O’Brien signed a four-year extension with the team that keeps him under contract through 2022.
Hue Jackson, Cleveland Browns: Despite falling to 1-31 in two seasons with the Browns, Jackson will be back with the team in 2018. Despite Hue becoming only the second coach to helm an 0-16 team, Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said he’s confident in Jackson. “I don’t think Hue has lost [his] magic,” Haslam told NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala.
Bill O’Brien, Houston Texans: “Bill O’Brien has been a tremendous leader for us these last four years and we believe in his vision for the team moving forward,” team owner Bob McNair said in a statement.
Dirk Koetter, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Buccaneers are retaining Dirk Koetter for the 2018 season despite missing the playoffs for the 10th straight season. Koetter, who has a 14-18 career record with the team, will get another chance to prove whether or not he is capable of making winners out of the Bucs.
It remains a very good team around the fill-in QB, Nick Foles. But you can’t believe on one hand that Carson Wentz was the NFL’s MVP and then believe on the other hand that his absence due to a torn ACL doesn’t threaten to undo the Eagles’ season. He was the MVP for a reason.
The Rams are 1-2 thus far during their four-game, late-season test against the Vikings, Saints, Eagles and Seahawks (with a victory over a lesser team, the Cardinals, thrown into the mix). That stretch concludes Sunday in Seattle. If the Rams lose to the Seahawks, there will be little choice but to conclude that they aren’t quite ready yet to be on even terms with the NFC’s other top contenders.
One of the attendees, New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty, told reporters Thursday it was about “just understanding from both sides. I’m not going to get into details about it. But I thought it was just good for the players in the room to try to pass that on. But it wasn’t like 32 teams and a ton of players. It wasn’t that. It was just something that was kind of thrown together very quickly and try to understand.”
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones joined arms with his team’s players and coaches and took a knee before the anthem, then stood for the anthem.