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Teams eye LA, but league hopes clubs stay put (AFP)
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday that several clubs are interested in a possible move to Los Angeles, but the league would prefer its franchises to stay where they are. Goodell's comments come weeks after St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke joined a group putting forward a plan to build an 80,000-seat, NFL-suitable stadium in Los Angeles. "We have been working on the stadium issue with St. Louis, as you know, for several years," Goodell said. The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders, who are also dealing with local stadium issues, are also often mentioned as candidates for a move to LA.
NFL's Goodell seeks to look past 'tough year,' to future (The Associated Press)
As if wishing made it so, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell described his league - and himself - as having addressed missteps on difficult matters such as domestic violence and being ready to move on. ''As an organization, and as an individual, it's been a tough year,'' Goodell said Friday during his pre-Super Bowl news conference, ''but a year of great progress, and I'm excited about the future.'' Nearing the end of a season he acknowledged was filled with ''plenty of challenges,'' Goodell was asked whether he thought he deserved a pay cut - ''That's up to the owners,'' he replied - and whether he could envision resigning or being fired.
Where does Tom Brady rank among top 10 greatest Super Bowl players? (Shutdown Corner)
Marcus Allen, Bart Starr, Phil Simms … I couldn’t get them on the list of 10 greatest Super Bowl players ever. That’s a lot of Super Bowl MVPs and records left off. Kurt Warner, Franco Harris, Steve Young and John Riggins also want to have a word, I’m sure. This was a very hard exercise. We put the list together to give a legacy reference point for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as he heads into his sixth Super Bowl. He’s in the top 10 already, a pretty exclusive club. A few rules: Multiple Super Bowl appearances matter, but it’s not a requirement get on the list. I’d take a player with one great Super Bowl over two decent ones. [ Watch the Super Bowl live on Yahoo Sports and NBC Sports - Sunday at 6 p.m. ET ] This is only about Super Bowls in a vacuum. Nobody would argue that Timmy Smith was a better NFL player than Dan Marino, but Smith and his 204-yard game in Super Bowl XXII would rank higher on this list than Marino. It’s just Super Bowl performances. Also, a ton of great Super Bowl players got left off. There are 10 spots for 48 games. Not everyone can make it. I considered anyone you will complain about me leaving off, trust me. Here’s the top 10 greatest Super Bowl players ever:  10. Manny Fernandez, Miami Dolphins DT (VI, VII, VIII) Fernandez played in three Super Bowls, winning two, and he had one of the great performances in the game’s history. He had 17 tackles in Super Bowl VII from the defensive line, and Washington never scored an offensive touchdown. That’s unbelievable. Fernandez had a sack in each of his three Super Bowls (according to the invaluable resource for this list ; sacks weren’t an official stat then). He deserved to win Super Bowl VII MVP, but he’ll have to settle for two rings and being one of the greatest Super Bowl players ever. 9. Timmy Smith, Washington Redskins RB (XXII) Smith’s great game has been lost a bit because he didn’t have a great career. But it was phenomenal in Super Bowl XXII, and it’s honestly baffling how he didn’t win Super Bowl MVP. Smith had 204 yards, and only one other player has more than 166 in a Super Bowl (Marcus Allen’s 191). Smith had 131 yards in the first half, and his first half alone would be the 10th-best rushing game in Super Bowl history. Think about that. They weren’t garbage yards; his big first half helped a 35-point second quarter. He had more career Super Bowl rushing yards than Roger Craig, who played in three Super Bowls, and just as many rushing yards as Thurman Thomas, who played in four. It’s hard to believe but Smith had just 602 yards during a short 22-game NFL career. I know there are some great players who didn’t make it, but Smith had arguably the greatest game in Super Bowl history. He belongs on this list. 8. Larry Csonka, Miami Dolphins RB (VI, VII, VIII) Csonka is the only player on the list of top 10 rushing attempts in Super Bowls, and top 10 yards per carry. So he was a workhorse and darn efficient at it too. Csonka and his 5.2-yard-per-carry average got a Super Bowl MVP trophy in Super Bowl VIII. He could have been the Super Bowl VII MVP with another 100-yard day, barely missing out on being the only non-quarterback with two Super Bowl MVP awards. 7. Tom Brady, New England Patriots QB (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX, XLII, XLVI) I had a hard time with Brady. I didn’t want to go just on volume. On Sunday he’ll be the second player to appear in six Super Bowls, which is more a testament to what he has accomplished before the Super Bowl than in it. But his resume isn’t bad. He has had three 90-plus quarterback ratings, but also two in the 80s. He did lead two drives that ended in game-winning field goals, would have had a third game-winning drive if Randy Moss’ touchdown in XLII hadn’t been trumped by David Tyree and Plaxico Burress, and he didn’t play too bad in either of New England’s Super Bowl losses. The volume gets him in the door. The two Super Bowl MVPs matter too. But if you argued that another quarterback like Troy Aikman or Bart Starr deserved to be on the list instead, I’d have a tough time arguing. Of course, Brady might go way up the list with a good game on Sunday. 6. Eli Manning, New York Giants QB (XLII, XLVI)
Roger Goodell: No decisions yet on Rams, other teams moving to Los Angeles (Shutdown Corner)
PHOENIX — The NFL has not made iron-clad determinations on whether a specific league team is closing in on relocating to Los Angeles in the near future, commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday. “There have been no determinations of us going to Los Angeles, any particular team going to Los Angeles or going to any particular stadium," Goodell said in his annual state of the league address. "We have several alternatives that we are evaluating. There are teams that are interested but are trying to work their issues out. So as a league, we haven’t gotten to that stage yet. It will all be subject to our relocation policy." 
Factbox: List of Super Bowl winners (Reuters)
(Reuters) - List of National Football League Super Bowl champions. Feb. 2, 2014 - Seattle 43, Denver 8 Feb. 3, 2013 - Baltimore 34, San Francisco 31 Feb. 5, 2012 - New York Giants 21, New England 17 Feb. 6, 2011 - Green Bay 31, Pittsburgh 25 Feb. 7, 2010 - New Orleans 31, Indianapolis 17 Feb. 1, 2009 - Pittsburgh 27, Arizona 23 Feb. 3, 2008 - New York Giants 17, New England 14 Feb. 4, 2007 - Indianapolis 29, Chicago 17 Feb. 5, 2006 - Pittsburgh 21, Seattle 10 Feb. 6, 2005 - New England 24, Philadelphia 21 Feb. 1, 2004 - New England 32, Carolina 29 Jan. 26, 2003 - Tampa Bay 48, Oakland 21 Feb. ...
Profile of New England Patriots (Reuters)
(Reuters) - Profile of the New England Patriots, who play the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl on Sunday. Founded:1959. The Pats, as they are commonly known, joined the American Football League in 1959 as the Boston Patriots. In 1971 they moved to the current home in Foxborough, Massachusetts and changed their name to the New England Patriots. - - AFC titles (season): 8 (1985, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2014). - - Super Bowl titles (season): 3 (2001, 2003, 2004) - - Head coach: Bill Belichick. Has won three Super Bowls and six AFC championships with the Patriots. ...
Wade Phillips hired as Broncos defensive coordinator (The Associated Press)
Wade Phillips is returning to Denver as Gary Kubiak's defensive coordinator. Phillips, 67, interviewed for the position this week after the Broncos were rebuffed in their attempts to speak with Bengals secondary coach Vance Joseph about the position. Joseph, who has a year left on his contract in Cincinnati, had interviewed for the Broncos head coaching vacancy following John Fox's ouster earlier this month.
Surprise players often star in Super Bowls (The Associated Press)
Almost all football fans know Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski. The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks wouldn't be playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday if it weren't for their superstars. Jermaine Kearse caught a touchdown pass in overtime in Seattle's win over Green Bay in the NFC championship game.
A New Englander's guide to labeling every other NFL team a cheat (Shutdown Corner)
It's tough being a New England Patriots fan. Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown and all that. Sure, (arguably) the greatest coach in NFL history sports a Patriots logo on his sleeveless sweatshirt, and (arguably) the best quarterback of all-time dons a Flying Elvis on his helmet, but every other God-fearing football fan across this great nation has yet to bow at the altar of Bob Kraft, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. Discussions about football would be a whole lot simpler if everyone could get it through their thick skulls that the game we all knew in a bygone era has since been reinvented by that holy trinity. Instead, you can't log onto Facebook or travel south of Hartford every February without somebody pointing out the Patriots haven't won a Super Bowl since the Spygate scandal revealed them to be cheaters. Never mind the 16-0 regular season that ensued once they stopped videotaping sideline signals. The Patriots couldn't beat Eli Manning of all QBs without having studied film of the backside of a laminated white sheet of paper covering his offensive coordinator's mouth. Heck, even God himself got involved by gluing a football to David Tyree's helmet just to spite them for their sins, proving once and for all Brady — despite his three championship rings and supermodel wife — is in fact not the second coming. Now, deflate-gate has only reinforced the rest of the country's resolve to hate the Patriots. Sure, a New Englander can explain away deflated footballs and videotaped signals — as Belichick did — with science and the idea that cameras only caught on film what 80,000 people could see in plain sight, but all every other un-Patriotic football fan hears is Hank Williams' "Your Cheatin' Heart" drowning out your excuses. So, if you're from the Northeast corner like I am, know that the best way to crawl under every other football fan's skin is to offer up the only excuse that should be universally accepted in NFL circles by now: Everybody cheats.  As famed 21st-century philosopher Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. has hypothesized, the best defense is a good offense, so here's the New Englander's guide to labeling every other NFL team a cheat. Even if it's baseless. Because if we've learned anything in the past 10 days, you're guilty before proven innocent. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS : They had two Pro Bowl defenders — LaRon Landry and Robert Mathis —  suspended for PED use  and still couldn't stop Jonas Gray or LeGarrette Blount. Not to mention they allegedly  pumped crowd noise into the RCA Dome  to beat the Pats in the 2006 AFC Championship. BALTIMORE RAVENS : Ah, the easiest fans of all to take up residence within their bird brains. Three simple words: Deer-antler spray . And if those don't work, remember five-time All-Pro defensive lineman Haloti Ngata got busted for performance-enhancing drugs just last month. Or mention that — while the Ravens rightfully cut Ray Rice — somehow their other All-Pro defensive stud, Terrell Suggs, remains on the roster despite a pair of equally disturbing domestic violence allegations against him. See, you don't even need to bring up the double-murder indictment of Ray Lewis to incite a Baltimore riot. Oh, wait. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS : The Seahawks  lead the league  in performance-enhancing drug use since Pete Carroll's arrival in 2010, and that doesn't even include  the overturning of Richard Sherman's positive test  before the first of three straight playoff appearances. Talk about deflated balls in the Super Bowl. NEW YORK GIANTS : Former coach Jim Fassel may have  explained away radio signal stealing allegations  in 2001 by feigning ignorance, calling such high-tech cheating "impossible to even try," but the Giants already admitted to intercepting radio waves —  in 1956 . It's not like technology has progressed in the past half-century or anything. No wonder they beat the Pats in 2007 and 2011. ATLANTA FALCONS : Speaking of listening in on conversations, assistant general manager Scott Pioli is a notorious offender, having allegedly  bugged former Chiefs coach Todd Haley's phones  during his GM tenure in Kansas City. (Please pay no attention Pioli's presence in New England during Spygate.) NEW YORK JETS : The only reason New York ratted on the Patriots for videotaping signals in 2007 is because New England  threw a Jets employee out of Gillette Stadium  for doing the same a year earlier. Of course, then-Jets coach Eric Mangini dubbed their misdeeds as "standard operating procedure." Not to be outdone, former New York strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi resorted to  tripping a dude . PITTSBURGH STEELERS : Current coach Mike Tomlin warranted a $100,000 fine when he  interfered with a Jacoby Jones kickoff return  in 2013, but it's best to hit Pittsburgh where it hurts most — puncturing a hole through the heart of the Steel Curtain. In making his own steroid admission as a player, former Steelers defensive coordinator Jim Haslett called all four of their Super Bowls in the 1970s  into question . MIAMI DOLPHINS :  A pair   of Fins  got caught violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy, but that perfect 1972 season is the only thing the Miami faithful can hold over New Englanders' heads (well, that and the fact Floridians aren't covered in two feet of snow right now), so let's point out the Dolphins  committed three counts of tampering  in order to hire Don Shula as their coach. BUFFALO BILLS : The Bills have been all about those banned substances for the past five decades, beginning with  Haslett's admission  to steroid use during his Buffalo career from 1979-85. When the NFL  cracked down on steroids  in the late 1980s, the Bills had more players suspended than any other team. Soon afterwards, Don Smith  allegedly tested positive  for steroid use before Super Bowl XXV, and then proceeded to score a touchdown in the first of four straight title losses. Before making a Pro Bowl, running back Travis Henry violated the league's substance policy, citing ephedra, as was the custom at the time. And more recently tight end Shawn Nelson earned his own four-game suspension. Whatever's in the sauce on those wings up there in Buffalo, maybe the Bills should be using more of it, because they haven't made the playoffs since New Englanders threw them a bone with Doug Flutie in 1999. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS : Bountygate .  DETROIT LIONS : Center Dominic Raiola and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh have both been fined multiple times for attempting to intentionally injure their opponents after the whistle, which is kinda like Bountygate, only without the monetary incentive — which kinda makes it even worse. DALLAS COWBOYS : Take your pick between the Cowboys'  salary cap violations ,  Orlando Scandrick's PED suspension  or  Jerry Jones partying with NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino  and a bunch of coeds in a bus outside Bootsy Bellows nightclub in Los Angeles. The third option seems the most fun. WASHINGTON REDSKINS : Likewise, it's a toss-up between  salary cap violations ,  widespread PED use , signing Andre' Woodson off the scrap heap to  recreate the Giants' playbook  and illegally  calling out the Cowboys' snap count . It's really not that hard to rile up a fan base whose team's owner  sued season-ticket holders  during a recession and vehemently defends the use of a racially insensitive nickname. CHICAGO BEARS : Forget former linebacker Brian Urlacher's concession that the Bears assigned " a designated dive guy " to fake injuries when opposing offenses got hot, current wideout Brandon Marshall suggested players use Viagra to gain an edge, which creates all sorts of problems in those pig piles. CLEVELAND BROWNS : The Browns are currently being investigated for texting during games — a violation of NFL policy — suggesting these weren't just messages from Johnny Football's ladyfriends. DENVER BRONCOS : Where do we begin? ESPN's Mark Schlereth and a couple Bronco buddies got popped for oiling themselves up in Vaseline before a playoff game, which seems minor in comparison to the team's pair of  violations of the league's salary cap restrictions , including $29 million in deferred payments to John Elway and Terrell Davis — the two cogs in Denver's Super Bowl victories. (It's probably best not to mention Josh McDaniels earned a $50,000 fine for videotaping a 49ers practice.) HOUSTON TEXANS : Three-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman Duane Brown got busted for PEDs before this season, but teammate Brian Cushing takes the cake. Following a season in which he won Defensive Rookie of the Year from the Associated Press in 2010, Cushing tested positive for a fertility drug (perhaps to counteract his opponents' Viagra consumption?). So, the AP took a revote, and he still won the award. It's always nice to see the media taking the moral high ground when it comes to football scandals. TENNESSEE TITANS : The last time the Titans were any good, they had fullback Ahmard Hall paving the way for 1,000-yard rushers Travis Henry (yes, that Travis Henry), LenDale White and Chris Johnson from 2006-11. And Hall earned a performance-enhancing drug suspension at the end of that run. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS : Linebacker LaRoy Reynolds sat out four games for a PED suspension in 2013, but there's no use trying to incite a fan base that requires swimming pools, go-go dancers and two-for-one drink specials just to get enough fans in the front door to avoid television blackouts. ARIZONA CARDINALS : GM Steve Keim can call  Daryl Washington's indiscretions  "unacceptable" all he wants, but when a team continues to employ an admitted domestic abuser and two-time violator of the league's substance abuse policy — including one positive PED test — simply because he has an All-Pro bid on his resume, it kind of gives off the impression that those actions are in fact acceptable. CINCINNATI BENGALS : It's kind of boring when all the Bengals have done to cheat is use a few performance-enhancing drugs, as cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris was busted for earlier this season. Apparently, they prefer to do their misdeeds off the field,  leading the league in legal battles  last decade. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS : Ho hum. Just a run-of-the-mill PED ban for offensive tackle Donald Stephenson. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES :  Two more PED suspensions this season . Boring. OAKLAND RAIDERS : After Al Davis spent years suggesting Mike Shanahan's Broncos should have an asterisk next to their Super Bowl victories for violating the salary cap, his own organization was among four teams punished by the league for similar infractions a few years ago. Also, they're the Raiders. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS : The Bucs aren't opposed to PED use, either, having received  a pair   of suspensions  this past season, but don't forget  Brad Johnson paid an NFL representative $75,000 to rub down his footballs  prior to their Super Bowl XXXVII victory — the lone title in the team's 40-year existence. GREEN BAY PACKERS : The Packers cheated so bad they had to buy their way back into the league, per Albert J. Figone's 2012 book, " Cheating the Spread ": "The American Professional Football Association, organized in 1919, soon became embroiled in recruiting collegiate players. The Green Bay Packers had their franchise revoked in 1921 because they recruited three Notre Dame Players — Hunk Anderson, Ojay Larson, and Hee Garvey — for their final game of the season at Milwaukee. The story was broken by the Chicago Tribune, home of the Packers' archrival Staleys (later the Bears), coached by George Halas. The Green Bay franchise was reinstated in 1922 after Curly Lambeau paid a fee." Nowadays, Aaron Rodgers'  over-inflation of balls  keeps the proud cheating tradition established by Hunk, Ojay and Hee alive. MINNESOTA VIKINGS : As long as we're still on the subject of footballs, the Vikings like theirs warm , which also violates league policy. Oh, and Hall of Famer Cris Carter spearheaded his own Bountygate scandal . CAROLINA PANTHERS : They heated their balls on the sidelines, too, but that's not quite as egregious as a trio of Carolina players filling prescriptions for steroids  shortly before losing to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVIII — making former Panthers GM  Marty Hurney's recent sour grapes all the more hilarious. ST. LOUIS RAMS : Former running back turned NFL Network pundit Marshall Faulk can  cry foul  about the Patriots cheating him out of a second Super Bowl ring all he wants. He probably just  accused New England of cheating again  in the time I wrote that last sentence. But the Rams aren't innocent, either, fielding  performance - enhancing   drug   abusers  every season since  the NFL ramped up its testing policy  in 2011. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS : LaDainian Tomlinson once said, "I think the Patriots actually live by the saying 'If you're not cheating, you're not trying,'" so it stands to reason his team didn't trying until he retired in 2012, since that's when the Chargers received a $20,000 fine for using  a "Stickum"-like substance . SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS : In the late 1990s, the Niners were finally busted for a practice they had been accused of and denied during their dynastic run from 1981-94 — skirting the salary cap, including a violation involving Super Bowl XXIX MVP Steve Young. If that doesn't get a San Fran fan going, just let  Bill Parcells do the finger-pointing  for you, since he claims the 49ers twice disabled the Giants' phone communications in the mid-'80s. And Bill Belichick's defense still managed to win both games. Now, cue all the angry emails from non-Patriots fans, who might finally understand how it feels to root for New England — only without all the Super Bowl appearances to make the cheating rumors worthwhile. - - - - - - - Ben Rohrbach is a contributor for Ball Don't Lie and Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @brohrbach
Raiders hire 4 more assistant coaches (The Associated Press)
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Raiders have hired four more assistant coaches for new coach Jack Del Rio's staff.
Raiders sign Charles Woodson for 2015 season (The Associated Press)
The Oakland Raiders signed pending free-agent safety Charles Woodson to a one-year contract extension on Monday, bringing him back for an 18th season in the NFL. The team announced the contract by releasing a picture on Twitter of Woodson signing the deal next to Hall of Fame defensive back Willie Brown. Woodson was eligible to be a free agent in March. He played all 16 games this season and was on the field for a team-high 1,100 snaps, according to STATS LLC. The only defensive back to start a game at age 39 or older is Hall of Famer Darrell Green, who played until he was 42.
Tim Brown hopes 6th time is charm in Hall of Fame vote (The Associated Press)
After watching fellow receivers Cris Carter and Andre Reed get that coveted Pro Football Hall of Fame call the past two years, Tim Brown hopes it's finally time for his number to be called. Brown is a finalist for a sixth straight year since first becoming eligible in 2010 and only has one other receiver to compete with in Marvin Harrison. ''I really think, not that this is my best shot, but now that I'm the veteran guy in the receiving group, I'm hoping that I will get a little bit more favor this time when it comes to this deal,'' Brown said. ''We'll see what happens.'' Brown watched former teammate Jerry Rice get the honor in 2010 when Brown was first on the ballot.
Futures Deals (Rotoworld)
Nick Mensio keeps track of all the reserve/future contracts signed around the NFL.
Carroll, Belichick excelled after failing the first time (The Associated Press)
The two men vying to put their fingerprints on the Lombardi Trophy are testament to the axiom that men who flop in their first NFL head coaching job can subsequently flourish. Pete Carroll and Bill Belichick were busts in their first go-around. Carroll was jettisoned by the Jets after one season and then fired by the Patriots after three years in New England, where his replacement was none other than Belichick, who had been banished by the Browns after a mediocre half-decade in Cleveland. When the confetti falls on either the Seahawks or Patriots next Sunday, 12 of the last 18 Super Bowl champions will have been coached by men who had felt the sting of the pink slip as an NFL head coach.
A summary of the wild 2014 NFL season (The Associated Press)
The NFL has reached the pinnacle of its season with the Super Bowl just around the corner. Although it's the most popular sport in the U.S., for many Americans and millions around the world, the Super Bowl is the only football game they will watch all year. Some people know more about the NFL's domestic violence policy or the way the league inflates footballs than about the actual teams - the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots - playing in the big game on Feb. 1. A lookback at an NFL season that will be long remembered more for things that happened off the field: --- DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was suspended for the season and released by the team after video surfaced of him punching his fiance in an elevator.
Raiders hire 4 assistants for Del Rio's coaching staff (The Associated Press)
The Oakland Raiders have officially hired four assistant coaches for new coach Jack Del Rio's staff. The team announced the hiring Friday of offensive line coach Mike Tice, defensive backs coach Marcus Robertson, linebackers coach Sal Sunseri and quarterbacks coach Todd Downing. Tice was offensive line coach in Atlanta last season. He worked under Del Rio for four years in Jacksonville and has been a head coach for Minnesota.
The lure of LA for the NFL - mirage or 'must do'? (Reuters)
By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Like a shimmering desert mirage, the prospect of a National Football League (NFL) team returning to the Los Angeles area has tantalized fans in Southern California for two decades without coming to fruition. Since the Rams left Los Angeles for St. Louis and the Raiders moved back to Oakland, both departing before the start of the 1995 season, there have been more than a dozen proposals for the NFL to return to the nation's second-largest market. With the Super Bowl set to be played between the defending champion Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots in Glendale, Arizona on Feb. 1, speculation about an NFL team possibly moving to Los Angeles has escalated in recent weeks.
NFL-The lure of LA for the NFL - mirage or 'must do'? (Reuters)
By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Like a shimmering desert mirage, the prospect of a National Football League (NFL) team returning to the Los Angeles area has tantalised fans in Southern California for two decades without coming to fruition. Since the Rams left Los Angeles for St. Louis and the Raiders moved back to Oakland, both departing before the start of the 1995 season, there have been more than a dozen proposals for the NFL to return to the nation's second-largest market. With the Super Bowl set to be played between the defending champion Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots in Glendale, Arizona on Feb. 1, speculation about an NFL team possibly moving to Los Angeles has escalated in recent weeks.
Senior Bowl: Best-ever selections and recent finds for every NFL team (Yahoo Sports)
Some teams have unearth a great deal of talent from the game, including one with eight future Hall of Famers.
Browns hire DeFilippo as offensive coordinator (The Associated Press)
The Browns have their sixth offensive coordinator in six years. Cleveland hired John DeFilippo, a former Oakland assistant who has a reputation for developing young quarterbacks, to run its offense on Wednesday. He fills the vacancy created when Kyle Shanahan resigned after one season on Jan. 8 with two years left on his contract. DeFilippo has worked as a college coordinator but not in the same capacity in the NFL.
Jaguars hire Greg Olson as offensive coordinator (The Associated Press)
The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired Greg Olson as offensive coordinator. Olson spent the past two seasons as Oakland's offensive coordinator. Coach Mike Mularkey, Olson and several other assistant were fired after a 2-14 season. Olson replaces Jedd Fisch, who was fired after two lackluster seasons in which the Jaguars were ranked at or near the bottom of the NFL in nearly every offensive category.
Del Rio tabs Musgrave as Raiders offensive coordinator (The Associated Press)
Jack Del Rio picked the same offensive coordinator to start his tenure in Oakland as he did more than a decade ago in Jacksonville. Musgrave said Tuesday he harbors no hard feelings toward Del Rio over his dismissal 10 years ago and said he looks forward to working with Del Rio again with the Oakland Raiders. ''Jack and I are always pulling in the same direction,'' Musgrave said. ''We had some real positive times there in Jacksonville.
Most of the NFL head coach openings went to defensive minds (The Associated Press)
John Elway broke the mold. The Denver Broncos general manager bucked this year's trend when he hired his former backup QB and offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak as his head coach. Every other head coach vacancy that's been filled has gone to men with defensive roots: John Fox in Chicago, Jack Del Rio in Oakland, Jim Tomsula in San Francisco, Rex Ryan in Buffalo and Todd Bowles with the Jets. Oddly, every one of those teams also had trouble on offense in 2014.
Here are the reporters who were wrong about the Patriots in September (Shutdown Corner)
Among the stories penned on Sept. 29, after the New England Patriots were trounced by the Kansas City Chiefs 41-14 on "Monday Night Football" was one titled, "Was this the end for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots' dynasty?" "It was impossible to also not think about Tom Brady in the past tense. To wonder if we're just never going to see one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history be great anymore. It was also worth wondering if the Patriots' incredible dynasty died at Arrowhead Stadium, too. That's how bad the 41-14 loss was. The Patriots have never looked this incompetent in the Belichick-Brady era. "Maybe the Patriots and Brady are fooling us and by the end of the year they'll wear the 'AFC East Champions' hats with yet another double-digit win season and look back on this game at Kansas City and laugh. But the Patriots' embarrassment was so thorough and complete that you have to wonder if that team is ever coming back." Yep, that was me . I was one of many who cover the NFL and wondered if the Patriots were done. And, yeah, in our Shutdown Corner playoff projection that week ... @YShutdownCorner RT Our latest playoff projection has the Bills IN and the Patriots OUT haha — Mark Powell (@mtp_78) January 20, 2015 The Patriots are obviously not done. They're going back to another Super Bowl and it's no fluke because they were the best team in the AFC for the final three months of the season. Thanks to the magic of the Internet, it's easy to go back to late September and see exactly what everyone thought of the Patriots. The "Everyone wrote off the Patriots!" narrative today is not really true. When you look back at the comments and stories from then, few definitively said the Patriots were done. A few did. Some wrote that it was hard to see them bouncing back. And let this be clear: Just because the Patriots played well the final three months of the season doesn't mean they were retroactively good in September. They had real issues. Bill Belichick fixed a lot of them through a phenomenal coaching job. Rob Gronkowski got healthy, and he impacted New England in a way no tight end in NFL history has impacted a team. The Patriots just got better. But they were bad that night in Kansas City (like they were bad in the second half of a loss at the Miami Dolphins and bad in almost losing at home to the hapless Oakland Raiders in the first few weeks of the season) and most analysts pointed out the flaws while acknowledging they could be fixed. But it didn't look good that night. Some analysts knew immediately there was an overreaction and predicted the Patriots would be fine.'s Mike Reiss in particular wrote often that he thought the Pats were fine. ESPN's Skip Bayless said on Oct. 3 that "t he New England Patriots will rise like the phoenix from the ashes of Monday night's 41-14 loss in Kansas City and land at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, playing in Super Bowl XLIX," although it's hard to give him full credit because he is paid to be a professional contrarian. ESPN's Steve Young strongly defended Tom Brady, saying, "I guarantee you this guy is still capable of taking any team that's really good to the Super Bowl," although Young also was critical of Brady's supporting cast.
List of candidates interviewing for NFL head coaching jobs (The Associated Press)
A list of candidates who interviewed for NFL head coaching jobs this offseason and the teams they met with (x-hired):
Five biggest storylines for Super Bowl XLIX: Seahawks vs. Patriots (Shutdown Corner)
So we've got us a decent little Super Bowl matchup  — the New England Patriots vs. the Seattle Seahawks — in a battle of the top two seeds in each conference. That leaves us 13 days to break down the matchup ad infinitum and go through all the tangible X's and O's. (Trust me: We'll do it, too.) But let's step back a bit and take a look at the big picture. What are the major storylines heading into Super Bowl XLIX? We came up with the top five: Brady, Belichick go for 4 The New England Patriots return to the scene of the crime — Glendale, Ariz. — where their perfect season was ruined in early 2008. After winning 18 straight games up to Super Bowl XLII, the Patriots fell to the New York Giants in dramatic fashion. That, many Patriots fans felt, was supposed to be their fourth title, but they didn't win that one and haven't won one since, despite three championships in a four-year span from 2001-04. Head coach Bill Belichick has won three Super Bowls with the Patriots, two more with the Giants as an assistant coach and will be going for No. 6 overall. He'll be seeking his fourth title with Tom Brady as his quarterback, which would tie the duos of Joe Montana-Bill Walsh and Terry Bradshaw-Chuck Noll. Of course, Bradshaw and Montana never lost a Super Bowl game; Brady has lost two, but he also will become the first QB to start in six Super Bowls. And a Patriots loss would mean Brady has lost three straight Super Bowls, which has been accomplished (is that the right word?) by only three quarterbacks: John Elway, Jim Kelly and Fran Tarkenton.  Does Brady need a fourth championship to seal his legacy? Click on the video above for some Shutdown Corner perspective on that. The Pete Carroll Bowl Carroll has had a strange head-coaching existence. He failed after one year as the New York Jets' coach in 1994. He returned as a head coach three years later with the Patriots, going from 10-6 to 9-7 to 8-8. That was a tough act to follow, replacing Bill Parcells as coach. The players were surprised by his college-like approach, which paled in comparison to the gruff Parcells, who had earned the veterans' begrudging respect. After three years in New England, Carroll's act had run its course. But it's clear the man can coach a little football. First, he dominated at USC and then was hired by the Seahawks, going 50-30 in the regular season the past five seasons and doing his best work in the postseason, winning eight of 12 games and going for back-to-back Super Bowls. Is there a revenge factor here? No. Carroll might take slightly more pleasure in beating the Patriots and owner Robert Kraft, the man who fired him, but it's clearly not going to be his main motivation or any kind of distraction — even though he'll be asked about it all this week and next, especially when the New England media get to him in Glendale. Oh, and what coach did Kraft hire to replace Carroll? That would be Belichick. Decent call there. The last time a coach faced his former team in the Super Bowl? Jon Gruden against the Oakland Raiders, which he won in rousing fashion. Revis vs. Sherman debate Who is the best cornerback in the NFL? Expect a few words on that matter leading up to the Super Bowl. Both Richard Sherman and Darrelle Revis overcame slow starts this season to get back to the All-Pro level for which they are known. Sherman is the younger of the two, and perhaps the most outwardly brash, but he also suffered a left elbow injury — and some reported possible nerve damage — in the game on some friendly fire on a hit from teammate Kam Chancellor in the third quarter on Sunday. Sherman says he'll play in two weeks. Which, of course, only adds another layer of intrigue to this fascinating debate. Expect both men, however, to have strong feelings about this discussion. They famously have gone toe-to-toe on Twitter to hash this thing out for the world to see. Both of them made interceptions on Sunday to help their respective teams make a Super Bowl. But they also have connections to the teams they are facing on Super Sunday. Sherman famously got in Brady's face after the Seahawks beat the Patriots in Seattle in 2012, and Sherman commemorated the event with a T-shirt with the caption: "U MAD BRO?" And the Seahawks reportedly were interested in trading for Revis when he became availble as a member of the New York Jets and then-GM John Idzik (a former Seahawks employee), who instead dealt Revis to Tampa Bay. Old vs. new greatness at quarterback Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss. Tom Brady won two Super Bowls in his first four seasons, and three in five. Russell Wilson is going for his second title in three seasons. They might have totally different styles, different cultural backgrounds, different body shapes and different physical traits. But Brady and Wilson have more in common than you might initially think. They're smart, good-looking, Big Ten-bred future politiicians with baseball backgrounds and the knack for delivering clutch performances in big situations. Of course, neither man had his best game Sunday, with Wilson throwing an unsightly four interceptions against the Green Bay Packers and Brady throwing one and playing so-so in the first half against the Indianapolis Colts. Seahawks dynasty? We shall see. Win here and it's sealed up. The last back-to-back champs? The Patriots, of course, in the 2003 and '04 seasons. But these days, winning two Super Bowls in any short period of time equates a dynasty. Even though the Patriots' dynasty talk didn't start until they won their third title in a four-year period a generation ago. Plus, when you consider just how young the Seahawks are and how much of their roster will still be under contract after this season, it's possible — even if they lose this Super Bowl — that they could remain in the dynasty hunt for years to come. Is there a little extra motivation for the Patriots to prevent the Seahawks from gaining that franchise notoriety, seeing as how they were the last team to really achieve that? Perhaps. This game is full of storylines, and we haven't even dug into the nitty gritty — or mentioned Gronk! — yet. - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm
Raiders close to signing 1-year lease extension at Coliseum (The Associated Press)
The Oakland Raiders are close to signing a one-year extension to remain at the Coliseum for the 2015 season. Owner Mark Davis said Friday that an agreement has been reached and is just awaiting formal approval from the city, county and NFL before the team can officially sign it.
Bears hire John Fox as new head coach (Reuters)
(Reuters) - The Chicago Bears named John Fox as their head coach, the National Football League team said on Friday, just days after the turnaround specialist stepped down from the same role with the Denver Broncos. Fox, who mutually parted ways with Denver following Sunday's surprise playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts, replaces Marc Trestman, who was fired after two seasons with the Bears.
Ryan hires Dennis Thurman as Bills defensive coordinator (The Associated Press)
Bills new coach Rex Ryan's staff in Buffalo will have a familiar New York Jets resemblance. All eight assistants hired by the Bills on Thursday previously worked with the Jets under Ryan, including Dennis Thurman who takes over as Buffalo's defensive coordinator. Thurman held the same job the past two seasons in New York and has a lengthy tie to Ryan, who was hired Monday.
AP source: Browns interview ex-Bears coach Trestman for OC (The Associated Press)
A person familiar with the process says the Cleveland Browns have interviewed former Bears coach Marc Trestman for their open offensive coordinator position. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team is not commenting during its search to replace Kyle Shanahan, said Trestman interviewed with Cleveland on Wednesday. The person says Browns tight ends coach Brian Angelichio is also a candidate for offensive coordinator, while team officials are also scheduled to interview Jets running back coach Anthony Lynn and Oakland Raiders quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo. Improving on offense is a top priority for the Browns, which finished 7-9 under coach Mike Pettine and missed the playoffs after losing their last five games.