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Wildcard Saturday Commentary: Nagy Could Be Next McVay (But What About His Staff?)

| January 6th, 2018

Matt Nagy has spent his entire career with Andy Reid; not a bad guy to hitch your wagon to. Reid’s coaching tree has had prolific success, winning championships as head coaches, coordinators and position coaches. Just look at the his 2001 staff in Philadelphia:

  • Brad Childress (QB)
  • Pat Shurmur (TE)
  • Jim Johnson (DC)
  • Ron Rivera (LB)
  • Steve Spagnuolo (DB)
  • Leslie Frazier (DB)
  • Sean McDermott (ASST.)
  • John Harbaugh (ST)
  • Dave Toub (AST)

Behind every great coach there are great assistants. None of Andy Reid’s assistants rose as quickly as Nagy. But the young offensive coordinator’s lack of experience in multiple staff rooms could suggest to NFL front offices an inability to find his own assistants, keeping him from the opportunity to be a head coach.

When it comes to head coach qualifications, Nagy is among the better candidates. Unlike Josh McDaniels, Pat Shurmur and John DeFilippo, Nagy has never been fired. He has just kept working his way up the ladder. After a short career as a quarterback in the Arena Football League, the 39-year-old started as an intern with Philadelphia in 2008, then he became an assistant then quality control coach.

When Reid went from Philadelphia to Kansas City, he brought Nagy with, promoting him to quarterbacks coach. Under his direction, Alex Smith has put together the best stretch of his career. In 2016, Nagy was promoted to co-offensive coordinator, replacing Doug Pederson, and then got sole possession of the job this year.

After a midseason swoon in which the Chiefs failed to score more than 17 points in four of six games, Reid did what he has never done before by handing off play-calling duties to Nagy. The result was five straight games in which they scored at least 26 points, finishing 4-1 down the stretch, including a 27-24 win in Week 17 in which rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes impressed.

Nagy’s resume is downright impressive, mirroring current NFL darling and like Coach of the Year Sean McVay. And per reports, he loves Mitch Trubisky.



It’s also telling that a guy who worked in the same building as him — Chris Ballard — requested an interview. But how is he going to fill out that staff? This is an issue Ryan Pace brought up in his press conference, specifically mentioning how important it will be for a younger coach.

The options Nagy would have from Reid aren’t all that impressive, with the list topped by Spagnuolo and Leslie Frazier. Perhaps there is a young coach that Nagy knows will do a good job but that isn’t likely to inspire confidence in a GM who needs to make sure he hits a home run with this hire. Nagy could have Reid call Vic Fangio — the two share an agent — and try to convince him to stay with the Bears. Or Reid might know somebody else who owes him a favor.

Pace could already have somebody else in mind. When the Bears hired Lovie Smith, he wanted Bob Babich as his defensive coordinator before Jerry Angelo nixed it and brought Ron Rivera in. The same happened when Phil Emery brought in Mel Tucker instead of Marc Trestman’s choice of Tim Tibesar. But Pace comes from New Orleans where they’ve always had issues finding defensive coordinators. Could he turn to a Chuck Pagano or Jack Del Rio or someone like that?

It’s not hard to see why everybody loves McVay but he has Wade Phillips, one of the greatest defensive coordinators in league history, autonomously running half the team. Can Nagy find his Wade? The Bears need to hear the answer to that question. If he answers it correctly, there’s no reason why he can’t be The Guy.

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  • BearDown100393

    After a promising rookie season (despite WR deficiency and injuries at key positions), not really sure why any HC candidate (other than perhaps Josh McDaniels) would piss or moan over MT as the starting QB.

    • BerwynBomber

      Who is?

      • BearDown100393

        Nobody I know. Just a general comment to the post on the “love MT” bit.

        • BerwynBomber

          Ah, gotcha. Yeah, I would think MT would be valued favorably by all candidates. MIght not be first choice but CHI makes up for most of that. Win here and it is huge.

          • Bear Instincts

            MT10 should be first choice of all the openings. He is young. He learns quickly. He can be molded into whatever the next HC wants. Any coach that does not want MT10 is an inflexible coach that Chicago does not need

          • BerwynBomber

            Luck. Stafford. Potentially Rosen or Darnold in NYG.

            Trubisky COULD be first choice but might be shortsighted to presume he is.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

            You sold on Darnold? I felt like he took a step back this year. For my part, he’s got a little Leinart funk about him.

          • CaponeBot 1.0

            All we can hope for is an irrational run on these qbs so we can get 2 top tier pieces this draft.

          • Is Obrien a sure thing in Texas? If not, Watson becomes more desirable.

            Jets and Cards also if they’re in position to draft Josh Allen, Rudolph or Mayfield.

            TB still has Winston.

            And while the Browns are still the Browns, the #1 over all pick and a boatload of draft picks and cap might tempt some candidates.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            Jets are 6th pick and Cards are 15th.

          • Bender McLugh

            Lamar Jackson looks legit, Baker Mayfield too. I’m not convinced of Rosen, he had great receivers make great catches allot of the time for him

          • BerwynBomber

            Jackson is wildly inaccurate. I honestly think he will need to convert to another position.

            Mayfield, thus far, seems like the most interesting kid in the draft. Love his moxie, toughness, vision and how he can extend a play. But worry about his size, limited athleticism and emotional attitude.

            He seems like a high risk pick. Like Leonard Floyd. Could go either way but not much middle ground.

          • Bender McLugh

            Jackson is very accurate with long throws with effortless ease, like Vick in his prime. Consistency will be an issue but he can drill himself to death and fix it

          • Bender McLugh

            But I would take Trubs right now because of his careful, methodical approach he has shown. Hard to teach that

          • BerwynBomber

            Weirdly, I worry about that. I don’t want the kid trying to be Rodgers or Brady right off the bat. Fling the fucking thing and throw some pics.

            Gimme the production first.

  • CaponeBot 1.0

    no gambling to be done this weekend boys. The only game that could be considered is the Chiefs/Titans game and that would mean betting on the Chiefs which is absolute folly.

    • BearDown100393

      Andy Reid says bet the house.

      • CaponeBot 1.0

        also, betting on Jax means betting on Bortles which simply cannot happen. No matter how good that D is you have the Bortles factor and that could fuck everything to shit.

        The sure bet is the Philly game next week. I’m putting a sizable amount against Philly.

    • BerwynBomber

      I’d be inclined to lay points in Rams/ATL game. I’m not impressed with ATL. Very talented team but Ice is a tad overrated, and they were fortunate early in the year, which kept them in it.

  • CanadaBear
    • willbest

      I find it amazing that the Rams kicker and punter are both all-pro. Maybe we should interview that ST coach

      • catfish44

        I hear the Rams Oline coach is awesome we should interview him.

    • willbest

      I just noticed Bell is Flex 1st team, but RB 2nd team. Is that always the case? Seems odd they wouldn’t just run 2 and 2 RBs

      • CanadaBear

        I thought the same thing. Have no idea when that started. I like that Harrison Smith can’t make the Pro-Bowl but is voted All-Pro. Says all you need to know about the Pro Bowl voting.

  • willbest

    Andy Reid seems like an impressive judge of coaching talent. I think he is going to have Ernie Accorsi’s job when he is done coaching.

    • BearDown100393

      Perhaps he coaches up coaches better than football players.

      • willbest

        His teams generally do pretty well too. He just doesn’t understand how the clock works.

  • BearDown100393

    Rivera getting extension, staying in Carolina.

  • FresnoBear88

    So are we jumping on Nagys nut sack? Last week it was flip.

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

      I’m not. I’ll reserve my sack jumping for now.

    • I still like Flip.

      Nagy and Shurmur seem competent though.

      • Bender McLugh

        I’m all in on Flip. Pederson praising his teaching & drilling abilities with the qbs, I’m sold.

    • CanadaBear

      No nut sacks for me, I’m trying to quit.

  • Who was the last bald white coach to win a SB?

    • CaponeBot 1.0

      Landry?

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Landry?

    • I actually don’t know. Was it Landry? If so, maybe that takes Nagy off the list.

      #NoWhiteBaldies

    • willbest

      Hoodie is rocking a combover. And Nagy looks like he has enough on the sides and towards the back to manage that.

      • BerwynBomber

        But Hoodie’s pushing 70. Nagy is in his 40s.

  • Viva Dave Toub

    Maybe Toub has been anointed heir apparent in KC when Reid retires

    • Hate to break it to you, Viva, but Toub aint getting an HC gig on the Bears or anywhere.

      Toub’s name was hotter when he was coming off the Bears, and I don’t think ONE team (including us) even interviewed him for an HC job.

      He may get a courtesy reach around this time, but barring some crazy SP teams playoff run, I just don’t see him getting an HC job, esp competing against guys like Nagy, Shurmur, McDaniels, Patricia, Gruden, Flip…

      Toub may actually increase his cache by going to a major college program and winning there for a few years to prove to the NFL that he has the right stuff.

  • CanadaBear

    Not that anyone here was counting on Ron Rivera getting released from the Panthers due to a new owner, he just got extended for 2 more years through 2020.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000903171/article/panthers-sign-rivera-to-twoyear-contract-extension

    • BerwynBomber

      My vote for most underrated HC in the league. I know he won COY a few years back but the chattering class often doesn’t give him his due props.

      We fucked up by letting him go.

      • evantonio

        Let him go. Shoved him out the door. Potato. Potahto.

      • Considering Cam is the most mercurial QB in the league, gotta give Chico his props.

        He also maximizes the D.

        NFCS is also chalk full ot talent and QBs.

      • CanadaBear

        I just read that Lovie wanted Babich for DC from the start and Angelo made him take Chico.

        • Lovie didn’t want an underling better than him.

          It’s like the Seinfeld episode when George’s secretary makes more than him.

  • willbest

    Who is watching this? I will probably check in after half-time if its close. Watching the AFC this year has been akin to watching a movie you know the ending too. Its going to be Steelers @ Pats the rest is just irrelevant filler.

  • Random Titans-Chiefs observations and predictions…

    Is Mariotta still limping around? W out his legs, he’s not all that lethal. I thought he would be more accurate, but he seems to be inconsistent and might be a young Alex Smith afraid to cut loose.

    Also, he looks like Burt from sesame st.

    – Adoree Jackson is going to make a big play for the Titans.

    I was hoping for him at the top of the 2nd, but he didn’t fall that far. I watched him at USC, and the brighter the lights, the bigger game he had on specials.

    – Hill will also make a big play (+80yds).

    – Hunt more than Alex Smith will give the Chiefs better chance to win.

    – Who the hell is catching for the Titans? If you’re crazy enough to play FF in the playoffs, Delanie Walker might be your guy.

    – This is a helluva spot to star Derrick Henry.

    The Titans for some inexplicable reason have refused to star him for two yrs. Demarco Murray is the more all around back, but it’s not as if Henry has stone Howard-hands.

    I’m curious to see if he can outshine Hunt. Henry is more of an upright runner.

    But will the playoff juice make him go off like Eric Dickerson?

    • willbest

      Derrick Henry 11 of 17. 64.7% catch rate
      Jordan Howard 23 of 32 71.9% catch rate

      The difference Henry 12.4 yards per catch. Howard 5.4 yards per catch.

      • willbest

        conclusion: the bears screen game is predictable.

      • willbest

        Oh and another stat

        Tarik Cohen 53 of 71 (74.6% catch rate), and 6.8 yards per reception.

        • Irish Sweetness

          That’s a 26% drop rate!

      • Well yeah, when a HB is not just running to the flats, catches are gonna be harder.

        That being said, Henry is not exactly Marshal Faulk with the hands, and might be part of the reason the Titans rode Murray for so much of the season.

        Still, kinda odd they didn’t star Henry and use Murray as more change of pace back, as opposed to the other way around.

      • Irish Sweetness

        They hand the ball to the salary. Henry is way better than Murray.

  • FF reflections.

    QB.

    Alex Smith was the 2nd highest scoring QB in Da League. For some reason, Shady let him go in Wk 2 and I swooped him up the waiver wire for $3.

    I’m willing to bet MUCHO teams won leagues for Alex Smith value.

    HB.

    Hunt I drafted for $18. 3rd highest RB behind only Gurley and Bell (who I also had)

    Great value ahead of way more expensive HBs like Eliot, Gordon, McCoy to name a few.

    I think only Alvin Kamara and Dion Lewis (who I also got) were better values at HB.

    WR.

    Tyreek Hill finishes #3WR overall. KInda amazing since he was so boom or bust. Willie had him, and helped him as highest scorer.

    But Willie missed the championship rd most likely because of guys like Hill who can give you 4 points one week, then 40 the next.

    Points don’t roll over. Give me Michael Thomas and his 10 points every week over boom-bust dudes.

    TE.

    Kelce finished as #2 TE. Dude was just a stud. Willie also got him for $18 in auction.

    However, I got Ertz for $2. Not shabby either.

    Outside the Gronk/Kelce/Ertz tier, TE was a cluster fuck. Throw a dart, hope for a TD.

    Most of the Titans were a bust.

    Mariotta finished behind Bortles.
    Good luck knowing which RB wold go off for the Titans, Murray/Henry.

    I got Henry thinking the Titans would be rational and eventually run him. I was wrong.

    This is what is known as the fallacy of assumption of rational coaching

    When you assume NFL coaches are rational and sane, but are quite the opposite.

    • Irish Sweetness

      They would have lost in the playoffs with Smith. Scoring leaders don’t mean shit in the playoffs. What’s their matchup like?

  • willbest

    Trubisky’s season stats are ugly as hell. The eyes like what they see, but he basically ended up with the same passer rating as Glennon (~77), and ended with a QBR of 28 which is almost as crappy as Glennon’s 25.

    • Those are ugly numbers, but I’m not sure anyone under Fox/Birdcage could’ve excelled.

      They were running a HS offense.

      Things right away that Trub had that Glennon didnt

      – mobility
      – balls
      – touch
      – zip
      – not staring down WRs

      • willbest

        Cutler had a 78 PR and 33 QBR last year
        Hoyer 98 PR and 61 QBR
        Barkley 68 PR and 39 QBR

        • Well, we can’t expect all QBs to be Hoyers.

          • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

            Hoyer was also benched this year for CJ Beathard

        • Irish Sweetness

          They weren’t running run-run-pass gameplans.

    • Irish Sweetness

      They’re Fox’ stats, not his. that was all on run-run-pass. Kid had no chance.

  • willbest

    In 2017 the Bears failed to have a 700 yard receiver. When was the last time that happened?

  • Sheesh. Just what you want. A low line drive KO to Hill to open up the game.
    And naturally, a penalty on specials.

  • Wow. They’re leaving Adoree alone on HIll?

    Adoree is fast. But he’s not Hill fast. No one is.

  • 3rd down. WR oblivious. Marriotta inaccurate.

    Maybe Pace dodged a bullet with Burt.

  • Alex Smith dropping dimes.

  • RG Schwartz great block for Hunt to squeeze behind. TD.

  • Hill already turned a 3 yd cross into a 45 yd gain.

    Maybe Calvin Ridley worth the #8 pick?

    Strengths:
    Playmaker
    Excellent route-runner; sudden out of breaks
    Explodes out of cuts
    Threat to score on any touch
    Very good run after the catch
    Game breaking speed
    Forces teams to keep a safety deep
    Impacts game plans
    Quick release off of the line
    First-step quickness
    Stretches the defense
    Body control
    Quick feet
    Leaping ability
    Quality hands in most games
    Adept at finding soft spots in zone
    Can defeat double teams
    Good athleticism
    Quality blocker
    Durable
    Experienced 3-year starter
    Excelled against elite competition

    Weaknesses:
    Thin frame
    Decent, but not great, height
    Can have minor bouts of drops

    Read more at http://walterfootball.com/scoutingreport2018cridley.php#X2UdG2lCQ1qU5K5i.99

    • willbest

      1) Buy Landry
      2) Bring back Wright
      3) give Meredith the best rehab team money can buy
      4) draft a WR in the 2nd or 3rd round

    • Irish Sweetness

      If they drop … the guard or Barkley …. if not, it’s got to be either OT or a quick 3-4 DE.

  • CaponeBot 1.0

    Lol, I’m reading the last blog entry where Cormonster reminded us that rich dudes in Thailand are throwing down mad coin for Dick Bleaching.
    That’s fucking priceless.

    • willbest

      If your goal was to get me to google dick bleaching you have succeeded.

      • CaponeBot 1.0

        Newsweek had an article that predicted nearly 65% of all Dick bleaching workers will be replaced by machines by 2035.

    • BearDown100393

      David Carradine is missing out

      • CaponeBot 1.0

        haha, bad

    • willbest

      I have poker next week, there are a couple Asians in the game, I am going to ask them if they do this.

      • Irish Sweetness

        They aren’t really Asians unless they live there. American Asians? They ain’t Asian. About as Irish as that lot over in Boston.

    • Irish Sweetness

      I heard that yesterday, it’s true. But to them, people climbing into a tanning machine and blasting their bodies with UV is insane and laughable.
      (shrugs)

  • CaponeBot 1.0

    haha, full disclosure, i tell people that betting on any game this weekend is too risky and i proceed to bet my entire bankroll on the KC moneyline FOR THE WIN.

  • Dick LeBeau

    A cajan pornstar who stars in the Trilogy

    “The Big Easy: Swampy Skanks”
    “The Big Easy Deux: Bayou Bootays”

    “The Big Easy Tre: Gator Gays” (NTTAWWT)

  • Marriotta didn’t see Peters at all.

    Probably cost them the game.

    Titans should be looking into new HC, IMO.

    They have way too much talent to be getting teabagged like this by the Chiefs.

  • Wow. Burt got BLOWN up.

    That looked like a fumble and premature whistle.

    Henry totally blew pass pro.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    Kelce also fumbled. Replay booth did not review.

    • NFL where 2 wrongs make a right

      • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

        They made up for it by reviewing a catch that did not need reviewed.

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

      Seemed to me he got two hands back on it before it was pulled out of there.

  • Brilliant two minute drive by Smith and Reid (Nagy).

    The CB jumped that route. WR out and up. TD b4 the S could close.

  • willbest

    Interesting, Chiefs look like the team that started the season rather than the one that hobbled in at the end of the season.

  • BerwynBomber

    Well that has to be a first in playoff history.

  • BearDown100393

    I hate Kansas City

    • Their D has been soft all yr.

      The book on their O is to take away the short stuff and make them throw deep.

      I think LeBeau is finally figuring that out.

      He can’t blitz like he wants cuz Hill will kill 1-on-1.

      Kelce too, but now that he’s out, big blow for KC who relies on YAC.

      • willbest

        Then again, Smith absolutely torched the Pats with the deep stuff.

        • But that’s what you want. The Pats were right. That’s usually more an aberration.

          If Alex Smith blows you away over the top, that’s less likely then Hill, Kelce and Hunt tearing you up with YAC

  • BearDown100393

    Jeff worries about a hypothetical parallel between Mariota and Trubisky but exonerates/ignores Pace’s evaluation of Giraffe.

    Apparently the 8 week abstaince needs a do-over.

  • willbest

    RIP John Young.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Flew in 3 space programs:

      Gemini, where he smuggled a corned beef sandwich aboard Gemini 3, co-piloted by Apollo 1 fire victim, Gus Grisssom.

      2 Apollo moon missions including a walk on the surface.

      Also flew the shuttle.

      All total, 6 trips into space.

      Well done, Sir!

    • Irish Sweetness

      Wow, really? Not many legends left. God speed, John.

      He was probably the nicest and most humble of all astronauts. I think it was Gus Grissom that shared his fears about the wiring in the Apollo capsule. Young asked him why he didn’t bring it up with control and he said it was because he was afraid of getting dumped.

  • BerwynBomber

    TEN intent on blowing their chance to climb back in this game.
    Two huge ST errors on two successive plays.

  • BerwynBomber

    We gotta game.

  • BerwynBomber

    Idiot Mularkey. Don’t chase points.

    • willbest

      Over the long term, the 2point conversion will net you more points.

      • Mathematically, if a team goes for it all the time.
        Which no team does.

        Steelers are the only ones who go for it when they don’t “need” to, but I’m sure Brown, Bell, Roth and JuJu have something to do with that philo.

        • willbest

          The stats show that you should go for it on 4th and 2 (or less) always as well. But the psychology of turning the ball over on your side is hard to overcome.

  • Wow. Easy catch dropped by Kelce replacement.

    Next man up!

    • AlbertInTucson

      Follows up with the holding call but just made a 1st down nice grab on 3rd & 4.

  • Sheesh. Henry is just running them over, and on a critical 3rd, no back set.
    Then waste a T.O.

    • willbest

      Mularkey must have graduated from the Andy Reid school of clock management.

    • BerwynBomber

      The 2nd and 1 play was even worse. Why get cute with a bubble?

      Either pound the rock or toss it beyond the sticks.

  • willbest

    I am going to feel bad if Waffle loses his entire year stake

    • Titans seem intent on stupidity.

      Those players are the ones bailing out that coaching staff.

    • CaponeBot 1.0

      i lost it all. I convinced myself that there was no way that this year’s Titans could play well but the Chiefs Koo’d me.
      Ironically, during the early 4th quarter while i was cleaning out apps from my phone i realized a i had an old Coinbase account.
      I was like, “Waffle, when the fuck did i open this account?”
      I then responded mentally, “hee hee, in early December”

      When God closes a door he previously opened a Coinbase account. Losses COMPLETELY mitigated. Happy new year you broke motherfuckers!!!

      #Ethereum

      • Irish Sweetness

        Euthereum? Did I mention that on here a few weeks ago? Broke a thousand dolalrs already …. it was 420 when I mentioned it.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Titans +9 was a great bet. Nobody is that much better in the playoffs.

  • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

    Nice touchdown there. But that throw to Corey Davis the play before was brutal.

  • Mariota in a snap shot.

    Misses WIDE open Corey.
    Next play hits TE up the seam for a TD
    Takes a horrible sack on 2 point.

    • willbest

      All you need is a chance.

    • BerwynBomber

      Two point play is on Mularkey. Should have never been going for 2 pointers in the first place. This should be a 3 point TEN lead.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Another coach chasing points too soon, again.

        • BerwynBomber

          You and I hate that more than anyone else on this blog.

  • BerwynBomber

    After a horrendous year, Mariota growing up a bit here.

    Invaluable part of a QB education.

    • I think “exotic smashmouth” is Thai for “me not knowy what to call”

      • BerwynBomber

        Yeah, I would still get rid of Mularkey. Never been a fan.

        He might end up costing them this game. We’ll see.

  • Even if Titans somehow pull this off, they’ll likely lose against a real team.

    If I’m Titans GM I’m already making calls to Flip, Shurmur and even McDaniels.

    • BerwynBomber

      Shurmur would be ideal for them.

  • I don’t know how many dropped passes KC has, but seems like a lot.

  • FresnoBear88

    Where’s Nagy now?

    • BerwynBomber

      We’ll probably be able to say that about any assistant not on NE’s staff by post-season’s end.

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

      Dusting off his nutsack.

  • Andy Reid gonna Andy Reid.

    Oh yeah.

  • BerwynBomber

    TEN down to 1 TO. Mularkey.

  • Half the KC Oline didn’t even move on the snap.

  • BerwynBomber

    Whale of a run by Henry.

    TEN can’t turtle here. KC has all tree TOs, I believe. Too much time left. Keep your playbook open.

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

      Chiefs appear to be no threat with Kelce out.

    • I’m not sure KC can stop Henry.

      I’d boot leg with Mariota at least once.

  • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

    Is the announcer going through puberty?

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

      That was embarrassing.

  • BerwynBomber

    McDonough doing the cracked voice call for no reason.

    • AlbertInTucson

      That is NEVER a “good look” for a broadcaster.

  • Down. Should take 10 seconds.

  • This is why Mariota needs to read option and keep and run.

  • BerwynBomber

    C’mon, Mularkey. See if you can make up for your 2 point decisions.
    What do you have up your sleeve.

  • BerwynBomber

    Ugh. They’re turtling. I’m envisioning a last minute KC FG for the win.

  • Bootleg TE drag.

  • Martiotta best play a block!

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

      You didn’t like his TD pass to himself?

      • Considering it a first in playoffs, I’ll give him that.

        But that block sealed it.

        • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

          That block was beautiful. Hate when a QB unnecessarily puts himself in harm’s way. But gotta love it when they throw a block on the fly to win a playoff game.

          • Irish Sweetness

            It was pure McMahon. I like this guy.

  • BerwynBomber

    Mariota with a fuck of a block.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Sayonara, Chiefs.

  • 80yr old Dick stuffed Nagy.

    Scratch him off the list.

  • KentuckyBearsFan

    …you live by the Reid, you die by the Reid.

    • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

      The Peyton Manning of coaches?

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        Peyton won but he had to change teams.

        Reid changed teams but still can’t get over the hump.

        • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

          I think you’ve blocked out Peyton’s first Super Bowl win.

          • KentuckyBearsFan

            uh…yes…yes I did.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

            Understandable.

          • BerwynBomber

            Never happened. That was a Lovie/Grossman/Bensen loss. Histroically, Manning is not credited with that win.

          • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

            Super Bowl? What Super Bowl?

      • The Billy of Baldwins.

        • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

          LOL.

        • Irish Sweetness

          Could be a Stephen.

      • KentuckyBearsFan

        the Randall Cunningham of coaches.

        Some great years with the Eagles and even 1 great year with the Vikings….but

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randall_Cunningham
        “Cunningham claimed the Vikings’ Monday night 37–24 victory over the Green Bay Packers was “the greatest night of my football career”.[9] He threw for 442 yards and four touchdowns. However, the Vikings ended up being the first 15–1 team to fall short of the Super Bowl, losing to the underdog Atlanta Falcons in the conference championship game by a field goal.

        During the early stages of the 1999 season, after throwing nine interceptions in just six games, Cunningham was benched again, this time in favor of Jeff George. After the team announced that second-year quarterback Daunte Culpepper would be the starter prior to the 2000 season, Cunningham was released.”

    • KentuckyBearsFan

      oh God…he’s not Randall Cunningham either.

      ANDY REID IS THE ALEX SMITH OF COACHES.

      It’s obvious.

  • AlbertInTucson

    6th straight home playoff loss for the Chiefs?

    Ew.

    • evantonio

      Would you rather that or 1 appearance in 11 years?

  • Is McDonough gonna cry?

    C’mon, man. It’s bad enough he resembles a penis.

  • BerwynBomber

    The Kelce injury changed everything.

    Good job by Titans D, Mariota and Henry. Excellent experience for a young team. But man, I don’t trust Mularkey. Yikes …

  • Had a feeling Henry would ball. Never get why Titans waited like 2 yrs to finally ride him.
    Thought Adoree would ball, but rooks gonna rook.

    Did any WR in the Titans have more than 3 catches?

    Once Kelce went out, totally changed the KC attack.

    This seemed much more Reid than Nagy game.

    By that I mean, too cute. Not enough Hunt.

    Same shit happened midseason, then Koolaid man handed off O to Nagy.

    Went back to Hunt, and they began balling again.

    Be interested to know if Reid wrestled back the O from Nagy or not, but it sure seemed that way to me.

    • “Modestly” Huge Bears Penis

      Reid was calling the plays today.

    • Irish Sweetness

      Didn’t we trade down instead of draft him? That was the Whitehair move. I’d rather have Henry.

  • BearDown100393

    Fire Andy Reid.

  • If I were KC, I’d promote Nagy and let Reid go.

    Keep Alex Smith and keep bringing Mahomes along.

    Would make a run at Fangio, keep Toub.

    Think that would be best for them.

    Reid is like the modern day Schottenheimer

    WC fodder, no more.

    • BearDown100393

      Reid is more Schottenheimer than Schottenheimer.

      Chiefs can keep Nagy.

    • BerwynBomber

      But that is the thing about Reid. He’s a helluva HC and almost assures you of playoff contention every year. Thought Mularkey made more mistakes than Reid did.

      Then again, if Reid took over all playcalling duties for this game (after Nagy set them on track at the end of the regular season), that is a damning decision.

      Reid obviously has a Shottenheimer feel. Helluva regular season HC, but spits the bit in the post-season.

      But I’ll cut Reid a little slack in that he seems to squeeze blood from a stone from his QBs: McNabb, Vick and Smith were never all that. Well, take that back, Vick set the world afire at times but just wasn’t a consistent pocket passer.

      • CaponeBot 1.0

        McNabb was completely legit man. So is Smith. McNabb was a perennial pro bowler and Philly retired his number. Was my favorite college player at Syracuse.

        He’s only had good QB’s when you think about it.

        • BearDown100393

          Philly Vick was a shell of himself.

          • CaponeBot 1.0

            correct.

          • Irish Sweetness

            He was sharp in the pocket though. Had a great game when I watched him.

        • KentuckyBearsFan

          McNabb was legit. No one else could puke on the field and maintain his composure like he did. (I’m only half kidding.)

          He was great, but seemed kind of a dick after he got super-paid and more arrogant as the years went on.

          McNabb definitely did get undeserved criticism from local and national media though….so may be that was part of the reason.

      • Depends what the Chief’s owner wants.

        Does he want a Lovie type team every year – or does he want a SB?

        How many one-and-dones are worth 1 SB?

      • evantonio

        Vick had a very high Madden rating.

      • Irish Sweetness

        He was 21-3 up on the Titans and lost the game. That’s all I saw.

  • Julio Jones will get 1 shitty redzone target all game in spite of going 7 for 200 yds.

  • Gurley will run for 150 and catch another for 40+

    Aaron Donald will get 2 sacks.

    ATL backfield will catch more balls than their WRs.

    This will come down to a missed FG.

    Rams have early jitters but come into form.

    Rams by 3.

    • BearDown100393

      Generous only by 3

  • CanadaBear

    I was kinda surprised they never mentioned the guy went helmet to helmet on Kelce. It’s like it didn’t happen. If Kelce would have come back in the game the NFL would never have lived that one down. He was fucked up.

  • BearDown100393

    Goff must be wearing bowling shoes.

  • Donald is T Harris illegitimate son.

  • Looks like ATL’s D is going man, stacking the box, and forcing Goff and his WRs to beat them.

  • BearDown100393

    Just waiting for the obligatory Deadspin .gif of Stan Kroenke stuffing his face with that hotdog while wearing Capone shades.

  • 3rd and 2. Pass.
    When Gurly has run for about 500 yds last 2 games.

    I really don’t get coaches.

    • BearDown100393

      He is a 31 year old genius.

      Really.

  • Those pitches aren’t gonna work on the speedy rams D

  • Donald blew up that play. Won’t go down as sack though.

    Doubled too. Yikes.

  • Dis Guy Trublinsky (Johnnywad)

    I hate the Rams helmets so much it makes it hard for me to watch the game. I can’t help it.

    • BearDown100393

      Albino Rams

  • BearDown100393

    Old DCs must’ve made a pact to destroy young genius offensive schemers up for HC interviews this weekend.

  • How’s that 3rd and 2 pass going, McVay?

  • BearDown100393

    That is why preseason is not meaningless.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Not-so-special teams play, Rams.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Leave to Hochuli to extend the delay.

    • BearDown100393

      How the hell did his crew get a playoff game?

    • NFL needs to create new rule.

      Every ref has a time limit over a season.

      Once the ref is over that limit, the cameras are no longer allowed to show ref on tv, or they can but with a turd emoticon over the face.

      • AlbertInTucson

        For Hochuli, that would be about 1.5 games worth before he used up his allotment.

  • AlbertInTucson

    If the guys in New York are reviewing, why does the Ref need to look at it again?

    Waste. Of. Time.

    • BearDown100393

      Because it is Hochuli not knowing any better.

      • AlbertInTucson

        Naw, they all look.

        My biggest gripe.

        Ref walks over to wherever to watch the review, then walk back to make the call.

  • AlbertInTucson

    You tell’em, Mr. Michaels.

  • BearDown100393

    That field is trash.

  • A Ram’s WR is going to have to get seperation.

    This is almost as bad as watching Fox ball.

    • BearDown100393

      Braverman gets that separation.

    • EnderWiggin

      Curious – How many FF points for throwing a TD to yourself?

      • 10.
        4 for passing, 6 for catching.

        Boom.

        • Irish Sweetness

          11 in a ppr league! And a lot of leagues would give you 6 for both.

  • AlbertInTucson

    Replay does not suck.

    The way the NFL HANDLES replay DEFINITELY sucks.

    • AlbertInTucson

      BTW, the NBA, MLB and The NCAA aren’t really any better with replay.

      • BearDown100393

        Yeah but it is a real garden of eden for the NHL

        • AlbertInTucson

          Forgot about them.

          The NFL turns screwing it up into an art form.

          • BearDown100393

            The NFL is more interested in capitalizing on selling its airtime during replay than the logistics.

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  • FresnoBear88

    Matt Patricia to take Lions HC job. Any word or insight on Paces interviews?

    • Might be scary if he keeps Bob Cooter.

    • AlbertInTucson

      The Bob Quinn connection.

    • Irish Sweetness

      That’s his career fucked then.

  • Has there ever been a yr when all 4 NFCN teams (or central) replace their HCs in the same yr?

    If Grimus is out, that means Lions, Bears and Puke replace HCs.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Is McCarthy on his way out?

      • I read that if some GM comes on board, Grimus might be out cuz he doesn’t get a long with him . Forgot that guys name, but Grimus did mention something along the lines of ‘chemistry’ and ‘working relationship’ being important.

        • BearDown100393

          Like cheeseburgers and french fries make a happy meal.

    • AlbertInTucson

      Somebody has to win the division every season so, that seems highly unlikely.

      • BearDown100393

        Zimmer looks like he is on the verge of going blind and having a heart attack.

        • Yeah, I could see something like that happening, health or retirement.

          Guess it would be a good Larry Mayer question.

  • AlbertInTucson

    More not-so-special teams play.

  • Wow. Maybe take Cooper out, eh?

  • BearDown100393

    Did McVay spend more time this week promoting himself on being “the 31 year old HC genius” or preparing his team for this game?

  • Alec Oggletree useless in that play.

  • BearDown100393

    LA Coliseum will be half empty for 2nd half if Rams don’t put some points on the board.

    • If Snoop and his entourage leave, that’s like half the stadium already.

      • BearDown100393

        Eric Dickerson must be losing his mind.

  • Brando. Monroe. Bradshaw.

    Terry Bradshaw has a star?

    Why?

    • BearDown100393

      Reward for surviving Kathy Bates?

    • EnderWiggin

      Cannonball Run?

  • BearDown100393

    Fire Sean McVay.

  • BerwynBomber

    Missed tackle on that 3rd and 10 screen was huge on this drive.

  • BerwynBomber

    Cheese bringing back Philbin as OC.
    End of the McCarthy era starting to resemble the end of the Lovie era.

  • Wade Phillips is getting pawned. They’re just running it down the Ds throat and eating up clock while the O goes 3 and out.

    Rams need points here, or it might be over. Ram’s D must be gassed esp without Brockers.

  • Here we go. Phillips time.

    this might be where Wade sells out on the run, and Julio kills em.

    Good cat and mouse game here.

  • BerwynBomber

    Rams were outschemed/outcoached here. And showed their inexperience.

    Credit ATL. Didn’t think they had it in them. Thing is, they could beat PHI and arguably might have the easiest road to the NFCC right now.

    • BearDown100393

      McVay outclassed tonight.

      • BerwynBomber

        Indeed. And as Butch indicated, so was Phillips.

      • The two TOs by the returner didn’t help.

        Falcons adjusted, Rams adjusted too late.

        Ram’s WRs couldn’t get any separation. The Falcons were playing them straight up for most of the game, forcing Goff not Gurley to beat them, and it was enough for most of the game.

        Wasn’t till the very end when the Rams went quick tempo spread that they could get anything going through the air.

        Phillips also took too long to adjust. The Falcons came out of the half and pounded them for 7 mins.

        Then again they were running on them the next drive.

        Phillips decided to stop the run, and as I thought would happen, the Falcons then countered with the pass and Julio.

        Falcons out coached them through and through.

        That being said, Neither McVay nor Phillips fucked up badly, It was just subtle out scheming.

        Goff looked poise. Gurley still looks dangerous.

        Donald looks like a stud. The oline is solid

        They’ll be ok going forward. Just need a true #1WR.

        Watkins disappeared when it mattered most and Woods is more of a slot guy.

        • BerwynBomber

          Is Tavon Austin healthy? Why doesn’t he return kicks for them? Seems a no-brainer if he’s good to go.

          • Austin is supposedly healthy. Don’t know what’s going on there, but I think their current returner is actually a PBer (and he turned it over twice and nearly muffed another)

          • BerwynBomber

            A day of bad return games. Adorree Jackson muffed a second half one for TEN and almost killed all their momentum in the second half.

          • And Hill, Adoree and Cooper are probably the most dangerous returners in the playoffs.

            Playoffs make ppl choke.

            Who would’ve thought Woods gets 100 + while Watkins gets crap.

            Go figure.

            Falcon’s Alford looks like a lockdown CB.

          • Irish Sweetness

            I thought Woods was doing that whenever he was healthy, no? Watkins is a fantasy phantom. Woods was putting up decent numbers when he was in.

          • SC Dave

            Naw… The Freak will soon be tbe most feared. Like next year.

    • AlbertInTucson

      You lose the turnover battle 2-0, you usually lose the game.

  • McVay seems overly optimistic in his presser.

    ahh to be young again…

    http://s2.quickmeme.com/img/df/df96bb7341af39fa70bba3651685c9883b673bdcd3279361062ff9509e2559c2.jpg

  • AlbertInTucson

    Reports say Defilippo would be open to keeping Fangio (who he interned with during the Coughlin regime in Carolina) as DC if he became Bears HC.

    Interviewed with Arizona whose answer to Trubisky is either Blaine Gabbert, Drew Stanton or somebody they draft.

    • Flip/Fangio would be as close to the McVay/Phillps blueprint as possible.

      Though I still think Phillips a notch above Fangio, could do much worse.

      I’m curious where Eli lands as well.

      I have a gut feeling Flip will be the next Bears HC.

      Seems like a perfect match. Young GM. Young QB. Decent talent on D. Possible in-house top 10 DC so Flip won’t have to network bigly.

    • BerwynBomber

      Oh, to be a fly on the wall during the Fangio HC “interview”.

      I quote interview because if they truly sat him down under the guise that he had a shot at the head job then wishing him to stay as DC once the Bears hire the guy twenty years his junior might be too much to ask.

      If nothing else, I can’t imagine Fangio not shopping around and giving himself choices.

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