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Published: Wednesday, January 03, 2018 @ 11:14 AM
Add offensive coordinator Bill Lazor to the list of coaches the Cincinnati Bengals are re-signing.
The Bengals announced the transaction Wednesday morning, less than 24 hours after s igning head coach Marvin Lewis to a two-year contract extension .
Lazor, who joined the Bengals staff as quarterbacks coach in 2016, took over as offensive coordinator Sept. 15, when the Bengals fired Ken Zampese after failing to score a touchdown in their first games last season.
The Bengals finished last in the league in total offense (280.5), 31st in rushing offense (85.4), 27th in passing offense (195.1) and 26th in scoring offense (18.1) in 2017.
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“We have a lot of talent on this roster and I am excited for the opportunity to build the high-powered offense we have the potential to be,” Lazor said in a press release. “This offseason will give us the chance to continue the success we had at the end of the year as we develop into a dynamic offense in 2018.”
Over the final six games of the season, the Bengals offense ranked 21st in total offense (305.3), 18th in rushing offense (114.3), 21st in passing offense (191.0) and 18th in scoring offense (20.2).
Lazor previously has served as NFL offensive coordinator and/or quarterbacks coach for Washington, Seattle, Philadelphia and Miami.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 12:15 PM
Booger McFarland has weighed in on the reports that former Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze met with Alabama coach Nick Saban about a possible position on the Crimson Tide’s staff.
On Monday night, reports surfaced that Freeze was in Tuscaloosa to speak with Saban, who’s trying to fill the Crimson Tide’s vacant offensive coordinator role. CBS Sports’ Barrett Sallee reported that Freeze could try to land an offensive analyst role rather than become Alabama’s offensive coordinator after the Buffalo Bills hired away Brian Daboll on Sunday.
On Tuesday, McFarland appeared on The Paul Finebaum Show and gave his take on the Freeze rumors. The ESPN analyst spoke about how Saban’s approval could rehab Freeze’s image after the former Rebels coach resigned in July.
“Nick Saban understands that his stamp of approval is basically like God now in the coaching industry,” McFarland told Finebaum. “And if you come work for him, you’re almost guaranteed that whoever works for him is going to get a job somewhere else, especially if Nick Saban signs off on you. He did it for Lane Kiffin. He’s done it for other coaches. Steve Sarkisian moved on even though he was there for only a minute. So if Hugh wants a job as an analyst, and he can learn something and also bring something … I really don’t care one way or another. I think it would be good for Hugh. I think Hugh has been through enough.”
McFarland is right. Saban hiring Freeze would go a long way toward helping the former Ole Miss coach repair his image, after numerous examples of off-field trouble in Oxford during his stint there.
McFarland added that he’s all for giving someone a second chance. For Freeze, a job on Saban’s staff would qualify as such. Will it happen? It remains to be seen. But working at Alabama could be the best possible outcome for Freeze at this point.
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) January 16, 2018
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 4:46 PM
— The halftime show of Monday night’s game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors featured a dancing 5-year-old whose moves amazed thousands of NBA fans around the world.
With the Cavaliers’ Scream Team in the background, young Tavaris Jones danced to the song “Rolex” by Ayo and Teo, according to media reports.
The video has gone viral as nearly 50,000 people have watched in on YouTube alone.
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 2:30 AM
NFL Draft 2018 is close with NFL Playoffs having conference championship games. Find 2018 NFL mock drafts below.
Much of the narrative around the 2018 NFL Draft is focused at quarterback. Mock drafts from Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports both have quarterbacks littering the top 10.
Here is a collection of 2018 NFL mock drafts from around the internet, plus Land of 10’s own projection.
|1||Cleveland Browns||Sam Darnold||USC||QB|
|2||New York Giants||Connor Williams||Texas||OT|
|3||Indianapolis Colts||Saquon Barkley||Penn State||RB|
|4||Cleveland Browns||Mike McGlinchey||Notre Dame||G|
|5||Denver Broncos||Baker Mayfield||Oklahoma||QB|
|6||New York Jets||Josh Rosen||UCLA||QB|
|7||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Quenton Nelson||Notre Dame||G|
|8||Chicago Bears||Bradley Chubb||NC State||DL|
|9||San Francisco 49ers||Derwin James||Florida State||DB|
|10||Oakland Raiders||Minkah Fitzpatrick||Alabama||DB|
|11||Miami Dolphins||Roquan Smith||Georgia||LB|
|12||Cincinnati Bengals||Orlando Brown||Oklahoma||OL|
|13||Washington Redskins||Courtland Sutton||SMU||WR|
|14||Green Bay Packers||Joshua Jackson||Iowa||DB|
|15||Arizona Cardinals||Mason Rudolph||Oklahoma State||QB|
|16||Baltimore Ravens||Denzel Ward||Ohio State||DB|
|17||Los Angeles Chargers||Calvin Ridley||Alabama||WR|
|18||Seattle Seahawks||James Washington||Oklahoma State||WR|
|19||Dallas Cowboys||Christian Kirk||Texas A&M||WR|
|20||Detroit Lions||Ogbonnia Okoronkwo||Oklahoma||LB|
|21||Buffalo Bills||Josh Allen||Wyoming||QB|
|22||Buffalo Bills||Arden Key||LSU||DL|
|23||Los Angeles Rams||Rashaan Evans||Alabama||LB|
|24||Carolina Panthers||Maurice Hurst||Michigan||DL|
|25||Tennessee Titans||Sam Hubbard||Ohio State||DL|
|26||Jacksonville Jaguars||Marcus Davenport||UTSA||DL|
|27||Atlanta Falcons||Vita Vea||Washington||DL|
|28||New Orleans Saints||Harold Landry||Boston College||LB|
|29||Pittsburgh Steelers||Malik Jefferson||Texas||LB|
|30||Philadelphia Eagles||Tremaine Edwards||Virginia Tech||LB|
|31||Minnesota Vikings||Billy Price||Ohio State||OL|
|32||New England Patriots||Derrius Guice||LSU||RB|
|1||Cleveland Browns||Sam Darnold||USC||QB|
|2||New York Giants||Josh Rosen||UCLA||QB|
|3||Indianapolis Colts||Minkah Fitzpatrick||Alabama||DB|
|4||Cleveland Browns (from Texans)||Saquon Barkley||Penn State||RB|
|5||Denver Broncos||Baker Mayfield||Oklahoma||QB|
|6||New York Jets||Connor Williams||Texas||OT|
|7||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Bradley Chubb||NC State||DE|
|8||Chicago Bears||Courtland Sutton||SMU||WR|
|9||San Francisco 49ers||Quenton Nelson||Notre Dame||G|
|10||Oakland Raiders||Roquan Smith||Georgia||LB|
|11||Miami Dolphins||Derwin James||Florida State||S|
|12||Cincinnati Bengals||Orlando Brown||Oklahoma||OT|
|13||Washington Redskins||Josh Allen||Wyoming||QB|
|14||Green Bay Packers||Calvin Ridley||Alabama||WR|
|15||Arizona Cardinals||Lamar Jackson||Louisville||QB|
|16||Baltimore Ravens||Derrius Guice||LSU||RB|
|17||Los Angeles Chargers||Vita Vea||Washington||DT|
|18||Seattle Seahawks||Marcus Davenport||UTSA||DL|
|19||Dallas Cowboys||James Washington||Oklahoma State||WR|
|20||Detroit Lions||Maurice Hurst||Michigan||DT|
|21||Buffalo Bills||Mason Rudolph||Oklahoma State||QB|
|22||Buffalo Bills (from Chiefs)||Harrison Phillips||Stanford||DL|
|23||Los Angeles Rams||Joshua Jackson||Iowa||CB|
|24||Carolina Panthers||Anthony Miller||Memphis||WR|
|25||Tennessee Titans||Taven Bryan||Florida||DT|
|26||Atlanta Falcons||Da’Ron Payne||Alabama||DT|
|27||New Orleans Saints||Tremaine Edwards||Virginia Tech||LB|
|28||Pittsburgh Steelers||Malik Jefferson||Texas||LB|
|29||Jacksonville Jaguars||Mark Andrews||Oklahoma||TE|
|30||Philadelphia Eagles||Denzel Ward||Ohio State||CB|
|31||New England Patriots||Ogbonnia Okoronkwo||Oklahoma||LB|
|32||Minnesota Vikings||Chukwuma Okorafor||Western Michigan||OT|
|2||Saquon Barkley||Penn State||RB|
|4||Bradley Chubb||NC State||DE|
|6||Quenton Nelson||Notre Dame||G|
|7||Mike McGlinchey||Notre Dame||OT|
|9||Denzel Ward||Ohio State||CB|
|11||Derwin James||Florida State||S|
|14||Harold Landry||Boston College||DE|
|18||Tarvarus McFadden||Florida State||CB|
|22||Christian Kirk||Texas A&M||WR|
|23||Sam Hubbard||Ohio State||DE/LB|
|25||Chukwuma Okorafor||Western Michigan||OT|
|26||Dre’Mont Jones||Ohio State||DT|
|32||James Washington||Oklahoma State||WR|
Pick Nos. 1 through 20 are set now that the regular season is finished.
1. Cleveland Browns
2. New York Giants
3. Indianapolis Colts
4. Cleveland Browns
5. Denver Broncos
6. New York Jets
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
8. Chicago Bears
9. San Francisco 49ers OR Oakland Raiders (coin flip)
11. Miami Dolphins
12. Cincinnati Bengals
13. Washington Redskins
14. Green Bay Packers
15. Arizona Cardinals
16. Baltimore Ravens
17. Los Angeles Chargers
18. Seattle Seahawks
19. Dallas Cowboys
20. Detroit Lions
21. Buffalo Bills
22. Buffalo Bills (from Chiefs)
23. Los Angeles Rams
24. Carolina Panthers
25. Tennessee Titans
26. Atlanta Falcons
27. New Orleans Saints
28. Pittsburgh Steelers
Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 12:04 PM
The Horned Frogs had to put up with a significant amount of challenging road trips in 2017.
That won’t be so much the case this fall.
TCU will be taking the field at Amon G. Carter Stadium in six of its 12 regular season games for the 2018 season, in addition to a neutral-site game vs. Ohio State at nearby AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sept. 15.
And yet, those aren’t the only games TCU will play within the confines of the Lone Star State.
Three of TCU’s five road trips — SMU, Baylor and Texas — come in-state. That puts TCU in the state of Texas for 10 of its 12 regular-season games. It’s by far the highest number of in-state games of any Power 5 schedule for the 2018 season, beating Baylor and Texas Tech (9).
And even that number can grow.
With the Big 12 Championship Game, several Big 12-affiliated bowl games and Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic — which is set to be a playoff game — all taking place in Texas, the Horned Frogs could take the field in Texas up to 12 times in a single season.
It also gives TCU the potential to play three games in Arlington before the season ends.
So if you live in Texas, don’t worry. You’ll have more than your fair share of opportunities to see the Horned Frogs play in person this fall.