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Published: Sunday, October 08, 2017 @ 3:48 PM
— After an abysmal first half, Browns coach Hue Jackson pulled the plug on rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer.
Kizer was benched in the second half on Sunday’s game against the Jets. Kevin Hogan led the Browns on a touchdown drive following the move, but they trail the Jets 17-7 in the fourth quarter.
Kizer benched. Seriously. This team is so dumb.— Dawgs By Nature (@DawgsByNature) October 8, 2017
Kizer benched. Again.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) October 8, 2017
Kizer benched. Turns out Hue gave him the same leash as Kessler.— Cian Fahey (@Cianaf) October 8, 2017
If Kizer is being benched and isn't hurt then Hue Jackson is a magnificent idiot— Bottlegate (@Bottlegate) October 8, 2017
Browns benched Kizer for Kevin Hogan.— Football Perspective (@fbgchase) October 8, 2017
I have no idea how Hogan passed Cody Kessler o the depth chart.
DeShone Kizer benched. Honestly, he deserved to be.— Brent Sobleski (@brentsobleski) October 8, 2017
The Browns benched Kizer. This franchise never ceases to amaze me. Unreal.— Jordan Strack (@JordanStrack) October 8, 2017
My god Hue actually benched Kizer...— Dawg Pound News (@DawgPoundNews) October 8, 2017
By the way, second straight season Kizer was benched. There's a reason for that.— DaBearsBlog (@dabearsblog) October 8, 2017
Browns have benched DeShone Kizer for Kevin Hogan, because that should solve everything.— Darryl Slater (@DarrylSlater) October 8, 2017
OMG HE BENCHED KIZER!!!! WHAT A CLOWN— Mark Smaldino (@MDSmalls23) October 8, 2017
DeShone Kizer beginning his NFL career like someone who was benched against Stanford less than a year ago.— Patrick Daugherty (@RotoPat) October 8, 2017
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 10:40 AM
Can you picture Les Miles as Arkansas’ coach? He considered the possibility, but ultimately, Miles passed for family reasons.
Speaking with Bo Mattingly of Sports Talk with Bo Mattingly on Thursday, Miles said he weighed the option of taking the job in Fayetteville before the 2013 season. Back in November 2012, Jim Kleinpeter of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that Miles had an offer worth $27.5 million over five years to become the Razorbacks coach. However, as Miles told Mattingly on Thursday, the coach decided to stay in Baton Rouge because he didn’t want to move his family from Baton Rouge.
Miles says he considered taking the Arkansas job in 2012 (before Bielema was hired) because of his relationship with Jeff Long, but ultimately did not want to move his family out of Baton Rouge.
— Bo Mattingly (@SportsTalkwBo) January 18, 2018
It’s intriguing to consider where Miles might be now had he taken the Arkansas job.
Of course, the Razorbacks went on to hire Bret Bielema, who went 29-34 from 2013-17. Bielema was fired at the end of Arkansas’ most recent season, which ended with a 4-8 record. Miles, meanwhile, stayed at LSU until he was fired during the 2016 season. He finished with a 114-34 mark with the Tigers.
Would Arkansas be in a better place if Miles had accepted the job? Would Miles still be coaching at the moment instead of trying to get back into the game?
Both of those are fascinating questions. But it’s hard to blame Miles for doing what he thought was best for his family at the time.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 10:34 AM
On Sunday afternoon, Jaydon Mickens, a former standout at the University of Washington now with the Jacksonville Jaguars, will suit up in New England with the opportunity to win an AFC Championship and a berth to a Super Bowl. And if anybody thought the Jags themselves were long shots, well, nobody was more of a long shot than Mickens.
Mickens had a good, not great, college career. He led the Washington Huskies in receptions and receiving yards as a junior and senior, but he never cracked the top 10 in the Pac-12 in either. It wasn’t a huge surprise, then, when he went undrafted in 2016, to be scooped up as a free agent by the Oakland Raiders, where he waffled between the active roster and the practice team. Finally, after two demotions to the practice squad, he was released in September, signed 17 days later to the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad.
Mickens knew, though, the mercurial lives that practice squad players live. He was making $6,500 a week but, because he didn’t know how long he’d be in Jacksonville for, he didn’t sign a lease.
He simply lived in his car.
“You can go into an offseason and not get paid for six months,” Mickens told Jacksonville.com. “I would rather save every check if I’m on the practice squad for the whole year and have something to fall back on.”
In a month he was promoted to the active roster, and he made an immediate impression, returning a punt for a touchdown in a Week 9 win over Cincinnati, earning him AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors. In Week 14 against Seattle he would do it again, becoming the first returner in Jacksonville history to win it multiple times in a season.
Now, with his help, the Jags are knocking on the door to a Super Bowl, with Tom Brady and the Patriots standing in their way.
A Super Bowl check might be enough for an apartment.
Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 10:30 AM
Welcome to The Podcast on the Plains, SEC Country’s daily Auburn football podcast with host Zac Blackerby. On the show Thursday, Blackerby is joined by Justin Ferguson of SEC Country. On episode 114, the guys talk about a busy start of the week with Auburn sports. Auburn has zeroed in on a new athletics director, had a tough loss against Alabama and hired a new offensive line coach.
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Published: Thursday, January 18, 2018 @ 2:00 AM
With the early entrant deadline come and gone, it’s time to look ahead to the 2018 NFL Draft. A number of elite players declared, such as the Alabama trio of Calvin Ridley, Da’Ron Payne and Minkah Fitzpatrick. Bryce Love, rather surprisingly, elected to return to Stanford.
This draft figures to be quarterback heavy, with potentially four signal callers, Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen going among the top-10 picks. Of the non-quarterbacks, Penn State’s Saquon Barkley and Texas’ Connor Williams could be selected in the top 5.
The order for the first 20 picks is set.
*Order is through the Divisional round of the NFL playoff. The top 20 picks are official. Picks 29-32 will finalize after each round of the playoffs. San Francisco and Oakland will hold a coin flip for picks 9 and 10.
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(Via Kansas City)
23. Carolina Panthers
24. Los Angeles Rams