NEW YORK (AP) — Two former NFL players are among the six new officials for the upcoming NFL season. Field judge Nate Jones joins the NFL officiating staff from the Pac-12, following an eight-year pro career as a defensive back. Umpire Terry Killens was a linebacker during his seven NFL seasons before officiating in the American Athletic Conference. The other first-year officials are side judges Dave Hawkshaw and Jimmy Russell, down judge Patrick Holt and line judge Tripp Sutter. Referees Walt Coleman, John Parry and Pete Morelli retired after last season. Line judge Jeff Bergman, entering his 28th NFL season, is now the longest-serving official. The roster also includes two other former NFL players. Back judge Steve Freeman was a defensive back for 13 seasons and down judge Phil McKinnely was an offensive lineman for seven years. Freeman and his son, side judge Brad Freeman, are the only set of father-son officials active in the NFL. Referees Shawn Hochuli and Alex Kemp and line … [Read more...] about NFL adds 2 former players among 6 officials for ’19 season
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Oakland Raiders running back Isaiah Crowell suffered a torn Achilles tendon on Tuesday and is out for the season, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO - Nov 25, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Isaiah Crowell (20) runs the ball against the New England Patriots during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports - 11730449 Crowell, who signed a one-year contract valued up to $2.5 million in late March, will have surgery next week, Schefter said. Meanwhile, NFL Network reports running back Marshawn Lynch is open to a return to the Raiders, if they’re interested. ESPN reported last week that the 33-year-old Lynch planned to retire for the second time in his career, after sitting out 2016 and returning for the last two seasons with Oakland, his hometown team. It appears Oakland has already responded to Crowell’s injury by going with someone else, as NFL Network reports the … [Read more...] about NFL notebook: Lynch eyes possible return after Crowell injury
The 32 things we learned heading into the 2018 NFL playoffs: 1. The 2009 Saints are the only Super Bowl-winning team in New Orleans history. They were the NFC's No. 1 seed that year, and their only losses were to Dallas, Tampa Bay and Carolina. 1a. The 2018 Saints are the NFC's No. 1 seed ... and their only losses have been to Dallas, Tampa Bay and Carolina. Discount New Orleans Voodoo at your own peril. 2. Since QB Drew Brees and head coach Sean Payton came to New Orleans in 2006, the Saints are 5-0 in playoff games at the Superdome. 3. Saints TE Ben Watson announced he will retire at the end of the season. The 15-year vet broke in as a first-round pick of the Patriots in 2004 and won a Lombardi Trophy. He's been waiting a long time for his second ring but could go out in high style. 4. New Orleans backup QB Teddy Bridgewater, who sustained a horrific knee injury days before the 2016 regular season dawned in Minnesota, made his first start Sunday in a meaningful game … [Read more...] about 32 things we learned heading into the 2018 NFL playoffs
Every NFL fan has their most notorious botched call. More than a few settled on a new No. 1 after watching Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr., try to separate Panthers cornerback Josh Norman from his senses in the third quarter of Sunday’s game, and get flagged for nothing more serious than unsportsmanlike conduct on the spot. Not me. My all-time blown call remains that August 2006 afternoon when the league’s owners met at a suburban Chicago hotel and elected Roger Goodell as commissioner. In hindsight, we shouldn’t be surprised by a) how much money they all made in the interim; or b) what a hash Goodell has made of the game. Moments after the formal announcement, Goodell told reporters he was killing time in his hotel room while the debate went on downstairs, and that he was surprised when Steelers owner Dan Rooney knocked on his door with the good news. “Thankfully, I had just finished putting my pants back on,” Goodell recalled at the time, laughing. … [Read more...] about NFL head-slapping better not stop with Beckham Jr.
Bruce Arians' name continues to come up as a possible NFL head coaching candidate, but it might not be so easy for a team to hire the former Arizona Cardinals coach (if he even wants to coach again). Pro Football Talk reported that the NFL sent a memo to teams reminding them of the procedures applicable to non-players who have resigned or retired from another team. The report, written by Mike Florio, had details on the procedures: “An employee under contract to a member club (including a head coach, general manager, or other “high level” employee) who voluntarily resigns or retires prior to the expiration of his contract, is not free to discuss or accept employment with another NFL club without the consent of the prior-employer club,” the memo explained, according to Pro Football Talk. “This is true for the full remaining term of the employee’s contract. If a club wishes to consent to discussions of a substitute employment arrangement, that club may … [Read more...] about Bruce Arians to coach Browns, Packers, or another team? NFL memo says not so fast