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BATTLE FOR MVP
For me, the race for NFL MVP comes down to Tom Brady, Matt Ryan, and Aaron Rodgers. No one has more wins than Brady (11), but he only played 12 games. Is that enough? John Elway once won the award playing just 12 games. Joe Montana won it while playing 13 games.
If he wins, Brady would be the oldest MVP in league history. His 28 TD/2 INT ratio is the best in NFL history. His 18 TD and 0 INT in 254 attempts on the road is an NFL record. All great stuff, but Ryan averaged 309 yards per game and threw 38 TD. Hard to look past that.
WHAT TO DO IN WASHINGTON
The Redskins lost to the division rival Giants on Sunday, and as a result missed out on a second-straight playoff appearance. Unfortunately, QB Kirk Cousins, who has been very good this season, did not play his best game. In fact, if Cousins has a shortcoming, it’s that he hasn’t shown up big in the Redskins’ biggest games.
That leaves Washington’s front office and coaching staff in a familiar position – evaluating their QB against the free agent market. A year ago, they decided he wasn’t worth $20 million and placed the franchise tag on him. They can do that again this year, but then he’ll be free this time next year. If it was me negotiating, I wouldn’t offer him the $24 million per year he’s probably looking for. He’s shown me he can be very good, but hasn’t shown me he’s the guy who can get my team over the top…yet. I would let him prove it. My offer would be closer to $18 million with incentives for making the playoffs and winning playoff games. He probably won’t be interested in that, but that’s what I’d be looking at.
GETTING IT DONE
Aaron Rodgers on the other hand, IS a guy who shows up in the big moments, and he did it again on Sunday night in Detroit. In a game that was for the division title, on the road, in a very loud, tough environment, against a division rival, Rodgers did what he does. He completed nearly 70% of his passes for 300 yards and 4 TD. He scrambled around, extended plays, and made big plays when the Packers needed them.
He put himself out there six weeks ago and said his team would win out. He has delivered in every game since with 15 TD and 0 INT in that stretch. He creates stars around him. He does it in the way he throws guys open, when he throws to them, and how he uses all those weapons.
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KUBIAK STEPS DOWN
After 20 years as a head coach, Gary Kubiak announced he is retiring from coaching due to health issues. He won the Super Bowl a year ago and went 9-7 in a tough follow up season this year. He went 24-11 in two years, including the playoffs, and he did it with four different QB’s. He’s a great person; always modest and humble, and the players love the guy. The only proper tribute they could give him was to go out and play great. They did that. I don’t think there was any way Oakland was beating them on Sunday.
People don’t realize the stress of the job and how brutal it is. We had four HC’s go to the hospital this season. That gives you a sense. Plus, Bill Cowher told me it’s lonely at the top. As the HC, you don’t have the same relationship with your players and assistant coaches. That causes stress. Then you have the wins and losses, the GM questioning what you’re doing, the media questioning what you’re doing, off the field issues, and more. There’s no time to recover from it anymore either. There’s no offseason anymore, and that’s why you don’t see guys like Cowher, Gruden, and others coming out of retirement for these jobs.Add to My RFN