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  • Jim Harbaugh is set to become the next head coach at Michigan

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    Jim Harbaugh will be the next head coach at Michigan. With word trickling out of so many places it’s hard to know where to give credit (although this feels like a good place to start), but it’s all but official now. The hire is expected to be formally announced on Monday, with an introductory press conference slated for Tuesday.

    A large part of hiring coaches is projecting and predicting. How does a coach’s success in one job with one organization translate into a different job at a new organization? You can research and interview as much as you want, but at some point you have to hold your nose and dive in. It’s hard to be totally sure.

    Not this time.

    There are few known commodities in the coaching business, but this is one of them. Michigan is getting a coach that went 29-6 in three years at private, non-scholarship San Diego, transformed Stanford from the worst program in the Pac-12 to a team that went 20-6 over his past two seasons – and set the foundation in place to win two straight Pac-12 titles – and then morphed the San Francisco 49ers from a 6-10 team the year prior to his arrival to a club that made three straight appearances in the NFC Championship, and came within an eyelash of winning the Super Bowl two seasons ago.

    Harbaugh made his name as both an identifier of talent – his quarterback targets for the class of 2008 were Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III – and a talent developer. His predecessor in Ann Arbor, Brady Hoke, succeeded at the first, but never got over the hump at the latter part of the job. Harbaugh won’t have that same problem.

    With the news barreling from “nearly official” to “officially official”, the focus now shifts toward the staff Harbaugh will build around him at Michigan. It should be a good one.

    As always, stay tuned to the The Scoop for the latest.

  • After two seasons, Marc Trestman is out in Chicago

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    After two tumultuous seasons, Marc Trestman has been let go by the Bears. Jay Glazer was the first to report the move this morning.

    Minutes before news broke of Trestman’s firing, word got out that GM Phil Emery would also not be returning in 2015.

    Following their 9-13 loss to the Vikings on Sunday, the Bears dropped to 5-11 on the year. In his two seasons in Chicago, Trestman was 13-19 with no post season appearances.

    Hired with the hope of maximizing their offensive talent with guys like Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall, Trestman and his staff were never able to get the results that many expected.

    Trestman arrived in the Windy City following a successful run in the Canadian Football League as a head coach with the Montreal Alouettes. In Canada, Trestman led his team to two Grey Cup titles, and accumulated a 59-31 regular season record, and a 5-3 post season mark.

    Prior to that, Trestman was a highly regarded quarterbacks coach in the league, coaching guys like Bernie Kosar (Cleveland), Jake Plummer (Arizona) and Rich Gannon (Oakland), among others.

    Stay tuned to The Scoop for more information.

  • The Falcons have decided to part ways with head coach Mike Smith

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    Following their loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, effectively dashing their hopes of making the playoffs, the Falcons decided Monday morning to part ways with head coach Mike Smith.

    To add insult to injury, just before Sunday’s game, news emerged that the Falcons had hired the search firm Korn Ferry in the event that they would replace Smith.

    Smith took the reigns of the franchise back in 2011 and led the team to an 11-5 finish in year one, with a post season appearance against Arizona in the NFC Wild-Card game. Smith was awarded the NFL Coach of the Year following that first season. In year two, the Falcons narrowly missed the playoffs in 2009 with a 9-7 finish, but were able to use that season to catapult the franchise to new heights in the years that followed.

    In 2010, 2011 and 2012, the Falcons were one of the best teams in the NFL during the regular season, going a combined 36-12 during those three regular seasons. The first two years resulted in first round playoff exits, while the Falcons won one playoff game in 2012 before losing to San Francisco in the NFC Championship game. In two of those three seasons the Falcons won the NFC South.

    In the two years since, Smith has failed to lead the team back to the post season, with a 4-12 finish in 2013 and a 6-10 finish this season.

    Smith’s teams in Atlanta were a combined 66-45 in the regular season and just 1-4 in post season play.

    Dating back to 1999, Smith has been a part of NFL defensive staffs with the Ravens (1999-2002) and Jaguars (2002-2007). Prior that that, he served on staffs at Tennessee Tech (defensive coordinator, defensive line, and special teams coordinator), Morehead State (DL), and got his coaching career started at San Diego State (grad assistant and LBs).

    Stay glued to The Scoop for more details as they become available.

  • The uniforms for the US Army All-American Bowl have been revealed

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    Last week, Under Armour revealed their uniforms for their All-American game, and not to be outdone, the US Army All-American Bowl released these pics of their uniforms this morning.

    The Army All-American Bowl’s lead sponsor is Adidas, and there is no mistaking the branding they’ve done on these. You’ve got the customary Adidas patch on the uni, the trademark three stripes on the pants, and the unmistakable cleats that teams have made famous during bowl season.

    These are relatively simple, but I’m kind of digging them. I’m not sure what’s going with the helmets, but the design has me intrigued. See more pictures below.

    The East vs. West game will take place January 3rd.

    Your thoughts?

    (H/T Darren Rovell)

  • Jets head coach Rex Ryan has been let go in New York

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    The Jets have announced that Rex Ryan has been let go as head coach of the New York Jets. Jay Glazer was the first to report the news this morning.

    General manager John Idzik was also informed this morning that he would not return in 2015.

    After leading the Jets to appearances in the AFC title game in his first two seasons, Ryan was never able to lead the team back to the playoffs. Ryan was 45-50 in six full seasons in New York, with 2014 ending on a 4-12 note after today’s win (37-24) over the Dolphins.

    Ryan’s coaching career at the college and NFL level has seen plenty of success. At 26 he was a defensive coordinator and assistant head coach at Division II New Mexico Highlands, and climbed from there onto staffs at Morehead State (FCS), a stint on his father’s staff (Buddy) with the Arizona Cardinals, and stops at Cincinnati and Oklahoma before joining Bill Snyder’s 1999 Kansas State staff for about a month.

    From there he moved back into the NFL, where he has stayed, first with the Ravens as the defensive line coach from 1999-2004, followed by a promotion to defensive coordinator in 2005 and another promotion to assistant head coach in 2008. In Baltimore, Ryan led some of the best, star-studded, NFL defenses of the past few decades.

    In 2009, Ryan was introduced as the new head coach of the Jets. He went 9-7 his first year, followed by an 11-5 season in 2010. But 2011 saw a drop in wins to 8-8 and then 6-10, 8-8 and 3-12 in the years leading up to 2014.At the end of the day, the leadership decided that progress wasn’t being made, and it was time for a change.

    Ryan’s tenure in New York was also littered with various off-the-field issues, and while he came in as one of the most blunt and brash head coaches in the NFL, he eventually settled in after a year or two in one of the brightest spotlights in sports.

    Chances are good that he lands on his feet somewhere, at least as a defensive coordinator or defensive assistant, just as soon as he’s ready.

    As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest. 

    Below is a brief Twitter run-down of how things played out the past few days.