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Bingo. This is what I've been telling all the worry warts about the cap "floor" - it's nonsense. A simple restructuring of the money can put as much as we want up front to push the cap money up or bring it down. In the NFL, the cap is incredibly easy to manipulate. That's why I wasn't celebrating when Reggie cut a few bucks the first couple years. The only thing that's a real problem is dead money - money guaranteed to players who are already gone. But when you're dealing with 45 players who ARE on the team - there's ALWAYS room. And the idea of a team not being able to hit the cap FLOOR is ridiculous - you'd have to be the dumbest GM in history if you couldn't manage that.
The Suh contract is stupid money. That's the FIns for ya.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2015-articles/breaking-down-rodney-hudsons-contract-with-raiders.html
No Matthews please. It's been a pretty efficient if not spectacular offseason so far - no reason to sign a guy who can't stay on the field due to injuries. I honestly believe we already have at least two RBs better than him on the roster. I'd put Matthews in the same category with DMC, except DMC already knows the playbook and could be our #3 QB if Reggie and Del Rio want to get clever with the roster.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2015-articles/raiders-sign-7-more-likely.html
I've been a pretty big critic of Reggie on this board - but I think we've done a pretty good job so far in FA. Unlike most Raider fans - I did not want Suh, especially at the price the Dolphins (over)paid for him. I like that we're not getting crazy with the money. I get it - a lot of fans think we need to spend all this money to reach the cap floor. That's horse hockey people - the cap is a joke in the NFL. Pay for players we need at prices that coincide with their talent level. A guy like Suh will never have the impact that amount of money will on the team now and down the road. We got some quality pieces that will really help and so far the only guy we lost out on that could have really helped was Cobb - but we can draft a WR. If we somehow find ourselves in the ludicrous position of needing to spend MORE - we can adjust existing contracts to account for the money up front. It's easy in this league.
So far as Hardy? He threw his girlfriend into a pile of automatic weapons he had sitting on his couch. Do you really want this guy on the team? He's a grenade and the pin has already been pulled.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2015-articles/a-look-at-raiders-free-agency-possibilities.html
@slewofdamascus1 @Indy! Bingo. Stupid play. Stupid "reasoning". Just plain stupid. Sometimes coaches get too cute. Just hand the ball to Lynch. 3 times if that's what it takes. The Patriots were getting run over all afternoon.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2015-articles/will-raiders-now-hire-ken-norton-jr-as-defensive-coordinator.html
A decent fallback position imho.
BTW - was that the dumbest play in history or what?
Pretty happy with the additions - I like Del Rio better than every other name that was floating around attached to us except for Harbaugh. To think we could have ended up with Ryan, Shanahan or Mangini? I would have been writing off the next two seasons with any of them. Del Rio - I'm hoping - is primed for a second run. He looked good on press day and most importantly - he's a Raider. He gets it. Kind of humorous the media has been harping on JDR's 68-71 record as though he failed in Jax - yet they've been kissing Rex Ryan's 50-52 ass like he was the second coming of Marv Levy in Buffalo. Still don't believe the media has it in for Oakland?
Seely (especially) and Tice were steals - the kind of coaches we haven't been able to attract to those types of positions lately. Great moves.
Musgrave is the one I would put an asterisk on. His resume is spotty to say the least - way too many moves around the league, never staying for more than a year in practically every city. That's just like any other career - if you're moving around a lot, it probably means you're not very good at what you do and nobody wants you. I find it a little incredulous that he's bringing Chip Kelly's offense to Oakland after only one year in Philly. Kelly ran the offense there - I doubt Musgrave had much to do with it. But - as always we keep a good thought and hope he's improved and will help the team. We can always sh*tcan him later.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/
We need to keep him around forever - just like the other guy in the photo.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2015-articles/raiders-re-sign-charles-woodson.html
@Dynamice1337 @Indy! BTW - I had no dog in that hunt - neither team means anything to me. And even if the catch counts and Dallas scores - GB still had time to win the game. Just a bad way for the game to end imho - for Dallas, for fans and for the league itself.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/thisgivensunday/2014-articles/what-should-constitute-a-catch-in-the-nfl.html
@Dynamice1337 @Indy! Well couple things... I'm guessing you saw the Bryant play as an "incompletion" based on the current "process" rule. If we remove the NFL rule from the equation - do you think Bryant was holding/had control of the ball? He had it in ONE hand - how is that not a "catch" outside the "process" aspect? That is the part people do not like - the idea that he can have the ball cleanly and it would still be ruled no "catch". That is why people are upset - because the "process" conflicts with what we know as a "catch" in every other sport and life in general (I toss you a ball and you catch it).
Secondly - I agree "correct" is a "subjective judgement call". That's the rub - no matter WHAT the rules say - it's ALWAYS going to be a judgement call. It has nothing to do with what I think. We've had all sorts of rules and no matter which set of rules we play the game by - a "catch" will always be subjective and a judgement call. We know this from the history of the game. My point is to put the call in the hands of a human being as opposed to some arbitrary set of circumstances than don't really apply. A human (ref) is a better judge of what constitutes a "catch" than some definition of a "process".
Here's the bigger problem - by turning a "catch" into a "process" - the NFL is essentially overriding other rules of the game and creating confusion. Everyone agrees Bryant had at LEAST 2 feet down after having control of the ball (a good argument for 3 can be made). There is also the "1 knee = 2 feet" rule. Bryant caught the ball, took 2 (or 3) steps, his knee went down, his elbow went down - then the ball hit and popped loose. If he caught the ball, put two feet down, went out of bounds and spiked the ball? Catch. If he went down on one knee then tossed the ball to the ref - again - catch. The ground cannot cause a fumble either. If the QB hands the ball to Dez on an end around - he takes two steps, gets hit, goes to his knee the ball hits the ground and pops loose - NOT a fumble (the equivalent on a pass of NOT losing control). This is why the "process" makes no sense - why is a "catch" different if the receiver is falling down as opposed to standing upright? There's no reason for it and it's unnecessary imho.
Bingo. It's ALWAYS a judgement call. Make the refs do their job and call it. If one of the coaches wants to challenge - let either the head ref have final say, or send it to the new league review center and they get to make the call. The difference is simple - a human being (as opposed to a rule book) knows a catch when they see it. That applies to the bang-bang catch/fumble situation as well... sometimes a player DOES catch it, gets hit immediately and fumbles - that should be called correctly too.
Always knew Miami would come out on top of this mess in the long term because the team is managed by professionals who know how to win. Now it doesn't look like it's going to be very long after all. Cavs are outclassed by at least a couple teams in the East and probably a handful in the West. With Kevin Love eyeing the Lakers in the offseason and Lebron's body catching up to him, I don't see "not 4... not 5..." - but instead not even 1 title in Cleveland. Perhaps that's why Bron was celebrating OSU's win so enthusiastically the other night - the "bring a title to Ohio" monkey is (kind of, sort of) off his back.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/crossoverchronicles/2015-articles/with-recent-trades-the-cleveland-cavaliers-are-going-all-in.html
First off - games often turn on one play. That "well there was time left" excuse is nonsense. Instead of being in the lead with less than 2 minutes to go and kicking deep - the Cowboys were now on defense at midfield in desperate need of a turnover against a team that could play conservative. That is a HUGE difference.
I'm not a Boys fan, but they got hosed. The rule is yet another example of Goodell's meddling that is destroying the league. Plain and simple - it contradicts basic rules of football...
Two feet inbounds is a catch. A player catches the ball, 2 feet in then one step out - spikes it... that's a "catch" by rule.
One knee equals 2 feet. Dez took at LEAST 2 steps (the case can be made for 3 if you watch closely) THEN his knee hits the ground. By NFL rule - that is the equivalent of 4 (possibly 5) "feet" inbounds.
Ground cannot cause a fumble. Bryant caught the ball cleanly in two hands - put it into his left hand and stretched out. There is no doubt he cleanly held the ball in ONE hand all the way down (two steps, one knee, an elbow...) THEN it popped out when he hit the ground.
THAT is why the rule is ridiculous. Because in ANY other situation - same game, same league, same players, etc... etc... that's a catch. It's time the NFL dumps the rule and gives what is ALWAYS a going to be a judgement call to the referees (who actually got it right - if not by rule, by everything we know about "catching" - on first look). Then if a coach wants to red flag it - they go to the booth or send it to the new NFL center and review it. The final call is ALWAYS going to be a judgement call - let a HUMAN as opposed to a rulebook - decide.
3 months ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/thisgivensunday/2015-articles/the-nfl-still-struggles-to-define-a-catch.html
Holmgren allegedly turned down the Raiders. Thanks Mike...
BTW... a name showing up in other team's coaching searches... Tom Cable.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/with-harbaugh-reportedly-headed-to-um-what-should-raiders-do-next.html
I don't care if Simmons leaves ESPN, but thank the lord he's off the ESPN NBA broadcasts. Bad enough us Heat fans lose the best broadcast team in the country (Eric Reid and Tony Fiorentino - google it) whenever ESPN hijacks the broadcast from our local Sun Sports channel - but then we have to listen to Simmons' flaming ego in between the Mark Jackson / Jeff Van Gundy Comedy Hour? More Sage Steele... less whiny lily white douchebag. Win-win, baby.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/10-bold-sports-media-predictions-2015.html
Harbaugh was obviously too perfect. But that said, I've seen more "rock star" coaches fail than actually do well when they're brought back years later... Jimmy Johnson, Nick Saban (yes - remember?), Mike Shanahan, Holmgren (he didn't right Seattle until he gave up the GM slot). I'd rather have an ALMOST successful former coach than one that won a Super Bowl 10 years ago. The failed guy is still hungry.
Coaches I'm interested in...
Todd Bowles. I live in South Florida - I liked what he did with the Fins after Sparano was canned by Miami. He was a solid motivator and a no nonsense guy the players respected. And how about the irony? Following Sparano twice?
Jack Del Rio. He did well in Jacksonville with not much to work with. Thought he was out of the league until I saw him on the sidelines during the Denver game last week and - with my credibility on the line here - definitely felt a tremor in the Force. I think he could be The Man.
Pep Hamilton - Indy OC - a dark horse.
Frank Reich - San Diego OC - another dark horse who's getting some looks. I like the Reich/Carr idea - former QB mentoring the young QB.
If we couldn't find a decent, long term option - I would say let Sparano run the team another season. This from a guy that didn't want him. However - we're not going to the Super Bowl next year, so if the choice was another Dennis Allen-type reach or Sparano - I'd rather have Sparano (on a short leash) until we find the right guy.
The coaches I don't want...
Rex Ryan. The teams that made it to the 2 AFC title games were NOT built by Rex Ryan. The Rex Ryan teams are the ones from the last 3 years when they underperformed like clockwork. If you followed that team - you know it started at a high point when Ryan inherited the team and slowly but surely went into the dumpster with him in charge - losing key players every year while other players just gave up on him. That's before we get to the part about him insisting on another head coaching job as if he's actually done anything in the 5 years he was with NY (who does he think he is... Hue Jackson?). BIG ASS NO on this loud mouth circus act.
Mike Holmgren. Hey - respect for what he did in Green Bay (although - if we're being honest - he was highly favored to win that second Super Bowl. Know what I'm saying?) I think the game passed him by in his later years in Seattle - plus he did a major face plant in Cleveland - a team not unlike Oakland so far as small market, limited appeal for FAs, etc... Thanks - but stay retired Mike.
So far as Reggie?
You know I've ripped him plenty of times - we've completed 3 years of the Reggime but we're really only on year 2 so far as progress. But we're starting to see some good signs here and the roster is improving slowly but surely. The good thing is we can give the new coach the option on him. Makes the HC job more attractive. ;)
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/with-harbaugh-reportedly-headed-to-um-what-should-raiders-do-next.html
Derek Carr is working with nothing and he's a couple points behind Bridgewater on completion percentage. He has more yards, almost twice as many TDs. Bridgewater has been sacked 10 more times in less games played (that's 66% more than Carr). Don't know how you can describe the KC win as an "adequate" game when Carr beat a FAR superior team - including a game winning drive at the end to seal the victory. There was also the Charger game where he almost pulled off another game winning drive against a superior team. Switch the two teams and Bridgewater wouldn't be anywhere near Carr. Any dispassionate assessment of the QBs drafted would put Carr in the #1 spot. You're giving party boy Manziel more props? Guess credibility is not a concern for sports bloggers these days.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/thisgivensunday/2014-articles/week-13-rookie-class-rankings-bridgewater-takes-the-next-step-manziel-gets-his-first-step.html
They wouldn't even need to buy new cameras - they could simply eliminate the most annoying aspect of NFL broadcasts and repurpose those cameras... the sideline "reporters" who bring us fascinating "information" such as Mark Sanchez likes to have a hotdog before every game and Marshawn Lynch beat Russell Wilson in a game of Madden the night before.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/theres-excuse-nfl-goalline-technology.html
Quite frankly I'm surprised anyone has listened to Peter King or SI in the past 30 years. They blew every last shred of credibility when they stepped WAY over the journalism line by calling for the complete shutdown of UM's football program for "transgressions" such as the QB crashing his moped in the Burger King drive thru and the coaches handing out free t-shirts to potential recruits. In the meantime, we've had FSU players busted like clockwork for robbing everything from food markets to Foot Lockers, child molesters having free run of Penn State's football program and Aaron Hernandez snuffing out innocent bystanders while playing for Florida with not a peep from the self-appointed moral standard bearers at Sports Illustrated. That publication and anyone willing to sign their name to an article published in that piece of trash are not worth the community air they are preventing others from breathing. Peter King tops that list - he redefines "hack" every time he opens his mouth or puts pen to paper.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/peter-king-drowning-corrections.html
Would be nice to get a couple wins along the way. The last thing we want is to go on a winning streak of 4 or 5 games and end up with Sparano next season too. The way we've been playing some of the better teams - I suspect we'll get at least one win somewhere. I agree the youth movement is the important thing - keeping a top pick will also help. Disagree on Hayden though - while he's not a bust, he was definitely drafted WAY too high. We'll get something out of him, but a player drafted that high has to produce immediately to be worthy of the pick. Hayden will probably not be producing like that until next season (if at all).
5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/the-raiders-should-embrace-their-youth-movement.html
$4 to see the Raiders? WTF is going on in Oakland? Is it THAT hard to get out and support the team? Holy cow - I'd be at every freakin' game if I lived within 200 miles of the Black Hole. Wow. The city should be ASHAMED. It's no wonder the team is moving - I'd move too.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/uncategorized/a-preview-for-oaklands-november-schedule.html
I think our "top five" pass defense is not unlike the "stout" Jets run defense - neither team has really been tested in those areas so far this season. As I've already stated - I don't harbor much hope for Sparano, but perhaps he learned something from the DA experiment. We are not a run-oriented ball control team at this point. We do not have the caliber of play on the line or players in the backfield that can pull that off. He should be calling plays like Tom Cable did in year 1 - throw the book out the window and play as aggressive as possible. We have nothing to lose at this point - run every trick play you can think of (except the wildcat, please).
I must also say - this Raider fan would gladly pay $31 to see the team - even if they lose. If I'm lucky, I get to go to a game every other year or so down here in South Florida and sometimes I have to drive 350 miles to Jacksonville to see them. I've spent $400 on tickets more than once and over $1000 on other occasions when you include the full package - trip, tailgate, game, etc... So you guys in CA? Take advantage - go make some noise for the home team.
6 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/uncategorized/raiders-tickets-19-below-average-for-chargers-game.html
Wow. This is your job? Not only will the Heat make the playoffs - they'll have at least one series at home. And I would remind you - Wade already won a title without Lebron. Lebron has not won a title without Wade.
6 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/crossoverchronicles/
I almost felt like the defense played poorly on purpose to speed up the DA dismissal. It's one thing to play like this the first year of a regime change. Year 3? I don't care if you have the offense playing defense - you should not be this confused. Especially when your head coach is an alleged "defensive genius". Something went very wrong in this game and injuries and inexperience are simply not enough to explain it. We lost to a very mediocre Dolphins team. We were ripped to shreds by a QB they have been talking about dumping at the end of the season here in Miami. Bottom line - we made a very average team look like world champions. To play on the old adage - we DID get fooled... again and again.
Hope the fam is okay, Asher.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/after-review-video-study-of-the-raiders-defense-versus-the-dolphins.html
Nice article. Kind of surprised you didn't get into Sparano or the should Reggie go too debate. I've probably mentioned before that I live in South Florida - so I saw Sparano up close and personal. And Raider fans - I hate to say this - but I was hoping for anyone except Sparano. Unless something has changed drastically in the last 3 years - he is not the guy to turn the team around. The irony is the media's angle on him is "he orchestrated a turnaround in Miami". That is total nonsense. He took over a vastly underperforming Miami team that had some talent. The Dolphins had the easiest schedule in the NFL Sparano's first year. That was the season Tom Brady injured his knee and was out the entire year. To top it off, Miami needed a QB and the Jets signed Brett Favre - letting Chad Pennington fall into the Dolphins lap for basically nothing. If Tony Sparano "orchestrated" any of that - I'm sure it's news to him. From there on - it was downhill. Because Sparano took Miami to the playoffs the first (fluke) season - he got a couple more years with the Fins where he did nothing - at the end of his tenure he was so lost he stopped calling plays because he didn't trust his own judgement.
Right now, I am seriously concerned that the same thing could be happening here. This guy is NOT the man we want in charge and if he fires up the team momentarily and gets a couple wins? We could be looking at the same situation as the Dolphins - believing he's the answer and keeping him around. For the first time ever... I am seriously hoping Gruden wants to come back.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/after-review-video-study-of-the-raiders-offense-versus-the-dolphins.html
@awfulorv Yes - also not mentioned is that at the time of the 2005 draft, the Raiders already had Kerry Collins at QB - a guy who had been to the Super Bowl a few years before. You draft for need - not for what you think will look good on a "worst draft choice" list 10 years down the road.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/thisgivensunday/2014-articles/five-draft-picks-why-the-raiders-wont-make-the-playoffs.html
First off, Gallery and Russell were CONSENSUS high first round picks by EVERYBODY. It wasn't like Al Davis said "bring the draft board and the darts so I can make a pick" - EVERYBODY thought those two guys were solid picks at the time. Did they pan out? No. But Gallery had a serviceable career - there are certainly worse picks over the years (like McClain - mentioned below).
Fabian Washington was questionable - but not crazy. You pick for your needs at the time. Looking back 10 years later and saying "Yeah, but..." is nothing more than Monday morning QBing. DHB and Hayden are the real problem picks - DHB was a bit of a stretch, but the consensus #1 WR (the position of NEED) was Crabtree who said straight up he didn't want to play in Oakland. I would only add that Crabtree is not exactly setting the league on fire either - he's best known for Richard Sherman stealing his (almost) game winning reception in the NFC title game last year. Why we picked Hayden (or why some fans think Reggie is picking better than Al did) is the real mystery.
All that said - and yes, agree the Raiders have had a decade of despair - I would still point out we have 5 times as many Super Bowl appearances as the Saints and 3 times as many titles. The Haters love the Raiders when their down - because they know in their hearts eventually... we're coming back.
No Thoughts from the Dark Side on our new coach? Don't tell me you're getting discouraged already, Asher. The season just started - we have 12 more games to turn it around. :)
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/after-review-video-study-of-the-raiders-offense-vs-patriots.html
It's a sad commentary on the NBA, but typical of Mark Cuban. There's a reason why graphic designers exist in this world - so multibillion dollar teams and owners who know nothing about design don't end up with an outdated jersey idea stolen from the 1970s. This reminds me of the time I saw Green Day and they brought people up from the audience to play their instruments on one of the songs. For those 3 fans who were actually picked from the crowd it was the memory of a lifetime. For the 19,997 other people in the crowd it was a wasted 20 minutes that would have been better spent playing 3 or 4 more songs. Same thing here - one fan will have the opportunity to say he designed a uniform for the Mavs. The other Mavs fans will have to be embarrassed by their faux-Nuggets unis every time the team wears them. Word to Mark Cuban - next time you want an alternate uniform, spend a few bucks on a professional graphic designer.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/crossoverchronicles/uncategorized/mavs-reveal-fan-made-alternate-2015-16-uniforms.html
The Dennis Allen countdown clock has started.
7 months ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/raiders-vs-texans-what-to-watch.html
@MrBelevedere "One of the most intelligent men on ESPN"? You had me right up til you tacked on the network disclaimer.
7 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/stephen-smith-blasts-national-organization-women-furious-rant.html
@BenjaminPGlaser @mikeds Send that post to ESPN - Skip Bayless is going to be looking for a new ignorant misogynist loudmouth jackass partner any day now.
The video has shown us the truth about Ray Rice AND Roger Goodell. This fan says thank god the NFL and the world are finally catching on to the incompetence of the worst commissioner in professional sports - the man who almost singlehandedly is destroying the game of football. There is more to running a league than lining the pockets of the owners with cash. Especially in a league that can manufacture money while the commissioner sleeps - as we have seen since the first day Goodell took the reins from Tagliabue. I'm sick of his ridiculous rule changes, his "catches" that require slow motion confirmation and his favoritism towards owners who blatantly cheat. Ten dollars says we eventually find out he tried to destroy the Rice video the same way he destroyed the Patriots Spygate video. The man is an abomination.
7 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/report-nfl-ray-rice-elevator-video.html
Dolphin fans should be on their knees every night thanking the good lord for the immaculate reception. Because if not for that - they would have met the Raiders in the AFC Championship game and the Silver and Black would have ended that "perfect season" right there.
7 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://phinsphocus.com/2014-articles/has-being-a-loyal-dolphins-fan-run-its-course.html
You nailed that one, Asher. We're reliving the Gruden era on offense - way too conservative - when we should be reliving the Cable era - playing like we have nothing to lose (because we don't). This is what scared me about Allen and his belief that a conservative, run heavy offense could win in today's game. That 2 yd pass out in the flat never works anymore - why they keep trying it in virtually every series is totally baffling. Open up the game - play like there's no tomorrow, because for this coaching staff - there might not be. If the Jets can run over our D like that - what are the Broncos going to do? We got lucky in this game - the Jets should have had 14 more points if not for their mistakes. That's not counting the possible pick six the rookie db dropped. This game had blowout written all over it - the final score was totally misleading. The yard differential told the true story - the Jets had something like 400yds to 158 for us.
My take on Carr was the same as yours basically - he played like a rook, which is fine. He made a couple mistakes, he made a couple nice throws. He has pretty good pocket awareness for a first game and he didn't make any totally boneheaded decisions and he didn't get hammered by the pass rush. He also made that head's up play when MJD kicked the ball back to him. I'd give him a B+ all things considered - but damn, cut him loose. Allen should demand more deep balls from Olsen.
7 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/takeaways-thoughts-on-the-raiders-19-14-loss-to-the-jets.html
@FootballFanatic1 True. He's just the only one with live 24/7 ESPN coverage.
7 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/thisgivensunday/2014-articles/reason-no-435-why-johnny-manziel-just-doesnt-get-it.html
Reminds of this time I was in a Footlocker store and some 12 year old kid was ranting and raving about the Jets - how much he loved them and supported them, yada, yada, yada... on and on. Finally I got tired of it and went over and tapped him on the shoulder. He turned around and I said "Are you a Jets fan?" He nodded and said "Yes" and I said "No - I mean are you a real Jets fan - forever, no matter what?" And he said "Yes - I love the Jets - they're my favorite team forever!" To which I said "Well then - you better start preparing yourself for a lifetime of disappointment."
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/uncategorized/raiders-tickets-below-average-for-series-opener-vs-jets.html
I have this one in my "winnable" column - it's a good test to start the season. Just hope Carr isn't hammered. Our D still needs some work and this is the perfect half-ass offense to build confidence with - Geno hasn't shown much and they have two has beens in the back field. I'm a little concerned that Olsen and Allen are pimping the run game too much though. We're not exactly sporting thoroughbreds behind the QB either and who's winning with a ground game in what is no doubt a passing era for the NFL? I'm hoping Carr does for Allen what Marino did for Shula - plays so well he throws the playbook out the window and lets him win some games for us with his arm. We're definitely going to be in some shootouts this season - we need a gunslinger.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/uncategorized/raiders-vs-jets-what-to-watch.html
I'll never forget when Hall played for the Raiders for a game and a half or so and most of the time had no idea where his receiver was. He disappears into zone coverage and his teammates make him look like a viable corner. Put him in man coverage like the Raiders did and he's exposed as one of the worst corners who ever managed to make it onto an NFL field. I guess being a decent trash talker earns a multi-million dollar salary on some teams.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/deangelo-hall-feuds-with-bleacher-report-writer-on-twitter.html
@Big TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT @Indy! At least I'm high for the right reason. You, Allen and Reggie are high on McGloin - the guy who managed to throw TWO interceptions in ONE series the other night. He hit the defender right in the numbers for the first one which was called back for defensive hands to the face. Then he doubles down by going right back and throwing into double coverage a second time for an easy pick six. I have no idea why anyone thinks he's special or why we're even wasting our time talking about a guy who will never get on the field unless the season unravels like last year. Can he hit the RB out of the backfield? Sure. Beyond that he's Brady Quinn 2.0 - a guy who belongs on the bench.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/the-raiders-announce-initial-53.html
I would have kept George Atkinson III. Personally, I do not think it is a priority to keep 3 QBs on the team if it means you have to cut someone with real potential like Atkinson. I wish Reggie and Allen would just get over their freakin' love affair with McGloin already and trade him for a pick or something. He's not a starter - he's a 3rd string QB who managed to win a grand total of ONE game last season against the worst team in the league. Big deal - we've seen what he can do and it aint much. We could pick up a guy just as good as him by randomly throwing a dart at the QB waiver wire. Back in the day, you know who our 3rd string QB was? Ray Guy. That's solid personnel management - if you get down to the 3rd stringer, your season is over anyway. We could name Janikowski the 3rd string QB and it wouldn't make a lick of difference to our final record this season. Or why not Pryor? Seattle cut him after he played just as good (if not better) than McGroan. He knows our system. He won more games than McGloin, he's athletic and could play a slash position - help out at the RB slot once DMC goes down (the clock is ticking on that) or play a little WR since we're not exactly the Greatest Show on Turf in that respect. McGloin is just a teacher's pet - reminds me of that guy Gruden was so enamored with - the one who lost the AFC Championship for us against Baltimore in 2011(?) and was promptly cut from the Raiders just like all those other teams cut him before us.
The team looked like they took a big step forward in this game - especially Carr. It was even quite entertaining up to the end when Pete Carroll was calling timeouts (!!! in a PRESEASON game???) because he couldn't bear to lose to the lowly Raiduhs. LOL! That said, I bet they were either looking past us, or the 'Dogs are experiencing a classic case of Super Bowl letdown - they think they can win just by showing up. Either way - good game, lots of improvement on our side and we came out with a win.
Not sure about Carr starting. Of course I want him out there learning and playing as much as possible - but not if he's going to be a sacking dummy. The last thing we want is for him to go down the same road as his brother. Let Schaub get beat up.
The bad news - Hayden already on PUP. Looking more and more like just a bad pick.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/takeaways-thoughts-on-the-raiders-41-31-victory-over-the-seahawks.html
Nice work, Asher! You sound a little more skeptical of the team's season on the radio that you do in print. I agree with the win/loss assessment - I had them at 7-8 wins before the preseason. Now I'm thinking more like 5-6 because of the schedule, the division, the quarterback situation (you have to consider there might be a switch to Carr sometime around midseason or later) and the way they've been getting bull rushed by all the starting offenses of the other teams. Don't think I'm as sold on Schaub as the team is - he's looking more and more like the same Schaub we saw last year imho. 13 for 27 in the preseason is not good - even if the TD wasn't dropped (a couple potential INTs were also dropped). So far as Reggie - we would be doing good if this were year 2 of the new regime instead of year 3. He took too long to get going - lots of wasted picks the first two years (the same kind everyone blamed on Al - reaching for players like Hayden who probably would have been available later in the draft). This last draft seems good so far - is it enough to save him and Allen? Hmmm... Going to be hard to not make serious changes if the team doesn't at least get to .500. Let's hope the team "gels" soon.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/yours-truly-talks-raiders-on-sonoma-county-sports-fans-podcast.html
Never ceases to amaze me how some teams overlook everything about a player's college experience and waste a first round pick on a sure loser. The Browns have managed to turn it into a science.
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/thisgivensunday/2014-articles/reason-no-435-why-johnny-manziel-just-doesnt-get-it.html
Also negative - Carr's concussion. Bad sign this early in the career on a hit like that.
8 months ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/takeaways-thoughts-about-the-raiders-27-26-win-over-the-lions.html
Better offensive play calling - give the OC credit.
DMC and MJD both had some nice moments.
Carr played better all around - hit the deep ball and some other pro-level throws, rallied the team.
2nd and 3rd team won the game in the end.
Schaub. He sucks people - rather sugar coating it, be realistic... He's not winning any Super Bowls for us. He's not even taking us to the playoffs. He's a sacking dummy and a mentor - probably for one year... and that's okay. That's why we got him.
Pass defense - again, no sugar coating here. Stafford sliced and diced the starters like Seattle did to Denver last February. Same thing happened in game 1. Not time to panic - but time to ask ourselves if we need to make a trade for some help.
The 1st stringers were no match whatsoever for Detroit's starters. Just like the Vikings game. True it's the preseason, but this is why we play the preseason. We are underperforming in comparison to the competition which - let's face it - aint exactly the teams that will still be around in January. We need some serious improvement on offense and defense.
Dave, Dave, Dave... talk about your missed opportunities to criticize awful advertising. Listen to it again...
"Get your hands on their junk."
8 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfuladvertisements.com/2014/commercial-for-pawnography-is-probably-as-dumb-as-the-show.html
@SkinsHogHeaven @BrandonWing @firegecko
Good lord you Skins fans are in for a wake up call. Get used to it now - you won't be the Skins very much longer.
8 months ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/thisgivensunday/
@PehrSmith Rooneys should be towards the bottom too. The league's pets who have been getting special treatment from the refs for 40 years now.
@bentleyy Nonsense. The Skins will be changing their name within the next 10 years. Guaranteed. The team was started by a racist who chose that name because it was racist.
The league didn't want the Raiders in the #2 market in the 90s and they don't want them there now.