The big question is why? McDaniels was on the verge of landing his first head-coaching gig since his stint with the Denver Broncos from 2009-10. The surprising reversal comes two days after the Patriots' 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII.
For now, it’s not known who they are. Possibilities (in our view, with no inside information for now) include Chiefs special-teams coordinator Dave Toub, Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich, Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, and former Falcons and Seahawks coach Jim Mora.
Toub, who has been with the Chiefs as special teams coordinator since 2013, has been a common head coach candidate the last few seasons, but he was never given an opportunity.
This situation could prove very different. Schefter also reported that the assistant coaching positions are already in place.
Harrison wrote that these rankings are based on where “teams stack up at the end of the 2017 season combined with an early outlook for 2018.”
That would explain why the Chiefs are behind five teams that missed the playoffs in Harrison’s rankings: Packers, Chargers, Texans, Seahawks and 49ers.
5. Kissing Cousins. The first shoe has dropped on the veteran quarterback carousel, with the Chiefs trading Alex Smith to Washington. They obviously feel Smith is an upgrade over Kirk Cousins, who they “dated” only to now leave him to marry an older and—to them—more attractive player. As to the rumor that the Redskins could still apply the Franchise Tag on Cousins to try to extract trade compensation: Good luck with that. They would not only carry a $34 million cap charge for Cousins—in addition to a big number for Smith—but also draw a certain grievance from Cousins and the NFLPA. The bargaining history of the Franchise Tag requires the tagging team to have intent to sign, not trade, the player. A Tag would certainly have a chilling effect on Cousins’ marketplace, his first freedom in six years to contract with any other team. The story is a nonstarter.
Nick Foles, the one-time backup quarterback who was never supposed to offer a legitimate challenge to Tom Brady and the five-time Super Bowl champion juggernaut Patriots, showcased a level of confidence and poise on one trick play that ultimately was much richer than the six points it gave the Eagles.
The mystery behind why Malcolm Butler didn't play in Super Bowl LII continues to grow. The New England Patriots cornerback denies "ridiculous activities" spurred benching during Super Bowl.
The NFL is investigating Hurney under the league’s personal conduct policy, team spokesman Steven Drummond said. The Panthers notified the NFL that Hurney’s ex-wife filed on Friday for a protective order. Hurney notified the Panthers on Sunday of the filing, Drummond said.
Colin Kaepernick's grievance against the NFL is moving forward, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, with his attorneys and the league recently exchanging almost 100,000 documents.