The New York Giants have signed the Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator, Pat Shurmur to become their new head coach. He’s done a great job with journeyman quarterback Case Keenum this season and its paid off in a big way with a head coaching gig in the big apple (well technically New Jersey but work with me here). He’ll officially sign after the Vikings season is over.
The Chicago Bears have named Matt Nagy as their new head coach. He was the Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator most recently and has worked with Andy Reid for the last 10 years in a variety of positions. The Bears thought is that he can come in a help quarterback Mitch Trubisky really advance his game to the next level.
Raiders are giving new head coach Jon Gruden a 10-year contract, the longest coaching deal in NFL history. The deal is to be worth about $100 million. Gruden will not be given a stake in ownership as previously speculated.
That’s the million dollar question if you’re the Raiders organization. Owner Mark Davis fired coach Jack Del Rio after just 2 seasons and giving him a four-year extension earlier this year. The reason, John Gruden, who hasn’t coached in the NFL since 2008 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but yet finds himself as the most sought after coach on the market year after year. Gruden is currently color commentating Monday night football on ESPN and with that comfy of a job it’ll take a very lucrative offer for him to leave. Mark Davis plans on doing just that by reportedly offering Gruden an annual salary of $10 million and a stake in ownership. Now, Gruden is playing dumb and denying knowledge of these details saying, “Well, I think I am being considered, yes. I hope I’m a candidate”. Raider nation is crossing their fingers on this one. Gruden previously coached with the Raiders from 1998-2001 with a 38-26 record.
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Last night, 12/4/18, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals played another high intensity, hard hitting and borderline brutal game. Steelers star linebacker Ryan Shazier was left motionless on the floor from the waist down after he tackled an opposing player with the crown of his helmet. He has a history of doing this, and this time it really backfired in a big way. There’s no report yet on his condition, but we do know its something pretty serious because he was carted off the field and sent immediately to the hospital.
You would think both teams would dial it down a bit after seeing their fellow NFL brother go down, but it was quite the opposite to say the least. Steelers wide receiver, Juju Smith-Schuster, put a huge blindside block on the controversial Bengals linebacker, Vontaze Burfict, which had him leave the field on a cart as well. Smith-Schuster has been suspended one game for his actions. Lastly, Bengals safety George Iloka laid out Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown with an illegal hit as Brown was making a touchdown reception. That hit resulted in a one game suspension for Iloka. All in all, this game was one of the most intense games I can remember and I couldn’t keep my eyes off it. Its like we went back into the 80’s and saw true smash mouth football which we definitely don’t see nearly as much do to new rules and regulations.
The Eagles keep flying high by beating down the Bears 31-3 to improve to 10-1. Even with the headline trade for running back Jay Ajayi, he still playing second fiddle to LaGarrette Blount who keeps proving he’s a legit no.1 RB. Making philly’s victory even sweeter was their division rival Cowboys getting embarrassed on thanksgiving to the LA Chargers 28-6. Chargers QB Philip Rivers showing up huge going 27/33 for 434 yards and 3 touchdowns. The biggest beneficiary of that was Keenen Allen with 11 receptions for 172 yards and 1 touchdown. Case Keenum is definitely making a case to continue to be the no.1 QB in Minnesota, beating the Lions 30-23. The Patriots keep on rolling beating the Dolphins 35-17 while the Chiefs keep stumbling by losing their 5th out of their last 6 games and feeling the heat from the Chargers who are miraculously only 1 game behind them in the AFC west division. The Steelers almost lost to a Brett Hundley led Packers 31-28. The Packers have been struggling mightily since their superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone a few weeks back. Last and definitely least (I’m a Chargers fan) the Raiders and Broncos literally fight for a victory as Michael Crabtree (Raiders) and Aqib Talib (Broncos) came to blows early in the first half and were both selfishly ejected from the game. Maybe that helped spark the Raiders to basically a must win 21-14 to keep them in playoff contention while the Broncos season is all the but over as they fall to 3-8. As for monday night football, the Houston Texans visit the Baltimore Ravens who are a 7.5 point favorite. Im picking the Ravens to cover and win outright.