I’m going to start with this because it was breaking news late Wednesday Night. Colts Punter Pat McAfee has announced his retirement and accepted an offer from Barstool Sports to join their growing brand. Have to give the Barstool guys credit, they’ve made headlines a few times this week at the Super Bowl and with a Comedy Central Show and a widely popular podcast, they’ve taken the lead in what new media looks like in the year 2017. Check out the fake retirement press conference for McAfee, it’s might give you a few LOL’s
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) February 2, 2017
— With offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan leaving the Falcons after the Super Bowl to become head coach of the 49ers, the question of who replaces him to run the offense is an important one. One of the reasons that I don’t like hiring a defensive guy as my head coach is because you need to find someone to run your offense and when they have success, you are left looking for his replacement.
So who is rumored to be a replacement for Shanahan? Our old buddy Chip Kelly.
As for Shanahan’s replacement, there was a report by Fox Sports last week that the Falcons would consider former Philadelphia, San Francisco and Oregon head coach Chip Kelly. Many quickly dismissed that possibility (including yours truly). But I’ve since learned that Kelly has evolved into a legitimate candidate, for two reasons:
• Being fired from two NFL jobs has humbled Kelly to a degree. He now acknowledges on some level that he will have to tweak his philosophy about a sped-up offense if he intends to remain an NFL coach. The Falcons value Kelly’s offensive mind but they obviously have no intention of subjecting Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and their primary weapons to a system where the offense is constantly running a form of a two-minute offense. The ripple effect to the defense also would be damaging, and it’s worth noting here that Quinn, above all else, is a defensive coach
I’m sure Chip Kelly has been humbled to a certain degree, but would you hire a guy with Chip’s reputation of not adjusting to the pro game to run one of the most prolific offenses in the history of the NFL? I’d just assume hiring NOBODY over bringing a guy like Chip Kelly into the fold. Shanahan has done a great job building the offense, but the amount of talent that the Falcons possess is staggering and the last thing I’d want is to bring someone in to screw it all up.
Part of the problem is that there aren’t a lot of options available for the Falcons to choose from. They are at a disadvantage because of being in the Super Bowl and not being able address the situation until next week. Most of the attractive and available candidates have already taken the jobs that were available around the league and there doesn’t appear to be a ready-made replacement on the staff.
It’s worth noting that Chip interviewed for the offensive coordinator job down in Jacksonville, but was passed over and hasn’t received much attention from anywhere else. Oh how the mighty have fallen
— National signing day for college football was yesterday and I can’t say I had a whole lot of interest. Philadelphia is obviously a pro town, so we’ll take a look at some of the headlines, but not many people are breaking down who had the best recruiting class.
As per usual, 17 and 18-year old kids now have to try and be cool when announcing where they are going and of course that happened more than a few times yesterday
Levi Jones commits to Florida! Wait….Florida State! Wait…
— ESPNU (@ESPNU) February 1, 2017
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 1, 2017
I don’t even have to tell you what schools did well on the recruiting report cards, do I? Bama, Ohio State, LSU, Michigan and the other usual suspects. Our buddy Matt Rhule managed to do pretty well in his first recruiting class down at Baylor. Here is a list of winners and losers from ESPN
Penn State and head coach James Franklin signed the top recruit in the state of Pennsylvania for the 2nd straight year are very happy with their top 15 recruiting class.
Temple, meanwhile, did well for themselves when you consider new head coach Geoff Collins only had a few weeks to get things together. 247 Sports had their class ranked at 111th overall. Here is a list of all of Temple’s Recruits
— I almost forgot, the Super Bowl is on Sunday. I’ll have my prediction today and the updated lines for all of your prop bets.
— Happy Groundhogs Day everyone