NFL PLAYER NEWS
Arizona Cardinals hire Steve Wilks as their next head coach
The Arizona Cardinals have hired former Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks as the next head coach.
Wilks spent last season as the Panthers' assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. He was a defensive backs coach for Carolina since 2012 and has spent time with the Chicago Bears and San Diego Chargers in a similar role before that. He replaces Bruce Arians who retired after 5 seasons with Arizona.
The Cardinals finished 2017 with an 8-8 record while owning the 16th-best overall nERD rating. Their defense ranked 30th and their offense 6th, according to our metrics.
Cleveland Browns hire Todd Haley as new offensive coordinator
The Cleveland Browns have hired former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley to the same position on their team, per Michael Silver Sports Illustrated.
Haley spent the last six season with Pittsburgh but had his contract not renewed after reported disagreements with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. He takes over Browns' play-calling duties from head coach Hue Jackson, who has been in charge of the offense the last two seasons.
The Browns finished the season 0-16 while scoring just 14.6 points per game, the worst mark in the league.
Giants name Pat Shurmur as new head coach
The New York Giants have named for Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur as their new head coach
This one doesn't come as much of a surprise after it was revealed last week that Shurmur was the "top choice" for the coaching job in a battle that had been narrowed to Shurmur and Patriots' coordinator Josh McDaniels. He replaces Ben McAdoo, who led the Giants to a 2-10 start to the season before being fired.
Shurmur inherits a team that ranked only 25th in numberFire's nERD power rankings, with a 25th-ranked offense and 17th-ranked defense.
Case Keenum uncertain about his future in Minnesota
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum has said that he has received no indication whether the team is interested in re-signing him this off-season.
Keenum is set to become a free agent after starting 14 games for the NFC North champions this season. The Vikings will have Teddy Bridgewater back at full strength, but Bridgewater has only attempted 2 passes since 2015. He carries a lot more risk than Keenum, though Keenum will likely command a big contract on the open market.
Keenum threw for 3547 yards with 22 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions this season. His 0.19 Passing Net Expected Points per dropback ranked eighth among the 35 quarterbacks that dropped back at least 200 times.
Eagles' Nick Foles gets precautionary X-rays on ribs
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles underwent "precautionary" X-rays on his ribs following Sunday's NFC Championship game win.
It doesn't seem like there's anything to be worried about with Foles, as the X-rays truly seem to be precautionary. "I'm good, I'm good," Foles assured after the tests.
Our models project Foles will produce 15.5 FanDuel points with 237 passing yards, 1.7 touchdowns and 0.7 interceptions in the Super Bowl.
Vikings' Jerick McKinnon wants to be a feature back next season
Minnesota Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon has said that he would like to be a feature back next season.
McKinnon is set to become a free agent this off-season, and with rookie Dalvin Cook set to re-claim the team's top running back spot next year, McKinnon would have to look elsewhere for the "bigger and better" role he is looking for.
McKinnon saw 150 carries for a career-high 570 yards and one touchdown this season, though his 3.8 yards per attempt were below his 4.0 career-average. He also contributed a lot through the air, turning 68 targets into 51 receptions and 421 yards. numberFire's models had him as one of the league's least efficient rushers, with his -0.16 Rushing Net Expected points per carry ranking 67th among the 72 backs with at least 50 carries on the year.
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