Jackson part of Raiders GM search party a dicey proposition

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Jackson part of Raiders GM search party a dicey proposition

ALAMEDA -- If Hue Jackson was Nino Brown in the courtroom scene of "New Jack City," taking just about everyone associated with him down with him following Sunday's playoff-extinguishing loss to San Diego, he was a more cool, calm, collected and, yes, calculated customer the day after.Jackson's rage had slowed to a simmer as he spoke for 35 minutes in his season-ended media conference.Oh, be sure, he was still seething, but Jackson was not throwing players or coordinators under the bus and then driving over them himself on Monday. And he had not relieved defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan of his dutiesyet."The year is over now," Jackson said, "now I can tell you what I really feel, and what's really on my mind."Meaning everything he said to reporters and, by extension, the paying fans, all season long was hogwash?Maybe not, but you get the drift. Because of course Jackson's message to his team has a different face than the one he wears in public. It should.And since we're being honest now, I asked Jackson if he would be involved in the search for a new general manager, and if it would be awkward, considering he would essentially be helping in the hiring of his new boss."I don't know that," Jackson said. "But I don't think it would be awkward. I'm pretty comfortable with who I am and what I am. I'm not going to get caught up in who we hire and who we bring in here. I know how that works. I know when people mention that, 'Well, if they hire a G.M., then he's going to want to bring in his own head coach.'"And hey, if that's what Mark (Davis) decided to do, that's his right. I don't think that that's the case, but that is his right. But at the end of the day, whoever comes here, I think it's going to be somebody who wants to share the same vision as a I do, which is winning a championship, which is getting the organization back to being better than average. Because we should be, and we can be."Asked then if he's already been a part of the conversation, Jackson said there has been some talk."But we haven't said exactly who, what, when, where and how," Jackson said. "But I do know that there's going to be somebody that we do bring in here and talk to and do those things with. But we haven't just nailed it down or anything like that."Asked again if he's part of the process, Jackson answered, "I think I will be. But how involved, I don't know that. I mean, I think (Mark Davis will) let me know that as we move forward."It might be a dicey proposition, though, with Jackson already expressing that he will have an even bigger role in the entire organization next year, and a new G.M. probably wanting to put his own stamp on things. The two personalities must mesh. At least in the beginning.Meh...just another day in the new "HueJack City."

Broncos' defense proves to be too much for Bortles, Jaguars

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Broncos' defense proves to be too much for Bortles, Jaguars

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JACKSONVILLE -- Bradley Roby returned an interception 51 yards for a touchdown, helping the Denver Broncos beat the mistake-prone Jacksonville Jaguars 20-10 on Sunday and gain ground in the AFC playoff picture.

Roby picked off Blake Bortles' wobbler across the middle in the third quarter and went untouched the other way. Star linebacker Von Miller hit Bortles as he released the ball.

It was the 11th pick-6 of Bortles' three-year career and his third in the last four games. Houston and Detroit also returned interceptions for touchdowns in games the Jaguars lost by less than seven points.

The latest one resulted in a seventh consecutive loss for Jacksonville (2-10) and secured another miserable milestone for the small-market franchise. The Jaguars became the fifth team in NFL history to post double-digit losses in six consecutive seasons, joining Tampa Bay (1983-94), Detroit (2001-06), Oakland (2003-09) and Cleveland (2008-13).

Jacksonville had a chance to tie in the final minutes, but Bortles fumbled trying to make a play in the pocket.

The Broncos (8-4) rebounded from an overtime loss against Kansas City, and with Miami's loss at Baltimore, moved into position to get one of the conference's wild-card spots.

They did it without quarterback Trevor Siemian , who missed the game with a sprained left foot. Rookie Paxton Lynch made his second career start and first on the road. Denver didn't ask him to do too much. He didn't need to, either, not against the self-destructing Jaguars.

The Broncos scored all 20 points with help from Jacksonville.

Aside from the pick-6, the Jaguars committed two 15-yard penalties that led to a touchdown and a field goal. Linebacker Telvin Smith was flagged for roughing the passes on third-and-5 in the second quarter. Lynch's pass was incomplete, but Smith grazed his facemask. Devontae Booker scored six plays later, breaking Smith's tackle near the line of scrimmage and carrying safety Johnathan Cyprien across the goal line.

Reserve tight end Alex Ellis was flagged for unnecessary roughness on a punt return in the final minute of the half. His 15-yarder set up Brandon McManus' 32-yard field goal and put the Broncos ahead 10-3.

And Denver's final field goal in the waning seconds came after Bortles' fumble.

But Roby's interception was the dagger. It was huge for Roby, who gave up a late touchdown to New Orleans two weeks ago and surrendered an 11-yard catch on fourth-and-10 last week against the Chiefs.

SPECIAL TEAMS WOES

The Jaguars continued their streak of special teams gaffes. Ellis' unnecessary roughness foul gave Jacksonville a major meltdown on special teams for the seventh consecutive week. The streak includes five muffed punts - including three turnovers - a punt return for a touchdown and two long punt returns that set up scores.

GOOD COMPANY

Harris' interception was his second of the year, giving him five consecutive seasons with multiple picks. He's the fifth cornerback in the NFL to accomplish the feat, joining teammate Aqib Talib, Arizona's Patrick Peterson, New York Giants' Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Seattle's Richard Sherman.

HELPING HANDS

Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson continues to help his opponents. Robinson dropped his sixth pass of the season and his third that resulted in an interception.

Robinson bobbled a deep pass from Bortles down the left sideline, and it landed Harris Jr.'s hands for Bortles' 14th interception of the season. Robinson, a Pro Bowler last season, also bobbled passes that ended up as picks against Chicago and Oakland earlier this season.

UP NEXT

Broncos: at Tennessee on Sunday.

Jaguars: Host Minnesota on Sunday.

Berry saves the day with conversion return, Chiefs move to 9-3

Berry saves the day with conversion return, Chiefs move to 9-3

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ATLANTA — Eric Berry returned an interception for a touchdown, and then brought back another pick for a 2-point conversion that gave the Kansas City Chiefs an improbable 29-28 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

The Falcons, rallying from a 27-16 deficit, went ahead 28-27 on Matt Ryan's 5-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson with 4:32 remaining.

Atlanta decided to go for 2, looking to stretch the margin to a field goal. But Berry stepped in front of Ryan's pass and ran 99 yards the other way to give the Chiefs (9-3) their winning margin. It came after Denver won a game in similar fashion last month, returning a blocked PAT for the winning points at New Orleans.

Berry had another huge play with less than a minute to go in the first half, picking off Ryan's pass over the middle and bringing it back 37 yards for a touchdown. After reaching the end zone, the suburban Atlanta native handed the ball to his mother sitting in the stands at the Georgia Dome.

Those weren't the only big plays for the Chiefs. On fourth-and-2 from their own 45, Kansas City faked a punt and snapped the ball directly to Albert Wilson , who played his college ball in the same stadium for Georgia State. Wilson burst up the middle for a 55-yard touchdown that extended Kansas City's lead in the third quarter.

Alex Smith completed 21 of 25 passes for 270 yards, including a 3-yard touchdown to Spencer Ware. Travis Kelce was Kansas City's top receiver, hauling in eight passes for 140 yards.

Ryan was 22 of 34 for 297 yards, but his two huge mistakes cost the Falcons (7-5). Julio Jones hauled in seven passes for 113 yards, while Devonta Freeman had a couple of 1-yard touchdown runs.

LONG KICK:
Forty-one-year-old Matt Bryant closed out the first half with the second-longest field goal of his career for the Falcons.

Barely across midfield, Bryant booted a 59-yarder that easily clear the crossbar, cutting Kansas City's lead to 20-16 at the break. The only longer kick for Bryant was a 62-yarder with Tampa Bay in 2006.

He also tied Atlanta's franchise record for longest field goal. Morten Andersen made a 59-yarder in 1995.

INJURY REPORT:
The Falcons lost left tackle Jake Matthews to a left knee injury in the first half.

Trainers put a sleeve over the knee, and Matthews tested it out on the sideline with some runs and cuts. But he headed to the locker room just before halftime and didn't return. Tom Compton finished out the game protecting Ryan's blind side.

Kansas City was again missing Jeremy Maclin, its leading receiver. He returned to practice Wednesday and it was thought he'd be able to play after sitting out three straight games with a groin injury. But he didn't dress against the Falcons.

UP NEXT:
Chiefs: Return home for a huge Thursday night game against AFC West rival Oakland, the first of three straight games at Arrowhead Stadium before the season finale at San Diego.

Falcons: Travel to Los Angeles next Sunday to take on the Rams.