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-- The XFL was announced as coming back in 2020...is there anyone that cares about this announcement? I think this is a massive mistake by Vince McMahon, worse than his first go round. It was a curiosity back in the day. It is D.O.A. in 2020, I have a feeling. Like setting money on fire.
-- Jerry Jones said today that he wants a 'more friendly' Dak Prescott offense ahead. You look at Dak's career numbers, minus those three games of weirdness in 2017 without Tyron Smith/Elliott and he's been unreal. for fantasy...without a Dak-friendly offense. I've been saying it since mid-2016 season...when Dallas builds around Dak, how great will his FF numbers become?
-- I have heard five different, random takes by football analysts and celebrities talking about the Eagles making the Super Bowl in the last 48 hours or so...almost throwaway discussions. All the same general gist... Informal stuff like someone congratulating Jim Cramer (big Eagles fan) on CNBC about 'his Eagles'. Cramer was happy to talk about it and said the Vikings couldn't stop the Philly defense and run game. Not one person from football mind to celebrity has mentioned Nick Foles in all this. Dog masks...high comedy. Nick Foles...might as well wear a mask because no one knows he's on the team much less gives him credit for being the reason they go to the Super Bowl.
When I say Foles doesn't have a chance to start anywhere in the NFL next year...I'm not joking. Even if he throws for 5 TDs and wins the MVP of the big game. No one is giving him real credit for not only filling in well, but maybe playing the best game of quarterbacking in the entire 2017 NFL season against the Vikings. People look right past him because the football establishment has. These are the minds making all these draft, free agent, and starting lineup and play calling decisions.
-- Last Day for Senior Bowl practices. Covering them 1-6pm at the new College Football Metrics site https://www.fantasyfootballmetrics.net/college-football-metrics/cfm-home
The football analysts are fawning over QB Josh Allen and WR James Washington...we think they're looking in the wrong direction and missing much better talent at the skill positions...but what else is new? They won't let themselves like any other 2018 rookie RBs because they've 150% thrown themselves at Saquon Barkley. There is talent hiding at the 2018 Senior Bowl...guys who will have dynasty-fantasy impact.
Senior Bowl wraps this week, and then the countdown down to the BIG draft event is on...the NFL Combine.
-- One of the under the radar things about NFL teams hiring a new coach...do they have a 'following'? Can they put a staff together worth anything? Mike Vrabel hasn't been coaching for all that long and got shoved through the system of ex-player to coach...he doesn't have the miles and steps traveled of many new coaches, so he doesn't have the contacts/following. He's been turned down by his first O-C and D-C desires. He's trying to grab from his Alma mater Ohio State as well as current and ex-Patriots' contacts BUT all the Patriot/Belichick guys are going to go with Matt Patricia and Josh McDaniels first, and they're just waiting.
Vrabel may be a bad hire because it just happened to be a year where the Patriots' coaching group gets blown up (in a good way) and scatters among league to take over. Vrabel is last in the pecking order to be joined.
I get the sense this Vrabel move could be a disaster...ex-star-ish player turned coach. Knows his football...but is he ready for a job that just became being a CEO and not a 'football guy'? It's the death of so many coaches...it's not about football anymore, it's about administration, politics, and sales.
'Great coordinator' is not a perfect translation to become great head coaches. You have to be a CEO-type/college football/basketball recruiter/salesman/human talent-evaluator...Sean McVay has all those skills. Doug Pederson as well. Ben McAdoo, Dirk Koetter, Doug Marrone types...they don't. Sean McDermott has the demeanor/look but doesn't have the personality to wear the recruiter/sales/politician hat. He knows football up and down, but will he get players and coaches to come to Buffalo to build a dynasty? Doubtful. The new sheriff act typically lasts a year as everyone snaps to attention...and then they all leave as quick as they can over the next year or two.
-- Bruce Arians is not happy that 'his guys' didn't land the Cardinals head job. It's one of the reasons why James Bettcher left despite Steve Wilks offering him to stay as D-C. The Cardinals brass seems content to sweep out all the Arians' remnants, which is the right thing to do.