January 14th, 2015
Posted in Features
, Roster Moves
According the BleacherReport, Jack DelRio has already accepted the head coaching position with the Oakland Raiders. Although unconfirmed, all signs are leaning toward it being announced shortly before the end of the day. DelRio joins the Raiders after spending 2 brief years as the Denver Broncos defensive coordinator. In a weird twist, the Hayward, CA native, was hired by Denver after Dennis Allen left the team following the 2011 season to become the Raiders’ head coach. Del Rio, when hired in Oakland, DelRio will be replacing Allen, who was fired earlier this season.
Del Rio brings more head coaching experience to the position than anyone since Norv Turner, having amassed a near-.500 record (68-71) and leading the Jacksonville Jaguars to a pair of playoff appearances during his nine seasons as their coach. Since leaving Jacksonville in 2011, Del Rio has served as defensive coordinator under recently fired Broncos head coach John Fox. The Broncos, of course, owned a .792 winning percentage over the previous three seasons, owning the league’s fourth-best defense in terms of points allowed during Del Rio’s first season as DC. Since then, though, Denver has ranked 22nd and 16th in scoring defense the past two seasons despite five Pro Bowl selections on that side of the ball this year. He also served as interim head coach of the Broncos when Fox required open-heart surgery and missed several months during the 2013 season.
Del Rio, who initially met with Mark Davis on Jan. 4, grew up in the area, and his family is longtime Raiders season-ticket holders.
December 14th, 2014
Posted in Features
, Game Stories
Outside of about 5 minutes in the third quarter the Raiders and Chiefs played a very close game. The obvious question is what happened in those 5 minutes (I’m glad you asked)? Aided by a Derek Carr fumble the Chiefs scored 3 touch downs. The first a 3 yard run by Knile Davis, followed by a 20 yard reception by Travis Kelce, and topped off by a 70 yard reception by Knile Davis. Those 3 drives were the difference in the game and turned what otherwise was a close contest into another Raiders blowout (final score Raiders 13 – Chiefs 31). This is the 4th game this season the Raiders have been beaten by at least 20 points. The Raiders fall to a season record of 2-12.
The Raiders leading rusher was Latavius Murray with 12 carries for 59 yards (Murray has averaged 6.5 yards per carry in this his rookie year). The Chiefs leading rusher was Jamal Charles who also received 12 carries, but earned slightly less with 53 yards on the day. Receiving leaders were Andre Holmes (Raiders) with 5 receptions for 70 yards and Knile Davis (Chiefs) also accumulating 70 yards receiving, but his being accomplished via a single
pass culminating in a touch down. The stats that most accurately reflect the outcome of the game would be the QB stats (below):
The Raiders have the Bills and Broncos remaining on their schedule, but more importantly at this point is looking ahead to the 2015 draft. The Raiders need to address their pass rushing, defensive secondary, and receiving core. Of equal importance is rebuilding team morale and bringing back a winning attitude to the organization.
December 14th, 2014
Posted in Injuries
Raiders: QB Matt McGloin, WR Denarius Moore, LB Sio Moore, OL Tony Bergstrom, OL Menelik Watson, TE Brian Leonhardt, DT Stacy McGee.
Chiefs: QB Aaron Murray, WR Donnie Avery, CB Phillip Gaines, C Eric Kush, OL Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, TE Richard Gordon, DE Allen Bailey.
December 12th, 2014
Posted in Game Previews
Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan preview the NFL Week 15 matchup between the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs.
December 10th, 2014
Posted in News
OAKLAND RAIDERS (2-11) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (7-6)
||4 of past 6
|COACHES VS. OPP.
||W 24-13 vs. 49ers
||L 17-14 at Cardinals
||11/20/14: Chiefs 20 at Raiders 24. Oakland RB Latavius Murray rushes for 112 yards on 4 carries (28.0 avg.) & 2 TDs, including 90-yarder. Raiders WR James Jones catches GW-TD.
|LAST GAME AT SITE
||10/13/13: Chiefs 24, Raiders 7. Kansas City RB Jamaal Charles totals 128 scrimmage yards (78 rushing, 50 receiving) with 2 rushing TDs. Chiefs S Husain Abdullah has 44-yard INT-TD.
||CBS (12:00 PM CT): Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots. SIRIUS: 140 (Oak.), 117 (KC). XM: 232 (KC).
||Carr (R): 286-473-2676-17-11-78.3
- Smith: 254-389-2657-16-6-92.2
||Charles: 172-898-5.2-9 (T1L)
- Jones: 62-589-9.5-4
|Kelce (TE): 51-688-13.5-4
||4 tied: 3
||Houston: 16 (T1L)
||4 tied: 1
||Janikowski: 62 (23/23 PAT; 13/15 FG)
||Santos (R): 81 (33/33 PAT; 16/18 FG)
RAIDERS: QB DEREK CARR (Round 2, No. 36 overall) leads NFL rookies in passing yards (2,676) & TDs (17), both club rookie records. Posted 254 pass yards with 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for career-high 140.2 passer rating last week…RB LATAVIUS MURRAY led team with 76 rush yards last week & has 188 in past 2. In past 4 vs. KC, RB DARREN
MC FADDEN has 403 scrimmage yards (305 rush, 98 rec.), incl. 2 100-yard rushing games…WR JAMES JONES leads team in catches (62) & rec. yards (589). TE MYCHAL RIVERA led team with career-high 109 rec. yards on 7 catches (tied for career-best) with TD last week vs. 49ers. Needs TD catch to eclipse career-high 4 in 2013…Rookie LB KHALIL MACK (No. 5 overall) had career-high 2 sacks last week & has 3 sacks in past 4. DT ANTONIO SMITH has 3 sacks in past 4, incl. 2 vs SF. S CHARLES WOODSON had 59th career INT last week, surpassing HOFer EMMITT THOMAS (58) for No. 11 all-time. DE BENSON MAYOWA posted 1st career sack last week…CHIEFS: In past 11, QB ALEX SMITH has 2,200 pass yards & 15 TDs vs. 3 INTs with 99.3 rating, incl. 4 games with 100+ rating. Smith’s teams are 21-1-1 (.934) when he starts & has 100+ rating. Passed for 293 yards last week & reached 20,000 career (20,250)…In past 3 meetings, RB JAMAAL CHARLES has 465 scrimmage yards (178 rush, 287 rec.) & 8 total TDs (3 rush, 5 rec.). Has 14 TDs in past 10 overall (9 rush, 5 rec.). Averages 5.5 yards/att. for career, highest of any NFL RB in history (min. 750 att.)…WR DWAYNE BOWE has 6,999 career rec. yards & needs 1 to join TONY GONZALEZ (10,940) & OTIS TAYLOR (7,306) as only Chiefs to reach 7,000 career. TE TRAVIS KELCE led team with career-high 110 rec. yards on 7 catches last week. Ranks 3rd among AFC TEs with 688 rec. yards & needs 12 to join Gonzalez & WALTER WHITE as only Chiefs TEs with 700-yard receiving season…LB JUSTIN HOUSTON has 14 sacks & 3 FF in past 11. Tied for NFL lead in sacks (16) & joins HOFer DERRICK THOMAS, JARED ALLEN & NEIL SMITH as only KC players with 15+ sacks in season.
December 8th, 2014
Posted in Features
Been to a football game lately? Been to a Raiders game lately? Felt more like going to Burning Man. I arrived at the game early (about 12:45) and I’m waiting for my date. As I stand at the north gate waiting, I see a river of almost entirely wasted Raider fans (and a lot of 49ers fans) flow by. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything like it. Most everyone is drinking a beer and carrying several more and chanting ‘RAIDERS… RAIDERS’ (seemed like 49ers fans were blowing horns). Not to mention an accompanying cloud of pot. The Raiders average attendance is close to 30,000 fans weekly and although I didn’t see all of them enter the coliseum today, I might have seen half of them. And of those 15,000, many of them appeared wasted.
My date finally shows up about 1:30 (blames the traffic). We enter the security line and laugh at all the odd behavior of the other (wasted) people entering the game. The Raiders stadium has recently introduced new security precautions to help prevent fan based violence. No backpacks, no drinks, and no outside food allowed. In fact only specific-sized clear-plastic bags are allowed. Ok, I’m not sure how much this is really going to help, but simply bringing attention to an issue is always a good thing. We’re standing in the security line and the sky is overcast. It looks like it might rain soon. Luckily, I’ve brought a mini sized umbrella to protect us just in case. I go through the screening machine and put my personals in a plastic bucket. The security guard stops me and says the umbrella is not allowed. After watching some 15 thousand mentally altered people pass security and enter the stadium… I almost lost my mind. The world has lost its common sense. An umbrella is the problem?
You want to deter violence at football games? Do a mandatory breath-a-lyzer at the security gate. Don’t let wasted/inebriated people enter the game (brilliant!). If some one blows a blood alcohol percent higher than the legal limit(or are obviously under the influence of some other drug) and if they drove themselves to the game, then take them to a holding area until they’re able to legally leave. If they cause trouble in regards to this inconvenience, then they should be arrested on the spot. Last I checked it’s illegal to be publicly intoxicated right?
Am I missing something here? The rest of the game was amazing. The stadium rocked as the Raiders wrecked the 49ers’ season. Raiders’ fans and their families deserve better. People in general deserve better, let’s stop encouraging this over-the-top fan behavior.
PS Raiders and O.CO, you owe me an umbrella.