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Allen: Ford could have been better

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Allen: Ford could have been better

Having viewed the film of his team's exhibition debut, Raiders rookie coach Dennis Allen saw little if anything, that changed his mind on what he witnessed live the night before.Speaking to reporters in an eight-plus minute conference call Tuesday afternoon, Allen reiterated what he liked and what he disliked in the Raiders' 3-0 defeat to Dallas, as well as saying he expected injured running back Mike Goodson to practice Wednesday for the first time since suffering a scary-looking neck injury last Tuesday.A sampling then: On center Stefen Wisniewski's right calf injury: "We'll be monitoring that as we go along, day to day."On what the film told him: "That we've got a lot of things to clean upwe've still got a long way to go to get to where we need to get to."On what the film told him about rookie receiver Rod Streater: "He executed like he's been executing all camp, caught the ball well, was able to get up the field, and not a lot of wasted movement."On why rookie defensive end Jack Crawford, who was active, did not play: "He's still not ready to go as far as that foot's concerned. There's still a little soreness there so we just thought it was best for us to hold him and not play him in the game."On what the team can accomplish with such a short week and playing in Arizona Friday: "We're still in training camp mode, and there's still some things we can work on from an execution standpoint, and that's going to be my message to the team -- to execute the little things better."On what specifically jumped out to him on the film as positives: "Darren McFadden was obviously very explosive, two explosive gains in the three touches he had. And then I thought the first-team defense, I thought they played exceptionally well."RELATED: McFadden flashes speed
On what specifically jumped out to him on the film as negatives: "From a special teams standpoint we had a couple of tackles inside the 20-yard line, we muffed the punt, two punts actually, and then we didn't have the good operations on the field-goal attemptsoffensively, I think the dropped passes were a big issue and then I thought our tempo in and out of the huddle in the second half wasn't where it needed to be."On if he was surprised by McFadden's showing: "Not a surprise, but obviously felt real good about it."On if Jacoby Ford needed to fight more on Carson Palmer's long-bomb interception: "It was a middle-of-the-field safety, so it wasn't a double-coverage situation. It was a thing you coach a quarterback to do, to take a shot when you get those situations. I think Jacoby might, could have been a little bit better at the end of the route there just trying to break that thing up. Overall, you're going to take that shot and we want to be aggressive there. We want to take a shot and get a big play. It didn't work out for us."On if he wants to increase McFadden's work load with each preseason game: "Were going to look at how the week plays out. Darren needs to get his touches so that he goes into the regular season ready to go, and thats the most important thing for him is to make sure hes fully ready to roll when the opening game comes off on Monday night."On which of the injured players he expects to practice Wednesday: "Im not really sure yet whos going to be back. I would hope that we might get a couple of the guys back. I think Mike Goodson will probably be back tomorrow. Ill look at that again this evening, sit down with the trainer and find out more about who we might have back at practice."On if Goodson might play against the Cardinals: "I think if hes able to practice this week, well get him in the game and let him play against Arizona."

Back again: Patriots rally past Jags, head to eighth Super Bowl since 2001

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Back again: Patriots rally past Jags, head to eighth Super Bowl since 2001

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Give `em a hand: Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are heading back to the Super Bowl.

Brady shook off a hand injury and threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola with 2:48 remaining , rallying the Patriots to a 24-20 comeback victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC championship Sunday.

Brady, wearing a black bandage on his right hand after hurting it during practice earlier in the week, showed no signs of being hampered.

And, with the game - and possibly the season - on the line, the Patriots star came up big again.

"I've had a lot worse," Brady said. "I didn't know that on Wednesday. It was a crazy injury. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday was a little scary. Then I started getting some confidence and today we did just enough to win."

Brady finished 26 of 38 for 290 yards and two touchdowns for the Patriots (15-3), who'll play the winner of Sunday night's game between Minnesota and Philadelphia in Minneapolis on Feb. 4.

It's the eighth Super Bowl appearance for Brady and coach Bill Belichick, who have won five times - including last year's 34-28 overtime rally against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Jaguars (12-7) led 20-10 early in the fourth quarter, but couldn't hold against the defending champions.

Jacksonville - looking to reach the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history - had one more shot, but Bortles' throw on fourth-and-15 to Dede Westbrook was knocked away by Stephon Gilmore.

The Patriots then ran out the clock, with Dion Lewis' 18-yard scamper with 90 seconds remaining sealing the victory. And they did it mostly without tight end Rob Gronkowski, who left the game late in the first half and didn't return.

Brady's hand was the most-scrutinized body part in Boston since the quarterback's right ankle before the 2008 Super Bowl, and Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's right ankle tendon - the bloody sock - in the 2004 playoffs.

Brady was listed as questionable after he hurt his right hand during practice earlier in the week. He was limited Wednesday, sat out Thursday and was limited again Friday because of the injury.

That caused some panic among the Patriots faithful.

Turns out, it was nothing to fret about.

Brady came out for warmups without a glove on his hand, and he came out throwing. He completed his first six passes - including a 20-yarder to Amendola on fourth-and-1 from the Jaguars 30 - for 57 yards to march the Patriots down the field. The drive stalled when Brady was sacked by Dante Fowler Jr., and New England settled for Stephen Gostkowski's 31-yard field goal.

A wide-open Marcedes Lewis gave the Jaguars a 7-3 lead 45 seconds into the second quarter with a 4-yard touchdown catch from Blake Bortles, who was 5 for 5 for 66 yards on an impressive and efficient seven-play, 76-yard drive.

Leonard Fournette gave Jacksonville a 14-3 lead midway through the second quarter with a 4-yard TD run, hushing the crowd at Gillette Stadium.

The Jaguars made some big mistakes that hurt them just before halftime. Bortles completed a 12-yard pass to Lewis on third-and-7 from the Patriots 44, but Jacksonville was called for delay of game - after New England called a timeout.

That wiped out a first down, and Bortles was sacked by Adam Butler on the next play to force a punt.

With just over two minutes left before halftime, New England's offense took over and the fans chanted "Bra-dy! Bra-dy!"

And their quarterback delivered - with some help from the Jaguars on two long penalties.

On first-and-10 from the Patriots 40, Brady threw a long pass for Gronkowski, who was injured when he got popped by Barry Church just as the ball was arriving. Church was called for unnecessary roughness, putting the ball at Jacksonville's 45.

A.J. Bouye was called for pass interference on the next play on an incomplete throw for Brandin Cooks. The 32-yard penalty put the ball at the Jaguars 13. After a 12-yard catch by Cooks, James White ran it in from the 1 to make it 14-10 with 55 seconds left.

Josh Lambo gave Jacksonville a 17-10 lead 4:37 into the third quarter with a 54-yard field goal. He added a 43-yarder 8 seconds into the fourth quarter to make it a 10-point game.

But Brady & Co. were just getting started.

Report: Before hiring Olson as OC, Gruden interviewed ex-Texas A&M coach

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Report: Before hiring Olson as OC, Gruden interviewed ex-Texas A&M coach

Greg Olson is back as the Raiders offensive coordinator, but he may not have been Jon Gruden's first choice.

Before hiring Olson, Gruden interviewed former Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin for the OC position, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Despite not getting the Raiders' job, Sumlin was able to find work as he was announced as the new head coach of the Arizona Wildcats on Jan. 14.

Sumlin went 51-26 in six seasons with the Aggies and was 35-17 in four prior seasons with the Houston Cougars. The 53-year-old Sumlin has no NFL coaching experience.

Olson served as the OC in Oakland in 2013 and 2014. He spent this past season as the Rams quarterback coach.

“Greg Olson coached Derek Carr for a year here. His intel there will be very important. He coached with me in Tampa and he coached with Sean McVay, one of my ex-assistants, in LA. So, the system of football that we run will be a real natural flow,” Gruden said when the Raiders announced Olson's hiring on Ja. 12.