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ESPN is also reporting that we're "interested" in possibly trading for the most overrated player in NFL history - Darrelle Revis. Good lord... these last couple years have been my worst nightmare come true.
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PS: I would have rather spent that $4 mil on FA Michael Bush. At least he'll be available most of the season.
7 hours, 53 minutes ago on Raiders re-sign McFadden but lose Rashad Jennings to New York
Wow. It's almost like the Reggime is looking for the worst possible outcome and then making it happen. ESPN is reporting the number at $4 mil... Which is $4 mil we could have spent on a player who will actually be ON the field.
7 hours, 55 minutes ago on Raiders re-sign McFadden but lose Rashad Jennings to New York
So we gave up one of the guys everyone considers our top priority free agent - Veldheer - to sign a guy who has "struggled at times"... FOR MORE MONEY???Veldheer - signs with Cards for 5 years @ $35 mil.Saffold - 5 years @ $42.5 mil.Why not just give Veldheer the $42.5 mil? (or $40 mil? or $38 mil?)We've gone well beyond bad management into the area of total incompetence.
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@WINGNUT1951 @Indy! Detroit Super Bowl rings: 0
As you say - Go get 'em Lions.
Call me when they do. ;-)
1 day, 7 hours ago on 10 most dysfunctional teams in the NFL
We should only spend on quality (preferably young) players who can help us win. Screw the cap. When it comes to the NFL - it's nothing more than time filler for ESPN. Your "penalty" paragraph says it all - the cap has no teeth in this league like it does in the NBA with the luxury tax. Management has to be smart and find the right players and not worry about the money - whether we're up, down, whatever. The only real good news about us having a lot to spend is now the Reggime has no excuses to hide behind.
1 day, 9 hours ago on The Raiders and the Salary Floor part 2: Oakland must spend, spend, spend
The other obvious point being some players are worth more to other teams than they are to their original team. If anyone offers Veldheer or Houston top dollar for their position - we should probably just let them go. It doesn't serve us well to pay top dollar for two positions on a team that has about 20 other gaping holes to fill. A team that's close to winning might need either one for a specific purpose that would make it worth their while to pay a lot. For us? Better to spread the cash out. The only player we should be paying top dollar to is a franchise QB - which we don't have right now.What we really need is a guy like Newsome - look what a difference he's made for the Cleveland/Baltimore franchise. That's what Al did for us - gave us an edge with his football smarts. Reggie might be that guy - but so far he hasn't shown it imho. Bottom line, the only way a small market team can succeed is thru better personnel management. Look around the league - you'll see that's what makes or breaks a team.
3 days, 9 hours ago on How Veldheer and Houston’s free agency can benefit Raiders
We have to hope Reggie is just getting warmed up for a tremendous offseason. But so far? He's merely reinforcing everything we've seen up to now... a propensity for signing weak players nobody else wants.
1 week, 3 days ago on Raiders re-sign versatile lineman Khalif Barnes
@batshtcrazy @SteveNelson2 @CkHartline Here's hoping the Chiefs draft Sam.
1 week, 6 days ago on Not an Onion article: Lobbyist drafting bill to ban gay players from NFL
I'd prefer Bridgewater or Manziel and wouldn't want Carr - I could live with Bortles. Watkins is nice, but 5 is pretty high for a WR when we need so many other positions too. Take the QB if we get one of the first 3.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on Mike Mayock discusses Draft, Raiders
Enough with the cast-offs. Reggie needs to make his own mark on the team. If it's just going to be injury-riddled old guys we're not going anywhere.
3 weeks ago on Raiders should take a close look at DE Will Smith
He's healthier than DMC.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Raiders sign RB Kory Sheets
This Raider fan would love to have Wade running the D. Our "defensive minded" head coach hasn't proved anything to me in two years... except that he knows how to make excuses for abject failure.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Why is nobody giving Wade Phillips a shot?
I guess "improved" means "less wins" to the author. The Raiders were 8-8 the last 2 years of Al's life - they've been 4-12 the two years since. Call me when Mark Davis has 5 Super Bowl appearances and 3 championships under his belt. Collectively, the Jets, Bills, Bucs, Lions and Vikings don't have that many Vince Lombardi trophies between them.
3 weeks, 5 days ago on 10 most dysfunctional teams in the NFL
Another reason why we really needed to take advantage of the light schedule we had in '13. If we consider the fact we're still nowhere near playoff ready - the schedule really doesn't matter. We should still be able to win half the games in the 3rd reason of a "new" Reggime no matter who we play. The Bills, Fins, Texans, Jets, Browns and Rams gets us 3/4 of the way there - that leaves 2 games where we have to surprise a couple teams. One or two divisional opponents are good candidates. If some of these new guys are as good as McKenzie seems to think - 10 wins should be a possibility. I just hope Mark Davis doesn't let this become an excuse for Allen and McKenzie to fall back on if we have another disappointing season.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Raiders projected to have NFL's toughest schedule in 2014
Too early to worry about Watson - not too early to worry about McKenzie and Allen. The bigger point in this piece is this Reggime has not been very good at evaluating talent. They're doing what everyone accused Al Davis of doing - making risky picks. The only difference is Al's risky picks often paid off.Just sayin'...
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Report: Raiders coaches are concerned OT Menelik Watson "might not have it"
The problem with Pryor is Dennis Allen obviously doesn't like him and is not going to give him a fair shot. The guy won 3 out of 9 games (really 8 - due to the concussion) and McGloin won 1 out of 6 in the easier part of the schedule. The only team McGloin beat was Houston - the worst team in the league. So to me - Pryor was the better player even with all the warts. He has 3 years under his belt - but he was basically a rookie so far as starting experience.Not that I put much faith in mock drafts (you might as well throw darts at a board) - a lot of people have us in the mix for Bortles and Bridgewater. I would be okay with picking either of them or Manziel. Beyond that - a QB pick would be a waste imho. There are rumors we might pick a guy in the second round. Barring a miracle - that would be a(nother?) sure sign this Reggime is simply in over their heads. This is the draft and offseason they need to show us something beyond how fast they can talk. They have the picks - they have the money - they have two years under their belts - there is no reason they cannot field a winning team in 2014 except ineptitude.
3 weeks, 6 days ago on Raiders' Pryor to train with SoCal QB Guru in offseason
BTW, despite the fact I believe Reggie blew it last year when he traded down - I think this is a great opportunity for us to trade down again. Someone probably wants Clowney and he's probably going to be available. The 5 pick is worth two 1s in the 18-20 range. I'd rather have 2 solid contributors at more reasonable salaries than one questionable lineman.
2 months, 1 week ago on History shows that Raiders should draft a QB early
Your research is good and solid - however I think you missed the most important stat - how many QBs were selected BEFORE these quality QBs. That's the problem we face with the draft. Even though we have a very high 5th pick - we're picking after 3 teams that are about 95% sure to pick QBs (Houston, Cleveland and Jax). That would mean we get the 4th choice for our "future" QB. Why does that matter? Let's look at a draft far enough back where we can judge the results - 2004. Lots of QBs picked - some mentioned in your research. This is the order the QBs were picked in round 1 followed by their actual draft position...1. Eli - 1st
2. Rivers - 4th
3. Big Ben - 11thSo we can see that even 6 picks after our 2014 position (5th) - a Super Bowl QB was still picked. Position - at least in 2004 - didn't matter much as long as you had a relatively high pick. So who was the 4th QB picked - the one we are most likely to get this year?4. JP Losman - 22ndQBs picked 4th since 2004:2005: Charlie Frye
2006: Kellen Clemens
2007: John Beck
2008: Chad Henne
2009: Pat White
2010: Colt McCoy
2011: Christian Ponder
2012: Brandon Weeden
2013: Matt BarkleySee anyone on that list that looks like a franchise guy? There is a huge drop-off in quality after the first couple of QBs in most - if not all drafts. Not to mention, do we even want this Reggime picking our future QB? They haven't proven themselves imho - why should they be picking the QB for the next decade when they might be gone as early as Monday? If they're going to pick - I think they should pick a solid player that will contribute for a long time - a lineman. I would avoid Clowney simply based on his reputation as a slacker. That is exactly the kind of player we should avoid even if it means we pass on a possible future star.So far as FA QBs - if we went that route, I wouldn't want to pay top dollar. First off - we need that money for more players. Secondly it would give the Reggime more excuses for not succeeding. I can't believe you guys even brought up Sanchez. You HAVE to be USC fans. ;-) I'm not a big fan of Cutler either - he's not a winner imho (and the end of this year proved it... again) - and he'd probably be asking for another large contract. Freeman is damaged goods. Vick is done. Schaub might work for a bargain basement price. The guy who interests me the most is somebody we had before - Josh McCown. He can probably be had for a decent price and he's a vet who knows his place and would understand he's on borrowed time.
@rick.houlihan@Indy! @rick.houlihan Agreed. I've always been of the opinion that money is really bad excuse to use for failure. There are so many ways around the cap in a league with no guaranteed salaries and so many ways to spread the money over multiple years. I don't mind so much when the idiots at ESPN or the national media take the easy route and blame Al, but it's time the Nation realizes what the man did for the team and how hard it's going to be to replace him. The bottom line is we're a small market team with an old stadium and not much extracurricular opportunities for players to make money. What separated us from the Clevelands and the Detroits was Al Davis. If we don't latch onto someone else with that type of football savvy - we're going to be looking at a lot of 4-12 seasons in the future.
2 months, 1 week ago on Will Dennis Allen be back in 2014?