New Raiders value film over stopwatch


New Raiders value film over stopwatch

INDIANAPOLIS -- The 40-yard dash is no longer the key component of the Raiders' talent evaluations.New coach Dennis Allen, speaking Friday at the NFL scouting combine, said the emphasis of draft preparations will be placed on game film and not the stopwatch."We're not going to take guys just because they run real fast because that doesn't correlate to being a good football player," Allen said.

Under the direction of the late Al Davis, the Raiders had a well-earned reputation for taking a chance on players who tore up the combine with fast times. But, now, Allen said speed is just another piece of the puzzle.
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"It only fits after we find out whether this guy on tape, when we look at him, if we feel like he's a good football player," Allen answered when asked about the importance of the 40 time."That's where 40 times come into effect. If you have two guys when you look at the tape that are about the same football-player wise, well, let's take the faster guy."
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The Raiders have only two of their original draft picks -- in the fifth and sixth rounds. They are likely to pick up multiple compensatory draft picks due to net losses last year in free agency. Allen said he and general manager Reggie McKenzie will work together in free agency and the draft."First and foremost, I think our relationship has been outstanding," Allen said. "We've discussed every situation that comes up. I've come to him with questions about coaching staff and he's come to me with questions about personnel issues."And I think that's the way you run a top quality organization when your head coach and your general manager see eye-to-eye and have conversations. And we might not always agree, but at the end of the day we've got to make sure we come to the best decision for the Raiders. And that's why I'm excited about working with Reggie because I think he's a top-quality human being and he's an excellent talent evaluator."

Report: Chip Kelly interviews for Jags' OC job

Report: Chip Kelly interviews for Jags' OC job

Former 49ers coach Chip Kelly, who was fired hours after the club’s 2-14 season, is reportedly interviewing Monday to become the Jacksonville Jaguars’ offensive coordinator.

Kelly is interviewing with Jaguars new head coach Doug Marrone, reports radio station 1010 XL in Jacksonville.

Kelly told recently he would take his time to determine his next career move. Kelly interviewed for the Jaguars’ head-coaching job, ESPN reported over the weekend.

“I’m not going to close the door on any opportunity, but I have to be very smart in what I do next,” Kelly said two days after his firing. “I don’t have to take anything, but I wouldn’t rule anything out. I need to make sure that I’m in the right situation.

“I don’t know what the future holds. I’ll do my due diligence. I’m not going to coach just to coach.”

The 49ers fired Kelly with three years, $18 million remaining in his contract. The 49ers hired Kelly just two weeks after the Philadelphia Eagles fired him. Kelly went 26-21 with the Eagles after leaving his successful program with the Oregon Ducks after the 2012 season.

Pats OC McDaniels 'impressed' by York, Marathe

Pats OC McDaniels 'impressed' by York, Marathe

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels announced Monday morning he has pulled his name from consideration for the 49ers’ head-coaching job.

McDaniels interviewed with 49ers executives Jed York and Paraag Marathe on Saturday, Jan. 7, while the Patriots were on the bye week as the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs. McDaniels indicated he also met with Brian Hampton, the 49ers’ director of football administration and analytics.

"I was really impressed with Jed York and Paraag and Brian, and people that came for the 49ers organization,” McDaniels said in a conference call with reporters who cover the Patriots.

“They did a great job with their presentation,” McDaniels added. “Again, (I’m) humbled to be included in that process. At this time, it's just best for my family and myself to remain here in New England, and focus on this year's playoffs and finish out the year however it turns out."

McDaniels said his main focus would be on helping prepare the Patriots to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday in the AFC Championship game.

McDaniels, 40, was viewed as one of the hot head-coaching candidates, along with Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, this offseasons. He has served the past five seasons as New England’s offensive coordinator under Bill Belichick.

Shanahan becomes the leading candidate for the 49ers’ job. The 49ers interviewed Seattle offensive line/assistant head coach Tom Cable on Sunday. Shanahan and Cable are the only known remaining candidates for the job to replace Chip Kelly, who was hired after a 2-14 season.

McDaniels became Denver’s head coach in 2009. He was fired after 12 games in 2010 after his teams compiled an 11-17 record. He returned to the Patriots in 2012 and has served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on Bill Belichick’s staff.

McDaniels, who also interviewed with the 49ers last year, also had interviews on Jan. 7 with Jacksonville and the Los Angeles Rams. Jacksonville hired Doug Marrone, while the Rams hired Sean McVay.

“I've always said how grateful I am for this opportunity to work here for Mr. Kraft his family and coach under Bill with a lot of great guys on our staff and have the privilege to work with the players we get to work with each day," McDaniels said. "It's a great opportunity. Very thankful to be here and very much looking forward to this week against Pittsburgh."