AFC West News and Rumors
For the next three months, the Raider Nation will have Jon Gruden on the brain. Every time the Oakland Raiders make a coaching change (they do it often), Gruden’s name comes up. Gruden was wildly popular as Oakland's coach from 1998-2001 and he remains …Upvote Share Tweet
Don't expect a Smith-Harbaugh hug SundayESPN.com 11 minutes agoKANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Don't expect Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith and San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh to exchange pleasantries before the teams meet on Sunday in San Francisco. "We definitely have that kind of relationship," Ha…Upvote Share Tweetprofootballtalk.com 57 minutes agoThe optimism that Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer expressed about his ability to play against the Broncos in Week Five appears to be evaporating by the day. Earlier this week, coach Bruce Arians said that Wednesday would be a big day for Palmer to s…Upvote Share Tweet
Dwight Freeney not at Chargers practiceESPN.com 57 minutes agoSAN DIEGO -- Dwight Freeney, the team’s leading sack man with two sacks, was not on the field for the San Diego Chargers during the early portion of practice Wednesday. Freeney was seen getting some work done on his right leg by the team’s training staf…Upvote Share Tweet
Expect Alex Smith to play well in return to San FranciscoESPN.com 1 hour agoKANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Alex Smith is wise enough to know he won’t get any satisfaction from his return to the Bay Area this weekend if the Kansas City Chiefs don’t beat the San Francisco 49ers. It doesn’t matter how well Smith plays or whether he outshines…Upvote Share Tweetdeadspin.com 1 hour agoBill Belichick was in excellent press-conference form two days after the Chiefs demolished the Patriots. Reporters kept asking him about the Patriots' roster, Tom Brady's age, and concerns for the team's current state. Belichick wasn't interesting in ta…Upvote Share Tweetprofootballtalk.com 4 hours agoFew teams in the NFL have been as consistently sharp as the Chargers this year. And few Chargers are as consistently sharp as Nick Novak. The veteran kicker earned AFC special teams player of the week honors for his perfect day against the Jaguars last …Upvote Share Tweet
PFT Live: Lamar Miller, Coaching hot seatprofootballtalk.com 5 hours agoThe Dolphins capped a somewhat tumultuous week with a victory over the Raiders last Sunday and now they’ve got a week off to savor it. Running back Lamar Miller will spend some of his free time with Mike Florio on Wednesday’s edition of PFT Live. We wil…Upvote Share Tweet
Broncos still look for more in passing gameESPN.com 5 hours agoENGLEWOOD, Colo. – When the Denver Broncos were busy going about the business of revamping the league’s record book last season, quarterback Peyton Manning was ruthlessly efficient working the ball all over the field to an array of pass catchers. It was…Upvote Share Tweet
Big Monday night makes Jamaal Charles the AFC offensive player of the weekprofootballtalk.com 5 hours agoThe Chiefs were able to beat the Dolphins in Week Three despite the absence of running back Jamaal Charles. Charles came back in a major way on Monday night. He ran for 92 yards and a touchdown and caught two other touchdown passes as the Chiefs overwhe…Upvote Share Tweet
Josh McDaniels confident Patriots offense can get goingprofootballtalk.com 8 hours agoConcern about the state of the offense in New England rose steadily during the first month of the season and peaked during Monday night’s thumping at the hands of the Chiefs. A leaky offensive line, an unimpressive group of wide receivers and a poor fou…Upvote Share Tweetprofootballtalk.com 16 hours agoSeattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor had one of the poorest performances of his career in a Week 2 loss to the San Diego Chargers. Chancellor was hampered by bone spurs in his ankle that limited his ability to move effectively. Chancellor drew coverag…Upvote Share TweetA look at new Oakland Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano: New gig: Sparano was introduced as interim head coach for the rest of the season Tuesday. He replaces Dennis Allen, who was fired after a 0-4 start and an 8-28 record since becoming Oakland's coa…Upvote Share Tweet
Ryan Mathews eager to get back on fieldESPN.com 21 hours agoSAN DIEGO – After two games without the team’s every-down running back, something became very evident for the San Diego Chargers. They need a healthy Ryan Mathews. The Chargers average 2.4 rushing yards per carry, worst in the NFL. Mathews has not playe…Upvote Share Tweet
What to do about Donald Stephenson?ESPN.com Sep 30 (yesterday)KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Given the way the offensive line played earlier in the season, the Kansas City Chiefs couldn’t get Donald Stephenson back in their lineup fast enough. Stephenson, the starting right tackle, was suspended by the NFL for the first four…Upvote Share Tweet
Analysis: It’s Early, but These N.F.L. Players Have Had the Biggest Impact So Farnytimes.com Sep 30 (yesterday)Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers leads a list of top players from the N.F.L.’s first month, now that 26 of the 32 teams have played a quarter of the schedule.Upvote Share Tweetnytimes.com Sep 30 (yesterday)The league said on Tuesday that Abdullah, a Muslim, should not have been flagged when he went to the “ground for religious reasons” after a touchdown.Upvote Share Tweet
Aqib Talib Has All The ToolsOct 1Darren Woodson talks about why Aqib Talib is so important to the Denver Broncos.
Charley Casserly: Jon Gruden and Reggie McKenzie in Oakland Raiders future?Sep 30NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Media's Charley Casserly look into where the Oakland Raiders franchise could be heading after the firing of head coach Dennis Allen.
Oakland Raiders new head coach Tony Sparano: We have to remember how to win againSep 30The Oakland Raiders name former assistant coach Tony Sparano as their head coach following the release of Dennis Allen. Sparano discusses the Raiders' current state as well as how he plans to move the team forward.
Raiders' FutureSep 30John Clayton discusses the Oakland Raiders' future.
Clayton's mailbag -- NFC South, AFC East part of strange SeptemberSep 30Clayton's mailbag: September was marked by unexpected struggles in the NFC South and strange strategy with quarterbacks in the AFC East.
The Post-E.J. Period Begins—AlreadySep 30The Post-E.J. Period Begins—Already
Week 4 Twitter MailbagSep 30Read the Rest of Peter King’s Week 4 Mailbag Why we devoted a page of the Monday Morning Quarterback to Derek Jeter. Plus, the Saints’ road troubles, Cam Newton’s body language, and the future of the Titans Read Peter King’s On Further Review Column Who…
One Giant DiscoverySep 30One of the things that’s fun about the NFL is the invention of new stars. Well, sometimes they’re not stars, but just players who pop up and all of a sudden, within a week or two, they’re irreplaceable. This year, Justin Forsett of the Ravens is one of …