NFL update


author: ethan butterfield | a and c editor

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Recapping the holidays for the Cougars

The NFL regular season has come and gone! Seventeen weeks have passed and now we’ve made it past the initial wildcard weekend as we wait for Super Bowl Sunday, which is bound to feature the New England Patriots and whoever wins the NFC.  That being said, though, let’s look back at the NFL regular season and talk some mad smack about the teams that did just about as well as you’d expect.
First off, the Pittsburgh Steelers. Oh, how I laughed.  No playoffs for you, Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown, you slimy pieces of overhyped trash. They’re not really, though; they were pretty solid this year all things considered. Be that as it may, however, I still hate the Steelers with a burning passion, so… yeah. 

Next, let’s take a look at a couple of teams that had all the potential going into the season, only to come out of it as a disappointment. The San Francisco 49ers had a lot of hype behind them, especially with Jimmy Garoppolo at the QB position. However, injury is an unfortunate mistress as it came around to give Mr. Garoppolo a tap on the ol’ ACL.

Moving away from the 49ers though, we arrive at the, sigh,   Oakland Raiders. Oh, how I thought we had it this year. I think that’s the thought process of every Raiders fan, to be perfectly honest.  But hey, there’s nothing quite like getting rid of talent like Amari Cooper and Khalil Mack. That’ll help their playoff chances, right? Right? RIGHT, GRUDEN!?! Oh yeah, and there’s Jon Gruden, a coach that hasn’t been in the league for a decade. Ace move there, Raiders, ace move.  

Finally, in regard to possible playoff-directed teams that went nowhere, the Miami Dolphins and the Denver Broncos! Adam Gase and Vance Joseph didn’t deserve to be fired after this season ended, Ryan Tannehill and Case Keenum did (or at least traded). I’m not sure what the thought process was for either of these organizations, as it’s pretty easy to tell the issue lays at the offense line, not the head coach. If anything, these two franchises should have parted ways with their offensive coordinators. But, hey, at least Adam and Vance got a few seasons to test the head coach waters before being released, unlike Steve Wilks. 

Yes, getting away from playoff contenders, we take a look at the hopeless wonder that was the Arizona Cardinals. To get an idea of what we’re dealing with, look at this statement, from 

‘”During a news conference Monday, team owner Michael Bidwill said he has ‘a lot of confidence’ in general manager Steve Keim, who echoed his boss’s sentiments. ‘I have confidence in myself to get this turned around,’” Keim said.” They have confidence they’ll turn this around? You fired your head coach after one season because he couldn’t get an offense working that had key injuries all over the place! What a joke of a franchise, honestly.

The last team I want to discuss quickly is one that has a whole lot of nothing going on right now. The Green Bay Packers. Let’s pay way to much money to a QB that hasn’t had a solid O-line to back him up in years, and then fire the head coach that had any faith in them to begin with. Nice job, you losers. 

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