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The NFL coach Fight Club bracket - who do you have?

The NFL coach Fight Club bracket - who do you have?
Bill O'Brien is in the "salty" bracket. Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Earlier this week the walking enigma that is Mike Leach was presented with a question regarding who would win a fight among Pac-12 coaches. As there is nothing that seems to be too crazy for Leach he gave an answer his best shot.  On Wednesday’s episode of The Blitz Fred and AJ took some time to expand on this topic, including hypothetical brawls with NFL coaches. Well dear readers, I have taken this even further. I have created a bracket (complete with 8 different starting “regions”) with all 32 NFL coaches competing to become the one and only NFL Coach Fight Club Champion.

I could have written a long tedious post about which coach would beat who and why, but seeing as I have never actually been in a fight – spare me your judgement – I’m not going to pretend that I know how each matchup would go.  No, instead I leave it to you to argue amongst yourselves. Now go forth print off some brackets and FIGHT.

 

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Cristian Javier is in better shape this season. Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images.

As the Astros prepare to play their first game of spring training against the Nationals this Saturday, we're starting to see reports about how the players approached the offseason, and what tweaks they made to improve in the 2024 season.

Cristian Javier is a player Astros fans are hoping bounces back this year, as his ERA jumped from 2.54 in 2022 to 4.56 in 2023. Workload was thought to be one of the main factors causing his regression, he dealt with a dead arm last season and threw more innings than ever before (162).

Another explanation could be the pitch clock. This was another new element all pitchers had to deal with last year, and that also likely played a role in his struggles.

But according to The Athletic's Chandler Rome, Javier believes he was carrying some extra weight last season. Add that to some mechanical issues he was experiencing, and his struggles in 2023 make a lot more sense. And to be fair, he wouldn't be the first person to get a little fat and happy after winning a World Series.

In an effort to get back on track in 2024, Javier said he lost around 15 pounds this offseason. With the pitch clock not going anywhere, pitchers need to be in better cardiac shape than ever before.

Hopefully this modification helps Javier return to form and put up jaw-dropping numbers like he did in 2022. This rotation needs Javier to be the dominate pitcher we all know he's capable of being. With Justin Verlander behind schedule and Framber Valdez trying to bounce back from his own down year, Houston will depend on Javier like never before.

The Astros are certainly counting on it after giving him a 5-year, $64 million contract last season. Javier will definitely be a player to watch this spring.

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