If Patricia was Lions general manager Bob Quinn’s first choice for head coach as reports suggest, the reasons are obvious. Quinn spent 15 years with the Patriots in multiple personnel roles before the Lions hired him as general manager in 2016. Patricia started with the Patriots as an offensive assistant in 2004.
We’d like to see the one with Oakland again with all those storylines intact. Could you imagine if Gruden – who had to watch that “Tuck Rule” replay so many times while biting his tongue in the MNF booth – gets his chance? Even better for Raiders fans, what if it happened in front of the “Black Hole?”
Keep in mind that New England has played just seven road playoff games through this dynasty, and the Patriots are 3-4 in those games. It’s either get them out of Foxborough or try to beat them in Foxborough.
Gruden’s Raiders were the first victim in 2001. Perhaps they’ll get a chance for revenge in the 2018-19 playoffs.
Will it happen? The Raiders have a long way to go to make that happen, but it’s worth keeping on the radar.
Even if it doesn’t, you gotta admit one thing. It makes for one hell of a storyline for 2018.
The Browns also have Houston’s second-round pick (35th overall) thanks to the trade that sent Brock Osweiler to the Browns, who waived Osweiler before the regular season began.
“There weren’t a lot of positives, except we also secured the No. 4 draft pick,” Browns owner Jimmy Haslam said after the team’s 28-24 loss in Pittsburgh to complete just the second 0-16 season in NFL history. “So we’re excited to see what (general manager John Dorsey) can do with the draft picks we’ve accumulated as well as what we can do in free agency.
“We’ve got a long way to go, a lot of work to do, and we’re anxious to get after it.”
The Giants (3-13), who ended the season with an 18-10 win over the Redskins, will pick second overall while the Colts (4-12) have the third pick. The Broncos (5-11), Osweiler’s current team, will select fifth.