Raiders Promote Todd Downing to Offensive Coordinator; Peetz to New QB Coach

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The Raiders have officially announced that quarterbacks coach Todd Downing has been promoted to offensive coordinator and Jake Peetz will be the new quarterback coach, the Associated Press reports.

News of the changes on the staff first emerged Tuesday and the Raiders announced the first changes to coach Jack Del Rio’s staff since he took over in 2015 on Saturday.

Oakland allowed the contracts of offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave and defensive backs coach Marcus Robertson to expire after the team’s first playoff berth in 14 years. Musgrave is now quarterbacks coach in Denver.

Downing closely with quarterback Derek Carr as his position coach the previous two years, helping him grow from an up-and-down rookie season to a stellar campaign in 2016 with 3,937 yards passing and 28 touchdowns before a broken leg in the second-to-last game of the regular season derailed Oakland.

Report: Raiders to File Relocation Papers to Move to Vegas

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The Raiders will file relocation papers to move from Oakland to Las Vegas, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

After a year of planning, debate, and bold action, after many years of a sub-par stadium option in Oakland, the Raiders have made a firm decision on their future.

The stunning move, one that should be made official in the coming days, is expected to add a new city to the NFL’s ever-changing landscape. The Raiders would need 24 votes from the league’s owners to formally make the move, a vote that will come this spring.

The city of Oakland has made no progress to keep the team, sources say. It has not come up with a stadium proposal that league or independent sources believe is credible. At this point, it is only a matter of time before they officially leave.

This decision comes on the heels of — but not directly related to — the Chargers’ swift move from San Diego to Los Angeles.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said “if the (Raiders) decide that they can’t make it work in Oakland and they decide that they want to file for relocation, then their window is from when they get eliminated from the playoffs to Feb. 15.” They will file before that window closes.

There are still questions, including whether or not the Raiders do the deal for the $1.9 billion Las Vegas Stadium project with the help of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson or not. That was the original plan — the Adelson family would contribute $650 million, the Raiders would contribute $500 million, and there would be $750 million in Clark County hotel room tax revenue. They have not yet come to terms.

Earlier in December, the Raiders presented a plan to NFL owners to finance the stadium with the help from Goldman Sachs advisors. Either option would work.

It’s Official – Raiders will file paperwork to relocate

I hope “Sin City” is ready for the Raider Nation, because according to NFL Media’s Ian  Rapoport’s 3:00am tweet this morning, the team  “WILL file relocation papers to move from Oakland to Las Vegas. Pending a vote of the owners, the NFL enters a new world.”   It has been known for a while that Raider’s owner Mark Davis has not been happy with the lack of progress in getting things moving forward in Oakland, and it seems now there is little left that can be done to keep the team in Oakland.  The Raiders will need 24 of 32 votes from the league’s owners to formerly make the move, a vote that will come in March.

The city of Oakland has made no progress to keep the team, sources say. It has not come up with a stadium proposal that league or independent sources believe is credible. The news come just days after the San Diego Chargers have officially made their move to Los Angeles.  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that “if the Raiders decide they can’t make it work in Oakland and they decide that they want to file for relocation, then their window is from when they get eliminated from the playoffs to Feb. 15.”   With last weeks lost to the Texans in the AFC Wild-Card games, their window to file is now open.

There are still questions, including whether or not Raider’s owner Mark Davis will do the deal for the $1.9 billion Las Vegas Stadium project with the help of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson or not. That was the original plan — the Adelson family would contribute $650 million, the Raiders would contribute $500 million, and there would be $750 million in Clark County hotel room tax revenue. Terms of this deal have yet to be finalized.

When the team officially files, the NFL and its owners will begin a process that will probably take several weeks. The owners just went through a similar process before the formerly St Louis Rams moved operations to Los Angeles.  This one will be familiar.  The official filing is to include a statement explaining the Raider’s decision, and possibly some words from the commissioner as well.  Then comes the committee meetings to analyze all sides of the move, likely to take between 4 to 6 weeks.  Finally a vote of all the teams owners will take place during the late-March league meeting in Arizona.

Stay tuned to WWW.RAIDERSGAB.COM for more updates on the Raiders move to Vegas!! – ML

Costly Win.. Now What ?!?

Derek CarrSaturday’s 33-25 victory over the Indianapolis Colts should have been a celebration of another Raiders victory in what has been the most exciting Oakland season in years.  Instead, the team and fans are left pondering the next step as the Raider’s star QB (and possible league MVP) Derek Carr suffered a broken fibula in the fourth quarter which will effectively end his season..  Carr was sacked by Colts outside linebacker Trent Cole early in the fourth quarter with the Raiders up comfortably 33-14. Carr’s ankle twisted as he went down and he immediately knew the seriousness.  Oakland Coach Jack DelRio said after the game that “As soon as I got out there, he (Carr) said, ‘I think it’s broke.”  Del Rio went on to add that “I think most athletes have a pretty good idea when something’s going on with their body.”  Reports say that Carr will have surgery Monday and is out indefinitely. Recovery time for a broken fibula can be anywhere from  6 to 8 weeks and the Super Bowl is six weeks away, but it would take an incredibly optimistic recovery and the Raiders to rally behind backup Matt McGloin.

Carr went on Twitter Saturday evening and thanks the fans and teammates for the support he received after the injury, saying, “Thank you to everyone that has been praying for me!  Things happen in life that we don’t always understand, BUT I do KNOW this. I serve a God that loves me and that is the ultimate healer! I am not worried one bit. I will bounce back and be on my feet within no time! Thank you for all of the love that you Raider Nation showed me in that stadium today. I will be back. This is a team sport! So everything WE want is still out there for us! See y’all soon! Good bless and Merry Christmas!”

So now the team and fans will have to rely on QB Matt McGloing, a 4 year pro out of Penn State.  The 12-3 Raiders still are in control of the AFC West, but a lot is riding on their game New Years Day in Denver against the Broncos.  The 11-4 KC Chiefs are right behind Oakland in the standings and have a chance to steal the AFC West Divisional Title from Oakland.  Should Oakland beat Denver, the AFC West crown is theirs and a first round bye.   Should Oakland lose and KC win, the title will go to the Chiefs based on the 2 Chief’s wins over the Raiders.. Either way, Oakland & KC are in the playoffs and could possibly meet again before the end of the season..

Just as important, Oakland need to quickly adjust to life without Carr, thier MVP candidate. The Raiders defense has improved greatly down the stretch and faces a stagnant Denver offense that has scored just two touchdowns in their last three and a half games.  Even the biggest Matt McGloin optimist knows that the Raiders will have to play complementary football at a higher level than it was with Carr. The defense will need to go from “improved” to “weaponized.” The running game will take a greater share of the load. WR Michael Crabtree needs to cut out those drive-killing drops. McGloin is not a “play it safe” type of backup. He will get his money’s worth with aggressive throws, like he did on two third-and-long conversions late against Indianapolis.  Being surrounded by the talent that the Raiders have on offense has could work.  First up though is the need to beat Denver on New Years Day.  Winning three road games with McGloin at quarterback as a wild card team probably isn’t going to happen. Staying at home for the Divisional Round and possibly beyond is a lot more promising.

So who the heck is Matt McGloin?  He was a starting quarterback for Penn State Nittany Lions team from 2010 to 2012. He is the first walk-on quarterback to start at Penn State since scholarships were reinstated in 1949. Prior to his college career, McGloin was a Pennsylvania all-state quarterback while attending West Scranton High School.  McGloin was not drafted in the 2013 NFL Draft, but signed with Oakland as an undrafted free agent in May of that year.  He made the team and began the 2013 season as the 3rd QB behind started Terrelle Pryor and back-up Matt Flynn.  After Flynn played horribly against the Washington Redskins in week 4, McGloin was promoted to be Pryor’s back-up.  He has been good enough for the Raiders to keep him, and now the teams fate rest in his hands for the last regular season game and through the playoffs.  Although he has only thrown 45 times in his NFL career, his confidence is apparent.   He told reporters after Saturday’s game against the Colts that, “I’m ready to go, I feel great, and it has been great working with Derek Carr the past few years and working together and seeing what he has done on the field trying to learn from that. I’m ready to go.” Matt went on to add “I always prepare as if I am a starter, and now I am going to continue and do the same thing,” McGloin said. “Keep my regimen the same, stay focused, stay ready and try to play to the best of my ability.”

Teammates who’ve watched McGloin in practice say he’s up to the task. Raider WR Amari Cooper told ESPN “He’s a great quarterback, I really like him. I’m excited to see what he’s going to do. I’m excited to see how he prepares. Just excited to go out there and be able to work whatever to help him come back and play in games.” Cooper went on the add that “the biggest thing about him that sticks out is just that he is a competitor.”

Well, RaiderNation, I guess we will just have to wait and see.  The teams hopes and dreams for the 2016 season is in McGloins hands now.  Let wish him the best of luck and see what he can do to continue to make this the most exciting Raider season since 2002.. Stay tuned to WWW.RAIDERSGAB.COM for more news on the Oakland Raiders !!

Raiders Clinch First Playoff Birth Since 2002 with Win Over Chargers

at Qualcomm Stadium on December 18, 2016 in San Diego, California.

It’s official – for the first time in 14 seasons the Raiders will be playing football past week 17.

Oakland with the 19-16 Sunday win over the San Diego Chargers on the road and with the Broncos losing at home to the Patriots have clinched a playoff birth.

At 11-3 the Raiders move back into first after the gift Sunday of the Titans beating the Chiefs in Kansas City. If the Raiders can win their last two games, they will clinch at first round bye and host a divisional playoff game and possibly the AFC Title game in Oakland.

The Raiders end the season with a home game against the Colts next Saturday, and then play on the road at Denver to end the year.

County Board Approves Talks on Possible Raiders Stadium Costing $1.3 Billion

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The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 to move forward with NFL Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott’s Hail Mary plan to keep the Raiders in Oakland, David Debolt of Bayareanewsgroup reports. The Oakland City Council is scheduled to vote on the plan Tuesday night.

Supervisor Wilma Chan abstained, and Keith Carson cast the lone no vote, saying he supported Lott’s plan but was concerned about where the money would come from to repay outstanding debt on the Coliseum given all the county’s other commitments.

“What’s challenging for me personally, is where are we going to get the money” to repay old bond debt on the Coliseum, Carson said.

The plan put together by Lott, his partner Rodney Peete, and their investment group is probably the last hope to keep the Raiders from fleeing to Las Vegas, where lawmakers lured Raiders’ owner Mark Davis with promises of a new $1.9 billion stadium. Oakland and Alameda County leaders leaders hope to present a detailed plan to rebuild the Coliseum and keep the Raiders in Oakland to NFL owners, who are expected to decide the team’s fate in a vote early next year.

“We all played for different teams but we are all here fighting for the Raiders,” said Peete, a former quarterback who played for 16 seasons in the NFL.

Suspended Raiders LB Aldon Smith Meets with Goodell About Reinstatement

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Today suspended Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Aldon Smith met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, as well as other league staff to chat about the chances of being reinstated back into the league.

Smith’s one-year sit down from the NFL ended back on November 17th, but he still has to make sure to get into the good graces of Goodell before he’s allowed back into the league.

He was suspended for violating the league’s rules on substance abuse.

ESPN reports that no decision on reinstatement will be made today. The NFL Network first reported that Smith was meeting with Goodell in New York.

Raiders at Chiefs NFL Week 14 Capsule

OAKLAND RAIDERS (10-2) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (9-3)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

RAIDERS CHIEFS
SERIES LEADER   59-51-2
STREAKS   Past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Jack Del Rio: 3-5 Andy Reid: 7-3
LAST WEEK W 38-24 vs. Buffalo W 29-28 at Atlanta
LAST GAME 10/16/16: Chiefs 26 at Raiders 10. Kansas City RB Spencer Ware has 163 yards from scrimmage & rush TD. Chiefs LB Dee Ford has 2 sacks & FF.
LAST GAME AT SITE 1/3/16: Chiefs 23, Raiders 17. Kansas City RB Spencer Ware rushes for 76 yards & TD. Chiefs LB D.J. Alexander blocks punt through end zone for safety.
REFEREE Terry McAulay
BROADCAST NBC/NFLN/Twitter (8:25 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Trent Green. SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 83 (Oak), 81 (KC). XM: 88 (WW1), 226 (Oak), 225 (KC).

STATS

PASSING Derek Carr: 300-458-3375-24-5-100.3 Alex Smith: 250-371-2567-11-4-92.5
RUSHING Latavius Murray: 140-553-4.0-11 (T3L) Spencer Ware: 163-734-4.5-3
RECEIVING Amari Cooper: 68-981-14.4-4 Travis Kelce (TE): 65-815-12.5-3
OFFENSE 391.7 333.3
TAKE/GIVE +12 (3L) +14 (1L)
DEFENSE 389.7 384.9
SACKS Khalil Mack: 10 (T3L) Dee Ford: 10 (T3L)
INTs Reggie Nelson: 3 Marcus Peters: 5 (T2L)
PUNTING Marquette King: 48.2 (2L) Dustin Colquitt: 46.3
KICKING Sebastian Janikowski: 101 (32/32 PAT; 23/29 FG) Cairo Santos: 99 (24/26 PAT; 25/28 FG)

NOTES

RAIDERS: Aim for 7th win in row…QB DEREK CARR has 95+ rating in 4 of past 5. Has 11 pass TDs vs. 2 INTs in past 5…RB LATAVIUS MURRAY ties for 3rd in NFL with 11 rush TDs, incl. 2 last week. Has 3 rush TDs in past 4 vs. KC… WR AMARI COOPER had 10 catches for 129 yards in last meeting. Has 100+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3 vs. division. Since 2015, is 1 of 6 in NFL with 140+ catches (140) & 14.0+ yards per catch avg. (14.7). WR MICHAEL CRABTREE has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 meetings. Has 5 rec. TD in past 8 vs. division. WR ANDRE HOLMES had TD catch in last meeting…DE KHALIL MACK has 5 TFL & 3 sacks in past 3 meetings. Aims for 8th in row with sack. Has 10 sacks, 11 TFL, 4 FFs, 3 FR & INT-TD in past 9. Since 2015, leads NFL with 25 sacks. LB BRUCE IRVIN aims for 4th in row with sack. CB DAVID AMERSON had INT-TD in last meeting at KC…CHIEFS: Aim for 9th win in row vs. division…QB ALEX SMITH has 18 pass TDs vs. 3 INTs for 107.0 rating in 9 career starts vs. Oak…RB SPENCER WARE had 163 scrimmage yards (131 rush, 32 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Aims for 4th in row with rush TD vs. Oak…WR JEREMY MACLIN has 3 TD catches in past 3 meetings. TE TRAVIS KELCE aims for 4th in row with 100+ rec. yards. WR TYREEK HILL ties for 2nd among rookies with 7 total TDs (5 rec., 1 rush, 1 KR-TD)…LB JUSTIN HOUSTON aims for 4th in row vs. Oak with sack. Has 4 sacks in past 2. S ERIC BERRY had INT-TD & INT for 2-pt conversion last week. LB DEE FORD had 2 sacks & FF in last meeting. Ties for 3rd in NFL with 10 sacks. NT DONTARI POE had rush TD in last meeting.