(Dec. 5, 2015 - Source: Jim Rogash/Getty Images North America)
I understand there are dozens of college teams probably lining up to chase Chip Kelly now that he’s been (prematurely?) axed by Philly, but what if he took a temporary stopgap? Purely far-fetched speculation here, but in 2011 Belichick hired now offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (who had been with the Rams that entire season) as an “offensive assistant/consultant” during the playoff run. We know Belichick and Chip are friends. We know the Patriots were the first team to mix in the fast paced no huddle offense in the NFL. Call me crazy, but I wouldn’t be shocked if Bill gave his old buddy a call.
Assuming the Jets beat Buffalo (may not be a safe assumption), they’re probably the last team I want to see in the playoffs. The D-line is clearly an issue, the talks of Revis being “done” are visibly premature, and Fitzpatrick is not making the mistakes we’re used to him making. Cincy and Denver absolutely don’t scare me as much as the Jets do, especially at Gilette.
In my humble opinion, Arizona is the team to beat in the NFC and Bruce Arians should be the Coach of the Year. With all due respect to Carolina and their cute little run this season, I foresee it ending at the hands of Carson Palmer and company in the NFC Championship. The loss of Tyrann Mathieu may come back to bite them against certain aerial attacks though…
Keyshawn Martin may jump Brandon LaFell down the stretch. He’s been solid the last few weeks and seems to have entered Tom Brady’s circle of trust. Very underrated pickup, as he’s shown versatility on the outside, in the slot, and punt returning. Looking forward to another 7 catch, 65-yard line on Sunday against the Dolphins.