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Pauline Mailbag: Jets coaching staff, NFL’s T.V. value, and more

Pauline Mailbag: Jets coaching staff, NFL's T.V. value, and more
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Every week I open up the mailbag for anyone to send me their questions on college football, the NFL, or the NFL Draft. We are now nearly a month removed from last month’s draft, but there’s still to talk about. This week’s mailbag includes questions on the value of the NFL’s television draw and how the NCAA schedule might look in the fall. But first we begin with some talk about the New York Jets.

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The Tony Pauline Mailbag

How is Dowell Loggains still on the Jets staff and listed as QB coach for Darnold? What has he done in the NFL to earn such an important job and why didn’t the Jets replace him after this year?

Because he’s Adam Gase’s guy, that’s why. As I reported numerous times last year after the firing of Mike Maccagnan, Gase is someone who wants people around him he’s comfortable with and more importantly, he must have people who know how to deal with him.

And while I thought the hiring of Gase was a poor choice at the time, we have to be fair to both he and Loggains — they’ve not had a full season with Sam Darnold and they deserve that before being fully evaluated. As I stated last week, if the Jets offense does not show a lot of progress in 2020, I expect a housecleaning of the coaching staff.

With film and television productions shut down and networks scrambling for content, how valuable has the NFL’s upcoming season become to the networks And does that have any bearing on the new T.V contract negotiations?

This is an excellent question.

Before April’s draft, when I was digging around what the league was going to do about the upcoming season, someone told me, “there will be a season in 2020 even if there are no fans in the stadium as the T.V. ratings will be off the charts.”

I believe that to be true. Yet with companies already cutting back on advertising spending due to the economic climate, I think it’s going to be tough for the NFL to demand huge increases from revenue strapped networks despite a potential huge spike in ratings.

How high will the 2021 salary cap be? (guesstimate)

I’ll take a guess and say $220 million. Were it not for the global public health crisis and the current situation we are facing, it probably would’ve been closer to $230 million.

Given the lockdowns across the country, do you envision or expect college football teams to play schools multiple times, like a back-to-back, rather than traveling?

Another good question.

I don’t know if they are going to play back-to-back, but I absolutely think there is a real chance conference teams will face each other twice during the regular season rather than make out of conference trips.

Tony Pauline is Pro Football Network’s Chief Draft Analyst and Insider. Follow him on Twitter @TonyPauline. Follow PFN on Twitter @PFN365

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