Cowboys name Kellen Moore as new QB coach

Cowboys name Kellen Moore as new QB coach

FRISCO, Texas — Kellen Moore is the new quarterbacks coach for the Dallas Cowboys after spending the previous three seasons as the backup QB to Tony Romo and then Dak Prescott.

Moore’s move is part of a significant overhaul of coach Jason Garrett’s staff. Although offensive coordinator Scott Linehan and defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli are returning, eight new coaches and two promotions were announced Friday.

Sanjay Lal, who has worked with receivers for four NFL teams over the past 11 seasons, is the new receivers coach in what could be a crucial year for 2014 All-Pro Dez Bryant‘s future in Dallas. Lal replaces Derek Dooley, who left to become offensive coordinator at Missouri.

The other newcomers are Paul Alexander (offensive line), Ken Amato (defensive assistant), Doug Colman (assistant special teams), Doug Nussmeier (tight ends), Markus Paul (assistant strength) and Kris Richard (passing game coordinator/defensive backs).

Ben Bloom was promoted to linebackers coach, and former special-teams assistant Keith O’Quinn will take over that unit.

Ex-Dolphin Martin detained over social post

Ex-Dolphin Martin detained over social post

Former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin has been detained for questioning in Los Angeles as a result of a threatening image posted on social media, according to reports.

“The individual we believe responsible for the social media post in question has been detained and our investigation is ongoing,” the Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement.

ABC News confirmed that Martin was the man detained by police.

It is unknown whether the Instagram account is Martin’s account or if he posted the image.

The image on Instagram account said: “When you’re a bully victim & a coward, your options are suicide, or revenge.” The image showed a shotgun, ammunition and tagged four accounts, including those belonging to former Miami teammates Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey. It also included hashtags for Harvard-Westlake, where he went to high school, and the Miami Dolphins.

Martin accused Incognito and Pouncey of bullying him in 2013 when they were teammates in Miami, which resulted in an NFL investigation. Martin eventually left the team and joined the 49ers. He hasn’t played in the NFL since 2015. Weeks after retiring, Martin posted a lengthy message on Facebook explaining that he suffered from depression and had tried to kill himself on multiple occasions.

Harvard-Westlake, an elite private school in Los Angeles, closed Friday morning in response to the post, but police told ESPN there was no direct threat to the school.

Jags extend Coughlin, Caldwell and Marrone

Jags extend Coughlin, Caldwell and Marrone

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars‘ trip to the AFC Championship game and the franchise’s first division title since 1999 was a fantastic achievement for executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin, general manager Dave Caldwell and head coach Doug Marrone — but owner Shad Khan is more excited about what’s ahead.

That’s why he added two years to each of their contracts, which were originally set to expire after the 2019 season. They now will run through the 2021 season.

“The decision to extend the contracts of Tom, Dave and Doug isn’t so much a reward for last season, which no doubt was impressive, as it is to recognize their importance to our football team this coming season and for years to follow,” Khan said in a statement on Friday afternoon. “We’re past celebrating the accomplishments of our division title and playoff run, and now it’s time to take the next step. We need the right leadership firmly in place to make that happen, and it’s good to know we’ll have that with Tom, Dave and Doug secure in their roles with the Jacksonville Jaguars.”

Khan hired Coughlin in January 2017. Khan said he brought Coughlin back to the organization he helped build in the mid-1990s because he believed the Jaguars needed a better football IQ. He created the executive VP of football operations position and gave Coughlin total control over all football matters.

Khan fired Gus Bradley, who compiled a 14-48 record in nearly four seasons, on Dec. 18, 2016. Marrone, who was the team’s assistant head coach/offensive line coach, served in the interim for the final two games of the 2016 season. Khan removed Marrone’s interim tag less than a month later in January 2017.

When he announced the hirings, Khan also announced a one-year extension for Caldwell through the 2019 season so the trio could be on the same timetable.

The Jaguars went 10-6, won the AFC South and made the playoffs for the first time since 2007. The team played its first home playoff game since Jan. 23, 2000, and beat the Buffalo Bills 10-3. The Jaguars beat host Pittsburgh 45-42 the following week to advance to the AFC Championship game against New England at Gillette Stadium.

The Jaguars held a 10-point fourth-quarter lead but quarterback Tom Brady led the Patriots on two touchdown drives for a 24-20 victory.

One of the reasons for the team’s turnaround was the construction of one of the league’s best defenses. Caldwell drafted numerous key players on the unit — linebackers Telvin Smith and Myles Jack, end Yannick Ngakoue, and cornerback Jalen Ramsey — and signed what is regarded as the greatest free-agent class in franchise history last March: end Calais Campbell, cornerback A.J. Bouye, and safety Barry Church.

“The success we had last season was due to the efforts of many people, but Doug and Dave certainly played key leadership roles in guiding our team,” Coughlin said in a statement. “They set the tone and managed the process on a daily basis, and we look forward to building on that process throughout this offseason and the coming season.”

Sources: Rams agree to trade for CB Peters

Sources: Rams agree to trade for CB Peters

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Rams have agreed to acquire Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters from the Kansas City Chiefs, sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The deal cannot be made official until March 14.

Peters would presumably step in as the Rams’ primary cornerback, which might spell the end of Trumaine Johnson‘s tenure with the Rams. Peters has 19 interceptions in his first three NFL seasons and was named first-team All-Pro in 2016, the second of back-to-back Pro Bowl appearances.

Peters was originally the 18th overall pick out of Washington in 2015 and will cost $3.05 million towards the salary cap this season. The Rams would then have until May 3 to pick up his fifth-year option for 2019, which is projected at roughly $9 million.

The Rams entered the offseason with a desperate need at cornerback. Johnson, who spent the last two years under the franchise tag, and slot corner Nickell Robey-Coleman are scheduled to be unrestricted free agents. Their No. 2 cornerback, Kayvon Webster, suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in December. And beyond them there isn’t much depth.

Jags release veteran RB Ivory after 2 seasons

Jags release veteran RB Ivory after 2 seasons

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars released running back Chris Ivory on Friday, a move that will save the team $3.75 million against the salary cap.

The move was not surprising considering how little Ivory was used last season after the team drafted Leonard Fournette with the fourth overall pick in the 2017 draft. Ivory did not play in the Jaguars’ final two regular-season games and played in only one of the team’s three playoff games.

Ivory spent two seasons with the Jaguars, but he never made much of an impact. He ran for just 821 yards and four touchdowns and caught 41 passes for 361 yards and one touchdown in 25 games.

The Jaguars signed Ivory to a five-year, $32 million contract with $10 million guaranteed after he came off a 2015 season in which he led the AFC in rushing with the New York Jets. However, Ivory dealt with an undisclosed medical issue before the 2016 season and missed the first two games.

He never got going after that, rushing for more than 48 yards in a game just once and finishing with 439 yards. Ivory ran for 382 yards and one touchdown last season.

Bills owner seeks compromise on social protests

Bills owner seeks compromise on social protests

Buffalo Bills owner Kim Pegula said Friday that she attempts to seek a compromise between players looking to use the NFL as a platform for social change and the potentially adverse impact activism might have on business that she believes players might not realize.

Speaking on a panel at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston, Pegula was asked whether social activism by players is good for the business of sports.

“My own experience, I think a lot of it is just communication,” she said. “I know that’s easy to say. But I know that several of our players, when I actually talked to them and actually gave them a different perspective — just like they were trying to give us a different perspective — on the impact of the business and what the impact is of what they do socially, off the game, at home and then how that affects the business side. They didn’t grow up in the sports business world. They came in on the players’ side.

“So a lot of [Bills players] just didn’t understand or know the impact that it had on the business, the organization and the community – good or bad. So I do think there’s definitely an impact. I wouldn’t shy away from it at all. I think there is a common ground. I think a lot of it is more about communicating and learning from each other on both sides and coming to some type of a compromise at some point. Sometimes you won’t be able to come to a compromise. But something usually gets done when that happens.”

Pegula and her husband, Bills owner Terry Pegula, met with a group of Bills players the evening prior to a Sept. 24 game against the Denver Broncos to address controversial comments made that week by Donald Trump about NFL player protests.

The Pegulas later released a statement calling Trump’s comments “divisive and disrespectful” and saying the organization tried to use them as an opportunity to “further unify our team.”

About a dozen Bills players knelt during the national anthem Sept. 24, and a smaller group of players continued to kneel the following week.

Asked Friday about what in sports business “keeps [her] up at night,” Pegula cited the impact of social and political issues.

“It’s the ability of one person who is unknown to be able to make a change or influence, or at least start something that we didn’t even know as ownership who that person was in this world,” Pegula said. “How they’re now influencing some of the decisions that we now have to worry about, and some of the things that we have to look at that doesn’t have to do with just sports – [that is] the product on the field, which is what we are working toward.

“But at the same time, knowing that there’s all these things that are coming at you that don’t have to have to necessarily affect your sport but is not related directly. They are influencing it.”