Wednesday, December 5, 2012

.438 Win Percentage

Carson Palmer's career win percentage is,.449 (and that's up to date -

Palmer is one of the few career starters who has a losing winning percentage.. His stats look decent at the end of the day because he is usually playing from the rear. Carson has never been a game manager, and why Raider fans keep taking up for this guy is somewhat of a mystery to me.

We should start Pryor for the rest of the season, just like the Eagles are starting Foles for the rest of the season.

As much as I hate to say this, and many people will disagree (plus no one ever admits to racism as a factor, go back 100 years & no one has admitted to it; maybe David Duke, or George Wallace).. as much as I hate to play this card, I do think the fact that TP is a black QB, there are many Raider fans, who may even be diehard fans, deep down inside, don't want to see a young, black QB starting in front of the great white hope that is Carson Palmer.

If Pryor were white, and had the same credentials at Ohio State (even though he didn't play that long, he was successful), had the same size, 6'6", ran the same 4.4 forty-yard time, and the Raiders had the same 3-9 record, he would probably be our signal-caller.

It's a darn shame that Raider fans would rather keep on losing than give the young man a chance.

Palmer stats since 2004...
  • 2004: 18 TDs, 18 INTs, 2 fumbles (13 games) .. Rushed for 47 yards
  • 2005: 32 TDs, 12 INTs, 4 fumbles (16 games) .. Rushed for 41 yards
  • 2006: 28 TDs, 13 INTs, 13 fumbles (16 games) .. Rushed for 37 yards
  • 2007: 26 TDs, 20 INTs, 4 fumbles (16 games) .. Rushed for 10 yards
  • 2008: 3 TDs, 4 INTs, 2 fumbles (4 games) .. Rushed for 38 yards
  • 2009: 21 TDs, 13 INTs, 3 fumbles (16 games) .. Rushed for 93 yards
  • 2010: 26 TDs, 20 INTs, 3 fumbles (16 games) .. Rushed for 50 yards
  • 2011: 13 TDs, 16 INTs, 1 fumble (10 games) .. Rushed for 20 yards
  • 2012: 20 TDs, 13 INTs, 4 fumbles, (12 games) .. Rushed for 33 yards
Not only does he have a slew on INTs but they usually come at the worst time in the game. Many of his TDs are garbage TDs, coming after the game has already been decided.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Palmer trade absolute bust

Trading for Palmer was a knee jerk reaction meant to keep the then 4-2 Raiders on pace for a playoff birth. As we know Palmer had moments of brilliance but throwing 16 INTs in only 7 starts will never be confused with winning football. Neither will constantly changing coaches and offenses every other year but that’s what the Raiders did once again this past offseason.

So Palmer digested a new playbook, worked like a mad man during the offseason and has put up some impressive numbers including setting a few team records for the Silver and Black. Of course there is only one record that matters for quarterbacks in this league.

As Oakland’s starting QB the Raiders are 7-13 with Palmer under center.

That obviously isn’t winning football and the stats hide what has truly plagued Palmer. He has brain farts even JaMarcus Russell thinks are embarrassing. Twice this season Palmer has thrown costly interceptions in late game situations including a pick-six in Atlanta that deep-sixed what could have been Palmer’s signature win as a Raider. He’s also had the knack for racking up huge stats in otherwise meaningless contests.

Overall there is no other way to look at the Palmer trade as being anything but a failure. The move was made to win now and it’s devolved into a full blown franchise reboot. Not all of that is Palmer’s fault but his performance certainly hasn’t been worth the value of two high draft picks and all the continued disappointments on Sundays.


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Raiders in Regression: Lose 34-10

Trade Darren McFadden
I've been a Raiders fan since the age of six. Never have I been so disgusted with the team than I am today. This season alone, it appears that the Oakland Raiders, instead of making progress, are actually regressing.

It may be safe to say that the Raiders are the worst team in football. It's a toss up between Kansas City, Carolina, and Oakland. Between the coaching staff, the General Manager, the aloof, clueless owner, Mark Davis, and Carson Palmer as the starting QB, it could be 3-5 years before we see a turn around.

Being a diehard football fan and a loyal Oakland Raider fan, I cannot bail on my team; I have no other choice but to stick with them, but it's extremely difficult.

The Raiders are an embarrassment to themselves, an embarrassment to the league, and to their loyal fans.

Coach Allen looks as if he doesn't know what he's doing on the sidelines most of the time. For the past few Sundays, the Raiders have put a serious damper on my weekend because they are not even competitive. It's one thing to lose but to get blown out, week end and week out, is simply ridiculous.

All the blame does not fall on Carson, but from day one, I said, we cannot win with Carson Palmer as our starter. Carson has a career win percentage of .449 (118 games, 53 wins, 65 losses, including 2 playoff appearances, both losses), he's one of only a few, career starting QBs with a win percentage under .500. Lose more games than you win = LOSER.

We need to trade Darren McFadden because he cannot stay healthy. Trade him while he still has some value. General manager Reggie McKenzie, head coach Dennis Allen, Off Coordinator Greg Knapp; Def Coordinator Jason Tarver, ALL MUST GO.

Now that Al has transitioned, maybe we can get a big name GM, like a Bill Parcels, or a Jimmy Johnson, someone who can turn a franchise around.

To make matters worse, the Raiders start a fight at the end of the game (started it by hitting Bengals QB, Andy Dalton, late, and his team takes up for him, as they should) .. where's my paper bag?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Open Letter to Mark Davis

by Susan Manuel

Dear Mark ... I have been a Raider fan since I was in fourth grade--through the good times, the bad, and back to the good again. I am at the for every home game. I am planted in front of my television for every away game. And, my Raider gear consumes a major portion of my closet. I am also a season ticket holder.

Had I known back in December you planned to fire Hue Jackson, I would not have renewed my season ticket package. To me with one decision, the writing was on the wall.

In fact, the writing is truly on the wall in my office. On my dry-erase board is my prediction for this season, made before training camp even began. The prediction was made on January 10, 2012--the day you fired Hue Jackson.


Mike and Mike in the Morning

Called Mike and Mike this morning, left voice-mail message, Greeney wanted to know how diehard fans felt about their team, who, at the mid-way point of the season were already out of contention. For those of you who do not know, Mike Greeney of Mike and Mike in the morning, on ESPN, is a diehard Jets fan.. He talked about how, you're optimistic for your teams chances during the draft (although the Raiders really didn't have a draft this season), during training camp you're hopeful, then the season starts, and your hopes begin to fade. He wanted fans to call in and voice their disappointment about their respective teams ..

I mentioned how you get excited when the season starts, you talk smack to your friends, but once your team is out of the picture, you have to eat crow, you have to make excuses as to why your team failed. As a football fan in general, you keep watching, you watch the other teams do well, you watch them compete in the playoffs, and you definitely watch the Super Bowl and cheer for one team to win, or you hope to see a good game .. but you watch the rest of the season, the playoffs, and even the Super Bowl, you watch it with a heavy heart .. wishing your team was a part of it .. Year end and year out, it's VERY FRUSTRATING !!!!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

"Bad News Raiders"

Remember the movie, "Bad News Bears?" Well, Raiders vs Ravens, it's the Bad News Raiders. What a terrible display of professional football.

Although the azz-whoopin the Raiders took, is not all Carson Palmer's fault, but I'm wondering if we are going to go another season, the 2013-14 season, with him as our starter? This season is over. Palmer throws for a lot of yards (usually because we are behind) but he's simply not a winner.

Career won/loss record: 116 games.. won 53 lost 63 career win percentage = .457 .. one of a few career starters that are under .500 for his career.

The entire team looks atrocious. We just might have another new coach next season. My Raiders look like the "Bad News Bears" out there, or should I say, "Bad News Raiders."

As I type this, the Raiders allow a fake FG for a TD, it's now 48-17, 3rd quarter. Final score, 55-20.

We're not close to being competitive. Somewhere Hugh Jackson is laughing, but he would still have a job if he didn't bring loser-Carson on board.

Again, this terrible, embarrassing loss was not Carson P's fault but every since Hugh Jackson brought him in from off his couch, when NO other team wanted him, I have been saying, WE CAN'T WIN WITH PALMER. We probably need a new coach, and we have one of the worst teams in the league.

Our season is done, I would like the Raiders to see what T.Pryor can do before they just cut him w/o giving him a chance. Palmer is no good, and Matt Leinart is a BUM. Give TP a chance, we have NOTHING to lose at this point. Denver is going to run away with the AFC West.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Carson Palmer MUST GO!

As much as I hate to admit, for the first time in my career as a lifelong Raider fan, the losses no longer bother me. Why?

For two reasons,
  1. I made peace with the Raiders losing a few years ago. The losing was so ridiculous, the mistakes, the penalties, no discipline, most penalized team in football; it's almost like we were proud to hold that record.
  2. We cannot win with Carson Palmer as our starting QB. I said it from day one. Palmer fans will quickly say that the lost to Tampa Bay was not his fault. Sure, there's enough blame to go around, the defense could not get off the field on 3rd down, and Doug Martin looked like Gayle Sayers.
The problem with Carson, and why he shoulders most of the blame is because he is not, and has never been a GAME MANAGER. He throws pretty long balls, nice spirals, but if the team is behind, and you need him to stage a comeback, it's not going to happen.

Palmer is also an excellent Fantasy Football QB. For example, in the Sunday loss against Tampa Bay he threw for 4 TD, over 400 passing yards, but the 3, untimely picks is what sealed the Raiders fate. Palmer's inability to lead his team to victory, and make the game-changing turnover has been his staple throughout his 11-year career and is clearly evident in his less than .500 winning percentage.

We know what Carson Palmer can do; we know what back-up QB Matt Leinart can do; we don't know what Terrell Pryor can do. The season is pretty much over for the Raiders. We've lost 6 games and the chances of an 8-8 record (which still probably won't get us in the playoffs) are slim to none. Give Pryor a chance, see what he can do. Hugh Jackson's acquisition of Palmer was a major mistake and it's what cost Hugh his job. Jackson was foolishly thinking that Carson could keep the Raiders on track for the playoffs. If you don't give away major draft picks for Carson, 9 times out of 10, Raider ownership would have given Jackson at least one more year considering the fact that Jason Campbell and the oft-injured Darren McFadden was out for the season.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Great defensive win, still need a QB

2-4 in the AFC West is not that bad, we're definitely in the hunt. The Raiders still cannot win with CP at QB. I'm surprised that so many Raider fans make excuses for Palmer.

He's not a leader, doesn't read defenses well, turns the ball over at critical times, and does not check down to second and third options very well. He's done that his entire career.

Nobody but the Raiders wanted Palmer when he was sitting at home and there is a reason no team wanted him....

The Raiders best QB is sitting on the bench in street clothes...

Thanks to the Raider defense we defeated the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars, with their backup QB and Jones-Drew not playing. We will certainly take the win but still need a QB.

Some Raider fans criticize me (especially the Raydah Nation fans on Facebook, as they kicked me out of the group for voicing my opinion on Carson) for coming down on CP, but his career record speaks for itself. He is not a winning QB ..

Total games played: 114, won 52, lost 62. Carson is one of the few career starters in the NFL that have lost more games than he has won.

See stats at

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Booted from Raydah Nation

I was booted from the Facebook Raydah Nation group because of my harsh criticism of Carson Palmer.

I haven't really asked why I was removed from the group because I don't really care, but the moderator would probably say I broke some kind of rule because some bonehead guy called me "delirious" because of my stance regarding Palmer. I replied, "if you're going to criticize me at least learn how to spell" (he misspelled the word delirious).

One day after my response I'm kicked out of the group. That's OK, because I'm certainly not one who follows the crowd or agrees with the majority opinion just to keep the peace. If I cannot express myself, and my sports views, then I don't want to be a part of the group. To HELL with Raydah Nation.

I've been a diehard Raiders fan since I was 6 years old, and was born in Oakland, CA. But if they have players that are stinking it up, I'm going to voice my opinion, and Carson Palmer has stunk it up his ENTIRE CAREER.

Every time I'm critical of a Raider for his poor play, specifically Carson Palmer, my loyalty as a Raiders fan was always questioned. I call it like I see it, and I've said from day 1, "The Raiders will not win with Carson Palmer."

So go right ahead, kick me out of your club, my voice will be heard regardless. How can you give up two top draft picks for a proven loser? If Hugh Jackson doesn't acquire Carson (and it was his decision alone, after the death of Al Davis) he's probably still the Raiders head coach.

The Carson Palmer experiment has been a dismal failure. Click the link below, and you'll see there's at least one NFL pundit that agrees with me.

The Carson Experiment

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Bench Carson Palmer

from Raydah Nation posted by workhomeunion

In a Raider pre-peason game, one of the commentators stated the same thing that was said about Pryor when he played at Ohio State, "he's hard to get on the ground," "he's hard to sack." TP has very deceptive speed and has won on every level.

Carson Palmer is a BUM !!! I've said it all along .. WE CANNOT WIN WITH CARSON .. PERIOD..

The Raider defense played their hearts out on Sunday, played well enough to win, holding down the high-powered Atlanta Falcons offense. Carson fumbles (blind side hit, Vick took the same hit and was criticized for not "feeling the pressure" as he should have been criticized.. not Palmer, it's the offensive lineman's fault), then throws a pick 6 at the worst possible time, to give the Falcons the game.

For you staunch Palmer supporters, I suppose the receiver ran the wrong route. Sure, he drove the team down the field to tie the game but he never should have put us in that situation to begin with. As one Carson supporter stated in Raydah Nation of Facebook, "look at Palmer's stats." His stats look decent because most of his career, he's played from behind. He can pass for 300 yards with ease, especially if you're down, it's late in the game, and you're forced to pass. Because of his inability to manage games, but pile up useless stats, Palmer makes a pretty good Fantasy Football QB. However, he rarely makes a game winning play and his history proves that. Palmer is like a poor man's version of Tony Romo. The bigger the situation, the more his team needs him, he will let his teammates down, just like Tony "Nomo".

PALMER IS A BUM, HE'S A LOSER, and he's proven that the 10 years he has been in the league. Matt Leinart as a backup, PLEASE, he's a proven loser, and can't stay healthy.

Not that I'm comparing Carson Palmer to Peyton Manning, because that would be a JOKE, but did you see how Manning, in a comeback win over San Diego, dodged the rush, then jumped over one of his lineman who fell right in front of him, and completed the pass?? Carson Palmer doesn't come close to making a play like that and he would have certainly taken a sack, and possibly fumbled the ball. When Carson takes a sack, I can guarantee you that most Raider fans, in unison, across America, are yelling the same two words - DON'T FUMBLE.

I'd rather see the TP learn and grow, as a starter, as Carolina is doing with Cam, as Seattle is doing with Wilson, as the Redskins are doing with RG3, as the Dolphins are doing with Tannehill, as the Colts are doing with Luck, as the Vikings are doing with Ponder, as well as the Bengals with Andy Dalton.

But not the Raiders, they would rather go with a proven LOSER. I swear, if I were not a Raiders fan for over 30 years I'd dump the Raiders until they came to their senses. Carson Palmer is not a winner! I support the Raiders wholeheartedly, but I do not support Carson Palmer as our starting QB. Bench the Bum!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Debacle in Denver

The debacle against Denver means the Raiders have reverted back to their old ways and once again proved they are not a decent road team.(Carson Palmer reverted back to his typical, less than mediocre self.

I watched the Chicago vs Dallas game, this past Monday night, Cutler looked pretty sharp, but Campbell looked sharper. That is, he looked sharp in his very clean uniform, on the sidelines as backup QB to Jay Cutler.

Jason should be the starting QB for the Raiders. Before he was hurt last season, he had found his team. He had finally found a team that was a good fit for his skills.

Of course this is wishful thinking, on my part. Unless Terrell Pryor beats Carson out, we're stuck with Palmer for the next few seasons, at least until he finally proves, once and for all, that he's not a winner in the NFL

We have a bye week coming up, then it's on to Atlanta to face the red-hot Falcons. Needless to say, if we don't play mistake-free football, it's going to be ugly.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Eating Crow

Congrats to the Raiders on a gutsy, well played, win over the Steelers, 34-31. Sebast in the house (Janikowski kicked a 43-yard field goal on the last play as the Raiders scored the final 13 points).

I must admit, the way the Raiders played in the first two weeks of the 2012-13 season, I didn't think we had much of a chance to beat the Steelers. My last post was, "Looking at 0-3" (I've archived that post so you won't see it).  

I am sorry, I apologize to all Raiders fans. Also, I've not shown my face in the Facebook Raydah Nation at all these last few days and I certainly won't now.

Not because I am not a diehard Raider's fan, but because I've been very critical of Carson Palmer. I have to give the guy credit, he played well today, and he made plays when we needed it the most. Hats off to C.P.

Sunday Blitz

Monday, September 10, 2012

Raiders vs Chargers

As soon as Chris Berman and Trent Dilfer began to talk about new Raiders coach Dennis Allen, and how the "new look" Raiders will be more disciplined, the penalties start. Tyvon Branch gets a holding penalty and Tommy Kelly jumps offside on two plays in the same drive, in which the Chargers scored their first TD.

The Raiders had a nice drive going in the first quarter, Rod Streater fumbles the ball. Another nice drive starting out, Taiwan Jones botches a pitch on a reverse, loss of about 30 yards.

McFadden looks good; Raider defense looks decent (too many mistakes though), other than that, looks like the Raiders of old.

3rd down 10, from the 16 yard line, less than 20 seconds to go in half and we get a delay of game penalty. 4th down on the 1.5 yard line, Raiders settle for a Janikowski FG. I'm not seeing any discipline.

Start of the 2nd half, drive stalled, punt snapped on the ground, Raider turnover. I'm on the east coast, eastern time zone, it's 8 minutes left in the 3rd quarter and it is 12:20am. Chargers are moving the ball and outplaying the Raiders. The score is 10-6 San Diego, but they are in the red-zone. 

22-14, game, set, match.. Oh well, it's game number 1 of 16, hopefully we will get it together .. 

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Former Raider Robbins Sentenced

Former Oakland Raider Pro Bowl center Barret Robbins has been sentenced to five years in a Florida prison for violating a drug-related probation.

Robbins, who according to court documents suffers from bipolar disorder, was on probation for a 2005 arrest in Miami Beach in which he resisted arrest and fought with the police. He was shot and wounded during the incident.

The sentencing Friday by a Miami-Dade County judge was the result of an arrest over a year ago near Dallas when crack cocaine was found in Robbins' car after he was pulled over by police for a traffic stop. 

Robbins played for the Oakland Raiders for a total of nine seasons. He is remembered as the Raiders player who disappeared for several days prior to the 2003 Super Bowl against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He showed up the night before the game in an incoherent state and he did not play in the big game. 

Robbins was released by the Raiders the following year for steroid use.


Get it together Barret. We know you're having problems with your bipolar disorder but you gotta leave the drugs alone. You're taking the route of a quick earthly demise if you don't clean up your act.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Happy Birthday Al

Wednesday marks a bittersweet day for Raider Nation. On the one hand we’ll be celebrating my favorite holiday of the year. How the NFL hasn’t figured out a way to schedule some sort of preseason scrimmage televised on the 4th of July is beyond me. You can thank me later, Goodell.

But this Wednesday isn’t all fireworks and standing over hot grills. The 4th of July is also a celebrated day for the best fans in all of football because it marks the birthdate of the late Al Davis.

CSN Bay Area reports that there will be a gathering in Las Vegas to honor Mr. Davis on the 4th. It was routine for Davis and his closest family and friends to make the annual trek to Vegas to celebrate his birthday so it’s only natural for those that knew him to do like they always did.

What else is equally appropriate is for every member of Raider Nation to celebrate the life to the Davis in their own appropriate way during the Nation’s Independence Day. An independent thinker like Davis could have only been born in the 4th of July.

So if you want to send out a prayer, take a brief moment of silence, pour out a little of whatever you’re sipping on or just want to sport the jersey of your favorite Raider do so in honor of Davis this Wednesday. No matter how you celebrate his life it will be appropriate. Doing things his own way is how Davis lived his life so honor him and all he’s done by doing things your way.

One more time for Big Al, Just Win Baby!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

46th Super Bowl Diary

Toyota commercial right before the kickoff was nice.

I'm hoping Chad has a decent game, with a couple of catches, at least, but I'm typing this at halftime and OchoCinco was in on only one play, he will more than likely be no factor in the game.

Four minutes into the game I'm thinking, "it sure would be nice if the Raiders were in the Big Dance, as you all wish your team was playing in the Super Bowl.

The Elton John, Pepsi commercial was smooth. Flava Flav and Elton, I don't know about that, but it was a nice, rather odd ending to the commercial.

After the safety, with 7 minutes left in the 1st half, Giants have the momentum on their side. It was the 17th play for the Giants and 1 for NE. Patriots cause a fumble but have 12 men on the field. Those are the type penalties that the Raiders commit.

3:34 left in 1st half, Manning to Victor Cruz and he does his trademark Salsa dance.

Doritos commercial was nice, "you didn't see nothing." The dog was responsible for the missing cat.

The VW commercial about the Fat Dog, getting in shape again, on his own, because he can't fit through the doggie door.

The GoRun commercial with the dog moon-walking over the finish line was cool, but not sure if it needed Mark Cuban at the end.

E-Trade, with the talking baby, those commercials are always tight.

Great drive by the Patriots. Tied the longest drive in Super Bowl history, 96 yards. Giants dominated the 1st half but are down 10-9 at halftime.

Madonna represented with her halftime show.

Just before the start of the 2nd half, nice commercial featuring Clint Eastwood. Typical Clint, "It's halftime in America, but this is no game."

Start of the second half, Chad catches a pass; later in the same drive, the Patriots score. New England has put together back-to-back drives of 96 and 76 yards.

16-12 after Giants drive for a field goal.

13:23 to go in 4th quarter, Bradshaw fumbles but Giants recover. Bradshaw is good, but he is injury prone and will fumble at the most inopportune times. Hold on to the ball Amhad!

03:46 left in the game, Eli and the Giants have the ball, Manningham just made a fantastic catch!

02:50 to go in the game, Giants driving, whatever you do, do not give Brady any time on the clock. A field goal is all the Giants need to win, but if you give Tom Brady at least 1 minute, he will beat you.

01:04 to go, NE would do best to allow the Giants to score. The score is 17-15, and they did allow Bradshaw to score. Smart move on NE's part, but Bradshaw scores when he was probably told not to. Score: 21-17 New York.

Two dropped passes by Branch and Hernandez. 3rd and 10 and Brady is sacked at his own 13-yard-line. 4th and 16, no time outs, 1st down to Deon Branch.

19 seconds, ball on NE's 44-yard line. Giants have too many men on the field (12-men on field). 9 seconds. left, ball on 45. Incomplete to Branch, 5 seconds remaining, last play of game will be a HAIL MARY.

Game Over - Giants are Super Bowl 46 Champions, 21-17!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Dennis Allen hired as Raiders Coach

The Raiders' new head coach may not have any head coaching to look back on. But he is not free of experience and success. He certainly had something that impressed Reggie McKenzie, and it is likely to be the same thing that had him rising in the coaching ranks as quickly as he has.

Allen is just 39 years of age, but football is in his blood and has always been part of his life. His father Grady was a football star, playing linebacker at Texas A&M and later in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons.

Dennis was also recruited by Texas A&M and played four years at defensive back for the Aggies. While he was at Texas A&M, the team went to three straight Cotton Bowls. Allen had the game clinching interception in 1993 over Texas to punch their ticket to the Cotton Bowl.

Unlike his father, Dennis never played a down in the NFL. He was in Bills camp in 1994 but never made the team. After his playing days were over, he went back to Texas A&M as a graduate assistant working with the Aggies' secondary for four seasons. In his final three seasons as part of the Aggies' coaching staff, the team went to the Cotton Bowl, Sugar Bowl, and Alamo Bowl.

He moved on after that to become the secondary coach at Tulsa University. He spent just two seasons at Tulsa before the NFL came calling, and it was the team for which his father had played — the Atlanta Falcons.

Allen served as a defensive assistant with the Falcons for four seasons. His first full season was spent under head coach Dan Reeves as the Falcons made the playoffs with a 9-6-1 record. In Allen's first season with the team, the defense rose from being ranked 24th the previous season to 8th in points allowed and from 30th to 19th in yards allowed.

continued on Thoughts From the Darkside

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Bye Bye Hue!

New Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie suggested Carson Palmer will have competition for the starting job in 2012.

"Palmer will not be immune to a good player ... pushing him," said McKenzie. Former coach Hue Jackson paid the franchise QB price of a first- and second-rounder to acquire Palmer, but the new front office isn't going to treat him as such going forward. Even if the Raiders bring in a capable veteran, Palmer remains the heavy favorite to start in 2012.

We knew this was a realistic possibility once the Raiders brought in GM Reggie McKenzie, as Jackson was still fighting for more power with owner Mark Davis. Had Jackson made the playoffs and not ransacked the franchise's future for Carson Palmer, there's a good chance he'd still be in charge. Packers LBs coach Winston Moss and DBs coach Darren Perry have been mentioned as potential replacements. Fantasy-wise, the coaching change is bad news for Darren McFadden and the Oakland receivers, as Jackson maximized their talents with creative scheming and aggressive play-calling.

Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Not Ready for Prime Time

There are three pieces of the Raider puzzle that need to be removed before the Silver and Black will be serious contenders.
  1. Hugh Jackson - for giving up so much for an over-the-hill Carson Palmer. Jackson is so much more bark than bite. He gives his Ra-Ra speeches, and over utilizes the passing of Al Davis for a weird, almost morbid form of a pseudo attempt to motivate his team. The man didn't even know Al Davis but for a couple of years. In the first half of the Raiders-Chargers, must-win game for the Raiders, you could see the look on Hue Jackson's face: he looked scared. He is not a head coach, he's more of an assistant or QB coach. I just hope it doesn't take the Raiders front office too long to realize he is not ready to be an NFL head coach.
  2. Carson Palmer - he should have stayed on his couch. There is a reason why the Bengals did not pursue him, or even try to trade him until Hugh Jackson foolishly mortgaged the teams immediate future by offering so much for Carson. He has been a mediocre, middle-of-the-road QB his entire career and there is no reason to believe he will be more than that with the Raiders.
  3. Stanford Routt - can you actually believe that this guy is one of the highest paid corners in the NFL? All this man does is hold, grab, rarely locates the ball, and is flagged for pass interference on a regular basis. To say that Routt is a liability is a gross understatement. If I'm in charge of Oakland Raider personnel, he would not be wearing Silver and Black next season (sorry Jamie, I know he's your boy).
I am typing this blog post about 2 minutes before halftime in the Raider-Charger game. Raiders kicked a FG to make the score 14-10 and come right back and allow a 105-yard KO return for a TD. They get the ball back, drive stalls, Janokowski kicks another FG. Score 21-13, Chargers. We will not beat San Diego with FG's because it does not appear that the Raider defense can stop Phillip Rivers. And for the life of me, I cannot understand why Antonio Gates is allowed to just run unfettered in the open field.

Halftime score: Chargers 24, Raiders 13 / Final score: Chargers 38, Raiders 26

One more thing: Seeing Darren McFadden, on the sidelines in street clothes, eating sunflower seeds, made me think, this guy is making all this money, he's very talented, but he's had a significant injury every year of his NFL career. The Raiders may want to consider possibly trading Darren while he still has value. Why? Because he is always injured, and it's usually a different injury each time. This is a clear indication that DMC may very well have an injury-plagued career, and one hit away from one of those unfortunate career-ending injuries.