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Jaguars retain offensive coordinator, pass on Chip Kelly

Jaguars retain offensive coordinator, pass on Chip Kelly

It appears the Jaguars have passed on Chip Kelly for a second time this month.

After reportedly not getting their head coaching job, Kelly reportedly interviewed for their offensive coordinator position on Monday.

But two days later, Jacksonville announced that Nathaniel Hackett has been retained as offensive coordinator under head coach Doug Marrone.

Kelly told CSNBayArea.com recently he would take his time to determine his next career move.

“I’m not going to close the door on any opportunity, but I have to be very smart in what I do next,” Kelly said two days after his firing. “I don’t have to take anything, but I wouldn’t rule anything out. I need to make sure that I’m in the right situation.

“I don’t know what the future holds. I’ll do my due diligence. I’m not going to coach just to coach.”

The 49ers fired Kelly with three years, $18 million remaining in his contract. The 49ers hired Kelly just two weeks after the Philadelphia Eagles fired him. Kelly went 26-21 with the Eagles after leaving his successful program with the Oregon Ducks after the 2012 season.

What Saints teammate Cam Jordan told Drew Brees after kneeling comments

What Saints teammate Cam Jordan told Drew Brees after kneeling comments

Cam Jordan couldn't believe what he was hearing. He has considered Drew Brees a friend and a brother ever since he was drafted in 2011 and became teammates with the star quarterback. 

Jordan, a defensive end for the New Orleans Saints, attended a packed Black Lives Matter rally at Duncan Plaza in New Orleans on Wednesday, the same day Brees said "I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country" by kneeling during the national anthem in the wake of George Floyd, an African American man in Minneapolis, being killed in police custody. 

After watching what Brees said, Jordan called his teammate to try to get him to understand the peaceful protest four years after Colin Kaepernick took a knee to protest racial injustices and police brutality when he was a member of the 49ers in 2016. 

"I feel like I gave him my perspective -- it was almost like I was trying to force him to walk a mile in my shoes -- and I hope it gets through," Jordan told NFL.com Wednesday night. "I hope it gets through to my guy Drew, because that's what he is ... he's been my guy since I entered the league (in 2011).

"He's been the leader and a guy I can rely on -- on the field. Well, off the field has to align. I can't allow people to tippy-toe on the line of this issue. You can't play both sides on this one. We're fighting to end social injustice, and you're either with us or you aren't."

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Jordan, who attended Cal in college and is a five-time Pro Bowl defensive end, wasn't the only NFL player to show disappointment and anger in Bress' comments or even the only Saints teammate to do so. Safety Malcolm Jenkins and star receiver Michael Thomas let their feelings be known on Twitter as well. 

Brees apologized for his insensitive comments Thursday morning, but it's clear his initial words will carry over to the locker room. 

"I mean, of course it will," Jordan said. "In our locker room, we hold people accountable. I've already talked to 10 to 12 teammates, and a coach or two, and with the man himself (Brees). You have to put him legitimately in our shoes, and at the same time, I don't want to force feed him. I want to walk in his shoes, too.

"[The national anthem] is a source of pride for him. But he has to know what that act is all about, and what it really represents."

[RELATED: Cal alum Rodgers says NFL protests 'NEVER' about flag]

Jordan wants Brees to understand one thing: Kneeling never was about disrespecting the flag or the military. There's a reson why Nate Boyer, a former Green Beret, gave Kaepernick the green light to kneel.

"I understand that Drew has military ties, and he went on to explain that [in our conversation], but the first nine words ('I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag') are the most hurtful," Jordan said. "He's creating the emotional illusion that everyone who takes a knee is disrespecting the flag, when we've spent years trying to explain what the protest is really about.

"This flag is supposed to protect all of us. I support the military, too -- I've done multiple USO Tours. My grandfather was in the Army and later served as the first black highway patrolman in Phoenix. My uncle was in the Navy. And my wife's dad was in the Marines.

"I know Drew is a phenomenal person. I know he gives back to the community. I know what's in his heart and how he pours out his heart. But maybe I didn't get clear enough about what the movement meant in 2017, when we all knelt in unison in London."

Richard Sherman explains how players discuss racism in NFL locker rooms

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Richard Sherman explains how players discuss racism in NFL locker rooms

As protests continue across the country in the wake of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis police custody, NFL players from around the league on speaking out on racism, police brutality and vowing to help enact change.

Not all players have been in lockstep, though. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees drew widespread criticism Wednesday for saying he still believed players kneeling during the anthem was "disrespecting the flag." Many players including some of Brees' teammates and 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman called out the quarterback for his tone-deaf remarks. Brees apologized Thursday morning for "missing the mark" with his comments.

Sherman, who is one of the most respected players across the NFL, doesn't think Floyd's death and public cries for change will alter the way race and racism is talked about in NFL locker rooms.

"I don't think it will be much different," Sherman told Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report. "The locker room is different from society in that we are able to have conversations out of a place of respect, more times than not, because the stereotypes of society have usually been removed, or faded by the time people get to the NFL. You learn to at least respect your teammate regardless of race, and come to have a genuine love and appreciation [for your teammate].

"Much different than society, where stereotypes dictate behavior."

Sherman said Brees was "beyond lost" with his comments about kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and systemic racism. He also told NBC Sports Boston's Phil Perry that the "majority didn't want to hear" the message that former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was trying to send when he started his peaceful protest in 2016.

[RELATED: Brees apologizes for 'insensitive' comments on players kneeling]

Floyd, a 46-year-old Black male, died in Minneapolis police custody after Derek Chauvin, a white officer, knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes while three other officers watched. Video showed Floyd telling the officers he couldn't breathe but Chauvin didn't relent. It was later announced Floyd died in police custody.

After widespread protests, Chauvin was arrested Friday. He's charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The other three officers, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao, were arrested Wednesday and are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

The second-degree charge against Chauvin carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.

While Brees' comments showed he's part of America's problem and not the solution, a number of other white quarterbacks have spoken out and vowed to help make change. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr vowed to stop "sticking to sports" as he tries to unite people.

Sherman's comments about the difference between NFL locker rooms and society were shown Wednesday when Saints defensive lineman Cameron Jordan said he spoke with Brees after his comments and asked him to "walk a mile in my shoes."

"In our locker room, we hold people accountable," Jordan told NFL Media's Mike Silver. "I've already talked to 10 to 12 teammates, and a coach or two, and with the man himself (Brees). You have to put him legitimately in our shoes, and at the same time, I don't want to force-feed him. I want to walk in his shoes, too. [The national anthem] is a source of pride for him. But he has to know what that act is all about, and what it really represents.

"Things have to be talked about," Jordan later continued. "If I'm not my brother's keeper, I'm doing a disservice to him and to our teammates."

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