The league-wide trend toward hiring offensive coordinators as head coaches was interrupted Wednesday when two defensive coordinators landed jobs. The Denver Broncos hired Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph as their coach. The Buffalo Bills struck a deal with Carolina Panthers defensive boss Sean McDermott as their successor to Rex Ryan.
The NFL’s sudden fixation with defensive coaches might not last long. Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay was having a second interview Wednesday with the Los Angeles Rams for their head coaching vacancy.
Nnadi has been a thorn in the side of offensive lines for some time. His hustle and strength make him a likely NFL starter. His height (listed at 6-foot-1) and length measurables are question marks, though. Can he make scouts forget those numbers and leap into the mid-first round, like Sheldon Rankins did in Mobile a couple of years ago? Nnadi is also jostling for position with Stanford’s Harrison Phillips, who’ll be competing at the Senior Bowl, as well as underclassmen. He needs a big week of winning one-on-one battles and holding the line of scrimmage.
James finished with 18 points and remains seven shy of becoming the seventh player in NBA history to reach the 30,000-point plateau. His next chance is Tuesday when the Cavs visit San Antonio.
James entered the fourth quarter within reach of 30,000. But after he missed two shots, James was replaced with 6:37 remaining and the Cavs trailing 128-101. The 33-year-old hoped to make history in front of his home fans and family, but it wasn’t to be.
“Deshaun was getting ready to have what looked like it was going to be ridiculous rookie year,” said Atlanta Falcons President Rich McKay, the chairman of the NFL’s rulemaking competition committee. “Wentz was playing as good as any player playing in our game today. And Aaron Rodgers is now coming back. We’ll see. High-profile injuries always are upsetting because they do drive a lot of the popularity and focus of the game. But as far as is it different than years past? I don’t know yet.”
The Packers at least can look forward to Rodgers’s return Sunday. They probably would have been one of the league’s top teams if Rodgers had been available all season. Instead, they are 7-6 and clinging to long-shot hopes to reach the NFC playoffs.