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15 biggest disappointments of NFL Week 11

Jason Garrett

Week 11 saw plenty of surprises and several big disappointments as the playoff race truly heats up. Playoff contenders are separating from each other, with some teams looking a bit worse for wear as they come up against each other.

So who was a letdown in Week 11? Here are 15 big disappointments.

Dallas Cowboys in the second half

They say it’s not about how you start but how you finish. And the Dallas Cowboys could not have finished Sunday’s game any worse. Dallas went into halftime leading their division rivals 9-7. After that, they gave up 30 unanswered points as the wheels completely fell off. The Cowboys allowed touchdown drives of 75, 90 and 85 yards. They punted twice on their possessions in between Philly’s big scoring drives. Then they gave up a strip sack that was returned for a touchdown as the game turned into a laugher. As if that weren’t enough, their first decent drive of the half ended with an interception in the end zone. This marks two straight embarrassing defeats for Dallas without Ezekiel Elliott.

Sean McDermott, coach, Bills

The easiest thing to do would be to list Nathan Peterman and his five first half interceptions on here and be done with it, but frankly, that would be unfair to Peterman. He wasn’t ready and he shouldn’t have started — especially over Tyrod Taylor, who had done nothing to lose his starting job. But McDermott decided to make the change, and he watched as Peterman was picked off five times in one half as the Los Angeles Chargers essentially had the Bills buried by halftime.

This is on the coach. It’s his job to know his players and put them in the best situation to win. Now, he’s put the rookie Peterman into an awful spot, dented his confidence, and left Taylor wondering what McDermott saw in him to make him the inferior option. It is an enormous self-inflicted error that has only served to muddy the waters — especially when he was left with no choice but to put Taylor right back in after the nightmarish first half.

Cooper Kupp, WR, Rams

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Report: UCLA to meet with Chip Kelly on Monday

Chip Kelly 49ers

Chip Kelly may be open to hearing a pitch from UCLA before deciding on his next job.

Florida intensified its efforts to hire Chip Kelly and met with the coach on Sunday, but they =were unable to seal the deal.

Here’s what the Gainesville Sun’s Robbie Andreu reported on Sunday night:

That news comes amid some rumors that Kelly was set to take the Florida job.

Another report later said the Bruins will meet with the free agent coach on Monday. Football Scoop also reported that Kelly met with Florida on Sunday and did not agree to a deal with the Gators. They say he will meet with UCLA representatives on Monday.

Kelly, 53, has taken the season off from coaching after being fired by the 49ers following his only year on the job. He still is being paid by the Niners thanks to his 4-year contract. Most believe that UCLA would not have the finances to compete with Florida on a coaching offer, but it seems they are in contention for the coach. It’s unclear if money from the 49ers for the next two years could help make a difference in offsetting pay.

Though Kelly is from the Northeast, he already proved at Oregon that he could win big in the Pac-12, which could make the UCLA job appealing to him. He has never coached in the SEC.

Steve Kerr breaks out slinky after sharing lineup news with reporters

Steve Kerr

Steve Kerr is now bringing props to his press conferences.

The Golden State Warriors head coach has been getting cheeky with reporters lately when making lineup announcements. Earlier this month, he busted out some nail clippers after telling reporters that Andre Iguodala would start, because he knew they would need a moment to tweet the news.

On Sunday, it was more of the same, only this time he used a new prop. After sharing that Omri Casspi would be starting, Kerr started playing with a slinky.

Kerr’s having a lot of fun with things these days. It’s only November and there’s a long season ahead, so he has to do anything to keep things fresh.

Reggie Jackson appears to distract Jimmy Butler prior to clutch free throw (Video)

Reggie Jackson may have played a role in Jimmy Butler missing a free throw that could have sent Sunday’s game between the Timberwolves and Pistons into overtime.

With less than ten seconds remaining in regulation, and Minnesota down by three points, Butler went to the free throw line for three attempts. He made the first two. Prior to Butler’s third shot, Jackson steps in to have a word with Stanley Johnson, who stepped into the lane and in front of Butler. In the below video, you can hear groans from the crowd at Target Center and see an obviously agitated Butler.

After Butler missed the last attempt, Tobias Harris would tack on two free throws of his own to put the Pistons up by the three points they would eventually win by.

The reaction to what Jackson did drew mixed reviews on social media.

The Pistons improved to 11-5 on the season, which is surely all that matters to Jackson.

LeSean McCoy said Nathan Peterman might ‘go for five picks’

LeSean McCoy Bills

LeSean McCoy offered two potential outcomes for Nathan Peterman’s first NFL start and one of them ended up coming true.

Last week, Bills coach Sean McDermott made the decision to bench Tyrod Taylor for Sunday’s game against the Chargers and go with Nathan Peterman instead. The decision proved to be a costly one as the rookie threw five interceptions in the first half, leading to McDermott bringing Taylor back in the third quarter.

When speaking about Peterman earlier in the week on what we can expect to see from him, McCoy provided two scenarios. One was that Peterman could throw four or five touchdowns. The other was that he could throw five interceptions, which is exactly what happened.

After Buffalo’s 54-24 defeat to Los Angeles, McDermott said he would determine during the upcoming week who would start the team’s next game against Kansas City. With McDermott you never know, so we will have to wait and see but it would have to be considered a surprise if Peterman gets the start for the second week in a row.

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Vance Joseph considering switch to Paxton Lynch

Paxton Lynch

Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said after Sunday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals that he is considering a switch at quarterback.

Joseph was asked about the possibility of switching from Brock Osweiler to Paxton Lynch and said, “we’ll see.”

Trevor Siemian was the Broncos’ quarterback for much of the season, but they benched him for Osweiler the past few weeks. Last year’s first-round pick, Lynch, appears to have surpassed Siemian on the depth chart because he was the backup for Sunday’s game while Siemian was inactive.

Osweiler has done very little in his three starts, all of which amounted to losses for the 3-7 Broncos. Denver probably figures that if Lynch is finally recovered from his shoulder injury, it may be time to see what he can do.

Florida players tweet same reaction amid Chip Kelly report

Chip Kelly 49ers

Multiple current Florida Gators tweeted the same exact emoji on Sunday night at just about the exact same time, leading to a bunch of speculation and questions. What were they tweeting about?

First, here are five Florida players tweeting the emoji with a finger to the chin:

Here’s a Florida recruit, WR Anthony Schwartz directly referencing the Chip Kelly report:

All the chatter around Gainesville is that the Gators are zeroing in on Chip Kelly. In fact, the son of a man on Florida’s search committee sent the following tweet Sunday:

Another reporter came through with a similar report:

Whether the players were told something or were just reacting to a report is unclear, but there’s a lot of buzz surrounding Kelly going to Florida.

Bills consider switch back to Tyrod Taylor at quarterback

Tyrod Taylor

The Nathan Peterman experiment was brief and unsuccessful. And now Buffalo is considering a switch back to Tyrod Taylor at quarterback.

Peterman threw five interceptions — more than Taylor had thrown all season — in one half of football while making his first career start. The Bills were smashed by the Chargers 54-24.

Bills head coach Sean McDermott went back to Taylor for the second half, but the team was already down 40-7 by that point. As for the team’s next game at Kansas City? McDermott hasn’t made a decision yet, but he’s considering a switch back to Taylor.

It’s hard to imagine the Bills sticking with Peterman after the disastrous game he had. Then again, it was hard to believe the Bills benched Taylor after one bad game in the first place when he had them in playoff contention, so you really can’t rule anything out with this group.

Johnny Holton goes after Patriots defender right in front of official (Video)

In terms of dumb things to do on a football field, taking a physical shot at an opponent directly in front of an official is pretty high on the list.

That’s exactly what Oakland Raiders wide receiver Johnny Holton did on Sunday, though, taking an apparent swing — or perhaps slap — at New England Patriots cornerback Jonathan Jones’s helmet.

A different angle showed that Holton hit Jones with an open palm.

Somehow, Holton wasn’t ejected, but was simply flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct. It was a little bit of frustration, in all likelihood, given that his team was down 30-0 at the time.

Report: Florida increasing efforts to hire Chip Kelly

Chip Kelly 49ers

Florida may be feeling some additional pressure to hire a new coach now that UCLA has also fired Jim Mora and is in the market. Reports on Sunday are saying the school has intensified efforts to hire Chip Kelly.

Football Scoop reported that Florida is “advancing discussions” with Kelly.

The Buddy Martin Show reportedly that Florida’s top officials flew to New Hampshire to meet with Kelly and offer him a contract.

Dating back to last week, we have said that Florida was interested in Kelly and planning to vet him as a candidate for their job. Rumors have also tied Kelly to UCLA over the past year. As soon as the Bruins fired Mora, Florida gained competition for Kelly and had to act.

The other coach Florida reportedly was strongly considering was UCF coach Scott Frost. However, there is competition from Nebraska for Frost, who used to play quarterback for the Huskers.

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