7:14 PM EST, Wed January 28, 2015
Florida Times-Union 2 hours ago

Jaguars hiring Nathaniel Hackett as quarterbacks coach

The Jaguars are hiring former Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett as quarterbacks coach per league source. Frank Scelfo remains a part of the Jaguars' staff, the source said. Hackett, who served as Doug Marrone’s play-caller at Syracuse and then the last two years with the Bills, joins Marrone with the Jaguars. Marrone was hired last week as offensive line coach. Hackett, who turned 35 last month, is the son of former NFL assistant/college head coach Paul Hackett. read more
Oakland QB Derek Carr reveals why Greg Olson was right hire for Jaguars

Oakland QB Derek Carr reveals why Greg Olson was right hire for Jaguars

The Greg Olson hire wasn’t about yards or points for Jaguars coach Gus Bradley. It was about protecting quarterback Blake Bortles. That was evident from my conversation with Oakland quarterback Derek Carr on Wednesday afternoon. Carr spent his rookie season working under Olson, the Oakland offensive coordinator last season. When Bradley hired Olson last week, the first stat that stood out was that the Raiders were last in total offense. read more
Florida Times-Union 10 hours ago

Inside The Game: Vince Wilfork knows task of stopping Lynch is difficult

Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork is the second-longest tenured New England Patriots player, his 11 years trailing only quarterback Tom Brady (15 years). And at age 33, Wilfork is still playing at a level that commands an opponent’s attention. read more
Despite loss, Hassan Whiteside's resilience a positive sign for Heat

Despite loss, Hassan Whiteside's resilience a positive sign for Heat

In a difficult NBA season for the Miami Heat filled with injuries and uneven play, the unearthing of promising young center Hassan Whiteside remains their biggest positive to date.
Heat Check: Miami stopped by Bucks for third time this season

Heat Check: Miami stopped by Bucks for third time this season

The Miami Heat first lost Dwyane Wade to a strained right hamstring, then they got beat down the stretch 109-102 to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday.
Florida Times-Union 22 hours ago
Clay grad Cliff Avril's 'amazing' run continues in second consecutive Super Bowl appearance

Clay grad Cliff Avril's 'amazing' run continues in second consecutive Super Bowl appearance

PHOENIX | By the end of next week, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril expects to be back in the Jacksonville area for the offseason. He will have plenty to talk about with his family and friends. A return to the starting lineup after playing a reserve role in 2013. … Signing a four-year, $28.5 million extension on Dec. 19. … Making seven sacks in 18 games. … And a potential second Super Bowl title if the Seahawks beat the New England Patriots on Sunday night. “It’s been amazing,” Avril said. read more
Florida Times-Union 23 hours ago
Super Bowl Insider: Expect to see trickery in big game

Super Bowl Insider: Expect to see trickery in big game

PHOENIX | What do Seattle coach Pete Carroll and New England coach Bill Belichick have cooking for Sunday’s Super Bowl after approving trick plays in their conference title-game wins? Or more specifically, what are their assistant coaches drawing up? “I think every coach has something up their up their sleeve,” Patriots special teams coordinator Scott O’Brien said Tuesday at Media Day. “I don’t know if they want to use them or not, but everybody is prepared to run one of those plays.” read more
Florida Times-Union Jan 27, 2015
Super Bowl: Ups and Downs

Super Bowl: Ups and Downs

UP ROBERT KRAFT DOWN THE MEDIA DAY VENUE UP GO-PRO CAMERA GUY DOWN MARSHAWN LYNCH UP ROB GRONKOWSKI DOWN MEDIA DAY GIFT BAG
Florida Times-Union Jan 27, 2015
Inside the Game: Vince Wilfork

Inside the Game: Vince Wilfork

Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork is the second-longest tenured New England Patriots player, his 11 years trailing only quarterback Tom Brady (15 years). And at age 33, Wilfork is still playing at a level that commands an opponent’s attention. In the Patriots’ AFC championship game win over Indianapolis, Wilfork was double-teamed nine times and triple-teamed three times (all three in pass protection). He was single-blocked 16 times. read more
Panthers notes: Players return from break ready to make playoff push

Panthers notes: Players return from break ready to make playoff push

The Florida Panthers are eager to get back on the ice and snap a season-high four-game losing streak which put a crimp in an otherwise encouraging first half.
Position review: QB Bortles takes his lumps in rookie season with Jags

Position review: QB Bortles takes his lumps in rookie season with Jags

Blake Bortles took every offensive snap at center from the third quarter of Week 3 on as the Jacksonville Jaguars did away with plans to have their first-round draft pick watch and learn behind Chad Henne.
Florida Times-Union Jan 27, 2015
Super Bowl Up-Downs: Tuesday morning edition

Super Bowl Up-Downs: Tuesday morning edition

UP SEATTLE’S DEFENSE During their eight-game winning streak, the Seahawks’ D has allowed an average of only 9.8 points per game — 3, 3, 14, 7, 6, 6, 17 and 22 points. They’ve forced 15 takeaways, including five in two postseason games. DOWN THE RED COATS read more
Florida Times-Union Jan 27, 2015

Jaguars interviewing veteran assistant Kelly Skipper for RB coach job

The Jaguars have fired running backs coach Terry Richardson and are interviewing former Oakland running backs coach Kelly Skipper for the same position. Richardson was with the Jaguars for two years and a source said he had one year left on his contract. He was brought to the Jaguars with now-former offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch after working together at the University of Miami. If hired, Skipper would follow new offensive coordinator Greg Olson to the Jaguars. read more
Florida Times-Union Jan 26, 2015

Former Jaguars interim head coach Mel Tucker joins Nick Saban's staff at Alabama

Mel Tucker, who was the Jaguars interim head coach in 2011 for five games after Jack Del Rio was fired, is returning to the college ranks as a defensive backfield coach at Alabama according to si.com. Tucker, 43, will rejoin Alabama coach Nick Saban after starting his career as a graduate assistant under Saban at Michigan State from 1997-1998. He also coached defensive backs for Saban two years later at LSU. read more
Florida Times-Union Jan 26, 2015

Patriots owner Bob Kraft says coach, quarterback deserve apology

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Can New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft give a statement every Monday during the NFL season? Less than two hours after his team touched down in Arizona, Kraft read a statement to the media in response to the Deflate-gate non-sense that was full of haymakers. And it was great to hear, an owner sticking up for the coach (Bill Belichick) and quarterback (Tom Brady) who have won him three Super Bowl championships. The highlights: read more

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