The have found their new defensive coordinator. The Jets announced on Wednesday that they have officially hired Gregg Williams Jonathan Isaac Jersey to fill the role under new head coach Adam Gase. OFFICIAL: We've hired Gregg Williams as defensive coordinator. New York Jets (@nyjets) Williams was last seen as the interim head coach of the , a role which he held from Week 9 on after the dual firings of Hue Jackson and Todd Haley. Williams was interviewed for the top job in Cleveland but it instead went to the interim offensive coordinator, Freddie Kitchens. More on the NFL Williams getting another defensive coordinator job Nikola Vucevic Jersey is not nece sarily surprising, as he's e sentially an lifer in that role, holding a DC job for at least part of 17 of the past 22 seasons. (He Evan Fournier Jersey was out of the NFL in 2012 and 2013 after his role in the Bountygate scandal became public, and he was the head coach of the from 2001 through 2003.) Williams' defenses have largely fallen off in recent seasons, and many of his schemes were criticized in Cleveland before the team took a major step forward last year thanks to an influx of talent. He has also produced e sentially league average defenses over the course of his career, ranking at almost exactly league average in yards Dwayne Bacon Jersey allowed, points allowed, and defensive efficiency, per Football Outsiders' DVOA. Williams is an interesting choice in New York as he tends to use an attacking 4-3 style of defense up front but concede short and intermediate pa ses (see: lining up 30 yards off the ball for the 2017 Browns) at times. The Jets have generally been a 3-4 base team going back to the Rex Ryan days, and Todd Bowles ran a lot of 3-4 base stuff as well. Considering nickel packages are the new base defense, though, the Orlando Magic Hats transition from one to the other is unlikely to be as stark as it used to be.
There is plenty of team-related drama that goes Miami Heat Hoodie down in the NFL during Week 17, as witne sed by . But there is also individual drama as well, with players battling to achieve season-long contract incentives.One such player was tight end , who came into Week 17 needing either 11 receptions or 116 receiving yards against the in Week 17 in order to trigger a $2 million incentive bonus.Unfortunately for Gronk's wallet, his name is .That's right -- not even a target for the tight end.One could easily picture the Patriots leadership doing a Monty Burns "exccccccellent" finger thing at the idea of stashing away $2 million here, but it's not like Gronk was one reception away from achieving the bonus and suddenly benched. 11 catches is a monster game; led the Pats with 11 targets Maurice Harkless Jersey against the Jets and he still didn't hit the catch or yards number. was a little bit off, probably because he was wearing a scuba suit during an incredibly cold situation, and the Patriots weren't winging the ball all over the place trying to run up the score. They wanted the No. 1 seed in the AFC and they wanted to Dwyane Wade Jersey get out of dodge.Plus, Gronk hurt himself with his absurd dirty hit on cornerback during Week 13 that got him suspended for Week 14 (he was back dominating against the in Week 15). If he goes off for 116 yards in Week Ryan Anderson Jersey 14, he's $2 million richer.There's some good news too: he unlocked a $3.5 million incentive bonus by going over 1,000 yards for the year. And, if he ends up being named to the All-Pro team, Gronk would unlock the $2.5 million anyway. That might be tough with and lingering. Gronk led all tight ends in receiving yards with his 1,084 and was tied with eight receiving touchdowns with Kelce and Ertz behind (10).On the bright side, Gronk finished with a very nice number of Tyler Herro Jersey catches this year. I asked Gronk if he knew how many catches he had this season:Smirked, Yeah, 69. Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) The $2 million would have been a nice bonus to unlock, but Gronk will probably survive.
After a one day hiatus, I'm back.If you opened up Wednesday's newsletter and thought that I had been hacked by someone named Cody Benjamin, that's only partially true. Cody did hack my email, but it had nothing to do with the newsletter. Instead, that's just part of our weekly rotation here. From now until the end of time, Cody will be handling the Wednesday newsletter and I'll be on duty the other four days of the week. Cody said something about wanting to be our weekly tour guide for "Hump Day" and who was I to disagree.If you like the newsletter so far, you should click here and . To make sure that link gets seen by as many of your friends as po sible, make sure to share it on Facebook with your most controversial political opinion. I hear people on Facebook love that stuff.Also, since you're probably wondering, I'm writing this from a bunker in Nashville, because based on what's happening with the right now, a bunker is the only safe place in this city. Anyway, let's get to the football, because we have a lot to talk about today.1. Today's Show: Getting you ready for Buccaneers-BearsWe had to wait three years, but we're finally getting the rematch that none of us ever knew we wanted: vs. . The last time we saw these two on the same field was back in LII when Foles took home Super Bowl MVP after beating Ryan Anderson Jersey Brady's 41-33. A few things have changed since that game with Duncan Robinson Jersey the most noticeable one being that both players have had a change of scenery since then. On Thursday's episode of Pick Six -- wait, can we even call it that anymore or has Tom Brady trademarked the word, because, man, he's been throwing a lot of those. Anyway, for Thursday's episode R.J. White joined Will Brinson to preview the Buccaneers-Bears from a gambling perspective. Tampa has some notable injuries but should the spread really have shifted dramatically towards Chicago's side? The spread opened at Tampa -5.5 but has moved down to -3.5. The guys also offer their game picks before i suing some player props that you should be thinking about betting. Also, Brinson and White worked to construct the perfect 'Showdown' DFS lineup. If you want to make some money heading into the weekend, . 2. By the numbers: Tom Brady's off to a hot start in TampaInstead of watching the vice presidential debate on Wednesday night, I decided to hold my own debate in my basement and that debate only had one question: Who's the best quarterback in history?My head is still hurting from trying to answer that question. I spent 11 hours trying to figure it out and I've gotten nowhere. ? ? Brad Johnson? Trent Dilfer? Ha Ha, just kidding, it's not Trent Dilfer. The crazy thing is that you could actually make a pretty solid case that the answer to that question is TOM BRADY. Even though he's only played four games in Tampa, Brady is on a historical start for the team and CBSSports.com's Jeff Kerr has all the numbers. Brady already has more touchdown pa ses (11) through four games than any other player in team history. He also has the second-highest QB rating of any quarterback through four games in team history. He's also 43, which has to count for something.If you're wondering just how good Brady has been through the first four weeks, be .3. Status Gabe Vincent Jersey of Bills-Titans game up in the airFor the second straight week, the outbreak of coronavirus in Tenne see might cause the postponement of a game. The status of Sunday's game between the and Titans is for COVID-19 on Thursday. If you're scoring at home, that means the organization has now had 23 positive tests since Sept. 24, including 12 players. The Titans players that have tested positive include , , , , Jefferey Simmons, , , , and practice squad players Cameron Batson, Greg Mabin, and Tommy Hudson, plus one unidentified player who tested positive Thursday. If the Bills-Titans has to be postponed, the is hoping to still play it in Week 5 with the game being held on either Monday or Tuesday. Of course, if that happens, it will create a ripple effect that will likely force the league to change a few other things. For Instance, the Bills are scheduled to play the on Thursday in Week 6 and that can't happen if their Week 5 game gets moved to Monday or Tuesday. According to ESPN.com, if Bills-Titans gets moved by a day or two, then Buffalo's Thursday game against Kansas City will be moved to Saturday. This stuff is not easy to keep track of, so you should probably write all of this down. 4. Week 5 NFL Best Bets from someone who's on a rollTom Fornelli is one of our writers here at CBS Sports and because of that, I a sumed that he spent all his time watching college football along with the occasional episode of "Gilmore Girls." However, it appears that Fornelli also pays close attention to the NFL because he is on an absolute roll with his "Best bets." Over the past two weeks Fornelli has gone 5-0-1 against the spread, which has spurred him to 8-3-1 on the year.For Week 5, Fornelli has three games he really likes, but I'm only going to tell you about one: at . Here's his take on the game: Any chance to fade in a prime-time spot is a chance I'm willing to take. The world is well aware of Cousins' problems on Monday Night Football. He's 0-9 ATS on Monday nights, but those struggles aren't limited to Mondays. Miami Heat Hats Hell, they're not even limited to night exactly. In his career, Cousins has started 37 games that kicked off after 4 pm ET. In other words, spotlight games. In those 37 games, his teams have gone 12-25 ATS.Line:Seahawks -7Pick:Seahawks 31, Vikings 17For a look at the rest of Fornelli's .5. Bill O'Brien's biggest blunders It's not every day an NFL coach gets fired after just four games, but that's exactly what happened to Bill O'Brien this week. Apparently, the had finally had enough of their former coach, who not only got them off to an 0-4 start this year but also absolutely torpedoed the roster. Over the past few years, O'Brien made multiple bad deals, which was kind of surprising, if only because the law of averages says that he should have made at least one good move in there at some point, but he never did. So how bad were the deals that O'Brien made? Former NFL agent Joel Corry decided to wade through all the stink this week so that you don't have to Jae Crowder Jersey . Not only did Corry cover everything from the trade to the deal to the timing of the Jadveon Clowney trade, but he also explained why each of those moves was a mistake. It's must-read stuff and .6. 2021 Mock DraftI have decided to include this as a personal favor to fans. Yes, we're only four weeks into the NFL season, but let's be honest, at this point, the only thing you have to root for if you're a Jets fans is for the team to lose every game so they can get the No. 1 overall pick. So what would they do if they got it? Ryan Wilson answered that exact question in his weekly 2021 mock draft. The way Wilson sees it, the era is going to be over in New York if the
This season of the is stirring up some -related drama thanks to the presence of Jordan Rodgers, the brother of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Appearing on Monday's episode of Danny Green Jersey the popular reality dating show, Jordan was recapping his date with JoJo Fletcher (the actual bachelorette) and the potential love of his life asked about his family. The youngest Rodgers brother let loose a little spiel on Aaron, the middle brother, and said the two aren't close. Except it wasn't just a quick change of the subject. Jordan more or le s bashed Aaron for the "way he's chosen to do life." but it's a staged romantic and impromptu setting that created the following conversation about "Hometowns" being in the upcoming week (JoJo visits the home of the various remaining contestants): JR: My middle brother won't be there.JoJo: And that's ... Aaron. Why?JR: Like I said, I have a great relationship with my brother Luke. Me and Aaron really don't have that much of a relationship. It's just kind of the way he's chosen to do life. I chose to stay close to my family, and may parents and my brother. It's not Justin Anderson Jersey ideal. And I love him and I can't imagine what it's like to be in his shoes and have the pre sure he has and the demands from people he has. Don't have hard feelings against him, it's just how things go right now.JoJo: Does he know that you're doing this?JR: I don't think so... JoJo: So you guys don't talk at all?JR: No, not really.It's a very convenient storyline to broach and, let's be real, this wasn't live television, so it's pretty clear everyone involved knew what they were doing. It draws attention to the show (guilty as charged, your honor) and probably helps draw in viewers, but it's not really a super swell thing to do. So why did he call out his super-famous brother on a reality show like that? Apparently it's deep-seeded psychological i sues, Raul Neto Jersey because the following explanation occurred shortly after the above exchange:I think it's just important to know where I'm at, where I stand. Like the other day, James said something about that word "entitlement" and how I act. That just really kind of strikes a cord with me, that kind of word, because that's not who I am. Because, frankly, at every step of my life I was kind of disappointing. No matter what I did, it was never good enough for a coach or a teammate because I was being compared to someone who did it the best. When I walked away from playing -- I could have kept playing. But football didn't define me. Not having a great relationship with my brother Aaron or what people think that relationship should be didn't define me. I'm defined by the character I have with the humility I've been taught by my parents is what I want people to see. I just wanted you to know where I'm coming from with that. It's important to me that you don Wilt Chamberlain Jersey 't think my confidence is derived from anything other than the example my parents set. Because I care about you so much, and I don't want to me s it up.Jordan did play a little football himself, playing at Vanderbilt and making a couple practice squads but ultimately not being good enough to make it to the NFL. Maybe it's odd the two aren't closer given they all play football, but there are probably some pretty valid reasons for that. Lots of people have family i sues that aren't public. Families are all weird -- if you think your's isn't you are probably both lying and delusional. But when it comes to talking about your family on national television, there is always the option to simply move along (nothing to see here, Dolph Schayes Jersey people) and bypa s the subject. It perhaps could be left for conversation with your potential future wife, rather than airing whatever laundry you have on a television show watched by millions of people.
Brian Dawkins has had an unforgettable Cory Joseph Jersey year. The former Pro Bowl safety saw his longtime team, the , win the in February. He pa sed the torch as unofficial Eagles hype man and front-office executive to . And now he's into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as one of the fiercest talents of his generation. More on NFL Had it not been for a psychiatrist, one of his former coaches and a renewed Christian faith, however, the 44-year-old Dawkins may not have made it to 2018. In fact, he may not have made it past 25.Reflecting on his five-time All-Pro career for an NBC Sports Philadelphia special, Dawkins recently that his journey was not always destined to run through Canton. On the field, No. 20 was an unceasingly impa sioned presence, complete with pregame speeches and highlight-reel hits. But off the field, as told to Gunn, Dawkins was "waging war with himself."An indefinite fan favorite in Philly, Dawkins was married in 1994, two Kyle Guy Jersey years before his rookie season with the Eagles. And during that rookie year, he faced pre sure from every direction --pre sure to overcome spousal differences, to manage "anger i sues," to raise a "colicky baby" and, of course, to survive in the ."Overall, I didn't have any outlets, and so I began to drink a little more than I needed Yogi Ferrell Jersey to, and that quickly spiraled down into depre sion," Dawkins said, per Gunn. "I went through a real dark, deep depre sion ... There were times I didn't even want to be around my family, didn't want to be around my son. I just wanted to be in a dark room Jabari Parker Jersey by myself with nobody." And that, Dawkins continued, led to thoughts of suicide."That's where suicidal thoughts came in," he said, "and then actually planning out how I would go about it in such a way that Connie (his wife) and my son would get the money from my insurance policy."Help arrived, however, in the form of former Eagles defensive coordinator Emmitt Thomas, who currently coaches the ' defensive backs. Thomas and his wife helped the safety find a psychiatrist, according to Gunn. Medications followed, but the real fix came when Dawkins sought Richaun Holmes Jersey something greater. "I rededicated my life," he said. "(I was) able to deal with that through my renewed faith. Going to more and more Bible studies. Giving my life over to the Lord completely helped me go on to become the athlete I became and the person I became."
Moments after announced he was returning to the for the 2021 season, the Chiefs decided to release the veteran running back in a move to clear salary cap space ( ). Williams was entering the final year Corey Brewer Jersey of his contract after he opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns.The Chiefs save $2.175 million with the release of Williams. Kansas City has as the No. 1 running back on the roster, even though is a free agent. Kansas City DaQuan Jeffries Jersey also agreed to terms with on a five-year, $80 million deal Monday and are in the running for to play left tackle, .Williams was never a "featured back" until the 2020 Robert Woodard II Jersey season, when he led the Chiefs with 111 carries and caught 30 pa ses for 213 yards. He finished with 711 total yards and seven touchdowns. Williams showcased his value in the postseason where he finished with 290 total yards (196 rushing, 84 receiving) Yogi Ferrell Jersey and six touchdowns. He finished with 17 carries for 104 yards and a touchdown in LIV -- scoring on a 4-yard catch to give Kansas City the lead for good Nate Archibald Jersey with 2:50 left and sealing the victory with a 38-yard touchdown run a minute later. The running back market hasn't been active in free agency, but Williams should have his suitors -- especially after having a year off to recharge the batteries.