Browns hire Joker Phillips to coach wide receivers
Phillips compiled a 13-27 record at Kentucky from 2010 to 2012. He has extensive coaching experience at the college level, but he will be coaching for the first time in the NFL next season.
Eagles RB LeSean McCoy: 'I don't want to take less money'
"I know how hard it is to keep a team together and I want to be part of this team. But I don't want to take less money," McCoy said. "I want to figure a way to make it happen [where] we're all together."
McCoy, who is due to count $11.95 million against the cap in 2015, turned in his fourth 1,000-yard season in the last five years in 2014, finishing with 1,319 rushing yards on 312 carries and 155 receiving yards on a career-low 28 receptions. All five of his touchdowns came on the ground.
Jets hire Jimmie Johnson to coach tight ends
Johnson was previously the tight ends coach of the Vikings from 2006 to 2013. He has 10 years of experience as an NFL tight end, including two years as a teammate of Jets head coach Todd Bowles.
The Jets also added two assistant coaches to the staff Thursday. Daylon McCutcheon, who was a starting cornerback with the Browns for seven seasons, joins the team as a defensive backs assistant. Ryan Slowik, who worked with Bowles on Arizona's staff the past two seasons, will serve as a defensive line assistant and as defensive quality control.
49ers name Tom Gamble senior personnel executive
Gamble spent eight years in the 49ers' front office before joining the Eagles during the 2013 offseason. After two seasons in Philadelphia as the vice president of player personnel, Gamble and the organization parted ways in late December. He was reportedly a candidate for several general manager openings during the 2014 offseason but declined to interview, indicating his preference to stay in Philadelphia.
In his last tenure with the 49ers, Gamble spent his last two seasons with the organization as the director of player personnel. He previously served as the team's director of pro personnel.
Bills' Rex Ryan won't commit to EJ Manuel as starting QB
When asked about who his starting quarterback would be in 2015,
"We're going to exhaust every resource we can," Ryan said. "We'll look at free agents. We'll look at the draft. We'll look at anything."
The Bills have former first-round pick
"To say that he's definitely going to be the guy, it's way too early to say that," Ryan said.
Bills RB Fred Jackson excited to play for new coach Rex Ryan
"I can't wait to play for him. I've heard nothing but good things," Jackson said Wednesday of Ryan during an interview on ESPN New York 98.7 FM. "I'm looking forward to that [first] conversation when I sit down and talk to him."
The Bills finished 9-7 in 2014, which was their best record since 2004. While Jackson believes Ryan is going to "be that catalyst that comes in and pushes us over that hump," he didn't have many bad things to say about coach Doug Marrone, who opted out of his contract New Year's Eve.
"I thought he was a tremendous coach," Jackson said. "He showed up, he worked hard, he pushed players to give their best effort. He got us to a 9-7 record -- we hadn't won nine games in 10 years. There's definitely some things about him that made him a great coach. It's just the way he exited. I don't think anybody expected that.
Justin Tuck: Raider Nation would appluad signing Ndamukong Suh
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"(He's) Raider-ish," Tuck said, per the Detroit Free Press. "And that's one of the reasons why I know Raider Nation would applaud that move, beyond the fact that he's an awesome football player. He kind of fits the mold of ... the toughness and the ferocious player that built the
It is speculated Suh will receive a contract worth at least $100 million. Tuck believes the three-time All-Pro deserves such a lucrative deal.
"The thing about him, you know what you're getting every day. Some of the tactics, you could probably do without, but he's a hell of a football player," Tuck said. "I would love to have the opportunity to line up beside of him and let him take all the double teams that I normally take."
Concussions sustained in NFL games fell by 25 percent in 2014
The rate of concussions among NFL players fell 25 percent this season, the league announced Thursday. However, injury reporting and trips to injured reserve list increased, per the Associated Press.
Data provided by the NFL stated there were 111 concussions in games during the 2014 regular season, down from 148 in 2013 and 173 in 2012, which is a 36 percent drop over the three-year span.
"Players are changing the way they're tackling," NFL senior vice president of health and safety policy Jeff Miller said. "They're changing the way they play the game."
A total of 59 concussions were caused by helmet-to-helmet or shoulder-to-helmet hits this season, which is almost exactly half as many as two years ago.
"With all the technological innovations that we've had over the past few years, I'm surprised the numbers keep going down,"
According to STATS, there were 265 players placed on injured reserve during the regular season in 2014, which was a 17 percent increase from the 226 in 2013.
The 2014 season was the first time NFL injury data was collected by all 32 teams through electronic medical records.
Chargers hire former Falcons DC Mike Nolan as linebackers coach
“Mike is a tremendous coach with a wealth of experience, and he’ll be a great addition to our coaching staff,” coach Mike McCoy said. “I’ve known him for many years, having coached both with him and against him, and it’s great to have him here with us with the Chargers.”
Nolan has 28 years of coaching experience at the NFL level. He spent four seasons as the 49ers coach from 2005-08 and has spent 17 seasons as a defensive coordinator, including the last three as Atlanta's defensive coordinator.
Nick Foles: 'I plan on being in Philly' in 2015
There has been a lot of talk about quarterback
On Thursday, Foles addressed the rumors and stated he is expecting to be back on the Eagles' roster in 2015.
"Yeah you hear about it," Foles said in between doing paid appearances at Super Bowl XLIX, per NJ.com. "You are going to hear about it every single year. That's just part of it. The main word is 'rumor.' You can't put too much into it....I plan on being in Philly.
"I only listen to (head coach) Chip Kelly. That's what is most important. He is the one that will make the decision. Right now all I am going to do is work because I plan on being back in Philadelphia and playing with my team. That's all I ever thought. So that is what I plan on doing and I'm not looking at it any other way."
Foles added he hasn't talked with Kelly since the end of the season.
"We haven't talked a lot. He has a lot going on," Foles said. "This time of year you really just get away from everything. He is busy looking at the draft, doing all that. I saw he is more of the decision maker. Haven't really talked to him too much, but I'm sure I'll hear from him soon."
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