Arizona was the one remaining team without a coach, at least based on reports, but now it Chris Baker Authentic Jersey appears the NFL’s vacancies have been filled, with president Michael Bidwell and GM Steve Keim ultimately deciding to go with Wilks.
The Cardinals’ other primary other targets in their search ended up in the Super Bowl: Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores, Arizona could have interviewed them again this week, but the timing of hiring a coach who is in the middle of a Super Bowl run is tricky and hardly guaranteed.
Recently on vacation, a person walked up to #AZCardinals GM Steve Keim and introduced himself. On a beach in the Carolinas, Keim was blown away by this impressive dude. It was Panthers DC Steve Wilks… who Keim is expected to hire as his new head coach.
Wilks will take over a roster that has issues. The Cardinals don’t have a quarterback under contract, but they were in a bad spot in 2013 as well and that worked out fine. Defensively, there are a lot of nice, unique pieces for Wilks to work with, and he should have help from the Carolina staff as well.
In somewhat surprising news, it appears the playoff game was Triplette’s last, as Aditi Kinkhabwala reported on Sunday morning that Triplette is expected to retire after the 2017 season.
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There was a clear recovery there by the Chiefs, but Triplette ruled Mariota’s forward progress had been stopped. This is impossible because Mariota was not moving forward — he was standing in the pocket and got smoked like a late-’80s Mike Tyson opponent. There was no progress because he wasn’t going forward. Looking out for a quarterback’s well being is a point of emphasis for the NFL, and has been for years, but clearly this was a sack –> fumble situation.
There was also a sack of Mariota during a Titans’ two-point conversion attempt where Mariota attempted to escape, eventually lost the football, and the Chiefs recovered. Kansas City was going to score on the play and it would have been worth two points and given the Chiefs a one-point lead.
Limited Mens Matt Benning Jersey Later in the game, Derrick Henry appeared to fumble and the Chiefs returned the football for a touchdown. Upon review, Henry was clearly down; somehow no one on the officiating crew blew a whistle in THAT scenario. Long story short, the officiating left a lot to be desired and lacked any consistency whatsoever.