January 2018


NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will attend the NFC Championship Game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings at Lincoln Financial Field. Goodell is attending the game in Philadelphia instead of the AFC Championship Game between the New England Patriots and the Jacksonville Jaguars, which is being played at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.

Jacksonville can beat New England because it’s built just like the team that stymied Tom Brady twice in the Super Bowl: The New York Giants.

Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur is expected to be hired as the next head coach of the New York Giants once his postseason run with the Vikings comes to an end. While any agreement with Shurmur can’t be executed until Minnesota’s season in over, that hasn’t stopped Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. from expressing his support for the new hire. In a tweet sent out on Monday, Beckham replied to a report of Shurmur’s expected hiring with excitement over his new coach.

The New York Giants will have to wait a bit to officially hire their new head coach, due to a miracle in Minnesota on Sunday. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Shurmur is the Giants’ top choice and he’s expected to accept the offer when he can.

The Vikings are sailing into town. In the NFC, Nick Foles and the resilient Philadelphia Eagles (14-3) host Case Keenum and the surprising Minnesota Vikings (14-3) — in a matchup of teams that overcame losing their starting quarterbacks.

Anyone think Tom Coughlin, the head of football operations for the Jacksonville Jaguars, has ideas on how to beat the New England Patriots in a championship game? The easy belief is that the Patriots earned a bye to another Super Bowl when the Jaguars shocked the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Vegas sure won’t be buying the team from Duval County, and with clear reason: Gillette Stadium is a fortress in January.

The Vikings are sailing into town. In the NFC, Nick Foles and the resilient Philadelphia Eagles (14-3) host Case Keenum and the surprising Minnesota Vikings (14-3) - in a matchup of teams that overcame losing their starting quarterbacks.

New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, though linked to the New York Giants' job, is likely to become the next head coach of the Detroit Lions, league sources told ESPN. Patricia, 43, and the Lions still need to agree to the contract details after the Patriots' season ends. Assuming the two sides can do that, Patricia would be reunited with former Patriots personnel man and current Lions general manager Bob Quinn. There was no one the Lions interviewed who had more of a pre-established connection with Quinn than Patricia. Detroit publicly announced interviews with six candidates for the job: Patricia, Houston defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel, Green Bay associate head coach

A burly, 43-year-old former small-college football player, who sports a big, bushy beard on his face, a backward hat on his head and a No. 2 pencil in his ear, appears to be the linchpin of the NFL coaching carrousel, the belle of the ball who controls the fates of multiple franchises. Oh, yeah, and Matt Patricia also studied aeronautical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. “I am an engineer by trade,” Patricia, New England’s defensive coordinator, told Yahoo Sports last year.

Signs reportedly are pointing to New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia becoming the next head coach of the New York Giants. Peter King of TheMMQB.com reported that while the Detroit Lions want to hire the 43-year-old Patricia to fill their head-coaching vacancy, Patricia favors the Giants. Patricia and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels interviewed separately on Friday in Foxborough, Mass., with a group from the Giants led by president and co-owner John Mara, new general manager Dave Gettleman and assistant general manager Kevin Abrams.

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