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Pretty good guesses. Hopefully mcgloin and Thomas can clear waivers
3 months, 1 week ago on Predicting the Oakland Raiders final 53
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.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Why the Raiders failed to convert 4th & inches versus the Saints
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.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Raiders vs Saints: conclusions and predictions
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.
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.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Raiders vs Saints: the good, the bad, and the ugly
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.
1 year, 9 months ago on Moving on... | February
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.
Congrats Levi. Sad to see you go, but wishing you all the best at your next stop.
nilbymouthukraider78Black_NightmareJarrodRollins 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.
1 year, 9 months ago on Raiders release CB Stanford Routt | February
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.
1 year, 10 months ago on Raiders release CB Stanford Routt | February
ukraider78 Lol so true
1 year, 10 months ago on Tarver hire could mean new defensive scheme in Oakland | February
I'm cautiously optimistic. My one big concern is the lack of experience with play calling.
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.
1 year, 10 months ago on Raiders McKenzie gets "his guy": Dennis Allen | January
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.
Man it kills me that SF and Denver are alive in the playoffs!!! Let's turn this ship around.
1 year, 10 months ago on Moving day for Raiders coaching staff | January
nilbymouthDevonRaiderUKJarrodRollinsHarder2000 Totally agree nilbymouth. Well said
1 year, 11 months ago on Raiders fire Hue Jackson | January
DevonRaiderUKJarrodRollinsHarder2000 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.
JarrodRollinsHarder2000 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.
DevonRaiderUKHarder2000 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.
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.