Football Wiretap

Jaguars To Hire John DeFilippo As Offensive Coordinator

Jan 16, 2019 2:11 PM

The Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to hire John DeFilippo as offensive coordinator.

DeFilippo previously worked for Tom Coughlin.

DeFilippo was quarterbacks coach of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017 and was considered a rising coaching candidate, but was fired as offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings during the season.

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Tags: Jacksonville Jaguars, Misc Rumor

Jalen Hurts Announces Transfer To Oklahoma

Jan 16, 2019 2:09 PM

Jalen Hurts will transfer to Oklahoma for his senior season.

As a graduate transfer, Hurts is eligible to play immediately.

Oklahoma quarterbacks have won each of the past two Heisman Trophies in Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. Both quarterbacks were also transfers.

Hurts appeared in all but two games in 2018 as a backup after losing his job to Tua Tagovailoa. During his two seasons as the starter, Hurts won an SEC Offensive Player of the Year award and threw for a combined 4,861 yards, 40 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, to go along with 1,809 yards and 21 touchdowns rushing.


Tags: NCAA

Panthers Acknowledge Possibility Cam Newton Could Sit In 2019

Jan 16, 2019 8:31 AM

The Carolina Panthers are keeping all options open as Cam Newton deals with a sore right shoulder.

David Tepper, Carolina's owner, included the possibility of not having Newton available next season.

"If you told me he took a year off and could recover and be fully recovered and everything else, and that's what it took, an extra year, why wouldn't you do [that]?'" Tepper said.

"Now we would have to do other things, right? We'd have to go out and get another quarterback. If you could find me some more cap space I'd appreciate that."

Newton was shut down the final two games of the season when it became apparent the strength in his throwing shoulder, which was surgically repaired prior to the 2017 season, was hampering his effectiveness.

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Tags: Carolina Panthers, Injury, Misc Rumor

Bruce Arians Sees Too Much 'Diva' In Antonio Brown

Jan 16, 2019 8:25 AM

Bruce Arians, who was the offensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers when Antonio Brown was a rookie, doesn't like what he's seeing in the wide receiver.

Arians has been hired as the new coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"There's too much miscommunication, too much ... diva," Arians said on The Adam Schefter Podcast. "I've heard so many stories -- I like Antonio -- he plays as hard as anybody on Sunday, and he practices hard. He's just gotta make better decisions off the field, be on time, do some of those little things."

Arians said Brown isn't the same person that entered the NFL in 2010.

"He was the hardest working," Arians said. "He and Emmanuel Sanders, boy they went after it because [Steelers head coach] Mike Tomlin used to tell them, 'Two dogs, one bone.' And at that time, we had Mike Wallace, Hines Ward -- I mean, we had a pretty good run for one of them to get on the field. By the end of the season, they were both winning for us to go to the Super Bowl."


Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Misc Rumor

Broncos Hire Ed Donatell As Defensive Coordinator

Jan 15, 2019 10:37 PM

The Denver Broncos have hired Ed Donatell as defensive coordinator.

Donatell was the Denver's secondary coach from 1995-1999 and in 2010.

Donatell was most recently secondary coach of the Chicago Bears from 2015 through 2018.

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Tags: Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Misc Rumor

Kyler Murray Ranks No. 24 On Todd McShay's Top-32

Jan 15, 2019 9:50 PM

Kyler Murray ranks No. 24 on Todd McShay's Top-32 for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Murray hadn't been on any of McShay's prior editions due to the expectation he would go to the MLB.

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Tags: Draft, Draft Misc, NCAA

Eagles Still View Carson Wentz As Preferred Quarterback

Jan 15, 2019 5:26 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles will stick with Carson Wentz as their starting quarterback despite the success of Nick Foles.

"Yes, Carson Wentz is the quarterback going forward," coach Doug Pederson said at a joint news conference with executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman on Tuesday. "And in Nick's case, listen, we'd love to have everybody back throughout the roster, but as I've said many, many times, it's not about one guy, it's about the team, and we're going to do what's best for the team."

Foles can become a free agent this offseason unless the Eagles use the franchise tag on him.

"We would love to keep Nick Foles," Roseman said. "You talk about a guy we drafted here and we've grown incredibly close with. I don't know a team that wouldn't want to have Nick Foles on their roster. Certainly as we go into the substance of those discussions, we haven't had them yet, but there's no question we love having Nick Foles as an Eagle in Philadelphia and we'd love to keep him."

Foles wants to be a starter and figures to receive a significant contract as a free agent.

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Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Jets Hire Gregg Williams As Defensive Coordinator

Jan 15, 2019 4:55 PM

The New York Jets have agreed to hire Gregg Williams as defensive coordinator. 

Williams spent last season as defensive coordinator and interim head coach of the Cleveland Browns.

Williams' arrival likely means a radical change for the Jets, who have operated a 3-4 base defense since 2006. Williams typically runs an attacking 4-3 scheme with heavy blitzing.

With the third pick in the draft, the Jets are in position to select a top defensive lineman or perhaps a much-needed edge rusher.

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Tags: New York Jets, Misc Rumor

Brandon Graham Not 'Going To Be Silly' In Contract Talks

Jan 15, 2019 8:27 AM

Brandon Graham will be a free agent after nine seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Graham was asked if he'd take less money to remain with the Eagles.

"I understand where I'm at," Graham said. "I ain't going to be silly, I only have so many years I can do this but if it's two million off from somebody else, obviously I'm going to stay where I'm at. I feel like people know me here, that's what I mean when I say, 'Is it worth going somewhere else?' ... I know I am happy here."

Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Bears Won't Rule Out Pursuing Kareem Hunt

Jan 15, 2019 8:21 AM

The Chicago Bears have left open the possibility of pursuing Kareem Hunt in free agency.

Hunt is on the Commissioner Exempt List and would need to be reinstated before he could sign with any team.

The Kansas City Chiefs released Hunt on Dec. 1 after video surfaced of the running back shoving and kicking a woman in the hallway of his Cleveland residence.

Matt Nagy and Hunt have a relationship that dates back to Kansas City, where Nagy served as the Chiefs' offensive coordinator during Hunt's rookie year in 2017.

"I talked to Kareem, completely wanting to know how he's doing," Nagy said. "We had a good conversation. Here's a kid that I spent a year coaching on offense. It's a tough situation. I wanted to see ... making sure that he's OK but understanding, too, the situation that happened is unfortunate for everybody. He knows that.

"The only thing I cared about when I talked to him was literally his personal life, how he's doing. It was a good conversation. He sounded good. But that's it. The other stuff, that's not where it's at. There's more to it than the football, so we talked strictly on that."

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Tags: Chicago Bears, Kansas City Chiefs, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Matt Nagy Not Happy With Cody Parkey's TV Appearance
Matt Nagy expressed displeasure with Cody Parkey's decision to appear on network morning show just five days after he missed a potentially game-winning field goal in a playoff loss.

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Nick Foles Would Like To Be Starting QB In 2019
Nick Foles appears more eager to become a permanent starting quarterback again than he did in the past.

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Vikings Hire Gary Kubiak For Offensive Advisory Role
Gary Kubiak's son, Klint, is expected to become Vikings quarterbacks coach and Kevin Stefanski will remain as Vikings offensive coordinator.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Jerry Rice: Antonio Brown Wants To Play For 49ers 'Really Bad'
Antonio Brown had a FaceTime conversation with Jerry Rice on Sunday.


Packers Hire Nathaniel Hackett As Offensive Coordinator
Nathaniel Hackett was most recently offensive coordinator of the Jaguars.

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Kyler Murray Declares For 2019 NFL Draft
The A's supported Kyler Murray's decision to enter the draft, but they could be under increased pressure to improve his contract.


Ratings For Rams-Cowboys Slot Up 23 Percent From Last Year
Fox's telecast of the Rams' victory over the Cowboys drew a 17.9 rating/33 share.

Dade Hayes/Deadline

Chiefs, Rams, Saints, Patriots In Top-5 Offensive DVOA
The combined over/under for both Championship Games is the highest in NFL history.

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Antonio Gates Wants To Return To Chargers Next Season
Antonio Gates, who made a late comeback to the Chargers this year, says he wants to continue to play football next season.

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Adam Vinatieri Leaning Towards Return If Colts Want Him
If the Colts want him, Adam Vinatieri would like to return for a yet another season.

Joel A. Erickson/Indianapolis Star

Patriots Open As Playoff Underdogs For Only Second Time Since 2007
The Patriots have opened as 3-point underdogs in Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Chiefs.

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Browns Adding Todd Monken, Steve Wilks As Coordinators
They will work under new head man Freddie Kitchens.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Alshon Jeffery Played With Broken Ribs In Loss
Alshon Jeffrey, who dropped a pass that led to a game-sealing interception for the Saints on Sunday, played in the game with broken ribs, according to a teammate.

Charlotte Carroll/SI

Steve Sarkisian Turns Down Cardinals' Job To Rejoin Alabama
Steve Sarkisian turned down an offer to become the offensive coordinator of the Cardinals.


Dolphins Already Eyeing Quarterbacks From 2020 NFL Draft
Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and Oregon's Justin Herbert are considered the top quarterbacks of that prospective draft class.

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Brian Flores Emerges As Favorite For Dolphins' Job
Chris Grier "has long thought highly" of Brian Flores.

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Gary Kubiak Won't Become Offensive Coordinator Of Broncos
The two sides were widely expected to reach a deal for Gary Kubiak to run the offense under Vic Fangio.

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NFL Could Move AFC Title Game To L.A. Coliseum If Chargers, Colts Win
Dignity Health Sports Park seats less than 30,000 fans.

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Cardinals Hire Vance Joseph As Defensive Coordinator
Vance Joseph was fired at the end of the 2018 season by the Denver Broncos as head coach.


Arizona Mentions Kliff Kinsbury's Friendship With McVay In Release
The Cardinals referred to Sean McVay as a '32-year-old offensive genius.'

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