Surprising news coming out of Tennessee tonight, where it appears head coach Jeff Fisher will be leaving the Titans after 16 seasons. The timing of his departure is a bit unusual, given all of the previously vacant head coaching jobs have been filled, and most coaching staffs have been finalized. As the Eagles have found during their defensive coordinator search, the availability of replacements might be minimal.
Fisher had been facing some of the same tough questions Andy Reid has here, as neither man has brought the Lombardi Trophy to their respective cities during their head coaching careers. After another mediocre season, and a spat with their starting quarterback, many wondered if Fisher would be fired, but SI's report suggests the split may be mutual. In case you need the obvious stated, this means Reid is also the most tenured head coach without a ring.
Before you jump to the oh-so-delicious conclusion that Fisher, a defensive coach, could become the Birds' defensive coordinator, the prospect is unlikely. Fisher will be a prime head coaching candidate as soon as he's ready to return to the sidelines, which means at most he would be here for one season. It would be unusual to hire a rental at such an important position, but hey, the Eagles still need a defensive backs coach!
That may be the least of the Eagles' worries though. As Philly.com's Sheil Kapadia points out, the Titans may be interested in some of the same assistants coaching in the upcoming Super Bowl the Eagles could pursue, and a head coaching position would most likely get more bites. That said, don't be surprised if the Titans hire from within, as they have some solid assistants on their own staff.
Updated: 9:15 p.m.
ATLANTA — Phillies pitcher Jeremy Hellickson left his final start of the season Thursday night with a right knee sprain.
Facing the Atlanta Braves, Hellickson had gotten one out in the fourth inning when he waved for athletic trainer Scott Sheridan to come to the mound. Hellickson left the field with Sheridan by his side.
Hellickson did not allow a run in 3 1/3 innings. He gave up just one hit, walked none and struck out four.
Hellickson finished the season 12-10 with a 3.71 ERA in 32 starts. The Phillies acquired the 29-year-old right-hander in a trade with Arizona last fall.
Hellickson will become a free agent after the World Series. The Phillies could extend him a one-year salary offer of $17 million. If Hellickson accepts, he would return to the club in 2017. If he rejects the offer and seeks a multi-year deal elsewhere, the Phillies would get a compensatory pick between the first and second rounds of next year's draft.
Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell is not starting tonight against the Bengals. Maxwell, who the Eagles traded this past offseason, was already seeing his playing time diminish. Now, he will sit in favor of Tony Lippett, who has not seen a single snap for the Dolphins this season.
The Eagles' big trade this offseason keeps getting better and better. They acquired the eighth overall pick in the draft in exchange for the 13th overall pick, Maxwell and Kiko Alonzo. Not only were they able to rid themselves of Maxwell’s awful contract, but they were able to get value for a player who is now not considered an NFL starter.
The eighth overall pick that the Eagles acquired from Miami was flipped to the Browns among other picks to move up to No. 2. As you may know, that No. 2 pick became offensive Rookie of the Month Carson Wentz.
At the time of the trade, Maxwell originally failed his physical because of a shoulder injury. It was reported that the shoulder was so bad he could not perform a simple pushup, but the Dolphins traded for him anyway.
The Byron Maxwell trade was the stepping stone for the Eagles to land their quarterback of the future, and this news can only make them feel better about the move. Howie Roseman had an incredible offseason cleaning up the mess Chip Kelly left behind, and Maxwell’s benching will certainly help his case for executive of the year.