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Derek Carr said he wants new coach Jon Gruden "to be tough" on him.

Gruden has said he will "demand more" from his quarterback moving forward, and it sounds like Carr is fine with that. "I hope that he demands of me. I hope he’s hard on me," Carr said. "Let’s go fix problems that I have and let’s do what I need to do to win championships." Carr has plenty of problems to fix coming off a down season, but he has shown in the past he can be a quality quarterback. His willingness to accept criticism and work with Gruden is a good sign he will get back to that level again.
Jan 23 - 10:32 AM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said C Pat Elflein needs surgery on his left ankle.

Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the injury is a fractured ankle. Tomasson reports the center could be ready for OTAs, but ankle injuries can be tricky. A third-round pick last year, Elflein struggled in 14 rookie starts.
Jan 23 - 10:25 AM

ESPN's John Keim wrote "it's hard to see" S Su'a Cravens returning to the Redskins.

Cravens flirted with retirement last September before leaving the team and spending the season on the exempt/left squad list. Cravens' agent said the safety was suffering from post-concussion syndrome during that episode, but he has been medically cleared now and is "looking forward" to the 2018 season. Even so, Keim doubts Washington trusts Cravens enough to keep him around, and they have found a replacement in Montae Nicholson. A second-round picking in 2016, Cravens should draw interest if Washington puts him on the block.
Source: ESPN
Jan 23 - 10:05 AM

Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones said Dez Bryant's behavior on the sidelines "can be a distraction."

In addition to his behavior, Jones questioned Bryant's fit with Dak Prescott and his place on the team. "The chemistry between Dak and Dez is different between Tony (Romo) and Dez. ... It hasn’t hit on all cylinders on how the connection works. It’s a work in progress," Jones said. "And we just have to really get our hands around, when you put all the full body of work together, where that's headed." Owed $12.5 million and coming off one of his least productive seasons, Dez was by no means a lock to return, but these comments make it seem like Dallas is seriously considering a divorce. Of course, Jones also might be trying to soften up Bryant before asking him to take a pay cut, an idea Dez shot down in December. Cutting Bryant would save the Cowboys $8.5 million against the cap but leave them with nothing resembling a No. 1 receiver.
Jan 23 - 9:53 AM

Wyoming QB Josh Allen said he wants "to be the guy that turns around" the Browns.

"The guy that does that is going to be immortalized in Cleveland forever," Allen added. "If I’m fortunate enough to become a Cleveland Brown, you can expect everything from me." This is almost a subtweet of UCLA QB Josh Rosen, who said he would rather "be a lower pick" than play for the "wrong team." A scout reportedly told MMQB's Peter King there is "no way" the Browns pass on Allen, so it is possible the quarterback gets his wish.
Jan 23 - 9:10 AM

MMQB's Albert Breer reports the Lions are parting ways with QBs coach Brian Callahan.

It is a bit of a surprise despite the change at head coach. Callahan seems to be respected in coaching circles, and his name popped up in offensive coordinator searches this cycle. He should not have a problem finding another job. Callahan leaving could be an ominous sign for OC Jim Bob Cooter.
Jan 23 - 9:05 AM

MMQB's Peter King expects impending free agent Le'Veon Bell to "go to the highest bidder" and names the Raiders as a team to "watch" for Bell.

King doesn't do much reporting in terms of breaking news anymore, but he still has many connections throughout the league. The new staff in Oakland has been mum when it comes to Marshawn Lynch's future with the team, so Beast Mode could very well be one-and-done for his hometown Raiders. Oakland could use that money to go after a younger stallion like Bell, but he'll have no shortage of suitors should he reach the open market. It's going to be tough for the Steelers to use the franchise tag on Bell again this year since they have very little cap room at the moment. However, creating cap space is a relatively simple task.
Jan 22 - 10:59 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Ohio State co-OC Ryan Day is expected to remain in Columbus and won't join the Titans.

New Titans coach Mike Vrabel wants an OC who has ties to Marcus Mariota, and Day was one of those after Day worked at several stops with Chip Kelly, who coached Mariota at Oregon. The Titans will continue their search.
Jan 22 - 8:47 PM

Cowboys hired ex-Seahawks DC Kris Richard as DBs coach and pass-game coordinator.

Richard cut his teeth as a DBs coach before landing the Seahawks' DC gig in 2015. He was let loose earlier this offseason when the Seahawks had a coaching staff purge. It's a step back for Richard, but he should be back in the DC conversation maybe as early as next offseason. In Dallas, he'll be one of DC Rod Marinelli's top assistants and try to shore up a leaky secondary.
Jan 22 - 8:43 PM

Titans fired OC Terry Robiskie.

This is probably one of the biggest wins for the Titans in their move to replace Mike Mularkey with new coach Mike Vrabel. Robiskie's fate was sealed when Mularkey was canned, and it's now set in stone. Robiskie and Mularkey co-led the Titans' ancient offense that didn't work well with Marcus Mariota's skill set. 63-year-old Robiskie was a longtime WRs coach before Tennessee.
Jan 22 - 6:22 PM

Giants hired Vikings OC Pat Shurmur as head coach.

It's a five-year deal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Shurmur's hiring became a foregone conclusion once the Lions and Colts snagged Patriots coordinators Matt Patricia and Josh McDaniels respectively. Shurmur did a lousy job during his previous head-coaching stint in Cleveland but rebuilt his reputation with a strong showing in Minnesota. He'll be replacing Ben McAdoo, who was fired midseason after inexplicably benching Eli Manning for Geno Smith. Shurmur is reportedly in favor of keeping Manning, though the Giants are fully expected to select a quarterback in the upcoming draft, perhaps as early as second overall. Former Raiders coach Jack Del Rio should follow Shurmur to New York as the team's defensive coordinator.
Jan 22 - 5:54 PM

Browns hired ex-Steelers OC Todd Haley as offensive coordinator.

It took Haley less than a week to resurface after the Steelers decided to let his contract run out. Haley comes with plenty of NFL experience, but he should have done more with the talent he had in Pittsburgh and the same could probably be said of his previous stint as the offensive coordinator in Arizona. Haley's play-calling was extremely suspect in Pittsburgh's Divisional Round loss to Jacksonville and his messy relationship with Ben Roethlisberger, which eventually led to his ouster, should be taken as a red flag. In Cleveland, Haley will be tasked with getting the most out of whatever quarterback the Browns end up drafting in April.
Jan 22 - 5:43 PM

Blake Bortles said he'd be "thrilled" to return to the Jaguars next season.

"I would be thrilled to be able to stay here and play here," said Bortles following Sunday's loss to New England in the AFC Championship Game. "Hopefully that can happen." Bortles was a serviceable game manager for Jacksonville this season but remains the weak link on a team with legitimate championship aspirations. Bortles' fifth-year option is only guaranteed for injury, so Jacksonville could conceivably move on from him without any cap consequences. Kirk Cousins and Alex Smith would be obvious replacements if the Jags decide to throw in the towel on Bortles this offseason.
Jan 22 - 5:25 PM

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Browns are "on the verge" of hiring former Steelers OC Todd Haley as their offensive coordinator.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Sunday that Haley was in "serious talks" with Cleveland and now it's only a matter of time until the two sides reach an agreement. Haley is slated to become the Browns' first offensive coordinator under coach Hue Jackson. The 50-year-old is coming off a successful six-year stint with Pittsburgh, though the Steelers passed on re-signing him due to his rocky relationship with Ben Roethlisberger.
Jan 22 - 4:27 PM

The Cardinals will interview ex-Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell for their offensive coordinator vacancy on Monday night.

Former Panthers DC Steve Wilks was announced as Arizona's head coach earlier today and is moving quickly to assemble his staff. Wilks is reportedly eyeing Panthers LBs coach Al Holcomb as his defensive coordinator and now it appears Bevell is on the short list of candidates to replace OC Harold Goodwin. Bevell interviewed for a position as Atlanta's QBs coach last week but was passed over in favor of Greg Knapp. He was one of several Seahawks assistants let go at the conclusion of the 2017 campaign.
Jan 22 - 4:16 PM



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