Smith once worked worked with Tom Coughlin and had some success with Atlanta before the Falcons needed a change
“Last year doesn’t matter at all,” said Canadian goalie Carter Hart, who stopped 32 shots through overtime Friday. “Tomorrow, we get the chance to finish in first place, so that’s what’s on our minds now.”
He represents an older (58), nice-guy alternative to the undermining mess McAdoo created. Plus, Smith would do plenty with that defense when it’s back at full strength.
It finally might be time for McDaniels to move on from New England for a second head-coaching job, well removed from his disappointing time in Denver. As the Giants turn the page at quarterback, he could have the Sean McVay effect on a young passer with a strong offensive skill supporting cast.
While going 14-34 under now-fired John Fox for the past three seasons, the team struggled to score points with consistent balance and explosiveness.
Now that the Bears have their franchise quarterback in Mitchell Trubisky, they need an offensive-minded leader to take him to the next level as they also continue to improve the personnel around him.
Shurmur, who worked with Sam Bradford early in his career and has turned Case Keenum into something special this season, would be a great get for Trubisky. He also has some previous NFL head-coaching experience in the QB wasteland known as Cleveland.
Shurmer is both organized and experienced at age 52. Trubisky’s athletic skill set would mesh well with his system. It also wouldn’t hurt to take him away from a division rival.
In 2016 he played through an AC joint sprain on his left shoulder, but this time around he is having surgery to repair damage from a dislocation that happened against the Colts on Dec. 14. Siemian left that game and did not play again this season after being placed on injured reserve.