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Jaguars Fire OC Nathaniel Hackett

Jaguars Fire OC Nathaniel Hackett

The Jacksonville Jaguars' seven game losing streak claimed a victim Monday morning, as they fired offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett after yesterday's 24-21 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Hackett, who previously worked for Doug Marrone in Buffalo, was in his third season as offensive coordinator. Prior to this week's games, Blake Bortles had a passing DVOA of -13.4%, down from the 0.3% he had last season but not far off from the -9.9% and -10.0% he posted in 2015 and 2016. In other news, sometimes coaches get fired because you can't fire the players.

16 comments, Last at 01 Dec 2018, 9:59pm by xydux
Browns Fire Hue Jackson and Todd Haley

Browns Fire Hue Jackson and Todd Haley

The shoe finally dropped in Cleveland today as the Browns fired head coach Hue Jackson after yesterday's 33-18 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Cleveland's record of 2-5-1 was 1.5 more wins than Jackson managed in his first two seasons with the Browns, but owner Jimmy Haslam had finally finally finally finally finally seen enough. Jackson's list of accomplishments in Cleveland includes a record of 1-35-1 in games played on Sundays, likely a record that will stand for a long time.

50 comments, Last at 31 Oct 2018, 4:10pm by Bright Blue Shorts
FOA 2018 Media: Steph Stradley

FOA 2018 Media: Steph Stradley

Football Outsiders Almanac 2018 media: Steph Stradley asked me a few questions about the Houston Texans for her blog at the Houston Chronicle, and I answered them. Topics covered include the Texans as a whole, Deshaun Watson, and some things that may be surprising to people that watched Houston.

Success of Players by College Conference: Defense
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Success of Players by College Conference: Defense

Does the SEC produce more NFL defenders than other conferences? Yes. Does it produce the best NFL defenders? That's complicated.

3 comments, Last at 24 Jul 2018, 11:30pm by Tom Gower

Tony Sparano Passes Away

Minnesota Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano passed away, the team announced Sunday.

5 comments, Last at 24 Jul 2018, 2:58pm by Richie
Four Downs: AFC South
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Four Downs: AFC South

The Jaguars and Titans both won playoff games last year. Are the days of this division being the NFL's laughingstock over? Maybe not -- all four clubs failed to address critical weaknesses in the draft.

14 comments, Last at 03 Jun 2018, 7:11pm by Mountain Time ---- formerly Ninjalectual
2012 NFL Draft: Six Years Later
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2012 NFL Draft: Six Years Later

The five quarterbacks taken in the first two rounds in 2012 combined to win zero games in 2017. Meanwhile, two third-rounders have won Super Bowls, and a fourth-rounder just got an $84 million contract. Let's look back at how that went down.

44 comments, Last at 05 May 2018, 6:40pm by LionInAZ

Titans Part with HC Mike Mularkey

First reported by Field Yates of ESPN and subsequently confirmed by the team, the Tennessee Titans have parted ways with head coach Mike Mularkey. Mularkey became the interim coach following the firing of Ken Whisenhunt mid-season 2015 and was named the permanent head coach after a rubber-stamp process that offseason because of the work he did in going 2-7. He posted a record of 9-7 both seasons and went 1-1 in the playoffs this year. (Click to read more.)

59 comments, Last at 25 Jan 2018, 9:25am by Mr Shush

Giants Fire HC McAdoo, GM Reese

The New York Giants cleaned house Monday morning, firing head coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese.

McAdoo led the Giants to a playoff spot in his first season as head coach last year, but yesterday's loss to the Raiders dropped this version of the Giants to 2-10. That alone would be one thing, but a season of clubhouse drama, performances with dismal apparent effort, and the mishandling of Eli Manning's benching proved too much.

64 comments, Last at 06 Dec 2017, 10:56pm by LionInAZ

Broncos Fire OC Mike McCoy

This morning the Denver Broncos announced they had fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, and he will be replaced by quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave. McCoy was hired this offseason by new head coach Vance Joseph, and found generation offense much more difficult with Trevor Siemian and Brock Osweiler than it had been with Peyton Manning in his previous tenure with the team. The Broncos ranked 25th in offensive DVOA before yesterday's 20-17 loss to the Bengals after ranking 28th in offensive DVOA last year.

20 comments, Last at 21 Nov 2017, 6:02pm by dryheat