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Titans promoted TEs coach Arthur Smith to offensive coordinator.

Smith is so much of an unknown that he lacked a Wikipedia page at the time of this writing. According to the team, he is "wrapping up his eighth season on the Titans coaching staff." He started with the club as a defensive assistant/quality control coach but moved to the offensive side of the ball in 2012. He has served under four different head coaches in Nashville. Amazingly, Smith will be Marcus Mariota's fifth offensive coordinator in five years. As Freddie Kitchens has once again proven, unknown does not equal bad hire. We just don't have anything to go on.
Jan 21 - 2:00 PM

The Washington Post's Mark Maske reports the NFL's competition committee will "give consideration" to making pass interference calls reviewable.

Several coaches including Sean Payton, whose team was on the receiving end of a horrific and game-changing non-call on Sunday, have been in favor of making pass interference reviewable, and it sounds like there is a possibility they will get their wish. "It will be discussed at length along with additional fouls that coaches feel should be subject to review," a source told Maske. A more comprehensive and streamlined review system could help, but the underlying issue is a serious refereeing problem which needs to be addressed.
Jan 21 - 12:26 PM

NFL announced the Buccaneers, Raiders, Rams, and Jaguars will host games in London and the Chargers will host a game in Mexico City during the 2019 season.

The London games will be split between Wembley Stadium and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium while the Estadio Azteca will get another shot to host an NFL game after a matchup between the Rams and Chiefs this season had to be relocated because of poor field conditions. As for the visiting teams, the Panthers will travel to face the Bucs, the Bears will play the Raiders, the Bengals will meet the Rams, the Texans will battle the Jaguars, and the Chiefs will get their second shot at Mexico City against the Chargers.
Jan 21 - 10:08 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Dolphins plan to hire Packers run-game coordinator Patrick Graham as their defensive coordinator.

After the Josh McDaniels debacle in Indianapolis last year, the hire will not be made official until the Dolphins formally hire Patriots de-facto DC Brian Flores as head coach. Graham worked with Flores in New England from 2009-2015, spent two years coaching the defensive line for the Giants, and was the Packers run-game coordinator and linebackers coach last season.
Jan 21 - 9:33 AM

Todd Gurley said he is healthy despite playing just 32-of-69 snaps in the Rams' NFC Championship win over the Saints.

Gurley missed the final two games of the regular season with a left knee injury, but he did not blame that issue for his limited playing time. "I was sorry as hell today," Gurley said. "I was sorry. So, C.J. [Anderson] did his thing and the whole team did its thing." To his point, Gurley dropped two passes including one which resulted in an interception, missed a blitz pickup, and did little on the ground outside of a six-yard touchdown. Even so, it is tough to believe his knee had nothing to do with the limited snaps. The good news is Gurley has two weeks to shake it off before the Super Bowl.
Source: ESPN
Jan 21 - 9:30 AM

Drew Brees said he plans to play in 2019.

"My mind's not even there right now. So this is all pretty fresh," Brees said. "But I plan on being here next year and making another run at it." He left himself a bit of wiggle room, but this is a pretty definitive statement from the newly-40 quarterback. He slowed down a bit late in the year, but Brees posted an MVP-caliber season, completing 74.4 percent of his passes for 3,992 yards, 32 touchdowns, and five interceptions in 15 games. Playing at that level and with a team good enough to push for the Super Bowl, it would have been a shock if Brees decided to walk away.
Source: ESPN
Jan 21 - 9:22 AM

Chris Hogan caught 5-of-7 targets for 45 yards in the Patriots' AFC Championship Game win over the Chiefs.

A revived Hogan has been Tom Brady's No. 2 receiver over the past month. Super Bowl LIII could easily be a shootout between the Rams and Patriots, making Hogan a sensible, if low upside, DFS option.
Jan 20 - 11:48 PM

Rex Burkhead rushed 12 times for 41 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots' AFC Championship Game win over the Chiefs, adding four receptions for 23 additional yards.

With the Patriots running an incomprehensible 94 plays, Burkhead was heavily involved behind Sony Michel. His second touchdown was the game winner in overtime. Despite today's heavy workload, Burkhead's touch over/under for the Super Bowl should be in the 6-8 range.
Jan 20 - 11:46 PM

Demetrius Harris caught a two-yard pass in the Chiefs' AFC Championship Game loss to the Patriots.

The Chiefs' No. 2 tight end caught three of Patrick Mahomes' 50 touchdowns in 2018. Going on 28, Harris has never surpassed 224 yards in a season. He is headed to free agency.
Jan 20 - 11:41 PM

Chris Conley failed to catch his lone target in the Chiefs' AFC Championship Game loss to the Patriots.

Conley bounced back from his 2017 Achilles' tear to catch 32 balls for 334 yards and five touchdowns during the regular season, but he was never what you would call a "factor" in the Chiefs' high-flying offense. The 26-year-old is now headed to free agency. Conley has 1,238 receiving yards across 53 NFL games.
Jan 20 - 11:39 PM

Demarcus Robinson caught 1-of-1 targets for 27 yards in the Chiefs' AFC Championship Game loss to the Patriots.

Something of a fantasy football gadfly, Robinson posted new career highs across the board during the regular season, catching 22 balls for 288 yards and four touchdowns. That would not have been the case without Sammy Watkins' foot injury, though Watkins missing time is hardly new. Headed into the final year of his rookie contract, the 2016 fourth-rounder turns 25 in September.
Jan 20 - 11:36 PM

Darrel Williams did not touch the ball in the Chiefs' AFC Championship Game loss to the Patriots.

The 23-year-old UDFA popped up a few times down the stretch after Kareem Hunt was waived. With Hunt gone and Spencer Ware possibly following in free agency, Williams will have a chance to carve out a 2019 role in the Chiefs' backfield. He will have to make the 53-man roster first, of course.
Jan 20 - 11:34 PM

Spencer Ware caught 1-of-1 targets for 21 yards in the Chiefs' AFC Championship Game loss to the Patriots.

Making his first appearance since Week 14, Ware was held without a rushing attempt. Ware started the first two games in the Chiefs' post-Kareem Hunt backfield, but as has been the case in the past, he seemed to quickly get overexposed. Ware tired badly down the stretch in 2016 and has struggled mightily with injury in Kansas City, including missing all of 2017. Now headed to free agency, there is no guarantee Ware will be brought back for what will be his age-28 campaign.
Jan 20 - 11:29 PM

James White rushed six times for 23 yards in the Patriots' AFC Championship Game victory over the Chiefs, adding four receptions for 49 additional yards.

Four of White's touches came in the first 19 minutes, creating the impression it might be another monumental postseason effort for one of Tom Brady's favorite-ever targets. The Chiefs did a respectable job of clamping down thereafter. Wade Phillips' defense did not hemorrhage running back receptions during the regular season, so White might not be in for another monster Super Bowl performance against the Rams.
Jan 20 - 11:19 PM

Sony Michel rushed 29 times for 113 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots' AFC Championship Game victory over the Chiefs.

True to form, Michel was not targeted in the passing game. The Patriots' most involved player this postseason — he has 53 carries in two games — Michel should be in for another monster workload in the Super Bowl against a Rams defense that coughed up over five yards per carry during the regular season.
Jan 20 - 11:17 PM

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