Tuesday Afternoon Football: Week Eight
Week Eight of the NFL season was an interesting one. There were blowouts, close wins, embarrassing losses, and the trade deadline was on Tuesday, October 30. At the season’s midway point, the difference between contenders, pretenders, and dreamers became clearer than ever, and some divisional races look to be heating up. Most of the games weren’t great, but some off-the-field storylines are particularly interesting right now, so let’s jump into it.
1. Bye Bye Hue Jackson and Todd Haley
Monday morning marked the end of an era for the Cleveland Browns. After losing 33-18 to the Pittsburgh Steelers over the weekend, the Browns fired their head coach, Hue Jackson, along with their offensive coordinator, Todd Haley. There were rumblings about the potential firing all throughout the last several weeks as it looked like the Browns were regressing after winning two games, but there have been rumblings about Hue being fired for three years now. Actually seeing him get fired was shocking in a way, especially two weeks before a bye week.
Now, the writing was on the wall, we all knew this was happening eventually. There is no way that a head coach of an NFL football team should have kept his job after compiling a 3-36-1 record over the course of 2.5 seasons, that’s just an abysmal record. HIs team didn’t win for over 600 days and he kept his job, so it was assumed he would be gone at some point.
What was unexpected was the firing of Todd Haley, the offensive coordinator. I assumed that one of the reasons Haley was brought in was that so he could take over for when Hue was eventually fired, that made sense to me and many others who understand football better than I do. Haley is an offensive coach who worked with Ben Roethlisberger, so I thought he would be able to work wonders with Baker Mayfield who appears to be more coach-friendly then Big Ben.
Nope, both gone within the same hour of each other. The Browns currently have a 2-5-1 record through eight weeks and are heading into a matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs, and that was going to be a tough game regardless, but now without a real head coach this is going to be a bloodbath. The Chiefs should just absolutely slaughter the Browns, and by even more points than they were already going to.
The Browns are now being coached by interim head coach Gregg Williams, who was their defensive coordinator. Now if the name is unfamiliar to you, let me just remind you that Williams was one of the men behind Bountygate with the New Orleans Saints. He was paying players to injure other players, he told them to target their heads, to give them concussions.
These are actual quotes from the mouth of an interim head coach in the National Football League: "We've got to do everything in the world to make sure we kill Frank Gore's head. We want him running sideways. We want his head sideways", "Kill the head and the body will die. Kill the head and the body will die", "Every single one of you, before you get off the pile, affect the head. Early, affect the head. Continue to touch and affect the head", "We need to find out in the first two series of the game, the little wide receiver, No. 10, about his concussion. We need to fuckin' put a lick on him" (Via Deadspin).
What good possibly go wrong here?
The bottom line here for me is that the Browns are once again a total fucking mess and should not be a desired location for any aspiring NFL head coach. I mean seriously, the ownership and management of this team has been downright comical for the last decade, and this is just another nail in a coffin that refuses to be nailed shut.
Look for the Browns to get absolutely obliterated by the Chiefs this week, and maybe keep an eye out for some questionable defensive tactics by the Browns along the way.
2. Trade Deadline Moves
This year the NFL trade deadline was more like the MLB and NBA trade deadline than ever before. I suspect that this is because of how the Philadelphia Eagles added to their team at the deadline last year (Jay Ajayi), and now other teams feel that they can do the same thing. This story isn’t like the traditional stories from this column, it will basically just be a list of all the major moves that occured before the deadline today.
The Oakland Raiders shipped Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys for their first-round pick.
The Denver Broncos traded DeMaryius Thomas and a seventh-round pick to the Houston Texans for a fourth-round pick.
The Detroit Lions sent Golden Tate to the Philadelphia Eagles for a third-round pick.
The Green Bay Packers shipped Ty Montgomery to the Baltimore Ravens for a seventh-round pick in the 2020 draft.
The Los Angeles Rams acquired Dante Fowler Jr. from the Jacksonville Jaguars for a third-round pick this year and a fifth-round pick next year.
The Washington Redskins landed Ha-Ha Clinton Dix from the Green Bay Packers for a fourth-round pick.
I doubt that most of these trades will have a major impact on the playoff races except for one, the Rams acquiring Dante Fowler Jr, because they just became that much more loaded. This team will now be borderline unstoppable come playoff time.
Update from the Jimmy G Hype Train:
The Good, The Bad, and The Odd:
Good: Adrian Peterson looked like his former self again. He turned in a vintage performance this week against the Giants, running for 149 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries, while also catching a pass for 7 yards and a touchdown. His longest run was 64 yards, and this was the best peterson has looked in a long time, perhaps since his debut with the Arizona Cardinals last season.
Bad: Jameis Winston was atrocious on Sunday. He completed 18 of 35 passes for 276 yards, a touchdown, and four interceptions. He was awful, but good news for Bucs fans...he was replaced by...
Odd: Ryan Fitzpatrick, who replaced Jameis Winston after his disastrous start. He threw for 194 yards on 11/14 passes with two touchdowns. It’s time for some more Fitzmagic down in Tampa Bay!
CK Collusion QB of the Week: If Colin actually had a job right now this award would just be called the “Buffalo Bills Awful Quarterback of the Week”, as Derek Anderson completed 22/39 passes for 290 yards with no touchdowns and one interception against the Patriots. He also got sacked three times and lost two fumbles. This man literally has no business quarterbacking in the NFL anymore, he has been atrocious for as long as I can remember.
Breakout Player of the Week: Marlon Mack was spectacular for the Detroit Lions on Sunday, rushing for 132 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries. He and Andrew Luck were crucial parts of the Colts’ 42-28 win over the lowly Oakland Raiders.
Loser of the Week: Ty Montgomery cost the Green Bay Packers a win over the undefeated Rams on Sunday by fumbling a kickoff return that he was told to take a kneel on. While he has been misused in Green Bay, this was apparently the last straw (as it should have been) and he was shipped to Baltimore.