Five Wide: January 22nd, 2015

1. Jaguars give Gus Bradley a one year contract extension

No longer a lame-duck coach, the Jaguars have decided to extend Gus Bradley’s contract through 2017 so now they won’t have to deal with questions about whether or not Bradley will be fired at the end of the season. Now this doesn’t mean he won’t be fired if the Jaguars don’t take a major step forward. Bradley is 12-36 in his 3 seasons as head coach. Despite only being a 5 win team in 2015, I would venture to say they were an 8-9 win caliber team. But with a team full of young players, most notably the quarterback a Blake Bortles, key mistakes were made in pivotal moments. The Jaguars have a top 5 pick and you can expect it tone used on defense.

 
2. Buffalo Bills hire Kathryn Smith to coaching staff; First full time female coach in the NFL

Her official title “Quality Control Special Teams” coach. It’s a low level job, but it gives her a chance to learn about coaching in the NFL, it gives her experience and of cours, it gives her an opportunity to move up through the ranks. The best thing I love about the move is the only reason we know about it is that ProFootballTalk broke the news. The Bills then made the official announcement after PFT. After all, how many assistant coaches do we really know about? Much less care? 
Of course moves like these set up the potential for the sexist assholes to show their   true colors. Kevin Kiley of 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland opened his mouth and out came some of the most ridiculous bullshit you could imagine:

Football is about physical advantage. [Women] are at a loss when it comes to the reference points of football. This is not discrimination against women. I don’t care if a woman is President, that’d be great. I don’t care if a woman runs a corporation, that’d be great. But don’t set people up to fail.

Right…you’re not discriminating against women huh? If you really felt that way, you wouldn’t have felt the need to come out and say you weren’t. It’s like a racist saying “I’m not racist, but…. (Insert some racist ass shit)”

But no…that wasn’t enough: 

This is the old conversation we had about having a woman vote for the Hall of Fame in football. It’s absurd. I mean do you really want your determination, whether you make the Hall of Fame in football, do you want a woman to have a vote on that, who’s never played the game and doesn’t understand the intensity of the game?

There are men not just in football, but other sports as well that don’t have any real experience but I’m sure Mr. Kiley has no problem with them.

But this one right here…this one is my favorite:

She couldn’t possibly be qualified to the same level that a man could be qualified to do that.

You see, Smith has been working with NFL teams since 2003. She’s worked with the Jets for years and she followed Rex Ryan to Buffalo last season. 

It’s not just blacks and other minorities that wanted to be treated equally, women are also fighting a battle out here. Smith doesn’t deserve to be treated any different than any of the other male coaches in the NFL. She does deserve the opportunity to prove her worth though. It’s a fucking shame that garbage ass radio host really had the balls to say that and in the same breathe say he’s not discriminating. Sure it’s first amendment right to be a piece of shit, but having that platform is still a privilege, one Kiley doesn’t deserve. He works in Cleveland. What does this guy know about quality coaching? 

3. NFL Coaching Hires Were All Offensive Minded Guys 

Tennessee, Cleveland, San Francisco, Miami, Tampa Bay, New York (Giants)  and Philadelphia have all filled their head coaching vacancies with offensive minded coaches. I really like the moves made by Cleveland (I like this a lot) and San Francisco. I know Hue Jackson will fix the Browns, but that’s assuming he’s given time. 

I’m intrigued by Philly and Tampa Bay, especially Tampa with how Lovie got Gruden’d (yes it’s a verb now. I’m very indifferent on New York and Miami’s hires. I wouldn’t be surprised if McAdoo and Gase succeeded or failed. I don’t really see any inbetween for the guys. 

I do think Tennessee made a horrible move. I’m guessing that Mularkey was retained because the future of the franchise is really in question. It’s no telling who the next owner will be so you I’m guessing the logic is you keep Mularkey to keep some sort of continuity with the players and system. Mularkey also signed a 3 year deal which isn’t remotely the norm for a coaching hire. 

4. Hopefully this is the last Brady-Manning matchup ever.

Maybe it sounds cold, but it is what it is. By now you know the stats. You know that this will be their 17th meeting all time. Brady holds an 11-5 edge, but the last 10 matchups are split 5 up and down. But Brady hasn’t defeated Manning in the playoffs in 10 years, with Peyton taking the last two matchups. 

I respect these two greats but damn I’m tired of seeing them play each other. I’m tired of the hype around the games. I’ve been over it. We call it Brady-Manning but it’s really Belichick (and Tom) vs Manning (and whoever is coaching him at the moment). If the Broncos win this game, it will be because of defense rather than Peyton Manning.

5. The NFC Championship Game is very important 

Somehow this game has played second fiddle to Brady-Manning XVII despite the fact it’s clearly a more exciting matchup. Besides the fact these are the top 2 scoring offense’s in the NFL, both teams play amazing defense. And the star power in this game is amazing. Both teams have a total of 12 players who were named to either the 1st or 2nd AP All-Pro team this past season with Cam named to the 1st team and Palmer to the 2nd. 

But the storylines. Carson Palmer, at age of 36 has basically had 3 different careers in the NFL. Larry Fitzgerald is one the shortlist of receivers who could have been the GOAT, but QB play held them back. Watching Fitzgerald take over the Cardinals-Packers game last week really helps you appreciate his greatness. Win or lose he is a Hall of Famer. Dwight Freeney is a borderline Hall of Fame guy and although he already has over 100 sacks and a Super Bowl win already, another ring would definitely help his case. Freeney didn’t sign with the Cardinals until October, but he led the team in sacks in 2025. But most importantly, this is a big game for Bruce Arians. Especially with how long the good ol’ boys made him wait to get a head coaching opportunity. 

On the other hand, Carolina had a season to remember. Most pundits didn’t think the Panthers would have a good season before the Kelvin Benjamin injury in August, but after the injury this team was completely written off. The Panthers rattled off 14 straight wins and finished the season 15-1. And even though many people are rooting for the Panthers because they are just flat out a great team, others are rooting because of the QB. Cam Newton will more than likely be named MVP of the NFL and he deserves it. But some of the criticism’s Newton have take this year have flat out been bullshit. Many of us know Cam Newton making it to the Super Bowl and winning a Super Bowl will piss a “certain” kind of person off. And I’m all for pissing “those” people off. 

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