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.
While most of us were either sleeping off our hangovers or just coming in from celebrating our rocking New Year’s Eve, Washington was making things official with their new head coach Ron Rivera. The hiring comes after former head coach, Jay Gruden was fired after an 0-5 start to the season and was replaced temporarily by Bill Callahan.
The #Redskins announce the Ron Rivera hiring at 7am New Years Day.
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.
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.
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.
The trade deadline has passed, and it was pretty uneventful. Yes, there were a few trades in the week leading up, but, as it often does, it ended up being a lot of rumors and wishful thinking. What this week has brought, however, is a handful of odd stories that have many shaking their heads.
Let’s start with Tom Brady. Brady, the 42yr old, future Hall of Fame, current Patriots quarterback, has never played for another team and truly no one could imagine him doing so. Until this week. I think it started with Jason La Canfora’s article saying Brady has an interest in playing for the Los Angeles Chargers next year if he’s not in New England. It snowballed after that, with fans and media grabbing the idea and running with it.
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.
In a move that surprised almost no one, Washington has parted ways with head coach Jay Gruden. A lot of people felt that it would come after their week 4 loss to the N.Y. Giants, but it was the loss to the New England Patriots that was the final straw. During Gruden’s tenure, Washington was 35-49-1.
While most fans were expecting the move, many more feel that the problem with Washington is deeper than the head coach. That’s when most start to look at GM Bruce Allen, and ultimately the owner Dan Snyder.
Under Snyder, who became the owner in 1999, the team hasn’t finished with a winning record. They have however, won the NFC East 3 times under Snyder as well.