Two teams promoted their own offensive coordinators: the New York Giants with Ben McAdoo and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with Dirk Koetter.
Three hired someone else’s offensive coordinator: the Cleveland Browns with Cincinnati’s Hue Jackson, the Dolphins with Chicago’s Adam Gase and the Philadelphia Eagles with Kansas City’s Doug Pederson. The 49ers hired Chip Kelly, the offensive-minded head coach fired by the Eagles. The Tennessee Titans made their former offensive assistant turned interim coach, Mike Mularkey, their full-time coach.
This time, facing a tough third-and-17, USC opts to run the ball in effort to not lose any extra yards before they punt. Foster spots something he must have recognized from film study, because he quickly swaps position with his fellow linebacker before charging down to the line of scrimmage. Foster bursts through the line of scrimmage, forcing the pulling right guard to try to pick him up. The guard does his best to run Foster past the back, but Foster works around the guard and grabs on to the back, making the tackle for a loss.
The Titans’ schedule isn’t all that much harder. After Thursday night’s game in Pittsburgh, Tennessee gets a four-game stretch featuring the Colts, Texans, Cardinals and 49ers. At this point it’s safe to say that the Jacksonville-Tennessee division loser will claim one of the AFC’s wild-card spots, leaving the Bills and just about everyone else in the AFC to battle for the last one.
Frankly, the only team that we can probably eliminate from the AFC playoff race is winless Cleveland. Everyone else is within 2 1/2 games of the Bills, currently holding down the final wild-card spot. But these three are closest.
The Washington Redskins have the 17th overall pick, and nine other picks — a second-round selection, (49th) a third (81st), two fourth-rounders (114, 123), one fifth (154), two sixth-rounders (201, 209) and two seventh-round picks (220, 235).
How should the Redskins use those picks? Do they have to go defense? Should they add another running back, or a quarterback for the future? We hash it all out here in our final draft debate. Master, if you’re sitting there at 17, what’s your call?