January 2018

The Tennessee Titans hired Houston defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel as their new coach in a fast search that wrapped up after three interviews and just five days after firing Mike Mularkey. The Titans announced Saturday they have agreed to terms with Vrabel. Vrabel was the first person Tennessee interviewed after firing Mularkey on Monday.

Back when Bruce Arians announced his retirement, Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill said he would be in no rush to find a new coach. Two, according to multiple reports, are taking other head coaching jobs - Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur with the New York Giants and New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia with the Detroit Lions.

The personnel isn’t the same and the scheme isn’t the same as when he was with the New York Giants, but Jaguars’ vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin knows what it takes to beat the Patriots. A decade ago, in Super Bowl XLII, Coughlin’s Giants had great success affecting Tom Brady by pressuring him through the middle.

With Philadelphia’s Nick Foles and Minnesota’s Case Keenum, the NFC has given us two of the most unlikely quarterbacks in conference title history. Foles will become the fourth player to start a conference championship with three or fewer regular-season starts. Keenum meanwhile, should he win Sunday, would be just the third undrafted quarterback to start a Super Bowl.

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.

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