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Coach Pete Carroll confirmed Friday night that LT George Fant (ACL) is done for the season.

Carroll called it a "significant" ACL injury, and suggested there may have been more ligament damage. The injury indeed looked brutal on the field. The Seahawks turned to sometimes guard Rees Odhiambo as their first-team left tackle in Fant's absence. They could also look at LG Luke Joeckel as a left guard alternative, or give un-retired free agent Branden Albert a phone call.
Sat, Aug 19, 2017 01:51:00 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports ex-Jets and Bills coach Rex Ryan is a "name to watch" for the Chiefs' defensive coordinator vacancy.

Schefter's report is via "sources." Ryan has a habit of openly campaigning for jobs/inserting himself into the conversation, but he can't be dismissed out of hand in Kansas City. A deeply-flawed head coach, Ryan is an undeniably strong defensive mind. He got Bill Belichick's number more than once.
Jan 22 - 2:57 PM

Chiefs fired defensive coordinator Bob Sutton.

Sutton had been Andy Reid's defensive coordinator for Reid's entire six-year tenure in Kansas City, but his defense increasingly became a laughingstock as Reid continued to power up on offense. Per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, his firing comes after Reid and company "talked with players and coaches." The takeaway was apparently that Sutton's "lack of adjustments" were a "non-stop frustration." The Chiefs have seen some talent go out of the door on Sutton's side of the ball, but he still had enough to work with to be better. With the Chiefs in the midst of a Super Bowl window, replacing Sutton will be an attractive job offer.
Jan 22 - 2:47 PM

Raiders coach Jon Gruden is unsure if impending free agent Marshawn Lynch intends to play in 2019.

Lynch was limited to six games by a groin/core muscle injury in 2018. He was running reasonably well for a terrible offense before going down. Lynch has averaged 4.26 yards per carry since returning in 2017 and arguably been more impressive from an "eye test" perspective. He turns 33 in April.
Jan 22 - 1:43 PM

Bengals hired Raiders QBs coach Brian Callahan as offensive coordinator.

Bill Callahan's son, Brian has been an NFL quarterbacks coach since 2015, spending 2015 in Denver before a two-year sojourn in Detroit. He joined Jon Gruden last offseason. A card-carrying cocoon member, it is entirely unclear if Callahan is qualified to run an NFL offense. It's possible new coach Zac Taylor serves as his own play-caller, anyways.
Jan 22 - 1:21 PM

Impending free agent OLB Dee Ford "would love" to be back with the Chiefs.

Despite his offsides penalty costing the Chiefs a late interception and likely Super Bowl berth, Ford had an outstanding 2018, recording 13 sacks and making his first Pro Bowl. That kind of production will earn him a fat contract if he reaches the open market, but it is unlikely the Chiefs let him get there, retaining him either with a long-term deal or the franchise tag. The latter would earn Ford around $15.6 million for 2019.
Jan 22 - 10:31 AM

Agent Tom Condon believes Eli Manning will be back with the Giants in 2019.

"I think he’d love to come back," Condon said. "Guys love to play their whole careers with one team if they have a good experience with that team." Set to make $17 million including a $5 million bonus due in mid-March, Manning's return could be contingent on the veteran taking a pay cut, but Condon has yet to have those conversations with the team. Even if Manning sticks around, the Giants' No. 1 priority this offseason should be finding their quarterback of the future.
Jan 22 - 10:18 AM

CBS broadcaster Tony Romo confirmed he's received recent contract offers from NFL teams.

It's not surprising; Romo is now years removed from the back injuries that effectively ended his career and won't turn 39 until April. "There was something earlier this season and definitely two times this offseason," said Romo. "Usually, it is a coach that reaches out." Romo did indicate he's happy in broadcasting, where he's fast emerged as the top color analyst in the game.
Jan 21 - 6:21 PM

Alex Smith was spotted wearing a massive brace on his right leg at the Washington Wizards' game on Monday.

Per Dr. David Chao, the brace is called an "external fixator." It can be viewed at the link below. After suffering compound and spiral fractures in his right leg, Smith dealt with infections that prompted several more surgeries. Smith appears highly unlikely to be ready for the beginning of the 2019 season.
Jan 21 - 5:30 PM

The Chiefs are having "internal discussions" about whether to retain DC Bob Sutton.

No decisions have been made yet, but Sutton is understandably on the hot seat after his unit developed into the Chiefs' Achilles' heel. Kansas City finished 30th in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA in 2017, and 26th in 2018. In fairness to Sutton, the Chiefs' defensive talent has eroded in recent years.
Jan 21 - 5:08 PM

Titans promoted TEs coach Arthur Smith to offensive coordinator.

Smith is so much of an unknown that he lacked a Wikipedia page at the time of this writing. According to the team, he is "wrapping up his eighth season on the Titans coaching staff." He started with the club as a defensive assistant/quality control coach but moved to the offensive side of the ball in 2012. He has served under four different head coaches in Nashville. Amazingly, Smith will be Marcus Mariota's fifth offensive coordinator in five years. As Freddie Kitchens has once again proven, unknown does not equal bad hire. We just don't have anything to go on.
Jan 21 - 2:00 PM

The Washington Post's Mark Maske reports the NFL's competition committee will "give consideration" to making pass interference calls reviewable.

Several coaches including Sean Payton, whose team was on the receiving end of a horrific and game-changing non-call on Sunday, have been in favor of making pass interference reviewable, and it sounds like there is a possibility they will get their wish. "It will be discussed at length along with additional fouls that coaches feel should be subject to review," a source told Maske. A more comprehensive and streamlined review system could help, but the underlying issue is a serious refereeing problem which needs to be addressed.
Jan 21 - 12:26 PM




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