Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews will miss Sunday’s wild-card game against the San Francisco 49ers because of his thumb injury, coach Mike McCarthy said Tuesday. McCarthy said he could not provide a timetable for Matthews, who also missed the regular-season finale against the Chicago Bears last week. Matthews originally injured his thumb in Week 5 against the Detroit Lions and then had surgery, missing the following four games.
COMMENTARY | The Detroit Lions (7-9) endured yet another roller-coaster season, this one falling well short of expectations just like last year’s 4-12 season. The Lions started the 2013 campaign 6-3 and in full control of clinching a playoff berth. The Lions already have started to clean house firing coach Jim Schwartz and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. Here are the grades I’ve given to each of the three facets of the 2013 Detroit Lions, as well as the coaching staff:
COMMENTARY | At the beginning of December, I wrote an article about why the Green Bay Packers should have just shut down Aaron Rodgers and focus on rebuilding for next year, as the playoffs seemed like only a dream for the team. After the 40-10 blowout loss on Thanksgiving Day against the Detroit Lions, it seemed highly unlikely that the Packers would find a way to get into the playoffs. The Packers went 2-1 over their next two games, but thanks to an epic collapse from the Lions (who lost three straight before losing their fourth in Week 17) along with a loss from the Chicago Bears in Week 16, all Green Bay had to do was win against the Bears and they’d be in the playoffs Eddie Lacy was going to play after spraining his ankle once again, Randall Cobb was going to play for the first time since Week 6, and Rodgers was going to return against the team that broke his collarbone in Week 9.
A potential head-coaching candidate with prior NFL experience is reportedly on the Lions’ radar. According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, the Lions “have interest” in Seahawks assistant head coach/offensive line coach Tom Cable for their head-coaching vacancy. Cable, 49, was 17-27 as the Raiders’ head coach from 2008 through 2010. He has…
One of the most infamous days in the NFL calendar year is dubbed “Black Monday,” the day following the end of the regular season when multiple coaches are annually fired. The Cleveland Browns got a jump on the action by firing Rob Chudzinski on Sunday night following just one season. Not long after business hours began on the East Coast, the Minnesota Vikings’ Leslie Frazier and the Washington Redskins’ Mike Shanahan joined the unemployement line, followed shortly after by Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano. The status of Joe Philbin with the Miami Dolphins and Mike Munchak with the Tennessee Titans remains up in the air.
As the excitement of the postseason sets in for the 12 teams bound for the playoffs, anticipation builds for six franchises searching for a head coach. Issues at quarterback contributed to sinking the ships of all six fired coaches — Gary Kubiak in Houston, Rob Chudzinski in Cleveland, Jim Schwartz in Detroit, Leslie Frazier in Minnesota, Greg Schiano in Tampa Bay and Mike Shanahan in Washington — which may emphasize the need for a coach with an offensive background and proven achievements in building a franchise quarterback.
FOOTBALL Barely 12 hours after the NFL’s regular season ended, five head coaches were unemployed. Fired on Monday were Washington’s Mike Shanahan, Detroit’s Jim Schwartz, Minnesota’s Leslie Frazier and Tampa Bay’s Greg Schiano. The Cleveland Browns didn’t even wait that long, dismissing Rob Chudzinski on Sunday night after just one season on the job. Tampa Bay also fired general manager Mark Dominik.