With the Buffalo Bills seemingly closing in on a new head coach, it appears that things may already be in motion with regards to staff hires.
According to Sal Capaccio of WGR, there is a possibility that Mike McCoy could be lined up to be the team’s offensive coordinator under Sean McDermott, the current favorite for the head coaching position.
If Sean McDermott is new Bills HC, and it appears things are headed that way at the moment, keep hearing Mike McCoy could join him as OC.
— Sal Capaccio (@SalSports) January 11, 2017
McCoy was recently let go as coach of the San Diego Chargers. Prior to that, he served as the Denver Broncos’ offensive coordinator, and was able to construct a successful offense with both Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow at quarterback.
As previously reported, McDermott heads Buffalo’s list for their head coaching vacancy. McCoy would be a strong choice to run his offense.
The Denver Broncos have seemingly narrowed their coaching search down to an offensive-minded coach and a defensive-minded coach, and one report claims defense has won out.
Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph interviewed with the Broncos on Tuesday, and Mike Klis of 9 News expects the team to offer Joseph the position.
I am expecting John Elway to make Vance Joseph an offer this morning. #9sports
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) January 11, 2017
At least one other report has claimed Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is the favorite to land the Broncos job.
Said Kyle Shanahan was the front-runner for #Broncos on Monday, still believe that's the case. He has choices and team still in playoffs
— Jeff Legwold (@Jeff_Legwold) January 11, 2017
Joseph has supposedly been a favorite of John Elway all along, which is somewhat of a surprise. The Broncos already have a championship-caliber defense, so many believe they would be better suited hiring a noted quarterback guru like Shanahan to help develop Trevor Siemian and/or Paxton Lynch and get Denver’s offense on the right track.
Of course, Shanahan’s father Mike won two Super Bowls as the head coach of the Broncos, and Elway was his quarterback. That could be the driving force behind the speculation that Shanahan is the man for the job, though it seems like the 37-year-old is hoping that is the case. If the information Klis received is accurate, Joseph is the guy.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was involved in a minor car accident near the team’s facility on Wednesday morning, but the rookie did not suffer any injuries.
Frisco Police confirmed that the accident took place, with TMZ reporting that Elliott was driving a black GMC SUV that rear-ended a BMW. Both officers and Cowboys’ security responded to the scene, and police said there were “no injuries sustained as a result of the minor crash.”
TMZ also shared some photos from the scene.
Elliott later allowed Cowboys fans to breathe a collective sigh of relief by cracking a joke on Twitter:
I'm good. I've been in bigger collisions. Lol
— Ezekiel Elliott (@EzekielElliott) January 11, 2017
Given the expectations Elliott has heaped on himself for the playoffs, the last thing the Cowboys need is their star tailback playing at less than 100 percent health. Fortunately, it does not appear that is anything to be concerned about.
- Ezekiel Elliott
DeMarcus Cousins has experienced a lot of turmoil with the Sacramento Kings, but a report says he intends to sign a long-term extension with the team.
CSN Bay Area’s James Ham reported on Tuesday that Cousins and the Kings have discussed numbers surrounding a contract extension. The center reportedly intends to sign a long-term deal with the team after the season using some of the advantages of the new CBA.
As a two-time All-NBA player, he is on target for the designated player exemption, which would allow him to sign for an additional five years with his team and be paid up to 35 percent of the team’s salary cap. His extension reportedly could pay him $207 million.
Cousins, who is averaging 28.1 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, has made two All-Star Games in a row. He has had numerous problems with the organization, the local media and his coaches, but his talent is undeniable.
Keep in mind that despite this report, Cousins could still always be traded by Sacramento.
- DeMarcus Cousins
Hue Jackson is friendly with Art Briles and has had the former Baylor head coach visit the Cleveland Browns in a guest role, but that does not mean Jackson will be giving the coach a job with the team.
After the Browns lost offensive coach Pep Hamilton to Michigan and fired their offensive line coach this week, some speculated that Jackson might try to hire Briles. But ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi says that is not going to happen.
Per source: Disgraced former Baylor coach Art Briles is not a candidate to join Hue Jackson's #Browns coaching staff.
— Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) January 11, 2017
The Browns already have had enough negative publicity just from going 1-15, so there really is no reason to pile on unnecessarily.
Briles, 61, parted ways with Baylor amid the school’s sexual assault scandal last year. He went 34-28 over five seasons at Houston before going 65-37 in eight seasons at Baylor. His most notable player was Heisman Trophy Robert Griffin III, who is Cleveland’s quarterback.
Although highly respected for what he accomplished on the field, Briles is still considered untouchable by many because of the scandal.
- Art Briles
The Buffalo Bills may be close to making a head coaching hire.
The Buffalo News’ Vic Carucci reports that the Bills are “zeroed in” on Sean McDermott as their next head coach. He says the two sides could have something finalized in the next day or so.
#Bills are zeroed in on Sean McDermott as their next HC. Could have something finalized in the next day or so.
— Vic Carucci (@viccarucci) January 11, 2017
CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora had this to say:
Hearing the Pegulas continue to be very intrigued by Sean McDermott. May well be the Bills next head coach
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 11, 2017
McDermott, 42, has been the defensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers since 2011. The job he did in helping the team reach the Super Bowl last season got him lots of attention around the league.
In addition to interviewing with the Bills, McDermott interviewed with the 49ers and also received interest from the Chargers.
Prior to joining Carolina, McDermott was an assistant with the Eagles from 1999-2010, ascending from an administrative job in scouting to defensive coordinator.
- Sean McDermott
Le’Veon Bell looked to a superstar in another sport as a comparison for the type of impact he’s having on the NFL.
The Steelers running back has become one of the more dangerous offensive weapons in the league. What helps him is an uncanny patience rarely seen at the position. While some running backs don’t let running lanes develop before charging into the cluttered line of scrimmage, Bell can often times be seen nearly coming to a complete stop upon approaching the line then exploding through holes created by his linemen.
Bell’s technique is one that may end up being copied, but he’s got it mastered. On his influence on the game, Bell likened what he’s doing to what Stephen Curry has done in the NBA.
Le'Veon Bell on his patience as a back… "I think I'm changing the game. In that sense, I'm what Steph Curry is to basketball."
— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) January 10, 2017
Curry is likely the best shooter any of us will ever see. His volume of shots from behind the three-point line combined with his efficiency at them has helped to change the way teams view the long range shot since it’s worth more. Of course, very few are as effective at it than Curry.
The same may soon be said about Bell, who may change the way the running back position is taught. Bell’s patience may not be able to be duplicated, like Curry’s jumper. However, if Bell continues to have success with it, there’s a good chance someone will try to figure out a version of it.
H/T CBS Sports