Although most NFL fans have turned their attention to the playoffs and the quest for the Vince Lombardi Trophy, NFL teams that aren’t participating in the postseason are thinking about the 2021 regular season. Teams like the Cowboys, Eagles, and Colts are already planning for the next time they step onto the football field. Check out the latest NFL news in our weekly update so you can keep making your bets against their NFL odds.
NFL Rumors & News: Eagles Already Looking for Pederson’s Replacement
Cowboys sign Dan Quinn to run their awful defense
The Dallas Cowboys will sign Dan Quinn to replace Mike Nolan as their defensive coordinator. Although neither Quinn nor Cowboys’ brass have said the deal is done, it’s a matter of time before head coach Mike McCarthy announces Quinn’s hiring.
The Boys ended their disappointing 2020 season as one of the worst teams in the league. A preseason favorite to win the NFC, the Cowboys finished with a 6-10 record. The offense played okay considering Dak Prescott got hurt early in the season.
The defense was terrible from the get go. The Boys allowed an unreal 29.6 points per game. Dallas ranked second last in rushing yards allowed. Teams plowed through Cowboys defenders when rumbling for 158.8 yards per.
Quinn developed the Legion of Boom defense while in Seattle. He almost won a Super Bowl when he was the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. No doubt, Dan’s defense won’t be worse than Nolan’s. But the hiring seems rushed considering the Falcons had horrible defenses while Quinn was their head coach.
Jeff Lurie gives Doug Pederson his walking papers
Jeff Lurie isn’t used to failure. The Hollywood movie producer sat down with Doug Pederson, the only head coach to deliver a Super Bowl title to Philadelphia, didn’t like what his HC had to say, and canned him.
That’s how they roll in the studio biz. At least, that’s how Lurie rolls. Lurie said that he fired his coach because Pederson seemed more interested in the present instead of where the Eagles might be two to three years down the road.
Per Lurie, the Eagles are in a “transition period.” The owner wants his coach and general manager to look towards the future. Lurie pays a lot for an aging roster that produced a horrible 4-11-1 record.
Pederson appeared to blame disgruntled quarterback Carson Wentz, which is why he started rookie Jalen Hurts in Philadelphia’s final three games. Lurie wants Wentz to be the best possible player he can be. The owner fell short of saying Wentz is the Eagles’ starting quarterback.
It makes sense because Jeff Lurie didn’t become successful by directing the films he produced. Lurie is already on the lookout for his next head coach. Philadelphia requested to interview San Francisco defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.
They also want to interview Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith. The Eagles have reached out to Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley.
Philadelphia has some talent. The awful finish means the Eagles could grab even more top talent in NFL Draft. Any one of the above mentioned coaches must consider taking the job if Philadelphia calls.
These are the teams Carson Wentz could play for next season
Although whether Carson Wentz stays with the Eagles or not depends on who the team hires as their head coach, it might be a good idea for Wentz to look for employment elsewhere. The past season was so strange for Cason that a change of scenery could be the best thing for him.
If Wentz does end up getting traded, the most obvious trading partner is in Philadelphia’s division, the Washington Football Team. D.C. cut Dwayne Haskins. So there appears to be an opening, right?
Maybe not. Taylor Heinicke could be the answer in the nation’s capital. He played great in the loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Washington can also bring back Alex Smith and, truth be told, Smith is a better option for the WFT at this point than Wentz.
What other teams may be on the lookout for a former first round draft pick? The Colts could be in the running for a quarterback. Indianapolis may want a signal-caller with less tread on the tires than Philip Rivers to go along with rookie running back Jonathan Taylor, the young defense and the young offensive line.
The Chicago Bears will be in the market for a quarterback. But to be honest, how much different is Carson Wentz from Mitch Trubisky?
Up to nine names emerging as the Colts’ starting quarterback for 2021
Wentz isn’t the only quarterback the Colts could be eyeing. Believe it or not, the Atlanta Falcons, depending on whom they hire as coach, could be moving Matt Ryan. Matty Ice would be perfect for Indianapolis.
So would Matthew Stafford. The Lions’ quarterback has consistently performed during his career even though he’s played exclusively for one of the most dysfunctional franchises in any sport.
The Colts might stick with Rivers. Phillip had a decent season when completing 68% of his passes, throwing 24 TDs and 11 INTs, and throwing for 4,169 yards. But Rivers may retire. Also, he had a chance to lead the Colts to a win over the Bills in a wildcard game and failed.
If we had to guess, Philip Rivers is done in Indianapolis. The Colts figure to make a play for Ryan if the Falcons put him on the trading block, or Stafford if the Lions decide to trade their quarterback.