NFL coach firings, hirings and openings 2020: The latest rumors, buzz and everything we’re hearing | ESPN
Industry sources are certain Eric Bieniemy will get one of these jobs
The Chiefs’ offensive coordinator has been on the head-coach interview circuit the past couple of years but hasn’t managed to get one of the jobs. His contract expires at the end of the season. The Chiefs would love to have him back, but they know he’s probably gone.
Houston definitely has interest, and some believe Bieniemy could already be the front-runner there. The quarterback, overall roster talent and organizational structure will be important to him, and the Texans can offer that, with the willingness to tie a new general manager to the coach. Bieniemy is the marquee Rooney Rule candidate in a year with revamped rules to encourage the hiring of Black coaches. He’s far from the only qualified coordinator or assistant coach. Hiring Bieniemy should be the floor for diversity hiring this year.
Denver Broncos: Melvin Gordon could return this week | Predominately Orange
The Broncos got Phillip Lindsay back last week after he missed some time with a turf toe injury. Lindsay rushed for 101 yards on 23 attempts against the Patriots in his return.
Getting both running backs on the field will be crucial, especially against the team’s next opponent, the Kansas City Chiefs. The Broncos will need to run the ball quite a bit to run clock and keep Patrick Mahomes off the field as much as they can.
NFL overreactions, Week 6: The Patriots are in trouble! | NFL.com
Budda Baker is Tyrann Mathieu 2.0
Let’s start with the tale of the tape:
Budda Baker: 5-foot-10, 195 pounds. Second-round pick (No. 36 overall) by the Cardinals in the 2017 NFL Draft. Two Pro Bowls and one first-team All-Pro selection in four seasons.
Tyrann Mathieu: 5-9, 190 pounds. Third-round pick (No. 69 overall) by the Cardinals in the 2013 NFL Draft. One Pro Bowl and one first-team All-Pro selection in six seasons with Arizona. (Mathieu, who played for the Texans in 2018 and joined the Chiefs in 2019, was also named first-team All-Pro last season in Kansas City.)
10 Quick Facts About the Chiefs’ Week 6 Win Over Buffalo | Upon Further Review | The Mothership
6. The Chiefs’ offense continued its remarkable run of consistency.
It’s tough to score points in the NFL, but Kansas City finds a way to do it just about every week. With 26 points on Monday, the Chiefs tallied their 20th consecutive game with at least 23 points (including the playoffs) – the second-longest streak in league history.
What makes that stretch all the more remarkable is that the Chiefs compiled a 22-game streak – the longest in NFL history – directly before beginning this current one.
In other words, the Chiefs have scored 23+ points in 42 of their last 43 games.
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BREAKING NEWS: Dolphins name Tua Tagovailoa starting quarterback vs Rams | The Phinsider (Miami Dolphins SB Nation site)
This comes two days after Head Coach Brian Flores and his staff got their first look at Tua in action in a blowout win over the Jets. When asked why he decided to put Tagovailoa into the lineup, Flores had this to say:
– “It was just a situation to get him in and get him some snaps. We thought it was good for him, just like any young player, to get in there and get a feel for what it’s like to play in a National Football League game. That was really it.”
What this means is that fans will have the opportunity to see their beloved QB in action. Most important, it means he is genuinely 100% fully healthy and ready to help the team make a playoff push during the final ten games of the season.
To some, Tagovailoa is a once-in-a-generation passer (hai). To others, he merely needs to prove himself before being placed on a mantel. No matter which side of the equation you stand, we can all agree this is a franchise-altering move that will either pave the way for years of success—or failure.
Jerry Jones ‘not in feel-good mood’ about Dallas Cowboys’ 2-4 record despite NFC East lead | ESPN
That is not enough to make even the eternal optimist, owner and general manager Jerry Jones, truly happy.
“I’m not in a feel-good mood, frankly, that we’ve got manna from heaven being in the East,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. “These things have a way of evening out as you go along. Certainly, the NFC East is having its challenges now. ... When you’re not playing better than we are, it’s hard for me to basically look at the end game, which is win the East, and get excited that we’re better. [That] ‘we may be slow, but we’re ahead of you’ syndrome. We’ve got to get better to have the kind of season that makes sense for us.”
Former first-round pick John Ross requests trade from Cincinnati Bengals, wants fresh start | NFL.com
The veteran wide receiver is frustrated with his playing time in 2020 after showing flashes of his potential in 2019, Garafolo reported, per Ross’ agent Brad Cicala. After appearing on 56 offensive downs in Week 1, Ross played half as many snaps (28) in Week 2 before he was inactive from Weeks 3-5. He played just one snap in Sunday’s loss to the Indianapolis Colts.
In case you missed it on Arrowhead Pride
Week 7 AP NFL Power Rankings: Titans run their way into the top five, Giants rise
12. San Francisco 49ers (18th)
Welcome back, Jimmy G. It’s such a shame this team can’t stay healthy because it is so well coached.
13. Los Angeles Rams (9th)
After beating up on the NFC East, the Rams we all expected coming into the season turned up.
14. Las Vegas Raiders (14th)
They were so happy with their win over the Chiefs, they gave themselves the week off.
A tweet to make you think
@NFL all you teams that can’t run the football and the injury bug is your excuse; go watch the @Chiefs pound the football. They repeated 3 running plays last night 46X for 245 with new players at nearly every position. Secrets? They knock U off the ball. No gimmicks needed!— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) October 20, 2020
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