The 29-year-old Jones-Drew had 1,313 yards in his final three seasons — fewer than he had in each of the previous three years.
While the Super Bowl combatants will be decided this Sunday, this is the hiring season in the NFL. Here’s a look at the strengths of those who have either filled positions or are likely to soon.
The Oakland Raiders have interviewed San Francisco 49ers tight ends coach Eric Mangini for their head coaching vacancy.
The Green Bay Packers do not have many holes in their game as they enter the playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the NFC. However, one is their blocking in the kicking game. They allowed more combined blocked field goals, extra point attempts and punts than they had in the previous five seasons combined.
The Minnesota Vikings have more confidence and optimism heading into this offseason than they did a year ago. They have two of the most important pieces in place in head coach Mike Zimmer and Teddy Bridgewater. Also, they improved in several areas from the past season. The Vikings have 12 free agents this offseason, but just one opening day starter.
The 2014 Oakland Raiders started out 0-10, but they split their last six games to finish 3-13. This was one game worse than the 2013 squad, which finished 4-12. The Silver & Black haven’t had a winning season since 2002, and they haven’t been to the playoffs since losing the Super Bowl that year. What’s next?
New England’s offensive coordinator says he’s happy where he is, but at least one NFL team is seriously interested in interviewing him.
Maybe it’s time the San Francisco 49ers look behind them and not toward the top of the NFC West.
“Two things are gonna happen that I believe are already done. It’s just a matter of time before they’re announced. Both the Rams and the Raiders are gonna go to L.A.”
The Oakland Raiders upset the Kansas City Chiefs last night 24-20 for their first win of the season. With the loss, the Chiefs (7-4) are no longer tied atop the AFC West with the Broncos.
Derek Carr threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to James Jones with 1:42 remaining and the Oakland Raiders snapped a 16-game losing streak with a 24-20 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night.
Head coach Andy Reid won’t let his team let up against the Raiders and blow an opportunity for a victory, and quarterback Alex Smith is too smart to take any opponent lightly.
With Kansas City’s impressive win against the Seahawks on Sunday and Denver’s shocking loss to the Rams, the Chiefs (7-3) are tied for first in the AFC West. After an 0-2 start, they’ll look for their sixth straight win and eighth in their last nine games.
Sure, Rex Ryan was happy to be 1-0 and saw some positives. He also knows the Jets should’ve cruised instead of holding on for a 19-14 victory against the Raiders.
He wasn’t happy with the 11 penalties — not including two others that were declined — his team was called for. The Jets coach also wasn’t pleased by winning by just five points.