Michael Crabtree expressed his frustration Sunday when asked about his future with the Raiders. The Raiders are expected to part ways with the ninth-year veteran wide receiver this offseason. “I’m out here playing ball,” Crabtree said. “Whatever they ask me to do. Like today, if they only want me to play 10 plays, I’ll play 10 plays.” Crabtree started the season hot as the team’s top wideout, catching six touchdowns during the first six games. Crabtree received just three targets against the Eagles on Christmas night and two targets versus the Chargers. Crabtree is owed a $7 million salary in 2018, the third season of a four-year, $34 million extension he signed late in 2015. “I did everything they asked of me. These last two games, I’ve probably had three targets, but nobody saying anything about that,” Crabtree said.
Heavy doses of anxiety, security and elation greeted the imminent arrival of 2018 in Las Vegas. A crowd of 330,000 visitors was expected to fill the Strip and Fremont Street downtown, as a record contingent of law enforcement officers kept the peace. This year’s massive outdoor party unfolded in the shadow of the Oct. 1 mass shooting that left 58 people dead. Several people said they came to celebrate in spite of what happened three months ago Monday.
Security patrolling the Las Vegas Strip on New Year’s Eve.
The Golden Knights broke several records in December while soaring to the top of the Western Conference. Vegas took 31 games to win 20, which is the fastest for an NHL expansion team in its first season. The Knights are on a 7-game winning streak, the longest for an expansion team in its first season. The Knights went 11-1-1 (23 points) in December, the most wins in a calendar month by a team in its inaugural season, according to Elias Sports Bureau. They own the best record in the Western Conference with 54 points (26-9-2). Vegas also carries the NHL’s best record at home at 16-2-1.
People from around the globe come to Las Vegas to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
People around the world and locals gather around the Las Vegas Strip and Fremont Street to celebrate New Year’s Eve.
The Raiders are reportedly pursuing ESPN analyst Jon Gruden to fill their vacant head coaching position. Gruden, 54, has not coached since the 2008 NFL season. “I don’t want to sit here and speculate. There is no news to report,” Gruden told ESPN on Saturday. The NFL Network reported that Davis plans to offer Gruden more than $10 million a year to coach the team with an stake in team ownership. Gruden has been connected with openings in recent years, including a lucrative offer from Indianapolis last season. Gruden was the Raiders head coach from 1998-2001, going 38-26 in four seasons. “I know (Gruden),” Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said. “I’ve known him for a while. But the (Del Rio firing) is still pretty fresh.”
People across Las Vegas celebrate the upcoming New Year on the Las Vegas Strip and Fremont Street.
Following the Raiders loss to the Chargers, head coach Jack Del Rio was fired. Del Rio was hired in January 2015 after spending time as the Denver Broncos defensive coordinator. In 2016, Del Rio led the Raiders to a 12-4 record and their first playoff birth since 2002. After the 2016 season, Del Rio signed a 4-year contract extension. In three seasons as the Raiders head coach, Del Rio amassed a 25-23 record. “I’m very grateful,” Del Rio said. “My childhood team. But it’s a results business.”
Scott Dykstra, 23, weaves around revelers on the Las Vegas Strip on New Year’s Eve as Marc Belizario shoots for a music video.