New England Patriots: The Patriots have lost talented linebacker Jerod Mayo for the remainder of the season. The move would be a big blow for most teams, but New England still has an excellent corps of linebackers even without Mayo.
New York Jets: Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan has been named Executive of the Year by the Pro Football Writers Association.
- Chiefs’ take: John Dorsey has been mentioned as another executive that got a lot of consideration.
Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles have hired Chiefs Offensive Coordinator Doug Pederson as their new Head Coach. The move is a big promotion for Pederson who hasn’t even had play-calling duties until halfway through this season with KC.
- Chiefs’ take: Good to see a Chiefs coach getting that kind of a look…especially since it’s been confirmed he won’t be poaching many from KC’s staff to go with him.
- Author’s take: I do think this was a bit of a desperation move for Philly. While I thought Pederson was being groomed to one day take over for Andy Reid, there is no way that I think he’s ready to take a head job right now.
San Francisco 49ers: Some of the reality of hiring Chip Kelly as the head coach may have hit home in San Francisco as the team extened an offer to be Defensive Coordinator to Mike Vrabel that was turned down. Vrabel is only in his sixth year as an NFL coach, but is highly regarded by NFL teams following his appearance on HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’.
: Chip Kelly has built himself a bad reputation for working with others, and that’s going to come back to haunt him and any team he works for.
Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks may be moving on from running back Marshawn Lynch this offseason. The star player was unavailable for much of the season, but Seattle was still able to find some success running the ball with other, cheaper, options.
Tennessee Titans: There was a report this week that former Titans Defensive Coordinator Ray Horton was “insulted” by the coaching search done in Tennessee. The claim came from John Wooten, who heads the Fritz Pollard Alliance that monitors minority coaching hires in the NFL. Horton has denied that he was ever insulted by the team.
- Author’s take: While Horton said it isn’t true that he was insulted, it is irrefutably true that he interviewed for the head job in Tennessee, didn’t get it, and is now coaching in Cleveland instead of keeping his old job with the Titans.
Well that will do it for me Addicts. Be sure to check back in next week for all your NFL news and rumors.