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  1. Kirk to the Jets?

    Mike Maccagnan was getting ready to share his thoughts on a team in desperate need of a good draft when someone asked, "So how much are you paying Kirk Cousins?"

    Mike Maccagnan at the draft press conference The Jets general manager laughed and gave the facts, "He's technically not a free agent yet, so I can't comment on any of that stuff." - sure Mike.

    In a few weeks, the Jets will be in the expensive race for Cousins, who will become a free agent on March 14. Not often does a Quarterback of Cousins talent hit free agency, so there will be plenty of competition for his signature

    Instead, Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles had to speak in general terms about their plan at quarterback while meeting with reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine.

    "We have a plan, A, B, and C," Bowles said. "Obviously we have some things with free agency and the draft coming up that we'd like to have, that we’re going to look for, obviously without divulging any plans. But we'll see how they play out. But we have plans for each situation."

    It's pretty clear that Cousins is plan A but we're not sure on B or C. They do have fallback options like re-signing last year’s starter, Josh McCown, who is also a free agent, or drafting a quarterback with the sixth overall pick.

    The Jets will spend some time with all of the top quarterbacks in the draft this week — Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield. Then, they have the Pro Days next month and with private workouts following that - provided they haven't already got Plan A

    "I think when you look at it, ideally you could probably attack it from both angles in a perfect world whether it's a pro free agent or a college player," Maccagnan said. "I think the goal is to find that quarterback that you feel pretty comfortable with to lead your franchise going forward. If it comes via pro free agency or the college draft, when it's all said and done we don't necessarily have a preference either way. Our goal is to try to find, identify and acquire one of those guys."

    "We’re just looking for the right fit," Bowles said. "Be it a veteran quarterback or a younger guy, we've got to make sure we've got the right fit for our team. It doesn't matter what age he is."

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  2. Black Monday - Hiring and Firings

    Ahead of Black Monday, we're taking a look at who might be involved in the traditional head coach hiring and firings. The NFL's Career Development Advisory Panel has highlighted a few names that could be in the frame for a Head Coach job in the coming weeks, with some notable names on this list.

    Vikings Coach Pat Schurmur Josh McDaniels, currently the Offensive Coordinator in Foxborough, is someone on who could be on the move again. He'll be looking at Kyle Shanahan getting Jimmy G and having success so will want his own gig again. We see him ending up at someone like Oakland which would put out Todd Downing, who has never been a coordinator before this year. Oakland have great players but not a great team, this is why McDaniels could be good. The other option for McDaniels is the Lions due to the links with the GM Bob Quinn who used to be a Pats personnel guy.

    For Pat Shurmur, Vikings OC, it's been his work which Sam Bradford last year and Case Keenum this year that will make him attractive. Similar results with 2 different QBs promotes confidence it's the coaching being the difference, just take a look at Bradford and Keenum's completion % - 71.6 (2016) and 67.3 (2017) respectively. Generally a team with a poor offence and a Qb that needs work will be looking at him. The Bears, who have seen it 2 times a season and a QB who needs better coaching, will certainly have Shurmur in their thoughts.

    Jim Schwartz, current DC in Philadelphia, is rumoured to be in line for the New York Giants HC job. Teams often go in the opposite direction after firing a HC so experience will be key for the Giants. A consideration in New York however is who they will hire as the General Manager with Gettleman of the Panthers the current favourite.

    Matt Nagy could make a move to the Browns due to the connection with John Dorsey, which could open a move for Alex Smith to be the Browns QB1. Texans and Cardinals are also in the frame for movers however the Watson injury derailed the Houston season and Arians won’t retire so we think it will be as is here.

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  3. The Dominos Start in Minnesota

    Bridgewater, Keenum and Bradford are all viable QBs (if Teddy’s knee holds up). Barring injury Bradford is 30 and last season had the highest completion % of any QB in the league. Keenum is similarly great this year. Pat Shurmur, the OC, may get another Head Coach shot and take one of them with him. But the knock on effect could be why would Washington tag Cousins for a third year and have to pay him £30mil guaranteed when they could get Bradford or Keenum at a reasonable price and trade Cousins to either the Jets or Broncos who would be interested.

    Kirk Cousins Thumbs Up The Jets are out of the playoffs and sitting around a 10th pick in the draft next year so Josh Rosen of UCLA looks out of the question. The Broncos are another team in need of a QB but Elway will absolutely not risk another 1st pick on a QB. The question of a new QB will become apparent in New Orleans should they go on to win the Super Bowl as Brees may want to go out on a high. Teams like Buffalo and Washington or even Arizona (if Palmer retires) will all be out of the mix for a first round top QB in the draft.

    The dominoes all start in Minnesota.

    Things get even wilder if the Vikings have a good playoff run. Even if they just get to but don’t win the Super Bowl. Keenum could easily repeat the events of Trent Dilfer when he took the Ravens to the Super Bowl win in 2000 and got released by them the very next season.

    The likelihood is that they will keep Bridgewater for another year to see if he can be the player he has the potential to be. Keenum will likely stick around as well but with a big defence and some of the best offensive players in the league, the $20 million franchise tag might not be on the table. Whatever happens, it’s going to be a busy off season in Minnesota….but first, the playoffs.

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  4. George Iloka Suspension Overturned.  Juju Smith Schuster suspended.

    The game is in real trouble when hits like what George Iloka gave to Antonio Brown are being recognised as an illegal hit. Take a good look at the above photo, this is not a spear or a direct hit with the crown of the helmet. His head is clearly to the side. With Juju, his hit was also with the shoulder on a peel back block. juju smith standing overNow Juju standing over him, that's not right, but the hit is what makes this game what it is. As Ray Lewis recently said:

    I'm listening to all these people saying this is the most physical game, people this is not Basketball. When you step out in the AFC North, in the most physical division in football and talk about rivals that don't like each other, that's football.

    Those defensive players, following the game and looking back on it, will quite rightly be thinking - how else would I be expected to make that play. Iloka made the perfect hit to get that ball out of AB's hands, so now are we telling players they are expected to leave a receiver freely to catch the ball in the end zone, I don't think so. Maybe we should just play flag.

  5. In with the old, out with the new

    We can’t exactly call Tom Brady old, with the Patriot’s signal caller is getting younger by the year, however it looks like we’ll be having Brady in Foxborough for the foreseeable future. On Monday, the Patriots traded Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers for a second round draft pick in next year’s draft. Garoppolo has been Brady’s backup QB since joining from Eastern Illinois in 2015. But what does this mean for a locker room that has a single 40 year old at the helm?

    Brian HoyerThis week is going to be busy for the backroom staff in New England with a backup to Brady being the main target. With Brian Hoyer being released from the 49ers following this trade, he looks like he could be making the move across the country. He knows the system in New England well following his signing as an undrafted free agent after the draft in 2009. There are another couple that could be in the mix, with a few having worked out with the Pats earlier this month. Garrett Grayson was trialled earlier this month and has since been signed to the Atlanta Falcons practice squad with Taylor Heinicke in the New England practice squad earlier this season, also being an option. It makes sense that Hoyer is the sensible pick but with this Garoppolo move being a confusing one already, who knows what Bill Belichick is thinking.

    The 49ers have come out well from this trade. Around 6 months ago, Garoppolo was at least a first round pick and potentially more, however during pre-season and 7 games has dropped to a second round. The 49ers now have the franchise QB that they were after but the curse of the Brady backup may strike again once leaving Foxborough.

     

  6. Wentz MVP?

    Carson Wentz MVP? On Monday night Carson Wentz made a spectacular hide and seek play that left everyone, including the pile of Redskin defensive lineman that were (for a moment) on top of him, wondering what happened?

    wentz escapeThese sorts of plays are not unusual with the second year QB out of North Dakota State giving the renewed entertainment factor in Philly over the past month. Wentz, who threw for 268 yards over the Redskins, is now starting to be involved in MVP chatter, with the likes of Alex Smith and Tom Brady looking over their shoulder. Does this chatter have any foundation? We like to think so.

    The Eagles currently sit 6-1 and are starting to pull away from Dallas and Washington. The Giants are also in that division but let’s no go there. Wentz has started to become a quarterback that easily forgets previous plays, not letting the pressure build from incomplete passes or bust runs. With almost 3 minutes to go in the second quarter, Wentz had only thrown for 30 yards but his progression from last year is clear. Wentz is now reading defences perfectly, an example of this is Agholor’s touchdown following an audible from Wentz, and his accuracy following broken plays, putting him in the Brady/ Smith chatter.

    With only 7 games in the bag, it may be too early to start having these conversations but if the season ended now, he would in the mix. With next week’s game against the 49ers expected to go to team Carson, it may still be a few weeks until we see how he compares against the league’s best. For now though, as Josh Norman says, “Houdini” leads the way for passing touchdowns but whether this pace can keep up remains to be seen.

  7. Call off the tanks!

    Right Jets fans, the tank is (almost) officially off. Another year of mediocre draft picks followed by a season of mediocracy is what beckons. I can say this as I have the displeasure of being a Jets person (I can’t bring myself to say fan).

    The god damn Jets never do what they are meant to. When they are meant to tank for one year then swoop in with the #1 pick, turning our world around, they go 2-2 with Cleveland

    Sam Darnoldto come next week. Josh McCowan was brought in to be our saviour, losing every game on his way. Instead he’s turned into Tom Brady and Todd Bowles has become Belichick!

    When you want them to win, they lose. When you want them lose, they win. Josh McCowan last won back to back games since 2004, starting 51 games since then. Kurt Warner was QB of the Giants that day! Why now Josh?! Why?!

    After the game, Austin Seferian-Jenkins said, “No one in this locker room thought we were going to go 0-16”…..so 7-9, a number 15 pick in the draft? Great. Say goodbye to Sam Darnold.

    Currently sitting 2nd in the AFC East with the Bills, who are scoring at will and the Patriot who, well, are the Patriots. No good things will come of this year. In a year when the Jets are supposed to really really stink and the Jets fans are ok with this, we go and have a bang average season. Around and around we go.

    If Cleveland can manage to pick up a win on Sunday then maybe, just maybe, we can creep up to top 3 and make a jump to 1 but if we win…..just as these guys.

    Jets fans

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  8. Deshaun Watson donates first game cheque to cafeteria workers

    Deshaun Watson has not only started to make waves on the field, but is bringing his humanitarian work from college to the NFL.

    Watson, who is in his first year in the NFL and graduates from Clemson, got word that 3 dinner ladies who work at NRG Stadium had lost everything in Hurricane Harvey, a hurricane that decimated large parts of the southern states. Being the all round good guy that he is, he decided to donate his first game check to the 3 ladies to help them get back on their feet.

    This $29,000 act of kindness by the rookie Quarterback is one of many acts of kindness the Texans have been doing to support the communities in the local areas. J.J Watt has set up a relief fund which has raised over $37,000,000, a bit more than his original $200,000 goal.

    It will take a lot more efforts like this to help everyone get back on their feet however much respect goes to a young upstart doing the right thing so early on in his career.

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  9. September Stand Outs

    With September almost in the rear view window and week 4 almost here, we take a look at the stand out players over the last 3 game weeks.

    We start off with the Los Angeles pass rusher Melvin Ingram, who has had a dominant start to the season. Ingram is second in sacks with 5.5 and 13 tackles and was earlier announced as the AFC defensive player of the month. Ingram, who totalled 8 sacks last year, is well on his way to reaching his record of 10.5 set in 2015.

    September Stand Outs - Kareem HuntNext we move over to Kansas, where the rookie Kareem Hunt is making the most out of his rise to the starting running back job due to the pre season knee injury to Spencer Ware. There are records for everything and another one was broken by Hunt the past week. Hunt is the first rookie to score a touchdown of 50+ yards in his first 3 games in the NFL. The 3rd round prospect leads the NFL in rushing yards at 401 an impressive 113 yards more the Dalvin Cook.

    Other players who stood out this month were DeMarcus Lawrence, who leads the way in sacks (6.5). Todd Gurley, in his second year, has had an impressive start to the year having scored 6 touchdowns already.

    An honourable mention goes to the rookie kicker, Jake Elliot, who was released by the Bengals on the 2nd of September. 10 days later, he was picked up by the Philadelphia Eagles and on the 24th of September kicked a 61 yard field goal with 1 second remaining , beating the Giants 27-24.

    This gave him the record of the longest successful kick ever recorded by a rookie in the NFL and the longest in Eagles history.

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  10. NFL London Monarchs 2022?

    It has long been a talking point, ever since the fall of NFL Europe in 2007 which featured the Scottish Claymores and the London Monarchs, of whether an NFL franchise could be build across the water in UK.

    NFL London Monarchs 2022 - London StadiumFollowing the fall of the league, the NFL began the International Series which has gone from strength to strength in the UK. The game has grown significantly in the UK, with the BAFA and the University leagues growing every year accompanied by the Women's league too. It is with this popularity that the NFL now has 4 regular season games at Wembley and Twickenham this year, but could we see a London franchise?

    Mark Waller, NFL’s executive vice-president of International, has recently said that it has been a 15 year plan however the facilities that are the major hurdle. The NFL signed a multi-year partnership with Tottenham Hotspur, who’s new stadium is to be ready for the EFL 2018 season, to host the International Series Games.

    Mr Waller said “The cornerstone in any franchise is where are you going to play?” he said. “If you go back to LA, where it took 20 years to bring a team back, that was driven ultimately by the lack of a stadium. Then Stan Kroenke’s decision to build a stadium accelerated the decision to move back to LA. I’ve always felt that for us there was a 15-year window”

    So with the facilities now in place, the fan base growing in the UK and the NFL leaders looking to 2022, I’ll get in line for my season ticket.

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