The Eagles coaching search was at full steam over the weekend. They interviewed Chip Kelly on Saturday, received permission to interview Colts OC Bruce Arians and Seahawks DC Gus Bradley, and interviewed Broncos OC Mike McCoy on Sunday. Last night one coach took his name out of the running for the Eagles vacant head coaching position. Oregon coach Chip Kelly has turned down the opportunity to coach the Eagles and will return to Oregon next season. More here.
The NHL and NHLPA announced early yesterday morning that they have reached a tentative agreement that would end the 113 day long NHL lockout. The deal is reportedly for 10 years with an opt-out clause after eight years. The salary cap for this year will be $60 million but teams will be allowed to spend as much as $70.2 million. Next year’s cap is $64.3 million and teams will have two amnesty clause buyouts. More here.
Now when will the NHL get underway? It appears that the NHL has solidified that answer. According to reports, the NHL released a memo that stated they will play a 48 game schedule that begins on Saturday, January 19th. Other reports surfaced that the NHL will play a 48 game schedule but, depending on how quickly the NHL gets to work on finalizing the ratification of the new CBA, they could seemingly start the season as early as January 15th. More here.
The Indianapolis Colts, formerly of Baltimore, visited Baltimore yesterday for their Divisional Round game against the Ravens. The game would be Ray Lewis’ last game in front of the home crowd at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens air attack was led by quarterback Joe Flacco who threw for 282 yards and a spectacular touchdown to wide receiver Anquan Boldin. Their ground game was led by Temple product Bernard Pierce who rushed 13 times for 109 yards. The Ravens defense kept the Colts out of the endzone and forced kicker Adam Vinatieri to miss his fourth field goal opportunity. It all played out nicely for the Ravens as they went on to win 24-9 to set up a date with the Peyton Manning and the Broncos next week in Denver. More here.
The Redskins and Seahawks squared off at FedEx Field in Landover yesterday in a NFC Division Round battle featuring two starting rookie quarterbacks. The Redskins got off to a scorching start jumping out to a 14-0 lead and holding a 129 to -2 edge in total yards at one point. Robert Griffin III looked fantastic but tweaked his knee at the end of the first and was clearly hobbled. But after the second quarter, it was all Seattle. The Seahawks put up 13 points in the second quarter to cut Washington’s lead to one point at halftime. After a scoreless third quarter, Seattle got took the lead with 7:08 remaining on a Marshawn Lynch touchdown run behind his lead blocker, QB Russell Wilson. The Seahawks would go on to win 24-14 and will take on the Atlanta Falcons next Sunday. More here.