Why signing Todd Monken is a big deal for Lamar Jackson, Ravens, plus what to expect from Tiger Woods in return

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THE BALTIMORE RAVENS, TODD MONKEN AND LAMAR JACKSON

Before a big offseason, the crows answered one of their biggest questions in the league – with the help of their the biggest question. the crows hired Georgia offensive coordinator Todd Monken to the same position in Baltimore, and they got Lamar Jacksonin entrance along the way.

  • Monken has been Georgia’s offensive coordinator for the last three seasons, which, of course, includes consecutive national championships.
  • Last season, the Bulldogs finished fifth in yards per game, fourth in yards per game, and first in both red zone scoring percentage and 20+ yard plays.
  • Under Monken, Stetson Bennet IV grew from reserve to star, coming fourth in Heisman Trophy voting last year after throwing for over 4,000 yards and finishing third in points added expected.

Monken also has a lot of NFL experience, most recently as a brown‘ offensive coordinator in 2019. And no disrespect to Bennett or Baker Mayfield or any of the other quarterbacks Monken has worked with, but Jackson is several notches above them all in terms of overall talent.

The Ravens have repeatedly said they will bring back Jackson – an imminent free agent – and Jackson sharing his thoughts during the hiring process seems like a positive development in making that happen.

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Cardinals hire Jonathan Gannon as head coach while Eagles officially lose both coordinators 🏈

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The coaches carousel was officially closed for the offseason after the cardinals filled your vacancy with eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon. It arrived the same day as the colts made things official with the offensive coordinator of the Eagles Shane Stiechen.

As a result, The defending NFC champions have two coordinator positions to fill this offseason:

  • Gannon beat the finalists Mike Kafka (giants OC) and Lou Anarumo (Bengals DC) for work.
  • The 2022 Eagles finished with 78 sacks (including playoffs), third most in a single season. They had four players record double-digit sacks. Philadelphia finished in the top 10 in almost every key defensive stat, including first in yards per game.

The key for Gannon in Arizona will be patience. This patience cannot be applied only to Kyler Murrayin eventual return of a torn ACL, but long after that too. The Cardinals have spent the last few seasons acquiring a bevy of seniors to fill roster holes in a winning effort now that hasn’t yielded enough wins:

Oh yes, and they also have a new GM (Monti Ossenfort) for the first time in a decade after the shooting Steve Keim. as i wrote when Keim and Kliff Kingsbury were sacked, the Cardinals need to figure out whether they’re reloading (unlikely), rebuilding, or completely restarting. Whatever the case, Gannon will need time to restore a depleted roster.

As for the Eagles, they become the first Super Bowl entrant to have both coordinators hired as head coaches in the same offseason since 1994 49ers. quarterback coach Brian Johnson perhaps in line for a promotion to offensive coordinatornotes our NFL insider Jonathan Jones.

Champions League: Bayern achieves great victory away from home against PSG; AC Milan beats Tottenham ⚽

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Kylian Mbappe has long had a flair for the dramatic. Unfortunately, the drama didn’t do him any favors. PSGChampions League game on Tuesday against Bayern Munchen. The French Star — just one day after returning to training — saw two possible second-half goals ruled out for offside as Les Parisiens fell 1-0 to the German giants, with kingsley comanThe 53rd minute goal proving the difference.

MbappΓ© made an instant impact after the substitution, showing how much PSG need him at full strengthwrites our Jonathan Johnson.

  • Johnson: “At the end of the day, PSG woke up too late here and now have everything to do in Germany next month, but there is no doubt that the French champions were infinitely better for him being on the field. Christophe Galtier and to MbappΓ©’s teammates that he was only fit for 30 minutes or so, given the season-crushing potential of this result following the Coupe de France exit in Marseille and a poor start to 2023 overall.

The second leg, in Munich, is on 8 March.

Also in Champions League action on Tuesday, AC Milan beat Tottenham 1-0 back Brahim Diazis the initial count. Our Francesco Porzio took a look at how AC Milan’s defensive performance was a step in the right direction. The return leg is also on March 8th.

As for today’s matches, we have two more, streaming on Paramount+ as usual:

you can see our experts choose here and our James Benge bold predictions here.

Tiger Woods is set to return at the Genesis Invitational on Thursday 🏌

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tiger woods is back and is confident. The 15 times biggest winner will make his long-awaited return to the PGA Tour on Thursday at the Genesis Invitational at the Riviera Country Club.

On Tuesday, Woods admitted that he is “pretty rusty, but I’ve gotten out of a rusty situation before”. Still, our Kyle Porter says expectations need to be in check for Woods’ return.

  • Concierge: “His desire to play competitive golf is still strong, but his ability to do so is not. Woods, it was clear at the PGA Championship last spring in Southern Hills, often doesn’t know how his body is going to respond day in and day out. … Everyone loves losing their minds when Tiger drives a stake into the ground.The reality, however, is that Woods turns 48 this year and has given no indication since his horrific car accident that he is physically capable of climbing the cliff. mountain in consistent competition on the PGA Tour or major championships.”

It’s a completely fair and measured take. We love Tiger – his competitiveness, his supernatural abilities, the memories he awakens, the (for lack of a better phrase) Tiger. He’s going to land some good shots this week. He’ll hit some bad ones. But we should consider ourselves lucky that he has the will to keep trying. Sometimes the joy is in the competition itself, not necessarily in the result.

NFL Power Rankings: The Last Edition of the Season 🏈

Another NFL season has come and gone, seemingly in the blink of an eye, and that means Pete Prisco’s Post-Super Bowl Power Ratings are here.

It’s not just the bosses No. 1, but Pete is ready to declare them a dynasty. That’s right:

  • Pristine: “Not a dynasty in the 1950s Cleveland Browns way, but a modern game dynasty where free agency and a salary cap can eat a team alive. This is not one of those teams. That’s because coach Andy Reid and Mahomes, the best coach and quarterback combination in the game. … It is Mahomes who makes this team a dynasty. The Chiefs traded tyreek hill before the season and the offense has evolved. Mahomes became more patient, got better. It showed up Sunday night. … On paper, the Eagles were the better team, but Mahomes was the great equalizer.”

I support everything Pete says. As long as the Chiefs have Mahomes, they’ll have a chance every game, every season, for the foreseeable future.

Here’s all of Pete’s 1-32:

What are we going to watch Wednesday πŸ“Ί

⚽ Borussia Dortmund vs Chelsea3 p.m. on CBS and Paramount+
⚽ Club Brugge vs Benfica3 p.m. at Paramount+
πŸ€ At the. 1 Alabama at No. 10 Tennessee7 p.m. on ESPN2
πŸ€ At the. 16 Xavier at No. 11 Marquette7 p.m. on CBS Sports Network
πŸ€ Cavaliers on the 76ers7:30 pm on ESPN
πŸ€ At the. 22 TCU on No. 19 Iowa State9 p.m. on ESPNU
πŸ’ Avalanche in Wild9:30 pm on TNT
πŸ€ Pelicans on the Lakers10 p.m. on ESPN

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