1) The New York Giants made a quarterback change last week that that left both the media and the fans scratching their heads. I didn’t see anyone that agreed with head coach Ben McAdoo’s decision to bench Eli Manning. Sure the Giants only have two wins, but the problems run much deeper than a change at the quarterback position.
Yesterday the Giants, and one of the NFL’s royal families, the Mara family, fired McAdoo, and they announced that Manning would be back at the helm this week.
If a franchise like the Giants that shies away from firing their head coach during the season can change, can the Chicago Bears change?
1a) The Giants also fired general manager Jerry Reese, and will get a head start on a searching for a new regime for 2018.
2) For those of you that don’t think there’s an actual advantage to firing the head coach before the season ends, you must check out this article from The Monday Morning Quarterback, Sean McVay’s Rapid Rise With Rams Offers NFL Coaching Search Lessons.
Keep an eye out for Robert’s take on the article and how it relates to the Bears later this week.
During the game, former NFL running back, now actor, Thomas Jones, shared some thoughts via Twitter.
Football is an irrational game. The dark places you go mentally are undescribable. Makes the nicest guy a complete savage. Organized chaos.— Thomas Q. Jones (@ThomasJonesRB) December 5, 2017
Y'all keep thinkin NFL football is just a game if you want to. In between those white lines is one of the most dangerous places on earth.— Thomas Q. Jones (@ThomasJonesRB) December 5, 2017
4) The Chargers have been on a roll, and no one has been able to slow down Keenan Allen.
5) The Chiefs have lost three straight and that team may be imploding.
6) The Raiders’ offense has regressed this season, partly because their wide outs have struggled, but there’s still time for that team to get hot down the stretch.
7) I may as well round out the AFC West and talk about the worst team in that division.
The #Broncos are the worst team in the NFL.— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) December 3, 2017
That's not hyperbole.
The Broncos may be bad, but they still have some talented players on that roster. They are a quarterback and head coach away from being able to contend again in 2018. Team president John Elway has to prove he can find a quarterback that can play.
8) This was just plain stupid from Rob Gronkowski.
He was only given a one game suspension, and for some inexplicable reason, he decided to appeal.
What the hell is he appealing exactly?
9) If the season were to end today, there would be eight teams in the playoffs that didn’t make the postseason in 2016, and five of those teams had losing records last year.
10) The Chicago Bears losing that game on Sunday to the San Francisco 49ers was historically bad.
Yesterday's Bears are the 1st team in NFL/AFL history to lose a game when:— Jay Zawaski (@JayZawaski670) December 4, 2017
- Scoring a punt return TD
- Winning the turnover battle
- Not allowing a TD