Around the NFL: The Pro Bowl Stinks, Kamara Arrested in Vegas, Miami Mike (McDaniel), Lovie the Favorite in Houston? More

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Around the NFL: The Pro Bowl Stinks, Kamara Arrested in Vegas, Miami Mike (McDaniel), Lovie the Favorite in Houston? More

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The Pro Bowl is over (thankfully), which means it’s officially Super Bowl Week! We’ve got a bunch to discuss in today’s ATNFL, so let’s just skip the intro and get right into it.

The NFL Pro Bowl Stinks

Darious Leonard’s pick-six of Kyler Murray for the opening touchdown of the Pro Bowl was a perfect microcosm of what the NFL Pro Bowl has become … hot garbage. Leonard intercepted a Kyler Murray pass and “took” it 40-plus yards to the endzone, barely touched by NFC players jogging around the field pretending to play “defense.”

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Look, I get it. Players don’t want to get hurt in a meaningless exhibition game. But, this game has gotten to the point of “background viewing” for me, and after surveying Twitter on Sunday, I’m not alone in this opinion.

It’s been this way for a long time, and the NFL has tried to spice it up with the player captains and draft à la the NBA but has since returned to the traditional conference vs. conference matchup after that tweak fell on deaf ears. The NFL moved the game to the vacant Sunday before the Super Bowl rather than after the Super Bowl and moved the venue from Hawaii to the various locations around the country to make more people attend. None of it has worked, and while I’m not sure there is an answer for the NFL’s dying all-star exhibition, I know for sure that its current incarnation stinks.

The Pro Bowl will likely never be “fixed,” but I miss seeing guys like the late Sean Taylor treat the game like it meant something:

Alvin Kamara Arrested in Vegas

New Orleans Saints’ superstar running back Alvin Kamara was arrested for battery stemming from an incident that occurred at an unnamed nightclub in the 3500 block of Las Vegas Blvd. (Las Vegas Metro Police responded to a local hospital to investigate reports of a battery victim).

LVMPD released the following statement on the incident:

According to the statement, LVMPD detectives were able to identify Kamara as the alleged battery offender. They were able to locate and take Kamara into custody without incident on February 6, 2022. According to the release, Kamara was transported to the Clark County Detention Center, where he was booked for battery resulting in substantial bodily harm. According to Adam Schefter, Kamara was arrested by LVMPD after the Pro Bowl, which tracks with the Saints social media team posting photos of Kamara participating in the event on Twitter hours before the LVMPD statement was released late Sunday night.

As of publishing, no statement has been released by the New Orleans Saints, the NFL, or Alvin Kamara.

Dolphins Hire Mike McDaniel

Mike McDaniel is heading to South Beach after one season as the Offensive Coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers after reportedly taking the head coaching job with the Miami Dolphins.

McDaniel is a Yale history graduate turned football coach in the NFL after spending his 17-year NFL coaching career working within the Mike Shanahan/Gary Kubiak coaching tree. McDaniel broke into the NFL as an intern with Mike Shanahan and the Denver Broncos in 2005. McDaniel spent time in Houston under Gary Kubiak (2006) before rejoining Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta and San Francisco for the past five seasons serving in various positions.

Another Shanahan/Kubiak disciple and current New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh (who worked with McDaniel in Houston and San Francisco) spoke about McDaniel during the Reese’s Senior Bowl media availability last week:

Saleh notes that McDaniel is indeed a minority (the first minority head coaching hire in this hiring cycle) and also praised him and said he’d prefer that he didn’t come to the AFC East where he would have to match up with him twice a year.

A few weeks ago, McDaniel quickly became my top choice for the Bears vacant OC position under Matt Eberflus, but I’m glad he landed himself a head coaching gig. The fans and media in Miami will surely love the 38-year-old head coach’s press conferences for the next few years.

Is Lovie Smith the Favorite in Houston?

With Josh McCown seemingly out of the running for the lead job in Houston, the Texans appear to have set their sights on a familiar name for Chicago Bears fans in former head coach and current Texans defensive coordinator Lovie Smith.

Former Texans head coach David Culley hired Smith before the 2021 season as Houston’s associate head coach and defensive coordinator. According to Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo, the former Bears and Illinois Fighting Illini head coach is close to being named the lead in Houston.

Good for Lovie. I always loved Lovie Smith during his time in Chicago, and I feel like he got a raw deal on the way out the door of Halas Hall. Now, do I think that he’ll be successful in Houston? Probably not. Houston is an organization in shambles from the top down right now, but Lovie might be precisely what they need in their current state of flux and uncertainty — stability. Lovie Smith will bring to the table for Houston is stability and discipline. So, that’s probably, the wisest direction for them to take right now.

Extra Points …

•   Ryan Poles said he wanted to “take the North and never give it back.” Justin Fields is just doing his part, even if it’s only in jersey sales for the time being.

•   Well, crap …

•   I wanted to see Rich Bisaccia 1) get a head coaching gig after his work in Vegas this past season, or 2) come to Chicago as the special team’s coordinator if that wasn’t going to happen. Instead, he’s heading to Green Bay to take their vacant special team’s coordinator job.

•   I don’t care where your fandom lies, this is friggin’ awesome, and you can’t tell me any different:

•   New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones hits the griddy after a long rushing touchdown on Sunday:

•   This was a pretty cool moment from Sunday’s Pro Bowl:

•   It seems as though Aaron Rodgers won’t be heading to Tennessee this offseason, according to Turron Davenport of ESPN:

•   Former Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn will replace Mike McDaniel as the offensive coordinator in San Francisco:

•   The Indianapolis Colts have replaced Matt Eberflus with Gus Bradley:

•   With the Pro Bowl now in the rearview mirror, it’s officially Super Bowl Week!



Author: Patrick K. Flowers

Patrick is the Lead NFL Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickKFlowers.