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Dolphins, Raiders believed to be in the mix for Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Now that Tom Brady has officially announced that he will not be returning to the New England Patriots next season, the market for the 42-year-old quarterback appears to once again be heating up.

Earlier in the week, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were believed to be the only team other than the Patriots with a legitimate shot to sign Brady. With New England out of the mix, does that mean the Bucs are on the verge of making the NFL offseason’s biggest splash? Not necessarily.

There has been a lot of talk about the Las Vegas Raiders pulling out of the Brady sweepstakes, but sources from teams that are trying to sign Brady told ESPN’s Ed Werder that they believe the Raiders will still be a factor.

Jon Gruden said recently that he wants to build around Derek Carr, and it’s possible the Raiders coach is looking for a more long-term solution than the one Brady would be able to provide. If the Raiders are still planning to make a run at Brady, they have done a good job of keeping their intentions a secret.

Another team that could be lurking in the weeds is the Dolphins, as some executives told Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports that they believe Miami would make sense as a destination for Brady. However, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport said Tuesday that the Dolphins have not approached Brady with an offer.

We personally thought Brady would never leave the Patriots, but it sounds like Bill Belichick did not make a strong effort to keep the four-time Super Bowl MVP. While Brady’s options were said to be narrowed down to two teams at one point, it now seems like there are at least a couple of others in play.

Jon Gruden says Raiders want to continue building around Derek Carr

Derek Carr

Rumors have been swirling for about two years now that Derek Carr may not be with the Raiders much longer, but head coach Jon Gruden continues to insist he has no plans to part ways with the quarterback.

When asked about Carr at the NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday, Gruden said he can’t address every rumor about his quarterback but is looking forward to building around Carr going forward.

“I really think Derek is a heck of a player and I got a lot of respect for what he has done with some tough circumstances,” Gruden said, via ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez. “So, I’m not going to answer every media rumor out there. I just can’t do it. I’m just going to listen to my Sirius Rock n’ Roll classic vinyl and keep working. But I love what Derek Carr brings to our team and anxious to continue to build around him.”

Many interpreted that as Gruden’s way of saying Carr will remain with the team in 2020, but the coach also said the Raiders need to improve at the quarterback position. However, he didn’t necessarily mean improving by bringing in someone to replace Carr.

Earlier in the week, Raiders general manager Mike Mayock left the door open for the Raiders to move on from Carr. If the Raiders have a chance to sign Tom Brady, it’s impossible to imagine Mayock and Gruden opting to keep Carr rather than making a run with the greatest QB of all time.

While Gruden has vocally backed Carr as the Raiders’ long-term quarterback, there were some reports late last season that indicated the quarterback’s days with the team may be numbered.

Mike Mayock leaves door open for Raiders to move on from Derek Carr

Derek Carr

The Raiders are moving to Las Vegas this offseason, and general manager Mike Mayock has seemingly confirmed that there is a chance they may not take Derek Carr with them.

Mayock was asked about Carr at the NFL Scouting Combine on Tuesday, and he said he has been “very happy” with the veteran quarterback. However, Mayock left the door open for the Raiders to move on from Carr when he said they will examined the possibility of upgrading every position on the roster — including QB.

That may seem like an obvious statement for a GM to make, but do you think the Green Bay Packers would say the same about their quarterback situation? How about the Kansas City Chiefs? The Seattle Seahawks? You get the picture.

If the Raiders truly believed Carr was their franchise QB going forward, there’s no way their GM would be talking about possibility upgrading at that position. Carr has been mediocre at best in his two seasons under Jon Gruden, throwing for just over 4,000 yards each year and tossing 40 touchdowns compared to 18 interceptions. There has been a belief since Gruden returned to the Raiders that the coach may want to find his own QB at some point rather than the one he inherited, and no one would be stunned if that happened this offseason.

While Gruden has vocally backed Carr as the Raiders’ long-term quarterback, there were some reports late last season that indicated Carr’s days with the team may be numbered. Mayock’s comments on Tuesday weren’t exactly a denial of that.

Report: Jon Gruden wants Raiders to sign Tom Brady

Jon Gruden

Rumors linking Tom Brady to the Raiders have picked up steam over the past few weeks, and the team’s interest in the 42-year-old old quarterback appears to be legitimate.

The Raiders are planning to pursue Brady if he does not re-sign with the New England Patriots before the start of free agency next month, and sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Raiders coach Jon Gruden wants Brady to be his quarterback in 2020. Brady and Gruden have a good relationship, and Gruden has admired Brady for quite some time.

Gruden, of course, was the head coach of the Raiders when the Patriots advanced to the AFC Championship in 2002 thanks in large part to the infamous “tuck rule” play. Gruden has openly said that call still irritates him to this day, but he clearly doesn’t hold it against Brady.

Brady fueled some of the Raiders rumors two weeks ago when he mingled with team owner Mark Davis at UFC 246. There were then reports that the six-time Super Bowl champion has purchased a home in Las Vegas, but there’s been no proof of that.

A report from Sunday made it sound like the Patriots are willing to spend big to keep Brady. While Schefter notes that the Raiders could offer Brady a solid offensive line and endless new marketing possibilities in Las Vegas, the odds still favor Brady remaining in New England.

There have been questions about Derek Carr’s future with the Raiders since the moment Gruden re-joined the team, and the two may not have gotten along that well this past season. If the Raiders had a legitimate chance to sign Brady, Gruden would almost certainly be willing to part with Carr.

Tom Brady sparks Raiders rumors by chatting with Mark Davis at UFC fight

Tom Brady

Speculation continues to grow that Tom Brady could sign with a team other than the New England Patriots when he becomes a free agent in less than two months, and the quarterback’s actions at UFC 246 on Saturday night have some fans convinced the Raiders are in the mix.

Brady attended Conor McGregor’s 40-second thrashing of Cowboy Cerrone in Las Vegas, and NFL fans went crazy on social media after the 42-year-old was spotted chatting with Raiders owner Mark Davis.

The Raiders, of course, are moving to Las Vegas this year. Many believe Brady would want to play on the West Coast if he ends up leaving the Patriots, and Vegas is obviously a lot closer to where he grew up in California than Boston is. UFC president Dana White, who has a personal relationship with Brady, said after the fight that he believes Brady signing with the Raiders could actually happen.

There have been rumblings for quite some time that Raiders coach Jon Gruden believes he can do a lot better at quarterback than Derek Carr, but would he consider Brady a huge step up? Brady had a passer rating of just 88.0 this season, which was his lowest mark since 2013. His poor supporting cast may have been the biggest issue, but he also battled injuries and showed signs of age finally catching up to him.

One scenario that would make sense would be the Raiders releasing or trading Carr, which would save them $16.5 million. They could then draft a quarterback and sign Brady to a short-term deal.

Will it happen? It still seems unlikely. While Brady has already been linked to another team on the West Coast, there is still time for him to work things out with the Patriots. If the Pats agree to get some pieces around him in 2020, Brady would probably prefer to remain in New England.

Rod Marinelli hired as Raiders D-line coach to reunite with Jon Gruden

Rod Marinelli Cowboys

The Raiders had one of the most improved defensive lines in football this season, which it is why it is so unexpected that their defensive line coach is now looking for a new job.

Raiders head coach Jon Gruden has hired Rod Marinelli as his new defensive line coach to replace Brentson Buckner, Jim Trotter of NFL Network reports. As Trotter notes, the Raiders had 32 sacks under Buckner this season after tallying just 13 in 2018. They also improved from 30th in the NFL against the run in 2018 to 8th this year.

Marinelli served as the defensive coordinator and defensive line coach for the Dallas Cowboys for the past seven seasons, and he worked on Gruden’s staff with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2002 through 2005. The 70-year-old Marinelli is a respected coach who has a history with Gruden, but many feel Gruden would have been better off hiring him to replace Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther while keeping Buckner.

The Cowboys allowed 103.5 rushing yards per game this season under Marinelli, which was 11th in the NFL. Their 39 sacks placed them 15th.

10 biggest disappointments of NFL Week 17

Pete Carroll

The NFL regular season is over, and we know the 12 playoff teams that will be chasing the Super Bowl this year. For others, Sunday brought the bitter end, or raised new questions heading into the most important stretch of the season. It’s those teams who will be left licking their wounds — some even while preparing for another game next week.

Here are ten big disappointments from the final week of the NFL season.

Referees, NFL at end of Seahawks-49ers game

There’s no way around it: the referees on the field missed a blatant pass interference by San Francisco on 3rd-and-goal at the end of “Sunday Night Football.” The refs missing the call is bad, but what was equally bad — if not worse — was the lack of a booth review. The NFL now has the ability to intercede and correct a badly missed pass interference call such as this one, yet they failed to act. The Seahawks came up short on 4th-and-goal (a good call by the officials), but the missed pass interference was a game-changer. That was the difference between the 49ers having the top seed and the Packers getting it; the difference between the Saints getting a bye and having to play in the wild card round; and the Seahawks having the fifth seed rather than the third.

Pete Carroll, Seahawks coaches

The NFL and referees missed a pass interference on 3rd-and-goal, but that doesn’t absolve the Seahawks’ coaches from their mistakes. Seattle inexplicably took a delay of game penalty on 2nd-and-goal in the final minute. How did they have a full play clock to execute a play and make that error in that situation? Because of the penalty, the ball was moved back from the one to the six, and they had to sub out Marshawn Lynch from the goal-line package. Seattle was unable to get in on three straight pass plays after that and did themselves no favors in the 26-21 loss.


Oakland Raiders have wild but realistic Week 17 playoff scenario

Jon Gruden

The Oakland Raiders’ season looked doomed after they lost four in a row to drop to 6-8 on the season after Week 15, but they actually are alive in the playoff race, and have a somewhat realistic, albeit complicated, shot at the postseason.

The Raiders beat the Chargers in Los Angeles 24-17 on Sunday to improve to 7-8. They need four things to happen in Week 17 in order to qualify for the playoffs. Though that is a complex scenario, it is realistic.

Here is a look at the Oakland Raiders’ Week 17 playoff scenario:

– Raiders beat Broncos in Denver
– Ravens beat Steelers at home
– Texans beat Titans at home
– Colts beat Jaguars in Jacksonville

If all this shakes out, the Raiders, Steelers, Colts and Titans would all be 8-8. The Raiders would win a tiebreaker with the Steelers based on strength of victory, which means the record of the teams they beat is better than the record of the teams the Steelers beat.

Every one of those scenarios seems reasonable to occur. The most difficult task might be the Raiders taking care of business on their own with a win at Denver, which beat Detroit at home on Sunday.

This clip is a perfect depiction of the situation:

Mark Davis showed alarming lack of sentiment about Raiders moving out of Oakland

Mark Davis

The Oakland Raiders on Sunday played their final home game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum before moving to Las Vegas. The final game was an emotional time for many of the team’s local fans, but owner Mark Davis did not share the same nostalgia.

On Sunday, Davis gave this answer to a question about whether he had any nostalgia about the final game at the stadium.

Davis shrugging things off shows an alarming lack of empathy for the team’s fans in the Bay Area.

Sure, the Coliseum was problematic and the team is leaving for a better financial situation, but not acknowledging the history and memories there was a bad look for Davis.

Some Raiders fans got rowdy after the final game, which was a 20-16 loss to the Jaguars. They booed quarterback Derek Carr and threw trash onto the field, among other things.

Raiders fans boo Derek Carr, throw trash on field, get into fights after final game in Oakland

Raiders logo

Raiders fans bid farewell to the team in Oakland in very fitting fashion.

The Raiders lost on Sunday to the Jacksonville Jaguars 20-16 in what was their final home game at the Oakland Coliseum before moving to Las Vegas.

Likely upset about seeing the team blow a 16-3 third quarter lead, the fans booed Derek Carr and began throwing trash on the field after the game.

Media was asked to get off the field as security tried to make sure all was under control:

Some Raiders players did say farewell to the fans:

Some fans did not want to leave:

And some booed:

Raiders fans are known as a passionate, rowdy group. This sort of sendoff was no surprise.