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Raiders Introduce Mike Mayock as the Teams’ New General Manager

The Raiders moved quickly on Monday to change the culture of their franchise, as they announced the hiring of new GM Mike Mayock.

Mayock comes to Oakland from the NFL Network, where he was a longtime draft analyst. He also interviewed “10 or 12 years ago” with late Raiders owner Al Davis.

“I flew out here clandestinely to meet Mr. Al Davis and he took me into this building, and he hid me for eight hours and he grilled me on everything, as you know, and I came out of the building that day with my head spinning,” Mayock said. “Nobody ever knew for a couple of years that he and I had talked about a potential job with the Oakland Raiders that long ago. So, I think the harmonic convergence of what’s happened today is kind of cool.

“I’m jacked. I’m juiced. I’m ready to go and there’s nobody I’d rather go to war with than [coach] Jon Gruden and [owner] Mark Davis.”

Mayock replaces Reggie McKenzie, who was fired after almost seven years back on December 10th.

Raiders at Chiefs NFL Week 17 Capsule

OAKLAND (4-11) at KANSAS CITY (11-4)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS

OPENING LINE — Chiefs by 14

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Raiders 6-9; Chiefs 8-6-1

SERIES RECORD — Chiefs lead 64-53-2

LAST MEETING — Chiefs beat Raiders 40-33, Dec. 2

LAST WEEK — Raiders beat Broncos 27-14; Chiefs lost to Seahawks 38-31

AP PRO32 RANKING — Raiders No. 31; Chiefs No. 4

RAIDERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (22), RUSH (26), PASS (16)

RAIDERS DEFENSE — OVERALL (25), RUSH (30), PASS (14)

CHIEFS OFFENSE — OVERALL (1), RUSH (16), PASS (3)

CHIEFS DEFENSE — OVERALL (31), RUSH (28), PASS (31)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Chiefs can clinch AFC West and No. 1 seed in playoffs with win. … Kansas City has won seven of last eight against Raiders. … Oakland WR Dwayne Harris returned punt 99 yards for touchdown last week against Broncos, ending team’s 10-year streak without punt return TD. … Oakland has not allowed opposing QB to throw for 300 yards in nine straight weeks. … Raiders QB Derek Carr has NFL-best streak of 325 passes without interception. … Raiders RB Doug Martin ran for 107 yards against Denver, his first 100-yard game since Week 11 of 2015. … TE Jared Cook has 868 yards receiving this season, fifth most in Raiders history. … Chiefs are 6-1 at home this season. … Kansas City has won 20 of last 22 against AFC West. … Chiefs are 13-4 in December over past four seasons. … Chiefs have scored franchise-record 530 points this season. … QB Patrick Mahomes leads NFL with 48 TD passes. He is second with 4,816 yards passing. … Travis Kelce has five 100-yard receiving games. He leads league among TEs with 1,274 yards receiving. … Chiefs are tied for second in NFL with 49 sacks. DE Chris Jones has sack in NFL-record 11 consecutive games. He has 15 1/2 this season. … Chiefs LB Dee Ford has 12 sacks and six forced fumbles. … Andy Reid needs one win to pass ex-Chiefs coach Marty Schottenheimer (205) for seventh-most wins in NFL history. … Fantasy tip: Martin and Raiders RB Jalen Richard are both solid plays against porous Kansas City defense, which is equally inept defending run and pass. So is Carr, even though he threw for just 167 yards last week against Denver.

Raiders Chatting with the San Francisco Giants About 2019 Home Games at AT&T Park

The Raiders might be bailing on the city of Oakland quicker than anyone would have expected, as reports say the team and owner Mark Davis are chatting with the city of San Francisco about games in San Fran in 2019.

The report says that Oakland is talking with the city about playing home games at the home of the San Francisco Giants, AT&T Park.

“There has been initial interest expressed in exploring the opportunity of the Raiders playing at AT&T Park … many details would need to be figured out,” the MLB team said in a statement.

“The Giants want to do what’s best for Bay Area fans and would be open to the concept just as we hosted Cal Football in 2011 when Memorial Stadium in Berkeley was being renovate.”

The city of Oakland is already suing the Raiders franchise, so it’s not a shock that Davis would love to get his team out of the city as soon as he can.

The teams’ new stadium in Las Vegas, where the team will be moving to full-time, will not be ready until 2020.

Jets Front Office Man Brian Heimerdinger a Name to Watch as Possible New Raiders GM

The Raiders have already made one major move this week, as they canned general manager Reggie McKenzie one day after the team scored a huge home upset over the Steelers.

They are now on the search for a new voice, and one name that you will want to watch out for is Jets director of player personnel Brian Heimerdinger, this according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports.

Robinson says that it’s not clear if the Raiders job will have any sort of allure around the NFL, especially given that most executives will see the gig as nothing short of being Jon Gruden‘s “puppet master.”

Heimerdinger, for his part, is currently in his third season with New York after previously spending time with the Rams and Texans.

City of Oakland Files Lawsuit Against the Raiders and NFL

What had been threatened since the first week of the season became reality Tuesday when the City of Oakland announced it has filed a federal lawsuit against the Raiders and the NFL, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN reports.

The suit, which was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, puts into question where the Raiders will play in 2019, the season before their planned move to Las Vegas. The Raiders do not have a lease for a home next year and team owner Mark Davis has said he will not play in Oakland if a lawsuit were ever filed — though Davis has recently softened that stance.

In a news release announcing the suit, which also referred to the NFL as a “cartel,” Oakland City Attorney Barbara J. Parker “recommended and the Oakland City Council authorized filing the lawsuit to recover damages resulting from the Raiders’ illegal move to Las Vegas, including lost revenue, money that Oakland taxpayers invested in the Raiders and other costs.”

The release stated that by approving the team’s move to Las Vegas, the league was “boycotting Oakland in the marketplace for hosting a football club” and, thus, “violated federal antitrust laws while the Raiders’ move also violated the NFL’s own policies for team relocation.”

And while federal antitrust laws provide treble damages plus attorneys’ fees, the release stated, Oakland seeks a resolution for the maximum amount of damages available but will not ask the court to prevent the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas or keep the team in Oakland.

“The Raiders’ illegal move lines the pockets of NFL owners and sticks Oakland, its residents, taxpayers and dedicated fans with the bill,” Parker said in the release. “The purpose of this lawsuit is to hold the defendants accountable and help to compensate Oakland for the damages the defendants’ unlawful actions have caused and will cause to the people of Oakland.”

The civil complaint is a 49-page document and presents seven different claims against the NFL. It was filed with assistance from the law firms of Berg & Androphy and Pearson, Simon & Warshaw, LLP, which are working on a contingency basis and will not be paid unless the case is won.

Davis, meanwhile, was en route to Dallas for this week’s NFL owners meetings and unavailable for comment.

Week 14 Inactives for the Raiders Matchup with the Steelers

Here are today’s inactives for the Steelers and Raiders week 14 matchup in Oakland.

Steelers

No. 2 QB Mason Rudolph
No. 27 S Marcus Allen
No. 30 RB James Conner
No. 72 OT Zach Banner
No. 77 OT Marcus Gilbert
No. 92 LB Olasunkanmi Adeniyi
No. 96 DE L.T. Walton

Raiders

RB C.J. Anderson
WR Keon Hatcher
DT Maurice Hurst
CB Montrel Meander
T Justin Murray
G/T Kelechi Osemele
LB Kyle Wilber

Raiders QB Derek Carr and Coach Jon Gruden Get Into it on the Sidelines

The Raiders and Cardinals are in the midst of a Sunday battle in Arizona, and Oakland QB Derek Carr and coach Jon Gruden are not exactly seeing eye to eye (nothing new).

Camera’s caught highlights of the two having a ‘heated’ debate on the sidelines during the affair, as Gruden didn’t look too happy with his quarterback.

Carr called two time outs in a row, which was a penalty.

A report from the Raiders’ local radio broadcast said tight end Lee Smith grabbed Gruden by the back of the neck in an effort to calm him down as he yelled at Carr.

Carr has mostly played it safe today, going into halftime having completed 6-of-11 passes for 56 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Perhaps Gruden would like to see Carr do more, but the Raiders and Cardinals are tied 14-14, which means the Raiders have played better in the first half today than they have in most games this season.

Here’s video of the issues between Carr and Gruden:

Raiders WR Jordy Nelson Out for Sunday’s Affair Against Arizona

The Raiders will be without one of their top targets on Sunday when they take on the Arizona Cardinals, as the team won’t have the services of wide out Jordy Nelson.

Nelson this season has 25 catches for 353 yards and three touchdowns.