WEDNSDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. Eagles pull stunner, fire Chip Kelly
As a coach, Chip Kelly did a fine job. With Nick Foles, Michael Vick, Mark Sanchez and Sam Bradford as his quarterbacks, he went 26-21 while making the playoffs twice in three years. As a GM, Chip was among the worst ever.
He gave DeMarco Murray $21M guaranteed and then realized Murray was a poor fit for his system and coming off 497 touches. He gave Byron Maxwell $25M guaranteed when a lot of people feared Maxwell was a product of the system in Seattle. He dumped DeSean Jackson and Evan Mathis without getting anything in return and let Jeremy Maclin walk. He used a first-round pick on Nelson Agholor, gave up a second-round pick for the right to pay Bradford $13M and couldn’t figure out a way to trade up for Marcus Mariota. Riley Cooper was re-signed when Howie Roseman was technically still “in charge,” but I suspect Chip signed off on that trainwreck move as well.
The point is that Chip the GM buried Chip the coach. He left himself with little talent and found out that without players, the scheme doesn’t mean much. Pat Shurmur will coach the Eagles in their finale against the Giants – who have Tom Coughlin’s fate hovering over their heads as well. We could see a streetball type game.
2. Patriots will be going all out Sunday
Tom Brady confirmed Tuesday that he expects to play the entire game against the Dolphins Sunday as the Patriots need a win to lock up home field throughout the AFC playoffs. That’s exciting, Miami’s secondary has crumbled to league-low proportions. Overall, they’re 24th in yards allowed, 28th in YPA, 28th in TDs allowed and 30th in DVOA. With Julian Edelman possibly back and Rob Gronkowski playing every snap again, Brady and his weapons will have some serious upside in this spot.
3. Jaguars say they won’t rest healthy players
With Gus Bradley coming back for 2016, there might be a temptation to sit some his stars. After all, it would be devastating if Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, Blake Bortles or Julius Thomas sustained a serious injury in a meaningless season finale. It’s a topic in Jacksonville because stud DT Sen’Derrick Marks popped his ACL in Week 17 last year.
The good news is Bradley says “if the guys are healthy and they can go, we talk about always compete, so let’s compete.” The bad news is they’re facing a very hot Texans defense that still has to play for the division title (on paper).
4. Brock Osweiler will start again for Broncos
This is Brock’s team, which is a good thing for Broncos fans hoping their team can make a Super Bowl run. He will start Sunday in a nice spot against the Chargers and the Broncos will be going all out. Although they have a playoff berth locked up, they can still land anywhere from the AFC’s No. 1 seed to the six seed. Just keep an eye on nicks to Demaryius Thomas (hamstring), Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) and C.J. Anderson (back).