* The firings continue. The Washington Slurs are letting go of Joe Berry and the entire rest of the defensive staff. The Saints have fired multiple assistants, including Joe Vitt of oh-yeah-that-other-assistant-coach-suspended-for-bounties fame.
* Raiders QB Connor Cook is expected to make his first career start in this week's wildcard game against the Texans, making him the first QB in NFL history to make their first start in the playoffs. (Minnesota's Joe Webb had made a couple of starts in 2010 before his fateful 2012 wildcard start).
* Randy Gregory's 1 year suspension is likely the beginning of the end for him. Or perhaps the middle of the end.
* The 49ers are interviewing Seattle offensive line coach Tom Cable for their head coach position. Because when I think of success, I think of Seattle's offensive line. Not to mention Cable's first run as head coach, with the Raiders. Granted, Cable actually is an excellent offensive line coach and should not be held responsible for the dregs that Seattle's front office saddles him with, but I don't know that I've seen anything to suggest he is head coaching material. And I'm really not in a hurry to sign up for another regime headed by a Seattle assistant coach.
* The 49ers are reportedly the only team to request an interview with Cable.
* A.J. Hawk has announced his retirement. He played in only one game this year before being released by Atlanta in October.
* A reporter asked Jets owner Woody Johnson to comment on an unnamed coach saying that Christian Hackenberg "can't hit the ocean". Johnson's response: "Depends on which ocean". (It amazes to me to this day that the team spent a 2nd round pick on him, and that so many draftniks didn't seem to notice that he couldn't throw it anywhere near a receiver)
* Ryan Tannehill is officially OUT for Sunday's game.
* The Eagles have denied the Jets permission to interview their QB coach John DeFilippo for the Jets' offensive coordinator vacancy.
* Matt Ryan was 2nd in the NFL in deep accuracy, per PFF's $1500-paywall metrics. First place? Sam Bradford.
* Amari Cooper finished the season with the exact same 87 targets as his rookie year. His drops, however, reduced from 18 to 4.
This Week's Games
Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans, 4:35pm ET
Detroit Lions at Seattle Seahawks, 8:15pm ET
Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:05pm ET
New York Giants at Green Bay Packers, 4:40pm ET
Last year, 6 pickers managed to equal or beat the Oddsmakers. This year, thanks in large part to a 5-0 Week 17 from the Oddsmakers, there was Only One.
Congratulations to the 2016 GWJ Pick'Em champion... Jayhawker!
I would also like to thank everyone that participated in the game throughout the season, especially those who had sh*tty season totals but still kept playing. I'm going to put some badly-needed maintenance and updates into the pick'em site, and the participation level that you all maintain makes me feel like I'm not wasting my time.
Final 2016 Results
Rat Boy: 44-40
Running Man: 14-10
Week 17 Results
Rat Boy: 0-5