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Could Patriots have interest in Mike Groh, ex-Eagles offensive coordinator?

Could Patriots have interest in Mike Groh, ex-Eagles offensive coordinator?

The NFL coaching carousel can turn in serendipitous ways.

The Philadelphia Eagles announced Thursday they have fired offensive coordinator Mike Groh along with wide receivers coach Carson Walch.

Groh is the son of former NFL coach Al Groh, who worked with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the New York Giants (1989 to 1992), the Cleveland Browns (1992), the Patriots (1996) and the New York Jets (1997 to 1999).

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Mike Groh's brother, Matt Groh, just finished his ninth season with the Patriots in their scouting department, and Belichick knew both of Al Groh's sons while he coached with the Giants in the late 1980s.

"I’ve known Mike since Al was with the Giants and they won the state championship in New Jersey," Belichick said about Mike Groh in November after his Patriots faced Groh's Eagles, via The Boston Globe.

"And then Matt played when we were on Long Island, and [I’ve] stayed in contact with Al, Matt, Mike, [Al's wife] Anne [Groh] through the years."

So, yeah. Belichick and the Groh family go way back.

And if Josh McDaniels leaves the Patriots to accept a head coaching job this offseason, New England will need a new offensive coordinator.

Mike Groh saw mixed results in two years as the Eagles' offensive coordinator: Philly's offense ranked 18th in points scored in 2018 and 12th in 2019.

If Belichick doesn't have a quality internal candidate to replace McDaniels, though, he'd likely prefer an external candidate with at least some knowledge of the Patriots' system, especially if Tom Brady returns for another season.

The 48-year-old Groh, who also worked on Nick Saban's Alabama staff for three seasons, may check off the box.

The Patriots also could target recently-fired Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Chad O'Shea, who has several years' experience in New England. And this all assumes McDaniels won't come back to the Patriots for another go-round.

If McDaniels lands with the Cleveland Browns, though, Groh is a familiar name Patriots fans should keep an eye on.

NFL playoff schedule: Live stream, TV channel, dates and times for every game

NFL playoff schedule: Live stream, TV channel, dates and times for every game

The NFL playoffs begin Saturday with two AFC matchups, including the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots hosting a game on Wild Card Weekend for the first time since 2009.

The Patriots seemed like a lock to earn the No. 2 seed and a playoff bye, but they suffered a stunning loss at home to the Miami Dolphins in Sunday's Week 17 regular season finale. New England fell to the No. 3 seed as a result of the defeat. The Patriots have reached Super Bowl nine times in their history, but only once (1985) have they done it as a wild card team. 

The most fun during the playoffs likely will come in the NFC, where four or five teams have a strong chance of emerging from the pack and winning the conference. Five of the six NFC playoff teams won 10 or more games, which should produce plenty of exciting competition over the next few weeks.

Here's the full schedule for every round of the NFL playoffs. This post will be updated as dates and times are changed/announced.

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Wild Card Weekend

Saturday, Jan. 4
No. 5 Buffalo Bills at No. 4 Houston Texans 
When
: 4:35 p.m. ET
TV Channel: ESPN
Live Stream: FuboTV

No. 6 Tennessee Titans at No. 3 New England Patriots
When: 8:15 p.m. ET
TV Channel: CBS
Live Stream: FuboTV

Sunday, Jan. 5
No. 6 Minnesota Vikings at No. 3 New Orleans Saints
When
: 1:05 p.m. ET
TV Channel: FOX
Live Stream: FuboTV

No. 5 Seattle Seahawks at No. 4 Philadelphia Eagles
When
: 4:40 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC
Live Stream: FuboTV

DIVISIONAL ROUND

Saturday, Jan. 11
Lowest remaining seed at No. 1 San Francisco 49ers
When
: 4:35 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC
Live Stream: FuboTV

Tennessee Titans at No. 1 Baltimore Ravens
When: 8:15 p.m. ET
TV Channel: CBS
Live Stream: FuboTV

Sunday, Jan. 12
Houston Texans at No. 2 Kansas City Chiefs
When: 3:05 p.m. ET
TV Channel: CBS
Live Stream: FuboTV

Highest remaining seed at No. 2 Green Bay Packers
When: 6:40 p.m. ET
TV Channel: FOX
Live Stream: FuboTV

CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY

Sunday, Jan. 19
AFC Championship
When: 3:05 p.m. ET
TV Channel: CBS
Live Stream: FuboTV

NFC Championship
When: 6:40 p.m. ET
TV Channel: FOX
Live Stream: FuboTV

SUPER BOWL LIV

AFC vs. NFC
When
: Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: FOX
Live StreamFuboTV

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Patriots punter Jake Bailey wins AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after great performance

Patriots punter Jake Bailey wins AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after great performance

New England Patriots punter Jake Bailey might be the most impressive rookie from the team's 2019 NFL Draft class. 

The NFL announced Wednesday that Bailey is the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week winner for Week 12. He also won this award after the Patriots' Week 3 win over the New York Jets.

Bailey put on a punting clinic in New England's 17-10 win over the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday. The Stanford product had six punts inside the 20-yard line and five punts that went over 50 yards. His punts helped the Patriots win the field position battle and forced the Eagles to go on long scoring drives. Bailey's kicks were among the primary factors in the Patriots holding the Eagles scoreless through the final three quarters.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick praised Bailey's ability to pin the Eagles deep in their own territory amid the difficult kicking conditions in Philly.

“Yeah. I’d say at Stanford, not a lot of tough conditions out there – out there playing Arizona State and Arizona and UCLA and all. But he’s had a lot of, I would say, challenging conditions out here – both in the spring, and then as we’ve gone through the regular season," Belichick told reporters after Sunday's victory. "This year there have been days out there where it’s been cold, rainy, windy and I think he learned something every day. There’s cross winds and there’s winds in your face and it’s kicking with the wind and all that. There’s challenges in every one of them. If you’re kicking with the wind, that’s an advantage to the punter, but handling the snap, which is coming back into the wind, wobbles and things like that. It’s a little tougher snap for the snapper.

"He’s done a good job of, I would say, adapting to the conditions. He’s still got a long way to go. I’m sure he’ll learn a lot more as the season goes along, but between the holding, the kickoffs and the punting in various conditions and certainly situational football, which came up today. You know, the end-of-the-game punts and backed-up punts and plus 50-punts and the kickoffs and so forth. There were a lot of situations. But he’s a great kid. He works hard. He’s really played well for us this entire season and he’s been so valuable to this team and he proved it out there today. I wish he could have recovered that fumble, but he’s been great for us.”

Belichick doesn't often give that level of praise to a rookie, but it's certainly warranted in Bailey's case. He's been a tremendous asset to the Patriots not only as a punter, but also as the holder on field goals and player handling kickoff duties. That's the kind of versatility Belichick values so much.

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