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Redskins hire Jay Gruden as HC
Thursday, January 9, 2014, 10:38am
Hue Jackson is expected to be promoted to OC of the Bengals.
It hasn't ended well for Gruden's predecessors in D.C., but he's going to jump on the opportunity for a head coaching job after three seasons as the Bengals' offensive coordinator. Despite an ugly flameout against the Chargers on Sunday, the Bengals offense has improved under Gruden's guidance. However, some fantasy owners were frustrated by his (lack of) usage of rookie RB Giovanni Bernard and second-year WR Marvin Jones. As for Jackson, he has run productive offenses before, including the Raiders in 2010 and 2011. Oakland was top 10 in yards gained in those two seasons under Jackson's guidance.
Marvin Jones's playing time increased in stretch run
Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 11:56am
Bengals WR Marvin Jones played on an average of 43 percent of his teams snaps in his first 13 games of the season. Over his final four games, including a Wild Card playoff loss to the Chargers, he played on an average of 68 percent of snaps.
As his snaps increased, so did his targets. He averaged 4.4 targets through 13 games compared to 8.8 targets in the final four games of the season, including 12 targets against the Chargers in the playoffs. After a season of frustrating usage, it appears that the Cincinnati coaching staff has finally recognized that Jones deserves to play starter's snaps. Entering his third season, he's going to be an intriguing middle round pick in 2014 fantasy drafts.
Mathews: "My mindset is I'm playing"
Monday, January 6, 2014, 11:35am
An ankle injury that's slowed him the past two weeks could be played on for so long. He was out most of the second half.
“My mindset is I'm playing (against Denver),” said Mathews, who praised the work of the team's running backs. “We keep fighting. Coach (Mike) McCoy says it all the time. It's the next man up. We're all ready.”
It's interesting that Mathews just didn't say "I'm playing," since that's what most overly optimistic players would say at this point in the season. We'll watch his practice activity, but he may not be able to go against the Broncos.
Ryan Mathews re-aggravates ankle injury
Sunday, January 5, 2014, 10:03pm
Sunday, January 5, 2014, 12:16pm
Browns fire Rob Chudzinski
Monday, December 30, 2013, 12:44pm
The Cleveland Browns fired coach Rob Chudzinski on Sunday night.
Less than a year after touting Chudzinski as one of the bright young coaches in the NFL and a guy CEO Joe Banner said he had his eye on for a long time, the Browns let him go after one season as coach.
The Browns still owe Chudzinski $10.5 million, league sources told ESPN Senior NFL Insider Chris Mortensen.
Sunday, December 29, 2013, 3:31pm