- As bad as I feel for St. Louis sports fans, the Rams returning to Los Angeles is righting a 20 year wrong. The NFL belongs in LA and the Rams belong in LA. I am much less enthused at the prospect of the Chargers joining them. But it seems inevitable at this point, especially with any vote on increasing public funding for a San Diego stadium delayed to November. Even though the Chargers have until 2017 to take advantage of the Inglewood opportunity before it lapses and the Raiders get their turn, I expect the Chargers will nail down an agreement with Kroenke and the Rams in the near future.
- I think the Raiders got exactly what they wanted out of the Los Angeles flirtations. I don't think they expected to get LA. What they got as "losers" of the LA sweepstakes was an agreement from the NFL for preferential treatment in being the next team to move cities. That gives the Raiders leverage, especially since they already have a would-be destination courting them: San Antonio. Red McCombs is already stepping up as a potential investor in a new San Antonio area stadium for the Raiders. (There's even a report about Mark Davis owning some potential stadium-building land in or around San Marcos, on the I-35 corridor between San Antonio and Austin). The NFL's agreement with the Raiders makes a move to San Antonio more realistic (as it would seem to help the Raiders against any potential opposition from Jerry Jones), and that allows the Raiders to press the issue more strongly than they have at any point since their stadium lease expired.
- Bucs officially hire Dirk Koetter. Though it seems like a complete panic move by Tampa, there's a chance they may have stupidly done a good thing. Koetter I think has a solid chance of being a very good head coach. Of course I've been a Koetter cheerleader for a while, but I do think he's more suited for a shot at head coaching in the NFL than some of the other coordinators.
- Chip Kelly to the 49ers. I like Kelly in a coach-only role. Once the dreams of Pagano/Chud and Payton were quashed, my preferred options were probably Kelly or Koetter. Possibly Shanahan with Kyle, not so much without. Have not really been feeling Hue Jackson. Tom Coughlin was interesting, and it was amusing imagining him squashing any Jed York meddling, but his age plus being on the West Coast worked against him, and York is going to be hiding in his hole for a while anyway.
- The Eagles deciding on Doug Pederson is interesting. First, they're not really allowed to, as any actual agreement made now would be in violation of league rules. On top of that, it appears that Howie Roseman will play a significant role in selecting assistant coaches, given that Pederson has never assembled his own staff, and is still in the playoffs (and may be continuing for weeks still). I think this is what Guru was talking about.
- Antonio Brown will miss Sunday's game. Waiting on that Pacman apology.
- The Lions decide to keep Jim Caldwell. Reaction:
This Week's Games
Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots, 4:35PM ET
Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals, 8:15PM ET
Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers, 1:05PM ET
Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos, 4:40PM ET