Have Raiders closed up shop in Alameda early?
Have the Raiders closed up shop in Alameda for good?Their facility at 1220 Harbor Bay Parkway in Alameda, adjacent to the Oakland International Airport, has been closed since March 24 by NFL decree with minimal activity other than players rehabbing injuries with training staff, security and IT personnel.The Raiders learned Monday what had been expected within the last week — the NFL Draft April 23-25 will be done remotely. Coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock will run the draft from their respective homes, and all input from coaches and the personnel department will be done with te...
The Mercury News
Matt Calkins: With sports shut down by coronavirus, Seattleites should give thanks to Seahawks' Jadeveon Clowney
SEATTLE — There are no balls bouncing, no bats swinging, no pucks sliding across the ice. There are no games on our home soil to wager on, and no coaching decisions to blast.Sports are suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, and it’s not a reality that’s getting easier to adjust to. But here in the Puget Sound area we do have the Jadeveon Clowney watch. That’s something, no?Seriously, wondering where the free-agent defensive end will land is the one thing keeping Seattleites from joining an esports league right now. Rumors about the former Seahawk is the only sports news interrupting no...
The Seattle Times
Bob Condotta: Should Russell Wilson give up some of his salary so Seattle can re-sign Jadeveon Clowney?
Russell Wilson has now not once, but twice, this offseason publicly implored the Seahawks and Jadeveon Clowney to make a deal that would keep the defensive end in town for, hopefully, a long time.“Clowney come back,” Wilson said in a live Instagram Thursday while responding to questions from fans while watching a replay of Seattle’s Super Bowl win over Denver. “… We’ve got another Super Bowl to win, man. We need you.”He’d earlier said the Seahawks needed to make sure they added “superstars” such as Clowney to the roster this offseason.That has led to more than a few readers asking (I have the ...
The Seattle Times
Scott Fowler: If the Panthers have a plan for how they will rebuild, they're not saying what it is
Scouring the Marty Hurney press conference for usable nuggets of information Monday feels a bit like a waste of time.The Carolina Panthers general manager spoke about 2,000 words over 20 minutes, and about 1,900 of those were of the pleasantly vague variety. There was a lot of “We’re preparing for every scenario” and “Those were private conversations” and “We have a plan” — without saying much at all about what the plan is.Still, there’s plenty of time to scour. The coronavirus has postponed every notable sports event for months.So here are five things Hurney said — or didn’t say — that I foun...
The Charlotte Observer
Football: India to bid for 2027 AFC Asian Cup
Dubai: India has formally submitted its bid documents for hosting the AFC Asian Cup in 2027, as per confirmed reports.With the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) recently extending the deadline to lodge a formal ‘expression of interest’ for three months from March 31 to June 30 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has pitched in along with Saudi Arabia.“We have already submitted our expression of interest to the AFC. That is what’s required as of now,” AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das was quoted in the Indian media.Other than India, Saudi Arabia — whose feder...
If NFL season starts on time, get ready for a drop in quality
Let’s assume for a second that the coronavirus pandemic is solved by Week 1 of the NFL season. Getting football back would be excellent as we attempt to heal from the damage that coronavirus has inflicted upon the world, but it wouldn’t be the football that we’re used to.The quality would be much, much worse.Football is a sport that takes an incredible amount of organization and synchronization to make the most simple plays work. Even after months of preparation in a normal year, preseason football is usually a mess and it takes the starters weeks to reach the peak of their play.We’re already ...
New York Daily News
Miami Dolphins announce plans for scaled-down (and socially distant) draft party
The original plan was for a Las Vegas blowout, a Sin City draft party with an exclusive VIP area for season-ticket holders with food and drink included.And then coronavirus happened, and the Miami Dolphins had to downsize considerably.On Monday, they announced Plan B (or perhaps C or even D):A virtual draft party, providing fans access to interviews with draft picks, Q&As with current players and live video analysis from Dolphins analysts. The event will be available on the team’s Facebook group.“While we remain vigilant of the ongoing situation that continues to impact so many, we hope the Fa...
Dave Hyde: Grier, Flores sidestep mistakes of Dolphins' free-agent past, as ex-Patriots show
Among the messy souvenirs left by former coach Adam Gase’s Miami Dolphins regime, there’s this two-point study of lessons learned in signing free agents:1. Use caution signing former players you coached.2. Double that caution if they’re old, and scratch them altogether if hurt.That’s background to the Dolphins’ completed signings in free agency and, specifically, in gathering some of Brian Flores’ former New England Patriots. Familiarity matters to coaches, because systems matter in football. How a player fits. What a coach expects.Gase’s failed, free-agent signings speak to a coach wanting to...
FAU's Willie Taggart can't 'grasp' country without football season
The thought of football not being played in the fall is one that FAU coach Willie Taggart said had never crossed his mind until recently.Even as the coronavirus outbreak jeopardizes sports seasons around the world, Taggart admitted during a conference call with reporters on Monday that he still struggles to envision what the country would look like without football in the fall.“I still can’t get a grasp of what this country would look like without football,” Taggart said. “That’s America’s sport. Everybody gets excited when football season comes around. It’s like Christmas. The whole country c...
A look inside the Bears' virtual offseason program, Matt Nagy's 4 computer screens to a player's wood squat rack and bench-press rack
In a typical NFL year, Matt Nagy would be gearing up to meet his Bears team in a couple of weeks for the offseason workout program at Halas Hall.Instead, he’s likely to be greeting them through a webcam.That’s the reality for NFL teams as concerns about the coronavirus require people to stay at home. Offseason programs for returning head coaches were set to begin April 20, and the NFL draft is still on schedule for April 23-25. But Illinois has extended its stay-at-home order through at least April 30.So Nagy, Bears general manager Ryan Pace and their staffs have been working to ensure players...