The Jaguars’ 45-42 win sends them to New England, where they will face the Patriots next week with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.
It looked like the Jaguars were going to run away with this one early on. They struck early, going up 14-0 with two Leonard Fournette touchdowns in the first quarter. The Steelers trailed 28-14 going into halftime, but they had plenty of ground to make up, and questionable play calling wasn’t helping them get it done.
Be sure to give Ramsey a mic if there’s a next time, please.
Nine of the defense’s 11 starters were homegrown, and six of those nine have come aboard since Dan Quinn came on in 2015. He and Dimitroff began to push Plan D to the point where it’s become a big part of everything the Falcons do. And those numbers are counting the contributions of 2017 rookies Takk McKinley and Duke Riley, who played key roles as reserves.
Chicago’s biggest need is finding a head coach who can help mold Trubisky. The Rams and Eagles have served as excellent examples of what an offensively-minded coach (Sean McVay and Doug Pederson, respectively) can do for a blossoming second-year quarterback. The Bears need to find someone who can nurture Trubisky’s development while surrounding him with the talent he needs to succeed.
There will be several hot names on the coaching market associated with the Bears’ vacancy. Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur may not have been successful in his one stint as an NFL head coach — albeit with the black hole of failure known as the Browns — but he’s done wonders developing schemes in which both Sam Bradford and Case Keenum could have the best seasons of their careers. Patriots’ offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels’ stint as the Broncos head coach was most notable for his feud with a young quarterback Bears fans are plenty familiar with: Jay Cutler. While he didn’t win much in the Rocky Mountains, he’s built his profile back up under Bill Belichick and will be a commodity this offseason.