The Lions beat Green Bay 31-0; secure 8th pick in the draft

Sonja Greenfield Detroit Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

Detroit Lions 31 – Green Bay Packers 0

 

Some Lions fans are upset this New Year’s Eve.

According to them, the Lions can’t even tank correctly.

 

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Tampa Bay fires head coach Dirk Koetter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

Three years into his head coaching tenure, the Buccaneers have parted ways with head coach Dirk Koetter.

Their former offensive coordinator was promoted to Head Coach in 2016. The thought was that he and their draft pick, quarterback Jameis Winston would grow together and get this thing off the ground in Tampa.

Unfortunately, it didn’t work.  Koetter’s tenure started off pretty well in 2016.  The Buccaneers finished with a 9-7 record and 2nd in the division, Winston even made the Pro Bowl.

However, after that, things started not going so well.

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Jets fire head coach Todd Bowles

Kate Arhar
Senior Editor

By Kate Arhar // @clvlndk8 

The New York Jets have fired head coach Todd Bowles.

Following in the departure of Rex Ryan, the Jets named Bowles as their new head coach in January 2015 and signed him to a four-year deal. That deal ended today.

Going 10-6 his first season, the team peaked and the Jets future was bright. Unfortunately, this was followed up by 5-11 in 2016, another 5-11 in 2017, and then this year’s 4-12 record. Coming in last in the AFC East for three years in a row (even if you do have to the New England Patriots in your division) isn’t the way to keep your job.

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Wilks fired in Arizona after just one season

Dayna O’Gorman Senior Sports Editor

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

Steve Wilks is out as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals after just one season. Wilks will be the first one and done head coach since Chip Kelly’s firing in San Francisco two years ago.

Wilks started his coaching career at the college level for Savannah State University. He then moved up to the NFL, working for the Chicago Bears and the San Diego Chargers. When Ron Rivera became head coach for the Carolina Panthers, he brought Wilks with him, moving up from secondary coach to assistant head coach in 2015.

Wilks interviewed with both the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants before landing the job in Arizona.

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Cincinnati Bengals release head coach Marvin Lewis

Wanda Wiedman,
Bengalss contributor

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

It has been a long time coming, but the Cincinnati Bengals have finally parted ways with head Coach Marvin Lewis.

After 16 seasons, Lewis’ tenure is over in “Who Dey” nation. For the past several years there was speculation as to why the Bengals held on to Lewis for so long, but it was simply their trust and respect in how he managed to turn around this team, a team that sat below .500 for several years prior to 2003.

Lewis took over the head coaching job in 2003, when he replaced Dick LeBeau who tanked the Bengals for the worst win percentage in franchise history. Lewis improved the Bengals to winning seasons with a band of young players such as quarterback Carson Palmer and receivers Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

He was voted AP Coach of the Year in 2009. His regular season record, 131-122-3, holding just above .500. But it was his postseason record, a sad 0-7, that was always black mark on his coaching record.

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Miami Dolphins part ways with head coach Adam Gase

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Lisa Johnson,
Miami Dolphins Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has seen enough.

After flying to Buffalo to watch the Dolphins wrap up their 2018 regular season, which they dropped to the Buffalo Bills 42-17, the owner flew into Miami and met with Coach Gase Monday morning to deliver the news.

On a day known around the league as Black Monday, where several head coaches lose their jobs, Gase was the 12th head coach in Dolphins history. He leaves with a record of 23-25, with one playoff appearance back in 2016.

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The Eagles have a December to remember

Roxana Herrera Philadelphia Eagles Reporter

By Roxana Herrera // @rxnlzbth

Eagles 24 – Redskins 0

The Philadelphia Eagles will have a chance to defend their title.

After a shaky first couple of games with backup quarterback Nick Foles, the Eagles have done a complete 180° and turned what was sure to be a losing season into a well deserved wild card spot.  

One of the toughest things to do is repeat as Super Bowl champions, but the Eagles fought and have played their best football all season and won five of their last six games.

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Bears not backing down in last regular season game

Wanda Wiedman
Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

It’s been a long time since the Chicago Bears were NFC North division champs.

But this is an unfamiliar feeling as of late for the Bears and their fans, that is, playing a last season game with grit.

Sure, they could sit their starters and stay comfortably in the 3rd seed, but why do that when there are several factors at stake?

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For the Colts, it will be a season defining game on Sunday

Julie Voigt, Indianapolis Colts Reporter

By Julie Voigt//  @JulieNoted_NFL

With the Pittsburgh Steelers’ loss to the New Orleans Saints, and a Houston Texans loss to the Philadelphia Eagles this past Sunday, the Indianapolis Colts were the sixth seed. In order to secure a playoff spot, Indianapolis has one more task at hand on Sunday Night Football:  beat the Tennessee Titans or simply  go home.

This Sunday means everything to this 9-6 team. With a win over the Tennessee Titans, they will earn a spot in the postseason for the first time since 2014.  With a Titans loss, Colts will secure the sixth-seed and earn a wildcard spot.  Here is where it gets interesting, with a win over Tennessee, and if the Houston Texans lose to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Colts will be crowned as the AFC South Champs.

This situation is also mirrored for the Titans, who are also 9-6 and are behind the Colts.

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Packers fans: let’s look ahead

Lucy Rendler-Kaplan
Green Bay Packers Reporter

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan //@lucyrk78

For the second consecutive season, the Green Bay Packers have failed to make the playoffs. It’s as odd to write as it is to think about.

Am I holding onto the Packers “glory days?” Can the Packers top the NFC again? Will they ever be the same Green Bay Packers we know they can be?

They are going to have to do a lot of work in this offseason to get back to the caliber we have come to expect from this team. Rather than lamenting about this season, let’s stop the grumbling and look ahead to the draft and next season.

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