Tuesday Tidbits You Might Have Missed
The 2022 season brought a decent jump in attendance numbers for the NFL. The average crowd size at a regular season game during 2022 was 69,442, the highest since 2016 and the 2nd highest in the last 19 years. The Detroit Lions (23.1%), Jacksonville Jaguars (10.8%) and Washington Commanders (10.15%) had the biggest increases. 96.7% of all seats were sold across the league, which was up from 94.6% in 2019 before the pandemic.
The Arizona Cardinals introduced Monti Ossenfort as their new general manger on Tuesday. The 44-year-old comes to Arizona after 3 years with the Tennessee Titians and 15 years with the New England Patriots.
The Los Angeles Chargers making the announcement on Tuesday that they have fired offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach Shane Day. Both coaches have spent the last 2 seasons in Los Angeles. Lombardi was previously with the New Orleans Saints and the Detroit Lions, and Day was previously with the San Francisco 49er's.
The Cleveland Browns have hired Jim Schwartz as their new defensive coordinator. He was the Detroit Lions' head coach from 2009-2013 and spent the last 2 seasons as a senior defensive assistant.
The Milwaukee Bucks played their 4th straight game without star Giannis Antetokounmpo. Jrue Holiday stepped up scoring a season high 37 points and Grayson Allen contributed 25 helping lift the Bucks over the Toronto Raptors 130-122.
Joel Embiid had a 26 point 1st half and finished the game with 41 points to help push the Philadelphia 76er's over the Los Angeles Clippers 120-110. Embiid saying after the win, which was their 3rd straight :
“I was just trying to start off strong because what I’ve come to find out is that my energy kind of drives the whole team. If I’m at least being aggressive offensively and defensively, my teammates are going to pick up no matter if I make shots or not.”
The Milwaukee Brewers and 3rd baseman and outfielder Brian Anderson have come to an agreement on a 1 year contract. The deal is reportedly worth $3.5 million and does include an additional $2 million in incentives.
Free agent reliever Aroldis Chapman is coming off the worst season of his 13 year career. The Miami Marlins are reportedly considering signing him and are one of the few teams considering doing so. Chapman was fined by the New York Yankees and never pitched in the 2022 post season after missing a mandatory workout.