Hello, week eleven! You’re looking mighty fine, a smorgasboard of interesting matchups as we head into the long holiday weekend next week. And hello, dear reader, and welcome to Aaron It Out.
Normally, I enjoy starting here with a bit of news from around the NFL, and I’ll throw in some “quick hits” before we get to the Top Five, but it’s the Jaguars’ bye week, and it’s time for my first truly in-depth column on the Jaguars this season. Welcome to Aaron It Out, Week 8.
So here we are, into the nebulous void of time where there isn’t much going on because the Combine got pushed back to right before Free Agency, and people are searching for things to write about.
One of those things that got written about was speculating where quarterbacks will land, done by one of the most prominent NFL writers, Peter King. In it, King projected landing spots for many QBs that are pending free agents or likely to be released in a few weeks. This was written, of course, a week after King spent a two-part article and a two-part podcast extolling the virtues of his man-crush, Tom Brady.
The Super Bowl is over, and while some will say it was one of the most exciting games in recent memory with a huge comeback (which it was), and it made history as one of the first quarterbacks in the league got five championships (two of them came from cheating but whatevs), and it was a giant choke-job from the Falcons (who apparently got in a time machine during halftime to bring out Browns-era Kyle Shanahan to coordinate the second half), I will say that it was better than last year’s game, but nothing special.
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Ah, yes, the Super Bowl is here. Commercials, an insane halftime show that will hopefully be better than the yawn-inducing Coldplay performance from last year, and everyone outside of the BAWSTAHN area hoping that the Falcons can defeat the Patriots.
Also, there’s no more football for 6 months after Sunday. I’m not sure how I feel about that. Fortunately, there should be plenty of NFL stories to keep us all entertained until the addiction twitches subside and Professional Football Games are back on our televisions. To wit:
Tom Coughlin and Doug Marrone were officially introduced on Thursday as the new Executive Vice President of Football Operations and Head Coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, respectively, and I am officially excited. When the news was first announced, and Mike Smith was also in the running for coach, I wasn’t sure what to think. But from all indications, especially after this press conference, you can see that the culture around the Jaguars is going to change. Gus Bradley was brought in to sort of shepherd the rebuild but for whatever reason, he couldn’t push the players up and over the hill. The combination of Coughlin and Marrone definitely will.
MERRY CHRISTMAS! Welcome to the final regular-season edition of Aaron It Out. This week you’re getting a super-sized version of NFL opinions, previews, and picks because like many people, I’m going on vacation. I’ll be back shortly before the Wild Card playoffs begin.
Let’s get to it…
The holidays are here, Gavin can’t make fun of me for getting into the Christmas spirit too early anymore, and it’s time for a themed column! Which already has a theme because I write about the NFL anyway!
Oh, whatever, here is Aaron’s NFL Christmas Wish List!
It is a time to be thankful.
Personally, I’m thankful for my family, my friends, my career, and my hobbies. I’m thankful to Gavin for giving me this opportunity and I’m thankful to you readers, whoever you may be, for reading my column every week. It’s a labor of love, a work in progress, and I hope to continue it on far into the future.
I hope that you are able to spend some time with your loved ones, take a well-deserved break, and enjoy Thanksgiving this year. I also hope you don’t mind the truncated introduction – it’s a short week for me. Thanks again for reading, and I hope you are as excited as I am for a weekend of overeating and great football, both on the pro and college levels.
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