Inside the Huddle PODCAST: Head coach hirings and 'Elite 8' playoff chat
Last Updated: 11/01/19 9:45am
Solomon Wilcots joins Neil Reynolds and Jeff Reinebold on the latest Inside the Huddle podcast to reflect on Wild Card weekend, take a closer look at the 'Elite 8' left in the playoffs and discuss the head-coaching hires around the NFL...
Only the Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins still have head coaching positions up for grabs, while the following vacancies have been filled:
Green Bay Packers - Matt LaFleur
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Bruce Arians
Arizona Cardinals - Kliff Kingsbury
Denver Broncos - Vic Fangio
Cleveland Browns - Freddie Kitchens
New York Jets - Adam Gase
Solomon believes the Packers think they have found 'the next Sean McVay' in former Los Angeles Rams and Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator LaFleur, while Arians' return to the NFL is because he missed coaching too much and thinks he can rein in Jameis Winston at quarterback in Tampa Bay.
Jeff, meanwhile, fears the transition Kingsbury is going to have to make as a former college coach going into his first NFL gig with the Cardinals, but it's his link with quarterback sensation Patrick Mahomes at Texas Tech that has likely got him the job.
Similarly in Cleveland, Solomon and Jeff see Kitchens being promoted from OC due to the fine work he did in grooming rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield over the course of the season.
As well as all of that, the guys look back on Wild Card weekend and pick which of the losing teams is most likely to bounce back in 2019 and which is set to struggle. We also throw it forward to this weekend's divisional round games as Neil and Jeff, and Solomon, make their picks.