OAKLAND -- Hue Jackson caused a stir across the NFL with his comments after last week's victory at Minnesota, in which the Raiders were assessed 12 penalties for 117 yards.The rookie Oakland coach wanted a more fair approach to penalties and many wondered if it would backfire on the Raiders.Sunday, in the Raiders' 25-20 victory over Chicago, penalties were a relative non-issue.After picking up just one penalty in the first half, the Raiders finished with six for 44 yards, and only one was on the defense. They did not have a single 15-yard personal foul penalty after coming into the game with a league-high 17 defensive foul penalties, the most in the NFL since Kansas City had 19 such infractions in 1998."Well, one of our goals is to be an intelligent football team," Jackson said. "The key is, we want to keep stacking intelligent wins on top of intelligent wins."It's taken awhile to get this elephant out of the room, but it's still thereit's one game that way. We have to do it consistently and, again, we do need to be an intelligent football team, and we will as we keep moving forward."The only other game the Raiders had fewer penalties this season was against Cleveland on Oct. 16, when they were flagged five times for 35 yards.
The Raiders had an NFL-best seven players on the initial Pro Bowl roster. The number planning to play in the league’s all-star game continues to dwindle.
That total's down to three after left tackle Donald Penn and receiver Amari Cooper bowed out. Penn won’t be ready after suffering a knee injury in the regular-season finale, an ailment that kept him out of a playoff loss at Houston. Cincinnati’s Andrew Whitworth will take Penn’s place.
Cooper battled a shoulder injury late last season, though it's uncertain exactly what is keeping him from the game.
In addition to Penn and Cooper, Quarterback Derek Carr obviously can't play while recovering from surgery to repair a broken fibula. Edge rusher Khalil Mack also bowed out recently with what is believed to be a minor back injury.
There’s a possibility a fifth Raider will also excuse himself. Center Rodney Hudson suffered an ankle injury in the playoffs. It remains uncertain whether he’ll play in the Pro Bowl.
Safety Reggie Nelson and left guard Kelechi Osemele remain firmly in the fray at this stage.
Mike Tice’s contract expired shortly after this season’s end, but there was strong belief he would retain his post with a new deal.
A league source confirmed Wednesday that a new deal was in place for Tice to remain with the Raiders. The exact length of the contract was not disclosed. Assistant coach contracts are typically set for two years, though they can be three in some cases.
Tice was the first assistant Jack Del Rio hired after being named Raiders head coach. The two are long-time friends, dating back to days playing for the Minnesota Vikings in the 1990s.
Tice was Del Rio’s assistant head coach for three seasons in Jacksonville, which made him a natural fit for a new project in Oakland. It was a smart hire. Tice has been excellent as Raiders offensive line coach, managing and scheming for one of the NFL’s best position groups.
ESPN first reported the Tice agreement.
While offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave was allowed to leave on an expired contract and is now Denver quarterbacks coach, the rest of the Raiders offensive staff remains intact.
Quarterbacks coach Todd Downing was promoted to offensive coordinator and his assistant Jake Peetz assumes his old post.
The Raiders still have a vacancy on the defensive side, with Marcus Robertson out and on to the Broncos staff.