When it was announced last week that the Seattle Seahawks were moving in a different direction at head coach, the news caught many by surprise. It was framed as though Pete Carroll and the organization had mutually agreed that Carroll would step out of the way and into an advisor’s role. But now with roughly a week removed from that announcement, we’re getting the real tea as to how Carroll found himself ousted from Seattle’s sideline. – Criss Partee
This time last year Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn was the talk of the town and the hottest potential head-coaching candidate in the NFL. One road trip around the sun later and Quinn is almost an afterthought on the minds of teams needing new coaches. With names like Jim Harbaugh and Bill Belichick on the market, Quinn no longer has his pick of the liter and could become more of a consolation prize if he exits Big D. – Criss Partee
Update, Jan. 17: Jason Kelce made his first statement on the reports of his retirement since news broke Tuesday. Kelce said on an episode of his podcast, “New Heights” that Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni gave him the opportunity to speak to the team postgame and that he didn’t mean to announce any plans for retirement during that speech. – Cale Clinton
Snow is as omnipresent in Buffalo as rivers are in Pittsburgh. Buffalonians are accustomed to sheets of snow piling up on the city’s roads and sidewalks. Highmark Stadium was supposed to host the opening playoff contest of 2024 until Mother Nature intervened, despite the fact that the city has experienced more extreme storms that were deemed safe for a football game to be played in. – DJ Dunson
When studying bewildering decisions that Jerry Jones makes — like deciding to keep the consistent playoff dry heave Mike McCarthy, the guy who could only get to one Super Bowl with Aaron Rodgers — it’s important to remember how he and the Cowboys got here. It was a long time ago now and a lot of NFL fans might not have even been born yet. – Sam Fels
Good news, Chiefs fans. Shawn Hochuli will be the referee for Kansas City’s AFC Divisional round game against the Buffalo Bills.
Hochuli has officiated 10 of Kansas City’s games in the Patrick Mahomes era, with the Chiefs going 8-2 in those contests. In the playoffs, KC is 2-0 with Hochuli reffing. – Mackenzie Meaney
When you’re turning to Matt Patricia, it’s obvious you’re out of answers. You may not even know the questions.
Whatever went wrong for the Eagles in the second half of this season – injuries, age, confusion, lack of a Plan B – it’s a pretty clear signal to everyone on the team that the coach doesn’t know what to do and is in a panic when it turns to Matt Patricia. The players aren’t stupid or blind when it comes to football matters. They know this doofus was an utter failure in Detroit and can see the bounce the Lions (the Lions!) got from launching him. They know that he wasn’t any better in returning to New England when Bill Belichick thought he could play coordinator-a-go-go and put them anywhere. And they know when he’s given the keys to either side of the ball, it’s going to be a mess. And it was. – Sam Fels
It’s a good thing Kansas City goes on the road this weekend because I’m not sure their fans have thawed yet. According to reports, 69 people were treated by the fire department during Saturday’s Wild Card win, with half showing signs of hypothermia. Fifteen people were sent to the hospital, with three fans being treated for frostbite. Though temperatures are forecast to be 40° warmer in KC on Sunday, it’s still supposed to be hovering around freezing. – Sean Beckwith Read More
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