December 2015


Jeff Brubach discusses Todd Gurley's foot injury and other news from around the NFL in Friday's Daily Dose.
Consider Bill Belichick one of Chip Kelly's strongest supporters. The four-time Super Bowl champion called Kelly's firing by the Philadelphia Eagles ''really disappointing'' and praised his coaching skills. Kelly was dismissed Tuesday with one game remaining in an underwhelming season.
Unless Indianapolis get a playoff berth, the Colts plan to dismiss head coach Chuck Pagano after the season, ESPN.com reported Thursday, based on league sources. General manager Ryan Grigson would assist in the search for a new coach, according to the report. Owner Jim Irsay released a statement later Thursday, which read: "As of today, no decision has been made with respect to any structural changes within the Colts organization for 2016 and beyond." The Colts (7-8) are unlikely to get into the playoffs.
Teddy Bridgewater's December display of crispness, accuracy and confidence has given the Minnesota Vikings a noticeable boost. Adrian Peterson has maintained his NFL rushing lead. The most important development for Minnesota entering this NFC North championship game at Green Bay and the playoffs that will follow, though, is a defense that's back to full strength.
Tom Coughlin isn't saying whether he wants to return as coach of the New York Giants. The 69-year-old coach on Thursday sidestepped a direct question whether he wanted to come back for a 13th season. There has been rampant speculation about Coughlin's future in the past month as the Giants (6-9) stumbled toward the end of the season, losing five of six games.
Instead of meeting in the regular-season finale for a playoff berth, the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants are facing the consequences of missing the playoffs again. Chief executive officer Jeffrey Lurie didn't wait for the season to end to start the Eagles' transition after missing the playoffs for the second straight season. Coach Chip Kelly was fired Tuesday after three seasons, the first of which ended with an NFC East title.
On Monday, members of the Shutdown Corner team circulated emails on the coaches who are most likely to find themselves unemployed next week, after their respective final games of the season. But on a list of seven names, Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly was not included. On Tuesday night, though, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie shocked the NFL when it was announced that he’d “released” Kelly, cutting him loose before his third full season in Philadelphia had ended, and less than a year after giving Kelly full control of the roster. In a news conference, Lurie acknowledged that it was a gamble to hire Kelly away from the University of Oregon three years ago, when he had no experience at the pro level, and the risk/reward proposition didn’t work out in the Eagles’ favor. So that brings us to three head coaching openings – in Philadelphia, Tennessee and Miami – and we are still four days from Black Monday. Could there be as many as seven more openings? The other coaches on the hot seat as we head into the final weekend of the 2015 regular season, ranked from hottest seat (in other words, most likely to be unemployed) to warmest seat (i.e. he may not be on his way out after all). Chuck Pagano, Indianapolis What a season the Colts have had. On Tuesday, they had to sign two quarterbacks off the street, Josh Freeman and Ryan Lindley, to give them three healthy bodies at the position, along with Stephen Morris, signed off Philly’s practice squad last week. None of which have any experience in their offense. At least one of them will start against the Titans, with the Colts’ (tiny, but still possible) playoff chances in the balance. Then a report emerged on Thursday that the relationship between Pagano and Colts GM Ryan Grigson is 'toxic' and could potentially lead to Pagano's firing . Mike McCoy, San Diego Yes, the Chargers have had some key injuries on offense, including several on the line and most notably to receiver Keenan Allen. And this is only McCoy’s third season in San Diego. But Philip Rivers isn’t getting any younger, the franchise could be headed to Los Angeles, and the team doesn’t appear to be getting better on McCoy’s watch. The Chargers were 9-7 with a playoff appearance in his first year, and started the 2014 season 8-4. But since a 23-14 home loss to the New England Patriots in Week 14 last year, the Chargers are 5-14.
With Andrew Luck watching from the sideline, special-teams ace Colt Anderson lined up under center and took the snap at a critical point during the much-anticipated rematch between the Colts and Patriots. Wide receiver Griff Whalen played center. Anderson, a reserve safety, played quarterback.
Wanted: A smart football coach with emotional intelligence to lead the Philadelphia Eagles. A day after firing Chip Kelly with one game remaining in a disappointing season, CEO Jeffrey Lurie made it clear he wants a coach who can relate to his players and everyone else in the building. ''You've got to open your heart to players and everybody you want to achieve peak performance,'' Lurie said Wednesday.

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