What does your team need to do to make the playoffs?

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This post will be similar to the posts I did last year. I will be laying out for each team what they need to do to make the playoffs, clinch their division, get a first-round bye, and/or get the #1 seed in their conference. First let’s layout what the NFL playoffs would look like if the season ended right now.

In the AFC the seeding would be as follows: 1. Indianapolis Colts, 2. San Diego Charger, 3. Cincinnati Bengals, 4. New England Patriots, 5. Denver Broncos, 6. Jacksonville Jaguars.

(NB: I was going to explain how the Jags still have the second wild-card spot but Paul Kuharsky -one of my favorite writers at ESPN.com- beat me to it, so I’ll just link you to that. To view it click here.)

In the NFC: 1. New Orleans Saints, 2. Minnesota Vikings, 3. Philadelphia Eagles, 4. Arizona Cardinals, 5. Green Bay Packers, 6. Dallas Cowboys.

However, nine of the 12 teams I just listed are still in danger of not making the playoffs at all. To determine how much danger they are in and what the other teams in the league need to do and have happen from them to replace one of those teams I will be using the NFL’s official tie-breaking procedures to see who needs to win which games to reach the postseason.  I will be grouping the teams into six categories (AI, COD, HAC, CFH, MML, AO – you’ll see what it all stands for below) to separate them by mathematical probability of making it to the playoffs. Here are the categories: Continue reading

Where Might I Find Michael Vick in 2009?

Last year around this time I wrote a post (I’m actually just one week short of it being the exact same date) breaking down each team’s quarterback situation. You can check that out here. This post is going to be similar except it will be to specifically address whether or not each team has a need for Michael Vick and if they do, how much of a need it is. Some teams may need him simply because they need a quarterback, while others might be looking to use him in the Wildcat formation. Just today on ESPN.com’s NFL rumors section they said that the Redskins may be interested in Vick. I’d be interested as to what our commenter, Michael, who is a Redskins fan, thinks about this. Continue reading

Raheem Morris Named Bucs New Head Coach

“What?”

“Who?”

Those might be two of your first thoughts after reading that heading, and nobody should hold either reaction against you. Less than a month ago Raheem Morris was the defensive backs coach for Tampa Bay, and was promoted to Defensive Coordinator after my Vols hired Monte Kiffin, who had been the Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator since 1996. Bryan wrote a post yesterday about Jon Gruden being fired as the Bucs Head Coach. This was a big enough shock for me, but now, the very next day they announce that their new Head Coach will be Raheem Morris, a 32 year old, who just over three weeks ago was a positional coach, I don’t even really know what to say. Continue reading

Jon Gruden Fired

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John Gruden holding the Lombardi Trophy

As SportsCenter has reported about 9 times in the last hour, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have fired Head Coach John Gruden.  My first thought is that I want him to coach the Rams, but maybe I’ll have to look a little further into that.  Gruden coached the Bucs for 7 seasons and a victory in Super Bowl XXXVII.

Gruden was 57-55 during his tenure in Tampa, and went 3-2 in the playoffs.

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