Hey, so remember when Sticks Johnson opened his big, fat mouth and publicly mused about how he'd love to have Darrelle Revis back on the LOLJets? Johnson's phone apology to Robert Kraft apparently wasn't heartfelt enough, because the Pats filed tampering charges with the league. When Johnson is found to have violated the league's policy, the team is expected to face a fine.
While this was such a clear mistake by Johnson, there's a richness to the Patriots' having blown the whistle on another team's impropriety, isn't there?
Now that Rick Dennison has his old job, Adam Gase is interviewing tonight for Gary Kubiak's former gig as Baltimore's OC. Oakland and Jack Del Rio are among Gase's other suitors, but reports suggest Gase is likely to end up in either Baltimore or Jacksonville.
Meanwhile, as expected, secondary coach Cory Undlin has left to take the same job in Philadelphia.
C.J. Anderson was named to the 2015 Pro Bowl on Monday; he'll take the place of injured Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell. Although the 2013 undrafted rookie didn't see significant action until Week 10, he still finished with 1,173 yards from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns.
Despite the limited playing time, Anderson graded out as PFF's third best running back, tied with Eddie Lacy. Per AFA, he ranked seventh among all backs in Win Probability Added and second in Expected Points Added.
Mike McCarthy and Kicking from One Yard Away
Teams that went for it and converted, to take a touchdown lead, ultimately went 19-5 in those games.
Teams that went for it and failed, to remain tied and leave the opponent usually backed up inside the 1 yard line, went 15-5.
Teams that kicked the field goal (all of them made), to take a three point lead and then kickoff, went 13-14.
Here's hoping we're not referring to it as the Gary Kubiak Special next year...
Tomorrow, the Denver Broncos will introduce Gary Kubiak as their new (and improved) head coach. Rejoice, Broncos fans.
By all accounts, Kubiak is one class act. Unlike John Fox, who was planning his escape the morning of the Broncos' divisional playoff game, Kubiak handled his dismissal from Houston two years ago with respect, dignity, and humility. So, make no mistake about it, the Broncos are getting a great human being.
The Broncos' hiring of tight ends coach Brian Pariani may not mean a parting of ways with Clancy Barone. Rather, Mike Klis says Barone may stick as Denver's offensive line coach, a role he also filled in 2010. Alex Gibbs may even make another return, possibly as a consultant to Barone.
Per Klis, Vance Joseph is still the likeliest candidate to run the defense, while Kubiak hopes to retain receivers coach Tyke Tolbert, who came to Denver along with John Fox in 2011. Greg Knapp (quarterbacks) and Richard Smith (linebackers) may also stay, while Cory Undlin (secondary) is expected to make a lateral shift to Philly.
As Jack Del Rio looks to build a staff in Oakland, Bill Musgrave and Eric Mangini have emerged as possible coordinators. Musgrave, a Grand Junction native, made one start in his NFL career, a 1996 thumping at the hands of the Packers, with John Elway nursing a sore hamstring and the Broncos having already clinched homefield advantage. Since then, Musgrave's coaching career has taken him to eight stops in seven NFL cities, plus a stint at the University of Virginia.
Seattle Suddenly Super
When Gumbel asks Ditka, in effect, if this could end up being the ruination of the sport, Ditka says: “Let me ask you a question better than that. If you had an eight-year-old kid now, would you tell him you want him to play football?”
“I wouldn’t,” said Gumbel. “Would you?”
“No,” Ditka said. “That’s sad. I wouldn’t. And my whole life was football. I think the risk is worse than the reward. I really do.”
From Ditka, of all people, this is absolutely stunning.
Kubiak should be applauded for what he accomplished in his brief stint as the team’s play-caller. For one of the few times in the Ravens’ 19-year existence, there is excitement surrounding the Ravens’ offense. Kubiak got quarterback Joe Flacco and the running game back on track. The Ravens finished with their highest offensive ranking (No. 12) in 17 years. He gave the Ravens their blueprint in how to get the offense clicking.