NFL has no comment on the Raiders’ Las Vegas flirtations

Given the NFL’s attitude toward gambling, along with the league’s past statements regarding staging games in Las Vegas, the knee-jerk reaction to the prospect of the Las Vegas Raiders is that it will never happen. Curiously, the league isn’t willing to say that, yet. “We do not have a comment,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told…

Welcome to the (largely replacement) Pro Bowl

Sunday’s Pro Bowl features the best of the NFL’s best. Unless it doesn’t. While some degree of attrition is expected, the current rate is kind of ridiculous. Of the 86 players initially named to the game, we’re already at 33 replacements and counting. A total of 14 players left because they’re involved in the Super Bowl…

Amari Cooper added to Pro Bowl

Raiders rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper was added to the Pro Bowl Thursday as a replacement for Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Cooper led NFL rookies in nearly every receiving category and became the first Raiders rookie ever to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards. He finished his first season with 72 receptions for 1,070 yards and…

Jon Gruden thinks NFL should get rid of instant replay

Patriots coach Bill Belichick, whose Patriots dynasty was propelled by an instant replay reversal in the famous Tuck Rule Game, loves instant replay so much that he proposes making everything reviewable. Unsurprisingly, the coach who lost the Tuck Rule Game doesn’t love replay so much. In fact, former Raiders coach Jon Gruden, now an ESPN…

Eagles hire DeFilippo to coach QBs

The Eagles announced the hiring of John DeFilippo as quarterbacks coach on Thursday. DeFilippo was the Browns offensive coordinator last season. He’d also spoken with the Rams and 49ers about potential job openings this month. He previously worked as the Raiders quarterbacks coach from 2012-14. The Eagles announced 15 coaching hires, including Frank Reich and…