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Month: January 2018

NFL Coaching Rumors: Candidates to replace Bruce Arians as Cardinals head coach

NFL Coaching Rumors: Candidates to replace Bruce Arians as Cardinals head coach

On Monday, a tearful Bruce Arians kicked off 2018 by walking away from the Arizona Cardinals in an emotional press conference, preceded nearly 24 hours by an emotional announcement to his team that he was leaving. It's a testament to Arians that his team would keep the news quiet, especially in the social media-centric culture we have today. Arians would appreciate the Cardinals approach to filling his void, because Michael Bidwell and Steve Keim are clearly taking a "next man up" approach, having already vetted various candidates and submitted requests to interview various coordinators. Their last search, back in 2013, led them to Arians, who would win 50 games for the Cardinals in his five years in the desert. It would not be surprising to see a similar fit from a personality stand...
Eleven Thoughts About the NFL Playoff Field After Week 17

Eleven Thoughts About the NFL Playoff Field After Week 17

The final week of the regular season did more than just set the wild-card matchups. It also offered insights into what could determine each team’s playoff fate. Here’s a breakdown of the key takeaways, from LeSean McCoy’s injury to JuJu Smith-Schuster’s continued emergence. With the playoff now field in place, I decided to do something a little different with this edition of the Starting 11. On Monday, I analyzed which Week 17 developments could have the biggest ramifications beyond the wild-card round. In this file, as a way to look ahead to the postseason, I’m making one observation about every playoff team that at least kind of tried Sunday (sorry, Rams) and considering the impact it might have moving forward. Let’s get right into it. 1. LeSean McCoy’s ankle injury could be a crue