Raiders look to regroup after collapse sends them to 0-2
The offseason optimism surrounding the Las Vegas Raiders following the additions of Davante Adams, Chandler Jones and Josh McDaniels seem in the distant past. The Raiders have lost their first two games of the season, blowing a 20-point halftime lead and 16-point fourth-quarter lead in a 29-23 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. Now, instead of building on last year's playoff berth, the Raiders are just trying to get going in 2022 under a new regime.news.yahoo.com
Mac Jones' back scans reportedly 'normal;' Patriots QB could return from injury as soon as Week 2 vs. Steelers
Mac Jones' injury doesn't appear to be serious. The New England quarterback sustained a back injury in Sunday's loss to the Miami Dolphins that required X-rays. Per the report, the Patriots will monitor Jones' progress before making a decision about his status for Week 2 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Head coach Bill Belichick didn't designate an offensive coordinator for the 2022 season. Former defensive coordinator and ex-Detroit Lions head coach Matt Patricia is reportedly calling the offense alongside input from Belichick.wftv.com
Raiders give McDaniels happy homecoming, beat Jaguars 27-11
APTOPIX Raiders Jaguars Football Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Marvin Hall (14) runs after a catch with Las Vegas Raiders cornerback Sam Webb (48) defending during the first half of the NFL football exhibition Hall of Fame Game, Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Richard) (David Richard)CANTON, Ohio — (AP) — The Las Vegas Raiders gave coach Josh McDaniels a successful homecoming in his debut on their sideline. Josh Jacobs, rookie Zamir White and Austin Walter ran well on a rain-soaked field and the Raiders routed Jacksonville 27-11 in the Hall of Fame game Thursday night, spoiling coach Doug Pederson’s first game with the Jaguars. Top pick Travon Walker committed a roughing-the-passer penalty on Raiders backup QB Jarrett Stidham on the first play from scrimmage. REVENGE TOURFormer Raiders defensive end Arden Key got two sacks in his first game for Jacksonville.wftv.com
Belichick says Jones will play role in molding new offense
— (AP) — Whatever the New England Patriots’ offense looks like in the aftermath of former offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels’ departure, Bill Belichick is clear about one thing: Mac Jones will have a say in molding it. “Certainly, he’ll have input,” Belichick said of the second-year quarterback Tuesday on the eve of him beginning his second training camp. He worked primarily with Jones during minicamp, and both Judge and senior football adviser Matt Patricia spent time calling offensive plays. All that is secondary, though, to the confidence veteran Devin McCourty said he’s already seen from Jones since the start of their offseason program. “I think that’s what he’s done,” McCourty said.wftv.com
Raiders accountability: Make a mistake in camp, take a lap
Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Chandler Jones witnessed a first in his 10-year professional career when the team opened training camp. Reminiscent of youth football practices, several of his teammates took a lap around one of the three fields at the team's training facility after making a mistake. “I think I’m one of the oldest guys on the team now and this is my first time ever seeing that,” Jones said Friday after practice.news.yahoo.com
The 'Patriot Way' won’t follow Josh McDaniels to the Raiders. He's learned to make his own
The Las Vegas Raiders coach had taken refuge in some shade on Thursday, ducking out of the 106-degree heat following his team’s first full-squad training camp practice. In short, he’s not spending this second chance trying to fit into the identity of a head coach he was never comfortable replicating in the first place. “It’s 12 years since I left [head coaching] the first time, and sometimes you hear people say that they took some time and they tried to figure things out,” McDaniels said. Which is saying something, given that most coaches are left with some mental scars after being ousted from their first head coaching job. Even when it looked like a slam-dunk of a job, McDaniels was uneasy about it.wftv.com
McDaniels mum on Kaepernick workout for Raiders
First-year coach Josh McDaniels wasn't entertaining any conversation about Kaepernick’s potential future with the team, however. “Just by a standard procedure, we will only talk about the people on our team,” McDaniels said. Kaepernick got his first chance to work out for an NFL team Wednesday since last playing in the league in 2016, when he started kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality. After being a mentor to the younger players last season, Perryman said everyone is on a level playing field learning first-year defensive coordinator Patrick Graham’s system. “Everything’s just different, but it’s a good different,” said Perryman, who led the team with 154 tackles last season.wftv.com
Raiders to go Patriot Way with new GM, possibly coach
The Las Vegas Raiders have made a request to interview the Patriots' McDaniels for their head coach opening. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File) (Michael Dwyer)The Las Vegas Raiders are trying to build their team the Patriot Way. Davis is closing in on a deal to make New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels the new coach in Las Vegas. But his first experience as head coach fell apart quickly following a 6-0 start in 2009 after he traded away quarterback Jay Cutler in one of his first moves. Denver finished 8-8 that season and McDaniels was fired with a 3-9 record in 2010, losing 17 of his final 22 games as coach.wftv.com
NFL executives want, expect more Black coaches to be hired
“Any criticism we get for lack of representation at the GM and head coach positions, we deserve,” NFL senior VP and chief diversity and inclusion officer Jonathan Beane told the AP. The Fritz Pollard Alliance, which advocates for diverse hiring in the NFL, said in a statement Friday that firing of Flores and Culley is a "disappointment given efforts to increase the representation of Black coaches as head coaches in the NFL. The league had seven Black head coaches in 2017 but there’s been steady regression despite heightened awareness and the various enhancements. “When people are tuned into our game, the head coach, the quarterback and the referee have the cameras on them,” Vincent said. Black coordinators get fewer opportunities to prove they can be head coaches.wftv.com
Dolphins vs. Patriots: How to watch, stream, listen
“At this point in time, this is our most important game,” Tagovailoa said. The rookie quarterback, 4-2 as a starter, will face the Patriots for the first time. Miami's defense is much improved since Week 1, when it allowed 217 yards rushing in a loss at New England. The Dolphins rank second in the NFL in points allowed, and are tied for the league lead with 25 takeaways. TUA THE TARGETShould the Patriots take Tagovailoa seriously as a receiving threat?
Unmasked: NFL fines coaches, teams for not covering faces
(AP Photo/Don Wright)NFL coaches thumbed their collective — and exposed — noses at the NFL’s mask mandate in Week 2. More coaches and clubs can expect similar punishments as the memo last week from Troy Vincent, who oversees the league’s football operations, was largely ignored throughout the weekend. Players, who, like the coaches, are subject to daily COVID-19 tests, are exempt from the face covering requirements. Some coaches such as Belichick, McDaniels and Steelers coach Mike Tomlin wore their masks or gaiters over their mouths but not noses. Others such as Carroll, Spagnuolo and Fangio wore their face coverings around their chins or necks, exposing both their mouths and noses.
Belichick: Playing multiple QBs an option this season
Bill Belichick said he's open to using a two-quarterback system this season, another example of how radically different the New England Patriots could look after Tom Brady's departure. The longtime coach acknowledged he was considering the possibility, and the Patriots later used all three of their QBs during a single scrimmage series. Hoyer has the most experience in the Patriots offense. Stidham has youth and potential, having beaten out Hoyer as a rookie last season to be Bradys No. Belichick said using multiple quarterbacks could lend itself to different formations.
Newton embracing new challenge, fresh start with Patriots
In this still image from a Webex media availability hosted by the New England Patriots, quarterback Cam Newton responds to a question, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (New England Patriots via AP)Cam Newton is the first to admit hes still getting used to his new life as a member of the New England Patriots. I think Im a person that is a self-motivator. Newton said that he has no limitations and is full go.For me, the seasons not here yet, Newton said. Ive only been kind of geared toward one particular team and in one particular city, Newton said.