Culley’s only reported HC interview came with the Texans, who welcomed a host of candidates — among them Eric Bieniemy, Jim Caldwell, Leslie Frazier and McCown. News of interest in McCown, who was the team’s reserve quarterback at the conclusion of the year and has no NFL coaching experience, garnered an overwhelmingly negative reaction.
In two appearances, Umenyiora and the Giants’ front seven harassed Brady all night long with constant sacks, pressures, QB hits, and forced fumbles. Umenyiora himself recovered a timely fumble in Super Bowl XLII just before halftime as Brady was driving the Patriots downfield.
Osi spoke to FanSided NFL insider Matt Lombardo, and offered the Kansas City Chiefs some advice on how to stop Brady and why the Chiefs have the ability to do so.
The answer? Enter ex-Giants and current Chiefs Defensive Coordinator, Steve Spagnuolo.
Umenyiora told FanSided, “Spags is unique in that he knows exactly what he’s doing, and he can make adjustments very, very quickly, that’s the one thing I saw from him that I never saw from any other coordinators before or after.”
Osi also added,
“I saw this man literally on the sideline see what their offense was doing, call us all together on the sideline, draw up something on the chalkboard and say ‘now we’re going to run this,’ even though we hadn’t practiced it, hadn’t ran it ever before, but we’d go out there and it would work. It would work because [Spagnuolo] was able to identify what we were doing, what they were doing, and be able to adjust right there on the sideline. It was really incredible.”
What the Chiefs have going for them:
An unmatched ability to score on a moment’s notice. As long as Mahomes is at quarterback and Reid is steering the ship, the Chiefs simply cannot be counted out offensively. It doesn’t matter if you kill 10 minutes of clock and take a late lead; if there’s time for even a couple plays with the ball in Mahomes’ hands, Kansas City is within reach.
The Bucs have dropped at least 30 points in six straight games dating back to mid-December, but consider who they’ve beaten along the way: the 4-12 Falcons (twice), the 5-11 Lions, 7-9 Washington, the Saints with Drew Brees halfway settled into retirement, and a Packers team that chose conservative game-planning over Aaron Rodgers’ arm in the NFC Championship Game. They’re explosive, but the Chiefs are a different animal, as evidenced by K.C.’s 17-0 run to start the two sides’ matchup earlier this year — a victory for the Chiefs.
“There is still a gap in terms of where we are and where they are. It’s not just one answer that solves that problem,” McDermott said. “We all have to, starting with me, we all have to continue asking ourselves the hard questions of the what-ifs and the whys and the hows. We as a staff have to get better and improve, we have to improve our roster, we have to improve our operation and what we do.”
Joining 95.3 WDAE in Tampa on Wednesday, Arians was asked if he would retire if the Bucs win Super Bowl LV.
“Hell no,” Arians said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “I’m going for two. If the Glazers will have me back.”
“They are the defending champions for a reason,” Ajayi said of the Chiefs on NFL Overtime.
“Patrick Mahomes, in my opinion, is the new, incoming MVP, the GOAT - whatever you want to call him.
“It’s like the changing of the guard, that’s what is about to happen.
“It’s Mahomes’ world right now. He finds ways to win. And there are some really good leaders on that Kansas City team.
Le’Veon Bell and Leonard Fournette
Two running backs once at the height of the sport, Bell and Fournette will be relegated to uncertain role player status in this game. The setup has worked out slightly better for Fournette, the 2017 No. 4 pick who was waved by the Jaguars before the season. In recent weeks, his carry total has been 19, 17 and 12, respectively, signaling the dwindling likelihood that he may continue to act as the offense’s power component. Bell, meanwhile, logged a pair of carries against the Browns and missed last week’s game against the Packers. His season high for touches was 15, in a game against the Saints back in December.
32. Kansas City Chiefs – Jaelan Phillips, Edge, Miami (NR)
2020 season stats: 8 sacks, 1 INT, 3 passes defended, 45 total tackles
The Chiefs have a pivotal draft ahead because they must build depth – especially on defense – given the monster contract Patrick Mahomes just signed, which makes navigating the salary cap their biggest hurdle. Continuing to rotate edge rushers is music to Steve Spagnuolo’s ears.
“He may be the easiest person in the NFL to root for,” Cowherd told Peter King during his FOX Sports Radio show. “Sometimes he’ll text me pictures of a play and say, ‘hey, look at this play I just did – Cowherd.’”
Cowherd was quick to add that he promptly deletes the texts and doesn’t send them to anybody.
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“He’s a phenomenal coach,” McVay said of Waldron in 2018, according to The Detroit News. “He’s a great communicator. He’s got a rare ability to authentically and genuinely connect with not only coaches but the players and be able to correct in a manner that doesn’t make guys’ guards come up. It’s all about problem-solving and doing it together. He’s obviously done a phenomenal job, really mainly as a leader for our offense, not exclusively to just being a pass game coordinator.”
Quinn understood the challenges that every championship game loser must confront: the emotional toll, the shorter offseason, the condensed recovery time, the challenge of re-creating the magic that made the run possible, the departure of key players and coaches. (Shanahan, for instance, left to take over the 49ers.) Quinn could still taste the glorious beers he had chugged, as the defensive coordinator, after Seattle’s triumph in Super Bowl XLVIII, still remember the bludgeoning bitterness after Russell Wilson’s late interception against those crafty Patriots in XLIX. He remained firm. “I don’t think there’s any curse,” he said then, and says now, and will say probably forever.
In the years that followed 28–3, the Falcons suffered numerous injuries, lost quite a few games, made some bad signings, whiffed on some draft picks, botched simple kicks and blew games late. This was, in most ways, life in the NFL, but in their case each mistake was amplified because of the Super Bowl collapse; 28–3 had come to define them.
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Appearing on The Dan Patrick Show on Wednesday morning, Miller was asked by Patrick about how he might fare in a footrace with Hill — who is widely considered the fastest man in the NFL.
MILLER: “I’m taking me, every day of the week. I’ll take me over anybody. Tyreek is unbelievable, super quick, unbelievable talent. But if we’re talking about a race, I’ve got all the confidence in myself going up against anybody.”
Miller ran a 4.39-second 40-yard dash at his college pro day, while Hill ran a 4.29. That is a big difference in terms of 40 times. In case you were wondering, Hill has already seen and weighed in on the matter.
#Bucs S Jordan Whitehead, who is dealing with labrum and additional shoulder issues stemming from last Sunday’s win, has not been ruled out for Super Bowl 55, source said. Despite the injury, he’s going to try to play. Something to watch into next week.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 27, 2021