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Raider Gridiron / Tyrell Williams signing with Raiders
« on: March 13, 2019, 01:52:45 PM »
The Oakland Raiders are expected to sign free-agent wide receiver Tyrell Williams, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Williams spent the first four years of his NFL career with the Los Angeles Chargers.

The 27-year-old receiver's best season came in 2016 when the Chargers' No. 1 receiver, Keenan Allen, went down with a torn ACL. In that season, Williams caught 69 balls for 1,059 yards and seven touchdowns—showing what he can do as a No. 1.

Following the 2018 season, Williams told Eric D. Williams that he saw himself as a No. 1 receiver.

With the Oakland Raiders, Williams will act as a No. 2 receiver behind Antonio Brown. The Raiders sent third- and fifth-round picks to the Steelers for Brown last week and agreed to a four-year contract with offensive tackle Trent Brown on Monday, per Schefter.

This is a nice piece to add. Made even better by swiping him from a rival.

Raider Gridiron / Race to Number 1
« on: December 18, 2018, 06:19:11 PM »
Was just looking at this list:

Notice anything?

Yep, that's right.



Raider Gridiron / NFL Draft Order Tiebreaking system
« on: December 03, 2018, 01:31:33 PM »
49ers currently hold the tiebreaker for number one pick???

How the fuck are we "better" than the Niners, when they beat us head to head?

"If ties exist in any grouping except (2) above, such ties shall be broken by strength-of-schedule. If any ties cannot be broken by strength-of-schedule, the divisional or conference tie-breakers, if applicable, shall be applied. Any ties that still exist shall be broken by a coin flip."

This is bullshit. Head to head doesn't factor in? I guess they have a "weaker" schedule than we do? Can we ever get a fucking break?


Raider Gridiron / Why didn't we try to obtain Bridgewater?
« on: August 30, 2018, 11:47:59 AM »
Cook and Manuel look lost and rattled on just about every snap. If Carr goes down again, we're fucked.

This is a major issue IMO.

Raider Gridiron / Official call for JDR's head
« on: November 19, 2017, 05:50:11 PM »
Tired of this shit. Sloppy play, poor preparation, terrible execution.

This team perpetually has it's head up it's ass. Cooper has regressed. Carr playing worse under Downing = wrong coordinator fired last season.

Tired of the secondary being bad. Tired of failing in the clutch. Tired of old problems never being fixed while new ones pop up like weeds. Few sacks, no turnovers being forced - no picks after TEN GAMES???

JDR needs to fucking go.

Raider Gridiron / NFL Fan Base Rankings
« on: August 09, 2016, 10:07:09 AM »
6. Oakland Raiders

When you have fans named Dr. Death, and fans who wear spiked shoulder pads, we make sure to rank your fan base as highly as possible for our own safety.

Despite the fact that the team's on the verge of relocating for the third time in 35 years, the fans are still sticking with them. Not only have the Raiders sold out their season ticket allotment for 2016, but they also have three players in the top-16 of NFL jersey sales this year*.

Famous Raiders fan you need to know: Guy Fieri. Actually, let's go with Tiger Woods. The Raiders are all he has right now.

Fieri gets honorable mention though, because he convinced coach Jack Del Rio to join Twitter.

*For those who are dying to know, it's Mack at 13th, Carr at 15th and Cooper at 16th

Raider Gridiron / Cap Space
« on: March 10, 2016, 12:59:29 PM »
So anyone care to hazard a guess as to where we stand cap-wise after all these signings? I'm guessing it's somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 million left?

Raider Gridiron / Raiders likely to play one game in Mexico City in 2016
« on: February 04, 2016, 04:26:50 PM »
The NFL's International Series is expected to head south of the border next season. According to the Houston Chronicle, the Raiders' home game against the Texans in 2016 will likely be played in Mexico City.

The fact that the Raiders agreed to move a home game outside the country isn't that shocking. The team currently doesn't have a stadium lease in Oakland, which means they technically don't even have a home stadium right now, so giving up a home game isn't exactly a surprising move for the Raiders.

On the NFL's end, putting a game in Mexico makes a lot of sense. The last time the league held a game in Mexico City, it was a huge hit. The 49ers and Cardinals played in Mexico in 2005, and the two teams ended up setting an all-time NFL attendance record of 103,467. That regular-season record stood until 2009, when the Cowboys and Giants drew 105,121 people to a game in Dallas.

On Houston's end, the Texans had been hoping to be a part of the NFL's return to Mexico. During the 2015 season, Texans president Jamey Rootes visited Mexico City and after the trip, he immediately expressed an interest in having the Texans play a game there.

"We've always expressed that we have an interest in participating internationally as a road team (and), we've made it clear that we were most interested in doing that in Mexico," Rootes said. "It's an amazing opportunity for teams and the league. Mexico City is a logical choice for a team like the Texans. We'd be a great ambassador for the league."

If the game in Mexico City happens, don't be surprised if the NFL eventually moves a regular season game to Germany.

Back in May, Mark Waller, the executive vice president of NFL international, said that the league was hoping to put a regular season game in both Mexico and Germany by 2017.

As the road magnanimous.


1983 Los Angeles Raiders (No. 38) vs. 2003 New England Patriots (No. 43)

1983 Raiders 21 - 2003 Patriots 19

Recap: In the most competitive game of the tournament thus far, Tom Brady drove the '03 Patriots for a potential game-tying touchdown with one second left but his two-point conversion pass to Troy Brown was tipped at the line of scrimmage as the '83 Raiders advanced to the Elite 8. New England trailed 21-10 with just over three minutes left in regulation, but Adam Vinatieri hit a 32-yard field goal and Brady led a masterful drive in the final seconds. On the verge of sending the game into overtime, Brady's pass to Brown was tipped by Bill Pickel, and L.A. was on its way to the next round. Jim Plunkett outplayed Brady, completing 15-of-27 passes for 205 yards and three TDs. Brady was just 23-of-42 for 286 yards and a score to Kevin Faulk.

Report: Derek Carr was a non-starter as possible Texans draft pick

That the Texans are in the market for a franchise quarterback should come as news to exactly no one. Ryan Mallett was released after he couldn't be bothered to show up to work on time and while Brian Hoyer gets points for punctuality, the Texans would've been better off if he skipped last Saturday's playoff game altogether.

Instead, Hoyer played all four quarters, and managed four interceptions and a lost fumble. Perhaps even more astounding: he was so bad that the entire stadium broke out in a "WE WANT WEEDEN!" chant.

On Tuesday, Texans owner Bob McNair restated the obvious, when he told reporters that the team's No. 1 offseason priority was finding a franchise quarterback.

Of course, Houston could already have its franchise quarterback if it had drafted Blake Bortles first-overall in 2014 instead of taking defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. Yes, Clowney was widely considered the draft's best prospect, but the Texans had bigger needs under center.

But the organization could have had both a potential dominating pass rusher and a quarterback of the future if it had selected Derek Carr with the 33rd pick. Instead, the Texans took guard Xavier Su'a-Filo and Carr went to the Raiders three picks later.

Turns out, there was no way Houston was taking Carr, at least according to's Charles Robinson.

"I was told that Derek Carr was an absolute non-starter as a draft pick for Texans & that's a full franchise failure" - @CharlesRobinson

If you're unfamiliar, Carr's older brother, David Carr, was the expansion Texans' first-ever draft pick in 2002, and he played for some truly terrible teams. In Carr's defense, Houston's offensive line was a mess; by the time he left after the 2006 season, he had been sacked a whopping 249 times in 76 appearances, or an average of 3.3 sacks per game.

So even though Derek Carr may have been considered one of the best quarterbacks in the '14 draft class, apparently the Texans couldn't justify using a high-round pick on the brother of the team's first-ever pick, who never came close to living up to the hype. (Though let's be honest: Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Drew Brees would've likely had similar NFL existences under those circumstances.)

Derek Carr finished the 2015 season ranked 12th in total QB value, according to Football Outsiders' metrics, just behind Jay Cutler and Cam Newton. In case you're wondering, Hoyer ranked 20th.

Which brings us back to this offseason.

“I don't think there's any question,” McNair said, when asked if finding a franchise quarterback is the Texans' top priority. “I've been saying that. The question is what's available, and what's the price? How many draft picks might you have to give up? You can't undermine the rest of your team while you're trying to get a quarterback. This isn't a department store where they have them on the shelf, and you just pick one up. It's a question of who's available. We're working on that. We think there are some good prospects out there.”

There are high expectations in 2015 for Raiders rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper. He was considered the most polished wideout in the draft, coming from Alabama, with excellent route running and stupendous hands.

There's a belief he could step on the field and be a major impact receiver right away. This belief is reinforced by watching Cooper during training camp. Or trying to watch him -- you might black out if you stare at his feet too closely.

It's been a while since the Raiders have been interesting. With Derek Carr under center and potentially taking a next step, plus a sneaky good offensive line and a talent like Cooper, this could be an interesting team to watch for 2015.

Click the link for GIF of AC making Keith McGill look absolutely silly.

Jack Del Rio better consider Derek Carr a two-way player from this moment on.

The second-year quarterback could man the middle of Oakland's defense, judging by the way he hits. Just check out what he did to this poor tackling dummy at what appears to be a youth football camp.

Those kids better be impressed. Both the tackle and Carr's ensuing chest bump showcased perfect form.

David Carr explains why brother Derek is a better NFL QB

There aren't many big brothers out there who like to admit that their younger brother is better at something, especially when that something is a sport both are famous for playing.

For instance, you'll probably never hear Peyton Manning admit that Eli's the best quarterback in the Manning family. That's not an issue in the Carr family though because older brother David has no problem admitting that Derek is the better NFL quarterback.

During a recent radio interview with 95.7 The Game in San Francisco, David explained why he expects Derek to have a successful NFL career, something David didn't really have.

"[Derek] understands the game more than I did, so his confidence level is just off the charts," David said, via the Raiders official website. "[His] leadership ability is kind of where I was never at early on in my career. He's able to go out and get guys that are seven, eight years older than him to actually buy in to what he's doing, and believe that he can play, and believe that he can go out and lead the team."

David wasn't exactly able to do that early in his career. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft, David spent four unsuccessful seasons in Houston before the Texans gave up on him.

The lack of success wasn't necessarily David's fault though, as a rookie, David was sacked 76 times, which led to 21 fumbles.

If getting sacked 76 times sounds like a lot, it is: No other quarterback was sacked more than 55 times in 2002 and the 76 sacks still stands as an NFL record for most times a quarterback has been sacked in one season.

Derek was only sacked 24 times during his rookie season in 2014, something that was probably helped by the fact that he knows when to get rid of the ball.

"He just has a natural ability to throw the ball, just effortlessly, and it's not really difficult for him," David said. "It literally is effortless for him to throw the football."

Derek has been showing off that effortless throw all offseason and the Raiders will be hoping those effortless throws translate into touchdowns, like they did for this random guy on the beach in April.

Check out the link to watch the video of DC throwing a pass to "random guy on the beach". Pretty fun.

NFL Nation reporter Bill Williamson assesses which rookies on the Raiders could earn a starting berth this season.

Why Amari Cooper could start:

Cooper will start. He will instantly be the Raiders' No. 1 receiver. In fact, Cooper, taken No. 4 overall from Alabama, should be the Raiders' best receiver in years from the moment he hits the field Week 1. The Raiders haven't had a 1,000-yard receiver since Randy Moss in 2005. Second-year quarterback Derek Carr didn't have a receiver who had even 700 yards receiving last year. That should all change. Cooper, who had an SEC record 124 catches for 1,727 yards last year, will be Carr's top target. He will be Oakland's No. 1 receiver and free-agent signing Michael Crabtree will be the No. 2 receiver. The Raiders chose Cooper over USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams and Cooper has not given Oakland any reason to regret that draft decision. Coaches are raving about how polished and how NFL-ready Cooper is. He has a full route-running tree, he rarely makes mistakes and he has a natural feel for the offense. The Raiders finally appear to have an impact receiver in Cooper.

Why Mario Edwards could start:

The Oakland Raiders' badly needed to find a defensive end in the draft. Along with wide receiver, it was the team's greatest need. Thus, Edwards -- taken No. 35 overall from Florida State -- was not drafted to sit. He will play. Unless Edwards totally flops in training camp and in the preseason, I'd expect him to be in the base defense. Edwards is stout against the run and is very athletic. He does need to get better as a pass-rusher. He had just eight career sacks at Florida State. The Raiders are desperate for a pass-rush burst. They had just 22 sacks last season, which was tied for the second fewest in the NFL. Expect Edwards to play in several different packages, including in the Leo package the Seattle Seahawks use. New Oakland defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. came from Seattle.

Why Clive Walford could start:

Like at wide receiver with Cooper, the Raiders are looking for dynamic play at tight end. Last year's starter, Mychal Rivera, was serviceable. He had 58 catches for a 9.2 yard per catch average, but he was inconsistent and far from explosive. The Raiders looked at Cincinnati's Jermaine Gresham in free agency but a herniated disc injury scuttled those talks. So they focused on Walford early in the draft process and took the Miami product in the third round. Walford has been a standout in the offseason program. He has been smooth and has shown an ability to stretch the field. There is hope inside the Raiders' building that Walford can become an instant impact player and become the second best option for Carr behind Cooper early in his career. While Rivera will have a role, it will likely be as Walford's backup. If Walford is not already starting in Week 1, it shouldn't be too much longer after that.

2015 NFL schedule: 49ers travel most miles, Eagles the fewest

If the San Francisco 49ers end the 2015 NFL season playing in Super Bowl 50, they won't have to fly to get there, which actually seems fair, because the 49ers are going to fly farther than anyone during the regular season.

For the upcoming season, the 49ers are slated to travel an estimated 27,998 miles. To put that in perspective, that's 5,116 miles more than the Eagles, Redskins and Colts will travel combined.

The fact that the 49ers are traveling a lot isn't that shocking because West Coast teams generally rack up more frequent flyer miles than other teams.

What is shocking though is that the 49ers are traveling 1,546 miles more than the Dolphins, a team that's flying nine times in 2015 thanks to a Week 4 "home" game in London.

So is playing on the West Coast worse than playing in London? It is this year, at least from a travel prospective.

Of the six teams playing in London in 2015, only the Dolphins cracked the top-6 in travel miles. The other five slots belong to teams in either the AFC West or NFC West.

Now you're probably wondering, "If my favorite team's traveling a lot, does that mean they're going to lose?"

The answer is yes if you're a Raiders fan.

Since 2009, the Raiders have been on an almost impossible 0-16 losing streak in the Eastern Time Zone. Oakland's last win in Eastern Time came on Dec. 6, 2009, when the Raiders beat the Steelers in Pittsburgh 27-24.

The good news for the Raiders is that they'll have three chances to end the streak this year, but that's also kind of the bad news because it means the Raiders have to play three games in a time zone where they're 0-16.

Back to the question at hand though: If my team travels a lot, will they lose?

The five teams that traveled the farthest in 2014 -- the Raiders, Seahawks, Cowboys, Dolphins and Jaguars -- combined to finish with a 17-23 road record and that includes the Cowboys 8-0 record.

The five teams that traveled the fewest miles last season -- the Panthers, Bengals, Titans, Browns and Steelers -- combined to finish with an almost identical 17-22-1 record on the road.

Traveling a lot may not have a huge bearing on wins or losses, but traveling far seems to have some effect -- as the Raiders have proven.

In the 15-season period from 1997-2011, teams that traveled 2,000 miles or more for a road trip won only 39.8 percent of their games, according to That's slightly worse than the 43 percent of games won by teams that went on road trips that were 1,000 miles or less.

In 2014, teams that traveled over 2,000 miles won exactly 40 percent of their games, with NFL teams combining to go 8-12. London games don't count in that total, since both teams had to travel over 2,000 miles and therefore were basically on equal footing.

If you need an example of what can happen when a team travels a long way, just consider the Steelers. In both 2012 and 2013, Pittsburgh inexplicably lost on the road to the Raiders.

Anyway, back to our most traveled team.

If the 49ers are going to earn a berth to Levi's Stadium for that trip to Super Bowl 50, they're going to have to overcome an NFL-high four games where they travel over 2,000 miles.

Here's a look at each team's travel miles for the upcoming season.

2015 NFL Travel Miles (Road games where team travels over 2,000 miles)

1. 49ers: 27,998 (4)
2. Dolphins: 26,452 (2 -- including London) (17,568 miles for 8 road games)
3. Raiders: 26,336 (3)
4. Seahawks: 25,086 (1)
5. Chargers: 24,274 (2)
6. Cardinals: 23,652 (1)
7. Chiefs: 21,640 (1 -- including London) (12,920 miles for 8 road games)
8. Ravens: 20,550 (3)
9. Lions: 20,272 (1-- Includes away game in London)
10. Jets: 19,866 (2 -- Includes away game in London)
11. Jaguars: 19,101 (1 -- including London) (10,537 miles for 8 road games)
12. Cowboys: 17,148 (0)
13. Bengals: 16,062 (2)
14. Broncos: 15,912 (0)
15. Patriots: 15,308 (0)
16. Packers: 15,108 (0)
17. Bills: 14,912 (1 -- Includes away game in London)
18. Rams: 14,738 (0)
19. Vikings: 14,394 (0)
20. Texans: 14,318 (0)
21. Steelers: 13,226 (2)
22. Browns: 12,564 (2)
23. Giants: 12,448 (0)
24. Saints: 11,942 (0)
25. Bears: 11,830 (0)
26. Panthers: 11,660 (1)
27. Buccaneers: 11,288 (0)
28. Falcons: 10,334 (1)
29. Titans: 9,312 (0)
30. Colts: 8,914 (0)
31. Redskins: 7,150 (0)
32. Eagles: 6,818 (0)

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