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Forum Support / What happened to the "View Unread Posts" button?
« on: March 27, 2018, 09:21:06 AM »
There used to be a button / link to view topics with unread (by me) posts.  Was it moved, or have I somehow F'd around in Settings and hidden it?  Any help is appreciated...

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Raider Gridiron / 49er Malcolm Smith out for season
« on: August 07, 2017, 12:50:15 AM »
"Niners linebacker Malcolm Smith is out for the season with a torn pectoral, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday, per sources informed of Smith's situation. The 49ers later confirmed the injury.

Smith joined the 49ers from Oakland this offseason on a hefty five-year, $26.5 million deal with $13 million in guaranteed money. The former Super Bowl MVP will now sit out the first year of that contract.

The absence of Smith in a crowded San Francisco linebacking room opens the door -- if it wasn't already broken down -- for rookie LB Reuben Foster, who has been showing out in the early goings of training camp. Expect Foster to start the season in Smith's stead next to NaVorro Bowman and Ahmad Brooks."

Good thing we moved on from him...

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Raider Gridiron / Raiders to pay $378 million relocation fee
« on: July 13, 2017, 09:14:40 AM »
http://justblogbaby.com/2017/07/12/oakland-raiders-to-ay-378-million-relocation-fee/


The NFL announced the official relocation fee for the three teams that have recently moved cities, and the Oakland Raiders are on the hook for $378 million.

The Oakland Raiders will have to pay a total relocation fee of $378 million, which they can pay out over a 10-year span. They also do not have to start making the payments until they officially move to Las Vegas, which is estimated to be after the next three seasons. However, per CSN Bay Area, Raiders President Marc Badain says it might not be until the 2021 season.

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Raiders President Marc Badain on Thursday said the lease agreement is on the agenda of the NFL league owners’ meetings scheduled to begin later this month. If one is not presented, there is a “distinct possibility” that team’s move to Sin City could be pushed until the 2021 season, Badain said.

If the Raiders had opted to pay for the fee all upfront, like Rams owner Stan Kroenke likely will, they would have received a $28 million total discount — so $350 million.

The Rams and the Chargers, who are relocating from St. Louis and San Diego to Los Angeles/Inglewood, the relocation fee for each of them is a staggering $645 million — $267 million more than the Raiders are having to pay. A big break for Mark Davis.

As far as how the NFL came up with the amounts for the relocation fees, a report from ESPN’s Darren Rovell noted that the NFL based the fees off of each team’s projected increase in value. So even though the Raiders checked in at no. 34 on the world’s most valuable sports teams, the increase in franchise value by moving to Vegas instead of L.A. like the other two teams is projected to be significantly less. And it doesn’t take an economics expert to figure out why that’s the case.

The 29 other teams in the NFL that are not moving will each receive $55.2 million over a span of 11 years. Not a bad haul for each team, considering all they had to do was cast a yes or a no vote.

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Raider Gridiron / LB Neiron Ball waived
« on: July 07, 2017, 09:09:43 PM »
http://justblogbaby.com/2017/07/07/oakland-raiders-waive-lb-neiron-ball/

The Oakland Raiders waived linebacker Neiron Ball using a non-football injury clause.

The Neiron Ball era is officially over, as the Oakland Raiders announced today that they waived the linebacker via a non-football injury clause.

Ball was a fifth-round selection (161st overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft out of the University of Florida. He checked in at 6’3? 235 pounds with a 4.65 second 40-yard dash at Florida’s Pro Day. With the team’s linebacker core in rough shape, many in Raider Nation were hoping he would be a long-term solution.

Unfortunately, Ball’s time on the field was limited to only six games, starting just two of them. All of his appearances came in 2015. Per Pro Football Reference, he recorded 4 tackles and 1 sack, with 1 fumble recovery.

Despite the low numbers, that didn’t stop fans from being optimistic — perhaps overly optimistic — about his potential. With Curtis Lofton being historically bad in coverage, Ball filled in admirably and actually showed competence in coverage in his short time on the field. He was placed on injured reserve on December 12th of 2015.

Following the offseason, the optimism among Raider Nation once again surfaced. But that would be short lived, as the team placed Ball on the injured reserve on September 3. The last game he appeared in was on October 25, 2015.

It’s a sad ending to a sad story for Ball, who had been through a great deal to get to the NFL. He was an easy player to cheer for, and fans everywhere will be pulling for him to land on his feet.

The Raiders also announced two other moves, waiving linebacker Andy Mulumba and long-snapper Anthony Kukwa.




Removing the three players from the roster brings the team down to 87 players. Hopefully Perry Riley makes it 88 at some point, but his status remains up in the air. With training camp just three weeks away, look for the Raiders to scour the free agent market and any players released by other teams to get back up to 90 players.

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Raider Gridiron / How Pagano plans the Raiders D
« on: June 19, 2017, 10:18:49 PM »
"Remember the 1983 L.A. Raiders defensive front-7?
Well, it looks like the Oakland Raiders are going back to that style of defense here in 2017. It’s still Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin on the edges but the team is changing things up the middle in 2017. Back in 1983, the Raiders had Reggie Kinlaw, a quick, penetrating, disruptive player at NT.
He would often shade the opposing C, attack that side and get right into the backfield. But somewhere along the evolution of football, they stopped using that type of player at the NT position. They started double-teaming NTs so they started using bigger guys that are harder to move at NT.
NTs used to get sacks and tackles for losses up until the time they became hole-pluggers. But like clothing and hairstyles, everything always comes back and DC John Pagano is bringing back the ’80s. Instead of using the 330-plus-pound NT, he uses 300-pound guys that are quicker off the ball.
In other words, his 3-4 defense uses all three down lineman as penetrators like 4-3 3-techniques. The NFL is a passing league now so your defense has to have that interior push on the QB. So Pagano put together his defensive system to be able to put heat on QBs on any given down.
That’s actually legendary owner Al Davis’ style to play the run on the way to the opposing QB. And Pagano’s defense pressured the QB and was a top-10 run defense the last three years in San Diego. Pagano had Brandon Mebane, a penetrator, playing NT for the Chargers and it worked out well.
The Raiders like the speed, quickness and pass rush ability of 2017 7th-round pick Treyvon Hester. So in the team’s minicamp, he moved ahead of space-eater Justin Ellis as the No. 1 NT. Since Pagano has changed the role of the NT in the Raiders’ defense, he has to change the role of the ILB.
That’s why the Raiders didn’t draft one of the smaller, ultra athletic ILBs or re-sign Perry Riley Jr. They need a big MIKE backer that can take on and shed blocks the way Matt Millen did in the ’80s. You can’t ask your D-line to simply penetrate if your ILBs can’t take on and shed blocks.
So they went with more of an old-school ILB in Marquel Lee in the fifth round. Many don’t see that as addressing the ILB position but he fits the role the Raiders want him to play. Head coach Jack Del Rio has been saying, “I don’t know if we’ve addressed ILB properly.
But I believe it’s more of a message for Lee to prove that he’s the guy the Raiders think he is. Put them with the edge rushers and the much improved secondary and the defense is ready to role. Look for the Raiders to be much better on defense, making them a complete team and a contender!
Just win, baby!"

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Raider Gridiron / Memorial Day
« on: May 29, 2017, 06:07:04 PM »
May we all remember it's meaning!  

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Raider Gridiron / Aldon Smith will NOT be reinstated this season
« on: December 30, 2016, 02:05:07 PM »
Just heard it on iHeartRadio feed.  F you Goodell!

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Raider Gridiron / RAIDERS @ DONKEYS
« on: December 13, 2015, 11:51:29 AM »
Let's roll into Mile High stadium and have the mindset of "No Mercy" - no matter what happens!  110% effort every snap!  And on D?  Try to give Osweiler a proper welcome as an NFL starter - Make him pick his lanky ass off the turf on every snap! 

GO RAIDERS!!!

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