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Rams Coaching Search to Include Steve Spagnuolo and Josh McDaniels
by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Jan 6th 2009 11:32PM by Matt Snyder (author feed)
Filed under: Giants, Patriots, Rams, AFC East, NFC East, NFC West, NFL CoachingThe St. Louis Rams interviewed Jim Haslett — who served as the interim head coach when Scott Linehan was mercifully let go after four games — Monday for their head coaching vacancy. I think we can all agree that it was a token interview. Sure, the Rams have a billion holes to fill, and Steven Jackson was hurt for much of the second half of the season, but Haslett didn’t really do anything to distinguish himself. He stormed out of the gate with two victories, but then lost the Rams’ last ten games — many in embarrassing fashion.

Two very intriguing names are on the Rams’ radar, though. They plan on interviewing 32 year-old Josh McDaniels for the job, and they have received permission from the Patriots. He’s currently their offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Obviously the work of Mr. Matt Cassel has made this young coach a hot commodity. We know the Patriots offense could score points, so the Rams could do much worse.Continue Reading

Could Spagnuolo Stay With Giants?
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Jan 4th 2009 2:45PM by Bruce Ciskie (author feed)
Filed under: Giants, NFC East, NFL CoachingI think pretty much everyone who follows the NFL has the same assumption right about now.

When the Giants’ season ends, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo is as good as gone. There are too many teams searching for head coaches right now for him not to be.

Spagnuolo has already had the chance to interview for openings with the Jets, Broncos, and Browns, but could he spurn all potential suitors?

NFL Network’s Adam Schefter reports the Giants are considering offering Spagnuolo the position of “head coach in waiting.”

I’ve heard nothing about Tom Coughlin retiring, though he is 62 years old. One has to assume he won’t coach forever, but is Spagnuolo willing to wait?

Surely, the Giants would offer him a healthy raise to go along with a title too long to fit on a business card (Defensive Coordinator/Head Coach in Waiting?). Would it be enough to fend off the teams looking to hire him to be a head coach in 2009?

(Pat on the butt: )

AFC Games May See Snow This Weekend
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Jan 5th 2009 8:38AM by JJ Cooper (author feed)
Filed under: AZ Cardinals, Chargers, Eagles, Giants, Panthers, Ravens, Steelers, Titans, NFL PlayoffsWhen you get to the playoffs, it’s worth keeping one eye on the weather–Chargers fans rightfully believe they would have made it to the Super Bowl in 1981 if it wasn’t for a record cold snap in Cincinnati. And there are Cowboys players from the 1960s who still have frozen fingers from the Ice Bowl.

We shouldn’t see anything like that this weekend, but it appears that three of the four second-round playoff games could see some inclement weather.

The Titans-Ravens game could be a turnover-fest, as rain and potential snow showers are forecast for Saturday with a high of 38 degrees. And the Chargers should be ready to bundle up as the projected high in Pittsburgh on Sunday is 23 (with mild winds) and occasional snow showers are forecast.

The Giants-Eagles game will be played in very mild conditions for a Giants-Eagles’ game in January–30 degrees and sunny, while the Panthers-Cardinals game may see rain–as the early forecast is for 52 degrees and rain. While rain might affect the Cardinals’ passing game, they surely would prefer to have 52 degrees and rain to another snowstorm like the one that buried them in New England last month.

These are forecasts for six or seven days in the future, so there is a chance that they will change over the next week. But if they don’t change we could see some interesting weather this weekend, which usually makes playoff games even more interesting.

Arizona Cardinals Will Go East, Where the Results Weren’t Pretty in 2008
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Jan 3rd 2009 7:35PM by Michael David Smith (author feed)
Filed under: AZ Cardinals, Giants, Panthers
The good news for the Arizona Cardinals is that they won today’s wild card playoff game, beating the Atlanta Falcons and advancing to the divisional round.

The bad news is that in the divisional round, they’ll play either at the Carolina Panthers or at the New York Giants. And the Cardinals have been absolutely atrocious when traveling east this season.

The Cardinals went 0-5 on the East Coast this season, and they were blown out in three of those five losses, losing 56-35 at the New York Jets, 48-20 at the Philadelphia Eagles and 47-7 at the New England Patriots. Whether the Cardinals have jet lag or just need their assistant to the traveling secretary to find them more comfortable hotel rooms, long road trips have been rough for Arizona.

The good news is that of their five East Coast losses in 2008, the closest was to the Panthers, who beat the Cardinals just 27-23. Perhaps Carolina is the one place out East the Cardinals feel comfortable playing. They’ll find out tomorrow, based on the Eagles-Vikings result, whether they’re going to play there again.

NFL Playoff Fantasy Football Guide
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Jan 2nd 2009 3:45PM by Matt Snyder (author feed)
Filed under: AZ Cardinals, Chargers, Colts, Dolphins, Eagles, Falcons, Giants, Panthers, Ravens, Steelers, Titans, Vikings, AFC East, AFC North, AFC South, AFC West, NFC East, NFC North, NFC South, NFC West, Fantasy Football, NFL PlayoffsThere are several different fantasy playoffs models, so it’s difficult to accommodate everyone when doing any set of fantasy advice for the real playoffs. Most common models require you to do a bit of prognosticating as far as the actual game winners. To that, I say good luck. This isn’t like last year, where we all knew the Patriots were going to the Super Bowl. This season the playoffs are wide open, and no, I don’t think the Giants are a sure thing to make the big game. They are the surest bet, but it’s still a bet.

Anyway, we’re going to analyze some of the players.

First, here are the regular-season defensive rankings for the teams playing this postseason.

Pittsburgh Steelers (1, 2, 1, 1)
Baltimore Ravens (2, 3, 2, 3)
Philadelphia Eagles (3, 4, 3, 4)
New York Giants (5, 9, 8, 5)
Minnesota Vikings (6, 1, 18, 13)
Tennessee Titans (7, 6, 9, 2)
Indianapolis Colts (11, 24, 6, 7)
Miami Dolphins (15, 10, 25, 9)
Carolina Panthers (18, 20, 16, 12)
Arizona Cardinals (19, 16, 21, 28)
Atlanta Falcons (24, 25, 22, 11)
San Diego Chargers (25, 11, 31, 15)Continue Reading

Eli Manning Has No Plans to Spend Bye Week In Mexico
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Dec 30th 2008 9:28AM by Sportz Assassin (author feed)
Filed under: Cowboys, Giants, NFC East, NFL PlayoffsNew York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will get to enjoy a bye for the first week of the NFL postseason. His brother, Peyton, will lead his Colts into San Diego to take on the Chargers this Saturday night.

So, during a conference call, Eli was asked if he was going to San Diego to watch Peyton’s game:”No, no, no plans,” Manning said. As an afterthought, Manning added: “My plans to Cabo fell through, so I am going to sit here. That is a joke, by the way.”That, obviously, is a jab at Tony Romo’s vacation to Cabo during last year’s playoffs. The Dallas Cowboys had the No. 1 seed in the NFC last year and an off week, just as the Giants do this year. Romo spent his off week in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico with Jessica Simpson and her family. Romo’s Cowboys would go on to lose to Eli’s Giants the very next week.

Separating Playoff Contenders From Pretenders
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Dec 30th 2008 8:30AM by JJ Cooper (author feed)
Filed under: AZ Cardinals, Chargers, Colts, Dolphins, Eagles, Falcons, Giants, Panthers, Ravens, Steelers, Titans, Vikings, NFL PlayoffsWe all know that NFL records are not always created equal, and life isn’t fair.

That explains why the 11-5 Patriots are sitting at home while the 8-8 Chargers are preparing for the playoffs. But now that the playoff pairings have been set, it is pretty easy to get a quick and dirty look at which teams were tested during the regular season and which teams skated into the playoffs thanks to very forgiving schedules.

To get a better look at how the playoff teams matched up, I compiled each playoff team’s record against the other playoff teams. It’s a look that has some flaws–a win against the 8-8 Chargers counts while a win against the Patriots doesn’t, but it is a very good, and quick, way to see how many tough games each team played during the regular season.

So which teams earned their way and which ones snuck in? Well, the Dolphins shouldn’t be too proud, while the Eagles didn’t exactly back their way in, even if they had to win on Sunday to snag the NFC’s last wild card spot.Continue Reading

Vikings 20, Giants 19: Minnesota’s Finally Back In the Playoffs
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Dec 28th 2008 11:31PM by JJ Cooper (author feed)
Filed under: Giants, Vikings, NFC East, NFC NorthIt’s time for Vikings fans to celebrate. Minnesota is in the playoffs for the first time in four seasons, and thanks to Ryan Longwell’s last-second game-winning field goal, Minnesota earned its way in, instead of relying on the Bears’ loss to back into the playoffs.

Adrian Peterson wrapped up his first rushing title, the Vikings finished with the league’s stingiest rushing defense and Tarvaris Jackson proved why he should be the team’s quarterback in the playoffs by leading a fourth-quarter comeback.

But while there’s a lot to celebrate for Vikings fans, there’s also some reasons to be concerned:

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If You Had Week 17 in the ‘MITTENS Will Play’ Pool, You Win
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Dec 26th 2008 11:45AM by Ryan Wilson (author feed)
Filed under: Giants, NFC East, NFL Fans
The Lord works in mysterious ways, indeed. According to the ’s Paul Schwartz, MITTENS (just in case you need an explanation) will play in the Giants’ regular-season finale. New York wrapped up homefield advantage with last Sunday night’s victory over Carolina. And after the starters play two or three series against the Vikings, we’ll all be afforded the opportunity to revel in the awesomeness that is David Carr.

There are too-numerous-to-list-here examples of what makes MITTENS wildly popular, but basically, it comes down to this: he was the first overall pick in the 2002 draft, he wears mittens, and he’s not very good. Even with the Giants’ season decided, Carr still has something to play for: mittens lovers everywhere. And his father-in-law, a hardcore Bears fan who needs the Vikings to lose to keep Chicago’s postseason hopes alive.

Dispensing with the pleasantries, Schwartz gets right to the point.Continue Reading

Giants Need to Beat the Vikings for Themselves, Not for the Bears
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Dec 26th 2008 3:30PM by Matt Snyder (author feed)
Filed under: Bears, Giants, Vikings, NFC East, NFC NorthC’mon, Tom Coughlin. We — Bears fans — need you to do the right thing. You’ve even written a book in which it was stated that NFL teams should all play hard for all 16 games. Now, today, I see that you are starting David Carr over Eli Manning, and I’m perplexed.

It would be easy for me to sit here and discuss the virtues of playing hard all 16 games and how that overtime win at home last weekend still wasn’t enough momentum for the playoffs — not to mention the fact that the Giants will have a bye next week anyway and that everyone keeps discussing how hard they played in Week 17 last year.

I’m not gonna do that. Instead, I’m going to tell you that the Chicago Bears are not near the playoff team the Minnesota Vikings are at this point. The Giants should be wanting a victory this weekend over the Vikings — and hoping for a Bears win as well — because the Vikings could be a scary NFC Championship game foe. That third week in January is one game for the chance to go to the Super Bowl.

In that game, do you wanna see:Continue Reading

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