We lived in a dream world for 3 weeks of NFL football before the reality of the pandemic caught up with us. The Titans list of positive players and staff grew over the week leading to the Titans and Steelers getting the week off…throwing fantasy lineups into chaos. Further, Cam Newton tested positive on Sunday, which was greeted with reactions of “cancel the season” but somehow, in a way that seems to defy virus spread, the rest of the Patriots tested negative (except practice squad player Bill Murray!?) and although the game was moved to Monday, it was played (though I’m sure the Patriots wish it never happened, woof). We are also getting to the point in the season where winless teams may see some changes in staff, just ask the Texans!
To the surprise of no one, the man that traded the team’s best player and basically reinvented the Chip Kelly method of destroying a franchise was fired as a result of the team’s 0-4 start.
Bill O’Brien traded the best receiver in the NFL because of a personal feud and then started the season 0-4 and got fired. So Houston lost Deandre Hopkins for personal embarrassment and nothing else.— Roosh (@RooshWilliams) October 5, 2020
Being a Texans “fan” is an elite level of pain.
Bill O’Brien was both the coach and GM of the Texans, so naturally, after getting rid of DeAndre Hopkins and starting 0-4, the city was elated:
Many assumed it would be Adam Gase, head coach of the Jets, that would be given his pink slip first this season, but the Texans beat them to it! How are people feeling about this? Not great…
Adam Gase outlasting Bill O’Brien now the biggest upset of the NFL season— Todd Fuhrman (@ToddFuhrman) October 5, 2020
Adam Gase's next target for a wheel route in the end zone. https://t.co/4Ra8Qsm01w— Mike Tanier (@MikeTanier) October 5, 2020
Honestly…tonight is about as good as it gets for a Jets fan. Which I know sounds PATHETIC, and it is… but this was an entertaining, high scoring, wild ass game but we still take the L, preserve the 0-16 Tank Dream, and get one step closer to firing Adam Gase.— KFC (@KFCBarstool) October 2, 2020
Jets’ fans, meet Texans fans! Enjoy your tortured existence together and maybe even call your friends in Atlanta where Dan Quinn was also in the running for first fired coach of the cursed 2020 season.
Dan Quinn addressing the Falcons before each game pic.twitter.com/QIgUszBYIl— Jake 🏀 (@SuperiorNBA) October 6, 2020
Dan Quinn when his phone rings today pic.twitter.com/Kyq84C2t0c— Tony Digs (@ToneDigz) October 6, 2020
Last one I promise!
We all know how this will end. The Falcons will fire Dan Quinn today (hopefully), they will lose six straight games to start 0-10, win six straight to blow a shot at the No. 1 pick and then draft a kicker at No. 15.— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) October 6, 2020
Speaking of teams looking for new coaches, Mike McCarthy took over this year for Jason Garrett in Dallas, and is 1-3 in the early goings. Sure, Dak has thrown for a million yards but at the end of the day their defense is garbage, and the offensive numbers are moot. Packers fans don’t seem to be missing the old days:
Matt LaFleur losses with GB: 3— Zach Kruse (@zachkruse2) October 4, 2020
Mike McCarthy losses with DAL: 3
The Cowboys hadddd to draft Ceedee Lamb instead of a stud defensive player in the first round after losing important defensive starters, and I don’t think that falls on Mike McCarthy, Jerry.
Down in Washington, new head coach Ron Rivera inherited young QB Dwayne Haskins but is already feeling unsure about his guy 4 games into the season:
Sources tell me that Ron Rivera and some Washington Football coaches met with Dwayne Haskins this week to make clear he understands he needs to play better or things could soon change. Story here:https://t.co/B3LQ5NvSgf— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) October 2, 2020
The alternative is Case Keenum? I don’t get it. Alternatively, Ron is in the throws of a bigger battle, one with cancer. He was seen sitting on the sideline periodically during the game and has recently spoken up on the need for quality healthcare for everyone:
In an interview with ESPN yesterday and again on GMA this morning, Ron Rivera has spoken out about the value of quality healthcare and has urged people to vote.— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) October 5, 2020
What he said on GMA: pic.twitter.com/f31LoobtIv
In other notes around the league, Tom Brady threw 5 TDs for Tompa Bay haunting the memories of Patriots fans as Brian Hoyer started for the Pats in their delayed game only to be benched for Jared Stidham, only to be benched for anyone else (that didn’t happen but I thought we could see Edelman there for a minute).
Not sure what the most embarrassing part of this play was for Brian Hoyer, that he got sacked or that he tried to call a timeout that the Patriots didn't have after the play was over #Patriots #Chiefs pic.twitter.com/lZSkEhbBzN— John Breech (@johnbreech) October 6, 2020
The Buffalo Bills are 4-0, Josh Allen is an MVP-candidate, and Stefon Diggs definitely doesn’t miss Kirk Cousins:
In the Eagles first win of the season, Carson Wentz threw a touchdown to a guy in a white 13 jersey, giving pause to Philadelphians everywhere when they learned it was Travis Fulgham, the latest practice squad call-up/hero:
Travis Fulgham said before the play Carson Wentz said get ready. They only repped it one time in practice. Travis said he lost the ball but then found it. Jalen Mills says Travis catches every ball in practice— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) October 5, 2020
My brain confused Travis Fulgham with Nelson Agholor until he actually caught it.— Michael Kist (@MichaelKistNFL) October 5, 2020
Two years in a row, Carson Wentz has thrown a perfect deep ball to a guy wearing #13 with the game on the line. Fulgham made the catch, Agholor didn't.— Tommy Lawlor (@lawlornfl) October 5, 2020
If you hadn’t noticed, we NEVER forget in Philly…
Cheer to another week, even if it was a weird one. Week 5 here we go!