Posts Tagged ‘2018 NFL Season’

Former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is “very high” on the New York Jets‘ list of potential candidates to replace incumbent Todd Bowles, sources told NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

Bowles is widely expected to be fired at the end of the season. He owns a 24-37 record entering New York’s Week 15 affair with the Houston Texans as he winds down his fourth campaign.

McCarthy was dismissed by Green Bay on Dec. 2 after a 4-7 start to the season. The 55-year-old was in his 13th campaign with the Packers and led them to a championship in Super Bowl XLV.

The Jets are expected to favor an offensive-minded coach if they part with Bowles and are prepared to go “big-game hunting,” Garafolo reports. McCarthy would fit those desires, even though he drew criticism over his final few seasons in Green Bay for letting his offense grow stale.

Overall, McCarthy compiled a 125-77-2 record with the Packers. He made the playoffs – a destination the Jets haven’t visited since the 2010 season – nine times in 12 full years.

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Wide receiver Amari Cooper defended Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden over his trade from the Silver and Black, placing the responsibility solely on owner Mark Davis.

“They were getting calls about a first(-round draft pick) for next year and they weren’t going to do it,” Cooper told the Star-Telegram’s Clarence E. Hill on Thursday. “But when (Dallas Cowboys owner) Jerry Jones called about a first for this year he felt he had no choice.”

Cooper was sent to the Cowboys on Oct. 22 and has thrived in Dallas, posting 40 receptions for 642 yards and six touchdowns in six games. He hauled in just 22 catches for 280 yards and one score in six contests with Oakland to begin the season.

Cooper said Gruden – contrary to popular belief – didn’t know about the trade when it was made. He added that Reggie McKenzie, the general manager at the time, told him the decision was out of his hands.

Davis said Wednesday that the Raiders traded Cooper because his talents were being wasted in Gruden’s West Coast offense, which emphasizes short passes over deep balls.

“He was a great, great player. We always had the fastest guy on the field no matter what,” he explained at the NFL’s owners meetings. “It just didn’t work out in our system. In the future, we might be saying, ‘Damn.'”

Joe Flacco‘s time with the Baltimore Ravens may be coming to an end.

With rookie first-rounder Lamar Jackson taking over as starting quarterback, the Ravens are expected to move on from Flacco in 2019, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports.

Flacco is set to make $18.5 million next season, and Baltimore would incur $16 million in dead money if it chooses to release him. The veteran is expected to be a highly coveted free agent if he does hit the open market.

Trading the 33-year-old to a team of his choosing is also a possible scenario, Rapoport added.

Jackson was named Baltimore’s starter for its Week 15 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday, meaning Flacco will be an active backup for the first time in his career.

The rookie took over for the injured Flacco in Week 11 and won his first three games as the starter before losing in overtime to the AFC-leading Kansas City Chiefs in Week 14.

Charles Barkley has some advice for professional athletes on how to deal with hecklers: walk away.

“You gotta be careful man, ’cause you can’t hit a fan. Because they’re just gonna sue you,” Barkley told TMZ Sports. “You have nothing to gain. I mean, if you hit a fan, you’re going to lose a lot of money, plain and simple.

“First of all, most of the fans are amazing. But there’s a certain fanbase that are crazy and you just got to walk away.”

The NBA Hall of Famer’s comments came while responding to a question about Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette, who was caught on video threatening to fight a fan during Thursday’s game against the Tennessee Titans.

Barkley has had his share of run-ins with hecklers. A New York man suedBarkley in 1996 for allegedly punching him several times in the face and head during a scuffle at a bar. The following year, Barkley was arrested for throwinganother man through a plate-glass window in Orlando.

It’s a new day in Seattle.

On the strength of a defense rebuilt seemingly on the fly, the Seahawks shut down the Minnesota Vikings‘ offense Monday night to help Seattle improve to 8-5.

The Vikings, in fact, were pointless until the very last drive of the game. Seattle’s defensive performance recalled a previous era. Just don’t tell the current Seahawks that.

Richard Sherman and his era is over here,” proclaimed Seahawks defensive end Frank Clark, according to Mike Vorel of the Seattle Times.

“For so long, I feel like we’ve had this spirit over us – that Super Bowl lingering from 2015. You know what I mean? I feel like for the longest (time) we had that cloud over us, like people wouldn’t get over it. But I feel like there were some changes here. We were called a team that was going to have a rebuilding season.”

Clark took umbrage with Sherman calling the Seahawks a “middle of the road” team after their battle with the San Francisco 49ers last week.

“At the end of the day, ‘middle of the road,’ that’s Richard Sherman being Richard Sherman. He’s not in this locker room anymore, so his opinion really doesn’t matter,” Clark said. “You know what I mean? They’ve got problems over there in San Fran that he needs to be worried about. At the end of the day, this is my team now. This is my defense.”

NFL Hall of Famer Mike Ditka was hospitalized in late November after suffering a heart attack that was initially described as “minor.”

However, Ditka says his agent downplayed the severity of the event, one he calls “massive.”

“I got my ass kicked pretty good there, but I’m feeling a lot better,” Ditka said to The Athletic’s Dan Pompei.

The heart attack occurred while Ditka was on the golf course. He was rushed to a hospital where doctors inserted a pacemaker and four stents.

He’s currently attending therapy daily and working on regaining his strength.

“I’m just going to take it easy,” he said. “I realize that I have been riding ’em hard and putting up wet for a lot of years. Time to slow down. I’m not getting any younger. You’re only going to live ’til you die anyway. So it’s been a hell of a run.

“You always think it’s not going to happen to me until it happens to you. And then there is nothing you can do about it because it just kicks your butt so bad. You know, the greatest gift we have from God is life. But life without health is not worth a darn.”

Ditka suffered a heart attack in 1988 and had a minor stroke in 2012.

The City of Oakland filed a federal lawsuit against the National Football League and the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday regarding the team’s upcoming relocation to Las Vegas, according to ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez.

The Raiders don’t have a lease for the 2019 season as the franchise awaits the completion of a stadium in Las Vegas, where they will eventually move for the 2020 campaign. Although the Raiders were originally open to playing in Oakland until the Las Vegas venue is ready, the lawsuit further clouds where the team will play next season.

The City contends the Raiders were approved to move to Las Vegas illegally and the impending relocation has caused severe damages to the city’s residents and taxpayers.

“The Raiders’ illegal move lines the pockets of NFL owners and sticks Oakland, its residents, taxpayers and dedicated fans with the bill,” Oakland city attorney Barbara J. Parker said in a release. “The purpose of this lawsuit is to hold the defendants accountable and help to compensate Oakland for the damages the defendants’ unlawful actions have caused and will cause to the people of Oakland.”

UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium has been mentioned among the potential options if the Raiders are unable to reach an agreement to play the 2019 season in Oakland.

Raiders owner Mark Davis declined to comment on ESPN’s story.