Matt Patricia: Patricia is less likely to land a spot than McDaniels after his defense floundered early in the season.

The Jaguars broke out of some droughts of their own this season, putting together their first winning record at 10-6 SU and 9-7 ATS and advancing to the postseason for the first time since 2007 and winning their first division title since 1999.

But his unit turned things around in the second half. Now the Patriots are only allowing 19.3 points per game, which warrants him consideration.

Pat Shurmur: His 9-23 record as the head coach of the Browns in 2011 and 2012 doesn’t necessarily inspire confidence … but it was also the Browns. As the Vikings’ offensive coordinator, Shurmur’s role in turning Case Keenum into a viable NFL starter this season is a shining addition to his resume.

Some fans are finding unconventional ways to watch, some are watching much less football, and some have stopped watching the NFL altogether. Here’s a sampling of the people who are contributing to the NFL’s ratings decline:

I stream everything off Reddit because there’s no way to guarantee you’ll get to watch what you want, when you want. With a cable or satellite provider, it’s always some package of channels and stuff I don’t want to watch. I simply want to buy live sports. I’ve moved around a bunch for work and it’s just not worth dealing with blackouts and having to rush to a sports bar. I’ve lived in L.A. then San Francisco and now D.C., and I haven’t gotten actual cable in any of the places.

I know it is not just me that feels this way. Every fall I go away to a hunting camp with a group of guys. In the past, we’d always find a bar in the nearest town and spend Sunday afternoon watching football. This year, nobody wanted to go into town to watch football. We just went hiking and nobody went in to watch football like we always had.

The only game I have watched since Week 2 was the Steelers-Bengals Week 13 Monday night football game. My son and I really didn’t have anything else to do, so we turned it on. That game may have not been a good game to come back and watch because it was a really dirty game. Lots of unsportsmanlike conduct. Then you see the replays of the dirty hits and I’m just like, O.K., I wasted my time.

I’m not saying that I’ll never watch the Steelers again, but they are a lower priority. I have no plans to watch any games the Steelers aren’t involved in. If the Steelers are playing and I have something better to do, I won’t be watching. I honestly found that life goes on without sitting in front of a TV on a Sunday afternoon in the fall.

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