Month: December 2018

Jets Release Todd Bowles Of His Duties

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New York Jets have released Head coach Todd Bowles of his duties after today’s loss to the Patriots. Bowles won only 24 games and lost 39 games in his four years as the Head coach in New York.

Equipped with quarterback Sam Darnold Bowles did not have the touch that the Jets were looking for finishing an abysmal 4-11 on the 2018 season.

Jets will begin their search for a new coach, and GM Mike Maccagnan will be working closely with Jets owner to find Bowles replacement.

Buccaneers Fire Head Coach Dirk Koetter

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers relived coach Dirk Koetter of his duties shortly after the Bucs lost to the Atlanta Falcons 34-32.

Koetter had a rough season on his hands as his starting quarterback Jamies Winston was suspended for the first three games of the season, and was forced to start journeyman quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The Bucs have already reported that Winston will be the teams starting quarterback for the 2019 season.

Koetter won 19 games for the Bucs but lost 28 games in his three years as the Head coach. The Bucs will begin the process of finding a new coach soon.

 

Bridgewater Looked Pedestrian in Saints loss to Panthers

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After the Saints announced Teddy Bridgewater would be making his first start since 2015, Saints fans were ready to see what Teddy B had to offer. Unfortunately, all the hype was for naught.

Bridgewater started the game looking pretty good, with his first pass as a Saint going to Mark Ingram for 16 yards and finishing the first drive 2 for 3 with 19 yards. On the next drive, he came out and completed a nice pass to Benjamin Watson, then proceeded to lead the Saints downfield, only to fail to convert on a 4th and 2. That was signs of more things to come, as Bridgewater really couldn’t get much going.

Bridgewater ultimately finished the game 14/22 for only 118 yards, throwing one touchdown and one interception. He also added 12 yards on the ground, which was surprising since he was once known for being a great runner. Bridgewater held the ball much too long. The interception he threw was to a triple-covered Ben Watson, leaving people wondering why he made the pass. There were multiple times Bridgewater hesitated on throwing to an open receiver, leading to a sack or a scramble out of bounds. A couple times, he looked downfield for a big play when the check-down pass was wide open for a decent gain. 

Whether it was lack of preparation, a few nerves, or just simply making wrong reads, Bridgewater did not look ready for the stage he stepped on to. Hopefully, Bridgewater can shake off this performance and be available anytime he is needed, whether it be for the Saints or anyone else.

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Saints vs. Panthers: Studs and Duds

On the 30th of December 2018, the Carolina Panthers defeated the number one seed New Orleans Saints 33-14. Although the Saints benched an abundant amount of their main players including Drew Brees and Alvin Kamara, the team showed abysmal effort because the game meant nothing to the Saints.

Stud: Dwayne Washington

Despite not playing in the first half AND the Saints losing, Dwayne Washington was all over the field. He posted a stat line of 11 carries for 108 yards and 1 touchdown. Washington was a highlight in a rare Saints loss.

Dud: Teddy Bridgewater

While Drew Brees day out of the game, Bridgewater took the future Hall of Famer’s place on Sunday. The young QB only managed to find the end zone once. He threw for just 118 yards and 1 interception. In his first start since 2016, Bridgewater couldn’t fill in the shoes of the team’s starting QB.

Stud: Kyle Allen

After QB Cam Newton received a season-ending injury, the Panthers names Kyle Allen the starter. The 22-year-old threw for 228 yards, over 100 more yards than the opposing QB Teddy Bridgewater. The two touchdowns that he threw aided the Panthers in the overall routing of the Saints.

Dud: Eli Apple

The former New York Giants defensive back did not show up on Sunday. Apple had only 2 combined tackles with no interceptions. He was also outrun by Curtis Samuel when the WR received a 53-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Allen.

Stud: Cameron Artis-Payne

Christian McCaffery played only one quarter on Sunday for the Panthers. As a replacement, the team put in the heavy hitting RB Cameron Artis-Payne. He dismantled the New Orleans defense, getting 1 touchdown on 16 carries. Although he had only 56 yards rushing, Artis-Payne was a fitting replacement for the talented McCaffery against the first-place New Orleans Saints.

Dud: Micheal Thomas

Because of a lack of effort and the benching of Drew Brees, the New Orleans passing offense was nowhere to be found on Sunday. The number one receiver for the team couldn’t detect any separation and caught 5 passes for 29 yards. Eventually, the superstar was benched at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

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Taysom Hill: A Dream Come True for The Saints

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Imagine this: A 6 foot 2 Quarterback that runs a 4.4 40-yard dash, weighs 221 pounds, tackles like a linebacker, and can run over anyone in his path. This beautiful blend of speed, size, and athleticism would make any coach drool, and opponents shiver in fear. Luckily, the New Orleans Saints landed that player in Taysom Hill.

Taysom Hill has become the fiery force that offensive mastermind and head coach Sean Payton leans on anytime the Saints need a big play. Taysom has lined up all over the field throughout this successful Saints season, taking snaps at QB, HB, FB, TE, WR, and on the special teams unit.

It all started in 2017 when Sean Payton brought in Taysom Hill to be the 3rd string quarterback after the Green Bay Packers waived Hill. He didn’t take a snap at QB, but in his debut, made two tackles on the kickoff team and came close to blocking not one, but two punts on the punt return team. To finish the 2017-2018 season, Taysom would be on the kickoff, kickoff return, punt, and punt return teams, this was just the beginning for Taysom, who would have many more chances to prove himself on both sides of the ball.

Hill rushed for 196 yards and two touchdowns on 37 attempts throughout the regular season. He attempted seven passes, completing 3 of them for 64 yards, no touchdowns, and an interception. Now, these stats sound pretty bad. Under 50 % completion percentage and an interception on only seven passes? How could this be the X-Factor for an offense known for being one of the greatest in the league? Well, that’s because there is one things numbers can’t show: Heart.

Taysom Hill brings an undeniable energy to an already electrifying New Orleans team. While his stats don’t show it, Saints fans know that Taysom is a guy they can always rely on to light a fire when there are no sparks in sight. For example, early in the season in the 4th quarter of a close game between the Saints and division rival Atlanta Falcons, Taysom Hill lined up at QB. Instead of passing the ball, Hill took off, showing his speed and burning past the Atlanta defense for 35 yards. The Saints would feed off this energy and score a touchdown just a few plays later. In the 3rd quarter of the December 9th game between the Saints and another division rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Saints were down 14-3, playing sloppy on both sides of the ball. Insert Taysom Hill, who blocked a punt, giving the Saints offense excellent field position and the energy they needed to start their eventual comeback.

Hill has become a player without a position. On December 30th in a game against the Carolina Panthers, commentator Ronde Barber summed up Taysom perfectly. “Hill doesn’t play a position, he’s simply a football player.” And a damn good one at that.

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