The Daily Outkick: Thursday, November 29, 2018

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How Jon Gruden Shaped the NFL Playoff Picture (Wall Street Journal) The Raiders’ coach laid the groundwork for teams across the league to reach the playoffs. (The Raiders aren’t one of them.)

Grading the First Year College Football Coaches (CBS Sports) Dan Mullen gets an A, Willie Taggart gets an F.

The Patriots Aren’t Quite Their Usual Dominant Selves This Year (538) New England is just a regular-good NFL team, which — don’t worry — still makes it a Super Bowl contender.

Clay Travis: Two Quick Ways to Make College Football Better (Outkick)

It’s Starting to Look Like the Cowboys Won the Amari Cooper Trade (The Ringer) The Raiders seemed to strike gold when they netted a first-round pick for the struggling wideout. But Cooper hasn’t just been worth the price—he’s been the catalyst to Dallas’s offensive turnaround.

Two Words From Fed Chairman Jerome Powell Sent Markets Soaring (New York Times) With just two words on Wednesday, the Federal Reserve’s chairman sent stocks surging by raising hopes that the central bank might be closer to ending its push to drive up interest rates.

The Senate Will Be Competitive Again In 2020, But Republicans Are Favored (538) With the special-election runoff in Mississippi now over, we finally have a sense of how Democrats will be positioned in two years. In short, don’t be surprised if Republicans maintain control.

Clay Travis: Georgia Could Have Better Resume than Oklahoma and Ohio State (Outkick)

Hue Jackson’s Final Meeting with TV Crew Reveals How Broken Browns Were (Yahoo Sports) Thanks to CBS broadcaster Ian Eagle, fans have a little more insight into what the Browns were dealing with days before Jackson was fired.

Jeff Brohm turns down Louisville (Journal and Carrier) Louisville will always be there for Brohm, but the timing of the move didn’t seem to line up. He’s still young enough in the profession to land in his hometown in the future after he’s exhausted his goals, which could include a stop in the NFL.

Why Bidding Is About to Heat Up Over Tribune Stations, Fox’s Regional Sports Networks (Variety) Bidding on two prime collections of local TV assets — Fox’s 22 regional sports networks and Tribune Media’s 42 TV stations and WGN America — will heat up this week in separate auctions that are expected to be concluded by year’s end.

Fixing Conference Championships Could Solidify College Football Playoff For Good (Sporting News) The College Football Playoff era doesn’t mesh well with the Power 5 conference championship model, and that’s on display now more than ever heading into the final weekend before this year’s pairings are announced.

Clay Travis: None Of Us Know What Happened Between Reuben Foster and Woman (Outkick)

LeBron James Ignoring Luke Walton’s Play Calls to Nobody’s Surprise (Yahoo Sports) The scouts have noticed that when James is running the point, he rarely looks toward the bench to receive play calls from coach Luke Walton. Even when he has seen them, the scouts say, he ignores them and runs the play he prefers.

Why Is It So Hard for New Teams to Make the College Football Playoff? (Sports Illustrated) Before Week 13’s relevant games began, 10 teams held to a realistic, if in some cases slim, hope of a College Football Playoff spot. Five of them had never made the final four before.

North Carolina TV Made Glorious “Return of the Mack” Rewrite About Mack Brown (Awful Announcing) With Brown now back as head coach, Sports Channel 8 produced an amazing rewritten version of “Return of the Mack” Wednesday, complete with their own singing and a slideshow about all the various 90s reboots in pop culture.

Clay Travis: New Orleans’ Dominance is Underrated (Lock It In)

Ranking the NFL’s Potential Head Coach Job Openings (Sports Illustrated) We grouped jobs that may be available into two categories: The locks, or openings that are very likely (Cleveland, Green Bay, Tampa Bay, New York Jets and Baltimore) and the jobs that could, maybe, possibly become available depending on how the season finishes out (Cincinnati, Arizona, Denver).

Marijuana Delivery Startup Eaze is Raising $65 Million (Axios) This is basically Uber for pot, except the actual delivery workers are legally required to be W-2 employees. And, like Uber in the early days, it’s beginning to raise big money.

13 SEC players projected to go in first round of CBS Sports’ 2019 NFL Mock Draft (Saturday Down South) CBS Sports’ latest first-round 2019 NFL Mock Draft, a whopping 13 SEC players are projected to hear their names called in Round 1.