I’m not even close to making my official Super Bowl pick yet. But it’s undeniable that the Eagles have a big edge up front, on both sides of the ball.
Derek Carr is politely declining to let the Raiders postpone his February 15 contract trigger date. That’s the day DC is scheduled to receive $40 million in guaranteed money if he’s still on the Raiders’ roster. Las Vegas would like to have a little more time to try to arrange a trade for Carr, but the Raiders may now be forced to simply release him. DC will be a hot commodity this offseason. Carr and his agent have been given permission to talk with teams who are potential trade partners.
I’ll be very interested to see how things work out for Sean Payton and the Broncos. Somehow this union just doesn’t feel quite right.
NFL in-game concussions were up 18 percent in 2022 as compared to the previous season. There were 149 diagnosed concussions in 271 games, compared with 126 in 2021. Part of the rise may be attributed to a broadening of the definition of concussion and strengthened diagnostic protocols.
The NFL has partnered with the American Heart Association to provide free CPR training to fans attending the NFL Experience during Super Bowl week in Phoenix. Very cool. Everyone should learn CPR. It saved Damar Hamlin’s life. It can save many others.
So Kyrie Irving is demanding that the Nets trade him before Thursday’s deadline. Nobody really cares, because nobody trusts him. The only relevant issue here is how this “demand” might impact Kevin Durant’s future in Brooklyn.
Basketball brawls are as boring as they are stupid. It must be February.
Notre Dame offensive coordinator Tommy Rees is leaving South Bend to take the same job at Alabama. Rees, a former Irish QB, helped ND to a 31-8 record in his three seasons as the offensive play caller. He’ll replace Bill O’Brien in Tuscaloosa, now that OB is heading back to the NFL as the Pats’ OC. Rees has a solid reputation for developing offensive linemen and tight ends, which Nick Saban will always find appealing. Rees becomes the Tide’s sixth offensive coordinator in eight years.