Football Wiretap

Tom Brady Was Gushing Blood After Injuring Thumb

Jan 19, 2018 5:42 PM

Tom Brady wore red gloves on both of his hands during his press conference on Friday while evading questions about about his injury.

"We'll see," Brady said when asked how confident he is he'll play against the Jaguars.

Brady wouldn't provide specifics on any questions about his hand.

"I'm not talking about that," Brady said.

Brady was reportedly gushing blood when he injured his thumb, according to Ian Rapoport. Brady also was “zinging it pretty good today,” a source told Rapoport.


Tags: New England Patriots, Injury

NFL Concludes Raiders Complied With Rooney Rule On Jon Gruden Hire

Jan 19, 2018 4:15 PM

The NFL has concluded that the Oakland Raiders complied with the Rooney Rule when they hired Jon Gruden as head coach.

The "Rooney Rule" requires NFL teams to consider at least one minority candidate before making an offer to a head coaching candidate. The team officially hired Gruden on Jan. 6.

Reports have indicated the Raiders would not have fired Jack Del Rio without a commitment from Gruden.

Associated Press

Tags: Oakland Raiders

Bill Belichick Predictably Cryptic Over Tom Brady's Hand Injury

Jan 19, 2018 11:26 AM

Bill Belichick deflected questions about the hand injury of Tom Brady during his Friday press conference.

"We gave out the injury report yesterday and we'll update it today," said Belichick.

Belichick was asked about his level of concern on the injury.

"I don't know. We'll see," said Belichick.

Brady was held out of Thursday's full-pads practice after warm-ups. He had gone through some light stretching and jogging Thursday, wearing red gloves on both hands, which isn't the norm for him.

Asked how much Brady's status complicates the planning process, Belichick said, "I don't know."

Brian Hoyer took all the repetitions in Thursday's practice.

"Brian does a great job for us," Belichick said. "Works hard. Practices hard."

A source said Brady's hand "should be OK" for Sunday's game, while another source acknowledged that it could affect him "slightly" in the game.

Mike Reiss/ESPN

Tags: New England Patriots, Injury

Stefon Diggs: Odell Beckham Will Thrive Under Pat Shurmur

Jan 19, 2018 8:16 AM

Stefon Diggs expects Odell Beckham to thrive under Pat Shurmur with the New York Giants "because Pat knows how to get people the ball."

Shurmur will officially be named the head coach of the Giants after the Minnesota Vikings are done playing.

"As a player, (Beckham) does a lot of things well, so it's gonna be a fun offense for him to be in," Diggs, who came into the NFL one year behind Beckham, said. "Because Pat knows how to get people the ball. He's special. Good coach."

Pat Leonard/New York Daily News

Tags: New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings, Misc Rumor

Jaguars Aren't Buying Tom Brady's Hand Injury

Jan 19, 2018 8:06 AM

The Jacksonville Jaguars are preparing to face Tom Brady at 100% on Sunday despite a hand injury that kept him out of practice on Thursday.

"I remember [Buffalo Bills running back] LeSean McCoy said he had a high ankle sprain and came out there cutting and stuff," Jaguars defensive lineman Malik Jackson said.

Injured or not, Jackson believes the Jaguars can slow the New England Patriots' offense, if they follow the right formula.

"We have to go rush the quarterback," Jackson said. "Also we have to make sure we press the pocket up the middle because he likes to step up in the middle or that’s where he feels comfortable standing behind that center. That’s what I told our [defensive] line. We have to make sure that we create pressure, have to rally and tackle and just frustrate him. He is 40, so we can hit him."

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, Misc Rumor

Sean McVay Named Coach Of Year By PFWA

Jan 19, 2018 8:02 AM

The Pro Football Writers of America have named Sean McVay the Coach of the Year for this season.

McVay is the youngest head coach in modern NFL history.

The Los Angeles Rams finished 11-5 in McVay's first season, winning their first division title since 2003 and becoming the first team in the Super Bowl era to go from last to first in scoring in consecutive years.

The Pro Football Writers also named Howie Roseman, the Philadelphia Eagles' executive vice president of football operations, as Executive of the Year and Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur as Assistant Coach of the Year.

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Rams, Misc Rumor

Falcons Prioritizing Extension For Matt Ryan

Jan 18, 2018 5:47 PM

The Atlanta Falcons have prioritized signing Matt Ryan to an extension this offseason. Ryan is moving into the final season of his current contract.

"No real comment, just the fact that it will be a focus this offseason," Dimitroff said. "That's one that, interestingly enough, will help create flexibility in what we're doing forward with a number of moves we may be making. Yes, Matt's focus will be the No. 1 focus.'"

Arthur Blank said Ryan "needs to be compensated well, and he will be" after Ryan was named the MVP following the 2016 Super Bowl season. 

Ryan signed a five-year, $103.75 million extension in July of 2013 that included $59 million guaranteed.

Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford, a close friend of Ryan's, signed a five-year, $135 million contract back in September that included $92 million guaranteed and a $50 million signing bonus, both NFL highs.

Vaughn McClure/ESPN

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Joe Lockhart Steps Down As NFL's Chief Spokesman

Jan 18, 2018 5:39 PM

Joe Lockhart is stepping down as chief spokesman of the NFL. Lockhart had served as the NFL’s executive vice president of communications and public affairs.

Lockhart told members of his staff he is stepping aside after the Super Bowl to spend more time with his family, do political commentary and perhaps teach.

While Lockhart is being forced out, his exit comes after another tumultuous 2017 NFL season in which Roger Goodell's extension was delayed by Jerry Jones, and Donald Trump feuded publicly with the league.

“He was brought in as an agent of change,” said one person familiar with the league’s inner workings. “He has a young family. I don’t think he was prepared to commit four or five more years to doing this.”

Mark Maske/Washington Post

Tags: Legal

Falcons To Retain Steve Sarkisian As Offensive Coordinator

Jan 18, 2018 1:24 PM

The Atlanta Falcons have confirmed Steve Sarkisian will return as offensive coordinator next season.

Sarkisian replaced Kyle Shanahan as offensive coordinator and the Falcons' offense regressed from 2016.

“Placing blame on one person would be wrong in this instance... if this was about one person, that decision would’ve already been made,” said Dan Quinn.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Misc Rumor

NFL Divisional Round Ratings Down 16 Percent From 2017

Jan 18, 2018 9:52 AM

The NFL's television ratings for the divisional round playoff games were down 16 percent compared to last season.

The weekend's four games averaged 30.43 million viewers, off from 36.22 million the year before, the Nielsen company said. 

Last year's games featured the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys, which reached more than 48 million viewers.

While ratings were down, Saturday's game between the Patriots and Titans was only one million viewers behind the College Football Championship for the most watched program of the week.

David Bauder/Associated Press

Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans, Legal

Randy Fichtner Expected To Be Named Steelers OC
The Steelers are expected to promote Randy Fichtner from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator after letting go of Todd Haley.

Marc Sessler/NFL

Zach Ertz Wants To Be Philly's Target In Red Zone, On Third Down
Zach Ertz caught a critical pass on third down in last weekend's playoff win over the Atlanta Falcons, something he hopes to do again as the Philadelphia Eagles look to advance to the Super Bowl.

Zach Berman/Philly News

Patriots Vow Not To Underestimate Blake Bortles
The Patriots promise they won't look past Blake Bortles as they head into Sunday's AFC Championship Game.

Rich Cimini/ESPN

Jarvis Landry Feels Disrespected By Contract Talks With Dolphins
Jarvis Landry isn't happy with how contract talks have played out with the Dolphins, but he still wants to remain with the team.


Tom Brady Injures Throwing Hand After Teammate Runs Into Him
Tom Brady underwent an x-ray which showed no structural damage.

Karen Guregian/Boston Herald

Jets Fire Offensive Coordinator John Morton
John Morton was in his first season with the Jets after spending the 2015 and 2016 seasons with the Saints as wide receivers coach.

Manish Mehta/New York Daily News

Gene Steratore To Referee Super Bowl LII
Gene Steratore is a native of Pittsburgh.

RealGM Staff Report

Steelers Part Ways With Todd Haley As Offensive Coordinator
Todd Haley became offensive coordinator of the Steelers in 2012.

Ian Rapoport/

Odell Beckham Jr. Past Rehab Phase, Working Out For 2018 Season
Odell Beckham Jr. is hoping to sign a contract extension this offseason as he enters the fifth-year option on his contract.

Jordan Raanan/ESPN

Mike Munchak Declines Arizona's Offer Of Second Interview
Mike Munchak had a 22-26 record as head coach of the Titans.

Chris Mortensen/ESPN

FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS Make Bids For Thursday Night Football
FOX and ABC have made bids after CBS and NBC split the package in 2016-17.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Interested In Owning Piece Of Panthers
The recently-retired NASCAR driver recently called Marcus Smith, the president and chief operating officer of Speedway Motorsports Inc., about potential involvement in purchasing the Panthers.

David Newton/ESPN

Jets Lower Season-Ticket Prices, Remove Some PSLs
The Jets are lowering season-ticket prices by a weighted average of 11 percent compared with last season.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Seahawks Hire Brian Schottenheimer As Offensive Coordinator
Brian Schottenheimer was offensive coordinator of the Jets from 2006 until 2011 and for the Rams from 2012 until 2014.

Bob Condotta/Seattle Times

Drew Brees Uninterested In Listening To Offers From Rival Teams
The Saints cannot place the franchise tag on Drew Brees because of a clause in his current deal.

Mike Triplett/ESPN

Ben McAdoo Interviews For Cleveland's Offensive Coordinator Job
Mike Mularkey is also on Cleveland's radar for the job.

Mary Kay Cabot/Plain Dealer

Bryce Love Will Remain At Stanford For Senior Season
Bryce Love was rated as the No. 2 running back potentially in the draft.

Mark Schlabach/ESPN

Ben Roethlisberger Wants To Play At Least Three More Seasons
The quarterback, who turns 36 in March, said last year that he planned to assess his future on a yearly basis.

Ed Bouchette/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A.J. McCarron 'Wanted That Opportunity' To Be Traded To Browns
A.J. McCarron was nearly traded to the Browns at the trade deadline, but the deal fell through when the paperwork wasn't sent to the league office in time.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Marcus Williams Vows Not To Let Walk-Off Play Define Him
Marcus Williams has vowed not to let one play define his career in the wake of the stunning end to Sunday's playoff game between the Saints and Vikings.

Mike Triplett/ESPN