Since joining the Raiders in January, Gruden has quietly consolidated power to the point where he’s effectively the head coach, general manager, CEO and just about everything else. No other coach in the NFL has this kind of power outside of Belichick.
Yes, Gruden has effectively replaced Reggie McKenzie as the GM, a team source says.
Allen would handle more of the Raiders’ financial end as they prepare to move to Womens Mack Hollins Jersey Las Vegas. Just the talk of Allen returning (again Allen denies he’s going鈥攁nd again I’m not sure I believe him) has caused massive consternation throughout parts of the organization.
Again, Gruden has the right to make these types of decisions. If he wins games, none of what happens behind the scenes will matter.
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However, in kicking off two days of meetings aimed at reducing injuries, Vincent said the objective is to discuss ways to protect players from unnecessary risk. There’s no question that this is not about getting [the kickoff] out of the game, Vincent said. It’s about enhancing it.
Donte Jackson, CB, Panthers (No. 55): His rare closing speed (tied for a combine-best 4.32-second 40-yard dash) and special ball skills should serve him well on a Carolina defense that affords its secondary opportunities to make plays. But at 5-10 and 178 pounds, he’ll be dwarfed by the likes of Julio Jones and Mike Evans in the NFC South.聽
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D.J. Chark, WR, Jaguars (No. 61): Jacksonville loves to give Blake Bortles opportunities to go deep with play-action, and Chark’s 4.34 speed will make him a menace to cover down the sideline. But it’s hard to trust a player with hands as shaky as his, and the Jags might struggle to find more than a one-note role for him given his frequent failures聽to聽fight for positioning on jump balls and聽underneath routes. Bortles’ bouts with inaccuracy could also leave Chark frustrated and allow defenses to pay him little mind.