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Mark Davis won’t sell the Raiders, but isn’t against moving the team!


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Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis said Tuesday that he doesn’t plan to sell the franchise, but he kept open the possibility of relocating it.

The Raiders have been trying to procure a new stadium and have been continually linked to a return to Los Angeles, where the team played from 1982 to 1994 before going back to Oakland. L.A. has two groups vying to build a new stadium and land an NFL team.

In response to a reporter’s question after Reggie McKenzie was introduced as the Raiders’ new general manager, Davis said he was open to the proposed joint facility with the San Francisco 49ers in Santa Clara, Calif., and has spent more than a year on stadium options other than antiquated Oakland Coliseum. But if a stadium solution can’t be done in the Bay Area, “something will get done somewhere,” Davis said.

“We’ve got to get a stadium. We’ve got to get that done,” said Davis, who added he has talked to groups in L.A. but hasn’t received an offer he likes. “It’s such a competitive business. It really is competitive. We can’t compete for a lot of the players that other teams can at times.”

Regardless of where the Raiders play, Davis said they will remain under his ownership.

“This is my life,” he said. “I’ve been with the Raiders for 48 years. And my whole thing is to continue the legacy that my father (Al Davis, who died in October) built here, and I’ve got one of the largest extended families in the world.”



Police find body of Packers OC Joe Philbin son in river…


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Per NFL.com:

Police confirmed Tuesday that they have recovered the son of Green Bay Packers‘ offensive coordinator Joe Philbin from an icy Wisconsin River.

Michael T. Philbin, 21, disappeared early Sunday and was reported missing that night. His body was recovered from the Fox River by divers on Monday, but Oshkosh Police Chief Scott Greuel waited a day to release the name out of respect for the family’s privacy

NFL Network’s Albert Breer reported that Packers employees were informed Monday that the body of Philbin’s son had been found and identified.

News of Philbin’s death comes as the Packers are preparing to host the New York Giants in an NFC divisional playoff game Sunday. The team canceled players’ media availability Monday shortly before Philbin’s body was found.

“We love Michael so much and will miss him dearly. He loved his family, friends and life. His memory will live on in the hearts and minds of all who knew him,” Philbin said in a statement released Tuesday. “We are appreciative of the prayers and the support of our family, friends and the Packers family. We ask for continued respect and privacy for our family as we deal with our loss.

“Our family also wants to thank the Oshkosh Police Department, Winnebago County Dive/Rescue/Recovery Team and the Winnebago County Coroner’s office for their efforts and compassion during this difficult ordeal.”

Packers general manager Ted Thompson issued a statement Tuesday saying the team’s thoughts and prayers were with the family.

“This is an emotional and difficult time for them, and we ask that everyone respect their privacy,” Thompson said. “All of us in the Packers family share in their grief.”

It was unclear whether Joe Philbin will continue to work with the team this week. Coach Mike McCarthy told reporters Monday that he has a contingency plan if Philbin needs time off but didn’t elaborate. Team spokesman Aaron Popkey declined further comment Tuesday.

An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday. Results are not expected for at least a month. Oshkosh police Chief Scott Greuel said Tuesday they suspect no foul play.

An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday in Madison but toxicology results weren’t expected to be available for at least a month, police spokesman Joseph Nichols said.

Packers players took to Twitter to post supportive messages for Philbin.

“As children we all have to someday say goodbye to our parents, but a parent should never have to say goodbye to their child,” said offensive lineman T.J. Lang, whose father, Thomas, died last week.


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Jaguars hire Mike Mularkey as new head coach!


Mike Mularkey Jaguars hire Mike Mularkey as new head coach!

Per ESPN:

The Jacksonville Jaguarstargeted Mike Mularkey early in their coaching search.

The Atlanta Falcons‘ offensive coordinator has a relationship with general manager Gene Smith. He has a son working for the team as a scouting assistant. And maybe most important, he has had recent success mentoring a young quarterback.

The Jaguars hired Mularkey on Tuesday night, making him the franchise’s third head coach in 18 years and tasking him with turning around the league’s worst offense.

“Everybody was ready for it to be done,” tight end Marcedes Lewis said. “For me, personally as an offensive guy, I feel like it’s a good hire. We’re going to get new schemes, a new offense and a fresh start. We were anxious to know what direction we were going to go in, ready to move on and start our new quest for a championship.”

The team plans to introduce Mularkey at a news conference Wednesday.

“Mike recognizes the challenge and opportunity before all of us, and that’s to make the Jacksonville Jaguars one of the premier franchises in the National Football League, bar none,” new owner Shahid Khan said in a statement. “In simple terms, Mike is aiming high.”

It’s unclear whether Mularkey will call plays in Jacksonville. He had mixed results as a play caller in his previous head-coaching stint in Buffalo. The Bills were seventh in the league in total offense in 2004, but faded to 24th the following year. Mularkey went 14-18 before resigning after the 2005 season.

He resume also includes stops in Tampa Bay (1994-95), Pittsburgh (1996-2003), Miami (2006-07) and Atlanta (2008-11). He served as offensive coordinator for the Steelers (2001-03), the Dolphins (2006) and the last four years with the Falcons.

Atlanta went 43-21 with Mularkey calling plays, and he helped develop Matt Ryan into one of the league’s top young talents. The Jaguars hope he can do the same with Blaine Gabbert, who struggled in his rookie season.

Gabbert completed 50.8 percent of his passes for 2,214 yards, with 12 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He was sacked 40 times and lost five of his 12 fumbles. His most troubling trait was pocket presence. The 10th overall pick often seemed scared under the slightest pressure and struggled all season with his accuracy, especially on short throws.

Gabbert’s problems prompted many to call Jacksonville the least-desirable destination of the open NFL jobs.

“Where we were last year, we can only go up,” Lewis said.

Even though the Jaguars had the worst offense in the league, Smith and Khan believe they are close to piecing together a playoff-caliber roster that features running back Maurice Jones-Drew, Lewis and a defense that ranked sixth in the NFL despite several key injuries down the stretch.

Mularkey will be tasked with getting it done.

His first job will be locking down a defensive coordinator. The Jaguars would like to bring back Mel Tucker, who interviewed for the defensive coordinator position in Minnesota, and maybe several of his assistants.

Tucker was the interim coach for the final five games of this season, but it became evident early in the coaching search that the Jaguars wanted an offensive-minded leader to change the direction of a franchise that has missed the playoffs 10 times in the last 12 years.

“This is a passing league. This is a quarterback league,” Khan said last month. “If you are not doing those, you’re not going to be successful. I care about playing winning football. What is winning football today? It’s a quarterback, it’s a passing game.”

The Jaguars went 5-11 this season, one of the most tumultuous years in franchise history.

Jacksonville released starting quarterback David Garrard five days before the opener, switched QBs again two weeks later and matched the worst start in franchise history (1-5). Then-owner Wayne Weaver fired coach Jack Del Rio on the same late November day that he announced he was selling the team to Khan for $770 million.

The Jaguars went 2-3 under Tucker, not enough for him to get the full-time job.

Nonetheless, Tucker was among the candidates interviewed. Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski and New York Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer also were considered. Denver’s Mike McCoy also was expected to be interviewed, but Mularkey took the job Tuesday.

Mularkey has some building blocks in place.

Jones-Drew bounced back from a knee injury in 2010 to break the franchise’s single-season rushing record with 1,606 yards, which also led the league. Only three others since 1978 — New Orleans’ George Rogers in 1981, Los Angeles’ Eric Dickerson in 1986 and Baltimore’s Jamal Lewis in 2003 — won the rushing title on a team ranked last in passing.

Jones-Drew finished with 1,980 yards from scrimmage, second in the league behind Baltimore’s Ray Rice, and accounted for 47.7 percent of Jacksonville’s offense.

But in a passing league, the Jaguars realize they need to have Gabbert better prepared to handle the most important position in football. They’ll also have to get Lewis back to Pro Bowl form.

A first-round pick in 2006, Lewis had 58 catches for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2010 and was rewarded with a five-year, $35 million contract that included $17 million guaranteed. But he had 39 receptions for a team-high 460 yards this season, including just two catches in the red zone and no scores.



Tim Tebow does it again! - shocks Steelers 29-23 in overtime


Tim Tebow Denver Broncos Tim Tebow does it again!   shocks Steelers 29 23 in overtimeOne of the most storied NFL playoff teams ran into a rejuvenated Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos.

Sorry, Pittsburgh Steelers.

The magic is back.

Tebow connected with Demaryius Thomas on an electrifying 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play of overtime, and the Broncos defeated the stunned Steelers 29-23 in the AFC wild-card playoff game Sunday.

The play took 11 seconds and was the quickest ending to an overtime in NFL history.

Thomas hauled in a high play-action pass at the Denver 38, stiff-armed Pittsburgh cornerback Ike Taylor, then outraced safety Ryan Mundy to the end zone. Tebow knelt in his own end zone, pounding a fist in triumph before taking a victory lap in jubilation.

Behind Tebow’s 316 passing yards, the Broncos (9-8) are heading to New England for a divisional playoff game against the top-seeded Patriots on Saturday night.

The Steelers (12-5) lost despite Ben Roethlisberger rallying them from a two-touchdown halftime deficit with 10 points in the final 10 minutes.



Giants walk past the Falcons; win easily 24-2


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Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes, and the New York Giants ran all over the Atlanta Falcons in a 24-2 rout in an NFC wild-card game Sunday.

Manning, who’s having his best NFL season, connected with Hakeem Nicks for a 72-yard score and Mario Manningham on a 27-yarder as the Giants (10-7) pulled away from the inept Falcons (10-7) in the second half.

Manning also threw a 4-yard TD pass to Nicks in the first half, which came after the quarterback scrambled 14 yards to spark the 85-yard drive.

While Manning came through with touchdown passes, the tempo was set by New York’s defense, which never allowed Atlanta to get going, and the league’s lowest-ranked rushing game, which ran for a season-high 172 yards. Brandon Jacobs led the way with 92 yards on 14 carries.

The Giants travel to Green Bay next Sunday to play the defending Super Bowl champion Packers (15-1), who beat them 38-35 in December.



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