Veteran official Gene Steratore will serve as the referee and head the officiating crew for Super Bowl 52, the NFL announced Wednesday.
Yes, that’s the same Steratore who caught the attention of fans in December during a game between the Cowboys and Raiders. After Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott ran the ball on a critical fourth-down play, Steratore used an index card to help determine a first down. He later issued a lengthy explanation on the card’s purpose, saying he had already made up his mind but he used the card to reaffirm his decision.
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie interviewed two minority candidates — Oakland tight ends coach Bobby Johnson and USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin — before the team officially announced Gruden’s hiring Saturday. Prior to Gruden’s official hiring, the Fritz Pollard Alliance initially believed the Raiders were in compliance with the Rooney Rule.
Even with Seattle falling short of the postseason and Bennett not getting any younger, he’s not publicly longing to skip town or retire.
Yeah I’m 100 percent committed, he said. I think I’m in my prime. I want to play as long as I can. There are so many great players on this team and it’s a great organization.
I believe (Cleveland GM John) Dorsey will block out the noise and take the best guy (in Allen),” an unnamed executive told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. And the Browns will be good very soon.”
This same executive told the Plain-Dealer before the 2016 draft that if Cleveland would take Carson Wentz with their first pick they would be set for the next 15 years. The Browns didn’t, and the results speak for themselves. Wentz would have been the MVP this year had he not suffered a season-ending knee injury, and Cleveland went 0-16.
Allen is the most polarizing player in the 2018 draft class. He has arm strength comparable to John Elway, a similar build to Wentz, and a virtually blank canvas with which to work. He was a junior college QB before going to Wyoming and he hasn’t taken a crazy amount of reps, so teams can develop him their own way.