The Daily Dose: 1/11/22

John Turner

CBS Sports

Happy Tuesday folks. It’s a brisk nine degrees up here on the mountain this morning, and naturally I can’t figure out what’s wrong with my pellet stove. NFL regular season came to an end this weekend as did college football. NFL playoffs are set and say it ain’t so Joe, Alabama did not raise the trophy this year. Bunch of new job openings in the NFL which we’ll get to in a few. Speaking of playoffs, the Power 5 conferences couldn’t agree on an expanded playoff this week so they’re headed back to the drawing board at a later date.

TVLine

After a week off, 1883 came back as strong as it has been in its first season. Mayor of Kingstown had their finale Sunday in fashion with the prison riot coming to a close. So far it looks extremely promising and although they haven’t said it’s being renewed for a second season I can’t imagine it wouldn’t. The Expanse has one more episode to go before we say goodbye to potentially the best Syfy series ever made. Rumors has it, it may return with a trilogy of movies to finish off the written material. The Book Of Boba gave us some backstory this week explaining exactly how Boba escaped the Pitt of Sarlacc, and where he went afterward. And Jesus Christ man did the season finale of Dexter: New Blood suck. One might have thought they learned something by how the previous series ended… nope. One can only hope they bring back the series with Dexter being Harrison’s dark passenger.

BLACK MONDAY RESULTS: WHO’S OUT?

WPTV

Jacksonville Jaguars

Head Coach: Urban Meyer

Core players to work around:

PlayerPositionAgeYears Left
Shaquill GriffinCB262
Myles JackMLB262
Trevor LawrenceQB223
Josh AllenOLB241
Travis EtienneHB223
They need pieces all across the board and probably a new GM. It would be nice to see Byron Leftwich get the job as it would bring his NFL career full circle. We shall see.

Las Vegas Raiders

Head Coach: Jon Gruden

Core players to work around:

PlayerPositionAgeYears Left
Kolton MillerLT264
Darren WallerTE292
Maxx CrosbyDE251
Alex LeatherwoodRT233
Hunter RenfrowWR261
Perfect storm of off field drama this season. Somehow they still made it to the playoffs. The team has some weapons, but whoever gets this job has a tough division to compete against.

Chicago Bears

General Manager: Ryan Pace

Head Coach: Matt Nagy

Core players to work around:

PlayerPositionAgeYears Left
Roquan SmithMLB251
Eddie JacksonS283
Justin FieldsQB233
David MontgomeryHB251
Trevis GibsonOLB253
Font seven isn’t getting any younger. If the new regime sticks with Fields they’ll need to get him some weapons.The quarterback by committee just isn’t working.

Miami Dolphins

Head Coach: Brian Flores

Core players to work around:

PlayerPositionAgeYears Left
Xavien HowardCB283
DeVante ParkerWR282
Jaylen WaddleWR233
Jaelen PhillipsDE223
Brandon JonesS232
A plethora of skilled position guys with talent, but as we all know… you have to win in the trenches. With Too being a big question mark all year long in trade speculations I left him off the list.

Minnesota Vikings

General Manager: Rick Spielman

Head Coach: Mike Zimmer

Core players to work around:

PlayerPositionAgeYears Left
Dalvin CookHB264
Justin JeffersonWR222
Danielle HunterDE272
Brian O’NeillRT255
Christian DarrisawLT223
The team is in salary cap purgatory so the new GM and Head Coach will have their hands full day one. Between that and the decision on whether or not to keep Cousins will make this an interesting offseason in Minneapolis.

Denver Broncos

Head Coach: Vic Fangio

Offensive Coordinator: Pat Shurmer

Core players to work around:

PlayerPositionAgeYears Left
Justin SimmonsS283
Cortland SuttonWR264
Patrick Surtain JrCB223
Noah FantTE241
Jerry JeudyWR232
Lots of youth all over the field. Lock is probably no lock to be the guy a new coach wants as his starter. Might be looking at another year of a veteran arm grooming the next hopeful. Aaron Rodgers?

New York Giants

General Manager: David Gettleman

Head Coach: Joe Judge

Core players to work around:

PlayerPositionAgeYears Left
Saquan BarkleyHB241
Xavier McKinneyS242
Dexter LawrenceDT251
James BradberryCB291
Andrew ThomasLT222
It was difficult actually coming up with five players for this. This is a complete rebuild of a team that has their best players on the tail end of their deals. The guys with the biggest deals seem to be the most inconsistent.

Carolina Panthers

Offensive Coordinator: Joe Brady

Core players to work around:

PlayerPositionAgeYears Left
Robby AndersonWR282
DJ MooreWR251
Christian McCaffreyHB254
Taylor MotonRT274
Chuba HubbardHB233
The right offensive scheme could make next year’s Panthers look like this year’s Cardinals. They need to figure out what they want to do at quarterback, but outside of that it’s a pretty solid offense to take over.

Pittsburgh Steelers

General Manager: Kevin Colbert

Core players to work around:

PlayerPositionAgeYears Left
TJ WattOLB274
Minkah FitzpatrickS251
Cameron SuttonCB261
Najee HarrisHB233
Pat FreiermuthTE233
This job is likely to go to Omar Khan and his replacement is likely to come from within. This is the Steelers folks, it’s the way they do business. Obviously the first task at hand is find a starting quarterback that fits the standard.

Detroit Lions

Offensive Coordinator: Anthony Lynn

Core players to work around:

PlayerPositionAgeYears Left
Taylor DeckerLT283
TJ HockensonTE251
Frank RagnowC255
Penei SewellRT213
D’Andre SwiftHB222
Jared Goff will likely return and hopefully improve. A new OC could use another receiver opposite of Amon-Ra St. Brown. Other than that this could be an explosive offense if Goff can be coached up. Big ask, I know.

TODAY IN HISTORY

The Guardian

The prophet Muhammad and his forces conquer Bakkah and assume control under the name of Mecca in 630 AD.

In 1973 MLB owners voted on and approved the position of the Designated Hitter in the American League.

Aaaaaaaand two years ago today Municipal health officials in Wuhan, China record the first death from Covid-19.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Hello Beautiful

Alexander Hamilton

Gory Guerrero

Manny Acta

Mary J Blige

Kevin Boss

QUOTE OF THE DAY

NFL

“I’ll tolerate you until I can replace you.” – Mike Tomlin

THE NATTY

Fox

My thoughts are pretty simple. Alabama was in position to score late and gave up a turnover for a score to seal it. These were definitely the two best teams in college football this year and beyond them we see that between the transfer portal and NIL teams 3-24 are much closer than they used to be. Congrats to Kirby Smart for getting the monkey off his back and congrats to Saban for making his sixth Championship appearance in the last eight years. Hopefully we can see some sort of cap on scholarships per school soon to allow a little more parity but time will tell. As of now one could chalk up two more SEC teams to be in the big game next year.

That’s it for now. It’s A Football World, we’re all just passing through. Later!

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