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NFL Conference Championship Open Thread

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Podcast discussion here.

I discuss it during the pod, but this article about the Texans by Greg Bishop and Jenny Verentas is great stuff. In a great tale of This Meritocracy Of Ours, Bill Belichick’s former chaplain/”character coach” sucked up to the Texan’s heir owner well enough to become the team’s VP of football ops. He and fellow former Belichick Gatorade refiller Bill O’Brien managed to parlay a roster that got full healthy seasons out of Hall of Fame-caliber players at the most important offensive and defensive positions into a 4-12 record, while trading a Hall of Fame caliber wideout for a $10 Carl’s Jr. gift card. Somehow Easterby not only stayed on but was able to get McNair to bypass the hiring committee (which recommended two candidates of color) to hire yet another Belichick guy, pissing off the star QB in the process. The Aristocrats!

Meanwhile, Josh McCown (total NFL and NCAA coaching experience: none) might get a head coaching job before Eric Bieniemy:

Well, if Donald Trump can be president, why not.

Since the Bills/Chiefs line hasn’t moved, I’ll stick with Packers -3 1/2 and Chiefs -3.

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