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Report: Mike Mayock hired as Oakland Raiders new General Manager | Silver and Black Pride

That was quick. Mike Mayock was in Kansas City yesterday to fulfill duties for his NFL Network gig and took advantaged of the locale to interview for the vacant GM position as well. Now according to Adam Schefter, Mayock went from being interviewed for the job to being hired.

Mike Mayock officially introduced as Raiders General Manager ‘I’m jacked, I’m juiced, I’m ready to go’ | Silver and Black Pride

On the stage in the auditorium was the three Super Bowl trophies; brought out for special occaions — and the table with three microphones. One for Mark Davis, one for Jon Gruden and, in the middle, one for the man of the hour, new General Manager Mike Mayock.

Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock talk about the ‘huge advantage’ to Raiders staff coaching the Senior Bowl | Silver and Black Pride

On the same day we learned Mike Mayock would be the team’s new GM we also learned the Raiders coaching staff will be going to Mobile to coach the North squad.

Raiders Reportedly Mulling 2019 Home Games In London | CBS Bay Area

According to the Daily Mail, the team is reportedly in talks with Tottenham Hotspur of English Premier League about playing all eight of their home games next season at their new soccer stadium, which will be completed in early 2019.

Raiders are pretty much a lock for HBO’s Hard Knocks in 2019 right? | Silver and Black Pride

Other teams can be offered, but have the option to decline. The Raiders cannot. And is there anyone on that list who is more intriguing than the Raiders right now? Not even close.

AFC West

Broncos fire Vance Joseph after back-to-back losing seasons |

Having just completed their first back-to-back losing seasons since the early 1970s, the Denver Broncos fired Vance Joseph on Monday, a day after the team finished 6-10.

Denver Broncos could trade for John Harbaugh | Fansided

Here’s the thing. The Ravens appear to be content with keeping Harbaugh. It doesn’t look like he will be fired to start off 2019. That means that if a team, namely the Broncos, wants to take him as their next head coach, they would have to make a trade with Baltimore to make it happen.

Ravens open as favorites over Chargers in Wildcard round; middle of the pack in Super Bowl odds | Baltimore Beatdown

I find it peculiar to see the Chargers more favored to win the Lombardi trophy than the Ravens when they aren’t even favored in their first game.

Chargers Look Healthy With Melvin Gordon and Hunter Henry Expected to Play in AFC Wild Card Game | The Duel

Melvin Gordon tweaked his ankle in a meaningless game against the Denver Broncos in Week 17. But the Los Angeles Chargers can breathe a sigh of relief, as Gordon is fully expected to suit up in their ​AFC Wild Card game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Chiefs offensive coordinator Bieniemy drawing interest in head coaching searches | The Kansas City Star

At least four teams have requested to interview Bieniemy, according to reports from NFL Network and Yahoo Sports.

Chiefs are all in on Patrick Mahomes for MVP |

“He’s been the MVP,” said Reid, who was once Brett Favre’s quarterbacks coach for several seasons with the Green Bay Packers. “He’s done good. He is a heck of a player. I was fortunate to be around a three-time MVP and a couple of guys who were right on the edge of being the MVP and this guy is in that category. He is so deserving. In a world of great players, for him to do the things he’s done is phenomenal and he will continue to do that. He still has room to grow.

NFL News

This NFL firing cycle is disproportionately affecting minority head coaches | Washington Post

Five of the eight coaches fired league wide since midway through the regular season are African American. That has left only three minority coaches in the NFL as the carousel spins anew to replace those coaches just fired.

2019 NFL Playoffs Bracket Projection: Chargers top Saints for Philip Rivers’ first Super Bowl win | CBS Sports

The postseason field is set and the NFL postseason schedule is largely locked in. Now it’s time to make some picks. There’s no better way than to get really out there and project the full 2019 NFL playoff bracket, which is what I’ll do in between every single round.

Watch: NFL Commercial Will Get You Hyped for the Playoffs | Sports Illustrated

While many fans may be counting down until Super Bowl Sunday to get their fix for the best ads of the season, the NFL added one to the list early, releasing its first playoff commercial.

The biggest strength of every NFL playoff team | SB Nation

So for each team left standing, let’s look at the advantages that would lead to a title, no matter how unlikely said title may be. One again, we’ll use the SB Nation NFL data app for assistance.

Ravens’ Eric Weddle to share $1M bonus with team |

The veteran safety said earlier in the week that making the playoffs meant more than the money. After Sunday’s win, Weddle added he plans to share the wealth.