Monday, September 18, 2017

Pundits... Sleep on the Raiders

Max Kellerman of ESPN's First Take says the Chiefs are the "class of the NFL". Kellerman raved about the ability, the skills of Alex Smith.

Michael Vick said yesterday, about Alex Smith, pretty much what I've said, when he was asked would the Chiefs keep Alex Smith for next season (on a personal note, I'm glad the NFL appears to be looking out for Vick, despite others who still want to protest a crime that he has paid for and donated more money and time to PETA than most people would in 3 lifetimes, but I digress). Vick stated, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". You let Smith go for the "potential of a rookie", that would be a major mistake. One that Raider fans would love to see of course, but Andy Reid is not that stupid.

Stephen A. Smith says the Falcons are the class of the NFL. Guest analyst Donovan McNabb says the Patriots are still the class of the NFL.

Kellerman says the Raiders have not proved anything by beating the Titans and the Jets.

All I know is... we have 4 guys on offense that can go the distance anytime and from anywhere on the field: Jalen Richard (did it yesterday), Cordarelle Patterson (did it yesterday), Amari Cooper, and DeAndré Washington.

Once we get the lead, we close the door in the 4th quarter with "Beast Mode," coupled with a huge athletic O-line featuring: Donald Penn, 6'4" 340 lbs; Kelechi Osemele, 6'5" 330 lbs; Rodney Hudson, 6'0", 300 lbs; Gabe Jackson, 6'3" 336 lbs; and Marshall Newhouse, 6'4" 328 lbs.

Furthermore, let us not forget the brilliance of one Derek Dallas Carr, definitely picking up where he left off last year and then some. In 2 games he is 45-60, 75% completion percentage, 492 yards, 5 TDs, no INTs, and he releases the ball 1.91 seconds (quickest time in the NFL).

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Raiders vs Titans

Raiders vs. Titans: 1st Quarter

Seriously Mike Mularkey, you actually tried a onside kick to start the game, giving my boys a short field... really? 

Three straight drops by Cooper at the end of the first quarter - in the red zone. You gotta catch that ball Coop.... geesh!! Next time give it to Marshawn.

Giorgio Tavecchio is his name, 2 PATs and 4 FGs (one 52-yarder and one that put the game away) .. 

Sebastian who?

Carr: 22/32 262 yards, 2 TDs, no INTs.
Lynch: 18 rushes 76 yds.
Crabtree: 6 rec 83 yds
Cooper: 5 rec 62 yds
Cook: 5 rec 56 yds

Derek Carr picked up where he left off before the injury last season... precise, on point, knows where to go with the ball. Cooper has to stop dropping passes and the defense looked pretty good, especially Karl Joseph. 

Final Score: 26-16

Sunday, August 20, 2017

1st Team D

Jared Goff, 85 yards in 8 plays, 4-4, 66 yards on his opening drive against the Raiders #1 defense. Seriously Raiders?

The D is going to make or break this season. Hell, Goff looked like Tom Brady driving down the field and last I checked, he sucks!

Tell you one thing, Norton is not making it halfway through the season if he doesn't get the D together, plain and simple.

On a brighter note, Marshawn looks good and as we all figured, the first team offense looked sharp. We have the fire-power: Crabtree, Cooper, Cook, Beast Mode, Olawale, Washington, Richard, and Patterson off the bench.

And what can you say about the incomparable D. Carr (gotta work on his dance moves though)... Dude is on point, sharp, and looking phenomenal (one INT that looked like a miscommunication between he and Crabtree).

Sideline shots of the offensive coaches showed excitement; shots of Norton and D-line coach Jethro Franklin, not so good as both looked a tad worried. Yes, it's pre-season, but you had the first-team D going up against the Rams for crying out loud. Shore up the defense Ken Norton Jr. because we can't afford to go half the season not being able to get off the field on 3rd down. Goff and LA's offense converted a couple of 3rd down long situations and that doesn't happen with championship defenses, especially against a sorry team.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Raider Nation in Sin City

Tisk, tisk, disappointed Raider fans, it's only a 9 hour drive (558 miles) from Oakland to Las Vegas via I-5 S and I-15 N. You can also purchase a round trip flight for as little as $68 bucks!

Consider the fact that Las Vegas has never had a professional football team, which means the Raiders will not have to follow in the footsteps of any other team. We take our legacy with us.

Allow me to address the primary reason behind the move to Vegas.

First of all, no one loves the Silver & Black as much as I do.

Second, for the past 35 years Al and Mark Davis have tried to get a new stadium in Oakland. The city lured the Raiders back from Los Angeles by spending $220 million on stadium renovations, which included a new seating section – "Mount Davis" – with 10,000 seats. It also built the team a training facility and paid all its moving costs. Oakland tax payers still owe $95 million of that cost. That's right, tax payers generally foot the bill for a new or renovated stadium. 

One of the sticking points for the city getting a new stadium was Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf's statement regarding not having taxpayers to have to finance a new stadium. And since Mark Davis' pockets are not quite as deep as other owners, he could not come up with the funding on his own, even with the efforts of Fortress Investment Group and a group led by Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott. They simply could not come up with the needed capital and Las Vegas could. It's as simple as that.

Now, allow me to address the soon-to-be ex-Raider fans who are crying like babies. First and foremost, the bigger issue Oaktown natives need to be concerned with is the crime and the gang activity. And just in case you didn't know, the Warriors are moving to San Francisco in the very near future. No one seems to be up-in-arms about Golden State relocating.

Raider fan, "Voodoo Man," was on Michael and Jemele ('His & Hers'), ESPN. He had the chutzpah to say, "I'm done with the Raiders, I will attend the away games but not the home games." Dahuuaaa, you're still supporting the team if you go to any games, home or away!

Furthermore, all of you whinny pseudo fans, who say you are done with the Raiders, I say to you.... poof pow, be gone! We don't need you and you're complaining as if others care.

Also, winning heals all wounds because I guarantee you, if my boys continue on the up-swing, like they surprised everyone in the 2016-2017 season, we could easily be in the 2018 Super Bowl.. I'd be willing to bet all the money I have (granted, not that much, but that's beside the point) that 95% of the fans that left would slither back on the Oakland Raiders bandwagon and have the audacity to act like they never left. 

Again, you want to leave the nation, be my guest. Some of the NFL pundits seem to think that playing in Las Vegas would create a situation where the Raiders would not have a home-field advantage. That's laughable because once again, when you're winning, people jump on the bandwagon.

In closing, our fans have always traveled well. There are Raider fans throughout the U.S. and abroad (look at what happened when we played the Texans in Mexico, it was basically a home game for us). Raider Nation will be OK in "Sin City."

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Congratulations 2016 Raiders!

The season didn't end how we would have liked, with our leader breaking his leg, resulting in losing the AFC West crown and landing us in a WildCard loss against the Texans.

Be that as it may, what a phenomenal year for the Silver and Black! No one could have imagined the Raiders would win 12 games, challenge for the AFC West title and make it to the playoffs for the first time since 2002.

Most Raider fans, like myself, hoped to see improvement from 8-8 last season and a more consistent team. We got that and more! We have two legitimate superstars in QB Derek Carr and on the other side of the ball, DL/DE/LB Khalil Mack. Our future is as bright as Betelgeuse (the ninth-brightest star in the night sky).

Looking forward to next season. Once we tweak the lineup a bit, on both sides of the ball, we'll be a very difficult team to beat once again. Sad to see Crabtree go, but he has to go. He's a good receiver but for three reasons we should look to trade him. Reason # 1 is because he still has trade value. Reason # 2, he drops far too many passes. Reason # 3, he allowed Aquib Talib, Denver Broncos GHETTO CB, to 'punk him' on national television when he snatched Crabtree's chain from his neck. Crabtree did nothing.

The Silver and Black, we're known for getting penalties and that is one time he should have taken one for the team by whoopin' Talib's ass! Straight up! Who knows, a bench-clearing melee may be just what the Raiders needed.

Earlier this season, Talib was suspended for one game for poking Colts TE Dwayne Allen in the eye (he deliberated poked Allen in the eye as they stood face-to-face after a play). Dude is straight ghetto. Crab should have grabbed Talib by the facemask and dragged his sorry-ass up and down the football field, but he did nothing.. It's time for you to roll, that is not the way the Raiders operate, we don't take that kinda crap off no one.. To Crabtree I say, "bye Felicia," get-da-hell-on.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Connor Cook Starting in Houston

Good call Coach Del Rio, to start Connor Cook over the unimpressive Matt McGloin. Raider fans and coaching staff had to know what we were getting with McGloin, pretty much a loss (as Matt is 1-5 as a starter, with his only win coming a couple seasons ago against Houston, the worst team in the NFL at that time).

We have no clue how Cook will perform. Who knows, maybe he will step up to the challenge; maybe he's been studying defenses while on the Raiders Scout team.

Whether he has been mentally preparing for this moment, we're about to find out. I like our chances of winning with Cook, much more so than with Matt McGloin. McGloin has no spunk, no fire, and looks like a HS QB when he's under center. He's listed at 6'1" but looks to be closer to 5'11".

This is old news, I'm over it now, especially considering we have our QB of the future, we have our superstar, franchise QB in Derek Carr. However, Matt McGloin never should have started in front of Terrell Pryor. NEVER. People forgot that in one of Pryor's starts he was 18-18 at one point during the game; people forget the win against the Steelers and his 93-yard TD sprint, where he pulled away from the field. People forget, that on every level going back to HS, Pryor has always been deemed the best athlete on the field.

No, Pryor couldn't touch Carr (who came along the next season, after Pryor was released by the Raiders) but he was certainly better than McGloin.

It is this author's opinion that former Raiders coach, Dennis Allen, played the race card against Pryor because certainly if Al Davis were alive, chances are, Terrell Pryor would be our backup (if we went ahead and selected D.C.).

As a QB, Pryor was not afforded the opportunity to 'develop' as it's given to the myriad Caucasian QB's, who, even if they don't make it as a starter, somehow manage to hang around the league as a backup, on multiple teams. It's all water under the bridge now. I will say that I'm happy that Pryor has found success as a wide receiver and wish the young fella nothing but success.