Friday, August 16, 2019

2019-20 Raiders

I realize that it is only the preseason, but we have a TEAM! Gruden and Mayock have put together an embarrassment of riches.

TE Darren Waller, who may not be the starter if Luke Wilson has anything to say about it. This 6'6" 255 lb athlete - with speed, 4.46 '40' time - from Georgia Tech can also play the wideout position.

Rio 'Smurf' Gafford from Wyoming, this guy played on both sides of the ball. Looks like the Raiders will have him returning punts, kickoffs, and wide receiver, but this dude is a straight baller. In college, playing corner, part-time, he was a Deion clone and a ballhawk. He's listed at 5'10" but I highly doubt that. Gafford is about the same size as Tyreek Hill with the Chiefs and maybe smaller. In the preseason game against the Cardinals, he scored on a 50+ yard TD pass from Mike Glennon.

The Raiders can also play 'Smurf' in the slot, and he is the type of player that can take it to the house from anywhere on the field; the Raiders have multiple players who have that ability.

Tyrell Williams, who came over from the Los Angeles Chargers, will start at one wideout position. He came into his own last season.

Hunter Renfro, 2-time NCAA Champion - Mr. Clutch - will make a very good slot receiver and security blanket for Carr.

J.J. Nelson from the Arizona Cardinals may be the fastest Raider. His scouting combine 40-time was 4.28!

Josh Jacobs
is scary! Dangerous! Catching passes out of the backfield, running between the tackles, super lateral quickness, returns punts (although he won't return punts with the Silver and Black). Click on his name and watch a few of his Alabama highlights; he's also an exceptional blocker to boot.

The depth at the RB position is crazy. Doug Martin will be backing up Jacobs, then you have DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard. Oh, and gotta give a shout-out to OT Richie Incognito, he didn't play last year but he still has that nasty disposition on the field. I see why he often gets in little skirmishes with D-lineman, he gets up in yo chest.

The defense played extremely well. After Kyler Murray's debut, I thought he'd have some success against the Raiders, but they shut him down. He couldn't turn the corner on his scrambles because of the speed of the defense.

Clelin Ferrell, Arden Key, and even Quinton Bell from the SWAC are looking good. The LB crew is solid featuring Tahir Whitehead, Vontaze Burfict (looks like he could lose a couple pounds), and Brandon Marshall.

Rookies Jonathan Abram and Trayvon Mullen are solid. The starting DBs should be Karl Joseph at SS, Lamarcus Joyner FS, Daryl Worler RCB, and Nevin Lawson playing the nickel back.

I watched the Raiders preseason game against the Cards a few times. As I was thinking about the potential of my boys and that we have an embarrassment of riches! And then I thought, wait a minute, I forgot all about the best receiver in the NFL, Antonio Brown, and he's in phenomenal shape.

Roethlisberger and the Steelers can say what they want publicly, big Ben is going to miss AB. And JuJu Smith is no Antonio Brown, don't even think about it. To lose AB and Le'Veon Bell, and rely primarily on the Steelers signal caller, will ultimately cost Mike Tomlin his job because he should not have allowed that happen... cause ain't no dayuum way I'm losing Le'Veon and Antonio... NO WAY!

Super Bowl 2020...

Monday, September 10, 2018

Fatal Error

First of all, the Raiders cannot win with the overpaid, overrated, Derek Carr.

Second, Mark Davis made a fatal error by giving Jon Gruden $100 million over 10 years. Unless Gruden voluntarily gives some of that money back, the knee-jerk, absurd decision by Davis, to give Gruden so much money, has without a doubt, set the Raiders franchise back 3-5 years.

Other teams in the AFC West have improved, the Raiders have regressed dramatically. We have no playmakers on offense and none on defense.

Amari Cooper and Derek Carr, both play scared. Cooper is not a factor at all. And some analyst, a few years back, had the audacity to try to compare Cooper to Julio Jones. Seriously? The only thing they have in common is that they are both African American, and they both went to Alabama. Aside from that, there is absolutely no comparison.

The Raiders will never win a Super Bowl with Derek Carr. He's not Rich Gannon, the last Raiders QB to get the team to the big dance.

Carr plays scared; he plays not to get hurt, and has a false bravado that defenses have picked up on.

Furthermore, the Raiders should still have Terrell Pryor on their roster, at the QB position. One thing we knew about Pryor, he was not a choker and his entire career, going back to sandlot ball, he was a big-play threat, everytime he stepped on the field.

The foolish mistakes; the Laurel and Hardy type faux pas made by Davis and Gruden, mark my words, General Manager Reggie McKenzie will be the fall guy. They have to blame someone and as sure as my name is what it is, it will be McKenzie.

I'm not too upset about the loss because I expected it. Those who believe in Davis and Gruden offer the foolish excuse regarding the Mack trade, "we were only 6-10 with Khalil." Right, but without him, the Raiders would have easily been 3-13. He is a playmaker and can change the course of a game. Mack hater's have stated, "he made those plays when Rogers was out of the game." He made them when Aaron was in the game, and out of the game, against the same Green Bay O-line.

It's going to be a long season for Chucky and the Silver and Black. He's going to wish he would have kept his pathetic self in the booth, and Jordy Nelson is going to curse the Packers organization for trading him to a dysfunctional team.

Oh, and one more thing... I'm certain Jack Del Rio is somewhere laughing his ass off. "Freakin' IDIOTS!"