Coaching Carousel 2020

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter
NFC West / AFC West

By Dayna O’Gorman //@DaynaOG

As we head into January 2020, teams that didn’t make the playoffs need to look inward to see what went wrong. Every season there are changes that have to be made, changes that probably should be made then aren’t, and changes that feel like they change a franchise. Often those changes start with the head coaches.

Being a head coach in the NFL is a very hard job. Something only a large handful has been able to execute well. Teams are constantly on the lookout for “the guy”. The one that will be there for years, bringing success to the franchise. This year, we have 4 teams, possibly 5, that are once again on the hunt for a new head coach. Let’s take a look at who they may hiring.

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Change is coming to the NFC East

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

Well, the season came to an end for 3 of the 4 teams in the NFC East on Sunday.

And with the end came a firestorm of change in the division.  Well, sort of.

There’s been a lot of build-up, but we’re still waiting.



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The NFC East playoff picture

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

The NFC East. The only division in the NFL that a team has neither clinched a playoff spot or a division title.

At the beginning of the season, when Dallas was on a hot streak, one would have thought that they would easily run away with the division. But a 3 game losing streak sort of set their hopes and dreams of playoff contention back a bit.

And let’s not forget the Eagles, who at the beginning of the season were sort of lackluster and have fans questioning if they should have let quarterback Nick Foles go. They have now rattled off 3 wins in a row, to still keep them in the running for the division title.

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The NFC East Walter Payton Man of The Year nominees.

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

It’s that time of year again. The time where the NFL starts to dole out their awards and hashtag campaigns kick into high gear. The Pro Bowl rosters have been announced, so the #ProBowlVote is done. But now the hashtag that will fill up your timeline until the day before the Super Bowl will be #WPMOY.

The Walter Payton Man of the Year. This is probably one of my favorite awards in all of sports. I don’t think there’s another major sport that has an award like this. (Please feel free to correct me if I’m wrong). It’s nice to recognize the players that are working hard in their various communities. It’s right up there with My Cause, My Cleats.

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Panthers fire Rivera – Who’s next?

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor AFC North and NFC South

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

In news that shocked me this week, the Carolina Panthers have fired head coach Ron Rivera after nine seasons.If a guy can coach a team to 5-7 while their star quarterback (Cam Newton) has been out since week 2, is any coach safe in this league?

It seems as if once one team fires their head coach before the season ends, a couple of others decide to follow suit. Who else could be on the head coach chopping block before the end of the year?

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I got the Power: NFC East power rankings

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

Week 13. It’s the home stretch. And it’s time to take a look at how the teams in the NFC East are faring.

After such a hot start, I thought for sure the Dallas Cowboys would be running away with the division and coming in hot, but they’ve cooled off considerably. The Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants really just seem to be floundering. Surprisingly, who’s got the hot hand? None other than the Washington Redskins. Here’s how it shakes out in my mind.

The top spot goes to the aforementioned Washington Redskins. Congrats to them, as they seem to have found a small bit of mojo, and have won their last 2 games. True, they had to work to win them, but after a really bad start to the season, it looks like they’re starting to slowly come around.

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The NFC East Top Performers from Week 12

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield  //@Mom23RN

It’s another week is in the books and week 12 saw a pretty good lineup of games for the NFC East. The Cowboys took on the Patriots, the Redskins matched up against the Lions, the Giants traveled to Chicago and the Eagles hosted the Seahawks. And who was the only team in the NFC East to get a win? The 1-9 Washington Redskins. How about that?

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Looking around the NFC East in week 11

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

Two losses, a win, and a bye make up the NFC East this week.

As the season rolls along, it’s looking more and more like the Cowboys are going to win the division, barring some crazy collapse. But as always, let’s head around the division to check in what’s going on with everyone.

Washington Redskins (1-9):  It’s been a long season for Washington already as we well know.  Rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins has been named the starter for the rest of the season, but he finally got his first touchdown in yesterday’s game, along with running back Derrius Guice.  Of course, it didn’t mean too much at the time, but could this be a look of things to come?  Something to build off of?  I mean, it could be.

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Franchise QBs on their way out? The quarterback carousel begins early.

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303 

We are at the mid-season mark and already we have teams talking about moving on from their supposed franchise quarterbacks.

Let’s take a look at who may be leaving their quarterbacks behind.

Carolina Panthers placed Cam Newton on season-ending injured reserve this week, leaving many to question if we will ever see Newton in a Panthers uniform again., especially since they have quarterback Kyle Allen, an undrafted free agent who has played well for Carolina in relief of Newton. He has completed 60.7 % of his passes for 1,291 yards with nine touchdowns and four interceptions in six games.

The Panthers have gone 5-1 in the games in which Allen has started.

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Black cat takes over Twitter on Monday Night Football

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

I think the only thing better would have been if this game had been played on Halloween.

When there were about 5 1/2 minutes left in the first half of the Cowboys/Giants game on Monday Night Football, a black cat somehow got on the field.  And true to the app we know and love, Twitter took it and ran with it. Most of the time, I’m OK when things like this happen, but for whatever reason, I thought it was a little too much.

But then I decided I was being a Debbie Downer, and went and sat in the corner.  Not really, I just thought to myself let people have their fun.  It’s not hurting anyone.

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