only with the Browns for one season, and was surprised when he got the news. The first half of the season seemed to go well for him, the Browns were starting to look like a challenge but then things started going downhill in the second half of the season.

Black Monday is never a good day in the NFL, as Detroit Lions’ coach Jim Schwartz learned. After missing the playoffs five years in a row, it was not a shock that Sunday against the Giants was his last game. The Lions are a good team, and they have many good players but they need to have some better guidance. The position for this team is now one of the most wanted spots out of all the other vacancies. This will most likely be filled first.

Mike Shanahan of the Washington Redskins was also fired. A year ago Shanahan lead his team to the playoffs for the first time since 2007. Now he’s looking for a new job, after starting a quarterback who should not have been playing. The Redskins ended with a 3-13 record.

Leslie Frazier of the Minnesota Vikings was fired as well. This was a season full of struggles for the Vikings. Unable to stick with one QB, Frazier was forced to go back and forth with three different quarterbacks throughout the season, none of whom could get the job done. So after 3+ years, Frazier is now out of a job as well.

The last coach fired on Monday was Greg Schiano of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers along with General Manager Mark Dominik. The Bucs finished 4-12 this year, and have not made the playoffs since 2007.

One coach who was fired not this Monday but on Monday December 6th is Gary Kubiak of the Houston Texans. Kubiak didn’t even get to finish out his season after having a mini-stroke, and with the team already having lost 11 games in a row, Texans interim coach Wade Phillips filled in for the remainder of the season. And still didn’t win any games. The Texans ended with the worst NFL record to date at 2-12.

Uncertain Futures:
These Coaches have yet to hear if they are going to be back next year or not:

-Joe Philbin and General Manager of the Miami Dolphins.
-Mike Munchak of the Tennessee Titans.
-Dennis Allen of the Oakland Raiders.

Safe:
And these coaches know for certain that they will come back next year.

-Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys.
-Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants.
-Rex Ryan of the New York Jets.

Once the playoffs are out of the way more interviews will come to light as the search for the right fit will continue.

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December 31, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Wild Card Playoffs Results

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As the wild card games finish only four teams have survived at least another week in the playoffs. These teams are the Baltimore Ravens and the Houston Texans for the AFC. And the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks for the NFC.

The weekend started off with the Houston Texans vs. the Cincinnati Bengals. It took awhile for both of these teams to get something going as both went 0-3 on their first possesion, and the majority of the points came from field goals, and both teams got only one TD. The Texans hung on and won 19-13. The Texans will now go onto play the New England Patriots on Sunday @ 4:30.

The next game was the Green Bay Packers vs. the Minnesota Vikings. These two teams met last week and the Vikings won with a field goal. But this week would be different as their starting QB Christian Ponder was not able to play due to an elbow injury. The Packers won 24-10 and the Vikings struggled the entire game. I think the game would have gone much differently is the Vikings had their regular QB, but the Packers win and will go onto play against the San Fransisco 49ers on Saturday @ 8:00.

The games continued on Sunday with the Indianapolis Colts against the Baltimore Ravens. This was a big game for both teams as it could’ve potentially been the last game for Line Backers Ray Lewis, as he is going to retire at the end of the season. And a big game for the Colts as it would have been Andrew Luck’s first playoffs game, ever. All of the Colts’ points came from field goals and the Colts lost 24-9. The Ravens will now go onto play against the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning Saturday @ 4:30.

The wild card games concluded with the Seattle Seahawks at the Washington Redskins. The Redskins started off strong with 2 TDs in the first quarter, but did not score for the rest of the game. The Seahawks didn’t take the lead until the fourth quarter were they wrapped up the game 24-14. The Seahawks will now play against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday @ 1:00 pm.

Next week four more teams will be ellimated from the playoffs and four other teams will move on to at least one more week in the playoffs and another chance at getting closer to the Super Bowl.

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January 8, 2013 at 7:07 pm

2013 playoffs: Wild Card Round

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As 2012 comes to an end, so does the 2012 NFL regular season. Now the real fun begins as 12 teams fight to go to Super Bowl XLVII. This week eight teams will be playing in the wild card round, the winners this week will go onto play in the division round.

The first game will against the Houston Texans vs. the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday January 5th @ 4:30 pm. The Texans who were strong all through the season have come into the playoffs losing their last two game, while the Bengals have come into the playoffs winning their past two games. Everyone in Indianapolis is drooling for the Colts to play the Broncos, and for that to happen, the Bengals have to lose. Sports pundits are calling the Bengals non-contenders, so I’m hoping the Texans win this.

Prediction: But, I think the Bengals will come out on top, because Houston never does very well in the playoffs. The Bengals have done pretty well in the last few weeks, and the Texans had a tough time against two medium teams.

The next game will be on Saturday night @ 8:00, featuring the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings. These teams played against each other only this past week and the Vikings won with a last-second field goal. This game is really one to watch considering it’s a classic matchup with a long-time rivalry. This is a tough call because it could go either way. The Packers are the better team, but the Vikings have possible MVP Adrian Peterson and the most recent win.

Prediction: I’m picking the Packers. They just got back one of their top receivers (Cobb) and one of their top defenders (Woodson).

Sunday’s games start with the Indianapolis Colts at the Baltimore Ravens. These two teams have met before in the past games, and Baltimore still hates the Colts for leaving in 1984 (this, from the former Cleveland Browns who have forgotten about their own off-season desertion in 1996).

This will be a good game as Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was the Ravens’ defensive coordinator last year, and the Ravens offensive coordinator is Jim Caldwell, last year’s head coach for the Colts. Pagano knows the Ravens’ defense, and if the Colts haven’t changed too much, Caldwell still knows their offense. It’s like a chess match where the players switched sides halfway through.

Prediction: This is a tough game to call, but my heart says it’s the Colts.

The last game of the wild card rounds is the Seattle Seahawks vs. the Washington Redskins. These two teams will face off Sunday @ 4:30 pm. This is an exciting end to the weekend, because two of the season’s best rookies will face off against each other. Both teams have had their fair share of struggles, but also a fair amount of success. Two of the three Rookie of the Year contenders — RGIII and Russell Wilson — are in this game, with the Colts’ Andrew Luck in another, so this is an exciting game. But I don’t think this will be a high-scoring game. Both teams will score less than 20 points. RGIII is not as healthy as he should be in the playoffs and Wilson does not have a number one receiver.

Prediction: I’m picking the Seahawks. My dad says the Redskins because they have Pierre Garçon. But I think it’s the Seahawks because 1) they beat the Patriots and 49ers (come on!), 2) RGIII is not healthy, and 3) Garçon has been known to drop the ball on several occasions.

Four other teams have earned the pleasure of a bye week: Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, and Tom Brady and the New England Patriots for the AFC. In the NFC, the San Francisco 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons will be at home resting.  All of these teams will have a chance to play next week in the divisional rounds, but who they play all depends on how the wild card round plays out over the next few days.

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January 4, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Week 15 recap

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Week 15 is over and two more teams have clinched a division title, the Houston Texans, New England Patriots, and the Denver Broncos have clinched a division title so far for the AFC, and the Baltimore Ravens have gotten a playoff spot as well. In the NFC the Atlanta Falcons and the Green bay Packers have also been given a division title of their own, and the San Fransisco 49ers have gotten themselves a playoff spot as well.

The Indianapolis Colts played against the number one team in the AFC, the Houston Texans. Now this was a very difficult game and though Colts fans had hope that the Colts would win the game, alas it was not to be as the Texans won 29-17 despite the Colts efforts. The Minnesota Vikings played against the St. Louis Rams and with the help of Adrian Peterson they won 36-22.

Surprising wins:

  • Though the win was not very surprising the end score was, the Atlanta Falcons beat the New York Giants 34-0. I would have at least expected the Giants to put up some sort of fight, but then again they were without their best runner.
  • The New Orleans Saints beat the Tampa Bay Buccanears 41-0. This came as a surprise because the Saints were not doing very well and them they come out here and shut out the Bucs.
  • The San Fransisco 49ers beat the New England Patriots 41-34. The 49ers seemed to have controlled the game from the start, and even led the game 31-3 at one point.

So far 12 teams have been eliminated from the playoffs, but the three of the rookie QB s have a chance at going into the playoffs, Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts, Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins, and Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks. These rookies have shown that they can not only throw, but run when needed. They have surprised and surpassed peoples expectations for them.

This year the fight to the Superbowl is going to be one of the hardest ones and anyone of these teams could win.

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December 18, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Week 14 recap

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The end of the season is coming to a close with only three more games left in the regular season. And as such teams are faceing off in order to fight for the last spot in the playoff hunt, so far eight teams have been eliminated from the playoffs.

The week started off with the Denver Broncos against the Oakland Raiders, so far the Broncos have made it into the playoffs, the Raiders have been eliminated from the playoffs and the Broncos won 26-13. The Indianapolis Colts played against the Tennessee  Titans, the last time the Colts played against the Titans they (Colts) won in overtime, this time it seemed like it would end differently as the Titans were taking an early lead at the end of the half. But the Colts came back strong and won 27-23.

Surprising wins:

  • The Carolina Panthers beat the 11-1 Atlanta Falcons 30-20. The Falcons are the number one team for the NFC.
  • After the loss of a player and the prosicution of another, the Cowboys rallied together and beating the Cincinnati Bengals with a last second field goal 20-19.
  • The Minnesota Vikings beat the Chicago Bears 21-14 making the NFC North wide open to anyone.
  • Washington Redskins beat the Baltimore Ravens in OT 31-28, but not before RGIII got a mildly sprained knee.

The New England Patriots played against the Houstan Texans last night in a fight to see who was on top in the AFC. The Patriots proved that they are by far the best, as the Texans lost 42-14.  This week more teams have to opportunity go grab a place in the playoffs and these up coming games are going to the ones to watch as the last few games wind down to get ready for the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans.

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December 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Recap of week 3

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The week started off with a New York Giants win over the Carolina Panthers 36-7. Then the Colts played against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Andrew Luck played pretty well again for being a rookie, and had a couple really strong passes. But this week and last week showed some of the reasons that Luck was the number one draft pick. Sadly the Colts could not conjure up another win and lost 22-17.

Other games that had a surprising ending was the Vikiings beating the 49ers 24-13. Chiefs winning over the Saints 27-24, the anticipated game of the Bengals vs the Redskins with the Bengals winning 38-31, and Baltimores win over the Patriots 31-30.

But the game that will have people talking for weeks is last nights game of the Seattle Seahawks vs the Green Bay Packers, in the final play of the game the Seahawks were down 12-7 with 8 seconds to go and Russell Wilson threw the ball for one last hail Mary. The result: M.D. Jennings and Golden Tate fought for the ball in the end-zone. The one of the two refs that were watching called it as a TD for the Seahawks while the other one  called it as an interception. After much debating they came to the conclussion that it was in fact a TD for Seattle.

Many people were not happy about this decision mainly the Packers fans, and if you rewatch the play you can obviously see that Jennings had the ball in his possession but Tate grabbed on at the last second thus looking like he had the ball as well. Tate not only shouldn’t have gotten the TD but he should have gotten called for pass interference as he pushed another player away from the ball before grabbing on.

Also many people have not been happy at all with how the replacement referes  have handled some of their calls. Saints QB Drew Brees has called the replacements “Embarrassements to the league”. So everyone fans and players alike is hoping now more than ever that the regular officials and the NFL come to an agreement quickly.

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September 25, 2012 at 3:46 pm

2011 Pro Bowl Results and players

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This week was the 2011 pro bowl.

 

The NFC and the AFC’s best players go head-to-head for one final game.

 

The starting QB’s for the NFC were

 

Michael Vick (Philadelphia Eagles)

Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons)

Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints)

 

The starting QB’s for the AFC were

Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers)

Peyton Manning (Indianapolis Colts)

Matt Cassel (Kansas City Chiefs)

 

Player’s numbers for the AFC.

Tennessee Titans:

93, 33, 26, 28, 83.

Indianapolis Colts:

98, 63, 18.

Baltimore Ravens:

93, 52, 92, 55, 7.

New England Patriots:

75, 31, 32, 70, 83, 72, 51.

Miami Dolphins:

91, 94, 92.

New York Jets

24, 60.

Houston Texans,

23, 44.

Denver Broncos

84, 24.

Jacksonville Jaguars

89, 24.

San Diego Chargers

68, 95, 17.

Cleveland Browns

73, 55.

Kansas City Chiefs

25, 82, 54, 29, 7.

Oakland Raiders

80, 9.

Buffalo Bills

95.

 

Player’s number’s for the NFC

Chicago Bears

90, 23.

Atlanta Falcons

33, 34, 84, 77, 55, 20, 88, 14, 2.

Dallas Cowboys

82, 65, 93, 52, 19, 90, 94, 1.

Detroit lions

81.

New Orleans Saints

73, 51, 77, 41, 9.

New York Giants

76, 26, 91, 51.

Carolina Panthers

69, 11, 24, 67, 52.

San Francisco 49ers

94.

Washington Redskins

98, 23, 59.

Minnesota Vikings

28, 56, 26.

St. Louis Rams

39.

Arizona Cardinals

11, 90, 24.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

70.

Philadelphia Eagles

2, 7.

 

In the end, the NFC takes the win over the AFC 55-41. However, it was fun to watch the top NFL players play for one last time before next season..

 

Next week will be Super bowl 45 with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers playing in Dallas, Texas.