Asked OC Bill Musgrave impression of Latavius Murray: "Very positive. Tremendous size & speed. Going to tailor run game so it's right up his alley."
Murray's dynasty/keeper league owners can rejoice. It sounds as if the new regime is a fan of Murray, so at this point we can pencil him in as the starter in Week 1. We'll continue to monitor the Oakland backfield throughout the offseason. From Week 12 on, Murray was the #17 RB in fantasy football, racking up 478 total yards and two touchdowns in five games.
The Jaguars are hiring Greg Olson to be their offensive coordinator.
Musgrave was previously the offensive coordinator for Carolina (20th in yards; 21st in points), Jacksonville (12th and 21st in yards; 25th and 29th in points) and Minnesota (18th, 20th and 13th in yards; 19th, 14th and 14th in points) prior to serving as the QB coach for Chip Kelly and the Eagles. His offenses tend to perform better in the running game, but that probably has more to do with the personnel (Fred Taylor, Adrian Peterson) that he was working with. We see this as a decent hire for Derek Carr and Latavius Murray.
Jack Del Rio is expected to be the next head coach of the Oakland Raiders.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday morning, citing two sources informed of the team's thinking, that signs point to the former Broncos defensive coordinator and Jaguars head coach being the next man tapped to lead the middling franchise out of a playoff drought that began in 2002. Rapoport adds that the Raiders decided Tuesday against sticking with interim coach Tony Sparano.
Michigan has told its biggest boosters that a deal for Jim Harbaugh to become its next head coach is done and that a news conference is scheduled for Tuesday, a source close to Michigan told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Interim athletic director Jim Hackett and other officials from the school met with Harbaugh in California Sunday night after he officially parted ways with the San Francisco 49ers. The agreement reached ended a nearly month-long coaching search in which virtually any conclusion other than landing Harbaugh would have been deemed a disappointment in Ann Arbor.
Harbaugh came close to taking the Michigan job in 2011, but decided to jump to the NFL and the Wolverines hired Brady Hoke. Hoke's record went steadily downhill during his four seasons at Michigan. Hoke was fired after a Nov. 29 loss to Ohio State that guaranteed the program would not play in a bowl game. Harbaugh was reportedly high on the Raiders and Jets lists of head coaching candidates.
Sunday, December 28, 2014, 3:08pm
Saturday, December 27, 2014, 11:04am
This has not been a great season for Darren McFadden but he has had a significant impact in one category.
For the first time in his career, McFadden has been healthy for the entire season. McFadden is pace to play his 16th game Sunday at Denver in the season finale. He has not missed one game this season due to injury.
In McFadden’s first six NFL seasons, the most games he’d played in a season was 13, which he accomplished twice. He has missed 29 games due to injury since joining the Raiders in 2008 as the No. 4 overall draft pick.
It's good timing for McFadden as he'll enter free agency after this season. McFadden started this season as the backup but took over for an ineffective Maurice Jones-Drew. McFadden has since been replaced by Latavius Murray. McFadden did run well and contribute to the Raiders’ Week 16 win over Buffalo and has 521 yards on 151 carries this season. He'll likely have a reduced role somewhere next season and depending on the situation could at least be on the fantasy radar.
Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm
It’s the gritty work that deserves acclaim, and it proves he’s no flash in the pan.
“Early in the season, it took us a while to figure that part of it out,” interim head coach Tony Sparano said during an interview with Sirius XM radio. “He’s a guy that was hurt all year last year. Latavius has really come into his own, and I think he can handle the workload of being a No. 1 guy.”
Dynasty and keeper owners should take note -- Murray's arrow is pointing up, though a regime change could alter his trajectory significantly.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 8:12pm
Carr left a 26-24 win over the Buffalo Bills briefly after getting a knee to the gluteus, Sparano said Monday. The fans booed as Schaub trotted on to the field, only to erupt in cheers when the Raiders called time out and Carr returned. Carr has started all 15 games for the Raiders as a rookie.
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