James Franklin, 41, who led Vanderbilt to bowls in all three of his seasons there, replaces Bill O’Brien as Penn State’s newest head football coach.
Of the six coaches who were fired at the end of this season, each of them had quarterbacks with a quarterback rating placing them in the bottom half of the league.
PSU fans shouldn’t be upset that O’Brien took the Texans’ job. His two-season tenure at Beaver Stadium gave the Nittany Lions’ program something it hasn’t had for a long time. It gave it normal.
It gave it normal.
O’Brien, a former offensive coordinator for the Patriots, took on perhaps college football’s toughest job in January 2012, joining a school rattled by the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
The Cincinnati Bengals had a great season and are looking forward to welcoming the San Diego Chargers into Paul Brown Stadium for the Wild Card round of the playoffs. Even with that game on the immediate horizon, the 2014 opponents for the Bengals have now been set.
Rex Ryan is almost certainly in his final hours as the head coach of the New York Jets, but he is hardly alone. There are at least five NFL coaches who are on the firing line at the end of Week 17.
Santonio Holmes returns to the Jets’ lineup after missing five games with a hamstring injury.
Don’t be shocked if Reed helps the Jets win one or more games the rest of the way. If that one win gets the Jets to the postseason, the signing will prove worthwhile.
Forbes has released their annual ranking of the highest team values in the NFL, and the Giants and Jets both cracked the top 10.
The Houston Texans have long seen their offense strike when the iron is hot and consistently run up the score, but they’ve needed the defense to keep the lead. With some players leaving and others are not living up to the hype, J.J. Watt brings the whole package to a team that is getting better every season.
“Our locker room is full of clowns and, oh man, people would kill him,” Smith said. “I mean, he would be the butt of every joke for at least two, three years.”
“I can understand if you’re 180 pounds and trying to block a 300-pound guy, and you know you have no chance,” Cushing said. “But I’m not looking, we’re behind the ball, and it’s low. And (Slauson) specifically, with a purpose, went for the knee.”
The Houston Texans defeated the Bengals 19-13 and will face the Patriots in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs.
There’s no need for the Giants to make major changes, as the foundation needed to build a winner still remains.
With two weeks left in the season, the NFC East, NFC West and AFC North titles are still up for grabs, not to mention the four Wild Card spots.