Tag:Oakland Raiders
Posted on: March 1, 2012 5:31 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2012 5:36 pm

Franchise tags start flying

Get ready for a lot of franchise tags to get used.

"Why wouldn't you?" one NFC general manager said. "It's getting a good player for one year without much risk. It makes sense for teams that don't have cap issues. You keep your own."

We saw the beginning of it Thursday when the Eagles put the franchise tag on receiver DeSean Jackson as expected, and word got out that the Raiders have told safety Tyvon Branch that he will be tagged.

It makes sense. You can get a player for a one-year deal -- if he doesn't agree to a long-term deal -- without much risk.

In Jackson's case, it really makes sense. The Eagles had issues with him last year. He has to show those are behind before they give him a long-term deal.

I know tagging him is what I would have done.

Show me you can produce for a year without incident. There's no question he has star potential, but it's more than just ability.

As for Branch, he should have been on the Pro Bowl team last year. He had an impressive season at a weak position in the NFL. It makes sense for the Raiders to keep him.

These are just the first two to get tagged. Get ready for a lot more -- even some you wouldn't expect.

Posted on: January 10, 2012 2:53 pm

Raiders make another mistake

Firing Hue Jackson is a mistake by the Oakland Raiders.

Do we expect anything other than that?

Jackson had one year to show what kind of head coach he could be, and then he's gone? I know he might not be the handpicked choice of new general manager Reggie McKenzie, and I know he can be volatile and outspoken, but did he really get a fair shake?

The Raiders missed the playoffs at 8-8, but they had a ton of injuries decimate the speed on offense in the final six weeks. That showed up. It's why Carson Palmer never looked like the player the Raiders expected he would look like when they traded premium draft picks to land him.

Yes, the Raiders led the NFL in penalties, but when have they not?

Jackson deserved at least another year. I don't know he would have turned into John Madden or Tom Flores or any of the other successful Raiders coach. But he needed at least another year to show if could have done so.

To borrow from Raiders-speak: Just stupid, baby.

Category: NFL
Posted on: December 4, 2011 4:02 pm

Raiders don't show up in Miami

MIAMI -- They are in first place, but are the Oakland Raiders any good?

Who the heck knows? 

The Raiders sure didn't look like it Sunday in getting blown out by the Miami Dolphins at SunLife Stadium.

The Raiders couldn't stop the Dolphins. The Raiders couldn't move the football. The Raiders looked lifeless.

One week after beating the Chicago Bears, Oakland had a severe letdown and seemed to leave something out of their luggage on their long trip East: Their hearts.

Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer, who had seemed to get into a groove the past couple of weeks, looked terrible against the Dolphins, opening up the debate again as to whether trading for Palmer was worth it. He was picked for a touchdown in the third quarter by linebacker Kevin Burnett, adding the last stink bomb for a Raiders team that was putrid.

The first-place Oakland Raiders. Sure didn't seem like it Sunday.

Category: NFL
Posted on: October 18, 2011 12:35 pm
Edited on: October 18, 2011 12:55 pm

Palmer trade makes Raiders a playoff team

The Carson Palmer trade to the Oakland Raiders does two things:

It makes the Raiders a true playoff contender and it shows that Bengals owner Mike Brown isn't as stubborn -- or as foolish -- as some might think.

When Jason Campbell went down, it made sense for the Raiders to make a move for a player like Palmer. They have so much speed, so much young talent, that just getting through the season with the Kyle Bollers of the world made no sense.

Palmer is legitimate. Some will say he's never won a playoff game. Some will say his arm isn't the same as before he hurt his elbow. I don't buy it. I've always been in Palmer's corner as a player. I didn't like his move to sit out -- but I guess it worked.

Irony of ironies: He wanted out of Cincinnati, which some think is a disheveled organization, and he lands with the one that is even more uncertain. Owner Al Davis recently passed away, so the Raiders are a ship without a real captain.

Palmer will join a team loaded with speed at the receiver position. Darrius Heyward-Bey is starting to live up this his billing. Jacoby Ford can fly. Rookie Denarius Moore is a player. Oh, and they have Darren McFadden.

Hue Jackson, an underrated offensive coach, will make this team explosive with Palmer.

As for the Bengals, they get two first-round picks. If Palmer is as good as I think he will be for the Raiders, they will be late-first picks. But the Bengals have a rookie quarterback in Andy Dalton who is playing well, so Palmer was expendable and the price was too good to pass up.

Even a stubborn Brown couldn't pass that up.

The trade is a win-win all the way around.

PS: I really like my pick of the Raiders to make the playoffs now.

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 17, 2011 8:24 pm
Edited on: January 18, 2011 10:00 am

Raiders get right man

Hue Jackson is the right man to be coach of the Oakland Raiders.

Jackson, who has served as offensive coordinator for three NFL teams, has the right temperament for the job. He is easy-going, yet knows when to use the discipline. He also understands offensive football.

Jackson takes over as coach of a team loaded with speed. When I talked to a defensive coordinator this season about playing the Raiders, he raved about the offensive speed.

"They're like a track team," the coordinator said.

Jackson will get the most out of that speed. He is highly respected by his peers. The first thing he has to do is decide on a quarterback.

Is it Jason Campbell or someone else? If he can fix that, the Raiders could be explosive on offense with all that speed. You know that means something to Al Davis.

Players raved about Jackson's passion at times during practices. I think Jackson will help the Raiders cut down on the dumb errors they always seem to make. He decided to feature Darren McFadden on offense last season, and that seemed to work.

I was one of the idiots who picked the Raiders to make the playoffs. At times, we saw why. They have talent. If Jackson can get this team to be more disciplined -- which I think he can -- the Raiders will have success in 2011.



Category: NFL
Posted on: March 8, 2010 7:22 pm

Radiers admit mistakes -- again

Want more proof that free agency is overrated?

Two names: Javon Walker and Greg Ellis.

The Raiders released both players Monday, two free-agent signings that went rotten.

Walker spent two years with the Raiders and had 15 catches for the $21 million he made in two seasons.

I guess he didn't turn into Cliff Branch like Al Davis hoped.

Ellis had seven sacks in 14 games, but at 34 his knees were beginning to be a problem and aging pass rushers can be easily sent packing.

One thing about Davis: He won't hesitate to admit a mistake.


Category: NFL
Posted on: November 5, 2009 5:49 pm

Cable in trouble NOW?

Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable has lasted through an alleged fight with an assistant coach, some serious allegations about spousal abuse, but he could be in big trouble in the next couple of weeks.

The National Organization for Women has publicly stated that it wants Cable fired for his alleged acts of violence toward women.

"Tom Cable's history of violence against women raises a question:  why is he still the head coach of an NFL team?"  Terry O'Neill, the President of NOW, told USA Today.  "Mr. Cable admits having battered his first wife, and he stands accused of battering two other intimate partners as well.  As a survivor of domestic violence, I know that women do not make such accusations lightly.  Indeed, women have much more to lose than to gain by coming forward to tell their stories. The Oakland Raiders, properly, say they are undergoing a 'serious evaluation' of these recent allegations.  At the very least he should be suspended during this process. . . .  A man who has admitted battering his wife has no business being a role model for all of us who would like to be able to look up to the head coach of an NFL football team."

This is the kind of thing that could lead to Cable being let go. But you have to remember Al Davis doesn't get told what to do.

But, he does like money.

If this hits him in the wallet somehow, say goodbye to Tom Cable.


Category: NFL
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