■ Falcons coach Dan Quinn. Owner Arthur Blank expected his Falcons to remain the class of the NFC after Quinn took them to the Super Bowl in the 2016 season. Instead, the Falcons took a step back in 2017, then missed the playoffs altogether in 2018, finishing 7-9. Quinn kept his job this offseason but took the unprecedented step of replacing all three of his coordinators. He now has Dirk Koetter at offensive coordinator, Ben Kotwica at special teams coordinator, and in a sign that Quinn is truly fighting for his job, he named himself defensive coordinator. If these massive changes don’t produce immediate results, Quinn’s fifth year in Atlanta may be his last. ■ Cardinals president Michael Bidwill. There’s no question that last year was a disaster for the Cardinals, who finished 3-13 and ranked last in the NFL in points and total offense. But it’s still rare for a team to dump its coach (Steve Wilks) and first-round quarterback (No. 10 … [Read more...] about Who is under the most pressure in the 2019 NFL season?
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Get Patriots game stats and the inside scoop on the season with The Boston Globe's Point After newsletter delivered for free to your inbox. INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is planning to retire, he announced after the team’s preseason game against the Chicago Bears Saturday night. ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported that Luck felt mentally worn down and had met with team owner Jim Irsay to inform him of his decision. “I’ve been stuck in this process,” Luck said in a press conference Saturday. “I haven’t been able to live the life I want to live.” The 29-year-old Luck has struggled to recover from a lower left leg injury. Luck missed the 2017 season because he was recovering from surgery on his throwing shoulder. He returned last season and led the Colts back to the playoffs for the first time in four years, winning the league’s Comeback Player of the Year award. But in … [Read more...] about Andrew Luck announces he plans to retire
Championship glory is fleeting. The Patriots won three Super Bowls in four years, then didn’t win another for 10 years. Banner 17 took the Celtics 21. The Bruins and Red Sox, far longer. When you get the chance to gloat, be you a fan or a player, you best take it. No one need tell Kyle Van Noy twice. Joining with Sony Michel and the McCourty twins for a day at ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., campus, Van Noy got his chance to thank Max Kellerman for all the motivation he delivered the Patriots, doubting Tom Brady throughout the run to a sixth Super Bowl victory. “We won the Super Bowl. You can’t say nothing,” said Van Noy, a second-round pick of the Lions now with two championships to his name. “You can sit here and argue with me all you want. At the end of the day, he’s the GOAT and we won another Super Bowl.” The idea of the Columbia-educated Kellerman, whose punditry career started with a Gotham cable-access boxing show when he was a teenager, … [Read more...] about Kyle Van Noy went to ESPN and let Max Kellerman hear it
Tonight at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta in its "NFL Honors" show, the NFL will hand out awards to its players, including the 2018 MVP. Here we'll take a look at who should win each of those awards tonight, and who should win each of those awards if we're limiting them to the Eagles' roster. MVP Who should win it tonight? Patrick Mahomes. He threw for 50 TDs and over 5000 yards. The only other player within striking distance is Drew Brees, who might get some votes because he's old and has never won an MVP award, but Mahomes is clearly the more deserving player based on the 2018 season. Who would win it on the Eagles? Malcolm Jenkins. While his stat line (97 tackles, a sack, 3 FF, and a pick) isn't eye-popping by any stretch, Jenkins held together a secondary that was missing the following players for extended periods of time: • Rodney McLeod: 15 games. • Jalen Mills: 10 games. • Ronald Darby: 9 games. • Sidney Jones: 9 games. • Avonte Maddox: 3 games. … [Read more...] about Handing out awards for the 2018 Philadelphia Eagles
COMMENTARY By the time the Patriots and the San Diego (I don’t care) Chargers kick off their AFC divisional contest Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium, both teams will understand the ramifications of a win. If the Kansas City Chiefs outlast the Indianapolis Colts in their divisional matchup on Saturday, either the Chargers or Patriots are headed to Arrowhead Stadium. Should the Colts pull off the upset of the AFC’s No. 1 seed, either the Chargers would get to host the AFC Championship game in their makeshift stadium two hours north of San Diego, or the world would have to suffer through a one-week retrospective of Deflategate with Indianapolis making its first playoff appearance in Foxborough since “PSI: New England.” It would be The McDaniels Bowl, the Patriots up against the franchise their offensive coordinator stiffed at the babbling altar of Jim Irsay. It would be Andrew Luck’s shoulder delivering a little comeuppance to the man who doubted the … [Read more...] about What experts are predicting for Sunday’s Patriots-Chargers game