Ravens coach John Harbaugh doesn’t get why NFL is tweaking Week 17 schedule
In shifting around its Week 17 schedule, the NFL is trying to do the right thing by making sure games that affect each other from a playoff positioning standpoint are played at the same time. Ravens coach Jim Harbaugh, however, isn’t thrilled about his team’s home game against the Bengals being moved from a 1 p.m. ET kickoff to 4:25 p.m. ET on New Year’s Eve.
Just last year, the Indianapolis Colts met with him. And the Raiders have made other attempts in past years to bring back Gruden, who still is beloved in the Bay Area.
Pegging landing spots for Gruden from year to year has become a sport within the sport, but many believe it is different this year. One source close to the situation said he expected Gruden to return to coaching in 2018. Others predicted Gruden would wind up with the Raiders.
Gruden continues to insist that it is nothing more than talk, as there has been talk in other years about his possible return that didn’t come to pass.
But this year does seem to be different. Many sources believe the Raiders are preparing to make an offer so enticing that it will be difficult for Gruden to turn it down.
Gronkowski: I actually don’t mind it. I would definitely say probably because of my roots, growing up in Buffalo, being outside for games and stuff, always outside. Just even playing backyard football. So I like the cold, I like playing in it.
The selection committee respected UCF, Hancock told ESPN on Tuesday. After all, they’re the group that put the Knights in the Peach Bowl. To qualify for the playoff, teams need to play tough schedules against good teams — that is the way for all teams to stand out and be ranked high by the committee. UCF is an excellent team, but you still have to take into account who each team played and defeated during the regular season.
UCF played only one opponent all season that had been ranked by the committee, No. 20 Memphis, which the Knights beat 62-55 in double overtime in the AAC title game. The only Power 5 opponent UCF played during the regular season was 4-8 Maryland, which the Knights beat 38-10 in College Park. UCF was ranked behind five two-loss teams and one three-loss team in Auburn. Auburn’s losses were to Clemson, LSU and Georgia in the SEC title game, but the Tigers also beat Alabama and Georgia during the regular season — the two teams that are now playing for the national title.