Hue Jackson has issues with NFL officials


Hue Jackson has issues with NFL officials

MINNEAPOLIS -- For what seems since the halcyon days of JFK's Camelot, the Raiders have been seen as the dirtiest, most foul team in professional football. As such, it's the most heavily-penalized, too.But after another rain of yellow flags, Oakland coach Hue Jackson wants a sit-down at the NFL's roundtable to discuss his team being penalized so much.Unprovoked, Jackson broached the unbroachable following the Raiders' 27-21 victory over Minnesota, a game in which the comedic became the absurd with Oakland being flagged 12 times for 117 yards.

"I am going to reach out to the league myself personally," Jackson said. "I normally don't complain about officiating. I don't make any bones that way because I said I wouldn't. But today, I just truly felt like it was a little unfair. I really do."As a head coach of this football team, I have to look out for my players also and there was a string of calls there where I will go back and see them and review them. But at the end of the day, the description on what was said to me, I just didn't feel that (was satisfactory)."Jackson was referring to a sequence in a single fourth-quarter series in which the Raiders were flagged for defensive pass interference on Lito Sheppard on 4th-and-2, illegal contact on Rolando McClain two snaps later, unnecessary roughness on Desmond Bryant two plays after that and defensive holding on Mike Mitchell on the next snap."I understand that I am a rookie head coach, and maybe I don't get all those calls," Jackson said. "And that is fine. But at the end of the day, I am going to protect my football team, too."I know everyone says we are the most penalized football team in football, and that's a fact and I am not running from that. But there is no way that some things that happened today in that football game (happened)."Jackson said he was also dismayed at what he felt were lack of explanations afforded him."Sometimes I would get brushed aside," Jackson said. "Sometimes I would get talked to as if they didn't know what I was asking, and I just don't think that is fair. I asked several times for explanations and I wouldn't get them."I don't like (talking about ) this because it is not, obviously, about the officiating. And I have always said that when we get good enough, it won't be. Obviously, we might be getting good enough because we are winning games."The Raiders now have a league-leading 103 penalties for 892 yards and are on pace for 165 penalties for 1,427 yards. The single-season record is 158 penalties and 1,304 yards, both dubious marks held by the 1998 Kansas City Chiefs.The Raiders' single-season mark for penalties is the 156 they committed in both 1994 and 1996, while the 1,276 yards in penalties they had last season set the franchise mark."I want us to have the same opportunity that everyone else has in this league," Jackson added. "All of the other 31 teams, we go to the game and it is officiated correctly and people give you explanations as to why things are done and if I can get that, then I am fine. If somebody can tell me exactly why it is like it is, I respect that."But when people just brush you aside and we can't get the ref over here then all of a sudden there is a break in the action but yet he is over there on the other bench having conversations with them but can't come over to me, and I have to remind everybody to come over and see me, I have a hard time with that."Jackson was also dismayed when asked his view of the play that knocked receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey out of the game. Was it clean? Was it dirty? Was it a forearm?"You know, I don't even know what football is anymore," Jackson said. "I don't know what hitting is. I don't know what tackling is. I have been in this game a long time and I can't tell you what hitting, or tackling, is, or what a personal foul or even what anything is anymore."At the end of the day, this team is 6-4 and that is what I am proud of."

Patriots pummel Pittsburgh, return to Super Bowl to face Falcons

Patriots pummel Pittsburgh, return to Super Bowl to face Falcons


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Tom Brady redemption tour is headed to the Super Bowl.

After beginning the 2016 season suspended for four games for his role in the "Deflategate" scandal, the New England quarterback relentlessly carried the Patriots to an unprecedented ninth appearance in the title game, and his seventh. Brady threw for a franchise playoff-best 384 yards and three touchdowns in a 36-17 rout of the helpless Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday in New England's seventh consecutive AFC championship game.

The Patriots are early 3-point favorites heading to face Atlanta in two weeks in Houston, seeking their fifth NFL title with Brady at quarterback and Bill Belichick as coach. Belichick's seventh appearance in a Super Bowl will be a record for a head coach.

Brady was banned by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell when New England (16-2) went 3-1 to open the schedule.

Since his return in Week 5, the only defeat came at home to Seattle, and Brady, 39, had one of the best seasons of a Hall of Fame-caliber career. He punctuated that in dreary weather similar to the 2014 conference title game that precipitated the deflated footballs investigation by flattening Pittsburgh's secondary.

Chris Hogan was his main weapon. The previously unheralded receiver found open spaces everywhere on the field against a leaky secondary. Hogan caught nine balls for 180 yards and two scores.

Top wideout Julian Edelman added eight receptions for 118 yards and a touchdown as Brady tied Joe Montana's playoff record with nine three-TD passing performances. Brady also had his 11th 300-yard postseason game, extending his NFL record, completing 32 of 42 throws.

Pittsburgh (13-6) lost star running back Le'Veon Bell late in the first quarter to a groin injury. It didn't seem to matter much in a record 16th conference title match for the Steelers, who made mistakes in every facet of the game. The franchise that has won the most Super Bowls, six, and the most postseason games, 36, never seemed likely to challenge in the misty rain.

Hogan's second touchdown came on a flea-flicker and he easily beat safety Mike Mitchell to the corner of the end zone. At that point, Hogan had seven catches for 117 yards and the first multi-touchdown game of his four-year career.

His first score made it 10-0 and came after Brady could have taken a nap before throwing, a common occurrence against a nonexistent pass rush. Hogan was all alone in the back of the end zone for the 16-yard score.

Pittsburgh had drawn to 10-6 on DeAngelo Williams' 5-yard run to cap an 84-yard drive. Veteran Williams is a nice security blanket in the backfield, though he's no Bell these days.

Still, he contributed on a 70-yard drive toward the end of the second quarter that appeared to be capped by Jesse James' TD reception. But video review showed James down at the 1, and the Steelers couldn't get into the end zone, Chris Boswell connecting for a 23-yard field goal.

The Steelers never threatened to get back into it.LeGarrette Blount punctuated the romp with a bruising 18-yard run on which he carried nearly the entire Pittsburgh defense with him. He then scored from the 1.

By the end, the crowd was chanting "Where is Roger?" and celebrating yet another Super Bowl trip for the Patriots.


Stephen Gostkowski's 31-yard field goal to open the scoring set a franchise record with 27, surpassing Adam Vinatieri's 26. Gostkowski is fourth all-time. He made a 47-yarder in the third quarter, a 26-yarder in the fourth, but he missed an extra point.

Boswell, who set an NFL mark with six field goals in the Steelers' 18-16 win at Kansas City last week, missed an extra point wide left and made a 23-yard kick.


Steelers: Bell's early departure left him with 20 yards on six carries and no receptions.

Patriots: DB Nate Ebner left with a head injury.


After winning the AFC East with the conference's top record, New England defeated the Texans 34-16 and the Steelers to reach the Super Bowl. They will take on Atlanta, which beat Green Bay 44-21 for the NFC crown. Super Bowl 51 will be in Houston on Feb. 5; New England won the 2002 and 2005 Super Bowls after beating Pittsburgh for the AFC championship.

Reports: Former Raiders QB expected to join Cal's coaching staff


Reports: Former Raiders QB expected to join Cal's coaching staff

It looks as though Marques Tuiasosopo is heading back to the Pac-12, again. The former Rose Bowl MVP and Washington quarterback has reportedly been added to the coaching staff at Cal under new head coach Justin Wilcox.

The news was first reported by Bruin Sports Online and later followed up by Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports, via Twitter.

Tuiasosopo is no stranger to coaching in the Pac-12. After spending 12 seasons in the NFL, Tuiasosopo returned to his alma mater to take on a role as assistant strength coach for the Washington Huskies in 2009.

After two years in that role, he joined the UCLA coaching staff as a graduate assistant in 2011 and took on a role as tight ends coach in 2012 under Jim Mora. The following year, in 2013, Tuiasosopo returned to Washington to be the quarterback coach to work for Steve Sarkisian.