When you fire the offensive coordinator 11 weeks after the season starts, it usually means the season is lost.
Joe Judge had to evict Jason Garrett and there’s no question. But it’s hard to imagine New York Giants will suddenly increase the NFC wild card rankings with Freddie Kitchens in control in the final month of the season, especially in a division that Eagle and the team is on an uptrend.
Wilson, of course, has a contract until the 2023 season after signing a four-year, $140 million contract extension in 2019. If Wilson isn’t happy in Seattle after last year’s 12-4 season, he’s may not be satisfied with what could turn out to be the first losing season of his career in 2021.
The giants need a blow to the arm in a big way. Big Blue has the second-worst record in the NFL since the start of the 2017 season (21-53), just one game behind their MetLife stadium partners.
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A deal of this magnitude should work for everyone: Wilson, the Giant and Seahawks. Here’s why this makes the most sense.
Giant is arguably the best commercial package out there. Following Week 11, the Giants have a fifth overall pick in the April draft plus a 7th pick thanks to a Chicago trade obtained Bear Justin Fields. Only Jet plane have two top picks for 10 years now and they just got their franchise QB in Zach Wilson a few months ago.
The first two innings alone won’t be complete, but it’s a necessary start. New York will have to throw in the first round of 2023 and several other items (player and/or pick) to make this a success.
Whoever made that transaction is exactly TBD. GM Dave Gettleman is in the final year of his contract and the expectation is that he won’t be extended after the season. Whether co-owner John Mara transfers control to Kevin Abrams or leaves the “family” must be determined, but the next GM will be charged with turning this proud ship aground.
It was imperative that the Giant comforted Wilson himself as much as possible. That would involve reverse threading to hire an attack coordinator under Judge (who is expected to remain as it is today) that Wilson wants to plan.
The Giants have offensive personnel, and Gettleman & Co. have built up a respectable attacking lineup over the years. Weapons and protection won’t be an issue for Wilson there.
What do you do with Daniel Jones? Well… you’ll figure it out. Jones is a capable NFL starter, and with a poor QB draft class, more than one team would be interested in buying Jones if he were to be traded. The giants could always keep Jones as a back-up in this case, but a deal like Darnold’s with Carolina would make the most sense for New York to recover some of the capital it spent to buy Wilson.
And finally, New York is a place Wilson definitely wants to be. It’s no more urban than New York, and being a star in the Big Apple should suit Wilson, his wife, and their lifestyle.
Why not Aaron Rodgers? If he leaves Green Bay, rely on him to head West. Denver is still the leader there.
Why not Deshaun Watson? It could certainly be him if his very serious legal problems have reached a logical conclusion for the Giants. But they could very well face a suspended starting midfielder for the first stretch of the 2022 season and are on the cusp of another slow start.
What about drafts? In case you haven’t heard by now, it’s a weak midfield class.
“There’s no doubt that John Schneider has a plan [for when Wilson leaves], “an alliance source launched.” The QBs (or lack thereof) in this draft make things complicated. NYG makes sense with 2 top 10.”
That’s why Seattle pulled Band-Aid right after the season ended, similar to the Jared Goff-Matthew Stafford deal last season or Alex Smith trade with Washington in 2018. The Seahawks will have plenty of time before the free agency kicks off in March to monitor how the cryptocurrency market plays out. They will also get a combo to see previously active top QBs. There’s no need to delay the inevitable as the sooner you make a trade, the more options you end up with in the end.
You may be wondering… where were the giants on this year’s list of the four notorious teams? Remember when Wilson didn’t the request a trade but already has a list ready for the teams he would play if he ever do transaction request? Those teams are Cowboys, Saints, Raiders and Bears.
The four teams before the start of the season all had question marks in midfield. Not sure what the Cowboys will do with Dak Prescott, where will the saints go after Brees, even though Derek Carr long term for Las Vegas and what the Bears will do after Mitch Trubisky.
I can honestly describe it as bad form for Wilson (or his agent) to let that list of destinations leak as Prescott is sure to return to Dallas while negotiating the deal. and while Carr was founded with the organization Raiders. However, The Giants are not on the list as they are certain to return to Jones for the third season.
Right now, the only team on the initial list in need is New Orleans, but the Saints can’t provide anything like what New York could have in terms of a commercial package.
The Giants need to be aggressive if they want to return to a proper competitive position in the NFL. And swapping for one of the best quarterbacks would be the fresh start this franchise really needs.
Bears ‘attractive opening soon
Whether it happens today, tomorrow, or any day between now and January 10 after the final game of the regular season, Bears head coach Matt Nagy will be stepping down from his duties. in Chicago.
It is likely that general manager Ryan Pace will meet a similar fate, and that will be the dawn of a new era in Wind City.
With just over a month left in the regular season, the Bears’ job – one of two jobs – looks set to be the best on the market. That’s the positive feedback I’ve received from sources around the league and coaches and HR executives preparing for a new hire/fire cycle.
Chicago will come up with a clear plan for a new GM and head coach. It has a midfielder of the future already on a rookie contract, plus some quality veterans to fill around. Ownership is not considered interference, which means that people hired for the job can just do their job. And with Aaron Rodgers most likely on his way out of Green Bay, NFC North will be up for grabs.
Being considered for either job will be a boon for any coach or staff member, and the Chicago job will be #1 on many lists this winter.
Book your appointment
Last month, the league announced the 2022 NFL Scouting Combined Tournament would be held in Indianapolis. Usually that’s not news because the combination has always been there. But soon enough the league will turn it into an incredible traveling circus and send it to various NFL cities around the country.
The upcoming combo will be held from March 1 to March 7 at Indy. There is some question as to whether the combination will be pushed back a week since Week 18 was added to the schedule. It won’t be.
For what it’s worth, the deadline to issue a convertible or franchise pass will be March 8 at 4 p.m. ET. The free agent legal tampering window will open at noon ET on March 14 with real, unregulated freelance agents starting on March 16 at 4 p.m. ET.
Options for the week 12
I recovered with a solid 10-5 Week 11 to lift my overall record to 106-58-1. It’s a record I’m proud of and so let’s move on. On Thursday, I took the Bears, Cowboys and Saints.
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Jaguars offense has regressed significantly. Their receivers aren’t very good and they don’t have the feel of a running game. I like how the Falcons defend against Patriots over a week ago, and Matt Ryan won’t be besieged by Jags like he was in New England.
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Miami is trending up and Carolina is on the wrong track. It looks more like Carolina caught Arizona on a worse day than the Panthers are a real wild card threat. I like Miami’s defensive play right now.
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LA needs to strengthen its special teams or lose games like 2019. Justin Herbert, however, is a true star and soon to be the QB for all pros.
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