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Throughout the course of this NFL season, some coaches have shown why the deserve to stay and to lead their franchise into the next season, while others did the opposite. I'll be looking at five NFL coaches that haven't enjoyed the success they envisioned to have, therefore putting them on the hot seat.
#1- Freddie Kitchens
Kitchens has lost the locker room for the Browns. He has a star studded roster, featuring Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham jr, Baker Mayfield, David Njoku, NIck Chubb, and Myles Garrett, all players capable of being some of the best in the NFL at their respective positions. In the Browns most recent game, a loss to the Cardinals, several players including Jarvis Landry yelled’ Come get me!” as a cry for help. Cleveland is the only team in the 2010 decade to not have a winning season, highlighted by their 0-16 campaign in 2017.
Kitchens has made headlines you don’t want the person leading your franchise to make. The most memorable one is when Kitchens wore a shirt labeled, “They started it” referencing the Myles Garrett-Mason Rudolph fight. He then claimed his daughter told him to wear it.
Whenever a team stops play for the coach, it’s a big red flag. Kitchens needs to go if the Browns want to keep their team, and as it stands right now it looks as if everybody is going to be leaving the Browns, players and coaches.
#2- Matt Patricia
Matt Patricia is a defensive coach. However, the Lions defensive efficiency is near the bottom of the league. Their defense is an absolute mess. Darius Slay has been playing great, but one man cannot do it all for a Lions defense who are allowing 401.9 yards a game and 288.6 passing yards per game (both rank 31st among the NFL) and 26.64 points per game which ranks 26th in the NFL. For a defensive minded coach who helped shape the dynasty of the New England Patriots, Patricia sure isn’t helping the Lions case to be a legit playoff contender.
The Lions owner, Martha Ford, has spoken about recent criticism of Patricia, and it still seems unclear whether or not Patricia is going to be the man in charge of the Lions heading into the 2020/2021 NFL season.
#3- Adam Gase
Adam Gase hadn’t been very productive anywheres he has been. He was the head coach of the Dolphins from 2016-2018 before taking the Jets job. Ever since he has left Miami, players such as Ryan Tanehill, DeVante Parker, Kenyan Drake, Danny Amendola, and Mike Gesicki have all taken a step up since Gase left them.
On the flip side, players such as Le'veon Bell, Robby Anderson, and Sam Darnold have all taken a step down this year. Look at Bell for instance, he’s consistently been one of the best running backs in the league (when he’s playing) however, he only has three touchdowns this year and hasn’t carried for over 100 yards in any game this year. Gase has shown he’s not able to utilize his talent effectively in his two stints as an NFL head coach, and if he doesn’t turn things around quickly,
#4- Jason Garrett
Garrett has lost control of the Cowboys locker room. He has lost the managents trust. All the evidence is on the table, and it shows that Garrett is going to get fired.
The Cowboys are currently in a dog fight with the Eagles for the NFC East playoff spot, with both teams standing at 7-7, however the Cowboys have not been playing like a playoff team. It has been stated by several players that they want Garrett out, and it’s being shown on the field. The players have stopped playing for their head coach, and thier is nothing Dallas can do about this except to fire Garrett. He has had since 2011 to build the Cowboys into a Super Bowl contender, however he has yet to do that.
The Cowboys have the talent, but it doesn’t matter how great the talent is when they don't have a healthy relationship with their coach. It is time for the Cowboys and Garrett to move on, unless Dallas wins the Super Bowl, but that’s a long shot.
#5- Pat Shurmur
Pat Shurmur has been on the hot seat for quite some time now. There are now speculations that Matt Rhule, the head coach of Baylor University is linked to the Giants. Rhule, a New York native, certainly has been around. He was Tom Coughlin’s assistant offensive line coach in 2012, and was rumoured with the Jets job until Adam Gase was hired.
Rhule has stated on Adam Shefter’s podcast that he would love to be an NFL coach, specifically for the Giants. Rhule states, “It would have to be one of those idyllic situations where you feel hey, I can not just go here and win. I can win at a high level for a sustained amount of time.”
Going back to Shurmur. His play calling has been very questionable in his two years in New York, as well as mismanaging the play clock several times. Shurmur has not shown he’s a winner, while Rhule has shown that he is at both Baylor and Temple, teams he took to an elite level. The Mara family has some thinking to do, and it looks very likely that Shurmur will see his way out of New York very soon.
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Drew Brees is everything you want in a quarterback. He's humble, dedicated, and has one of the best arms in NFL history. He's truly the ideal face of any franchise. He was drafted in with the 32nd pick in the NFL Draft in 2001 by the then San Diego Chargers. That was a draft class that featured players such as Ladanian Tomlinson, Michael Vick, and Reggie Wayne. However, it is the kid from Purdue that is still out on the field and breaking records.
On Monday Night Football, with everybody watching Brees, he played one of the best games of his career, against the team he beat in the Super Bowl nearly ten years ago, the Indianapolis Colts. He completed 29 passes of his 30 attempted, which set the highest completion percentage (on over twenty passes) in NFL history. However, this wasn't the record everybody was talking about last night. It was in the third quarter when Brees found tight end Josh Hill, which gave him 540 career passing touchdowns, a new NFL record was previously held by Peyton Manning.
Brees ran over to the sideline to celebrate with his coach, Sean Payton. They held a moment together that they will never forget throughout both of their storied careers.
The game was dominated by the Saints, and it was them improve to 11-3. Meanwhile, the Colts fell to 6-8 on the season. This means the NFC playoff picture currently sees four 11-3 teams, the Saints, Packers, 49'ers, and Seahawks, with Minnesota sitting just behind them all at 10-4.
This will be a game forever remembered by Brees, however he needs to keep on throwing the ball like he is if he wants to keep his record as Tom Brady sits behind him at the 538 mark.
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Written by Chris Dailey
Sports are crazy. They provide millions if not billions of people with the highest of ups, and the lowest of downs. They teach detirmination, persistence, sportsmanship, loyalty, and more. It's crazy how much a ball, skates, or any object used to play a sport can impact your life so deeply. Crazy.
In this article I will be looking at sports that are crazy. Sports that you've never heard of, but will surely remember after reading. Below are the 5 craziest sports you've never heard of!
#1- Ice Cross
Ice Cross’ main competition, Crashed Ice, is endorsed by Red Bull, just like many action filled, extreme sports. Ice Cross downhill, better known as Ice Cross or Crashed Ice, is filled with hills, jumps, hitting, and more, all while on an ice course. Similar to the skiing competition, Ski Cross, Ice Cross is a sport that is very fun to watch.
With all of its action packed enjoyment comes danger. You often see racers tripping, big collisons, and more. Red Bull Crashed Ice has gained some popularity as of late, having events in stadiums such as Fenway Park. Ice Cross is definitely a sport on the rise.
#2- Cheese Rolling
Now, Cheese Rolling can’t be an actual sport, but can it? The Cooper’s Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake event is a global phenomenon. Men and women from all over the world annually travel over to Gloucester, England in order to try to win a giant round of Double Gloucester Cheese.
The concept of the race is simple, everybody starts on top of Cooper’s Hill, along with a round of cheese that ways 7-9 pounds. Everybody (including the cheese) rolls down the hill, and the first person to travel all the way down wins. However, this is sport also comes with danger. The block of cheese has injured many people, as it reaches speeds up to 70 miles per hour. In recent years, they’ve replaced the giant block of cheese for a foam block of cheese, with the winner getting the actual block. Reports have shown that over a thousand people are injured every year due to the race.
Thousands of people have tried this sport, with winners coming from countries such as Nepal, Australia, New Zealand, and America. Out of all these winners, one man has risen above the rest into Cheese Rolling history, that man being no other than Chris Anderson. Anderson won the event 22 times, and announced his retirement from the race after winning gold in 2018.
Shin-kicking is a sport that is mainly played in England. Originated in the 17th century, shin kicking is an odd sport. It’s played amongst two competitors who hold each others shoulders they take turns at kicking one another. Whoever shouts, “Enough!” first loses the game, and the other takes home the joy of being a winner. Shin Kicking doesn’t have many huge tournaments such as Ice Cross and Cheese Rolling, but the sport still does draw hundreds of people to its ‘games’.
#4- Swamp Soccer
Swamp Soccer is just what is sounds like. Soccer, but in a swamp. Swamp Soccer is also based in England (seems as if the Englishmen have a knack for making bizarre sports) has its own governing body, Swamp Soccer UK Ltd, based in Scotland. Swamp Soccer has its own Swamp Soccer World Cup, and tournaments have been held in Beijing, Istanbul, and Mumbai in an effort to increase the sports attention. It’s definitely a bizarre sport with potential, however, with this being said, I would definitely go attend a match if the opportunity arose. Maybe I will interview the Swamp Soccer World Champions (if you would like to see that happen go leave a comment down below!)
Now this is a sport I see potential in. Bossaball is a sport incorporating elements of soccer, volleyball, and gymnastics in it. The word “Bossa” means flair in Portuguese, and it’s safe to say there is tons of flair in Bossaball. Bossaball is played on an inflatable court featuring a trampoline on both sides of the net. Players bounce on these trampolines do spike the ball over the net (keep in mind this isn’t just a volleyball spike, this may be a bicycle kick!)
Bossaball also uses tons of music in its game. The music helps set the vibes for the game, and a DJ is right next to the court all game, adding even more flair to the sport of Bossaball.
Written by Chris Dailey
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