And away we go with Super Wild Card Weekend! I’m taking the ‘Niners and the Jags on Saturday. The horrendous weather in the Bay Area may serve as something of an equalizer in the early game between San Francisco and Seattle, but I can’t see the Seahawks pulling it off.
The nightcap should be fun. Chargers at Jacksonville. Justin Herbert vs. Trevor Lawrence. I’ll take the Jags, pretty much because I trust Doug Pederson more than I do Brandon Staley. Also, the absence of Chargers’ receiver Mike Williams, who has a spinal fracture that will not require surgery, will loom large.
I was mildly surprised to learn Friday that Sean McVay is staying on as the Rams’ head coach. I really thought McVay was going to shut it down for a while, but he says he’s good to go.
The Texans have asked for and received permission from the Saints to talk to Sean Payton about Houston’s vacant head coaching position. This could happen. The Texans have enough draft capital to meet the Saints’ compensation demands for Payton, who is still under contract in New Orleans for two more seasons. The Broncos and Cardinals have also received permission to contact Payton. I think this will all come down to how Payton feels about these teams’ respective quarterback situations. Does Payton think Russell Wilson can return to form? Does he really want anything to do with Kyler Murray? Is there a quarterback in the draft that Payton likes and the Texans can target?
This caught my attention. Alabama defensive coordinator Pete Golding is leaving to take the same job at Ole Miss. So Golding is leaving Nick Saban and joining Lane Kiffin.