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NFL Weekend with John Brockway

NFL Weekend with John Brockway

NFL NOTES

2016 COACHING HIRE GRADES

CHIP KELLY – 49ERS – KELLY IS A GOOD PLAY-CALLER AND HAS EXPERIENCE IN THE LEAGUE BUT HAS QUESTIONS ABOUT HIS GAME-MANAGEMENT AND LOCKER ROOM LEADERSHIP SKILLS. GRADE: B

MIKE MULARKEY – TITANS – THE TITANS STAYED IN-HO– USE FOR A GUY WHO HAS FAILED IN TWO PREVIOUS COACHING STINTS. MULARKEY DOES HAVE FAMILIARITY WITH MARCUS MARIOTA BUT HIS CREATIVENESS AND EFFECTIVENESS AS A COACH HAS LONG BEEN QUESTIONABLE AT BEST. GRADE: D

HUE JACKSON – BROWNS – JACKSON IS A WELL-RESPECTED COACH FOR BOTH HIS ON-FIELD AND LOCKER ROOM ABILITIES. HE SHOULD BE ABLE TO IMRPOVE THE TEAM’S TOGETHERNESS AND THEIR PLAY ON THE FIELD. GRADE: A –

ADAM GASE – DOLPHINS – GASE IS A RESPECTED OFFENSIVE MIND WHO GETS HIS FIRST SHOT AT RUNNING A TEAM. HE WILL NEED TO FIND WAYS TO GET THE BEST OUT OF SEVERAL HIGH-PRICED YET UNDERACHIEVING PLAYERS. GRADE: B

BEN MCADOO – GIANTS – THE GIANTS TRANSITION FROM A STRICT BUT POWERFUL COACH IN TOM COUGHLIN TO A FIRST-TIMER THAT HAS TRANSITIONED THE OFFENSE ADEQUATELY OVER THE PAST FEW SEASONS. GRADE: B +

DIRK KOETTER – BUCS – KOETTER HAS HAD SUCCESS IN THE COLLEGE RANKS AS A HEAD MAN AND IN THE LEAGUE AS AN OFFENSIVE GURU. HE WILL NEED TO CONTINUE JAMEIS WINSTON’S DEVELOPMENT WHILE ALSO HELPING TO TURN AROUND THE DEFENSE. GRADE: B

DOUG PEDERSON – EAGLES – THREE YEARS REMOVED FROM THE ANDY REID ERA THE EAGLES FIND THEMSELVES WITH AN ANDY REID GUY. PEDERSON HAS A LOT OF TOOLS TO WORK WITH ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BALL BUT NEEDS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF THEM. GRADE: C

IN THE NEWS

• STEELERS TE HEATH MILLER RETIRES AFTER 11 SEASONS; MILLER IS ALL-TIME LEADER IN RECEPTIONS AND TOUCHDOWNS FOR A TIGHT END IN FRANCHISE HISTORY
• LIONS CB RASHEAN MATHIS RETIRES AFTER 13 SEASONS
• PATRIOTS ILB JEROD MAYO RETIRES AFTER EIGHT SEASONS
• PANTHERS DE JARED ALLEN RETIRES AFTER 12 SEASONS
• PATRIOTS HIRE DANTE SCARNECCHIA AS OFFENSIVE LINE COACH, A POSITION HE HELD WITH ORGANIZATION FROM 1999-2013
• RAVENS TE NICK BOYLE SUSPENDED 10 GAMES FOR SECOND VIOLATION OF LEAGUE’S POLICY AGAINST PED’S
• COWBOYS DE RANDY GREGORY SUSPENDED FOUR GAMES FOR VIOLATING LEAGUE’S SUBSTANCE-AB– USE POLICY
• PACKERS DT MIKE PENNEL SUSPENDED FOUR GAMES FOR VIOLATING LEAGUE’S SUBSTANCE-AB– USE POLICY

NOTABLE ROSTER MOVES

• BILLS VOID REMAINDER OF WR PERCY HARVIN’S CONTRACT MAKING HIM A FREE AGENT
• 49ERS WR ANQUAN BOLDIN HAS FINAL THREE YEARS OF HIS CONTRACT VOIDED MAKING HIM A FREE AGENT
• RAMS RELEASE DE CHRIS LONG
• RAMS RELEASE MLB JAMES LAURINAITIS
• RAMS RELEASE TE JARED COOK
• BEARS LT JERMON BUSHROD
• DOLPHINS RELEASE DE QUINTON COPLES
• DOLPHINS RELEASE CB BRICE MCCAIN
• LIONS RB JOIQUE BELL
• LIONS RELEASE STARTING MLB STEPHEN TULLOCH
• LIONS RELEASE DT C.J. WILSON
• BROWNS RELEASE STARTING DT RANDY STARKS
• BROWNS RELEASE TE JIM DRAY
• JAGUARS RE-SIGN BACKUP QB CHAD HENNE TO TWO-YEAR, $8 MILLION DEAL

John Brockway can be heard talking NFL on the Spadora on Sports radio program. His blog can be found at SpadoraOnSports.com

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