NFL Top 10 Players of 2017

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I realized that the NBA Awards are not the only interesting sports awards happening tonight because NFL Network‘s¬†Top 100 Players of 2017 concludes tonight at 8 pm ET on (you guessed it!) NFL Network. Although the NBA Awards are a little more official and have flashier trophies that come with them, the NFL’s list of the Top 100 players is always interesting to see because it gives an inside look at what NFL players think of their peers. Today, the list of names in the Top 10 was released in alphabetical order, so let’s reorder them in order of greatness as a guess for how the ranking will shake out this evening:

  1. Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons (16 games: 69.9 completion % for 4,944 yards and 38 touchdowns with 7 interceptions and 3 fumbles for a 117.1 passer rating)
  2. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers (16 games: 65.7 completion % for 4,428 yards and 40 touchdowns with 7 interceptions and 4 fumbles for a 104.2 passer rating)
  3. Von Miller, LB, Denver Broncos (16 games: 78 combined tackles, 13.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles with 0 fumble recoveries, 0 interceptions and 0 touchdowns)
  4. Odell Beckham Jr, WR, New York Giants (16 games: 101 receptions on 169 targets for 1,367 yards and 10 touchdowns with 1 fumble)
  5. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (15 games: 106 receptions on 155 targets for 1,284 yards and 12 touchdowns with 0 fumbles)
  6. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys (15 games: 322 carries for 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns with 5 fumbles; 32 catches on 40 targets for 363 yards and 1 touchdown with 0 fumbles)
  7. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons (14 games: 83 receptions on 129 targets for 1,409 yards and 6 touchdowns with 0 fumbles)
  8. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (12 games: 67.4 completion % for 3,554 yards and 28 touchdowns with 2 interceptions and 4 fumbles for a 112.2 passer rating)
  9. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (12 games: 261 carries for 1,268 yards and 7 touchdowns with 3 fumbles; 75 catches on 94 targets for 616 yards and 2 touchdowns with 1 fumble)
  10. Khalil Mack, DE, Oakland Raiders (16 games: 73 combined tackles, 11 sacks, 5 forced fumbles with 3 fumble recoveries, 1 interception and 1 touchdown)

Explanations:

  • I have Khalil Mack ranked last because all the Derek Carr fans seem to think that Carr does everything by himself on CARR’S team. Apparently, despite statistics indicating the contrary, Carr outperformed Dak Prescott last year just because the Raiders have a lesser RB, O-line, and defense. If the Raiders have a lesser defense, so be it. So, I ranked Mack pretty much solely on resentment for all Oakland Derek Carrs (I mean, Oakland Raiders) fans, Derek Carr fans, Fresno State fans, and people from the city of Oakland.
  • You’ll notice that the other 9 players are first organized by number of games played. For those of you who read my NBA Awards post last night, you’ll remember that I said I value most the players that stay injury and suspension free to be there for their team when their team needs them. That rings true for the NFL, too.
  • Tom Brady is ranked above Le’Veon Bell in the “12 games” category because Brady once again led the New England Patriots to their most thrilling Super Bowl victory yet.
  • In the “15 games” category, I ranked Antonio Brown over Ezekiel Elliott because Brown didn’t have any turnovers. The two most important things for an offensive player are holding on to the ball and scoring. Brown was +5 in the holding on to the ball category and Zeke was +4 in the scoring category. 5>4, so Brown edges Zeke.
  • The “16 games” category was the trickiest because there were four players (not including Khalil Mack, of course) who fell into that category. Ultimately, I put the two QBs at the top because QBs are the most valuable players for a franchise. The two Super Bowl teams were both led by QBs on this Top 10 list (Matt Ryan for the Atlanta Falcons and Tom Brady for the New England Patriots), while the teams without definitive starting QBs include the Cleveland Browns, the New York Jets, the Los Angeles Rams, etc. The one anomaly was the Houston Texans, who got to the playoffs (and defeated the Oakland Raiders in the playoffs, by the way!) on the arms of Brock Osweiler and Tom Savage.
  • So, 3 and 4 were between Von Miller and Odell Beckham Jr. I chose Miller over Beckham because, although I love OBJ as a fan of Big Blue, a defensive player usually manages to crack the top 3. Also, OBJ’s stats dropped off this year from last year. Also-also (yes, I meant to put two “also”s there), 13.5 sacks in the NFL is very impressive, especially on a defense that almost carried the Denver Broncos to the playoffs despite Trevor Siemian (don’t get me started on Northwestern) starting at QB.
  • 1 and 2 were easy from there. Matt Ryan a higher completion %, more yards, fewer fumbles, and a higher passer rating than Aaron Rodgers. Oh, Ryan also won the MVP award and led the Atlanta Falcons to the Super Bowl, so there’s that.

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Daily Update: July 15, 2016 (aka Franchise-Tag Friday)

Chewie…we’re home.” -Han Solo (Harrison Ford)

In this case, I’m back to posting. I took a couple of days off for multiple reasons. One was to pursue the¬†Madden legacy achievements that I mentioned previously. On that front, I am happy to report that I have successfully completed two seasons with Super Bowl victories, and am currently working on the third. My legacy score is somewhere around 5,781, and I need 20,000 to complete all legacy achievements in the game. The other reason was that I felt like I was starting to drift away from who I am too much, so I decided to re-focus (or re-center) myself by watching¬†Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens again. I have officially seen it 11 times now; Twice with my family, Five times with my friends, and Four times by myself. Five of those times were in a movie theater. Sometimes one forgets how expensive it really is to go to the movies. Actually, I only had to pay one time. My family paid once, and different friends paid on the other three occasions. I have the best family and friends a guy could ever ask for. My friend group is really diverse, too! I’m friends with: Mormons and Atheists, Guys and Girls, Indians (from India, those from the US are Native Americans, not Indians. Columbus just made a mistake when he came to America for the first time) and Puerto Ricans and a Spaniard and a Frenchman (well, woman) and some of the whitest Americans you will ever meet! It’s awesome! Anyway, I’m spiraling. Though, now would be a good time to take a moment of silence for the tragedy that occurred in France(…………………………………………………………………)The point is this: you’ll be seeing a lot more¬†Star Wars quotes for a while, along with much more positive views on the state of society (hopefully). Actually, I’ll probably just avoid talking about the state of society at all. DARN IT! I’m spiraling again! Anyway, as you can probably tell from the title: BIG NEWS IN THE NFL TODAY:

  1. The Denver Broncos have reached a deal with LB Von Miller. Miller is the first of three franchise-tagged players who were signed to long term deals before today’s 4pm Eastern Time deadline to do so. Miller again sets the record for the highest paid defensive player. Two seasons ago, Houston Texans DE JJ Watt broke the record. Last season, Miami Dolphins DT Ndamukong Suh did. Now, Miller has set the new standard. That’s right folks, the contracts get more absurd every year. Shocking, right? Anyway, Miller’s deal is six-years long and is worth $114.5 million, including $42 million FULLY guaranteed with a $23 million signing bonus. Without the threat of Miller sitting the season out, the only thing the Broncos need to worry about heading into next season is their mess at QB.
  2. Speaking of absurd contracts, number two of the three franchise-tagged players receiving long-term deals today is New York Jets DE Muhammad Wilkerson, who is ALSO receiving more money than Watt is from his record-setting deal two years back. Though not making as much as the aforementioned Miller, Wilkerson is still making $86 million over five seasons. That comes with $36.75 million fully guaranteed and a $15 million signing bonus.
  3. The last of the three is Baltimore Ravens K Justin Tucker. He signed a four-year deal worth $16.8 million. His deal contains $10.8 million fully guaranteed and a $6 million signing bonus.
  4. The NFL vs Tom Brady “Deflategate” debacle has FINALLY come to an end. Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension at the beginning of the upcoming season was denied, and he has decided to stop pursuing the matter. Can you believe that the situation is JUST NOW ending? It seems like the deflated football story was AGES ago. Anyway, this just means my 1-3 projection for the Patriots first four games is NOT going to change. Also, Patriots owner Robert Kraft spoke out against the process behind Brady’s suspension ruling. Dude, you have FOUR Super Bowls in the last FIFTEEN years! Most teams would be happy to have ONE! So, SHUT UP, PLEASE!!!
  5. In the wake of this Frenzied Friday, four franchise-tagged players were unable to reach long-term deals with their teams prior to today’s deadline: Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins, Kansas City Chiefs S Eric Berry (shame on you Kansas City! He fought his way back from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma to play AMAZING football for YOU! And THIS is how you repay him!? Attempting to put a disability clause in his contract!? I hope all of Chiefs ownership loses sleep, along with football games over this because they are CLEARLY NOT a class act. EXTREMELY unprofessional.), Los Angeles Rams CB Trumaine Johnson, and Chicago Bears WR Alshon Jeffery (umm…who else are you paying exactly? Well, Green Bay and Minnesota will be happy to hear that you are not even attempting to win your division anymore, Chicago).
  6. Remember how Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy was under investigation for a night club fight in Philly, and it was rumored he might be suspended for the beginning of the season? Well, it turns out he is the least of Buffalo’s suspension problems in their backfield. Yesterday, rookie RB Jonathan Williams was arrested on suspicion of DWI. Today, RB Karlos Williams was handed a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Well, at least McCoy is the best of the three, right Buffalo?
  7. Speaking of suspensions, San Francisco 49ers LB Aaron Lynch is receiving one of the four-game variety himself for violating the NFL’s policy for substances of abuse. If it’s any consolation 49ers fans, your team would lose even WITH Lynch on the field.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote and/or the daily news and/or whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Daily Update: July 12, 2016

“If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” -Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls GOAT

I talk about never giving up a lot, so I have more of a funny angle on this today. I wanted something about achievement today because I have been dominating in my video games recently. I am currently on an achievement hunt for my XBOX profile (I get on them from time to time). My gamerscore currently rests just above 11,000 (not bad for a guy who mostly plays¬†Madden, right?). Anyway, over the weekend I finished the last of the offline¬†Portal 2 achievements that I needed (I don’t complete the online ones because I have the free version of XBOX Live and I REFUSE to spend money just to have people cuss me out online for being better than them ūüôā ), and now I am working on my¬†Madden achievements because, surprisingly, I don’t complete a lot of them because I like Ultimate Team mode, and most of THOSE achievements require greater online access than I have (especially Draft Champions). So, I have been messing around with Connected Franchise mode. There are seven-ish different achievements for reaching certain legacy scores in Franchise mode. Usually, to complete achievements, I rig the game so it’s impossible for me to lose. Unfortunately, it turns out Electronic Arts was onto people like me, and they made legacy achievements almost non-existent in Rookie difficulty. Thus, I have been forced to take the more difficult, Pro difficulty route to earn more legacy points. But, being the clever guy I am, I found a loophole. It turns out that, while EA changed legacy earnings based on difficulty levels, they did not apply the same principle to the gameplay sliders, which allow the gamer to make their players really good at everything, and the CPU players really bad at everything. So, I’m actually scoring more touchdowns with the adjusted sliders in Pro difficulty, and I’m earning WAY more legacy points. What I’m saying is, I beat the system. That’s a hobby of mine. I love beating the system. Now, I also said that I have been dominating in my video gameS, plural. The other game I have been dominating in is called Panini Gridiron. I am an avid football card collector. I have collected about 1,00o cards per year for the past 6 years. It cost an absurd amount of money. Then I realized, “There’s an app for everything!” Sure enough, I found an app that I can collect football cards with without spending any money. That app is Panini Gridiron. It’s a really cool app. Anyway, the app currently has a promo going on called “Elite Rookies”. Every day they put 1 2016 NFL rookie in packs. The player is only available for 24 hours, at which point, the NEXT rookie is put into packs. There are four different tiers for each rookie: Teal, Green, Purple, and Red. Every collector has a 1:3 shot at pulling a teal parallel, a 1:5 for Green, a 1:10 for Purple, and a 1:25 for Red. If a collector collects ALL 4 parallels prior to THAT player’s expiration 24 hours later, that collector receives a limited Orange parallel of the same player. On Sunday, the rookie of the day was Seattle Seahawks RB CJ Prosise. The first pack I pulled in which he was available, I pulled his Red parallel AND his Green parallel. I decided to try to collect all four because I got the hardest one (the Red one) out of the way. I got the Teal parallel in speedy fashion from the trading block. Then, I only needed Purple. I didn’t get Purple on Sunday. On Monday, I woke up desperate to get the Purple parallel prior to the 11:30 EST deadline. 20 minutes before the deadline, I used the coins I had remaining to buy two more packs. I pulled ANOTHER Red parallel. So, I was able to trade down the Red parallel for the Purple parallel, just 6 minutes prior to the deadline, and I earned the limited Orange parallel (I own 1 of just 62 Orange parallel CJ Prosise cards in the game). Today, the rookie of the day is Houston Texans WR Will Fuller. I pulled his Red parallel in my first pack this morning. Luckily, this one isn’t coming down to the wire. I already have all four of his parallels, and I will be receiving the limited Orange parallel tomorrow morning. Moral of the story: PLAY HARD! And check out Panini Gridiron. It’s a cool app. Now that I’ve given you TheHaysWay daily news, how about some NFL daily news:

  1. The Denver Broncos are getting to crunch time with LB Von Miller. With the long-term contract deadline on Friday, Miller has threatened to sit out the 2016 season if he doesn’t get that contract. Teammate CB Chris Harris Jr came out today and said that Miller isn’t bluffing, so he expects a deal to be done Thursday night. I agree with Harris. The Broncos aren’t dishing out a ton of QB cash with Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler both out of town now, so they have plenty with which to pay Miller. Plus, he is the biggest reason for the Broncos success. I project their season being average WITH Miller on the field. It could REALLY go south if Miller isn’t on the field.
  2. The NFL Supplemental Draft is Thursday, July 14.
  3. The New England Patriots have the “best” fans in the NFL. Apparently, Pats nation has the strongest showing amongst NFL fan bases in terms of social media following, and game attendance. What this really proved, is that there are WAY too many Americans who are fair-weather fans (just ask Seahawks fans, most of which today, probably haven’t even heard of QB Matt Hasselbeck). So, I would like to congratulate fans of the: Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars (it’s beginning to pay off for you guys now), New York Jets, Los Angeles Rams, Tennessee Titans, and any teams I missed which have REALLY sucked in recent years. You are truly the NFL’s best fans.
  4. The Carolina Panthers Bank of America stadium was struck by lightning today. Don’t worry Panthers fans, the stadium is alright. That might even be a good sign!
  5. Ex-NFL WR Chad Johnson is interested in inventing a new role for himself on the Cleveland Browns coaching staff. He calls the position: “route running specialist assistant receiver coach”. Honestly, I think it would be great for the Browns if they brought Johnson on as an assistant coach, especially with the young receiving corps they currently have. Johnson could be a stellar mentor.
  6. The Atlanta Falcons came out and said that they want to decrease RB Devonta Freeman’s workload. NO!!!! That is HORRIBLE news for fantasy footballers! It’s also a terrible strategy for the Falcons. Did anyone else notice that they started losing AFTER Freeman went down with injury last season?

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote and/or the daily news and/or whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Daily Update: June 23, 2016

“Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.” -A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Statesman

So, I’ve been running through¬†The Hunger Games movies for the past three days (yes, I know there are four, I’ll be watching the last one tomorrow), which is why I’ve been putting in scenes from those movies. Frankly, I wanted an excuse to put “The Hanging Tree” into today’s post, and this quote is that excuse. Although I personally feel that¬†Mockingjay: Part 1 is just an extended commercial for¬†Mockingjay: Part 2, my favorite part of the book trilogy-turned-movie quadrilogy is definitely this song. In regard to the quote, I don’t totally agree. While I do agree that it is important to set up a better tomorrow, I don’t believe we need to sacrifice today for that purpose. I live my life by telling myself everyday that this day is going to be the new best day ever. I admit, I don’t always believe myself when I say that, but I ALWAYS say it, and it helps me be a better person because of it. You may be wondering, ‘How do you believe that today will be the best day ever if you ‘know’ that tomorrow will be better?’ It’s not so much that today needs to be the best day ever as it is that today needs to be the best day it can be. Life will not always go our way, in fact, it often doesn’t. But, as long as we believe that each day will get better, it will improve our lives, as well as the lives of the people and the world around us. So let’s continue making this day the new best day ever with some NFL news:

  1. The NFL is partnering with the Cirque du Soleil. This is actually a really interesting story. The partnership is building a theater and interactive exhibit in Times Square. Some features include: NFL films being displayed on a four-story video board and Cirque shows capturing the NFL game day experience. Basically, both organizations are attempting to gain each other’s fan bases to add to their own. I’m not a big fan of the intent, but the concept sounds astounding!

As promised, I have some cool NFL analysis in the event of a lack of NFL news. NFL.com recently released a list of their top 10 non-QBs in the league today, so I have done the same. Take a look:

  1. J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans- No surprise here, the three time DPOY, Watt is the heart and soul of the Houston Texans. He is possibly the best defensive player of all time with his abilities to attack QBs, throw the football, and catch the football. He is probably the most diverse player in the NFL.
  2. Odell Beckham Jr, WR, New York Giants- Ok, maybe I’m a little biased, but hear me out. Odell is probably the best WR in the league for multiple reasons. Firstly, he has Eli Manning throwing him the football. Eli definitely has his moments, but he is about as inconsistent as a QB gets. Despite Eli’s inconsistencies, Odell consistently puts up at least 90 yards per game. He doesn’t have the luxury of having a consistent QB like Antonio Brown or Julio Jones. Secondly, the 90 yard per game rule still applied against the best CB of 2016: Josh Norman. Although Norman got in Odell’s head, leading to Odell’s one-game suspension, Odell still torched Norman for over 90 yards in that game. Thirdly, the catch. The best catch of all time. Nobody has hands like Odell.
  3. Bill Belichick, Head Coach, New England Patriots- I never said this list was all players. Belichick has won four Super Bowls for the Pats. Yes, most of his success hinged on a QB in the form of Tom Brady, but Belichick also has a knack for finding amazing WRs out of nowhere. See: Julian Edelman, Wes Welker, and now Chris Hogan (who has been drawing rave reviews from Pats OTAs).
  4. Von Miller, OLB, Denver Broncos- This guy was Super Bowl MVP for a reason. There is NO DOUBT that the Broncos had the best defense of last season, and that is all because of Miller. Sack artist, hard hitter, natural leader. He is a GREAT defensive anchor.
  5. Luke Kuechly, MLB, Carolina Panthers- Kuechly rose to fame almost as fast as Odell did. He is the anchor of the Carolina defense that went 15-1 in the regular season, and went to the Super Bowl. Drafted in 2013, he is already the best at his position, with nobody else within shouting distance.
  6. Chris Harris Jr, CB, Denver Broncos- Perhaps you’ve heard of Aqib Talib? He is a top-10 CB in the league. He also plays CB2 for the Broncos defense. Who is the CB1? Chris Harris Jr. He is better than Aqib Talib, therefore, he is one of the best CBs in the league and, in my opinion, the best right now.
  7. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers- He has been lucky to play with a top-5 QB and a top-5 running back, but Brown is a freak of nature. He has the speed to take any pass to the house. If you want explosive, the first man you call is Antonio Brown.
  8. Joe Haden, CB, Cleveland Browns- Just barely beat out by Harris, Haden is the lone bright spot on the Browns. No matter how much they lose, Browns fans are still treated to a show by Haden on a weekly basis. That is definitely something to cheer for.
  9. Travis Frederick, C, Dallas Cowboys- Offensive linemen never get enough credit. Remember how RB Darren McFadden looked like an all-star behind the Dallas o-line last year. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you: the anchor of the league’s best o-line.
  10. Stephen Gostkowski, K, New England Patriots- What better way to end the list than with the guy that completes the team? You can’t have a football team without the kicker. When it comes to a kicker that can win football games for your team, there is nobody I’d rather have than Gostkowski. Don’t let his missed extra point in this season’s AFC Championship fool you, this man can kick.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote and/or the daily news. Also, I would love to hear your own list of the top 10 non-QBs in the NFL today, as well as your opinion on my list. Please leave a much-appreciated like whether you comment, or not. Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Daily Update: June 8, 2016

“I think the thing to do is enjoy the ride while you’re on it.” -Johnny Depp, Actor

I confess, I watched¬†Pirates of the¬†Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl again today, so I felt like getting a scene from that in here. Luckily, Captain Jack Sparrow had this gem of a quote that seemed to match the scene I picked perfectly. I agree with the quote. Regardless of what you choose to do with your life (or what happens in life that you don’t choose), the only thing you can really do is enjoy it. The truth is, life is fairly frivolous, so there is no point getting upset over things because you only have so much time with various different people, pets, or events. Don’t worry, be happy (and don’t worry, I won’t subject you to another song link for that, that said, leave a comment if you liked the music from yesterday and you want a daily song to be added in). Now, ON TO THE NEWS!!!:

  1. Contract extensions:¬†A. Denver Broncos LB Von Miller rejected a $114.5 million offer from the team today. The deal would have made him the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player. What else do you want? Do you really think you even deserve to make more than Houston Texans DE JJ Watt? I DON’T!¬†B. Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard signed a 3-year extension worth $15.5 million. Given Bernard’s flashes on the field, I think this was a great deal for the Bengals. I personally believe he is a better RB than teammate Jeremy Hill.¬†C.¬†The Indianapolis Colts are working on an extension with QB Andrew Luck. The deal will reportedly make Luck the highest-paid player in the league. Assuming last season was a fluke, Luck definitely deserves that kind of money after returning the Colts to relevance following their 2-14 season when QB Peyton Manning was injured.
  2. OG Manny Ramirez is retiring from the NFL. The news comes just three months after he signed a new deal with the Chicago Bears. Ramirez was a serviceable lineman, starting 65 games with the Denver Broncos and Detroit Lions, including starting at C in the Denver Broncos collapse to the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl 48 (yes, he was the one who snapped the ball WAY over QB Peyton Manning’s head during the first play from scrimmage in that game). But, Mr Butt Fumble has a shot at starting at QB for the Denver Broncos now, so players can still be serviceable, despite COLOSSAL mistakes.
  3. John Madden is currently recovering from hip replacement surgery. So this isn’t super relevant, but Madden is the greatest coach in NFL history, a consultant in the only current, annual football video game, and a great broadcaster too. Go Madden!
  4. The Pittsburgh Steelers signed their 1st round, 25th overall pick, CB Artie Burns to a four-year contract today with a fifth-year team option. The monetary values haven’t been disclosed. I get the feeling Burns will not be good enough to warrant the use of the fifth-year team option, but I’ve been wrong MANY times before, so…

Just a quick memo: I was thinking about separating the quote of the day and the news of the day into two posts per day. Leave a comment with your opinion on that matter, because it doesn’t make a difference to me if my content is separated into different posts so you readers can look at just one if you don’t like the other daily component.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, leave comments on my ideas for changing the blog, the quote of the day, and/or the news of the day, and PLEASE leave a much appreciated like. Have a pleasant tomorrow.

More New Coaches and Mozzarella Sticks

The NFL Coaching hires today left just one job open: the Tennessee Titans. Yes, the team with a young franchise QB in Marcus Mariota (who may just be the chosen one to bring balance to the Titans) is the only one without a coach. As bad as the Titans are, I wish I was their coach just because of Mariota. Anyway, here are the coaching hires, then some:

  1. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have promoted offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter to head coach. This move very much excites me as Koetter has officially become the first former-Boise State staff member to become an NFL head coach. Look for RB Doug Martin to continue to get more opportunities as a former-Bronco himself.
  2. The Philadelphia Eagles have hired Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Doug Pederson as their next head coach. Pederson has been working under former-Eagles coach Andy Reid (who Philly is probably missing right now with the Chiefs in the playoffs) and is a former player for, you guessed it, the Eagles. Hopefully his new job will motivate Pederson to crush the New England Patriots in their playoff game this weekend.
  3. The San Francisco 49ers have hired ex-Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly to be their new head coach. The good news for San Francisco: the roster is so bad right now that Kelly can’t possibly screw THAT part up like he did in Philly. The pairing of Kelly and QB Colin Kaepernick could prove to be interesting as well if either of the two can prove to know the game, as they both have similar styles.
  4. Now, the story so strange that I had to bring it up. Denver Broncos LB Von Miller was sent home from the Broncos facility yesterday for being “in rough shape”. The reason for that, Miller had indulged in mozzarella sticks while watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens in theaters the previous day. I know what you’re all thinking: He waited until January 12th to watch the new Star Wars!? Well, NFL players DO get busy, but I agree that’s no excuse. Anyway, Miller was a full participant in practice today, so don’t worry Broncos fans.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, don’t forget to leave a comment, and have a pleasant tomorrow.