HomeFootball#232: NFL Conference Championship Preview (with Matt Barr)

#232: NFL Conference Championship Preview (with Matt Barr)

1. Initial head coach hiring grades

-Jaguars: Urban Meyer

-Jets: Robert Saleh

-Falcons: Arthur Smith

-Chargers: Brandon Staley

-Lions: Dan Campbell

-Eagles: Nick Sirianni

2. Initial GM hiring grades

-Broncos: George Paton

-Texans: Nick Caserio

-Falcons: Terry Fontenot

-Lions: Brad Holmes

-Panthers: Scott Fitterer

-Jaguars: Trent Baalke

-Washington: Martin Mayhew

3. Truth/Exaggeration

-If the Texans don’t hire Eric Bieniemy as their new head coach, it will officially be the point of no return for Deshaun Watson and his relationship with the Texans

-Long-term, the Jets may be a better trade destination for Deshaun Watson and he should HIGHLY consider going there (as Richard Sherman suggested)

-IF the Lions decide to part ways with Matthew Stafford, the Colts and 49ers will be the top two teams in contention for his services

-The Broncos should release Von Miller regardless of what the criminal investigation into his conduct reveals

-The Bears made an egregious mistake by retaining both Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace for the 2021 season

-Jameis Winston will be the Week 1 starter for the Saints in 2021

4. NFC Championship Preview: Bucs at Packers

-It was reported today that the Bucs will get underrated NT Vita Vea back for this consequential game. This is a big deal, especially going up against Aaron Jones and that LETHAL Packers rushing attack. Could his presence be the decisive difference in this game?

-How big of a deal is the absence of Antonio Brown for the Bucs?

-Game-deciding matchups

-Game picks

5. AFC Championship Game: Bills at Chiefs

-As expected, Patrick Mahomes has cleared the concussion protocol, but he also suffered a toe injury in last week’s hard-fought divisional playoff contest against the Browns. How much will the toe injury hinder his improvisational abilities in the pocket, which are a trademark of his game?

-Buffalo’s D sold out to stop the pass in their previous matchup and dared the Chiefs to run. Do you think they will do something similar on Sunday?

-Game-deciding matchups

-Game picks

6. Bold predictions

-Me: Bucs/Packers will go to OT. Rodgers gets the ball first and the Packers end up 4th-and-goal at the 3…and kick a FG. Then Brady responds with a 10-yard TD to Gronk and third-and-goal

-Matt: Josh Allen throws for three TD and runs for two more…and totals 375 yards

7. Challenge Flags

-Me: Josh Allen, don’t get into your bad habits from 2019 (i.e: holding the ball too long)

-Matt: Officials…DON’T BLOW IT!!!!!

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