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Raider Gridiron / V
« on: January 26, 2019, 02:40:16 AM »
In case you don't have your PM notification on........


University of Texas defensive end Charles Omenihu spent his Senior Bowl week working with Jon Gruden and the Raiders coaching staff.

His primary goal was to replicate what he had put on tape as the Big XII defensive lineman of the year.

There wasn’t any extra incentive to perform well specifically for the Raiders, who desperately need pass rushers. Omenihu didn’t know just how deficient the Silver and Black are at his position, and was shocked to hear the Raiders had just 13 sacks last year.

“Really? Wow,” Omenihu said in an interview with NBC Sports Bay Area. “I had 9.5 myself.”

Rookie defensive tackle Maurice Hurst led the team with four from the inside. There was little to no pressure off the edge, even before Bruce Irvin got released.

Edge rusher is obviously the team’s largest and most pressing need this offseason. It’s likely the Raiders acquire more than one edge rusher, likely two and possibly three, through free agency and the draft. They are keeping a close eye on that position during the pre-draft process.

"Are we focused in on defensive ends at [the Senior Bowl]? Of course,” Raiders general manager Mike Mayock said. “We’d be dumb if we weren’t. But we need pretty much everything on defense. We’re looking at every position."

The Raiders own the No. 4 overall NFL draft pick and have four selections in the top 35, meaning they could take more than one pass rusher high.

Will that be Omenihu, one of six defensive ends featured on the North squad? He stood out during the week, and expects his name to be called early in the NFL draft.

“I’d like to be drafted as high as possible,” the former Longhorn said. “I wanted to show that, if you draft me, you won’t regret it.”

Should the Raiders select an edge rusher from the Senior Bowl ranks, they’ll do so with a high level of confidence. They spent three practice days and countless meetings working with the North squad, which features Omenihu, Boston College’s Zach Allen and Oregon’s Jalen Jelks.

Jelks and Omenihu had strong showings, though Allen was a smidge more inconsistent than the other two as a pass rusher according to sources at the Senior Bowl. Allen was moved around quite a bit, and fared well at times versus the run. Charleston’s John Cominsky also jumped on the radar from a small school. TCU's L.J. Collier may have been the most consistent of the bunch, CBS Sports mentioned, and moved around quite a bit.

The Senior Bowl’s best edge rushers might be on the 49er-run South squad. Mississippi State’s Montez Sweat was the best edge rusher in Mobile during the practice week. Louisiana Tech’s Jaylon Ferguson had some moments, though there were some mixed opinions about him talking to scouts and coaches who watched practice. Old Dominion’s Oshane Ximines also caught some eyes working with the 49ers staff.

The Raiders had prolonged meetings with the South team on Friday, allowing them to leave with solid background and insight from everyone who plays here at the Senior Bowl.

“We have some guys who we’re watching, guys who we’re moving around on the line,” Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther said. “The other team has some really exciting guys who could go in the top half of the draft.”

The Raiders are keeping a close eye on all of those players, though only a few would be considerations with their Nos. 24 and 27 overall picks. The No. 4 slot will most assuredly go to a talent who didn’t play in the Senior Bowl this week, but there solid players here who could help the Raiders in terms of depth and productivity off the edge.

Their 13 sacks in 2018 were 17 fewer than the NFL’s second-worst team. They need more, and will likely need an immediate impact from one or more of the edge rushers imported this offseason.

Omenihu wants to leave the entire league with a good impression after the Senior Bowl, heading into the NFL scouting combine and pro days.

“I want my performance here to echo what I’ve put on tape,” he said. “I believe I have tape showing me screaming off the edge.”

Raider Gridiron / Mark Davis On Tom Flores Wait For The Hall Call.
« on: January 25, 2019, 03:16:59 PM »
“Tom was involved in five Super Bowls and won four,’’ Davis said. “As backup quarterback with Kansas City (in 1969), with the Oakland Raiders as an assistant coach and twice as head coach. He helped develop the vertical (passing) game with the Raiders. His whole resume is what I’d look at. It’s overdue.’’

The Black Hole / BRAVO SIR
« on: January 25, 2019, 01:49:45 AM »

Raider Gridiron / BRAVO SIR
« on: January 25, 2019, 01:47:55 AM »

« on: January 24, 2019, 03:20:18 PM »
John Madden Hall of Fame bronze bust will tell you stories

During his enshrinement speech at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006, iconic Oakland Raiders coach, NFL analyst, pitchman and video game namesake John Madden, remarked that all the bronze busts commemorating Hall members in Canton, Ohio, secretly talk to each other after dark.

Now, through a combination of conversational artificial intelligence, augmented reality, 3D animation and facial motion capture, fans attending the Super Bowl Experience in Atlanta next week, or who later visit the Hall in Canton, will be able to “converse” with an interactive version of Madden’s bronze bust.

You’ll launch an app and hold an iOS or Android phone or tablet in front of Madden’s actual bust, and ask your question – “Hey coach, what was it like after Super Bowl XI getting carried off the field?” or “What was it like to coach against Vince Lombardi?”

Madden’s familiar voice will pipe in, and his face will come to life on your device screen.

The interactive bust is the work of StatMuse, a 5-year-old San Francisco conversational AI startup backed by Disney. The company handles some of the sports stats questions you might ask Alexa or the Google Assistant on a smart speaker.

For the Madden project, StatMuse grabbed about two hours of audio content from the former coach in his studio and simultaneously captured facial motion data.

The company also captured high-resolution 3D scans of Madden’s bronze bust so that 3D character artists could create a digital virtual replica. And yes, you'll have to be in front of the actual bust, at least for now, to engage with Madden.

“It’s largely a storytelling experience,” says StatMuse chief technology officer and co-founder Adam Elmore, who says he would like to create similar digitized experiences with other members of the Hall. Some of Madden’s responses go on for three to five minutes.

“All these technologies are coming into existence at the same time and kind of hitting that right moment of inflection,” Elmore says. “So now you can do things like this, where you’ve got a fully digital persona that can take on and preserve the legacy of someone in a pretty cool way.”

Raider Gridiron / Any Interest In Starting A Raider Forum............
« on: January 23, 2019, 12:39:51 AM »
Fantasy Nascar League.

Sign on. No cost. website.

If we can get 6......I'll fire it up.

Daytona is a month away.  :rockon :rockon :rockon :rockon

Don't sign up to not show up.

I already play in 4 leagues.

The Raiders have a new dynamic in the front office with general manager Mike Mayock joining coach Jon Gruden in the decision-making process. Mayock has said Gruden will have the final say on personnel, but Gruden explained the relationship in further detail from the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Here’s what Gruden had to say about Mayock from his initial press conference.

    One of the hardest working guys I’ve met in football. Passionate. Has a real desire I think to help us build our team back. I really it enjoy every day. The process has been very exciting, a lot of dialogue going on and the collaboration I think is off to a really good start.

    He’s going to call a lot of the shots, obviously. We’re going to work hand in hand together. We’re working very hard to see things clearly, and I’m sure there’s going to be some disagreements. But he’s going to have plenty of authority to make the calls that are necessary for the Raiders.

After the Raiders fired their previous general manager, Reggie McKenzie, there was speculation his replacement would be nothing more than a secretary for Gruden as the coach rebuilt the team in his image. Owner Mark Davis instead hired Mayock, a highly respected draft analyst for NFL Media.

Mayock and Gruden have known each other for over 20 years, which should accelerate the feeling out process between the two. Gruden signed a 10-year, $100 million contract to come back to the NFL, so expect him to ultimately call the shots. But Gruden apparently feels comfortable leaning on Mayock’s expertise.

Potentially, this could lead to Gruden undermining Mayock in the same way he did McKenzie. Gruden and McKenzie had known each other for years as well. But as long as Mayock helps to bring talent to the Raiders, the two should get along fine.

Raider Gridiron / Brian Callahan Headed To The Bengals.
« on: January 22, 2019, 03:27:06 PM »
JG confirmed Tuesday that Brian Callahan was hired by the Bengals as OC. It is also speculated that Bill Callahan may be hired in some capacity by the Bengals.

The Raiders host the Bengals at home for the 2019 season.

Raider Gridiron / Raiders hire Brentson Buckner as DL coach
« on: January 22, 2019, 03:02:46 PM »
The Raiders have made a change at defensive line coach.

Head coach Jon Gruden announced at a press conference, per multiple reporters, from the Senior Bowl that Brentson Buckner will take over that role for the 2019 season. Mike Trgovac held the job in Gruden’s first year back with the Raiders and the head coach said that he’ll remain on the staff in an advisory role.

Buckner spent last season as the defensive line coach with the Buccaneers, but was swept out along with the rest of Dirk Koetter’s staff when Bruce Arians took over as head coach. Buckner had coached with Arians in Arizona, but the Bucs opted to hire Kacy Rodgers after he’d worked with new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles with the Jets.

The Raiders are also expected to sign a new strength and conditioning coach in the coming days. They’ll also need a new quarterbacks coach with Brian Callahan headed to Cincinnati as the new Bengals offensive coordinator.

Raider Gridiron / Please, Don't Even Compare The two.
« on: January 20, 2019, 10:42:13 PM »
P.I.'s happen multiple times per game. Just like you can throw a flag for interior lineman holding every play.

What the Raiders went through however..........DOES FUCKING NOT.


Raider Gridiron / Carr believes Raiders are “a lot closer”
« on: January 20, 2019, 08:52:42 PM »

After winning just four games and trading away a few valuable pieces, the Oakland Raiders were not anywhere close to a playoff team in 2018.

On defense, the Raiders ranked dead last in the league giving up 29.2 points per game.

On the other side of the ball it wasn’t much better for Oakland as it ranked just 28th in the league scoring 18.1 points per game. With some quick math, the Raiders had an average point differential of 11.1 points per game. Absolutely abysmal.

Despite a poor season for the second straight year, Derek Carr is still optimistic about the team’s future.

“We need some guys who can come in and help us now,” Carr said in an interview with 940-AM in Fresno via NBC Sports. “We have some good building pieces. We have some foundational pieces. Obviously, we have a quarterback, so we don’t need one of those. That’s the good thing.

“We just need some players who can help us win now. We’re building this thing. We’ve been building this thing. We’ve built this thing a couple of times. It’s time to get people who can just come in and help us now. There are a lot of veterans on this team who signed contracts or signed extensions or free-agent deals to come play here because we want to win and we believe in this system and what we’re doing.”

The optimism is valid since Oakland does have the cap space and a plethora of draft picks to turn around the organization rather quickly. But that involves hitting on a high percentage of those draft picks and free agent signings to fill the many holes that exist on the roster.

If the Raiders do hit on a large percentage of their offseason decisions, they will be a lot closer to the playoffs than people think. However, that will be much easier said than done considering Jon Gruden’s track record selecting players in Tampa Bay.

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