November 2012 - Football Wiretap

McKenzie Remains Pleased With Dennis Allen

Nov 30, 2012 9:47 PM

Oakland Raiders' general manager Reggie McKenzie sat down Friday with seven local writers to discuss the season.

The Raiders have a 3-8 record this season.

McKenzie said he is ”still pleased with Dennis Allen. … I’m sure he has some rookie mistakes but overall I’m happy with Dennis.”

McKenzie wouldn't go into specifics on who will be back next season and that it will be determined by season-long evaluations.

One issue the Raiders have struggled with is their depth, which McKenzie was expecting.

“I wish I had a whole lot of depth to rotate and figure out who can do it better, but we’re limited,” said McKenzie.

Vic Tafur/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: Oakland Raiders

DeMarco Murray Likely To Return This Week

Nov 30, 2012 9:44 PM

DeMarco Murray will likely play for the first time since spraining his left foot on Oct. 14.

The Cowboys play the Eagles in Dallas.

“We’ll see how he responds today,” Jerry Jones said on KRLD-FM (105.3). “But the key day was yesterday. He came back from the day before, which was his first day out. Usually that is a leveling-off or setback day if you have the effects of your first day back.

“He didn’t have that. He practiced well. We’ll see how he does these next couple of days. But it looks like we’ll have him.”

Rainer Sabin/Dallas Morning News

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Fantasy, Injury

Patriots Finding Success With Revamped Offensive Line

Nov 30, 2012 9:43 PM

The New England Patriots' offensive line has undergone change this season, between the retirement of Matt Light, Brian Walters failing to show for training camp, the release of Dan Hoppen and Logan Mankins coming off surgery on a torn ACL.

Tom Brady was sacked 12 times through the first five games, but only three times over their past six.

‘‘You try and do that as best as you can,’’ guard Donald Thomas said. ‘‘So, it’s always a bonus when you can try to keep him as clean as possible. Nothing’s ever going to be perfect. You try to do your job and that’s what our job is.’’

Matthew Carroll/AP

Tags: New England Patriots, IQ

Roethlisberger Won't Play Against Ravens

Nov 30, 2012 12:53 PM

Ben Roethlisberger will not start for the Pittsburgh Steelers in their game on Sunday against the Ravens, according to a source.

Charlie Batch will start at quarterback for the Steelers.

Roethlisberger has rib and shoulder injuries.

Albert Breer/ (via Twitter)

Tags: Pittsburgh Steelers, Injury

49ers Restructure Three Contracts To Fit Bowman's Bonus Under Cap

Nov 30, 2012 12:28 PM

The San Francisco 49ers restructured the contracts of Vernon Davis, Carlos Rogers and Ray McDonald in order to fit NaVorro Bowman's $7.5 million signing bonus under the cap, according to a source.

Bowman, whose original four-year deal averaged $623,062 annually through 2013, signed a five-year extension this week through 2018 that averages $8.911 million annually.

Because of his signing bonus, Bowman's 2012 cap figure immediately rose from $717,887 to $2.217 million, the source said.

Davis provided the biggest cap relief for the 49ers. Davis' 2012 cap figure went from a little over $8 million to $6.8 million. The 49ers awarded Davis a $1.48 million signing bonus and had his remaining $25,000 per game active roster bonuses for the final five regular season games designated as an OATSB item (other amount treated as signing bonus).

Matt Maiocco/Comcast

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Misc Rumor

Raiders Suspend McClain Two Games

Nov 30, 2012 12:15 PM

The Oakland Raiders have suspended Rolando McClain two games for conduct detrimental to the team.

"We’ve got to make a decision as an organization,” Dennis Allen said. “We’re going to make sure we make the right decision.”

McClain was at practice early Wednesday and then left and didn’t participate due to a “team-related issue,” Allen said. 

McClain was the eighth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

McClain will lose $121,000 of his $970,000 base salary.

Vic Tafur/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: Oakland Raiders, Suspension

Harbaugh's Former Teammates Doubt He Would Have Accepted Demotion

Nov 30, 2012 11:08 AM

Jim Harbaugh has placed Alex Smith in a difficult position, making him the San Francisco 49ers' backup quarterback upon return from a concussion.

Harabaugh's former NFL teammates don't believe he would have handled it as gracefully as Alex Smith.

"..The Jim Harbaugh who I knew, who was feisty and competitive, he wouldn't have handled it well," said Ray Buchanan. "I don't think he'd have handled it as well as Alex did. He'd have been a lot more outspoken with the coach. He would cause a little more havoc. And he probably would have spoken out to the media as well."

"The Jim Harbaugh I knew would be going crazy," Tony Siragusa said. "He would not stand for that. He would be going ballistic. But Jim Harbaugh the player and Jim Harbaugh the coach are like two completely different people."

Mike Silver/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: San Francisco 49ers

Titus Young Purposely Lined Up Wrong Against Packers

Nov 29, 2012 9:35 PM

Titus Young returned to practice on Wednesday for the first time since being sent hom on Nov. 19 for repeated acts of insubordination.

Jim Schwartz said it’s “too soon to tell” whether Young will be active for Sunday’s game against the Colts.

Young spent about 15 minutes after practice catching balls off a JUGS machine and declined an interview request when he entered the locker room.

In a loss to the Packers two weeks ago, he purposely lined up in the wrong spot on the field multiple times and mouthed off to receivers coach Shawn Jefferson on the sideline.

Dave Birkett/Detroit Free-Press

Tags: Detroit Lions, IQ

Monte Kiffin Steps Down At USC

Nov 29, 2012 9:16 PM

Monte Kiffin has stepped down as defensive coordinator of USC, effective after the school's bowl game.

Kiffin, who was the longtime coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will seek a return to the NFL.

Press Release

Tags: NCAA

Dez Bryant Wants To Earn Trust Of Romo

Nov 29, 2012 5:31 PM

Dez Bryant has 23 catches for 377 yards and four touchdowns over the past three games.

Bryant believes his job is to earn the trust of Tony Romo.

“I feel like I earned a lot of trust,” Bryant said Thursday. “I’ve just got to continue to keep doing it. I want it all. I want him to trust me on everything: ‘Hey, I know I can trust my guy. If he says he’s going to be there, if I want him there, he’s going to be there.’ That’s the kind of guy I want to be to Romo.” 

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

Tags: Dallas Cowboys

Alex Smith: Demotion 'Sucks', No Resentment For Harbaugh
Alex Smith spoke publicly for the first time since Jim Harbaugh named Colin Kaepernick the starting quarterback of the 49ers.

Eric Branch/San Francisco Chronicle

Risdon's NFL Picks & Analysis For Week 13
The schizo Seahawks versus the Bears, Broncos against Tampa Bay, Eli vs. RG3, another Steelers/Ravens battle and the rest of the games.

Jeff Risdon/RealGM

Roethlisberger Could Play Against Ravens
Ben Roethlisberger says “there’s always a chance,” he could play Sunday.

Cindy Boren/Washington Post

Tyrann Mathieu To Declare For 2013 NFL Draft
Tyrann Mathieu had previously been considered one of the top cornerback prospects in college football and was a finalist for the 2011 Heisman Trophy.

Joe Schad/ESPN

Raiders To Release Rolando McClain
Rolando McClain was kicked out of practice on Wednesday.

Gregg Rosenthal/

49ers To Again Start Kaepernick
The 49ers will start Colin Kaepernick at quarterback on Sunday against the Rams.

Tim Kawakami/Mercury News

Marshall: NFL Players Use Viagra As PED
Brandon Marshall claims that NFL players use Viagra as a performance enhancer on the football field.

Sean Jensen/Chicago Sun-Times

49ers Audition Cundiff, Kaeding
David Akers has struggled with his consistency this season.

Matt Maiocco/Comcast

John Harbaugh Survived Near Mutiny
John Harbaugh allowed players to vent in a critical mid-season meeting that could have led the Ravens to unravel.

Michael Silver/Yahoo! Sports

Dolphins Sign CB Michael Coe
Michael Coe previously spent the past three seasons with the Giants.

Omar Kelly/Sun-Sentinel

Patriots Add First Fullback To Roster Since Beginning Of Season
The Patriots have elevated fullback James Develin to the active roster.

Field Yates/ESPN

Duane Brown Emerges As NFL's Best Left Tackle
Duane Brown has surrendered just one sack over the past 29 games.

Sam Monson/Pro Football Focus

Bowman Signs Five-Year, $45.25M Extension With 49ers
NaVorro Bowman's deal is worth as much $45.25 million with $25.5 million guaranteed.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Steelers To Start Jonathan Dwyer At RB
Jonathan Dwyer has been named the starting running back for the Steelers on Sunday against the Ravens.

Jamison Hensley/ESPN

Kendall Hunter Out For Season With Achilles Tear
Kendall Hunter had 371 yards and two touchdowns on 72 carries for the 49ers this season.

Mike Garafolo/USA Today

DeSean Jackson Out For Season With Broken Ribs
DeSean Jackson will miss the remainder of the 2012 season with several broken ribs.

Zach Berman/Philadelphia Inquirer

Raiders Seeing Improvement In Terelle Pryor
Terrelle Pryor has only been on the field once during his two seasons with the Raiders.


Griffin Ranks 1st In Accuracy Under Pressure
Robert Griffin III has a 81.9 percent accuracy rate in those situations.

Pro Football Focus (via Twitter)

Jets Experimenting With Joe McKnight At WR
Joe McKnight has also played running back and cornerback this season.

Brian Costello/New York Post

Andy Reid To Coach Against Cowboys
The Eagles have lost seven consecutive games and Andy Reid isn't expected to return in 2013.

Jeff McLane/Philadelphia Inquirer