The reality is that this game destroys people’s brains, Costas said during the discussion, per USA Today.
The star running back reportedly skipped all but the last five minutes of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ final walk-through before their home loss to the Jaguars in the divisional round, per Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Bouchette also noted that Bell, among others, repeatedly ignored head coach Mike Tomlin’s rule that players and coaches report to the stadium no later than two hours before game time. Bell’s tardiness and commitment will surely be talking points as the two sides begin negotiations.
Bell, who is coming off one of his best seasons as a pro with 1,946 scrimmage yards and 11 total touchdowns, is set to become a free agent after playing 2017 on the franchise tag, which netted him $12.1 million. He has been adamant about signing a long-term deal, and has threatened to sit out 2018 or even retire if the team places the tag on him again.
According to NFL Network, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie interviewed two minority candidates — Oakland tight ends coach Bobby Johnson and USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin — before settling on Gruden.
Yet the Raiders’ intense interest and quick signing of Gruden earlier this month to a deal reportedly worth $100 million over 10 years had led some observers to wonder if the team had complied with the Rooney Rule.
The Fritz Pollard Alliance, a group that promotes diversity among NFL executives and coaches, asked the league last week to investigate the Raiders’ actions. The group issued a statement Friday, saying it strongly disagrees with the NFL’s ruling.