As poorly as the Titans have played offensively and defensively over the past several weeks, it just takes one win to reset everything for Mike Mularkey and Marcus Mariota.
The Redskins are saving some face with Kirk Cousins, but Jay Gruden’s fate is still up in the air, as it may be tied with Cousins staying.
Jimmy, the way he works is intelligence combined with his talent, Thibodeau said. I think the things that he does every day to help our young guys see how important everything is, whether it’s preparation when you’re getting ready to play, whether it’s practice, whether it’s in a game, not taking any possessions off, how important defense is, how important it is to play for the team, to make plays, to make winning plays…
Thus a man who averaged 27 points per game in the month of December actually does not care about scoring, or rebounding, or assisting, or any other trivial, frivolous number that records an activity on a basketball court. Jimmy Butler does not care about your stats. He only cares about about one thing.
Winning. Showing everybody how to win, he said. That’s a big step for me and I’ve gotta continue to get better at winning by any means, doing what my team needs me to do, and being better.
On defense, I think the pick has to be Saints coordinator Dennis Allen. There’s talent on defense for New Orleans, but the Saints have struggled for years to turn high draft picks and high-priced free agents into results. Even after losing Nick Fairley and Delvin Breaux before the season started, Allen spent a few weeks tinkering with the secondary before eventually inserting Ken Crawley into the lineup and finding a steady unit. Allen coaxed a career year out of Cameron Jordan and got contributions from guys who were backups elsewhere, like Alex Okafor and A.J. Klein, each of whom are now on injured reserve. As good as the Saints’ running game has been, they’re not a playoff team without this defense.
On offense, I’ll give the nod to Vikings coordinator Pat Shurmur. He was overmatched as a game manager and head coach during his time in Cleveland, but he has kept the Vikings’ Wholesale NFL Jerseys offense afloat despite losing his starting quarterback (Sam Bradford) and running Wholesale NBA Jerseys back (Cook) to season-ending injuries by Week 5. Minnesota has gotten lucky in some ways — Keenum fell into its lap and Alshon Jeffery turned down its free-agent offer, which kept a starting job open for Adam Thielen to have his breakout season — but Shurmur has built an offense that ranked seventh in DVOA heading into Week 17 with one of the least-expensive units in football.