Monday, January 12, 2015

Leadoff with Lee 1.12.15 #Packers #Colts #Bills #RexRyan #CBJ

By @cleeverizon

- From East Rutherford, New Jersey to Orchard Park, New York? The Buffalo Bills have hired former Jets head coach Rex Ryan to become their next head man.

The Bills signed Rex Ryan to a 5-year $27.5 million deal which will have him stay in the AFC East. A few things concern me though. Who will Rex hire to fill out his coaching staff? After sending out some tweets and text messages early yesterday morning, this is what I found out. The offensive coordinator will be Greg Roman from San Francisco while the defensive coordinator will be Dennis Thurman, from the Jets. The Bills also have said they would like to keep Jim Schwartz as defensive coordinator. Ryan already has spoken to Schwartz about staying with Buffalo, but Schwartz runs a 4-3 defensive scheme with a wide-9 front while Ryan prefers a hybrid 3-4 scheme. 
Also, if Roman does accept the job in Buffalo, that means back to the drawing board for the Browns and Trestman moves ahead of the pack. I personally am intrigued by Raiders QB coach John DeFlippo.

- Ohio State are in discussions to hire former Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck to replace Tom Herman. Beck was not retained after the Huskers fired head coach Bo Pelini. The Ohio native is a Cardinal Mooney grad and will serve as the Buckeyes quarterbacks coach and will be the primary recruiter in Texas. Beck is a former Texas high school coach in the Dallas area who had been recruiting the state for Nebraska.

- The Green Bay Packers rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat the Dallas Cowboys 26-21. Aaron Rodgers threw 316 yards and 3 touchdowns. Green Bay receiver Davante Adams caught 7 balls for 117 yards and a touchdown and Randall Cobb added 116 yards on 8 grabs. The Cowboys running game was on "Fleek" as DeMarco Murray rushed for 123 yards on 25 carries and 1 touchdown. Tony Romo was sacked 4 times in the game while going 15/19 for 191 yards and 2 TDs. Dez Bryant scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter, but only had 38 yards and 3 catches. Bryant would've had another big time catch down the field, BUT after further review the officials said he did not maintain control of the ball as he crossed the goal line.

Without getting into depth about the rule, here is what the V.P of officiating Dean Blandino had to say about it: 

-Andrew Luck took the horseshoes off the Colts for a 24-13 upset of the Broncos. Peyton Manning had a extremely quiet game, throwing only 211 yards, 1 touchdown and was sacked twice. Andrew Luck threw for 265 yards, 2 touchdowns but also threw 2 interceptions. The Broncos weren't able to capitalize on the turnovers. Manning didn't have his magic in the fourth quarter and had two "3 and out" series. Will Manning return for his 18th NFL season? Will John Fox return as head coach next season? Will offensive coordinator Adam Gase get a head coaching job elsewhere or in Denver if John Fox is canned? Only time will tell, but this next month of the coaching carousel will be interesting.

- Three Columbus Blue Jackets were named to the NHL All-Star team. Forwards Nick Foligno, Ryan Johansen and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. The game will be played January 25th at Nationwide arena in Columbus.

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