Monday, December 28, 2015

HBO Sports - Derek Jeter 3K

Derek Jeter, Class Act, Honorary Raider .. Barry, aka taskeinc, webmaster,

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Charles Woodson's Last Game in Oakland

4th quarter, 7.5 minutes taken off the clock and the Chargers come away with no points.

Seven minutes to go, the Raiders have gone 3 and out on their last 4-5 drives, it's time for Carr to step up and prove that he should be a starter in the NFL. They get the ball on their own 35-yard-line; decent field position. Another 3 and out, coupled with a declined holding penalty. Lots of false start penalties in this game against the Raiders. The defense has played well the last few games but the offense and Jack Del Rio overall, has done a piss-poor job.

San Diego's defense is not that good. 5 minutes to go in the game, Chargers have the ball and the Raider D makes a play. Malcolm Smith strips David Johnson and Benson Mayowa (3rd-year player out of Idaho rumbles to the Charger 3-yard-line. Carr hits Crabtree on a 3-yard-fade route. 8th TD of the season for Crabtree, 79 catches on the season. Raiders convert the 2-pt conversion.

The score is 20-20 with 0:55 to go, Raiders have 2 timeouts. Again, enough time to get in FG range; does Carr have it in him? 49 seconds to go after the kickoff, ball on the Raider 30. 1st down he throws the ball underneath for a shot gain, 2nd down intentional grounding. 3rd down and 22 yards for a first down, 30 seconds to go in regulation. 10 second runoff because of the penalty, 20 seconds to go. I'm pretty sure the announcers are pissed because unless you're a Charger or Raiders fan, two teams going no where, this game bites. Really two bad teams.

OT and you can tell that Jim Nantz and Phil Simms are not happy with this overtime. They could be on a plane right now. It would be different if it were two playoff contenders. But I'm a diehard Raiders fan and we won the toss. Lets go DEREK CARR !!! Gotta pause the DVR and get me some salsa and chips. BRB. Donald Penn (72) needs to go, he's always holding, always getting some type of penalty. 2nd and 14 in OT, another holding penalty after a long completion. This time it's Marcus Webb. 12 penalties over 100 yards. Make that 13, "false start # 68 offense," 2nd and 29. This is coaching. Defenseless receiver (actually a good hit on Crabtree), leading with crown of helmet, automatic first down for the Raiders. Gee whiz!

It's now midnight, Merry Christmas, the game should have been over. We need this win because this is future hall of famer Charles Woodson's last home game. Lets win it for Charles!

Carr's credit, he hit Holmes in the endzone for the game winner and he could not hold on. Another false start, it's now 3rd down and 8. On a deflected pass, Seth Roberts catches the pass, Raiders in the RED ZONE. Woodson came in the game on offense, looking to throw back to Car.. but the Charger were ready ... smart of Woodson not to throw the ball, 3-yard-loss. Tough catch if Crab would have caught it, but should have, another good pass by Carr. 3rd and goal. Delay of game on the offense, ball on the 18 yarrd line, 3rd and goal, but we're still in FG range, don't turn it over. Carr scrambles to the 12-yard-line, 31-yard FG good by Janokowski. We have to keep the Chargers out of the end zone. I predict the defense will win this game!!!

OT 8:05 .. I don't know the outcome and I'm caught up on the DVR .. Lets go RAIDERS!!!

Chargers have the ball:
  • 1st down: incomplete
  • 2nd down: 5 yards for Woodhead
  • 3rd down: 2 yard pass to Woodhead
  • 4th down: (Rivers calls a timeout .. dayuuummm, this turned out to be a good game) INCOMPLETE .. RAIDERS WIN.. WOODSON DOUSED WITH GATORADE !!!! yes!!!!!!!!!!

I'll ease up on Carr... he didn't play well, but he did not lose the game.

Watching the post game interview with Woodson and his two sons... priceless!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Collusion Against the Black QB in the NFL

This article is entitled, "Collusion Against the Black QB in the NFL." To extrapolate on the theme of this post, there's no way to discard the proverbial, "race card."

The definition of collusion is, "secret or illegal cooperation or conspiracy, especially in order to cheat or deceive others." So I'll start by throwing some names out of a few black college QB's who were gridiron legends of their time.

  • Charlie Ward: Heisman Trophy (1993), Consensus All-American (1993), National Championship (1993), ACC Athlete of the Year (1993, 1994), Davey O'Brien Award winner, Major League Baseball draftee.

    Subliminal messages, such as this one on are used to lure NFL Scouts toward lesser talented QB's - not saying that Doughty is not a decent college QB, but African American collegiate QBs that have played well deserve this same type of press, and not just the one Heisman Trophy candidate.
    Ward holds the second-largest margin of victory in the history of Heisman trophy balloting, with a 1,622 point difference, second only to O.J. Simpson's 1,750 point win in 1968. This was clearly an indication of how much better he was than his peers. Ward made the comment (in hindsight, probably should not have, but it's no excuse for the NFL), before the NFL draft that he "deserved to be a 1st round pick," and was not sure if he would play in the NBA or the NFL if he were not selected in the first round.

    NFL great, and hall-of-famer John Elway, coming out of Stanford, also played a second sport - Baseball - but was drafted in the first round and went on to have a stellar NFL career (Elway now works as General Manager of the Denver Broncos). The primary excuse NFL Scouts used against Ward was that he was too small; he is 6'2" tall. Doug Flutie played several years in the NFL, he stands at 5'10" tall (closer to 5'9"). Andy Dalton and a few other current NFL QB's are also 6'2" in height.

    If you followed Charlie Ward's career at FSU, he was a quicker, faster version of Joe Montana; not considered a "running QB" but could run quite effectively if needed. There is no doubt, Ward should have been a first round pick in the 1994 NFL draft. Ward spent 12 seasons in the NBA, 10 with the Knicks and the final two with the Spurs and Rockets. In February 2014, Ward accepted the head coaching position at Booker T. Washington High School in Pensacola, Florida.

  • Willie "Satellite" Totten: four-year starter at Mississippi Valley State University between 1981 and 1985. Totten's main target for those four years was the 'GOAT', NFL receiver and hall-of-famer Jerry Rice.

    Willie was not drafted by the NFL, he played most of his career in the CFL and the Arena Football League. His only time in the NFL was as a replacement player for the Buffalo Bills during the strike-shortened 1987 NFL season.

    First Team All-American in 1984. Set more than 50 Division I-AA passing records. His team averaged 59 points per game. Totten threw for a record 58 touchdowns in one year. He is Division I-AA's all-time leader and ranks second in career passing yards (12,711) and single-season passing yards (4,557 in 1984). Twice led the nation in passing efficiency.

    Willie Totten currently works as the quarterbacks coach for Alabama A&M in the SWAC.

  • Major Harris: three years at West Virginia; 'Passing Efficiency Rating' for those years:

    1987 - 128.6; 1988 - 159.2; 1989 - 142.4.

    Major was a bigger version of Michael Vick, with the same arm strength but not the speed of Vick. Harris had a powerful arm, was not considered a "running QB" but when he ran, he ran with the authority of a fullback.

    Harris was a 1989 All American and finished fifth and third in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1988 and 1989, respectively. He was also the ECAC Player of the Year in 1988 and 1989. He is now an assistant wide receiver coach for North Hills High School.

  • Condredge Holloway: From, "The phone rings, it's George Wallace on the phone, wanting him [Holloway] to go to Alabama," recalled Ray Trail, the Tennessee assistant who recruited Holloway. "He came back and he said 'Coach can you believe that? George Wallace, the guy that stood on the steps of the university and said there will never be a black guy enter the University of Alabama, calls me'. "

    "Both Alabama and Auburn were interested in Holloway. Neither wanted him as a quarterback. The late Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant was brutally frank with him, admitting Alabama wasn't ready for a black quarterback."

    Condredge Holloway was drafted in the 12th round by the New England Patriots, who told him he'd be the goal-line quarterback. He opted for the Canadian Football League, where he won two titles, became an MVP and was inducted into the league's Hall of Fame.

    ESPN Films - Color of Orange: Condredge Holloway
There are dozens more black quarterbacks who were more than qualified to be starters in the National Football League, if given the opportunity. Over the past several decades, hundreds of superior black college athletes, who played the QB position, if they wanted to get on with an NFL team, were forced to change positions.

The clandestine reason the NFL is making it a penalty to hit the QB high, low or a split second late, is to preserve the 'pocket passer', aka the 'white quarterback'. And these 'protected' QB's, if they are cut from a team, are usually the first to be called for a backup role.

Am I over-exaggerating? Let's take a look at a few of the backups around the league that (in my humble opinion) should not even be in the NFL.

  • Brandon Weeden: Weeden was the Cowboys backup to about the midway point of this 2015-16 season. After Tony Romo went down with an injury and Wheaton couldn't win a game, the Cowboys brought in Matt Cassel and released Brandon Weeden. Well, guess what, Houston QB T.J. Yates gets injured today (12/20/2015) and who is his backup? That's right, Brandon Weeden.

  • Matt Schaub: Baltimore Raven starter (and Super Bowl winner) Joe Flaco goes down with a season-ending injury and Matt Schaub (who was literally run out of Houston in 2013, spent one season with the Raiders on the bench, in 2014) started a couple games as his backup. When the Ravens realized Schaub sucks, the starter for Baltimore (wait for it), Jimmy Clausen, who sports fans may remember, stunk-it-up at Notre Dame.

  • Case Keenum: current starter with the St. Louis Rams is 27 years old and must be in good with the front offices of the Texans and the Rams... get this: Houston Texans (2012–2013); St. Louis Rams (2014); Houston Texans (2014); St. Louis Rams (2015–present).

  • Blaine Gabbert: between 2011 and 2013, Gabbert was atrocious with the Jacksonville Jaguars. After the San Francisco 49ers benched Colin Kaepernick (who took the team to the Super Bowl win they had a decent coach - Jim Harbaugh), Blaine Gabbert is now the starting signal caller for the 49ers.

The list is much longer for recycled, inadequate quarterbacks that shouldn't even be in the league.

Daunte Culpepper, Vince Young, Donovan McNabb, all had good careers with Minnesota, Tennessee Titans, and Philadelphia Eagles/Washington Redskins respectively. Neither was given a fair chance to stick as a backup with another team. You can't tell me that these guys would be so talented at QB, run into some problems with their first team, and can no longer play the position, even as a backup.

I'll close with former Raider's QB, Terrelle Pryor. Pryor lost his starting job after being injured, to undrafted Penn State QB Matt McGloin. There is no way on God's green earth that Matt should have remained the starter. The coaching staff stated they wanted to see what Matt has, ignoring Pryor and not giving him an opportunity to 'develop' as so many white QB's are afforded. Pryor set the record for the longest run in NFL history for a QB, 93-yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a game the Raiders won.

Terrelle Pryor played in 1 game in 2011, 3 games in 2012, and 11 games in 2013. He was traded to Seattle after the 2013 season and released before the start of the 2014 season. He's had a couple other opportunities to catch on with other teams but no team has given this man a chance to develop as an NFL quarterback. At 6'4" 233 lbs, he ran a 4.3 40-yard-dash. Pryor has the same physical attributes and ability to take over a game as a Cam Newton, if given the opportunity. He's since changed his position to wide receiver and was recently resigned by the Cleveland Browns due to injuries at the wide-out position.

Some readers may not agree with the fact that there has been collusion against the black QB in the NFL (no doubt split along racial lines, kind of like the OJ verdict). Why? Because throughout the history of racism in America, no one has ever or will ever, openly admit to racist tactics - no one. The only people that admit to being racist are KKK members, Skinheads, Neo-Nazis, and other 'hate groups'. Truth be told, I have more respect for those people than a closet racist because at least they tell the truth.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Mack Attack in Denver!

OK, I was blogging while the game was in play, so I had to erase everything stated in the first half, as it was 12-0 at halftime and my boys were playing like CRAP!

So we're playing better in the second half, much better, especially defensively. The ageless-wonder and future first ballot hall-of-famer Charles Woodson, recovers another fumble, midway through the 3rd quarter after a strip from Ben Heeney (rookie from Kansas, who has been playing very well of late), but an ill-advise call on 3rd and inches resulted in a 12-yard loss on a sack by the Denver defense. Terrible call by the coaching staff; get the first down so you can at least get 3 points off the turnover (a FG makes the score - Raider 10, Broncos 12).

We need a defensive score to turn the momentum in this game. We got em' 3rd and 9 on their own 2-yard-line, make a play or get off the field, and we get the SAFETY!!! Khalil Mack with the strip on Brock Osweiler.

End of 3rd quarter, Raiders 9, Broncos 12. Let's go boys, we need to start matriculating up the field.

Jesus Christ, first play of the 4th, false start, 3rd and 15, short incomplete pass, punt. Sanders COUGHS up the pill - muffs the punt - RAIDERS BALL BABY!!!! And we are already in FG range at the Denver 11-yard-line but we need 6!!! 1st down, Carr throws the ball away, 2nd down, another false start - RIDICULOUS! Pass interference by Talib, not called on Amari Cooper. It's now 3rd down and 15. Michael Rivera TOUCH DOWN !!! 15-12, 3-pt lead, they FOOLISHLY go for 2, which means that Denver can tie the game with a FG.

That's not thinking on Del Rio's part! Must have flunked basic math? If that call comes back to cost the Raiders the game, I would FIRE Jack Del Rio.. Wow! That's almost like you're trying to lose. The analyst assumed that they went for 2 instead of 1 because the long snapper was injured on a previous special teams play, but that's no reason to go for two points, get someone else to snap the ball - geesh!

Khalil Mack is having a phenomenal day: 4 Tackles, 1 Assist, 3 Sacks, 1 Forced Fumble, and the Raider defense is playing lights out. Unfortunately, Cooper is being shutdown by Aqib Talib, the running game is non-existent, and Carr is having a rather shitty day.

We've dominated field possession in the 2nd half but the offense can't get anything going. The defense has taken over the 2nd half.

Here's the game winner: Khalil Mack... 6 tackles, 5 sacks, and 1 forced fumble that led to a safety! Raiders win 15-12.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Time to Break the Streak

Great win in Tennessee; truth be told, that's a game that a good team should win.

Derek Carr had a stellar performance (24/37, 330 yards, 3 TDs, no INTs), along with Seth Roberts (6 receptions, 113 yards, 2 TDs), the 6'2" rookie wide-out from West Alabama.

Seriously, if Roberts keeps up this pace, the Raiders would have a lethal trio at the wide receiver position. The way Carr played on Sunday against the Titans, he will have no problem distributing the rock to all three.

Next Sunday, 1:05PM PST, home game against the arch rival Chiefs is a must win. A victory will solidify our position as a definitive wild card contender. The Chiefs have been balling of late, riding a 5-game winning streak. It's time to break the streak.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Don't Question My Loyalty

Why do some Raider fans question Raider loyalty when Carr's inability to produce in the RedZone is questioned? His 40% rating in the RedZone (the 2nd worst in the NFL, behind only Johnny Manziel) speaks for itself.

As a die-hard Raider's fan for over 40 years, I simply want to win.

Other positions aren't producing as well, but the QB is the team leader and if he's good, makes everyone, specifically on the offense, BETTER... and so far, Carr has not proven that he can do that..

I want the Raiders to win, but the jury is still out on Derek Carr. My only problem with pseudo Raider fans and some misinformed media, is that you have crowned D. Carr, the next Dan Marino or Phillip Rivers (who is a perennial loser by the way, regardless of his stats) and Carr has not even been in the league long enough, and certainly not WON enough to be given such a pass.Last week there were comparisons between Carr and Bridgewater because both are 2nd year starting QB's.

Carr's stats are better than Teddy B's, however, Bridgewater won more games last year, after not starting the season as the Vikings starting QB (and without the services of Adrian Peterson), and he has his team at 7-3 this season, tied for first in the NFC North. Stats mean nothing if you're not winning.

The proof is in the pudding .. JUST WIN BABY .. and at this point, Derek Carr cannot be labeled a WINNER.

You give the QB most of the accolades when his team WINS, therefore, he must take the lion's share of the blame when his team LOSES... plain and simple..

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

A Win in Pittsburgh = RESPECT

The Silver and Black travel to Pittsburgh on Sunday, to take on the Steelers at Heinz Field, 1:00pm EST.

QB Ben Roethlisberger will be playing in his second game back from injury and doing his best to improve their 4-4 record in the AFC North. For all intents and purposes, this game has major playoff implications.

The Raiders are 4-3, second place in the AFC West. The Broncos are undefeated at 7-0 as well are the Cincinnati Bengals who are 7-0 atop the AFC North. Unless the Broncos or Bengals hit a lull (and it's quite possible, but both the Raiders and Steelers would need to keep winning), my Raiders and the Steelers are competing for wild card spots.

In the AFC East, New England is 7-0 and unless Brady falls off the face of the earth, they will win their division. The second place team in the East are the Jets, who the Silver and Black HANDLED last week; this gives the Raiders a leg up on the Jets and the same will apply if we walk away victorious in Pittsburgh.

The AFC South - Indy Colts, Texans, Jaguars, and Titans - is so pathetic, no team should be allowed to represent this division in the NFL Playoffs, but, unfortunately, each division must have a winner.

Basically, the Oakland Raiders, at the midway point of the season, have their fate squarely in their hands. If we continue to play sound, mistake-free football (as we have in the past two weeks), we are playoff bound.

The Raiders improvement starts with Derrick Carr's play and the protection he's getting from the O-line. The football analytics website, "Pro Football Focus," grades the Raiders offensive line as the best in the NFL at pass protection, allowing pressured dropbacks about 17 percent of the time.

Raiders Offensive Lineman:

LT (72) Donald Penn, LG (66) Gabe Jackson, C (61) Rodney Hudson, RG (76) J'Marcus Webb, RT (77) Austin Howard. O-Line Coach, Mike Tice.

TE Clive Walford started the season as third on the depth chart. He's now showing improvement to the point that he could very well take over the number one spot, if his blocking skills are adequate.

Also, Taiwan Jones (converted back to RB after playing last season in the defensive backfield, which was a joke and one of a few reasons why Dennis Allen is history) is showing his previous form; nice moves and breakaway speed, as he showed last week against the Jets.

I'd still like to see Marcel Reece utilized a bit more, primarily because most teams can't match-up to him out of the backfield. Most linebackers have a difficult time covering Marcel. However, if Taiwan and Clive continue their improved play, there won't be enough snaps for Reece (which, to his misfortune, is actually a good problem for the team to have).

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Silver and Black are Back

It's the 3rd quarter, 3:01 remaining, the score is 31-13 Raiders. Too bad for Fitzpatrick, he should not have been trying to run. However, Geno Smith hasn't played that bad. Be that as it may, let's keep the pressure on, keep moving the rock.

The Silver and Black have scored, so far, on 5 of 6 possessions, not counting the kneel-down before halftime. Marquette King still has not punted. To this point, the Raider possessions have been:

Start: Own 22, 10 Plays, 78 Yards, TD
Start: Own 24, 10 Plays, 76 Yards, TD
Start: Own 22, 05 Plays, 78 Yards, TD
Start: Own 35, 07 Plays, 31 Yards, Missed FG
Start: Own 13, 01 Plays, 01 Yards, Halftime
Start: Own 07, 06 Plays, 93 Yards, TD

I was wrong about Carr. He's a baller!
Carr spreads the ball around quite well as he continues his outstanding second season. He's making the smart plays as well, not forcing anything, throwing the ball away when nothing is there (333 yards passing, 4 TDs). The running game is solid, we're eliminating the silly mistakes, and at least in the first half, the defense is playing lights out. 

We didn't get our first offensive penalty until the start of the 4th quarter, and just to show you how disastrous mistakes are, Hudson's "hands-to-the-face" penalty, killed a potential TD drive, but we still got the 3 points - 47-yarder from Janokowski.

David Amerson (#29 CB, Age: 23, from N. C. State), where did he come from? Good clean shot on Geno Smith. Second penalty on defense for "hands-to-the-face," which is such an unnecessary penalty.

Another Jet QB down, Ray-Ray Armstrong POPS Geno, and he's down for the count. Silver and Black, the QB-killers!

Final Score: Raiders 34, Jets 20

Charles Woodson Wines

Monday, October 26, 2015

3 - 3 .. Bring on the Jets

When you watch the highlight of the Amari Cooper 52-yd TD catch and run, pay close attention to number 61, 6'2" 300 lb Rodney Hudson, 5th-year O-lineman from Florida State (formerly with the Chiefs).

Big Rodney gets out on the pass, shows some good speed and pancakes Charger safety Jahleel Addae.

Now Crabtree just scored; 7-play, 80-yard drive. It's 37-6 and I got goosebumps. It's been a long time since I've seen a dominant Raider performance like this one.

If you've followed my blog, you know I've been down on D. Carr, but today, he is straight BALLING!

The Raiders D is on Phillip River's azzzzz. Don't lighten up, keep the pressure on. This is a statement game for the Silver and Black. It's time we started getting some R-E-S-P-E-C-T !!

1st Marquette King punt came with 6:54 left in the 3rd quarter. King runs on the field with a clean uniform, happy to finally get a chance to play. What I'm seeing now, what did Del Rio and the coaching staff do during the Bye week? Whatever they did, it's working!

I want more points on the board, but it looks like the Raiders are taking their foot off the gas; running the ball, protecting the rock. That's understandable, looks like we have the 'W'.

I wanted to see a TECMO-BOWL-ASS-WHOOPIN!

Raider fans send tweet to Donald Penn to stop the personal foul penalties (#72) @DPENN70

Monday, October 12, 2015

Letter to my "Raidah Familia"

Chad H. .. really? Because a Raider fan disagrees with your opinion or Derek Carr, you question his loyalty?? With all due respect, that's hogwash!

And Jay Vega love the room, like being a part of the conversation .. but the QB rating means ZERO when Carr is turning the ball over at critical times, and to blame the receiver for the pick 6 is not the way to go.. I was watching the play, it appeared as if Carr audibled at the last minute, which he appears to do quite often, and he was totally fooled by the Denver defense..

Chris V.. to say, "we waited all these years for a QB" .... PLEASE.. dude, the jury's still out on Derek Carr ... we have no idea what type of QB he will be because it is WAY TOO EARLY TO TELL ...

There is no more die-hard a Silver and Black fan than myself.. became a fan at 6 years of age, lived in Oakland until 1991, been a staunch Oakland Raiders fan for over 40 years - through thick and thin ... but I want to WIN .. and I personally don't see a winner in Derek Carr and he has yet to exhibit leadership qualities..

I hope I'm wrong, but you guys can't criticize Raider fans for being down on Carr .. it's about WINNING!!!! What did AL say, "JUST WIN BABY" ... he didn't say, "just come close" .. he didn't say, "Keep that passer rating up" .. his words were "JUST WIN BABY" ...

Carr won 2 games his rookie season .. make all the excuses in the world for him... he won 2 games... he now has talent around him, on both sides of the ball ... so this season, he needs to PRODUCE .. if he doesn't, the TRUE Raider fans, who BLEED SILVER and BLACK, will run his ASS out of town!

It's about the W and nothing else....

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Don't Talk About It - Be About It

The Raiders Staff, Players, Coach Del Rio, and all Raider Nation Fans... Need to be quiet and go out on Sunday and stop turning the ball over, stop missing assignments (i.e. leaving players WIDE OPEN), stop the stupid penalties..

Stop holding the wide receivers - right in front of the official and then acting like you didn't do anything - keep Manning off the field by SUSTAINING DRIVES, and play SOUND FOOTBALL ..

Otherwise, all the bravado in the world is not going to get you a WIN ... so PLEASE RAIDER NATION .. let's not talk about it...


I'm SICK of LOSING !!!!
A good team, even a decent team, should have kicked the crap out of Jay Cutler and the Bears. We're definitely in it, at 2-2, not a bad start. Couple our record with the fact that both the Chargers and the Chiefs are also off to a mediocre start.

Sunday's home game against Manning and the Broncos will go a long way in determining what type of team we will become this season. We win, we're 3-2 going into the bye week.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Apology to Derek Carr - NOT

10/11/2015, I take my apology back. Carr BITES!

The Raider defense played their tails off against Peyton Manning and the Broncos, week 5, and how does Carr repay them? By throwing a pick-6 that ultimately cost us a chance at a W.

Derek Carr does not read defenses well, he consistently throws off the wrong foot, throws the ball when his feet are not set, and he tries to rely on his arm strength, which usually leads to unnecessary and costly turnovers. Still proud to be a Raiders' fan, but I call it like I see it and Carr stinks!

I'm a proud, die-hard, lifetime Raider's fan. Proud, yes, but I can gladly set pride aside and say, I owe Derek Carr an apology. I've been a staunch critic of Derek, but the young man is beginning to step up to the plate.

Granted, we beat the woeful Cleveland Browns, but when you look at his stats - 20-32, 314 yards, 2 TDs - we're beginning to see the makings of a very good quarterback.

I'm still not quite sure what happened in Week 1, but I think most of the blame for that performance would have to fall on the coaches for not having the team ready to play. But two wins in a row, along with Carr getting his first ever 'road win', Week 1 is forgotten.

Last week against the Ravens, Carr's stat-line was 30-46, 351 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT. Not bad, not bad at all.


The paragraphs below is when I was disillusioned to actually believe that this guy was a decent QB.

Derek ranks 6th in QBR Rating with a 77.9 after Week Two. His rating should actually improve after his Week Three performance. *** Not anymore, he needs to stop throwing pick-6's.

Rounding out the top 10 in QBR efficiency are: Matt Ryan at #7, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tony Romo, and Teddy Bridgewater at #10. Considering the fact that Amari Cooper is a stud and balling out in his rookie season, who will at some point begin to command double coverage, Crabtree will be the same Crabtree he was with the 49ers except with a better signal caller.

Yes, I'm jockin' Carr, but as a 30+ year fan of the Silver and Black, I have every right to criticize when I think my team, or a player is not playing up to his potential, or whether or not said player has potential. I am the quintessential, arm-chair quarterback, and proud of it..

We're 2-1, things are looking up, we're gaining confidence, see ya in Chicago!

The Big 3

Oakland       (2-1)
    D. CARR - 20/32. 314 YDS, 2 TD
    L. MURRAY - 26 RUSH, 139 YDS, TD
    A. COOPER 8 REC, 134 YDS

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

1-1 Headed to Cleveland

Me and a buddy, Valerie, a diehard Browns fan (yea, IKR), have a small wager on game 3 of the NFL Season.

My Raiders will visit the "Dawg Pound" with both teams coming off an unexpected victory. We're not sure if Josh McCown or Johnny Manziel will start but hopefully Josh will have recovered from being concussed. I say that because, historically, the Raiders have had problems with mobile quarterbacks.

Granted, we have more speed on defense so Johnny 'Football' might not be a problem and we should be able to take advantage of his inexperience.

I'm not sure what to make of the turnaround from week 1 to 2; we looked like garbage in all phases against the Bengals. This past Sunday, we appeared to be a totally different team.

Honestly, as you can see in my August 31st blog entitled, "Carr May Not Be the Answer," I was really down on Derek. I didn't think he was the answer at QB and the jury's still out. 

However, what I saw against Baltimore is that the coaching staff has streamlined the play-calling and added plays that have Carr getting rid of the ball quickly while utilizing the talents of Crabtree and Cooper, in the short passing game, while occasionally going deep. This type of attack is what made Rich Gannon successful with the Raiders.

Latavius Murray ran well, just needs to be given the ball a bit more. I'd also like to see Taiwan Jones utilized more out of the backfield. We need his speed in the open field. Aldon Smith is not playing with the tenacity he displayed as a 49er; maybe he needs to work himself in shape. Khalil Mack needs to step up his game. I'm not sure about the position change from LB to DE. Mack was unstoppable last year at linebacker, why the change?

But, a win is a win so there are no complaints. We're facing a team in the Browns that have struggled just as we have. This is a victory that the Silver and Black need. We need to put two victories together and even though we'll be on the road, this is our chance to win back to back games for the first time in a long time.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Raider Fans - Don't Settle for Mediocrity

Watching NFL Redzone, you get to see every touchdown of every game and for eight hours, there are no commercials.

As my Raiders were getting the crap beat out of them, RedZone cut to the Raiders - Bengals debacle.

The only reason they would show the Raiders in a blowout loss was because Marcel Reese caught a TD pass from Matt McGloin. To Marcel's credit, he did no celebrating, just tossed the ball to the official and trotted off the field.

They show the Raider's crowd and the few fans that were left (I'm sure quite inebriated) were hi-5-ing one another, clapping, and had smiles on their faces. Obviously, they were celebrating the fact that the Raiders avoided the shutout but to me, you're settling for mediocrity.

Those fans, paid their hard-earned money to see a respectable football game and they got garbage! What is there to celebrate?

It's hard being an Oakland Raider's fan. It's been extremely difficult since the Tampa Bay Bucs spanked us in the 2002 Super Bowl. It's frustrating, it gets your week off to a bad start, and it's humiliating.

I have a good friend who is a diehard Cleveland Browns fan. Like me and my Raiders, she's from Cleveland and have followed the Browns religiously for the past couple of decades. I've been an ardent Oakland Raiders fan since I was 6 years of age. So for the past several decades I've followed the Silver and Black.

I'm speechless. I really don't know what to say. You want to believe that it's only the first game and we can bounce back. You want to believe that.
However, Cincinnati is not that good. We made Andy Dalton look like Tom Brady; he's not that good.

To make matters worse, future hall-of-famer Charles Woodson gets injured with one minute left in the game. I'm not sure why he was even playing at that particular time.

Oh well, wish I could be Jack Del Rio for a day, because I would lose my voice cursing players OUT!!!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Carr May Not Be the Answer

Here are the stats for Derek Carr, Sunday night against the Arizona Cardinals.

Passing, 18/34, 213 yards, 6.3 average, TD = 0, INT = 1 and the one (INT) interception was a pick-6 thrown in the redzone, in the 3rd quarter against the Cardinals backups; against guys trying to make the roster.

With Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, and Latavius Murray, and a defense led by Khalil Mack (dude is a beast), if we had a decent QB, with the O-line that we have, the Silver and Black would do some damage in the AFC.

Pseudo Raider fans ('pseudo' because it's obvious they don't really care to put a team on the field, led by a QB with a winning attitude and a leader's spirit) and even so-called NFL experts, have praised Derek Carr while he's not proved a damn thing on the football field.

You have to wonder why this is the case.

Maybe the unwarranted accolades stem from the fact that he's considered a "pocket passer." Or maybe it's because he throws a tight spiral (which means ZERO if your passes are going to the opponent or consistently falling incomplete). Many of his passes, especially if the pressure is on, are thrown falling away, thrown off the wrong foot, and often, his feet are not set.

Last season against the Patriots, on the road, the Raider's defense had the team in position for the upset, Carr throws and interception to a d-lineman (who rarely pick off passes) to end the game, again, in the redzone (or they may have been 5-10 yards outside the redzone).

I hope I'm wrong, but Derek Carr appears to be a BUST in the making. Hopefully, it won't take the Raiders organization to realize it and move forward.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Khalil Mack is a Force to Reckon With

Khalil Mack is unblock-able. PERIOD. Last season, he wreaked havoc on opposing offenses at the linebacker position, this season (2015) he's been moved to the defensive end position.

Initially, I thought it might be a mistake, but judging from his performance against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday night, apparently, new defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Jr. and new head coach Jack Del Rio, know what they're doing.

My boys look pretty sharp but pre-season is pre-season and no way to judge how the team is going to perform once the regular season starts. I'm not really liking Carr's red-zone performance because we're kicking too many field goals, just like last season.

Wideouts Amari Cooper and Brice Butler look good; Crabtree hasn't come around but he showed what he's capable of when he was with the Niners.

If Derek Carr doesn't get his head out of his ass, we should go with Christian Ponder, who, in my opinion has actually looked a bit more poise under pressure than Carr. Throwing the pick-6 in the 3rd quarter, against Arizona's back ups - NOT GOOD!

D.J. Hayden is another Raider who is not carrying his weight. He'll make the team but he's been getting beat like a drum and when he's not getting toasted, he's been flagged for pass interference.

The first 5 weeks of the season are critical for the Silver and Black. Bengals, Ravens, at Cleveland, at Chicago, and the Broncos. We really need to be 4-1 at the bye, with momentum as we head to San Diego in week seven.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Long Overdue! Congrats Tim Brown

Here's a guy who was a dual threat going back to his days at Notre Dame. Tim Brown returned punts, was dangerous across the middle or on the deep route. He could beat you a number of ways on the football field.

Why he wasn't a first ballot hall-of-famer is a mystery. Regardless, he's finally being enshrined in Canton as one of the greatest wide receivers to ever play the game.

Brown won the Heisman Trophy in 1987 as the best college football player and did not miss a beat when he hit the NFL. I've been fortunate to follow his career from Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, TX (my old stomping grounds by way of Oakland, CA) to Notre Dame, and being drafted by the Raiders.

Congratulations to one of the greatest Raiders of all time!