– [NCAA] TCU – Georgia (7-65): Easy, Georgia goes down in history
– Damar Hamlin is back in Buffalo
Raiders want Tom Brady
There is no certainty regarding the potential continuation of the career of Tom Brady (QB, Buccaneers) for the moment, however, a club is already in the running to try to recruit him next year. According to SI.com, the Raiders are « factually » in the running to secure the services of the seven-time champion.
« I can say it unequivocally, it’s a fact, the Raiders are in the running, » MMQB’s Albert Breer said Monday. “The Raiders are looking to sign Tom Brady. I’m not saying they contacted him because it’s not allowed, but it’s something they inquire about. »
Dennis Allen will lead the Saints next year… according to himself
To his knowledge, he will retain his position as head coach in 2023. This is what was announced Dennis Allen (Saints) in a press conference according to ProFootballTalk.com. However, he admitted that no one had given him this assurance, and that he is aware that the sporting results of the club are not brilliant. Yet according to him, he has started meetings with Mickey Loomis (GM) to prepare for the future campaign. An option that would close the scenario of a return of Sean Payton to Louisiana.
Allen should therefore take up the challenge of improving his record to 7-10 without a first-round pick in the next draft, and with a very poor payroll.
John Harbaugh: « I have no news about Lamar Jackson »
Lamar Jackson (QB, Ravens) has had a knee injury since Dec. 4, and with the first playoff game looming in a few days, all of Baltimore is panicking. Will the former MVP be on the field for qualifying?
« I have no news to share with you at this time, » John Harbaugh said Monday at a press conference. « We’ll have an injury report on Wednesday – because I won’t have a chance to speak with you until then. We are there. »
“Lamar is in a great state of mind. It’s the case. He works super hard,” added the coach. “He was on the pitch today. I don’t watch the workshops – he is with the coaches and we hope he has improved enough to be able to train soon. That’s all we hope for, that’s for sure. We will let you know as soon as we have any news about this. It’s the truth. »
Still no green light for Tua Tagovailoa either
Will Tua Tagovailoa (QB, Dolphins) be on the field for the playoffs? In any case, he is still not in training. Monday, Mike McDaniel confirmed to the press that his quarterback has still not received the green light from doctors to resume play. The coach explained that he hopes to have more elements by Wednesday.
Tagovailoa has suffered two concussions this season. He hasn’t played since the game against the Packers on Dec. 25.
Coaches, coaches, coaches
– The Titans announced the dismissal of four assistant coaches, including offensive coordinator Todd Downing, who had been in the job for two seasons.
– Matt LaFleur (Packers) announced that defensive coordinator Joe Barry is keeping his confidence. In front of the press, LaFleur did not rule out a return of Nathaniel Hackett to the staff. A former offensive coordinator for Green Bay, Hackett had left to lead the Broncos. In what turned out to be a disastrous experience, he was let go before his first season even ended.
– In front of the press on Monday, Sean McVay (Rams) explained that he does not want to put a specific date on when his decision to continue or not.
– Without surprise, Bill Belichick announced to the press on Monday that he intends to continue leading the Patriots next season. This will be his 24th season with New England. He will be 71 in April.
– Dean Pees (defensive coordinator, Falcons) has decided to retire. He is 73 years old. (NFLMedia)
– Texans have asked to meet with Ben Johnson (CO, Lions), DeMeco Ryans (CD, 49ers), Jonathan Gannon (CD, Eagles), Shane Steichen (CO, Eagles) and Ejiro Evero (CD, Broncos) as part of their search for a new head coach. (NFLMedia)
– The Panthers will interview acting Steve Wilks on Tuesday, according to ESPN. They also asked to meet Ken Dorsey (CO, Bills), Shane Steichen (CO, Eagles) and Ben Johnson (CO, Lions).
– The Broncos have requested permission to hold job interviews with DeMeco Ryans (CD, 49ers), Raheem Morris (CD, Rams) and Dan Quinn (CD, Cowboys).
– The browns have requested permission to meet with Jerod Mayo (LB coach, Patriots), Brian Flores (LB coach, Steelers) and Sean Desai (associate HC, Seahawks) to discuss their defensive coordinator positions (ESPN/NFL Media). According to SI.com, they have already met Jim Schwartz (ex-HC, Lions).
– The Colts asked to meet Aaron Glenn (CD, Lions), Ben Johnson (CO, Lions), Raheem Morris (CD, Rams) and Shane Steichen (CO, Eagles) to interview them for the position of coach. (ESPN)
– The Titans have asked the 49ers for permission to speak with Ran Carthon (Director of Sports Personnel) and Adam Peters (Assistant GM) for their position as General Manager. They also contacted the Browns about Glenn Cook (Assistant GM) and the Bears regarding Ian Cunningham (Wizard GM). Internally, candidates for the position are Ryan Cowden (Vice President of Athletic Personnel) and Monti Ossenfort (Director of Sports Personnel). (NFLMedia)
– Now separated from Steve Keim, the Cardinals would like to meet Ian Cunningham (assistant GM, bears), Ran Carthon (Director of Athletic Personnel, 49ers) and Adam Peters (GM Assistant, 49ers) to replace him. (CBS Sports)
– Matthew Stafford (QB, Rams) does not plan to retire. The Los Angeles quarterback confirmed again Monday that he intends to play in 2023. After several concussions and a neck injury, he was placed on the injured list on December 3. But he said he was confident he could continue his recovery and be ready to take his physical tests by March. (Associated Press)
– Injured in the hip in week 17 against Detroit, Justin Fields (QB, Bears) is fine, but not fully recovered. According to him, he is at 80% of his capacities. He could have played the last match of the season but would not have been at his maximum. (ESPN)
– Mike Williams (WR, Chargers) is hit in the back, but he should be available to face the Jaguars. The X-rays came back negative, and the MRI showed only bruising. Brandon Staley (HC) hopes he will train this week. (TheAthletic.com)
– Raheem Mostert (RB, Dolphins) broke his thumb against the Jets. His participation in the Wild Card game against Buffalo is not guaranteed. (NFLMedia)
– Hit in the groin, Frank Clark (DE, Chiefs) had to leave the game against the Raiders, but Kansas City has no worries about him. According to Andy Reid (HC), the MRI showed a minor elongation, and the week of rest acquired by the club in the first round of the playoffs will benefit it to participate in the following qualifications. (TheAthletic.com)
– Todd Bowles (HC, Buccaneers) kicked off Wild Cards week with an update on his offensive line. Re Robert Hainsey (C., hamstring), the team will assess their progress as the week progresses. For Ryan Jensen (C.knee), the lineman resumed training at the end of December, but he remains in “status quo” this week.
– Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer announced that Austin Corbett (OG) tore his anterior cruciate ligament during the game against the Saints. Now his participation in the 2023 campaign is in question.
The main signatures of the day: Deon Jackson (RB, Colts), Chris Williams (DT, Colts), Sua Opeta (OG, Eagles, PS), John Ross (WR, Chiefs, future)
– Sam Howell (QB, Commanders) had his first start in the last game of the regular season, and he was treated to a nice gift to celebrate. Howell told USA Today that Carson Wentz lent him his box in the stadium, so that Howell’s family could attend the game in the best conditions.
Jeff Saturday: “If I keep the job, there will be change”
Jeff Saturday (HC, Colts) was only hired as an interim after Frank Reich was fired. Yet he has repeatedly said he would like to keep the job, and expressed his wish again on Monday, according to ProFootballTalk.com. But even if for the moment no maintenance is scheduled, the technician already has an idea of his project if he is tenured. He envisages a refoundation, rather than having to manage the vestiges of the previous regime.
“If I keep the job, there’s going to be a change… My way of doing things hasn’t been the winning way so far,” Saturday told the Indianapolis Star.
Quinnen Williams wants an extension before the start of the offseason
Pillar of the Jets defense, Quinnen Williams (DT) wants an extension. And quick. The lineman is entering his fifth and final year of rookie contract, and he explained at a press conference on Monday that he wants a new agreement before the start of the off-season programs. And he threatens not to show up for voluntary activities if he does not win his case.
The former 2019 first-round draft pick was selected to the Pro Bowl this year. He recorded 55 tackles, 12 sacks, 28 quarterback hits, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery in 16 games during the season.
JJ Watt doesn’t give up, he quits
After a season where he still recorded 12.5 sacks in 16 games, JJ Watt (DE, Cardinals) played his last NFL game. But the future Hall of Famer does not stop his career because of his performance, but because he decided to.
« I know I can still do it. I just choose not to,” the All-Pro said per Cardschatter.
Jacobs chats with the Raiders
According to TheAthletic, Josh McDaniels (HC, Raiders) announced on Monday that Dave Ziegler (GM) and Josh Jacobs (RB) have had discussions about a potential extension. The coach added that things « will come in their time », but that he is optimistic that the runner will return to the Las Vegas squad.
Selected in the first round of the 2019 draft, Jacobs saw his fifth year option denied by the Raiders, which justifies his status as an unrestricted free agent by the official end of the season. In 2022, he ran for 1653 yards plus 400 receiving yards. He scored 12 touchdowns.
The vengeful Lions
After a victory last year, a victory in week 9 and now a victory in week 18, the lions compiled three wins in a row against the Packers. And they have memory. When Aaron Rodgers’ men lost in November, the quarterback dropped a derogatory remark against Detroit: « We can’t lose a game like that against this team »… Yet the Lions did even more than winning this weekend, they ruined the Packers’ playoff hopes in their own stadium. And some executives of the Motor City therefore took revenge by insulting the staff of Green Bay in the elevators after the meeting.
« We can’t lose three times against this team!, » was launched.
A remark that was not appreciated at all, even if Rodgers had thrown the first stone.
Lions coaching staff just got into the elevators and someone screamed “can’t be losing to that team three times.”
Someone from the #Packers elevator responded “real classy.”
Response back from Lions was “your quarterback said it.”
—Nicole Menner (@NicoleMenner) January 9, 2023
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