Dolphins fired coach Joe Philbin.
TE coach Dan Campbell is expected to be named the interim head coach. The status of DC Kevin Coyle is still unclear, but he will likely be let go as well. Philbin went 24-28 in his three seasons and change as the Dolphins' head coach and never posted a winning record. His teams consistently underachieved, and he showed an alarming lack of control of the locker room during the "Bullygate" scandal. When looking at his tenure, it is shocking Philbin kept his job this long. It would be surprising if he lands another head coaching gig in the NFL.
Free agent RB Ahmad Bradshaw is visiting the Colts on Monday.
The Colts have no reliable options behind starter Frank Gore, and Bradshaw was having a great season with Indianapolis last year before breaking his leg in November. This move makes too much sense not to happen. If Bradshaw is signed, Frank Gore's already small involvement in the passing game should be reduced even further.
Free agent WR Terrelle Pryor is visiting the 49ers on Monday.
Pryor has committed to playing wide receiver and is likely working out in that capacity for the 49ers, but his visit is interesting considering how terrible Colin Kaepernick has been the last two weeks. Pryor has had several workouts since being released by the Browns in early September but has yet to find a home.
49ers coach Jim Tomsula said benching QB Colin Kaepernick was "not on my mind."
Kaepernick was a disaster for the second game in a row. He completed just three passes more than five yards down the field Week 4 against the Packers and his interception was a deep attempt to Anquan Boldin which was underthrown. The problem the 49ers face is Kaepernick's backup is unlikely to be any better. Blaine Gabbert has completed just 53 percent of his career attempts and owns and 23-to-24 touchdown-to-interception ratio. With that as the only other option, Kaepernick should keep his job for at least another week.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Dolphins are preparing to fire coach Joe Philbin on Monday.
Schefter admits owner Stephen Ross could change his mind, but as of Sunday night the decision had been made. Schefter reports Dolphins TE coach Dan Campbell is the leading candidate to replace Philbin on an interim basis if the coach is fired. DC Kevin Coyle will likely be heading out the door as well.
49ers RB Carlos Hyde blamed his recent struggles on opposing defenses stacking the box.
"They brought the safeties down, played a zero look a lot," Hyde said. "They brought extra defenders in the box. It’s hard to run against eight or nine guys in the box." It would be easy to paint the comment as sour grapes from a struggling back, but Hyde is right. Opposing defenses do not respect Colin Kaepernick's ability to throw outside the numbers, allowing them to key on the run. Hyde managed just 20 yards on eight carries Week 4 against the Packers and has just 114 yards total since his 168-yard, two-touchdown explosion Week 1.
Joseph Randle had just four carries in the second half of the Cowboys' Week 4 loss to the Saints.
Randle was basically benched after almost fumbling while trying to reach the ball into the end zone early in the second quarter. He scored on a similar play Week 3 against the Falcons. Coach Jason Garrett said after the game the coaching staff discussed how "dangerous" reaching the ball over the goal line could be with Randle leading up to the game, and it was clear he was not happy Randle attempted the move again. "It worked out for us tonight," Garrett said, "but we don't want to do that in that situation." Darren McFadden saw all 10 of his carries after the touchdown. Randle will likely remain the lead back in Dallas, but that will not be the case if he continues to ignore his coaches.
Saints WR Willie Snead played 48-of-73 snaps Week 4 against the Cowboys.
Marques Colston played 41 snaps with Brandon Coleman playing 19. Snead has clearly jumped Coleman on the depth chart, and he finished the game with just two fewer targets than Brandin Cooks. It is time to pick Snead up in 12-team leagues.