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Daily Notes 1/15/2018 MON (8:08pmET)

Date:
January 15, 2018 9:06 AM
January 15, 2018 9:00 AM

*Quick notes, moving fast on them...forgive any typos*

Evening Notes...

-- Seattle clearing house and then hiring failed Raiders D-C Ken Norton Jr. as their new D-C and days ago hiring multi-year underwhelming, anti-passing game architect Brian Schottenheimer as the new O-C...wow. Seattle has a clean slate/a bunch of open jobs and cannot find anyone of note to fill them.

The ex-Patriots and ex-Andy Reid coaching tree people are all taking over the NFL...constantly raising and promoting new names. Jon Gruden walks in and grabs his old staff in short order. Seattle...it's like they don't even have a 'tree' to pick from. No fresh fruit anywhere and no one seems interested in joining up as assistants...except retreads with no track record of success.

The Seahawks keep taking steps backward while the Rams and 49ers ascend in the NFC West. How things change in a matter of 1-2 years! Arizona is in a very precarious spot...their H-C decision either casts them off with Seattle hiring retread assistants and sinking to the NFC West basement...or they try something dynamic and hire a fresh face; somewhat for the sake of 'fresh'.

We get NFL dramatic live action all weekend on the field and then we get soap opera drama to gossip about during the week! You gotta love the NFL!!

-- *Update on CFM* We're running a few days behind in the re-design launch. Trying to get all the archived reports over and put onto 'the shelves' properly so they can be accessed and found easily, etc., is proving to be a little more tricky than expected time was. We're like 98% done but checking the strand of Christmas Tree lights for the bad bulb is time consuming.

I was hoping Tue.-Wed. opening day, but now it's Wed.-Thu. projected with a lean towards Thursday just to be safe. As soon as I know, I'll blast it all about.

Afternoon notes...

-- Mike Vrabel is a name that will pickup traction now...another ex-Patriots coach.

Just note...why does it seem the entire league is built around Belichick guys? Because Belichick has spanked everyone in the NFL for a decade+. There's not a coach in this era even close to his dominance. NFL teams are so adrift, so poorly run at the ownership level (have you seen Mark Davis in action?) that many teams smartly just assume anything related to Belichick might be good for them...if it was good enough for Bill. The Bill stamp of approval having such weight is a reverse way of teams (subconsciously) realizing they have no idea so hopefully they can take catch Belichick crumbs and find gold. 

This league is going to become a bunch or random marbles bouncing into each other and rolling all over once Belichick leaves.

Sean McVay...you're our only hope. Doug Pederson on that radar as well.

Vrabel would be the favorite for Tennessee if Josh McDaniels is locked into Indy.

-- Pat Shurmur now strongly rumored to NYG...48 hours ago Matt Patricia was a done deal to NYG, so I'll wait for the official word.

The new coaching bingo card, the favorites for the job we believe...

ARI = John DeFilippo or Steve Wilks

DET = Matt Patricia

IND = John DeFilippo

NE = ?

NYG = Pat Shurmur

TEN = Josh McDaniels or Mike Vrabel

10:10amET: Like I speculated yesterday...watch for Tennessee to dump Mularkey because they've wanted to...plus the embarrassing Pats loss gives cloud cover with the fans. No one will miss him. Well, it happened today -- Mularkey is gone.

One of the reasons I believed this would happen, besides Mularkey is not great at his job...is because the ex-Patriots are circling the wagons around Bill Belichick's masterplan of leaving the Patriots with nothing when he abruptly retires in a few weeks. The ex-Patriot GMs looking for coaches -- Detroit and now Tennessee. Matt Patricia to Detroit...and now Josh McDaniels to Tennessee, I bet. I wondered why McDaniels would go to Indy when Belichick knows how nutty the owner is. Well, we have our answer...it's likely not going to happen. McDaniels has another option...an option to go with an ex-Patriot in Tennessee.

The new coaching bingo card, the favorites for the job we believe...

ARI = Pat Shurmur

DET = Matt Patricia

IND = John DeFilippo

NE = ?

NYG = Steve Wilks

TEN = Josh McDaniels

Morning Notes...

-- All the dominoes are falling into place on the head coaching scene. Pretty soon the only job opening will be in New England after Bill Belichick retires in a few weeks.

Detroit is locked on Matt Patricia, and the Colts with Josh McDaniels...thus taking all of Bill's assistants away. Not a coincidence.

Tennessee offered a contract extension to Mike Mularkey, because...of course they did. No opening created there.

So, we're down to Arizona and the NY Giants...the candidate names remaining, at the top (supposedly) are Pat Shurmur, John DeFilippo, and Steve Wilks. Since Shurmur and DeFilippo are still in the playoffs, everything is on hold. If either team was convinced on Steve Wilks it would have happened by now.

My nickel prediction is...Shurmur gets the Arizona job, which brings back Larry Fitzgerald for another season and Case Keenum (or Sam Bradford) heads to Arizona with him. The Giants are the odd team out that John DeFilippo passes on or NYG does -- and the Giants back into Steve Wilks, which they will try to say 'it was our guy all along' but it won't be true. Wilks will start out in a hole to dig out of because of the way this has all played out.

-- Side note...word is Zay Jones played his rookie season with a torn labrum and is scheduled for surgery to repair this week.

-- Keep an eye on Greg Schiano's landing spot as a D-C. He's from the Belichickian web. If Bill is staying in New England, Schiano is going to be his D-C. If Schiano follows one of the Patricia and McDaniels regimes or just signs for a job elsewhere...you know Bill is gone soon after the Pats' season ends.

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