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Pretty good guesses. Hopefully mcgloin and Thomas can clear waivers

1 year ago on Predicting the Oakland Raiders final 53

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This has always been my problem with McFadden. Such poor vision. Remember this play (like so many others in the past) he practically ran up to the defender and gave him a hug.

It's like he has a spot in mind at the start of the play and is unable to adjust. Here as you said he should have burst through the C gap or followed Reese to the outside.

1 year ago on Why the Raiders failed to convert 4th & inches versus the Saints

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Well every position (except maybe place kicker) could be argued as a position of need. I think if we were going need we would have picked a dt there. I think they really considered Hayden best available. But who knows.

1 year ago on Raiders vs Saints: conclusions and predictions

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Agree with a lot of this but FYI our first pick last year was on an OT not a WR. And Reggie is a best player available guy so it's not about need, it's about building a team of great players.

1 year ago on Raiders vs Saints: conclusions and predictions

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Interesting take on Streater. I didn't notice if he was getting open or not. May have to look. It's possible Flynn was missing him as he was definitely not spotting open receivers as well as he could have. The rush didn't help but as DA pointed out he has to pick up some of those.

1 year ago on Raiders vs Saints: the good, the bad, and the ugly

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@LDizzle Only checked in on your new sites from time to time in the past, but will definitely come over to follow your work. You do great stuff. Just curious, will Ballers and Busters continue? Great series, and always a nice read. Would hate to see it go.

2 years, 6 months ago on Moving on... | February

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@Black_Nightmare Yep, Rob, then Patrick, now Levi... I do hope everyone left can keep the sight alive, but as 90% of the site has been Levi since we lost Patrick, it's going to be a transition. Just in case, let me say this... all you regulars on this site are awesome. One of my favorite things about TFDS is the fan board that is here. I've found no other blog with the same courteous yet fervent discussion. Everyone here, unlike the vast majority of the other sites, is respectful even when we disagree. No unnecessary venom or bashing. No Raider fan on Raider fan hate. Just good honest discussion amongst fellow fans. It has been, and is, great. The swaps of affiliations and web hosts has been tough for TFDS, the loss of it's senior writers equally so, but I hope it continues to live on and grows to even bigger things.

2 years, 6 months ago on Moving on... | February

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Congrats Levi. Sad to see you go, but wishing you all the best at your next stop.

2 years, 6 months ago on Moving on... | February

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@nilbymouth@ukraider78@Black_Nightmare@JarrodRollins I have to disagree Nilbymouth. Not that we shouldn't cut DHB... I hope we keep him. But that DHB has proven anyone wrong. He is exactly (so far) what most predicted he would be (a project with lots of upside). If anyone remembers he was expected to be one of the top receivers picked... just not THE top receiver. I like that he has a good attitude and works hard, but he is not yet a true number one receiver. He would likely not even start for most teams. The other problem is he was drafted to be a big play guy, and that is exactly the opposite of what he is so far. He is more like a dink and dunk slot receiver. All that said, if he continues to improve at the current rate he could be really good next year, or the year after. And he is certainly good enough to be worth the 2 million or so we are paying him.

2 years, 6 months ago on Raiders release CB Stanford Routt | February

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Good move. Routt was good. Not great. We wayyyy overpaid him. Too bad mckenzie wasn't here a year ago. We'd almost certainly still have Aso.

2 years, 6 months ago on Raiders release CB Stanford Routt | February

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I'm cautiously optimistic. My one big concern is the lack of experience with play calling.

2 years, 6 months ago on Tarver hire could mean new defensive scheme in Oakland | February

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@antonioswancy @nilbymouth Yeah, Definitley have to wonder if something really did go wrong. Or maybe Allen just really impressed him. Who knows. Should be interesting.

2 years, 7 months ago on Raiders McKenzie gets "his guy": Dennis Allen | January

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Gonna have to be an "in Mackenzie we trust" thing at this point. No clue if this is good or bad. But he did do a good job in Denver. Here's to a new age.

2 years, 7 months ago on Raiders McKenzie gets "his guy": Dennis Allen | January

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Man it kills me that SF and Denver are alive in the playoffs!!! Let's turn this ship around.

2 years, 7 months ago on Moving day for Raiders coaching staff | January

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@nilbymouth@DevonRaiderUK@JarrodRollins@Harder2000 Totally agree nilbymouth. Well said

2 years, 7 months ago on Raiders fire Hue Jackson | January

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@DevonRaiderUK@JarrodRollins@Harder2000 There are errors from a rookie head coach, and there are ERRORs from a coach... you get one or two and a lapse here or there, but I think you would agree there is a limit. If I were head coach I'd surely screw it up and you wouldn't forgive it because I was a rookie. You would say I wasn't cut out for the job or ready for it or what not. Hue, was not ready to be a head coach.

And no, the bar is not now 8-8 though as a Raider fan I would love to think we would never be that bad again! The bar is "are we going in the direction the organization/GM/whatever feels we need to go." I don't want to take a step back, but if we have to take a step back to FINALLY take a step forward I am in. That said, I bet we are better next year than this year. I think the message of accountability is huge.

Again, we are all guessing here, and I maintain I am not positive it was the right move, but I think it probably was... and better now then a coach on the hotseat all year.

2 years, 7 months ago on Raiders fire Hue Jackson | January

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@JarrodRollins@Harder2000 The other problem with Hue's play calling is that outside of 4th down where he got crazy creative (which I kind of liked but can see both sides on), he was extremely predictable as a play caller. Look through the play by play of our games and even I can see the pattern, so I guarantee the professionals knew exactly what was coming. I suspect this had a lot to do with Bush's drop in numbers as well. Hard to run when the defense knows exactly when it's coming... unless you just keep it coming until you wear the D down, which Hue did not chose to do.

2 years, 7 months ago on Raiders fire Hue Jackson | January

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@DevonRaiderUK@Harder2000 DevonRaiderUK, I totally agree with you from the continuity standpoint. That, to me, was the only potential argument for keeping Hue. But let's be honest. He didn't do any better than the coach Al fired last. And yes, he had the offense up and running, but as head coach he was responsible for the whole team. And as a whole, we were not that good. When it mattered we were actually pretty bad. I don't have a problem with some of his aggressive play calling so much as I thought he made a lot of dumb mistakes like not going for 2 in an obvious situation, calling a time out instead of hurrying up to run a play after a questionable play, etc etc etc. My secondary problem with Hue is that he delivered on exactly zero of his promises. I could almost forgive the not making the playoffs promise, but to promise to fix the penalties then actually break the record is a little harder to swallow. All in all, I'm not 100% sure it was the best call, but if we are going to start anew I'd rather the GM go with what he wants then have another mediocre year under Hue and start again new next year. In the press conference I think Mckenzie was trying not to throw Hue under the bus too much, but I think in the end when you add all the other stuff up, then throw in Hue's last couple press conferences, he probably had to cut him.

I can't know for sure, none of us can, but I think for the first time in years there is truly a chance we might be going in the right direction. The whole organization is about to turn around. I guess we are either about to drive off the cliff, or become a factor again. I'm betting on the later.

2 years, 7 months ago on Raiders fire Hue Jackson | January

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@DevonRaiderUK
I hear what you are saying, but he made wayyyyy too many mistakes even for a rookie head coach. Way too many. And failed to deliver on even one of his promises. Then throws his team under the bus. Can't do that.

As for Palmer, if his motivation to play is that limited, I don't want him as qb. That's exactly what we dont need. We need players with heart and fire. I think he will be happy to play for the Raiders going forward, but if you are right, I don't want him.

2 years, 7 months ago on Raiders fire Hue Jackson | January

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Still can't call DHB a baller in my book. Almost there. But has to catch the ball better to make baller in my book. Give him most improved honorable mention.

Similarly Carson had too many picks to make the list. I just don't think the award based on numbers alone. Part of it is how good are you at what makes a player great at that position. For a receiver that includes catching, for a qb it includes throwing it to your own guys more than the other guys

I'm on board with the rest especially the coaches as busters. Might at Routt as relatively speaking he was a buster. Certainly more of a buster than DHB a baller

2 years, 7 months ago on Raiders 2011 season: Ballers & Busters | January

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As I said before it happened, mixed feelings I this. And I am a little surprised, but overall probably a good move. Hue clearly wasn't yet cut out for head coach. I would have been ok with some continuity for once, but it's a good time to clean house and actually build a bully for once instead of talking about it.

2 years, 7 months ago on Raiders fire Hue Jackson | January

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Wow, glad I didn't see Routt doing that. Wish I didn't even know he did. Wow. That is disgusting. For 10 mil we deserve better @LDizzle

2 years, 8 months ago on Raiders week 17: Ballers & Busters | January

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Agree he has gotten better, and 1000% agree that he seems to have the right attitude. But he is not "great" by any stretch, and not even "pretty good" yet. Doubt he would start for anyone else. @Spartacus

2 years, 8 months ago on Raiders week 17: Ballers & Busters | January

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Lmao. I like where you are going there. Perhaps we can have an honorary defensive buster of the year award "the bres" and offensive buster of the year "the Jamarcus". In all honesty, it will be difficult for anyone to live up to those levels of ineptitude, but still.@DylanAlexander

2 years, 8 months ago on Raiders week 17: Ballers & Busters | January

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LOL - Bresnahan may even be synonymous with "buster" going forward. "Baller and Bresnahan List?"

Yeah, Levi usually puts a year in review together... @DylanAlexander

2 years, 8 months ago on Raiders week 17: Ballers & Busters | January

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I agree that numbers wise they both posted some pretty decent stats... but the drops and missed connections drops one of them at least. I mean, you are right, "not all of them were easy catches," but either DHB is dropping or Palmer is not making them "easy." Somebody isn't playing like a stud. I guess in my eyes DHB as a "receiver" needs to be better at "receiving" ... I mean he is paid to catch is he not? And Palmer needs to be better at throwing accurately. Don't get me wrong, neither are busters for sure. I give them both near misses. @ChristopherMooney

2 years, 8 months ago on Raiders week 17: Ballers & Busters | January

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I do agree with you. And (as usual) I am hopeful that we are not far off. I think the hard part as an undying Raider fan is I've been saying that for nearly a decade now. You must admit, every year it looks like we may be about to turn the corner... 2010 was the only one where we actually made a touch of progress. Not much, but a little. All that said, you are absolutely right, if we get a real D, we could be pretty good. @Jososi

2 years, 8 months ago on Chargers send Raiders home for the offseason | January

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Jososi - Agree this is on Bresnahan as much as just about anyone, but the more I think about it, the more Hue gets credit/blame too. His horrendous clock management kills us, and his play calling is not that smart. We eat us some clock from time to time and it's a heck of a lot harder for teams to put up 38. He abandons the run faster than lightning. Bush stank it up, don't get me wrong, but the way you use a bruiser is to wear down the D with him. Hue does the opposite. First drive, 6 runs. Second, 2, third, 1. Then 2, 0, 2, 4, 1, 1, 0. Only a third of our offensive plays were rushes. Even worse, we are unbelievably predictable... almost every Bush rush was on first down. And almost every first down was a Bush rush (with a short pass or two thrown in). Hard to get an RB going when the defense knows exactly what the play call is going to be. That is all on Hue. @Jososi @raider lifer

2 years, 8 months ago on Chargers send Raiders home for the offseason | January

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... And on the Baller side of things. No way DHB is a baller. Ballers don't drop passes like that. The 9/17 does not a baller make. Yes, he had 9 receptions, and yes he had a lot of yards... tweener maybe. Baller no. Same goes for Palmer. Tons of yards, but he was off target all game. Not a baller in my book. Take DHBs 9/17... at least one of them is to blame for 8 misses to DHB alone. Best case scenario at least one of them doesn't make the grade. Neither are quite busters (unlike the whole D) but neither is really worthy of baller unless baller now means half way decent.

All that said... your "baller and buster" list is, and remains, one of the best reads on the net. Thanks for all the hard work you do here. Honestly appreciated.

2 years, 8 months ago on Raiders week 17: Ballers & Busters | January

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Levi - Usually I agree with 99% of your list... but the buster list here is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy too short. Maybe you are somehow saving the whole defense for a season summary list, but there is not a man on that D who truly stepped up. Seymore? Routt? McClain? Anyone? All busters in my book. As I said before, every single man on the defensive side of the ball (coaches and players alike) should have to give back the game check for that one. Pathetic. Beyond pathetic. There aren't even words to express how sad that performance was. Me, you and 9 other guys about to read your article could have done almost as well... yes, we would have allowed a touchdown on every drive... no doubt... but that only adds, what, 4 points to the final tally? Ok, I know that is a bit of an exaggeration. We did get a red zone pick and they missed a FG. But the outcome would have been the same, and I bet you and I would have left it all on the field. Somebody show me one guy on our defense who really stepped up? One? I am especially disappointed in Seymore and Routt. No excuse for that kind of lack of leadership from vets getting paid like all stars. Bresnahan blows, but at some point someone needs to make a play!!!

Guess I'm a little bit frustrated eh? lol

2 years, 8 months ago on Raiders week 17: Ballers & Busters | January

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Couldn't agree more. Callahan hit the nail on the head years ago. I must be honest, I am grateful to Davis for making the Raiders great, but he is also what broke us. It's sad but true. I know some fans don't like to hear it, but it is what it is. Sad to see the man go (on a human level), especially without being a winner (of late) but it was probably the first step in our recovery. There are no guarantees we will bring in the right people or get a good GM, but it's a first step. @raider lifer

2 years, 8 months ago on Chargers send Raiders home for the offseason | January

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Just don't think DHB is consistent either... those hands... ouch. But you are right, at least he is out there week in week out. Hopefully with his work ethic he can turn it around, but at this point he wouldn't be a starter on any team I can think of. In all honestly, I'd take Reece in that roll over DHB. I know he is our fullback, but as you know he was a receiver in college and posted a 4.4 40 himself, and his hands are infinitely better than DHB. Not saying we should move Reece to WR, just saying he would be a better possession guy if that's what you are looking for. @nilbymouth

2 years, 8 months ago on Chargers send Raiders home for the offseason | January

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Agree, how did we let Moore go that easy? @nilbymouth @oaklandraider

2 years, 8 months ago on Chargers send Raiders home for the offseason | January

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Nilbymouth - you really think DHB is "great?" Honestly? Do you think he starts on any other team (sans injuries). I agree with Moore, but I put Murphy and Ford ahead of him as well for sure. Love his work ethic, and effort, but he just doesn't have much in the way of hands, and he still JUMPS nearly every time he goes to catch the ball. Doesn't matter how high or low it is, he jumps... and throws his own timing off. I think that is a part of his lack of hands. I want to see him make it, but my guess is with Al gone if anyone else is healthy he is 3rd option at best. More likely on the bench. @nilbymouth

2 years, 8 months ago on Chargers send Raiders home for the offseason | January

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And Levi, not sure I can bring myself to re-watch that game, but I honestly can't imagine anyone makes the Baller list. A few borderline honorable mentions... but Ballers???? No. Ok, maybe Janokowski. Can't blame him too much... though I would like to see him just kick the ball into the black hole.

I would love to see you single out every single member of the D... one by one... and the coaches too. I swear, if any of them had any integrity at all they would give their game check back. They didn't earn a single dime. Just plain embarrassing.

2 years, 8 months ago on Chargers send Raiders home for the offseason | January

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Always reading, but haven' t been commenting for a while as I wanted to stay positive on the Raiders no matter what this year... but the season is now over... and It's time for us to clean house! Obviously Chuck B has to go... but as much as I hate the coaching carousel, I kind of think Hue should be shown the door too. We need a good GM to come in and make some quality hires. Hue just makes way too many mistakes. Rookie or not, he is a "professional" and he keeps making pee wee league mistakes. Where is the "bully?" Were is the penalty fix we were promised? Halftime adjustments are no where to be found. He got out coached my Norv (I can't win a big game to save my life) Turner today. At home, with the division on the line... Enough said.

I don't know who the answer is, and I will support Hue if we keep him as I really am torn (only because I feel we need some continuity), but I think it is time for a clean slate. We have been "rebuilding" for almost a decade. It's time to turn the page.

2 years, 8 months ago on Chargers send Raiders home for the offseason | January

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@Spartacus
I completely hear what you are saying. And let me start with the fact that I do think Tim Brown is a great WR. I was just trying to take my Raiders goggles off and be objective. The point you made regarding his QBs (Gannon in the Gruden offense perhaps excluded) is the best argument for him beating out both Reed and Carter.

I do however disagree with your point on stats don't lie. That is the same argument some (on this site even) made for Aso not being the best corner. Numbers just don't tell the whole story. Yes, his numbers speak volumes and are a huge part of why he should be in. But the fact that he played in an era that favors wide out's big time makes the numbers a little less valuable. Do you think he had to play against the same kind of coverage as Branch or Belitnikoff? Do you think the offense in the old days gave the WRs as many easy (short quick pass) opportunities? It just makes it hard to compare. The one stat I would love to see is how many drops he had at key moments. I honestly don't know. And again, I love Brown and he was always one of my favorites, but I just remember him making most of his mistakes at big moments. It was a feeling more than anything. I don't ever remember thinking "get it to Brown" when the game was on the line. You are correct, he made tons and tons of great catches, they were just less frequent when it counted. Part of that was teams played him different at those moments, but that is part of the game.

The stats that do work against him and somewhat support what I am saying are his play off stats. In 12 playoff games he averaged under 4 receptions a game. And in those 12 playoff games he had just 3 touchdowns. There are players who have done that in single games. Just for an easy comparison if you happened to watch the super bowl today, Jennings now has 36 catches for 5 TDs in 7 games (vs 45 and 3 in 12)... I don't think anyone would argue Jennings is even in the same league as Brown, but for whatever reason Tim disappeared in the playoffs. Matter of fact the two season with Rice, Rice was clearly Gannon's go to receiver in the playoffs as he had more receptions both years (and Rice was significantly declining by then). In the 2002 playoffs where we went to the the superbowl, Brown was behind Garner, Porter and Rice in both touchdowns and receptions (yes, behind both Porter and Rice). These are the stats that I think are killing Brown in the balloting. I hope Tim Brown gets in, but I bet someone on the voting committee is bringing those things up and and that is what is getting him shot down.

Again, for clarity, I am a fan of Brown. And I especially love his loyalty to the Raiders, but I'm just trying to explain my best guess at to why he isn't getting in yet.

3 years, 6 months ago on Tim Brown's numbers speak volumes but is the committee listening?

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I know I am not popular on this one, but I can see why Brown has not made the hall. Don't get me wrong, I love him, but even as a huge fan it just seems he wasn't that clutch. I can't quote you any one game off the top of my head but when you truly needed a clutch clutch catch he was way too prone to drop the pass. Especially in the cold (as it often was on the road in the playoffs). Any other time, he was a stud. All that said, in my eyes he should go before Carter or Reed no doubt. I think if anything he should only be behind Branch on the list of WRs waiting to get in. I think Raider fans should be more upset about Guy, Branch and maybe even the Snake then Brown. Guy is the best ever at his position even if you don't respect the position (heck they just put an NFL films guy in). Branch is the quintessential Raider wide out. He is better than Swann in the same era and yet Swann is in. I know everyone is into the stats, but the stats just don't tell the story. It really is apples to oranges. WRs like QBs just don't have to deal with the pressure they use to. The DBs (think Tatum) aren't allowed to do what they did in those days. Just not the same. And the offenses are completely different with the dink and dunk west coast stuff. I take Branch over Brown. And Brown over all the other wide outs, but still behind a few others including some very deserving Raiders of old.

I know most disagree, but even as biased as my heart is, when I really think about it, I can see why even as the best player on the Raiders during the time, he might not have been the best player waiting for the hall of Fame.

3 years, 6 months ago on Tim Brown's numbers speak volumes but is the committee listening?

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Spartacus, I appreciate your enthusiasm for Hue, and his enthusiasm for everything, but why do you feel we should "trust Al" given his recent history of giving us no reason to trust him? I mean come on, you have seen the nearly bi-yearly press conferences declaring coach X the "next great Raider coach." The only time he has been correct in 20 years was Gruden, and we all know how great Davis must have thought Gruden was given he was traded and not worth keeping around.

I agree Hue has some potential, and I am hopeful, but there really is no evidence he is much of anything. There are a lot of really enthusiastic guys who can do a thing. We don't need a cheerleader, we need a coach. As I've stated elsewhere, I don't even give Hue credit for the offensive turn around. 99.9% of the credit for that goes to Jamarcus Russell. If Hue had Russell as QB we would be just as bad. The offense was infinitely better in the games even before Hue when Jamarcus was out. Then you look at some of the insane play calling where we tried to be a passing team against team and abandoned the run, I have to question exactly how smart Hue is. When you have Bush and McFadden, why would you turn to Campbell and DHB? We did this multiple times during the season and it more than anything else cost us the playoffs. Maybe it was Cable or Al over riding what Hue wanted to do, but Hue gets the credit when it goes well, he should get the blame when it goes bad.

I truly truly hope I am wrong, but given the recent history with Davis I am going to have to take a wait and see attitude. Hope and pull for the best. Kind of expect the worst. Cheer and yell and pull for the Raiders either way...

3 years, 7 months ago on Hue Jackson

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Gonna have to take a wait and see attitude. I like Hue, but don't love him. Felt the same about Cable. Think the constant change is a bad thing period. The coaching turnstile has to stop. Hopefully Hue is the answer, but we'll see. I don't think he is the genius Spartacus and others do. I saw him call some great games and I saw him forget we are a running team (at this point). Now maybe that was Al making him do something or maybe it was Cable, who knows, but if you give him the credit for the offense when it looked good, you have to give him blame when the offensive play calling was just plain silly. And for the record, I don't give him credit for the offensive turn around. I give the credit to Jamarcus... or the lack there of. If he had Jamarcus as the starter like we had most of last year we would have been just as bad if not worse.

3 years, 7 months ago on It's official: Hue's the man in Oakland

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All due respect to Al, and while I have not seen the conference yet, it does sound like he was a little more put together than some past conferences. That said, the man is an idiot sometimes. He is quoted as saying "That lawsuit created a tremendous amount of work, stress and turmoil," ... my god, is he kidding? Is that lawsuit really in the top 10... or even top 20 items of stress and turmoil in Raiderland?

Oh well... hopefully Hue will continue the turn around, and Al can find enough money to keep most of the free agents that are the reason we made progress. We finally took a step forward, the nation deserves a team that doesn't take any more backward.

Go Raiders!

3 years, 7 months ago on Hue Jackson

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