CFL Week 16

Highlights from around the Canadian Football League in Week 16.

Former NFL quarterback Josh Freeman signed a two-year contract with the Montreal Alouettes, David William Naylor of TSN reports. Freeman attended a Calgary Stampeders mini-camp last spring, but the team did not offer him a contract. He finally gets his chance to resume his career with the Alouettes. Freeman has not played in the NFL [<a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2fprofootballtalk.nbcsports.com%2f2018%2f01%2f12%2fjosh-freeman-signs-to-play-in-cfl%2f%26quot%3b&t=1516160432&sig=8n4oMoaaMIfOyexTucFIIw--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:more" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">more</a>]
Josh Freeman signs to play in CFL
Former NFL quarterback Josh Freeman signed a two-year contract with the Montreal Alouettes, David William Naylor of TSN reports. Freeman attended a Calgary Stampeders mini-camp last spring, but the team did not offer him a contract. He finally gets his chance to resume his career with the Alouettes. Freeman has not played in the NFL [more]
Former NFL quarterback Josh Freeman signed a two-year contract with the Montreal Alouettes, David William Naylor of TSN reports. Freeman attended a Calgary Stampeders mini-camp last spring, but the team did not offer him a contract. He finally gets his chance to resume his career with the Alouettes. Freeman has not played in the NFL [<a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2fprofootballtalk.nbcsports.com%2f2018%2f01%2f12%2fjosh-freeman-signs-to-play-in-cfl%2f%26quot%3b&t=1516160432&sig=8n4oMoaaMIfOyexTucFIIw--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:more" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">more</a>]
Josh Freeman signs to play in CFL
Former NFL quarterback Josh Freeman signed a two-year contract with the Montreal Alouettes, David William Naylor of TSN reports. Freeman attended a Calgary Stampeders mini-camp last spring, but the team did not offer him a contract. He finally gets his chance to resume his career with the Alouettes. Freeman has not played in the NFL [more]
If Halifax gets a CFL team, should government money help pay for a stadium?
If Halifax gets a CFL team, should government money help pay for a stadium?
If Halifax gets a CFL team, should government money help pay for a stadium?
Well, it&#39;s only January, but we have an early front-runner for pro-am moment of the year, brought to you by the head coach of the CFL&#39;s Hamilton Tiger-Cats, June Jones.
Watch: FB coach plays Sony pro-am barefoot, putts with 5-iron
Well, it's only January, but we have an early front-runner for pro-am moment of the year, brought to you by the head coach of the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats, June Jones.
After a busy month of movement across the CFL, the quarterback carousel is creeping to a halt. What&#39;s been determined and what&#39;s still up in the air?
QB carousel mostly decided after busy month
After a busy month of movement across the CFL, the quarterback carousel is creeping to a halt. What's been determined and what's still up in the air?
After a busy month of movement across the CFL, the quarterback carousel is creeping to a halt. What&#39;s been determined and what&#39;s still up in the air?
QB carousel mostly decided after busy month
After a busy month of movement across the CFL, the quarterback carousel is creeping to a halt. What's been determined and what's still up in the air?
After a busy month of movement across the CFL, the quarterback carousel is creeping to a halt. What&#39;s been determined and what&#39;s still up in the air?
QB carousel mostly decided after busy month
After a busy month of movement across the CFL, the quarterback carousel is creeping to a halt. What's been determined and what's still up in the air?
After a busy month of movement across the CFL, the quarterback carousel is creeping to a halt. What&#39;s been determined and what&#39;s still up in the air?
QB carousel mostly decided after busy month
After a busy month of movement across the CFL, the quarterback carousel is creeping to a halt. What's been determined and what's still up in the air?
After a busy month of movement across the CFL, the quarterback carousel is creeping to a halt. What&#39;s been determined and what&#39;s still up in the air?
QB carousel mostly decided after busy month
After a busy month of movement across the CFL, the quarterback carousel is creeping to a halt. What's been determined and what's still up in the air?
On the off-chance Tua Tagovailoa ends up in the CFL, Hamilton has his rights
On the off-chance Tua Tagovailoa ends up in the CFL, Hamilton has his rights
On the off-chance Tua Tagovailoa ends up in the CFL, Hamilton has his rights
On the off-chance Tua Tagovailoa ends up in the CFL, Hamilton has his rights
On the off-chance Tua Tagovailoa ends up in the CFL, Hamilton has his rights
On the off-chance Tua Tagovailoa ends up in the CFL, Hamilton has his rights
Here's who has Tagovailoa's CFL rights
Here's who has Tagovailoa's CFL rights
Here's who has Tagovailoa's CFL rights
On the off-chance Tua Tagovailoa ends up in the CFL, Hamilton has his rights
On the off-chance Tua Tagovailoa ends up in the CFL, Hamilton has his rights
On the off-chance Tua Tagovailoa ends up in the CFL, Hamilton has his rights
After a surprise hiatus, Ed Hervey is recharged and making the most of his newest job as a general manager. CFL.ca&#39;s Chris O&#39;Leary writes.
O’Leary: Hervey ready, recharged after hiatus
After a surprise hiatus, Ed Hervey is recharged and making the most of his newest job as a general manager. CFL.ca's Chris O'Leary writes.
After a surprise hiatus, Ed Hervey is recharged and making the most of his newest job as a general manager. CFL.ca&#39;s Chris O&#39;Leary writes.
O’Leary: Hervey ready, recharged after hiatus
After a surprise hiatus, Ed Hervey is recharged and making the most of his newest job as a general manager. CFL.ca's Chris O'Leary writes.
After a surprise hiatus, Ed Hervey is recharged and making the most of his newest job as a general manager. CFL.ca&#39;s Chris O&#39;Leary writes.
O’Leary: Hervey ready, recharged after hiatus
After a surprise hiatus, Ed Hervey is recharged and making the most of his newest job as a general manager. CFL.ca's Chris O'Leary writes.
From a 10th CFL franchise in Halifax to the latest on Johnny Manziel, there were plenty of topics discussed during Wednesday&#39;s media day in Banff, Alta.
10 things we learned from Wednesday’s Media Day
From a 10th CFL franchise in Halifax to the latest on Johnny Manziel, there were plenty of topics discussed during Wednesday's media day in Banff, Alta.
From a 10th CFL franchise in Halifax to the latest on Johnny Manziel, there were plenty of topics discussed during Wednesday&#39;s media day in Banff, Alta.
10 things we learned from Wednesday’s Media Day
From a 10th CFL franchise in Halifax to the latest on Johnny Manziel, there were plenty of topics discussed during Wednesday's media day in Banff, Alta.
From a 10th CFL franchise in Halifax to the latest on Johnny Manziel, there were plenty of topics discussed during Wednesday&#39;s media day in Banff, Alta.
10 things we learned from Wednesday’s Media Day
From a 10th CFL franchise in Halifax to the latest on Johnny Manziel, there were plenty of topics discussed during Wednesday's media day in Banff, Alta.
From a 10th CFL franchise in Halifax to the latest on Johnny Manziel, there were plenty of topics discussed during Wednesday&#39;s media day in Banff, Alta.
10 things we learned from Wednesday’s Media Day
From a 10th CFL franchise in Halifax to the latest on Johnny Manziel, there were plenty of topics discussed during Wednesday's media day in Banff, Alta.
From a 10th CFL franchise in Halifax to the latest on Johnny Manziel, there were plenty of topics discussed during Wednesday&#39;s media day in Banff, Alta.
10 things we learned from Wednesday’s Media Day
From a 10th CFL franchise in Halifax to the latest on Johnny Manziel, there were plenty of topics discussed during Wednesday's media day in Banff, Alta.
<p>Wearing an ill-fitting suit, sitting at the far right end of a press conference podium large enough for an ice cream truck, Raiders owner Mark Davis struggles through tears to introduce the family of new head coach Jon Gruden before saying that this next moment was his “dream come true.”</p><p>Davis lets out a deep breath, like one might before giving a eulogy at a funeral. The lights dim. A montage of news clips breathlessly reporting Gruden’s potential return into coaching play on the video screen. Now, a movie voice-over voice splices in.</p><p><em>“WHISPERS BECAME RUMORS…</em></p><p><em>“NOW THE RUMORS ARE REALITY.”</em></p><p>The video screen shifts to straight Gruden highlights. Clips of him yelling things like “YEAH YEAH YEAH,” and “YOU BETTER LIKE THE TASTE, GUYS. YOU BETTER LIKE THE TASTE.”</p><p>The beginning of AC/DC’s <em>Hell’s Bells</em> plays as the video stops and Davis, borrowing a line from America’s former vice president when he helped passed a bill providing healthcare for all Americans, said, “This is a big f-ing deal,” before introducing Gruden to the stage.</p><p>For some people out there, this might have registered as a cool moment. <em>Hey, Jon Gruden is back! Chucky! That&#39;s cool! He won a Super Bowl, right? </em></p><p>For others, it felt not like a dream come true, but a dream that occurs during an accidental overdose of cold medicine. Here is a fine football coach who works at the craft, but spent the final three years of his career middling through a 22–26 record with no playoff victories being deified like a cryogenically preserved Vince Lombardi.</p><p>If that was more your reaction, feel free to read on. These are the five most insane moments from Jon Gruden’s introductory press conference:</p><p><strong>1. Jon Gruden says he isn’t really sure what the terms of his contract are: </strong>“I don’t really know the terms, all I know is that this year I’ll be coaching in Oakland and next year I’ll be coaching in Oakland,” he said.</p><p>This has to be flat-out untrue. This man isn’t really sure he’s guaranteed $100 million over the next 10 years of his life? Gruden said that he returned for four reasons: he loves football, he loves Oakland, he loves the Raiders and he loves to win. Yes, that—and one owner’s willingness to literally empty the club’s emergency coffer to pay him more than any head coach in the NFL.</p><p>Davis went into some meandering explanation about how there’s no salary cap for coaches, but in staging an event like this, why sidestep the fact that you just made such a gargantuan commitment? Why sweep it under the rug like it’s something we shouldn’t be talking about? No, you’re right. Let&#39;s move on with the NFL’s equivalent of a Guns N’ Roses reunion tour.</p><p><strong>2. If you watched on ESPN, the cameras on site seemed to be struggling with focus issues and, for a few minutes, shakiness as well.</strong> It gave the press conference the feel of something taped secretly by an undercover journalist stashing their VHS recorder inside a trench coat, and it was … appropriate? It probably matched the dystopian vibe around the league. Coaches who have been grinding for the past 10 years, even coaches who have been to more Super Bowls in that time but make half as much, had to be watching this wondering what kind of profession they’ve gotten themselves into.</p><p>Football has always been a bit nepotistic, but the cream tends to rise to the top. Imagine how much money John Harbaugh, Mike Tomlin and Mike McCarthy would be worth if they just acted like a football’s Guy Fieri for three hours a week on television? We now live in a world devoid of critical-thinking skills. We get <em>sold</em> things. Herm Edwards was a fine football coach, but should he be in charge of a college football program at age 63, 10 years after he last held the title of head coach? LaVar Ball used to play basketball, but should he be manipulating a professional Lithuanian team with his 16-year-old son?</p><p><strong>3. “Technology is incredible”: </strong>Gruden says he plans to have conversations with his players about various social media platforms that were invented largely after he left coaching. Facebook was just four years old when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers parted ways with him. Twitter was two years old, Instagram wouldn’t be invented for another two years and Snapchat for another three. It opened the door for a strange few moments where I realized just how different the NFL has become since 2008. There is a new collective bargaining agreement that limits practice time. There is a salary cap jumping millions of dollars each year and a race for teams to figure out how to build a foundation not only through the draft, but also with in-prime 27- and 28-year-old players. There is a new crop of athletes who are used to vastly different forms of coaching. There have been massive strides made in the realm of health and safety. Jake Long, the player drafted No. 1 overall in Gruden’s final year with the Buccaneers, is now 32 and retired.</p><p><strong>4. Jon Gruden has never met Marshawn Lynch: </strong>Gruden says over the years, he’s requested the running back in production meetings, but Lynch has never agreed. In that way, Gruden is cool. He’s just like the rest of us.</p><p><strong>5. The Raiders are still pretending they’re above board in regards to the Rooney Rule: </strong>General manager Reggie McKenzie said he interviewed tight ends coach Bobby Johnson and USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin for the head coaching job before the club decided to hire Gruden.</p><p>Who actually believes that Davis, who talked about this being a dream come true, who recalled many instances of him traveling to Tampa to pick Gruden’s brain and hope that he’d one day come back to coaching, had to mull this one over? <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/02/jon-gruden-oakland-raiders-head-coach-rooney-rule" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:As Tony Dungy told me last week" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">As Tony Dungy told me last week</a> it’s the spirit of the Rooney Rule that is under attack more than anything else.</p><p><b><i>Not getting this newsletter in your inbox yet?</i></b> <a href="https://www.si.com/static/newsletter/signup" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Join The MMQB’s Morning Huddle" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><i>Join The MMQB’s Morning Huddle</i></a><i>.</i></p><h3><strong>HOT READS</strong></h3><p><b>NOW ON THE MMQB: </b>Greg Bishop&#39;s piece on the Steelers defense is a special one. <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/09/pittsburgh-steelers-defense-2018-playoffs-ryan-shazier" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:A look at Ryan Shazier preparing for the Bengals game is heartbreaking" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">A look at <strong>Ryan Shazier</strong> preparing for the Bengals game is heartbreaking</a>...Jenny Vrentas on weather <strong>Doug Pederson </strong>can win with <strong>Nick Foles </strong>under center...I was lucky enough to get to work with Jonathan Jones on this piece about what happens when fans speak: <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/09/coaching-hires-fans-protest-impact-greg-schiano-tennessee-ben-mcadoo-giants" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Do teams listen" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Do teams listen</a>?</p><p><b>LATER TODAY: </b>We know left-handed people (like yours truly) are more creative than right-handed people, but are left-footed punters better too? Vrentas explores...The Vikings wide receiver tandem tearing up the NFC...Andy Benoit on the pocket passers ruling the playoffs.</p><p><b>WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED: </b>Robert Klemko on <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/08/jon-gruden-raiders-head-coach-espn-monday-night-football" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Gruden signing off Monday Night Football for good" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><strong>Gruden </strong>signing off Monday Night Football for good</a>...<strong>Alvin Kamara</strong> is <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/03/alvin-kamara-new-orleans-saints-rookie" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:feeling the vibe in New Orleans" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">feeling the vibe in New Orleans</a>.</p><h3><b>PRESS COVERAGE</b></h3><p><strong>1</strong>. <strong>Mike Pettine </strong>is the Packers&#39; <a href="http://www.packersnews.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/2018/01/09/no-sign-packers-being-close-deciding-defensive-coordinator/1017812001/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:new defensive coordinator" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">new defensive coordinator</a>. He&#39;s had an interesting career, from <strong>Rex Ryan</strong> protege to head coach steamrolled by <strong>Johnny Manziel</strong>. Now, he gets a chance to do what he&#39;s best at again.</p><p><strong>2. </strong> <strong>Matt Nagy </strong>completes step one as new Bears head coach: <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-bears-matt-nagy-impressive-debut-haugh-20180109-story.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Win the press conference" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Win the press conference</a>. </p><p><b>3. </b>This Jaguars team is delightful and unafraid. <strong>A.J. Bouye </strong>warns <strong>Ben Roethlisberger </strong><a href="http://jacksonville.com/sports/jaguars/2018-01-08/jaguars-notebook-aj-bouye-looking-forward-re-match-pittsburgh" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:about wishing for a rematch" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">about wishing for a rematch</a>. </p><p><b>4.</b> In additional Raider insanity, owner <b>Mark Davis </b>says Oakland probably would have gone the same direction if the Raiders <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/up-to-the-minute/0ap3000000904841/Davis-says-Raiders-still-would-ve-considered-Gruden-if-they-had-winning-record" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:finished the year with a winning record" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">finished the year with a winning record</a>. </p><p><strong>5. </strong>Metrics suggest the most likely Super Bowl is New England vs. Minnesota. But a Patriots-Falcons rematch is not far behind. <a href="https://www.profootballfocus.com/news/pro-nfl-playoff-predictions-through-super-bowl-52-updated" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Hold on to your butts" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Hold on to your butts</a>. </p><p><b>6. A Norv Turner-Cam Newton </b>pairing could <a href="http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/article193744129.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:soon be reality in Charlotte" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">soon be reality in Charlotte</a>. </p><p><b>7. </b>The Canadian Football League is struggling with its players hiding concussion symptoms, <a href="https://www.thestar.com/sports/football/2018/01/09/cfl-players-still-try-to-hide-concussions-despite-greater-awareness-study-says.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:the Canadian Press reports" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">the Canadian Press reports</a>. While about a quarter of CFL players estimated they had a concussion, more than 80 percent of the time they &quot;did not seek treatment.&quot; </p><p><strong>8. </strong>A star quarterback from Hawaii, Tua Tagovailoa, made his entrance on the grand stage Monday night in Alabama&#39;s National Championship victory. <a href="http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/22016904/tennessee-titans-quarterback-marcus-mariota-happy-alabama-crimson-tide-tua-tagovailoa-played-honolulu-saint-louis-high-school" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Marcus Mariota is proud" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><strong>Marcus Mariota </strong>is proud</a>. </p><p><b>9. </b> The Chargers had two former head coaches as coordinators under first-year head coach <strong>Anthony Lynn</strong> in 2017. <a href="http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/22018210/gus-bradley-ken-whisenhunt-remain-los-angeles-chargers" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The trio will remain in place for at least one more year" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The trio will remain in place for at least one more year</a>. </p><p><strong>10. </strong> Is <strong>Steve Wilks</strong> the favorite to become the <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2018/01/everything_you_need_to_know_for_day_9_of_the_giant.html#incart_river_index" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Giants&#39; next head coach" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Giants&#39; next head coach</a>?</p><p><b><i>Have a story you think we should include in tomorrow’s Press Coverage?</i></b> <span><i>Let us know here.</i></span></p><h3><b>THE KICKER</b></h3><p>For your Wednesday, a spectacular cover of <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oddNibVais8" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:one of my favorite songs" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">one of my favorite songs</a>. Tomorrow, newsletter founder Jacob Feldman returns to this space for an extended residency. A few days after that, the most wonderful day on the NFL calendar -- the divisional round -- arrives. The cold spell up here in the Northeast is subsiding. There are plenty of reasons to celebrate, let&#39;s pick one and run with it. Stay positive and do something kind for someone today. </p><p><i>Question? Comment? Story idea?</i><i> Let the team know at </i><i><span>talkback@themmqb.com</span></i></p>
Five Ridiculous Moments from Jon Gruden's Introductory Press Conference With the Raiders

Wearing an ill-fitting suit, sitting at the far right end of a press conference podium large enough for an ice cream truck, Raiders owner Mark Davis struggles through tears to introduce the family of new head coach Jon Gruden before saying that this next moment was his “dream come true.”

Davis lets out a deep breath, like one might before giving a eulogy at a funeral. The lights dim. A montage of news clips breathlessly reporting Gruden’s potential return into coaching play on the video screen. Now, a movie voice-over voice splices in.

“WHISPERS BECAME RUMORS…

“NOW THE RUMORS ARE REALITY.”

The video screen shifts to straight Gruden highlights. Clips of him yelling things like “YEAH YEAH YEAH,” and “YOU BETTER LIKE THE TASTE, GUYS. YOU BETTER LIKE THE TASTE.”

The beginning of AC/DC’s Hell’s Bells plays as the video stops and Davis, borrowing a line from America’s former vice president when he helped passed a bill providing healthcare for all Americans, said, “This is a big f-ing deal,” before introducing Gruden to the stage.

For some people out there, this might have registered as a cool moment. Hey, Jon Gruden is back! Chucky! That's cool! He won a Super Bowl, right?

For others, it felt not like a dream come true, but a dream that occurs during an accidental overdose of cold medicine. Here is a fine football coach who works at the craft, but spent the final three years of his career middling through a 22–26 record with no playoff victories being deified like a cryogenically preserved Vince Lombardi.

If that was more your reaction, feel free to read on. These are the five most insane moments from Jon Gruden’s introductory press conference:

1. Jon Gruden says he isn’t really sure what the terms of his contract are: “I don’t really know the terms, all I know is that this year I’ll be coaching in Oakland and next year I’ll be coaching in Oakland,” he said.

This has to be flat-out untrue. This man isn’t really sure he’s guaranteed $100 million over the next 10 years of his life? Gruden said that he returned for four reasons: he loves football, he loves Oakland, he loves the Raiders and he loves to win. Yes, that—and one owner’s willingness to literally empty the club’s emergency coffer to pay him more than any head coach in the NFL.

Davis went into some meandering explanation about how there’s no salary cap for coaches, but in staging an event like this, why sidestep the fact that you just made such a gargantuan commitment? Why sweep it under the rug like it’s something we shouldn’t be talking about? No, you’re right. Let's move on with the NFL’s equivalent of a Guns N’ Roses reunion tour.

2. If you watched on ESPN, the cameras on site seemed to be struggling with focus issues and, for a few minutes, shakiness as well. It gave the press conference the feel of something taped secretly by an undercover journalist stashing their VHS recorder inside a trench coat, and it was … appropriate? It probably matched the dystopian vibe around the league. Coaches who have been grinding for the past 10 years, even coaches who have been to more Super Bowls in that time but make half as much, had to be watching this wondering what kind of profession they’ve gotten themselves into.

Football has always been a bit nepotistic, but the cream tends to rise to the top. Imagine how much money John Harbaugh, Mike Tomlin and Mike McCarthy would be worth if they just acted like a football’s Guy Fieri for three hours a week on television? We now live in a world devoid of critical-thinking skills. We get sold things. Herm Edwards was a fine football coach, but should he be in charge of a college football program at age 63, 10 years after he last held the title of head coach? LaVar Ball used to play basketball, but should he be manipulating a professional Lithuanian team with his 16-year-old son?

3. “Technology is incredible”: Gruden says he plans to have conversations with his players about various social media platforms that were invented largely after he left coaching. Facebook was just four years old when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers parted ways with him. Twitter was two years old, Instagram wouldn’t be invented for another two years and Snapchat for another three. It opened the door for a strange few moments where I realized just how different the NFL has become since 2008. There is a new collective bargaining agreement that limits practice time. There is a salary cap jumping millions of dollars each year and a race for teams to figure out how to build a foundation not only through the draft, but also with in-prime 27- and 28-year-old players. There is a new crop of athletes who are used to vastly different forms of coaching. There have been massive strides made in the realm of health and safety. Jake Long, the player drafted No. 1 overall in Gruden’s final year with the Buccaneers, is now 32 and retired.

4. Jon Gruden has never met Marshawn Lynch: Gruden says over the years, he’s requested the running back in production meetings, but Lynch has never agreed. In that way, Gruden is cool. He’s just like the rest of us.

5. The Raiders are still pretending they’re above board in regards to the Rooney Rule: General manager Reggie McKenzie said he interviewed tight ends coach Bobby Johnson and USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin for the head coaching job before the club decided to hire Gruden.

Who actually believes that Davis, who talked about this being a dream come true, who recalled many instances of him traveling to Tampa to pick Gruden’s brain and hope that he’d one day come back to coaching, had to mull this one over? As Tony Dungy told me last week it’s the spirit of the Rooney Rule that is under attack more than anything else.

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HOT READS

NOW ON THE MMQB: Greg Bishop's piece on the Steelers defense is a special one. A look at Ryan Shazier preparing for the Bengals game is heartbreaking...Jenny Vrentas on weather Doug Pederson can win with Nick Foles under center...I was lucky enough to get to work with Jonathan Jones on this piece about what happens when fans speak: Do teams listen?

LATER TODAY: We know left-handed people (like yours truly) are more creative than right-handed people, but are left-footed punters better too? Vrentas explores...The Vikings wide receiver tandem tearing up the NFC...Andy Benoit on the pocket passers ruling the playoffs.

WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED: Robert Klemko on Gruden signing off Monday Night Football for good...Alvin Kamara is feeling the vibe in New Orleans.

PRESS COVERAGE

1. Mike Pettine is the Packers' new defensive coordinator. He's had an interesting career, from Rex Ryan protege to head coach steamrolled by Johnny Manziel. Now, he gets a chance to do what he's best at again.

2. Matt Nagy completes step one as new Bears head coach: Win the press conference.

3. This Jaguars team is delightful and unafraid. A.J. Bouye warns Ben Roethlisberger about wishing for a rematch.

4. In additional Raider insanity, owner Mark Davis says Oakland probably would have gone the same direction if the Raiders finished the year with a winning record.

5. Metrics suggest the most likely Super Bowl is New England vs. Minnesota. But a Patriots-Falcons rematch is not far behind. Hold on to your butts.

6. A Norv Turner-Cam Newton pairing could soon be reality in Charlotte.

7. The Canadian Football League is struggling with its players hiding concussion symptoms, the Canadian Press reports. While about a quarter of CFL players estimated they had a concussion, more than 80 percent of the time they "did not seek treatment."

8. A star quarterback from Hawaii, Tua Tagovailoa, made his entrance on the grand stage Monday night in Alabama's National Championship victory. Marcus Mariota is proud.

9. The Chargers had two former head coaches as coordinators under first-year head coach Anthony Lynn in 2017. The trio will remain in place for at least one more year.

10. Is Steve Wilks the favorite to become the Giants' next head coach?

Have a story you think we should include in tomorrow’s Press Coverage? Let us know here.

THE KICKER

For your Wednesday, a spectacular cover of one of my favorite songs. Tomorrow, newsletter founder Jacob Feldman returns to this space for an extended residency. A few days after that, the most wonderful day on the NFL calendar -- the divisional round -- arrives. The cold spell up here in the Northeast is subsiding. There are plenty of reasons to celebrate, let's pick one and run with it. Stay positive and do something kind for someone today.

Question? Comment? Story idea? Let the team know at talkback@themmqb.com

<p>Wearing an ill-fitting suit, sitting at the far right end of a press conference podium large enough for an ice cream truck, Raiders owner Mark Davis struggles through tears to introduce the family of new head coach Jon Gruden before saying that this next moment was his “dream come true.”</p><p>Davis lets out a deep breath, like one might before giving a eulogy at a funeral. The lights dim. A montage of news clips breathlessly reporting Gruden’s potential return into coaching play on the video screen. Now, a movie voice-over voice splices in.</p><p><em>“WHISPERS BECAME RUMORS…</em></p><p><em>“NOW THE RUMORS ARE REALITY.”</em></p><p>The video screen shifts to straight Gruden highlights. Clips of him yelling things like “YEAH YEAH YEAH,” and “YOU BETTER LIKE THE TASTE, GUYS. YOU BETTER LIKE THE TASTE.”</p><p>The beginning of AC/DC’s <em>Hell’s Bells</em> plays as the video stops and Davis, borrowing a line from America’s former vice president when he helped passed a bill providing healthcare for all Americans, said, “This is a big f-ing deal,” before introducing Gruden to the stage.</p><p>For some people out there, this might have registered as a cool moment. <em>Hey, Jon Gruden is back! Chucky! That&#39;s cool! He won a Super Bowl, right? </em></p><p>For others, it felt not like a dream come true, but a dream that occurs during an accidental overdose of cold medicine. Here is a fine football coach who works at the craft, but spent the final three years of his career middling through a 22–26 record with no playoff victories being deified like a cryogenically preserved Vince Lombardi.</p><p>If that was more your reaction, feel free to read on. These are the five most insane moments from Jon Gruden’s introductory press conference:</p><p><strong>1. Jon Gruden says he isn’t really sure what the terms of his contract are: </strong>“I don’t really know the terms, all I know is that this year I’ll be coaching in Oakland and next year I’ll be coaching in Oakland,” he said.</p><p>This has to be flat-out untrue. This man isn’t really sure he’s guaranteed $100 million over the next 10 years of his life? Gruden said that he returned for four reasons: he loves football, he loves Oakland, he loves the Raiders and he loves to win. Yes, that—and one owner’s willingness to literally empty the club’s emergency coffer to pay him more than any head coach in the NFL.</p><p>Davis went into some meandering explanation about how there’s no salary cap for coaches, but in staging an event like this, why sidestep the fact that you just made such a gargantuan commitment? Why sweep it under the rug like it’s something we shouldn’t be talking about? No, you’re right. Let&#39;s move on with the NFL’s equivalent of a Guns N’ Roses reunion tour.</p><p><strong>2. If you watched on ESPN, the cameras on site seemed to be struggling with focus issues and, for a few minutes, shakiness as well.</strong> It gave the press conference the feel of something taped secretly by an undercover journalist stashing their VHS recorder inside a trench coat, and it was … appropriate? It probably matched the dystopian vibe around the league. Coaches who have been grinding for the past 10 years, even coaches who have been to more Super Bowls in that time but make half as much, had to be watching this wondering what kind of profession they’ve gotten themselves into.</p><p>Football has always been a bit nepotistic, but the cream tends to rise to the top. Imagine how much money John Harbaugh, Mike Tomlin and Mike McCarthy would be worth if they just acted like a football’s Guy Fieri for three hours a week on television? We now live in a world devoid of critical-thinking skills. We get <em>sold</em> things. Herm Edwards was a fine football coach, but should he be in charge of a college football program at age 63, 10 years after he last held the title of head coach? LaVar Ball used to play basketball, but should he be manipulating a professional Lithuanian team with his 16-year-old son?</p><p><strong>3. “Technology is incredible”: </strong>Gruden says he plans to have conversations with his players about various social media platforms that were invented largely after he left coaching. Facebook was just four years old when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers parted ways with him. Twitter was two years old, Instagram wouldn’t be invented for another two years and Snapchat for another three. It opened the door for a strange few moments where I realized just how different the NFL has become since 2008. There is a new collective bargaining agreement that limits practice time. There is a salary cap jumping millions of dollars each year and a race for teams to figure out how to build a foundation not only through the draft, but also with in-prime 27- and 28-year-old players. There is a new crop of athletes who are used to vastly different forms of coaching. There have been massive strides made in the realm of health and safety. Jake Long, the player drafted No. 1 overall in Gruden’s final year with the Buccaneers, is now 32 and retired.</p><p><strong>4. Jon Gruden has never met Marshawn Lynch: </strong>Gruden says over the years, he’s requested the running back in production meetings, but Lynch has never agreed. In that way, Gruden is cool. He’s just like the rest of us.</p><p><strong>5. The Raiders are still pretending they’re above board in regards to the Rooney Rule: </strong>General manager Reggie McKenzie said he interviewed tight ends coach Bobby Johnson and USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin for the head coaching job before the club decided to hire Gruden.</p><p>Who actually believes that Davis, who talked about this being a dream come true, who recalled many instances of him traveling to Tampa to pick Gruden’s brain and hope that he’d one day come back to coaching, had to mull this one over? <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/02/jon-gruden-oakland-raiders-head-coach-rooney-rule" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:As Tony Dungy told me last week" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">As Tony Dungy told me last week</a> it’s the spirit of the Rooney Rule that is under attack more than anything else.</p><p><b><i>Not getting this newsletter in your inbox yet?</i></b> <a href="https://www.si.com/static/newsletter/signup" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Join The MMQB’s Morning Huddle" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><i>Join The MMQB’s Morning Huddle</i></a><i>.</i></p><h3><strong>HOT READS</strong></h3><p><b>NOW ON THE MMQB: </b>Greg Bishop&#39;s piece on the Steelers defense is a special one. <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/09/pittsburgh-steelers-defense-2018-playoffs-ryan-shazier" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:A look at Ryan Shazier preparing for the Bengals game is heartbreaking" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">A look at <strong>Ryan Shazier</strong> preparing for the Bengals game is heartbreaking</a>...Jenny Vrentas on weather <strong>Doug Pederson </strong>can win with <strong>Nick Foles </strong>under center...I was lucky enough to get to work with Jonathan Jones on this piece about what happens when fans speak: <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/09/coaching-hires-fans-protest-impact-greg-schiano-tennessee-ben-mcadoo-giants" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Do teams listen" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Do teams listen</a>?</p><p><b>LATER TODAY: </b>We know left-handed people (like yours truly) are more creative than right-handed people, but are left-footed punters better too? Vrentas explores...The Vikings wide receiver tandem tearing up the NFC...Andy Benoit on the pocket passers ruling the playoffs.</p><p><b>WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED: </b>Robert Klemko on <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/08/jon-gruden-raiders-head-coach-espn-monday-night-football" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Gruden signing off Monday Night Football for good" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><strong>Gruden </strong>signing off Monday Night Football for good</a>...<strong>Alvin Kamara</strong> is <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/03/alvin-kamara-new-orleans-saints-rookie" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:feeling the vibe in New Orleans" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">feeling the vibe in New Orleans</a>.</p><h3><b>PRESS COVERAGE</b></h3><p><strong>1</strong>. <strong>Mike Pettine </strong>is the Packers&#39; <a href="http://www.packersnews.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/2018/01/09/no-sign-packers-being-close-deciding-defensive-coordinator/1017812001/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:new defensive coordinator" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">new defensive coordinator</a>. He&#39;s had an interesting career, from <strong>Rex Ryan</strong> protege to head coach steamrolled by <strong>Johnny Manziel</strong>. Now, he gets a chance to do what he&#39;s best at again.</p><p><strong>2. </strong> <strong>Matt Nagy </strong>completes step one as new Bears head coach: <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/ct-spt-bears-matt-nagy-impressive-debut-haugh-20180109-story.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Win the press conference" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Win the press conference</a>. </p><p><b>3. </b>This Jaguars team is delightful and unafraid. <strong>A.J. Bouye </strong>warns <strong>Ben Roethlisberger </strong><a href="http://jacksonville.com/sports/jaguars/2018-01-08/jaguars-notebook-aj-bouye-looking-forward-re-match-pittsburgh" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:about wishing for a rematch" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">about wishing for a rematch</a>. </p><p><b>4.</b> In additional Raider insanity, owner <b>Mark Davis </b>says Oakland probably would have gone the same direction if the Raiders <a href="http://www.nfl.com/videos/up-to-the-minute/0ap3000000904841/Davis-says-Raiders-still-would-ve-considered-Gruden-if-they-had-winning-record" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:finished the year with a winning record" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">finished the year with a winning record</a>. </p><p><strong>5. </strong>Metrics suggest the most likely Super Bowl is New England vs. Minnesota. But a Patriots-Falcons rematch is not far behind. <a href="https://www.profootballfocus.com/news/pro-nfl-playoff-predictions-through-super-bowl-52-updated" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Hold on to your butts" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Hold on to your butts</a>. </p><p><b>6. A Norv Turner-Cam Newton </b>pairing could <a href="http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/article193744129.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:soon be reality in Charlotte" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">soon be reality in Charlotte</a>. </p><p><b>7. </b>The Canadian Football League is struggling with its players hiding concussion symptoms, <a href="https://www.thestar.com/sports/football/2018/01/09/cfl-players-still-try-to-hide-concussions-despite-greater-awareness-study-says.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:the Canadian Press reports" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">the Canadian Press reports</a>. While about a quarter of CFL players estimated they had a concussion, more than 80 percent of the time they &quot;did not seek treatment.&quot; </p><p><strong>8. </strong>A star quarterback from Hawaii, Tua Tagovailoa, made his entrance on the grand stage Monday night in Alabama&#39;s National Championship victory. <a href="http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/22016904/tennessee-titans-quarterback-marcus-mariota-happy-alabama-crimson-tide-tua-tagovailoa-played-honolulu-saint-louis-high-school" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Marcus Mariota is proud" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><strong>Marcus Mariota </strong>is proud</a>. </p><p><b>9. </b> The Chargers had two former head coaches as coordinators under first-year head coach <strong>Anthony Lynn</strong> in 2017. <a href="http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/22018210/gus-bradley-ken-whisenhunt-remain-los-angeles-chargers" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The trio will remain in place for at least one more year" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The trio will remain in place for at least one more year</a>. </p><p><strong>10. </strong> Is <strong>Steve Wilks</strong> the favorite to become the <a href="http://www.nj.com/giants/index.ssf/2018/01/everything_you_need_to_know_for_day_9_of_the_giant.html#incart_river_index" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Giants&#39; next head coach" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Giants&#39; next head coach</a>?</p><p><b><i>Have a story you think we should include in tomorrow’s Press Coverage?</i></b> <span><i>Let us know here.</i></span></p><h3><b>THE KICKER</b></h3><p>For your Wednesday, a spectacular cover of <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oddNibVais8" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:one of my favorite songs" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">one of my favorite songs</a>. Tomorrow, newsletter founder Jacob Feldman returns to this space for an extended residency. A few days after that, the most wonderful day on the NFL calendar -- the divisional round -- arrives. The cold spell up here in the Northeast is subsiding. There are plenty of reasons to celebrate, let&#39;s pick one and run with it. Stay positive and do something kind for someone today. </p><p><i>Question? Comment? Story idea?</i><i> Let the team know at </i><i><span>talkback@themmqb.com</span></i></p>
Five Ridiculous Moments from Jon Gruden's Introductory Press Conference With the Raiders

Wearing an ill-fitting suit, sitting at the far right end of a press conference podium large enough for an ice cream truck, Raiders owner Mark Davis struggles through tears to introduce the family of new head coach Jon Gruden before saying that this next moment was his “dream come true.”

Davis lets out a deep breath, like one might before giving a eulogy at a funeral. The lights dim. A montage of news clips breathlessly reporting Gruden’s potential return into coaching play on the video screen. Now, a movie voice-over voice splices in.

“WHISPERS BECAME RUMORS…

“NOW THE RUMORS ARE REALITY.”

The video screen shifts to straight Gruden highlights. Clips of him yelling things like “YEAH YEAH YEAH,” and “YOU BETTER LIKE THE TASTE, GUYS. YOU BETTER LIKE THE TASTE.”

The beginning of AC/DC’s Hell’s Bells plays as the video stops and Davis, borrowing a line from America’s former vice president when he helped passed a bill providing healthcare for all Americans, said, “This is a big f-ing deal,” before introducing Gruden to the stage.

For some people out there, this might have registered as a cool moment. Hey, Jon Gruden is back! Chucky! That's cool! He won a Super Bowl, right?

For others, it felt not like a dream come true, but a dream that occurs during an accidental overdose of cold medicine. Here is a fine football coach who works at the craft, but spent the final three years of his career middling through a 22–26 record with no playoff victories being deified like a cryogenically preserved Vince Lombardi.

If that was more your reaction, feel free to read on. These are the five most insane moments from Jon Gruden’s introductory press conference:

1. Jon Gruden says he isn’t really sure what the terms of his contract are: “I don’t really know the terms, all I know is that this year I’ll be coaching in Oakland and next year I’ll be coaching in Oakland,” he said.

This has to be flat-out untrue. This man isn’t really sure he’s guaranteed $100 million over the next 10 years of his life? Gruden said that he returned for four reasons: he loves football, he loves Oakland, he loves the Raiders and he loves to win. Yes, that—and one owner’s willingness to literally empty the club’s emergency coffer to pay him more than any head coach in the NFL.

Davis went into some meandering explanation about how there’s no salary cap for coaches, but in staging an event like this, why sidestep the fact that you just made such a gargantuan commitment? Why sweep it under the rug like it’s something we shouldn’t be talking about? No, you’re right. Let's move on with the NFL’s equivalent of a Guns N’ Roses reunion tour.

2. If you watched on ESPN, the cameras on site seemed to be struggling with focus issues and, for a few minutes, shakiness as well. It gave the press conference the feel of something taped secretly by an undercover journalist stashing their VHS recorder inside a trench coat, and it was … appropriate? It probably matched the dystopian vibe around the league. Coaches who have been grinding for the past 10 years, even coaches who have been to more Super Bowls in that time but make half as much, had to be watching this wondering what kind of profession they’ve gotten themselves into.

Football has always been a bit nepotistic, but the cream tends to rise to the top. Imagine how much money John Harbaugh, Mike Tomlin and Mike McCarthy would be worth if they just acted like a football’s Guy Fieri for three hours a week on television? We now live in a world devoid of critical-thinking skills. We get sold things. Herm Edwards was a fine football coach, but should he be in charge of a college football program at age 63, 10 years after he last held the title of head coach? LaVar Ball used to play basketball, but should he be manipulating a professional Lithuanian team with his 16-year-old son?

3. “Technology is incredible”: Gruden says he plans to have conversations with his players about various social media platforms that were invented largely after he left coaching. Facebook was just four years old when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers parted ways with him. Twitter was two years old, Instagram wouldn’t be invented for another two years and Snapchat for another three. It opened the door for a strange few moments where I realized just how different the NFL has become since 2008. There is a new collective bargaining agreement that limits practice time. There is a salary cap jumping millions of dollars each year and a race for teams to figure out how to build a foundation not only through the draft, but also with in-prime 27- and 28-year-old players. There is a new crop of athletes who are used to vastly different forms of coaching. There have been massive strides made in the realm of health and safety. Jake Long, the player drafted No. 1 overall in Gruden’s final year with the Buccaneers, is now 32 and retired.

4. Jon Gruden has never met Marshawn Lynch: Gruden says over the years, he’s requested the running back in production meetings, but Lynch has never agreed. In that way, Gruden is cool. He’s just like the rest of us.

5. The Raiders are still pretending they’re above board in regards to the Rooney Rule: General manager Reggie McKenzie said he interviewed tight ends coach Bobby Johnson and USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin for the head coaching job before the club decided to hire Gruden.

Who actually believes that Davis, who talked about this being a dream come true, who recalled many instances of him traveling to Tampa to pick Gruden’s brain and hope that he’d one day come back to coaching, had to mull this one over? As Tony Dungy told me last week it’s the spirit of the Rooney Rule that is under attack more than anything else.

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HOT READS

NOW ON THE MMQB: Greg Bishop's piece on the Steelers defense is a special one. A look at Ryan Shazier preparing for the Bengals game is heartbreaking...Jenny Vrentas on weather Doug Pederson can win with Nick Foles under center...I was lucky enough to get to work with Jonathan Jones on this piece about what happens when fans speak: Do teams listen?

LATER TODAY: We know left-handed people (like yours truly) are more creative than right-handed people, but are left-footed punters better too? Vrentas explores...The Vikings wide receiver tandem tearing up the NFC...Andy Benoit on the pocket passers ruling the playoffs.

WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED: Robert Klemko on Gruden signing off Monday Night Football for good...Alvin Kamara is feeling the vibe in New Orleans.

PRESS COVERAGE

1. Mike Pettine is the Packers' new defensive coordinator. He's had an interesting career, from Rex Ryan protege to head coach steamrolled by Johnny Manziel. Now, he gets a chance to do what he's best at again.

2. Matt Nagy completes step one as new Bears head coach: Win the press conference.

3. This Jaguars team is delightful and unafraid. A.J. Bouye warns Ben Roethlisberger about wishing for a rematch.

4. In additional Raider insanity, owner Mark Davis says Oakland probably would have gone the same direction if the Raiders finished the year with a winning record.

5. Metrics suggest the most likely Super Bowl is New England vs. Minnesota. But a Patriots-Falcons rematch is not far behind. Hold on to your butts.

6. A Norv Turner-Cam Newton pairing could soon be reality in Charlotte.

7. The Canadian Football League is struggling with its players hiding concussion symptoms, the Canadian Press reports. While about a quarter of CFL players estimated they had a concussion, more than 80 percent of the time they "did not seek treatment."

8. A star quarterback from Hawaii, Tua Tagovailoa, made his entrance on the grand stage Monday night in Alabama's National Championship victory. Marcus Mariota is proud.

9. The Chargers had two former head coaches as coordinators under first-year head coach Anthony Lynn in 2017. The trio will remain in place for at least one more year.

10. Is Steve Wilks the favorite to become the Giants' next head coach?

Have a story you think we should include in tomorrow’s Press Coverage? Let us know here.

THE KICKER

For your Wednesday, a spectacular cover of one of my favorite songs. Tomorrow, newsletter founder Jacob Feldman returns to this space for an extended residency. A few days after that, the most wonderful day on the NFL calendar -- the divisional round -- arrives. The cold spell up here in the Northeast is subsiding. There are plenty of reasons to celebrate, let's pick one and run with it. Stay positive and do something kind for someone today.

Question? Comment? Story idea? Let the team know at talkback@themmqb.com

Study shows CFL players aware of concussions, but many still try to hide them
Study shows CFL players aware of concussions, but many still try to hide them
Study shows CFL players aware of concussions, but many still try to hide them
While Riders fans hope that Zach Collaros is the final piece of the puzzle, CFL.ca&#39;s Jim Morris looks back on past quarterbacks who were traded.
Dunigan on QB Trades: ‘It’s not an exact science’
While Riders fans hope that Zach Collaros is the final piece of the puzzle, CFL.ca's Jim Morris looks back on past quarterbacks who were traded.
While Riders fans hope that Zach Collaros is the final piece of the puzzle, CFL.ca&#39;s Jim Morris looks back on past quarterbacks who were traded.
Dunigan on QB Trades: ‘It’s not an exact science’
While Riders fans hope that Zach Collaros is the final piece of the puzzle, CFL.ca's Jim Morris looks back on past quarterbacks who were traded.
While Riders fans hope that Zach Collaros is the final piece of the puzzle, CFL.ca&#39;s Jim Morris looks back on past quarterbacks who were traded.
Dunigan on QB Trades: ‘It’s not an exact science’
While Riders fans hope that Zach Collaros is the final piece of the puzzle, CFL.ca's Jim Morris looks back on past quarterbacks who were traded.
While Riders fans hope that Zach Collaros is the final piece of the puzzle, CFL.ca&#39;s Jim Morris looks back on past quarterbacks who were traded.
Dunigan on QB Trades: ‘It’s not an exact science’
While Riders fans hope that Zach Collaros is the final piece of the puzzle, CFL.ca's Jim Morris looks back on past quarterbacks who were traded.
While Riders fans hope that Zach Collaros is the final piece of the puzzle, CFL.ca&#39;s Jim Morris looks back on past quarterbacks who were traded.
Dunigan on QB Trades: ‘It’s not an exact science’
While Riders fans hope that Zach Collaros is the final piece of the puzzle, CFL.ca's Jim Morris looks back on past quarterbacks who were traded.
<p>The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are now on the clock.</p><p>According to a Pro Football Talk report, the agent for <strong>Johnny </strong><strong>Manziel</strong> “has given the Tiger-Cats until January 31 to ‘work out a fair deal’ with Manziel. [Agent Erik] Burkhardt describes a ‘fair deal’ to mean a contract ‘on par with what Hamilton has paid their QB in recent years, despite not having much on-field success.’”</p><p>While this self-important contractual ping-pong will dominate the near future of the Manziel news cycle—as well as the subsequent outrage from those who think someone coming out of rehabilitation and NFL purgatory shouldn’t be so demanding—here’s a more important question the Tiger-Cats should be asking themselves: Will it be worth it?</p><p>Speculation on Manziel’s health, physical preparedness and mental state aside, would you, as a football fan, tune in on June 16, 2018 to see the Tiger-Cats take on the Calgary Stampeders in their season-opener? Would it make you any more interested in Canadian football? Would you head on over to Tim Hortons Field and buy yourself a Manziel Ticats jersey? </p><p>There have been plenty of high-profile NFL washouts trying to squeeze some remaining life out of their careers in the CFL. <strong>Ricky Williams</strong> ran for the Toronto Argonauts in 2006, while serving a season-long suspension from the NFL. <strong>Chad Johnson</strong> had a brief stint with the Montreal Alouettes in 2014. <strong>Mark </strong><strong>Gastineau</strong> was a British Columbia Lion in 1990. The CFL claimed in November that they’re doing just fine in the ratings, noting a “double digit increases across all key adult demos” in their conference finals this year. But the Manziel saga would be different.</p><p>Why? Manziel put almost no effort into his NFL career and still produced some dazzling moments alongside long stretches of puzzling ineptitude. He has a raw skill set that former coordinator John DeFilippo said made coaching irrelevant at times. Unlike Johnson or Williams, Manziel needs success in the CFL if he truly wants to get back to the NFL.</p><p>This seems to be a forced NFL-CFL marriage that can be mutually beneficial, rather than some sort of MLS-style kidnapping of a big-name player as a novelty act. </p><p><b><i>Not getting this newsletter in your inbox yet?</i></b> <a href="https://www.si.com/static/newsletter/signup" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Join The MMQB’s Morning Huddle" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><i>Join The MMQB’s Morning Huddle</i></a><i>.</i></p><h3><strong>HOT READS</strong></h3><p><b>NOW ON THE MMQB: </b>Robert Klemko writes on why he didn&#39;t watch the <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/08/college-football-playoff-championship-game-lie" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:National Championship on Monday night" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">National Championship on Monday night</a> . . . Peter King&#39;s <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/08/nfl-playoffs-wild-card-divisional-round-preview-drew-brees-mmqb-peter-king" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Monday Morning Quarterback" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Monday Morning Quarterback</a> . . . Andy Benoit on what the <strong>Matt Nagy</strong> hire in Chicago does for <strong>Mitch Trubisky</strong>.</p><p><b>LATER TODAY: </b>Jenny Vrentas on <b>Doug Pederson, </b>the NFL&#39;s man of mystery . . . Jonathan Jones on the logistical hurdles facing the Super Bowl planning committee in Minneapolis with the Vikings in the playoffs . . . Greg Bishop on the Steelers defense.</p><p><b>WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED: </b>Beer, Wings, Zubaz and Nerves: Vrentas in <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/07/bill-jaguars-nfl-wild-card-buffalo-fans" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Buffalo for the playoff game" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Buffalo for the playoff game</a> . . . On another Chiefs coordinator <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/05/dave-toub-kansas-city-chiefs-2018-nfl-coaching-carousel" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:who could be taking head coaching interviews" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">who could be taking head coaching interviews</a> . . . One NFL player wonders if he was released by the Panthers for gesturing <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/07/marcus-ball-carolina-panthers-jerry-richardson-anthem-gesture" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:during the national anthem" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">during the national anthem</a>.</p><h3><b>PRESS COVERAGE</b></h3><p><strong>1</strong>. The <strong>Cam Newton </strong>injury saga at the end of Sunday&#39;s wild-card loss to <a href="https://twitter.com/DAnderson314/status/950532935228317697" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:the Falcons has" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">the Falcons has</a> <a href="http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/article193566584.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:gone from strange to downright weird" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">gone from strange to downright weird</a>. </p><p><strong>2. </strong> <strong>Mike Pettine </strong>has been on a two-year <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:sabbatical following his stint as Browns head coach" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">sabbatical following his stint as Browns head coach</a>. Might he resurface as the defensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers?</p><p><b>3. Donald Penn </b>says <strong>Jon Gruden</strong> coming to the Raiders was like <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000904472/article/penn-jon-gruden-to-raiders-like-steve-kerr-to-warriors" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Steve Kerr joining the Warriors" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><strong>Steve Kerr </strong>joining the Warriors</a>. Anyway, we better come up with a better NFL offseason storyline to counter the horrid state of the real world than relentless Gruden optimism. It won&#39;t hold up and I&#39;m almost out of videos featuring <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1l69e1mCqQ" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:dogs sledding downhill in the snow" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">dogs sledding downhill in the snow</a>. </p><p><b>4.</b> <strong>Cam Jordan </strong>sent a bottle of wine to <a href="http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/22004805/cameron-jordan-trolls-cam-newton-bottle-wine" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cam Newton because the Saints beat the Panthers three times this year" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><strong>Cam Newton </strong>because the Saints beat the Panthers three times this year</a>. Honestly though, depending on the year and variety, Newton could end up coming out ahead on this. Nothing beats an aggressive Merlot while romper shopping. </p><p><strong>5. </strong><strong> Bill O&#39;Brien</strong>&#39;s search for a general manager is underway in what could be one of the more <a href="http://www.chron.com/sports/texans/article/Texans-general-manager-interviews-begin-in-house-12482429.php" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:underrated storylines of the offseason" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">underrated storylines of the offseason</a>.</p><p><b>6. Jason Licht </b>tries to make <a href="http://www.joebucsfan.com/2018/01/jason-licht-theres-lot-positives-somewhat-brutal-season/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:chicken salad out of the Buccaneers&#39; 2017" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">chicken salad out of the Buccaneers&#39; 2017</a>—and not just the kind of chicken salad where you set out trying to find a much better chicken salad only to settle for the one already in your refrigerator. </p><p><strong>7. </strong>One Miami Herald columnist is already <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/greg-cote/article193572034.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:aboard the &quot;Draft Ryan Tannehill&#39;s replacement&quot; train" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">aboard the &quot;Draft Ryan Tannehill&#39;s replacement&quot; train</a>. </p><p><strong>8. </strong>Optimism is high in Los Angeles, even as the Rams clear <a href="http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-rams-robert-woods-20180108-story.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:out their lockers" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">out their lockers</a>. </p><p><b>9. Bill Belichick </b>says he&#39;s going to coach the Patriots again next year despite a <a href="http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/page/hotread180105/beginning-end-new-england-patriots-robert-kraft-tom-brady-bill-belichick-internal-power-struggle" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:brilliant piece by Seth Wickersham at ESPN" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">brilliant piece by Seth Wickersham at ESPN</a> suggesting otherwise. </p><p><strong>10. </strong>The Dallas Morning News takes a trip to Click Mansion and predicts the Cowboys&#39; 2018 record <a href="https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-cowboys/cowboys/2018/01/08/predicting-16-dallas-cowboys-games-2018-season" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:based on their opponent list" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">based on their opponent list</a>. </p><p><b><i>Have a story you think we should include in tomorrow’s Press Coverage?</i></b> <span><i>Let us know here.</i></span></p><h3><b>THE KICKER</b></h3><p>Some real advice for <strong>Johnny Manziel</strong> in Canada: The Canadian sitcom <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDnTxl5-wEk" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Corner Gas was one of my favorite television shows of the mid-2000s" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Corner Gas was one of my favorite television shows of the mid-2000s</a> (for some reason it appeared on a local station we got in my dorm room at Syracuse). If you can find it on rerun somewhere, do yourself a favor and tune in. </p><p><i>Question? Comment? Story idea?</i><i> Let the team know at </i><i><span>talkback@themmqb.com</span></i></p>
Would You Watch the CFL for Johnny Manziel?

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are now on the clock.

According to a Pro Football Talk report, the agent for Johnny Manziel “has given the Tiger-Cats until January 31 to ‘work out a fair deal’ with Manziel. [Agent Erik] Burkhardt describes a ‘fair deal’ to mean a contract ‘on par with what Hamilton has paid their QB in recent years, despite not having much on-field success.’”

While this self-important contractual ping-pong will dominate the near future of the Manziel news cycle—as well as the subsequent outrage from those who think someone coming out of rehabilitation and NFL purgatory shouldn’t be so demanding—here’s a more important question the Tiger-Cats should be asking themselves: Will it be worth it?

Speculation on Manziel’s health, physical preparedness and mental state aside, would you, as a football fan, tune in on June 16, 2018 to see the Tiger-Cats take on the Calgary Stampeders in their season-opener? Would it make you any more interested in Canadian football? Would you head on over to Tim Hortons Field and buy yourself a Manziel Ticats jersey?

There have been plenty of high-profile NFL washouts trying to squeeze some remaining life out of their careers in the CFL. Ricky Williams ran for the Toronto Argonauts in 2006, while serving a season-long suspension from the NFL. Chad Johnson had a brief stint with the Montreal Alouettes in 2014. Mark Gastineau was a British Columbia Lion in 1990. The CFL claimed in November that they’re doing just fine in the ratings, noting a “double digit increases across all key adult demos” in their conference finals this year. But the Manziel saga would be different.

Why? Manziel put almost no effort into his NFL career and still produced some dazzling moments alongside long stretches of puzzling ineptitude. He has a raw skill set that former coordinator John DeFilippo said made coaching irrelevant at times. Unlike Johnson or Williams, Manziel needs success in the CFL if he truly wants to get back to the NFL.

This seems to be a forced NFL-CFL marriage that can be mutually beneficial, rather than some sort of MLS-style kidnapping of a big-name player as a novelty act.

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NOW ON THE MMQB: Robert Klemko writes on why he didn't watch the National Championship on Monday night . . . Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback . . . Andy Benoit on what the Matt Nagy hire in Chicago does for Mitch Trubisky.

LATER TODAY: Jenny Vrentas on Doug Pederson, the NFL's man of mystery . . . Jonathan Jones on the logistical hurdles facing the Super Bowl planning committee in Minneapolis with the Vikings in the playoffs . . . Greg Bishop on the Steelers defense.

WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED: Beer, Wings, Zubaz and Nerves: Vrentas in Buffalo for the playoff game . . . On another Chiefs coordinator who could be taking head coaching interviews . . . One NFL player wonders if he was released by the Panthers for gesturing during the national anthem.

PRESS COVERAGE

1. The Cam Newton injury saga at the end of Sunday's wild-card loss to the Falcons has gone from strange to downright weird.

2. Mike Pettine has been on a two-year sabbatical following his stint as Browns head coach. Might he resurface as the defensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers?

3. Donald Penn says Jon Gruden coming to the Raiders was like Steve Kerr joining the Warriors. Anyway, we better come up with a better NFL offseason storyline to counter the horrid state of the real world than relentless Gruden optimism. It won't hold up and I'm almost out of videos featuring dogs sledding downhill in the snow.

4. Cam Jordan sent a bottle of wine to Cam Newton because the Saints beat the Panthers three times this year. Honestly though, depending on the year and variety, Newton could end up coming out ahead on this. Nothing beats an aggressive Merlot while romper shopping.

5. Bill O'Brien's search for a general manager is underway in what could be one of the more underrated storylines of the offseason.

6. Jason Licht tries to make chicken salad out of the Buccaneers' 2017—and not just the kind of chicken salad where you set out trying to find a much better chicken salad only to settle for the one already in your refrigerator.

7. One Miami Herald columnist is already aboard the "Draft Ryan Tannehill's replacement" train.

8. Optimism is high in Los Angeles, even as the Rams clear out their lockers.

9. Bill Belichick says he's going to coach the Patriots again next year despite a brilliant piece by Seth Wickersham at ESPN suggesting otherwise.

10. The Dallas Morning News takes a trip to Click Mansion and predicts the Cowboys' 2018 record based on their opponent list.

Have a story you think we should include in tomorrow’s Press Coverage? Let us know here.

THE KICKER

Some real advice for Johnny Manziel in Canada: The Canadian sitcom Corner Gas was one of my favorite television shows of the mid-2000s (for some reason it appeared on a local station we got in my dorm room at Syracuse). If you can find it on rerun somewhere, do yourself a favor and tune in.

Question? Comment? Story idea? Let the team know at talkback@themmqb.com

<p>The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are now on the clock.</p><p>According to a Pro Football Talk report, the agent for <strong>Johnny </strong><strong>Manziel</strong> “has given the Tiger-Cats until January 31 to ‘work out a fair deal’ with Manziel. [Agent Erik] Burkhardt describes a ‘fair deal’ to mean a contract ‘on par with what Hamilton has paid their QB in recent years, despite not having much on-field success.’”</p><p>While this self-important contractual ping-pong will dominate the near future of the Manziel news cycle—as well as the subsequent outrage from those who think someone coming out of rehabilitation and NFL purgatory shouldn’t be so demanding—here’s a more important question the Tiger-Cats should be asking themselves: Will it be worth it?</p><p>Speculation on Manziel’s health, physical preparedness and mental state aside, would you, as a football fan, tune in on June 16, 2018 to see the Tiger-Cats take on the Calgary Stampeders in their season-opener? Would it make you any more interested in Canadian football? Would you head on over to Tim Hortons Field and buy yourself a Manziel Ticats jersey? </p><p>There have been plenty of high-profile NFL washouts trying to squeeze some remaining life out of their careers in the CFL. <strong>Ricky Williams</strong> ran for the Toronto Argonauts in 2006, while serving a season-long suspension from the NFL. <strong>Chad Johnson</strong> had a brief stint with the Montreal Alouettes in 2014. <strong>Mark </strong><strong>Gastineau</strong> was a British Columbia Lion in 1990. The CFL claimed in November that they’re doing just fine in the ratings, noting a “double digit increases across all key adult demos” in their conference finals this year. But the Manziel saga would be different.</p><p>Why? Manziel put almost no effort into his NFL career and still produced some dazzling moments alongside long stretches of puzzling ineptitude. He has a raw skill set that former coordinator John DeFilippo said made coaching irrelevant at times. Unlike Johnson or Williams, Manziel needs success in the CFL if he truly wants to get back to the NFL.</p><p>This seems to be a forced NFL-CFL marriage that can be mutually beneficial, rather than some sort of MLS-style kidnapping of a big-name player as a novelty act. </p><p><b><i>Not getting this newsletter in your inbox yet?</i></b> <a href="https://www.si.com/static/newsletter/signup" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Join The MMQB’s Morning Huddle" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><i>Join The MMQB’s Morning Huddle</i></a><i>.</i></p><h3><strong>HOT READS</strong></h3><p><b>NOW ON THE MMQB: </b>Robert Klemko writes on why he didn&#39;t watch the <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/08/college-football-playoff-championship-game-lie" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:National Championship on Monday night" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">National Championship on Monday night</a> . . . Peter King&#39;s <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/08/nfl-playoffs-wild-card-divisional-round-preview-drew-brees-mmqb-peter-king" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Monday Morning Quarterback" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Monday Morning Quarterback</a> . . . Andy Benoit on what the <strong>Matt Nagy</strong> hire in Chicago does for <strong>Mitch Trubisky</strong>.</p><p><b>LATER TODAY: </b>Jenny Vrentas on <b>Doug Pederson, </b>the NFL&#39;s man of mystery . . . Jonathan Jones on the logistical hurdles facing the Super Bowl planning committee in Minneapolis with the Vikings in the playoffs . . . Greg Bishop on the Steelers defense.</p><p><b>WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED: </b>Beer, Wings, Zubaz and Nerves: Vrentas in <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/07/bill-jaguars-nfl-wild-card-buffalo-fans" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Buffalo for the playoff game" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Buffalo for the playoff game</a> . . . On another Chiefs coordinator <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/05/dave-toub-kansas-city-chiefs-2018-nfl-coaching-carousel" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:who could be taking head coaching interviews" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">who could be taking head coaching interviews</a> . . . One NFL player wonders if he was released by the Panthers for gesturing <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/07/marcus-ball-carolina-panthers-jerry-richardson-anthem-gesture" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:during the national anthem" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">during the national anthem</a>.</p><h3><b>PRESS COVERAGE</b></h3><p><strong>1</strong>. The <strong>Cam Newton </strong>injury saga at the end of Sunday&#39;s wild-card loss to <a href="https://twitter.com/DAnderson314/status/950532935228317697" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:the Falcons has" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">the Falcons has</a> <a href="http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/article193566584.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:gone from strange to downright weird" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">gone from strange to downright weird</a>. </p><p><strong>2. </strong> <strong>Mike Pettine </strong>has been on a two-year <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:sabbatical following his stint as Browns head coach" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">sabbatical following his stint as Browns head coach</a>. Might he resurface as the defensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers?</p><p><b>3. Donald Penn </b>says <strong>Jon Gruden</strong> coming to the Raiders was like <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000904472/article/penn-jon-gruden-to-raiders-like-steve-kerr-to-warriors" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Steve Kerr joining the Warriors" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><strong>Steve Kerr </strong>joining the Warriors</a>. Anyway, we better come up with a better NFL offseason storyline to counter the horrid state of the real world than relentless Gruden optimism. It won&#39;t hold up and I&#39;m almost out of videos featuring <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1l69e1mCqQ" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:dogs sledding downhill in the snow" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">dogs sledding downhill in the snow</a>. </p><p><b>4.</b> <strong>Cam Jordan </strong>sent a bottle of wine to <a href="http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/22004805/cameron-jordan-trolls-cam-newton-bottle-wine" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cam Newton because the Saints beat the Panthers three times this year" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><strong>Cam Newton </strong>because the Saints beat the Panthers three times this year</a>. Honestly though, depending on the year and variety, Newton could end up coming out ahead on this. Nothing beats an aggressive Merlot while romper shopping. </p><p><strong>5. </strong><strong> Bill O&#39;Brien</strong>&#39;s search for a general manager is underway in what could be one of the more <a href="http://www.chron.com/sports/texans/article/Texans-general-manager-interviews-begin-in-house-12482429.php" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:underrated storylines of the offseason" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">underrated storylines of the offseason</a>.</p><p><b>6. Jason Licht </b>tries to make <a href="http://www.joebucsfan.com/2018/01/jason-licht-theres-lot-positives-somewhat-brutal-season/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:chicken salad out of the Buccaneers&#39; 2017" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">chicken salad out of the Buccaneers&#39; 2017</a>—and not just the kind of chicken salad where you set out trying to find a much better chicken salad only to settle for the one already in your refrigerator. </p><p><strong>7. </strong>One Miami Herald columnist is already <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/greg-cote/article193572034.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:aboard the &quot;Draft Ryan Tannehill&#39;s replacement&quot; train" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">aboard the &quot;Draft Ryan Tannehill&#39;s replacement&quot; train</a>. </p><p><strong>8. </strong>Optimism is high in Los Angeles, even as the Rams clear <a href="http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-rams-robert-woods-20180108-story.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:out their lockers" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">out their lockers</a>. </p><p><b>9. Bill Belichick </b>says he&#39;s going to coach the Patriots again next year despite a <a href="http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/page/hotread180105/beginning-end-new-england-patriots-robert-kraft-tom-brady-bill-belichick-internal-power-struggle" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:brilliant piece by Seth Wickersham at ESPN" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">brilliant piece by Seth Wickersham at ESPN</a> suggesting otherwise. </p><p><strong>10. </strong>The Dallas Morning News takes a trip to Click Mansion and predicts the Cowboys&#39; 2018 record <a href="https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-cowboys/cowboys/2018/01/08/predicting-16-dallas-cowboys-games-2018-season" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:based on their opponent list" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">based on their opponent list</a>. </p><p><b><i>Have a story you think we should include in tomorrow’s Press Coverage?</i></b> <span><i>Let us know here.</i></span></p><h3><b>THE KICKER</b></h3><p>Some real advice for <strong>Johnny Manziel</strong> in Canada: The Canadian sitcom <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDnTxl5-wEk" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Corner Gas was one of my favorite television shows of the mid-2000s" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Corner Gas was one of my favorite television shows of the mid-2000s</a> (for some reason it appeared on a local station we got in my dorm room at Syracuse). If you can find it on rerun somewhere, do yourself a favor and tune in. </p><p><i>Question? Comment? Story idea?</i><i> Let the team know at </i><i><span>talkback@themmqb.com</span></i></p>
Would You Watch the CFL for Johnny Manziel?

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are now on the clock.

According to a Pro Football Talk report, the agent for Johnny Manziel “has given the Tiger-Cats until January 31 to ‘work out a fair deal’ with Manziel. [Agent Erik] Burkhardt describes a ‘fair deal’ to mean a contract ‘on par with what Hamilton has paid their QB in recent years, despite not having much on-field success.’”

While this self-important contractual ping-pong will dominate the near future of the Manziel news cycle—as well as the subsequent outrage from those who think someone coming out of rehabilitation and NFL purgatory shouldn’t be so demanding—here’s a more important question the Tiger-Cats should be asking themselves: Will it be worth it?

Speculation on Manziel’s health, physical preparedness and mental state aside, would you, as a football fan, tune in on June 16, 2018 to see the Tiger-Cats take on the Calgary Stampeders in their season-opener? Would it make you any more interested in Canadian football? Would you head on over to Tim Hortons Field and buy yourself a Manziel Ticats jersey?

There have been plenty of high-profile NFL washouts trying to squeeze some remaining life out of their careers in the CFL. Ricky Williams ran for the Toronto Argonauts in 2006, while serving a season-long suspension from the NFL. Chad Johnson had a brief stint with the Montreal Alouettes in 2014. Mark Gastineau was a British Columbia Lion in 1990. The CFL claimed in November that they’re doing just fine in the ratings, noting a “double digit increases across all key adult demos” in their conference finals this year. But the Manziel saga would be different.

Why? Manziel put almost no effort into his NFL career and still produced some dazzling moments alongside long stretches of puzzling ineptitude. He has a raw skill set that former coordinator John DeFilippo said made coaching irrelevant at times. Unlike Johnson or Williams, Manziel needs success in the CFL if he truly wants to get back to the NFL.

This seems to be a forced NFL-CFL marriage that can be mutually beneficial, rather than some sort of MLS-style kidnapping of a big-name player as a novelty act.

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HOT READS

NOW ON THE MMQB: Robert Klemko writes on why he didn't watch the National Championship on Monday night . . . Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback . . . Andy Benoit on what the Matt Nagy hire in Chicago does for Mitch Trubisky.

LATER TODAY: Jenny Vrentas on Doug Pederson, the NFL's man of mystery . . . Jonathan Jones on the logistical hurdles facing the Super Bowl planning committee in Minneapolis with the Vikings in the playoffs . . . Greg Bishop on the Steelers defense.

WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED: Beer, Wings, Zubaz and Nerves: Vrentas in Buffalo for the playoff game . . . On another Chiefs coordinator who could be taking head coaching interviews . . . One NFL player wonders if he was released by the Panthers for gesturing during the national anthem.

PRESS COVERAGE

1. The Cam Newton injury saga at the end of Sunday's wild-card loss to the Falcons has gone from strange to downright weird.

2. Mike Pettine has been on a two-year sabbatical following his stint as Browns head coach. Might he resurface as the defensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers?

3. Donald Penn says Jon Gruden coming to the Raiders was like Steve Kerr joining the Warriors. Anyway, we better come up with a better NFL offseason storyline to counter the horrid state of the real world than relentless Gruden optimism. It won't hold up and I'm almost out of videos featuring dogs sledding downhill in the snow.

4. Cam Jordan sent a bottle of wine to Cam Newton because the Saints beat the Panthers three times this year. Honestly though, depending on the year and variety, Newton could end up coming out ahead on this. Nothing beats an aggressive Merlot while romper shopping.

5. Bill O'Brien's search for a general manager is underway in what could be one of the more underrated storylines of the offseason.

6. Jason Licht tries to make chicken salad out of the Buccaneers' 2017—and not just the kind of chicken salad where you set out trying to find a much better chicken salad only to settle for the one already in your refrigerator.

7. One Miami Herald columnist is already aboard the "Draft Ryan Tannehill's replacement" train.

8. Optimism is high in Los Angeles, even as the Rams clear out their lockers.

9. Bill Belichick says he's going to coach the Patriots again next year despite a brilliant piece by Seth Wickersham at ESPN suggesting otherwise.

10. The Dallas Morning News takes a trip to Click Mansion and predicts the Cowboys' 2018 record based on their opponent list.

Have a story you think we should include in tomorrow’s Press Coverage? Let us know here.

THE KICKER

Some real advice for Johnny Manziel in Canada: The Canadian sitcom Corner Gas was one of my favorite television shows of the mid-2000s (for some reason it appeared on a local station we got in my dorm room at Syracuse). If you can find it on rerun somewhere, do yourself a favor and tune in.

Question? Comment? Story idea? Let the team know at talkback@themmqb.com

<p>The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are now on the clock.</p><p>According to a Pro Football Talk report, the agent for <strong>Johnny </strong><strong>Manziel</strong> “has given the Tiger-Cats until January 31 to ‘work out a fair deal’ with Manziel. [Agent Erik] Burkhardt describes a ‘fair deal’ to mean a contract ‘on par with what Hamilton has paid their QB in recent years, despite not having much on-field success.’”</p><p>While this self-important contractual ping-pong will dominate the near future of the Manziel news cycle—as well as the subsequent outrage from those who think someone coming out of rehabilitation and NFL purgatory shouldn’t be so demanding—here’s a more important question the Tiger-Cats should be asking themselves: Will it be worth it?</p><p>Speculation on Manziel’s health, physical preparedness and mental state aside, would you, as a football fan, tune in on June 16, 2018 to see the Tiger-Cats take on the Calgary Stampeders in their season-opener? Would it make you any more interested in Canadian football? Would you head on over to Tim Hortons Field and buy yourself a Manziel Ticats jersey? </p><p>There have been plenty of high-profile NFL washouts trying to squeeze some remaining life out of their careers in the CFL. <strong>Ricky Williams</strong> ran for the Toronto Argonauts in 2006, while serving a season-long suspension from the NFL. <strong>Chad Johnson</strong> had a brief stint with the Montreal Alouettes in 2014. <strong>Mark </strong><strong>Gastineau</strong> was a British Columbia Lion in 1990. The CFL claimed in November that they’re doing just fine in the ratings, noting a “double digit increases across all key adult demos” in their conference finals this year. But the Manziel saga would be different.</p><p>Why? Manziel put almost no effort into his NFL career and still produced some dazzling moments alongside long stretches of puzzling ineptitude. He has a raw skill set that former coordinator John DeFilippo said made coaching irrelevant at times. Unlike Johnson or Williams, Manziel needs success in the CFL if he truly wants to get back to the NFL.</p><p>This seems to be a forced NFL-CFL marriage that can be mutually beneficial, rather than some sort of MLS-style kidnapping of a big-name player as a novelty act. </p><p><b><i>Not getting this newsletter in your inbox yet?</i></b> <a href="https://www.si.com/static/newsletter/signup" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Join The MMQB’s Morning Huddle" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><i>Join The MMQB’s Morning Huddle</i></a><i>.</i></p><h3><strong>HOT READS</strong></h3><p><b>NOW ON THE MMQB: </b>Robert Klemko writes on why he didn&#39;t watch the <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/08/college-football-playoff-championship-game-lie" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:National Championship on Monday night" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">National Championship on Monday night</a> . . . Peter King&#39;s <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/08/nfl-playoffs-wild-card-divisional-round-preview-drew-brees-mmqb-peter-king" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Monday Morning Quarterback" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Monday Morning Quarterback</a> . . . Andy Benoit on what the <strong>Matt Nagy</strong> hire in Chicago does for <strong>Mitch Trubisky</strong>.</p><p><b>LATER TODAY: </b>Jenny Vrentas on <b>Doug Pederson, </b>the NFL&#39;s man of mystery . . . Jonathan Jones on the logistical hurdles facing the Super Bowl planning committee in Minneapolis with the Vikings in the playoffs . . . Greg Bishop on the Steelers defense.</p><p><b>WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED: </b>Beer, Wings, Zubaz and Nerves: Vrentas in <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/07/bill-jaguars-nfl-wild-card-buffalo-fans" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Buffalo for the playoff game" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Buffalo for the playoff game</a> . . . On another Chiefs coordinator <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/05/dave-toub-kansas-city-chiefs-2018-nfl-coaching-carousel" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:who could be taking head coaching interviews" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">who could be taking head coaching interviews</a> . . . One NFL player wonders if he was released by the Panthers for gesturing <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/07/marcus-ball-carolina-panthers-jerry-richardson-anthem-gesture" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:during the national anthem" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">during the national anthem</a>.</p><h3><b>PRESS COVERAGE</b></h3><p><strong>1</strong>. The <strong>Cam Newton </strong>injury saga at the end of Sunday&#39;s wild-card loss to <a href="https://twitter.com/DAnderson314/status/950532935228317697" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:the Falcons has" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">the Falcons has</a> <a href="http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/article193566584.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:gone from strange to downright weird" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">gone from strange to downright weird</a>. </p><p><strong>2. </strong> <strong>Mike Pettine </strong>has been on a two-year <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:sabbatical following his stint as Browns head coach" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">sabbatical following his stint as Browns head coach</a>. Might he resurface as the defensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers?</p><p><b>3. Donald Penn </b>says <strong>Jon Gruden</strong> coming to the Raiders was like <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000904472/article/penn-jon-gruden-to-raiders-like-steve-kerr-to-warriors" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Steve Kerr joining the Warriors" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><strong>Steve Kerr </strong>joining the Warriors</a>. Anyway, we better come up with a better NFL offseason storyline to counter the horrid state of the real world than relentless Gruden optimism. It won&#39;t hold up and I&#39;m almost out of videos featuring <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1l69e1mCqQ" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:dogs sledding downhill in the snow" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">dogs sledding downhill in the snow</a>. </p><p><b>4.</b> <strong>Cam Jordan </strong>sent a bottle of wine to <a href="http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/22004805/cameron-jordan-trolls-cam-newton-bottle-wine" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cam Newton because the Saints beat the Panthers three times this year" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><strong>Cam Newton </strong>because the Saints beat the Panthers three times this year</a>. Honestly though, depending on the year and variety, Newton could end up coming out ahead on this. Nothing beats an aggressive Merlot while romper shopping. </p><p><strong>5. </strong><strong> Bill O&#39;Brien</strong>&#39;s search for a general manager is underway in what could be one of the more <a href="http://www.chron.com/sports/texans/article/Texans-general-manager-interviews-begin-in-house-12482429.php" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:underrated storylines of the offseason" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">underrated storylines of the offseason</a>.</p><p><b>6. Jason Licht </b>tries to make <a href="http://www.joebucsfan.com/2018/01/jason-licht-theres-lot-positives-somewhat-brutal-season/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:chicken salad out of the Buccaneers&#39; 2017" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">chicken salad out of the Buccaneers&#39; 2017</a>—and not just the kind of chicken salad where you set out trying to find a much better chicken salad only to settle for the one already in your refrigerator. </p><p><strong>7. </strong>One Miami Herald columnist is already <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/greg-cote/article193572034.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:aboard the &quot;Draft Ryan Tannehill&#39;s replacement&quot; train" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">aboard the &quot;Draft Ryan Tannehill&#39;s replacement&quot; train</a>. </p><p><strong>8. </strong>Optimism is high in Los Angeles, even as the Rams clear <a href="http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-rams-robert-woods-20180108-story.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:out their lockers" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">out their lockers</a>. </p><p><b>9. Bill Belichick </b>says he&#39;s going to coach the Patriots again next year despite a <a href="http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/page/hotread180105/beginning-end-new-england-patriots-robert-kraft-tom-brady-bill-belichick-internal-power-struggle" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:brilliant piece by Seth Wickersham at ESPN" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">brilliant piece by Seth Wickersham at ESPN</a> suggesting otherwise. </p><p><strong>10. </strong>The Dallas Morning News takes a trip to Click Mansion and predicts the Cowboys&#39; 2018 record <a href="https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-cowboys/cowboys/2018/01/08/predicting-16-dallas-cowboys-games-2018-season" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:based on their opponent list" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">based on their opponent list</a>. </p><p><b><i>Have a story you think we should include in tomorrow’s Press Coverage?</i></b> <span><i>Let us know here.</i></span></p><h3><b>THE KICKER</b></h3><p>Some real advice for <strong>Johnny Manziel</strong> in Canada: The Canadian sitcom <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDnTxl5-wEk" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Corner Gas was one of my favorite television shows of the mid-2000s" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Corner Gas was one of my favorite television shows of the mid-2000s</a> (for some reason it appeared on a local station we got in my dorm room at Syracuse). If you can find it on rerun somewhere, do yourself a favor and tune in. </p><p><i>Question? Comment? Story idea?</i><i> Let the team know at </i><i><span>talkback@themmqb.com</span></i></p>
Would You Watch the CFL for Johnny Manziel?

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are now on the clock.

According to a Pro Football Talk report, the agent for Johnny Manziel “has given the Tiger-Cats until January 31 to ‘work out a fair deal’ with Manziel. [Agent Erik] Burkhardt describes a ‘fair deal’ to mean a contract ‘on par with what Hamilton has paid their QB in recent years, despite not having much on-field success.’”

While this self-important contractual ping-pong will dominate the near future of the Manziel news cycle—as well as the subsequent outrage from those who think someone coming out of rehabilitation and NFL purgatory shouldn’t be so demanding—here’s a more important question the Tiger-Cats should be asking themselves: Will it be worth it?

Speculation on Manziel’s health, physical preparedness and mental state aside, would you, as a football fan, tune in on June 16, 2018 to see the Tiger-Cats take on the Calgary Stampeders in their season-opener? Would it make you any more interested in Canadian football? Would you head on over to Tim Hortons Field and buy yourself a Manziel Ticats jersey?

There have been plenty of high-profile NFL washouts trying to squeeze some remaining life out of their careers in the CFL. Ricky Williams ran for the Toronto Argonauts in 2006, while serving a season-long suspension from the NFL. Chad Johnson had a brief stint with the Montreal Alouettes in 2014. Mark Gastineau was a British Columbia Lion in 1990. The CFL claimed in November that they’re doing just fine in the ratings, noting a “double digit increases across all key adult demos” in their conference finals this year. But the Manziel saga would be different.

Why? Manziel put almost no effort into his NFL career and still produced some dazzling moments alongside long stretches of puzzling ineptitude. He has a raw skill set that former coordinator John DeFilippo said made coaching irrelevant at times. Unlike Johnson or Williams, Manziel needs success in the CFL if he truly wants to get back to the NFL.

This seems to be a forced NFL-CFL marriage that can be mutually beneficial, rather than some sort of MLS-style kidnapping of a big-name player as a novelty act.

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HOT READS

NOW ON THE MMQB: Robert Klemko writes on why he didn't watch the National Championship on Monday night . . . Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback . . . Andy Benoit on what the Matt Nagy hire in Chicago does for Mitch Trubisky.

LATER TODAY: Jenny Vrentas on Doug Pederson, the NFL's man of mystery . . . Jonathan Jones on the logistical hurdles facing the Super Bowl planning committee in Minneapolis with the Vikings in the playoffs . . . Greg Bishop on the Steelers defense.

WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED: Beer, Wings, Zubaz and Nerves: Vrentas in Buffalo for the playoff game . . . On another Chiefs coordinator who could be taking head coaching interviews . . . One NFL player wonders if he was released by the Panthers for gesturing during the national anthem.

PRESS COVERAGE

1. The Cam Newton injury saga at the end of Sunday's wild-card loss to the Falcons has gone from strange to downright weird.

2. Mike Pettine has been on a two-year sabbatical following his stint as Browns head coach. Might he resurface as the defensive coordinator of the Green Bay Packers?

3. Donald Penn says Jon Gruden coming to the Raiders was like Steve Kerr joining the Warriors. Anyway, we better come up with a better NFL offseason storyline to counter the horrid state of the real world than relentless Gruden optimism. It won't hold up and I'm almost out of videos featuring dogs sledding downhill in the snow.

4. Cam Jordan sent a bottle of wine to Cam Newton because the Saints beat the Panthers three times this year. Honestly though, depending on the year and variety, Newton could end up coming out ahead on this. Nothing beats an aggressive Merlot while romper shopping.

5. Bill O'Brien's search for a general manager is underway in what could be one of the more underrated storylines of the offseason.

6. Jason Licht tries to make chicken salad out of the Buccaneers' 2017—and not just the kind of chicken salad where you set out trying to find a much better chicken salad only to settle for the one already in your refrigerator.

7. One Miami Herald columnist is already aboard the "Draft Ryan Tannehill's replacement" train.

8. Optimism is high in Los Angeles, even as the Rams clear out their lockers.

9. Bill Belichick says he's going to coach the Patriots again next year despite a brilliant piece by Seth Wickersham at ESPN suggesting otherwise.

10. The Dallas Morning News takes a trip to Click Mansion and predicts the Cowboys' 2018 record based on their opponent list.

Have a story you think we should include in tomorrow’s Press Coverage? Let us know here.

THE KICKER

Some real advice for Johnny Manziel in Canada: The Canadian sitcom Corner Gas was one of my favorite television shows of the mid-2000s (for some reason it appeared on a local station we got in my dorm room at Syracuse). If you can find it on rerun somewhere, do yourself a favor and tune in.

Question? Comment? Story idea? Let the team know at talkback@themmqb.com

Johnny Manziel appears closer to returning to football albeit in the CFL. His camp has given the Hamilton Tiger-Cats until January 31 to “work out a fair deal.” The former Heisman Trophy vows to return to football in 2018 after sitting out the past two seasons. “I’ll keep grinding and let [agent Erik Burkhardt] work [ <a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2fprofootballtalk.nbcsports.com%2f2018%2f01%2f08%2fjohnny-manziel-i-am-getting-back-on-a-football-field-this-year%2f%26quot%3b&t=1516160432&sig=E2alPvWE7C4fXZAszSbi1A--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:more" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">more</a>]
Johnny Manziel: I am getting back on a football field this year
Johnny Manziel appears closer to returning to football albeit in the CFL. His camp has given the Hamilton Tiger-Cats until January 31 to “work out a fair deal.” The former Heisman Trophy vows to return to football in 2018 after sitting out the past two seasons. “I’ll keep grinding and let [agent Erik Burkhardt] work [ more]
Johnny Manziel appears closer to returning to football albeit in the CFL. His camp has given the Hamilton Tiger-Cats until January 31 to “work out a fair deal.” The former Heisman Trophy vows to return to football in 2018 after sitting out the past two seasons. “I’ll keep grinding and let [agent Erik Burkhardt] work [ <a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2fprofootballtalk.nbcsports.com%2f2018%2f01%2f08%2fjohnny-manziel-i-am-getting-back-on-a-football-field-this-year%2f%26quot%3b&t=1516160432&sig=E2alPvWE7C4fXZAszSbi1A--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:more" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">more</a>]
Johnny Manziel: I am getting back on a football field this year
Johnny Manziel appears closer to returning to football albeit in the CFL. His camp has given the Hamilton Tiger-Cats until January 31 to “work out a fair deal.” The former Heisman Trophy vows to return to football in 2018 after sitting out the past two seasons. “I’ll keep grinding and let [agent Erik Burkhardt] work [ more]
Johnny Manziel appears closer to returning to football albeit in the CFL. His camp has given the Hamilton Tiger-Cats until January 31 to “work out a fair deal.” The former Heisman Trophy vows to return to football in 2018 after sitting out the past two seasons. “I’ll keep grinding and let [agent Erik Burkhardt] work [ <a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2fprofootballtalk.nbcsports.com%2f2018%2f01%2f08%2fjohnny-manziel-i-am-getting-back-on-a-football-field-this-year%2f%26quot%3b&t=1516160432&sig=E2alPvWE7C4fXZAszSbi1A--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:more" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">more</a>]
Johnny Manziel: I am getting back on a football field this year
Johnny Manziel appears closer to returning to football albeit in the CFL. His camp has given the Hamilton Tiger-Cats until January 31 to “work out a fair deal.” The former Heisman Trophy vows to return to football in 2018 after sitting out the past two seasons. “I’ll keep grinding and let [agent Erik Burkhardt] work [ more]
In order to preserve contractual rights that the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have held for years, the Tiger-Cats officially have offered a contract to Manziel. Whether it will be accepted remains to be seen. “Despite much speculation and several comments from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and CFL, Johnny and I have remained silent and continued to focus on [ <a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2fprofootballtalk.nbcsports.com%2f2018%2f01%2f08%2fmanziels-camp-gives-hamilton-until-january-31-to-work-out-a-fair-deal%2f%26quot%3b&t=1516160432&sig=Ru7v67O9pL8Rnl7OldrrYg--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:more" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">more</a>]
Manziel’s camp gives Hamilton until January 31 to “work out a fair deal”
In order to preserve contractual rights that the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have held for years, the Tiger-Cats officially have offered a contract to Manziel. Whether it will be accepted remains to be seen. “Despite much speculation and several comments from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and CFL, Johnny and I have remained silent and continued to focus on [ more]
In order to preserve contractual rights that the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have held for years, the Tiger-Cats officially have offered a contract to Manziel. Whether it will be accepted remains to be seen. “Despite much speculation and several comments from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and CFL, Johnny and I have remained silent and continued to focus on [ <a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2fprofootballtalk.nbcsports.com%2f2018%2f01%2f08%2fmanziels-camp-gives-hamilton-until-january-31-to-work-out-a-fair-deal%2f%26quot%3b&t=1516160432&sig=Ru7v67O9pL8Rnl7OldrrYg--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:more" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">more</a>]
Manziel’s camp gives Hamilton until January 31 to “work out a fair deal”
In order to preserve contractual rights that the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have held for years, the Tiger-Cats officially have offered a contract to Manziel. Whether it will be accepted remains to be seen. “Despite much speculation and several comments from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and CFL, Johnny and I have remained silent and continued to focus on [ more]
In order to preserve contractual rights that the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have held for years, the Tiger-Cats officially have offered a contract to Manziel. Whether it will be accepted remains to be seen. “Despite much speculation and several comments from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and CFL, Johnny and I have remained silent and continued to focus on [ <a href="https://ec.yimg.com/ec?url=http%3a%2f%2fprofootballtalk.nbcsports.com%2f2018%2f01%2f08%2fmanziels-camp-gives-hamilton-until-january-31-to-work-out-a-fair-deal%2f%26quot%3b&t=1516160432&sig=Ru7v67O9pL8Rnl7OldrrYg--~D rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:more" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">more</a>]
Manziel’s camp gives Hamilton until January 31 to “work out a fair deal”
In order to preserve contractual rights that the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have held for years, the Tiger-Cats officially have offered a contract to Manziel. Whether it will be accepted remains to be seen. “Despite much speculation and several comments from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and CFL, Johnny and I have remained silent and continued to focus on [ more]
<p>There are eight teams still alive in this NFL season and just 27 days until Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis.</p><p>Despite <a href="http://www.espn.com/cfl/story/_/id/21994526/hamilton-tiger-cats-negotiating-contract-agreement-qb-johnny-manziel" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Johnny" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Johnny </a><a href="http://www.espn.com/cfl/story/_/id/21994526/hamilton-tiger-cats-negotiating-contract-agreement-qb-johnny-manziel" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Manziel" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Manziel</a><a href="http://www.espn.com/cfl/story/_/id/21994526/hamilton-tiger-cats-negotiating-contract-agreement-qb-johnny-manziel" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:news circulating" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"> news circulating</a>, we’ll focus the Huddle on American football on this frigid (at least for our Northeastern readers) Monday. Here was my immediate reaction from all four of wild-card games, setting the table for this year’s divisional round.</p><p><strong>Titans 22, Chiefs 21: </strong>An interesting point <a href="https://twitter.com/smartfootball/status/950071149794340865" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:brought up by Smart Football’s Chris Brown" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">brought up by Smart Football’s <strong>Chris Brown</strong></a>: A day after the Titans squeezed by Kansas City, partially on the heels of a once and a lifetime circus play by <strong>Marcus </strong><strong>Mariota</strong>, team ownership confirmed that head coach <strong>Mike </strong><strong>Mularkey</strong> would be back for another season. Brown wondered: “How impactful on Mariota’s career—and in which direction—was his second half performance?” Tennessee ownership let Mularkey twist in the wind leading up to Black Monday and paid the price. Now, for better or worse, they’ll sit out another coaching carousel while some bright offensive minds get jobs elsewhere.</p><p><strong>Falcons 26, Rams 13: </strong>The Falcons now ride into Philadelphia with their defense in top form. The Eagles don’t have<strong> Carson </strong><strong>Wentz</strong> and <strong>Dan Quinn</strong>’s unit just held <strong>Sean </strong><strong>McVay’s</strong> prolific offense to just one touchdown. Seeing them make it back to the NFC championship game would be fascinating, and only strengthen Quinn’s case for <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/07/falcons-rams-dan-quinn-2018-nfl-playoffs-nfc-wild-card" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:coach of the year given the horrific scenario" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">coach of the year given the horrific scenario </a>his team endured in the Super Bowl last year.</p><p><strong>Jaguars 10, Bills 3: </strong><strong>Todd Wash</strong>’s defense is that good. While it was sad to see the freewheeling, table-smashing Bills fan base go home, the Jaguars are one of the most enticing clubs remaining in the playoffs for fans looking to latch onto a temporary storyline. It will be interesting to see how Pittsburgh handles this unit a second time around. On Oct. 8, Jacksonville pounded the Steelers, 30-9. <strong>Ben </strong><strong>Roethlisberger</strong> threw five interceptions. Despite taking New England to the 12th round a few weeks ago, the Steelers are nowhere near as automatic on offense as they should be (especially with <strong>Antonio Brown</strong> a question mark). That game will be fascinating.</p><p><strong>Saints 31, Panthers 26: </strong><strong>Alvin </strong><strong>Kamara</strong> put up fewer than 40 total yards, but that <strong>Drew </strong><strong>Brees</strong> guy isn’t bad. Outside of New England, the Saints are the most explosive offense left in the postseason. While they lose the comfort of the SuperDome, they come into next weekend’s matchup against the Vikings a far different team than the one that was upended by Sam Bradford in the season opener. </p><p><b><i>Not getting this newsletter in your inbox yet?</i></b> <a href="https://www.si.com/static/newsletter/signup" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Join The MMQB’s Morning Huddle" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><i>Join The MMQB’s Morning Huddle</i></a><i>.</i></p><h3><strong>HOT READS</strong></h3><p><b>NOW ON THE MMQB: </b>Have the Panthers <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/07/saints-panthers-cam-newton-ron-rivera-2018-nfl-playoffs" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:squandered Cam Newton&#39;s prime" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">squandered <strong>Cam Newton&#39;s</strong> prime</a>? . . . Jonathan Jones on <strong>Blake Bortles </strong><a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/07/jaguars-bills-blake-bortles-nfl-playoffs-2018-afc-wild-card" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:doing just enough to get by" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">doing just enough to get by</a> . . . A good question from Richard Deitsch: <a href="https://www.si.com/tech-media/2018/01/07/jon-gruden-raiders-espn-monday-night-football" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Will ESPN go at Jon Gruden when he&#39;s a head coach" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Will ESPN go at <strong>Jon Gruden </strong>when he&#39;s a head coach</a>?</p><p><b>LATER TODAY: </b>The Monday Morning Quarterback: America&#39;s finest football column . . . A pair of strong reads from Robert Klemko. I won&#39;t spoil the subjects, but be sure to carve out some time on Monday . . . Albert Breer on the Georgia Bulldogs, the next NFL draft factory. </p><p><b>WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED: </b>Kalyn Kahler on the Solder family&#39;s heartbreaking, yet <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/04/nate-solder-cancer" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:inspiring battle with cancer" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">inspiring battle with cancer</a> . . . Sports Illustrated True Crime: Jenny Vrentas and Klemko <a href="https://www.si.com/longform/true-crime/tom-brady-patriots-super-bowl-jersey-thief-mmqb/index.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:track down the Tom Brady jersey thief" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">track down the <strong>Tom Brady </strong>jersey thief</a>.</p><h3><b>PRESS COVERAGE</b></h3><p><strong>1</strong>. A late-breaking story Sunday, something we&#39;ll certainly be discussing this week. Jaguars defensive end <strong>Yannick Ngakoue</strong> said of Bills guard <strong>Richie Incognito </strong>on Twitter: &quot;Great win to day! And 64, you goin have to come harder than some weak racist slurs. I&#39;m proud of my African heritage, as are 70% of the other Black players in this league. #Iaintjonathanmartin.&quot; Incognito&#39;s use of racial slurs was documented during the <strong>Jonathan Martin</strong> bullying scandal back in 2014. The league&#39;s report on their investigation <a href="http://63bba9dfdf9675bf3f10-68be460ce43dd2a60dd64ca5eca4ae1d.r37.cf1.rackcdn.com/PaulWeissReport.pdf" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:can be found here" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">can be found here</a>. We&#39;ve reached out to the NFL for comment as well, and will certainly have more to come today. </p><p><strong>2. </strong> The Packers&#39; decision to name <strong>Brian Gutekunst</strong> as their next general manager followed <a href="http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/01/07/mccarthy-rodgers-get-their-wish-russ-ball-wont-be-g-m-in-g-b/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:months of reported palace intrigue" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">months of reported palace intrigue</a>. It will be interesting to see how some of their talented evaluators and administrators, like <strong>Russ Ball</strong> and <strong>Eliot Wolf</strong>,respond to the move. </p><p><b>3. Teryl Austin </b>is long overdue for a head coaching gig, but at least he&#39;s landed on his feet. The former Lions defensive coordinator will accept the <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000904178/article/bengals-in-negotiations-to-hire-teryl-austin-as-dc" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:same role under Marvin Lewis" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">same role under Marvin Lewis</a> with the Bengals.</p><p><b>4.</b> <strong>Antonio Brown </strong>spent the weekend training with . . . <a href="http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/21993383/pittsburgh-steelers-wr-antonio-brown-getting-ready-chad-johnson" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:former Bengals" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">former Bengals</a> wideout <strong>Chad Johnson</strong>?</p><p><strong>5. </strong>Jaguars head coach<strong> Doug Marrone </strong>continues the blunt <a href="http://www.espn.com/blog/jacksonville-jaguars/post/_/id/24358/jaguars-survive-bills-and-blake-bortles-the-passer-for-first-playoff-win-since-07" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:assessments of his offense" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">assessments of his offense</a><strong>.</strong></p><p>?</p><p><b>6. </b> The Titans&#39; one hope heading into the playoffs? <strong>Derrick Henry </strong><a href="https://www.profootballfocus.com/news/pro-pff-elite-stats-that-defined-the-wild-card-playoff-games" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:is a monster after contact" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">is a monster after contact</a>. </p><p><strong>7. </strong>An interesting question from Danny Kelly at The Ringer: <a href="https://www.theringer.com/2018/1/7/16859140/andy-reid-kansas-city-chiefs-titans-postseason-choker-narrative" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:What do we make of Andy Reid&#39;s coaching legacy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">What do we make of <strong>Andy Reid&#39;s</strong> coaching legacy</a>?</p><p><strong>8. </strong> More information is coming on this, but there are hard questions being asked as to whether the Panthers followed concussion <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/panthers/2018/01/07/cam-newton-concussion-protocol-carolina-panthers-nfl/1011890001/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:protocol with Cam Newton after the quarterback absorbed a head shot in the second half" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">protocol with <strong>Cam Newton</strong> after the quarterback absorbed a head shot in the second half</a>.</p><p><b>9. </b>For the dog lovers out there: Ravens tackle <strong>Ronnie Stanley </strong>is your new hero. A piece on his <a href="https://www.simplemost.com/ravens-ronnie-stanley-adopted-dog-shelter/?llid=3JldV&#38;utm_campaign=liquidsocial&#38;utm_source=facebook&#38;utm_medium=partner&#38;utm_partner=liquidsocial&#38;utm_content=pyOx" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:drive to adopt a pup no one wanted" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">drive to adopt a pup no one wanted</a>. </p><p><strong>10. Elias Sports Bureau </strong>strikes again: This weekend&#39;s <strong>Tom Brady-Marcus Mariota </strong>tilt will be the largest age gap <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNStatsInfo/status/950215461194649600" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:between playoff QBs in NFL history" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">between playoff QBs in NFL history</a> (16 years). </p><p><b><i>Have a story you think we should include in tomorrow’s Press Coverage?</i></b> <span><i>Let us know here.</i></span></p><h3><b>THE KICKER</b></h3><p>A song for the Jaguars, who may be down and confused about their quarterback situation. In reality, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SY4HI_vqf0c" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:the solution is simple" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">the solution is simple</a>. </p><p><i>Question? Comment? Story idea?</i><i> Let the team know at </i><i><span>talkback@themmqb.com</span></i></p>
NFL Wild Card Weekend: What We Learned

There are eight teams still alive in this NFL season and just 27 days until Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis.

Despite Johnny Manziel news circulating, we’ll focus the Huddle on American football on this frigid (at least for our Northeastern readers) Monday. Here was my immediate reaction from all four of wild-card games, setting the table for this year’s divisional round.

Titans 22, Chiefs 21: An interesting point brought up by Smart Football’s Chris Brown: A day after the Titans squeezed by Kansas City, partially on the heels of a once and a lifetime circus play by Marcus Mariota, team ownership confirmed that head coach Mike Mularkey would be back for another season. Brown wondered: “How impactful on Mariota’s career—and in which direction—was his second half performance?” Tennessee ownership let Mularkey twist in the wind leading up to Black Monday and paid the price. Now, for better or worse, they’ll sit out another coaching carousel while some bright offensive minds get jobs elsewhere.

Falcons 26, Rams 13: The Falcons now ride into Philadelphia with their defense in top form. The Eagles don’t have Carson Wentz and Dan Quinn’s unit just held Sean McVay’s prolific offense to just one touchdown. Seeing them make it back to the NFC championship game would be fascinating, and only strengthen Quinn’s case for coach of the year given the horrific scenario his team endured in the Super Bowl last year.

Jaguars 10, Bills 3: Todd Wash’s defense is that good. While it was sad to see the freewheeling, table-smashing Bills fan base go home, the Jaguars are one of the most enticing clubs remaining in the playoffs for fans looking to latch onto a temporary storyline. It will be interesting to see how Pittsburgh handles this unit a second time around. On Oct. 8, Jacksonville pounded the Steelers, 30-9. Ben Roethlisberger threw five interceptions. Despite taking New England to the 12th round a few weeks ago, the Steelers are nowhere near as automatic on offense as they should be (especially with Antonio Brown a question mark). That game will be fascinating.

Saints 31, Panthers 26: Alvin Kamara put up fewer than 40 total yards, but that Drew Brees guy isn’t bad. Outside of New England, the Saints are the most explosive offense left in the postseason. While they lose the comfort of the SuperDome, they come into next weekend’s matchup against the Vikings a far different team than the one that was upended by Sam Bradford in the season opener.

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HOT READS

NOW ON THE MMQB: Have the Panthers squandered Cam Newton's prime? . . . Jonathan Jones on Blake Bortles doing just enough to get by . . . A good question from Richard Deitsch: Will ESPN go at Jon Gruden when he's a head coach?

LATER TODAY: The Monday Morning Quarterback: America's finest football column . . . A pair of strong reads from Robert Klemko. I won't spoil the subjects, but be sure to carve out some time on Monday . . . Albert Breer on the Georgia Bulldogs, the next NFL draft factory.

WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED: Kalyn Kahler on the Solder family's heartbreaking, yet inspiring battle with cancer . . . Sports Illustrated True Crime: Jenny Vrentas and Klemko track down the Tom Brady jersey thief.

PRESS COVERAGE

1. A late-breaking story Sunday, something we'll certainly be discussing this week. Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue said of Bills guard Richie Incognito on Twitter: "Great win to day! And 64, you goin have to come harder than some weak racist slurs. I'm proud of my African heritage, as are 70% of the other Black players in this league. #Iaintjonathanmartin." Incognito's use of racial slurs was documented during the Jonathan Martin bullying scandal back in 2014. The league's report on their investigation can be found here. We've reached out to the NFL for comment as well, and will certainly have more to come today.

2. The Packers' decision to name Brian Gutekunst as their next general manager followed months of reported palace intrigue. It will be interesting to see how some of their talented evaluators and administrators, like Russ Ball and Eliot Wolf,respond to the move.

3. Teryl Austin is long overdue for a head coaching gig, but at least he's landed on his feet. The former Lions defensive coordinator will accept the same role under Marvin Lewis with the Bengals.

4. Antonio Brown spent the weekend training with . . . former Bengals wideout Chad Johnson?

5. Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone continues the blunt assessments of his offense.

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6. The Titans' one hope heading into the playoffs? Derrick Henry is a monster after contact.

7. An interesting question from Danny Kelly at The Ringer: What do we make of Andy Reid's coaching legacy?

8. More information is coming on this, but there are hard questions being asked as to whether the Panthers followed concussion protocol with Cam Newton after the quarterback absorbed a head shot in the second half.

9. For the dog lovers out there: Ravens tackle Ronnie Stanley is your new hero. A piece on his drive to adopt a pup no one wanted.

10. Elias Sports Bureau strikes again: This weekend's Tom Brady-Marcus Mariota tilt will be the largest age gap between playoff QBs in NFL history (16 years).

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THE KICKER

A song for the Jaguars, who may be down and confused about their quarterback situation. In reality, the solution is simple.

Question? Comment? Story idea? Let the team know at talkback@themmqb.com

<p>There are eight teams still alive in this NFL season and just 27 days until Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis.</p><p>Despite <a href="http://www.espn.com/cfl/story/_/id/21994526/hamilton-tiger-cats-negotiating-contract-agreement-qb-johnny-manziel" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Johnny" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Johnny </a><a href="http://www.espn.com/cfl/story/_/id/21994526/hamilton-tiger-cats-negotiating-contract-agreement-qb-johnny-manziel" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Manziel" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Manziel</a><a href="http://www.espn.com/cfl/story/_/id/21994526/hamilton-tiger-cats-negotiating-contract-agreement-qb-johnny-manziel" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:news circulating" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"> news circulating</a>, we’ll focus the Huddle on American football on this frigid (at least for our Northeastern readers) Monday. Here was my immediate reaction from all four of wild-card games, setting the table for this year’s divisional round.</p><p><strong>Titans 22, Chiefs 21: </strong>An interesting point <a href="https://twitter.com/smartfootball/status/950071149794340865" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:brought up by Smart Football’s Chris Brown" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">brought up by Smart Football’s <strong>Chris Brown</strong></a>: A day after the Titans squeezed by Kansas City, partially on the heels of a once and a lifetime circus play by <strong>Marcus </strong><strong>Mariota</strong>, team ownership confirmed that head coach <strong>Mike </strong><strong>Mularkey</strong> would be back for another season. Brown wondered: “How impactful on Mariota’s career—and in which direction—was his second half performance?” Tennessee ownership let Mularkey twist in the wind leading up to Black Monday and paid the price. Now, for better or worse, they’ll sit out another coaching carousel while some bright offensive minds get jobs elsewhere.</p><p><strong>Falcons 26, Rams 13: </strong>The Falcons now ride into Philadelphia with their defense in top form. The Eagles don’t have<strong> Carson </strong><strong>Wentz</strong> and <strong>Dan Quinn</strong>’s unit just held <strong>Sean </strong><strong>McVay’s</strong> prolific offense to just one touchdown. Seeing them make it back to the NFC championship game would be fascinating, and only strengthen Quinn’s case for <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/07/falcons-rams-dan-quinn-2018-nfl-playoffs-nfc-wild-card" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:coach of the year given the horrific scenario" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">coach of the year given the horrific scenario </a>his team endured in the Super Bowl last year.</p><p><strong>Jaguars 10, Bills 3: </strong><strong>Todd Wash</strong>’s defense is that good. While it was sad to see the freewheeling, table-smashing Bills fan base go home, the Jaguars are one of the most enticing clubs remaining in the playoffs for fans looking to latch onto a temporary storyline. It will be interesting to see how Pittsburgh handles this unit a second time around. On Oct. 8, Jacksonville pounded the Steelers, 30-9. <strong>Ben </strong><strong>Roethlisberger</strong> threw five interceptions. Despite taking New England to the 12th round a few weeks ago, the Steelers are nowhere near as automatic on offense as they should be (especially with <strong>Antonio Brown</strong> a question mark). That game will be fascinating.</p><p><strong>Saints 31, Panthers 26: </strong><strong>Alvin </strong><strong>Kamara</strong> put up fewer than 40 total yards, but that <strong>Drew </strong><strong>Brees</strong> guy isn’t bad. Outside of New England, the Saints are the most explosive offense left in the postseason. While they lose the comfort of the SuperDome, they come into next weekend’s matchup against the Vikings a far different team than the one that was upended by Sam Bradford in the season opener. </p><p><b><i>Not getting this newsletter in your inbox yet?</i></b> <a href="https://www.si.com/static/newsletter/signup" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Join The MMQB’s Morning Huddle" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><i>Join The MMQB’s Morning Huddle</i></a><i>.</i></p><h3><strong>HOT READS</strong></h3><p><b>NOW ON THE MMQB: </b>Have the Panthers <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/07/saints-panthers-cam-newton-ron-rivera-2018-nfl-playoffs" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:squandered Cam Newton&#39;s prime" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">squandered <strong>Cam Newton&#39;s</strong> prime</a>? . . . Jonathan Jones on <strong>Blake Bortles </strong><a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/07/jaguars-bills-blake-bortles-nfl-playoffs-2018-afc-wild-card" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:doing just enough to get by" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">doing just enough to get by</a> . . . A good question from Richard Deitsch: <a href="https://www.si.com/tech-media/2018/01/07/jon-gruden-raiders-espn-monday-night-football" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Will ESPN go at Jon Gruden when he&#39;s a head coach" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Will ESPN go at <strong>Jon Gruden </strong>when he&#39;s a head coach</a>?</p><p><b>LATER TODAY: </b>The Monday Morning Quarterback: America&#39;s finest football column . . . A pair of strong reads from Robert Klemko. I won&#39;t spoil the subjects, but be sure to carve out some time on Monday . . . Albert Breer on the Georgia Bulldogs, the next NFL draft factory. </p><p><b>WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED: </b>Kalyn Kahler on the Solder family&#39;s heartbreaking, yet <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/04/nate-solder-cancer" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:inspiring battle with cancer" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">inspiring battle with cancer</a> . . . Sports Illustrated True Crime: Jenny Vrentas and Klemko <a href="https://www.si.com/longform/true-crime/tom-brady-patriots-super-bowl-jersey-thief-mmqb/index.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:track down the Tom Brady jersey thief" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">track down the <strong>Tom Brady </strong>jersey thief</a>.</p><h3><b>PRESS COVERAGE</b></h3><p><strong>1</strong>. A late-breaking story Sunday, something we&#39;ll certainly be discussing this week. Jaguars defensive end <strong>Yannick Ngakoue</strong> said of Bills guard <strong>Richie Incognito </strong>on Twitter: &quot;Great win to day! And 64, you goin have to come harder than some weak racist slurs. I&#39;m proud of my African heritage, as are 70% of the other Black players in this league. #Iaintjonathanmartin.&quot; Incognito&#39;s use of racial slurs was documented during the <strong>Jonathan Martin</strong> bullying scandal back in 2014. The league&#39;s report on their investigation <a href="http://63bba9dfdf9675bf3f10-68be460ce43dd2a60dd64ca5eca4ae1d.r37.cf1.rackcdn.com/PaulWeissReport.pdf" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:can be found here" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">can be found here</a>. We&#39;ve reached out to the NFL for comment as well, and will certainly have more to come today. </p><p><strong>2. </strong> The Packers&#39; decision to name <strong>Brian Gutekunst</strong> as their next general manager followed <a href="http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/01/07/mccarthy-rodgers-get-their-wish-russ-ball-wont-be-g-m-in-g-b/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:months of reported palace intrigue" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">months of reported palace intrigue</a>. It will be interesting to see how some of their talented evaluators and administrators, like <strong>Russ Ball</strong> and <strong>Eliot Wolf</strong>,respond to the move. </p><p><b>3. Teryl Austin </b>is long overdue for a head coaching gig, but at least he&#39;s landed on his feet. The former Lions defensive coordinator will accept the <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000904178/article/bengals-in-negotiations-to-hire-teryl-austin-as-dc" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:same role under Marvin Lewis" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">same role under Marvin Lewis</a> with the Bengals.</p><p><b>4.</b> <strong>Antonio Brown </strong>spent the weekend training with . . . <a href="http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/21993383/pittsburgh-steelers-wr-antonio-brown-getting-ready-chad-johnson" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:former Bengals" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">former Bengals</a> wideout <strong>Chad Johnson</strong>?</p><p><strong>5. </strong>Jaguars head coach<strong> Doug Marrone </strong>continues the blunt <a href="http://www.espn.com/blog/jacksonville-jaguars/post/_/id/24358/jaguars-survive-bills-and-blake-bortles-the-passer-for-first-playoff-win-since-07" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:assessments of his offense" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">assessments of his offense</a><strong>.</strong></p><p>?</p><p><b>6. </b> The Titans&#39; one hope heading into the playoffs? <strong>Derrick Henry </strong><a href="https://www.profootballfocus.com/news/pro-pff-elite-stats-that-defined-the-wild-card-playoff-games" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:is a monster after contact" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">is a monster after contact</a>. </p><p><strong>7. </strong>An interesting question from Danny Kelly at The Ringer: <a href="https://www.theringer.com/2018/1/7/16859140/andy-reid-kansas-city-chiefs-titans-postseason-choker-narrative" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:What do we make of Andy Reid&#39;s coaching legacy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">What do we make of <strong>Andy Reid&#39;s</strong> coaching legacy</a>?</p><p><strong>8. </strong> More information is coming on this, but there are hard questions being asked as to whether the Panthers followed concussion <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/panthers/2018/01/07/cam-newton-concussion-protocol-carolina-panthers-nfl/1011890001/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:protocol with Cam Newton after the quarterback absorbed a head shot in the second half" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">protocol with <strong>Cam Newton</strong> after the quarterback absorbed a head shot in the second half</a>.</p><p><b>9. </b>For the dog lovers out there: Ravens tackle <strong>Ronnie Stanley </strong>is your new hero. A piece on his <a href="https://www.simplemost.com/ravens-ronnie-stanley-adopted-dog-shelter/?llid=3JldV&#38;utm_campaign=liquidsocial&#38;utm_source=facebook&#38;utm_medium=partner&#38;utm_partner=liquidsocial&#38;utm_content=pyOx" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:drive to adopt a pup no one wanted" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">drive to adopt a pup no one wanted</a>. </p><p><strong>10. Elias Sports Bureau </strong>strikes again: This weekend&#39;s <strong>Tom Brady-Marcus Mariota </strong>tilt will be the largest age gap <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNStatsInfo/status/950215461194649600" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:between playoff QBs in NFL history" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">between playoff QBs in NFL history</a> (16 years). </p><p><b><i>Have a story you think we should include in tomorrow’s Press Coverage?</i></b> <span><i>Let us know here.</i></span></p><h3><b>THE KICKER</b></h3><p>A song for the Jaguars, who may be down and confused about their quarterback situation. In reality, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SY4HI_vqf0c" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:the solution is simple" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">the solution is simple</a>. </p><p><i>Question? Comment? Story idea?</i><i> Let the team know at </i><i><span>talkback@themmqb.com</span></i></p>
NFL Wild Card Weekend: What We Learned

There are eight teams still alive in this NFL season and just 27 days until Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis.

Despite Johnny Manziel news circulating, we’ll focus the Huddle on American football on this frigid (at least for our Northeastern readers) Monday. Here was my immediate reaction from all four of wild-card games, setting the table for this year’s divisional round.

Titans 22, Chiefs 21: An interesting point brought up by Smart Football’s Chris Brown: A day after the Titans squeezed by Kansas City, partially on the heels of a once and a lifetime circus play by Marcus Mariota, team ownership confirmed that head coach Mike Mularkey would be back for another season. Brown wondered: “How impactful on Mariota’s career—and in which direction—was his second half performance?” Tennessee ownership let Mularkey twist in the wind leading up to Black Monday and paid the price. Now, for better or worse, they’ll sit out another coaching carousel while some bright offensive minds get jobs elsewhere.

Falcons 26, Rams 13: The Falcons now ride into Philadelphia with their defense in top form. The Eagles don’t have Carson Wentz and Dan Quinn’s unit just held Sean McVay’s prolific offense to just one touchdown. Seeing them make it back to the NFC championship game would be fascinating, and only strengthen Quinn’s case for coach of the year given the horrific scenario his team endured in the Super Bowl last year.

Jaguars 10, Bills 3: Todd Wash’s defense is that good. While it was sad to see the freewheeling, table-smashing Bills fan base go home, the Jaguars are one of the most enticing clubs remaining in the playoffs for fans looking to latch onto a temporary storyline. It will be interesting to see how Pittsburgh handles this unit a second time around. On Oct. 8, Jacksonville pounded the Steelers, 30-9. Ben Roethlisberger threw five interceptions. Despite taking New England to the 12th round a few weeks ago, the Steelers are nowhere near as automatic on offense as they should be (especially with Antonio Brown a question mark). That game will be fascinating.

Saints 31, Panthers 26: Alvin Kamara put up fewer than 40 total yards, but that Drew Brees guy isn’t bad. Outside of New England, the Saints are the most explosive offense left in the postseason. While they lose the comfort of the SuperDome, they come into next weekend’s matchup against the Vikings a far different team than the one that was upended by Sam Bradford in the season opener.

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PRESS COVERAGE

1. A late-breaking story Sunday, something we'll certainly be discussing this week. Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue said of Bills guard Richie Incognito on Twitter: "Great win to day! And 64, you goin have to come harder than some weak racist slurs. I'm proud of my African heritage, as are 70% of the other Black players in this league. #Iaintjonathanmartin." Incognito's use of racial slurs was documented during the Jonathan Martin bullying scandal back in 2014. The league's report on their investigation can be found here. We've reached out to the NFL for comment as well, and will certainly have more to come today.

2. The Packers' decision to name Brian Gutekunst as their next general manager followed months of reported palace intrigue. It will be interesting to see how some of their talented evaluators and administrators, like Russ Ball and Eliot Wolf,respond to the move.

3. Teryl Austin is long overdue for a head coaching gig, but at least he's landed on his feet. The former Lions defensive coordinator will accept the same role under Marvin Lewis with the Bengals.

4. Antonio Brown spent the weekend training with . . . former Bengals wideout Chad Johnson?

5. Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone continues the blunt assessments of his offense.

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6. The Titans' one hope heading into the playoffs? Derrick Henry is a monster after contact.

7. An interesting question from Danny Kelly at The Ringer: What do we make of Andy Reid's coaching legacy?

8. More information is coming on this, but there are hard questions being asked as to whether the Panthers followed concussion protocol with Cam Newton after the quarterback absorbed a head shot in the second half.

9. For the dog lovers out there: Ravens tackle Ronnie Stanley is your new hero. A piece on his drive to adopt a pup no one wanted.

10. Elias Sports Bureau strikes again: This weekend's Tom Brady-Marcus Mariota tilt will be the largest age gap between playoff QBs in NFL history (16 years).

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THE KICKER

A song for the Jaguars, who may be down and confused about their quarterback situation. In reality, the solution is simple.

Question? Comment? Story idea? Let the team know at talkback@themmqb.com

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