Apr 05

Was Jon Gruden’s dislike a factor in Marquette King release

It’s safe to say the Oakland Raiders’ decision to cut punter Marquette King took many by surprise, but apparently there may have been a reason for it.

Vic Tafur of the Athletic heard that King’s flamboyant personality may have clashed with coach Jon Gruden, who may have given the order to cut King.

The San Francisco 49ers are all the rage this offseason, mainly because they finished 2017 with a bang. With new franchise quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo leading the way, a San Francisco team that lost 24 of 26 games between September 18, 2016 and November 26, 2017 went 5-0 to finish the regular season.

Still, the Titans entered another offseason flush with salary-cap space, and New England South clearly got better by adding big-play cornerback Malcolm Butler and flashy running back Dion Lewis in free agency.

Mariota is well-supported by a strong offensive line and a wicked running game, but he still lacks depth in the receiving corps; he might have to start the year without top-notch right tackle Jack Conklin; and despite talent in the secondary, the D lacks bite.

If that unit can’t step it up and Mariota can’t take off in 2018, the Titans will have trouble competing with Jacksonville and Houston in the increasingly tough AFC South.

The no-risk risk and perpetual culture change are staples of AFC East also-ran reasoning.

The Dolphins have been vocal about their need to change the clubhouse atmosphere since the end of last season. Head coach Adam Gase said Tuesday that he was certain that the team culture was about to improve now that the roster has been reimagined.

I know it’s going to be different, he told reporters. You have some alpha dogs who are not going to accept a lot of the bulls–t that has gone on.

Gase is a third-year coach admitting that lots of bull-spit still goes on in the locker room he was hired to clean up, but let’s focus on Miami’s roster moves instead of Gase’s oversharing. The Dolphins have traded or moved on from Suh, Jarvis Landry, Mike Pouncey, Jay Ajayi (midseason last year) and some expensive veterans who didn’t contribute much. In their place arrive Frank Gore, Josh Sitton, Albert Wilson, Robert Quinn, Daniel Kilgore and—so Gore has a canasta partner—Danny Amendola.patriots_152-223x223

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