Midterm Review: the 2019 NFL’s eight “Rookie” head coaches

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor AFC North and NFC South

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

It’s hard to believe we are at the mid-point of the NFL season. As such, there were eight teams starting the year with brand new head coaches. Six of them are in their first head coaching position, while two have held the job before.

In the competition to see who made the best hiring decision, the clear – and only – winner at this point is the Green Bay Packers. Matt LeFleur has this team leading their division at 7-1. Now, perhaps it’s the Aaron Duo – quarterback Aaron Rodgers and running back Aaron Jones – who deserve some credit, but there are other teams in this group with talented players who are not even close to being .500. That means I’m giving the Packers an A on the hire. Trust me – other coaches might have found a way to screw up this team so I’ll give credit to LeFleur because he hasn’t.

Let’s take a look at the other seven teams to see how they are faring…

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Who’s having a great season in the NFC East so far?

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

Here we are halfway through the season already. Crazy how time flies!

We’ve had some surprises so far this season, but honestly the NFC East has been pretty much what was expected.

Except for the Eagles, but that’s another story for another day.

But today, I’m going to look at the who on each team has had a great season so far.  As always, if you don’t agree with me, feel free to let me know!

 

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Midterm power rankings for the NFC North

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

Believe it or not, we’ve reached the halfway mark of the season.  Crazy, right?

Well, like I’ve done in the past, it’s time to rank the performance of the teams of the NFC North.  Remember, I don’t take these too seriously, I just like to have fun with them.

Some teams have surprised, some….. have not.  But either way, what first started off as a possible battle for the top of the division hasn’t really come to fruition.

There’s still a good amount of season left, and who knows what could happen.

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Midseason check-in: AFC West Quarterbacks

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter
AFC and NFC West

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

I’m not sure how it happened, but it has. We have reached the midpoint of the 2019 NFL season. The year is flying by so let’s take a few minutes to check in on the AFC West and their quarterbacks.

It has been a rollercoaster in the West, to say the least. For some teams, early season promise has turned into concern. For others, they never even got out of the gate. The media likes to put wins and losses on the shoulders of two people- the coach, and the QB. While in reality, that isn’t always where the fault lies, the quarterbacks of the AFC West are taking the punch.

The Los Angeles Chargers (3-5) are obviously not where they want to be. Many of us, and yes I’m including myself in this, thought it would be the Chargers who would battle the Kansas City Chiefs for the division. While they squeaked out a win against the Chicago Bears yesterday, not many feel the Chargers are a threat.

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The AFC South: an interview with Antwan Staley

Lisa Johnson
AFC South & East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303 

This week, I got a chance to talk with Antwan Staley (@antwanstaley) about the AFC South.

It seems the NFL has been plagued with more quarterback issues than usual, and this division definitely has it’s share of those. From Andrew Luck leaving the Colts to the Jaguars going all-in on Nick Foles only to lose him to injury to Marcus Mariota getting benched for Ryan Tannehill, what more could go wrong?

So I figured, who better to ask about what’s going on in the AFC South then my friend Antwan?

Staley is a football writer, an @EastCarolina alumni, a self-proclaimed “Hip Hop historian” and Chicken Wing Connoisseur. He has extensive experience covering Florida sports teams. He has written for Bleacher Report, the Miami Herald and the Palm Beach Post and is a reporter for Pro Player Insiders. 

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NFC South: what surprises will they bring for Week 8?

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor AFC North and NFC South

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

Week 7 was a bit quiet for the NFL’s NFC South Division. With Carolina and Tampa Bay enjoying the rest that comes with a Bye week, that left only the New Orleans and Atlanta seeing action.

In what seems to be a trend so far this season, the Saints won easily while the Falcons lost heavily.

With all four teams back in action for Week 8, and their quarterbacks being the most talked about subject on the mind of fans, let’s take a look at the upcoming matchups and see if there might be any surprises in store for the competition…

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Previewing week 8 for the NFC West

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter
AFC and NFC West

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

It has been said a lot this week that the NFC West could be one of the most competitive divisions in the league. With San Francisco being undefeated, both Seattle and Los Angeles right in the thick of it, and Arizona beginning to shine, the NFC West isn’t a division anyone else in the league wants to face anytime soon.

Looking at week 8, two of the teams face opponents that are struggling to find wins, the other two face teams that will give them some serious competition. By the end of the week, will we still believe in the strength of the division? Let’s take a look at this week’s matchups.

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NFC East Week 7 top performers

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

The Cowboys bounced back this week against the Eagles.  Even though they lost, Washington held their own against the 49ers. The Giants were competitive but just couldn’t seal the deal.

Despite the fact that 3/4 of the NFC East lost this week, let’s take a peek at which players stood out.

Washington Redskins: Let’s be honest. It was an ugly game.  No touchdowns, plenty of field goals, but no real “action.”  But let’s also be honest that not too many people had them hanging around in this game.  It could have been a blowout, but thankfully, it wasn’t.  Shout out to Washington’s defense for holding San Fransisco to their fewest point total so far this season.  They had 2 sacks and 5 tackles for a loss.

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Week 7 NFC North standouts

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

It was 2 up and 2 down in the NFC North this past week.

The Packers cruised to their 6th victory, and the Vikings had to work a little bit, but in the end, they came away with a decent victory over the Lions.

The Lions and the Bears, on the other hand, lost.  The Bears lost to a “down” Saints team, and the Lions just left everyone scratching their heads.

Despite wins and losses on Sunday, there were some players on each team that had a great day.  Let’s head around the division and see who they were.

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Got a problem with OBJ’s pants? Fine, says the NFL…

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor AFC North and NFC South

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

As a Browns fan, we tend to take the “red headed step-child” view when it comes to how the NFL treats us and our team.

Most of the time, it’s just us being super-sensitive. When we complain, everyone else just shakes it off and tells us to quite whining and get over it.

And I, for one, have tried to be more objective, to not take everything personally when it comes to penalties, fines, etc., that are aimed at my team.

But now the NFL has fined wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. because his pants didn’t cover his knees. $14,037 worth of non-knee-coverage.

So it’s hard even for me to just shake this off and pretend it’s not personal.

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