Pro Bowl officials to use tablets for video reviews (Yahoo Sports)
(Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:08:01 PST)
The NFL will test having game officials use tablets for video reviews in Sunday's Pro Bowl. Coaches and players for the first time have been using the Microsoft Surface tablets on the sidelines all season to look at photos of previous plays. ''The test in the Pro Bowl gives us the opportunity to see the practicality of the technology in game-time situations, make adjustments or improvements where necessary, and also gauge the usefulness of it to the officials,'' Troy Vincent, the NFL's football operations chief, said Saturday. ''Certainly, we believe it is an enhancement that we would like to integrate in the future.'' An NFL staffer will wear a backpack containing wireless radios, and will hold a Surface Pro 3 tablet and headphones during the game.
Jets hire Pepper Johnson as defensive line coach (Yahoo Sports)
(Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:03:28 PST)
The New York Jets have hired former linebacker Pepper Johnson as their defensive line coach. Johnson worked in the same role last season with Buffalo, but was replaced by Karl Dunbar who followed coach Rex Ryan from the Jets to the Bills. Johnson recently interviewed with the Giants for their defensive coordinator vacancy, which went to Steve Spagnuolo. Johnson played 13 seasons in the NFL, including seven with the Giants.
Could Patriots really get a Super loser label? (Yahoo Sports)
(Sat, 24 Jan 2015 09:41:42 PST)
When the conversation turns to Super Bowl losers, the Bills and Vikings immediately come up. The Broncos were in that sinking ship until John Elway completed his Hall of Fame career with two championships. They own a share of the short-term success mark in Super Bowls: three in a four-year span. Should they lose to Seattle next Sunday, these Patriots will become three-time losers, too.
Thomas limited for Seattle, Sherman practices full all week (Yahoo Sports)
(Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:01:58 PST)
All-Pro safety Earl Thomas returned to limited duty in practice for the Seattle Seahawks while cornerback Richard Sherman was a full participant all week. Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Friday that if the Seahawks had to play this Sunday both players would be able to go. Thomas suffered a separated shoulder in the NFC title game, while Sherman sprained his elbow in the fourth quarter. Starting right tackle Justin Britt (knee) and backup safety Jeron Johnson (elbow) both returned to practice and should be ready for the game.