Monthly Archives: February 2018

David Carr surprised Jack Del Rio ‘lasted that long’ as Raiders head coach

David Carr was not surprised when Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio was fired this offseason.

You’ve got to have the right coaching staff, David Carr said. Jack, although I love the guy, I played against him in Jacksonville, he was brought in as a defensive coach. Let’s just be blunt with it. And their defense didn’t play up to par.

David understands the problems a young quarterback can have with a defensive-minded head coach. When Carr was drafted by the Texans, Dom Capers was a the head coach and Houston never got its offense going and David never lived up to being the No. 1 overall pick.

Lions general manager Dan Quinn confirmed that the team will add someone to the backfield mix this offseason.

Will we add someone probably to that room? Absolutely, Quinn said earlier this month, via detroitlions.com.

But who? Will the Lions tap into the NFL Draft’s abundant running back talent pool, try to sign a free agent like Carlos Hyde, or try to swing a trade for the likes of DeMarco Murray? All three seem like good options, and they might even consider multiple.

Tion Green, currently on the Lions’ roster, hopes his late-season cameo was enough to gain a look as the team’s feature back. Green rushed for 165 yards and two touchdowns on 42 carries, finally providing the Lions with a power runner.

I’m going to work on my body and my nutrition and just try to develop myself, Green said. Work on my hip mobility and find all my weaknesses and try to get better. I’m a competitor. Those (first) 13 weeks last year were hard knowing that there were a lot of situations last year I could have helped the team.

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When is Super Bowl 2018? Date, location, odds for Super Bowl 52

Super Bowl 52 between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots is set to be played Feb. 4, 2018. It will take place in a dome just like Super Bowl 51 did … but much further north, where the weather outside the venue won’t be as inviting.

Justin Timberlake will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018.

Timberlake has won ten Grammys and numerous other awards. This will be Timberlake’s third time performing on the Super Bowl Halftime stage, giving him the distinction of having the most appearances by an individual entertainer. He previously performed at Super Bowls XXXV and XXXVII.

Timberlake joins an esteemed list of recent halftime acts including Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Beyonc, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Madonna, The Who, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, U2 and more.

The Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show is the most-watched musical event of the year. Last year’s show was the most-watched musical event of all-time across all platforms and the most-watched Super Bowl Halftime performance in history through broadcast and digital channels, reaching more than 150 million unique people, garnering more than 80 million views and totaling 260 million minutes watched.

The game was scoreless at halftime before the National team pulled away. Stanford fullback Daniel Marx followed an American fumble with a 1-yard touchdown run, and Washington State kicker Erik Powell connected on a 22-yard field goal. Apke then returned an interception 56 yards to set up Howard’s Anthony Philyaw for a 12-yard TD run.

The second-half offense for the National team helped erase the sting of a scoreless first half that included eight punts, three turnovers and three missed field goal attempts.

I was very, very frustrated,” Martz said. There were some things out there that I didn’t adjust to.”

The American team played without a true field goal kicker and was forced to use Eastern Washington punter Jordan Dascalo on kicks. He missed on field goals of 43, 27 and 24 yards.

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Cardinals hire Panthers DC Steve Wilks as head coach

The Cardinals have a new head coach.

Arizona announced Monday it has hired Panthers defensive coordinator Steve Wilks to replace newly retired Bruce Arians.

Next up as coordinator in Carolina is Eric Washington, who was promoted to the job later Monday after coaching the Panthers’ defensive line since 2011.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday evening that Brown has a partially torn calf muscle that will keep him out for Pittsburgh’s final two regular season games. Despite losing to the Patriots, the Steelers (11-3) are in a good position to earn a first-round bye.

That extra week could be the difference between Brown being available for his team’s postseason opener.

Tomlin said running back James Conner will undergo knee surgery Tuesday on a damaged MCL. He was placed on injured reserve. His roster spot was filled by free-agent back Stevan Ridley. The Steelers coach added that cornerback Joe Haden (fibula) and tight end Vance McDonald (shoulder) could be available this week after missing Sunday’s loss to the New England Patriots.

The Eagles have overcome underdog status in their previous two playoff wins, but as ESPN.com points out, it’s historically not a place you want to be entering the big game as the betting favorite has won 33 of the previous 51 Super Bowls.

Trump went back to speaking about economic growth as several audience members behind him stood up. The bugle call was Retreat, which signifies the lowering of the American flag on a military installation. Although Trump attended a military high school, the commander in chief appeared unaware of the music’s meaning.

The White House did not respond to questions seeking to understand Trump’s familiarity with this military tradition.

One of the first subjects taught to new members of the armed forces is customs and courtesies, including respect for the flag. Service members are required to stand at attention and salute when they are outside and Retreat plays.

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Eagles want to dethrone ‘pretty boy’ Tom Brady, Lane Johnson says

Tom Brady has established himself as one of the best quarterbacks to ever play, but Lane Johnson isn’t cutting him any slack.

Following Philadelphia’s 38-7 win over Minnesota in Sunday’s NFC championship game, the Eagles right tackle was informed the Patriots were already installed as 5.5-point favorites in Super Bowl 52.

The Eagles are used to being the underdogs this postseason but overcame the odds to reach their first Super Bowl since 2005 when they faced the Patriots. Given the opportunity for revenge, Johnson is out for blood after New England beat Philadelphia 24-21 in that title game.

For what they did to us in 2004, to get payback, there would be nothing sweeter than that, Johnson said. I remember watching that game when I was 14 years old. I was hoping the Eagles would win. Just coming up short, you could feel the pain, and you could also feel the passion of what this city wants. And we’re here, so it’s right at our fingertips.

The 2018 NFL Draft starts Thursday, April 26, and ends Saturday, April 28. The first round will be featured Thursday night, with the second and third rounds taking place Friday night; the final five rounds will be on Saturday.

This year’s draft is being held at the Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Believe it or not, this will be the first draft held in an NFL stadium.

Dinwiddie’s jumper with 0.9 seconds left lifted the Brooklyn Nets over Detroit 101-100 Sunday, the Pistons’ fifth straight loss.

After a basket by Andre Drummond put the Pistons ahead with 4.7 seconds left, Dinwiddie took the inbounds pass, drove to 14 feet and drained a jumper against his former teammates.

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