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Ahead of a massive offseason, the Ravens have answered one of their biggest questions in the league -- with the help of their biggest question. The RavensTodd Monken to the same position in Baltimore, and they got Lamar Jackson's .
- Monken had been Georgia's offensive coordinator for the past three seasons, which, of course, includes back-to-back national championships.
- Last season, the Bulldogs finished fifth in yards per game, fourth in yards per play and first in both red zone scoring percentage and plays of 20+ yards.
- Under Monken, Stetson Bennett IV grew from backup to star, coming in fourth in Heisman Trophy voting last year after throwing for over 4,000 yards and finishing third in expected points added.
Monken has plenty of NFL experience, too, most recently as the Browns' offensive coordinator in 2019. And no disrespect to Bennett or Baker Mayfield or any of the other quarterbacks with which Monken has worked, but Jackson is several steps above all of them in terms of all-around talent.
The Ravens have repeatedly said they will bring Jackson -- an impending free agent -- back, andseems like a positive development in making that happen.
- The Raiders Derek Carr, who is now free to sign with any team.
- for the NBA's 3-Point Contest, Slam Dunk Contest and Skills Challenge.
Not so honorable mentions
- JuJu Smith-Schuster, A.J. Brown and CJ Gardner-Johnson .
- Prepare yourselves, pitchers: The balk rule is going to be .
- New Mexico State Greg Heiar in the midst of .
The head coaching carousel has officially closed for the offseason after the Cardinals Colts with Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Stiechen.with Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon. It came on the same day that the
As a result, the reigning NFC champs have two coordinator positions to fill this offseason:
- Gannon beat out finalists Mike Kafka (Giants OC) and Lou Anarumo (Bengals DC) for the job.
- 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 top-10 in almost every major defensive statistic, including first in yards per play.
The key for Gannon in Arizona will be patience. That patience can't just apply to Kyler Murray's , but long after that as well. The Cardinals spent the past few seasons acquiring a bevy of veterans to cover up roster holes in a win-now effort that didn't do enough winning:
Oh yeah, and they also have(Monti Ossenfort) for the first time in a decade after firing Steve Keim. when Keim and Kliff Kingsbury were fired, the Cardinals have to figure out whether they're reloading (unlikely), rebuilding or completely resetting. Whatever the case, Gannon will need time to restore a depleted roster.
Champions League: Bayern get massive away win at PSG; AC Milan tops Tottenham ⚽
Kylian Mbappé has long had a flair for the dramatic. Unfortunately, the drama did not favor him in PSG's Champions League match Tuesday against Bayern Munich. The French superstar -- just one day after returning to training -- saw two second-half would-be goals canceled by offside as Les Parisiens fell, 1-0, to the German giants, with Kingsley Coman's 53rd minute goal proving the difference.
Mbappé had an instant impact after subbing on,, writes our Jonathan Johnson.
- Johnson: "Ultimately, PSG woke up too late here and now have it all to do in Germany next month, but there was no doubt that the French champions were infinitely better for him being on the pitch. It was just unfortunate for Christophe Galtier and Mbappe's teammates that he was only fit enough for 30 minutes or so given the season-crushing potential of this result after the Coupe de France exit in Marseille and a poor start to 2023 generally."
The second leg, in Munich, is March 8.
Also in Champions League action Tuesday, AC Milanbehind Brahim Díaz's early tally. Our Francesco Porzio took a look at how . The return match for that one is also March 8.
As for today's matches, we have two more, streaming on Paramount+ as always:
- Borussia Dortmund-Chelsea ( ) (also,
- Club Brugge-Benfica ( )
You can see ourand our James Benge's .
Tiger Woods set to return at Genesis Invitational on Thursday 🏌
Tiger Woods is back, and he's confident. The 15-time major winneron Thursday at the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club.
- It's his first PGA Tour event since the 2020 Zozo Championship.
- Woods will be teeing it up with a pair of stars -- Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas -- and has a 3:04 p.m. tee time.
- Woods is , as well as returning to a high level of play.
On Tuesday, Woods admitted he's "very rusty, but I've come off a rusty situation before." Still, our Kyle Porter says
- Porter: "His desire to play competitive golf is still high, but his ability to do so is not. Woods, it became clear at the PGA Championship last spring at Southern Hills, often doesn't know how his body is going to respond from day to day. ... Everyone loves to lose their minds when Tiger sticks a peg in the ground. The reality, though, is that Woods turns 48 this year and has given no indication since his horrific car crash that he is physically capable of climbing the mountain into consistent competition on the PGA Tour or at major championships."
It's a completely fair and measured take. We love Tiger -- his competitiveness, his otherworldly abilities, the memories he stirs, the (for lack of a better phrase) Tiger-ness. He'll hit some good shots this week. He'll hit some bad ones. But we should consider ourselves lucky he has the drive to keep trying. Sometimes the joy is in the competition itself, not necessarily the result.
NFL Power Rankings: The final edition of the season 🏈
Another NFL season has come and gone, seemingly in the blink of an eye, and that meansare here.
Not only are the Chiefs No. 1, but . That's right:
- Prisco: "Not a dynasty in the 1950s Cleveland Browns way, but a dynasty of the modern game, where free agency and a salary cap can eat a team alive. This isn't one of those teams. That's because of coach Andy Reid and Mahomes, the best coach-quarterback combination in the game. ... It's Mahomes who makes this team a dynasty. The Chiefs traded away Tyreek Hill before the season and the offense evolved. Mahomes became more patient, became a better passer. That showed up Sunday night. ... On paper, the Eagles were the better team, but Mahomes was the great equalizer."
I second everything Pete says. As long as the Chiefs have Mahomes, they have a chance every game, every season, for the foreseeable future.
Here's Pete's entire 1-32:
What we're watching Wednesday 📺
⚽ Borussia Dortmund vs. Chelsea, 3 p.m. on CBS and Paramount+
⚽ Club Brugge vs. Benfica, 3 p.m. on Paramount+
🏀 No. 1 Alabama at No. 10 Tennessee, 7 p.m. on ESPN2
🏀 No. 16 Xavier at No. 11 Marquette, 7 p.m. on CBS Sports Network
🏀 Cavaliers at 76ers, 7:30 p.m. on ESPN
🏀 No. 22 TCU at No. 19 Iowa State, 9 p.m. on ESPNU
🏒 Avalanche at Wild, 9:30 p.m. on TNT
🏀 Pelicans at Lakers, 10 p.m. on ESPN