For some of those teams, the offseason will begin with a bit of housecleaning.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported early Sunday that the San Francisco 49ers, coming off a season with only two wins entering Week 17, will conduct an overhaul of their organization that will include the firing of Coach Chip Kelly and GM Trent Baalke. (Baalke confirmed he had been fired just before the Niners kicked off their season finale against the Seahawks.
Media writer John Ourand of SportsBusiness Journal wrote Romo and Nantz “have been the most talked about broadcast team this NFL season.” When Ourand asked Nantz if Romo or Cutler would be the better rookie broadcaster, Nantz “just sat back and laughed.” Awful Announcing pointed out Romo is a viral sensation for his Nostradamus-like ability to call plays in advance. “It’s hard to imagine how the Romo experiment could be going any better for CBS.”
And Cutler? With the Dolphins missing the playoffs, the surly 34-year-old QB’s future is in question. He reportedly doesn’t want a backup job. If Fox hires him back, he’d be lucky.
But the Rams and 49ers put on a superb show Thursday night. The offenses of the two youthful head coaches, the Rams’ Sean McVay and the Niners’ Kyle Shanahan, were impressive. McVay eventually prevailed in the square-off of former Redskins offensive coordinators, 41-39.
McVay is already working wonders with second-year quarterback Jared Goff, who threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns Thursday in a 22-for-28 passing display. Goff didn’t have an interception and had a passer rating of 145.8. Goff was not capable of such a performance last season as a rookie. He is being turned into a franchise quarterback by McVay.