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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.
3 days, 13 hours 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.
4 days, 13 hours 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.
1 week, 1 day 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."
1 week, 3 days 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.
1 week, 4 days 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.
Kraft? Are you kidding me? A douchebag who claims "all his businesses are based on integrity" while he stands by and soils an entire decade of NFL play with his cheating? Then when his douchebag lying fraud of a coach gets a tiny slap on the wrist from Goodell - Kraft turns around and pays the fine for him? You either hail from Boston or you've never seen an NFL game in your life.
"Bottom line: This is the same Schaub we suffered through all last season."
1 week, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/raiders-vs-lions-what-to-watch.html
The "liberal bias" in... sports?
Dude - time to turn off Fox and rejoin reality.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/espn-suspends-dan-le-batard-for-lebron-james-billboard-stunt.html
Judging by that game - Schaub is the same Schaub we saw in Houston last year. Seemed like every one of his passes could have been picked and probably would have been against a team with a few games under their belt. OTOH, Carr looked halfway decent for his first NFL snaps. He was a little high on some passes - including the tip/INT - but he looked very much in control for a guy who's never been on the field.
DMC cracked off a couple nice runs. He's obviously healed and ready to get injured again. :)
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/takeaways-thoughts-about-the-raiders-10-6-loss-to-the-vikings.html
Typical Goodell frack-up. The man who was going to "clean up the league" (forever the clarion call of the inept and unprepared) - has had more violent crimes committed on his watch than all the other commissioners in league history put together. Forget the wife beaters - how about the murders? Aaron Hernandez, Rae Carruth, Ray Lewis.... and that's just the AFC. Isn't it about time we face the fact that Roger Goodell is simply incompetent and should not be running the most powerful sports league on the planet?
3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/the-baltimore-ravens-are-a-pr-dumpster-fire.html
@Tom Jackson She 'hit her head on the back of the elevator wall'? Yes - I hate it when that happens. You get in an elevator with an inebriated, violent woman and then she accidentally hits her head on the back of the elevator wall - knocking herself unconscious. Happens every day. Then - worse case scenario - the video cameras in the elevator aren't working, so the only part caught on tape is when you're dragging your beloved out of the elevator by her hair extensions. If life were only more fair to poor, misunderstood Ray.
Don't you meant Spo and all the other teams that showed Beasley the door? It's not like there are too many dynamic, athletic scorers in the league so no room for the man. I'm a Heat fan too and it sure would be nice if MB played up to his potential. The problem - as the entire NBA has discovered - is all the man wants to do is play. The NBA is a business - he needs to grow up before it's too late and too late is coming up on him a lot faster than I think he realizes.
1 month, 1 week ago on What Comes Next For Michael Beasley?
Every QB comes into the league with some questions - the "guaranteed successes" like Peyton Manning are few and far between. I think we got great value at that pick - the second best QB prospect in the draft behind Bortles imho. You see what's happening with Manziel already - out partying making a lot of noise. He might have the talent to back it up - he might not. Either way he'd be a better QB if he applied a little self control. Personally, I'd rather have a guy like Carr who's interested in making himself a better player. He has a year to bulk up, learn the system and hopefully have Reggie add a few more guys to protect him. He's a project - that's what you get after the first round when it comes to QBs. But so far I like what we're seeing.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/uncategorized/tale-of-the-tape-raiders-qb-derek-carr.html
I would love to see Mack (or anyone else) get a nice clean shot on Brady. The problem is the defensive player would need Brady's illegal helmet radio to fail in order for it to happen. That way they couldn't warn him from the booth to step up in the pocket or scramble like they always do when he's about to get hammered. I'd even be willing to take the roughing the passer penalty Brady will demand from the ref afterwards. It would be WELL worth it.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/uncategorized/raiders-khalil-mack-unlikely-to-meet-his-sack-goals-this-season.html
People can't stop hatin' David Carr. He was thrown into a terrible situation for a rookie QB - first pick for an expansion franchise starting right away. That happens what? About once in the history of the NFL? If he had a chance to sit on the bench for a year or so and learn from some vet - he might have turned into a decent QB. I don't see that as a negative at all for Derek - I see it as a positive that he has some knowledge of what it's going to take to succeed on this level.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/raiders-2014-draft-class-with-real-ish-insights.html
I'm a little concerned about Hayden - 2-1/2 years, 3 injuries (that we know about) - 1 very serious (career threatening), 1 season ending and 1 setting him back in training camp. The last thing we need is another high 1st rounder ending up injury prone like DMC (and DHB to a lesser extent). My personal take is he already qualifies as being picked too high (especially since Reggie didn't get value for that pick in the trade either). If Hayden misses any games this season he starts to slip into the "questionable pick" category in my book.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/digesting-the-many-ota-story-lines.html
We could use another solid WR. Since we didn't draft one, I would expect us to bring in whoever's available just to see if they can contribute. The good news for Little is he can learn how to catch. It's much harder to learn how to get open and you either have speed or you don't.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/raiders-reportedly-grab-wr-greg-little-from-waivers.html
Can't hurt having him considering the state of our defensive line the last... oh... decade or so.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/
The size is good. I saw some little guys going in the 2nd and 3rd - that's always a mistake imo. I'd rather have the size and try to teach the fundamentals if necessary. We have Woodson to mentor these guys.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/raiders-continue-streak-of-drafting-big-get-cb-keith-mcgill-in-the-fourth.html
Filling the needs now. Other teams have been running over us for years.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/raiders-add-large-dt-justin-ellis.html
It's a good pick at 3 - we need help there. Even if he doesn't start he can contribute. Solid value at that draft position imho.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/raiders-add-size-to-offensive-line-draft-og-gabe-jackson.html
I like the pick too for a few reasons -
1. Everything you said about franchise QBs. You can see what happens when you don't draft a young guy or get extremely lucky with a trade like GB did with Favre... you end up in the QB wilderness for years on end. How long have we been plugging in aging stars with nothing left in the tank? A: Too long.
2. NOW the Schaub deal makes sense. Without a young (possible) franchise player behind him - he's just another aging band aid QB who might give us one year at .500 before his average career finally comes to a merciful end. As a mentor? He has a lot to offer in the way of experience. Carr can adjust and learn for a year or two (hopefully only ONE).
3. Although initially I wasn't sold on Carr, after seeing him on Gruden's camp I had him rated as the second best QB int he draft behind Bortles. To get him in the second round is a great deal for us imho - we get a true impact player in round 1 and a possible franchise guy in round 2. THAT'S good drafting - give Reggie a hand.
4. If the team is improving - and we all hope it is - we might not be drafting this high in the future. So waiting for the "right" time or the "right" QB might mean we never get him. If we slip down to the middle of the rounds next year - we might be looking at the 3rd or 4th best QB or worse. Grab a guy everybody likes when you can.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/raiders-get-lucky-have-qb-carr-fall-to-them-in-2nd-round.html
Ooops - my mistake - Houston doesn't have a QB. They'll probably take Carr unless they have trepidations based on what happened with his brother.
Sux for us.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/examining-the-raiders-day-2-draft-options.html
Barring anyone trading up in front of us to get him - we had BETTER select Derek Carr. This is our first shot in YEARS to grab a potential franchise QB and at the 36th pick - he could be the steal of the draft. Having someone like him on the bench elevates the Schaub move too. Instead of being just another old guy who leads us to mediocre seasons (Palmer, Collins, Brooks, Hostetler, etc... etc...) - now he makes sense as the veteran who can manage the team and mentor a young QB prospect for a year or so. It would also validate the Reggime's achingly slow rebuild - give us another year and another draft to get where we need to be before we insert the franchise guy. It would be a fantastic situation for us. And just fyi... the picks in front of us are Houston, Washington and Cleveland - all 3 teams already have their QBs. Carr WILL be available (barring any trade-ups or us trading down). If we truly are building a team for the future - this is the best move in the second round - by far.
Reggie - if you can hear me - PICK DEREK CARR!
No doubt a good pick. Barring any unforeseen circumstances (injury, holdout) - he should start contributing immediately and for years to come. Really the first A+ move of the Reggime imho. We might have caught a break when Buffalo moved up to get Watkins (a terrible trade for them imo, btw - gave up way too much).
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/raiders-get-a-needed-impact-player-in-khalil-mack.html
We're on year 3 of the Reggime and no (potential) franchise QB yet? Come on. We're talking the basics here. We need to draft somebody or pick up a serious player for that position. How long does Reggie think he's going to get? Usually the GM and the coach pick the QB they're going to live and die with within the first 12-14 months. Schaub - good, bad or indifferent - is a band-aid. I think we can all agree on that.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/tale-of-the-tape-matt-schaub.html
ESPN said we have the toughest schedule next season, and looking at that line-up... I believe them. We might have to fight just to get back to 4-12. The (other) bad news? Reggie has a built-in excuse for more failure.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/predicting-the-raiders-season-with-a-twist.html
EVERYONE ranked Jamarcus as the best QB and #1 pick of the draft. So don't hold it against Kiper that Jamarcus decided to retire the minute the ink dried on his contract. However... all those OTHER stupid comments from Kiper? Absolutely... hold THOSE against him.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/
Sounds like one of those "you can make stats say anything" situations to me. Generally a lot of starts and a high completion percentage mean the player is decent and probably bankable. The wonderlic score would only add a bit of polish to the player's resume. Is it a surefire gambit? Let's ask Jamarcus and Ryan Leaf.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/1977.html
That last team Al built was going to turnover anyway after the uncapped season. So I suspect that even if Al was still alive most of those players would be gone. The real question is would Al have built a better team afterwards? An interesting question - at least until Reggie actually puts a winning squad on the field. My mother could turn an 8-8 team into a 4-12 team. Two years in a row? Al could do that from the grave.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/two-seasons-after-al-davis-death-raiders-roster-almost-completely-changed.html
I'm guessing just about any team would look "great" to MJD after his last couple years on the Jags. Hopefully the team will back up their "respect" sentiments. We'll see. I think the playoffs are a pipe dream, but at this point I'd be happy just to get back to "respect"-able. We should have the players to do that come Sept.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/raiders-start-off-season-workouts-looking-for-respect.html
Why did they drop the purple unis? That was the one redeeming characteristic of the team.
4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/raptors-official-blames-espn-for-shot-clock-power-outage.html
"Soccer is the new baseball."
Yes... exactly. :)
4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/video-keith-olbermann-takes-down-the-ny-times-style-article-on-soccer.html
It's the fact that the show does NOT have some preordained ending to every show that keeps people coming back. Bar Rescue? Let's face it - it's the same episode every week - only the bars change. Sure occasionally Taffer pretends like he's going to walk out - but he never does (or at least they never make those into actual episodes). Unlike virtually every other "reality" show out there - you never really know how The Profit is going to end - that's what makes it interesting. And I would add he does exhibit a bit of empathy. Most vulture capitalists either replace the current employees with their own people or suck the company dry and leave everyone without a job. At least Lemonis tries to identify the ones who are worth keeping and those who should be kicked out for incompetence.
4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/theapparty/2014-articles/cnbcs-the-profit-is-an-entertaining-hot-mess-that-makes-little-sense.html
We need to quit screwing around and get a QB - and if we can't get one of the top four - then pass altogether. Enough with the "dark horses" and the prospects. So far as Schaub sticking for years - I sincerely doubt it. Just look back over the last decade or so at all the "veterans" we brought in. Is Schaub even the best of that bunch of losers? We had Kerry Collins - went to 2 SBs before we got him. Schaub is a bandaid. I hope the management realizes that and grabs a QB. Sure - trade down if possible. Get two picks and use one on a QB - it's worth it if any of the top 4 are available and we're picking below 15 or so. But betting on Schaub is ridiculous considering he was already ON a Super Bowl quality team and couldn't make it happen. What's he going to do for us.... other than collect a paycheck?
Derek Carr has moved way up on my list since seeing Gruden's QB thing with him, btw.
4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/pieces-of-raiders-draft-strategy-start-to-emerge.html
The problem with the Hall is simple - Jan Wenner and the crowd from Rolling Stone are in charge. You can trace back to the date they took over simply by looking at the inductees. They're still living in 1974 - so all those bands are getting in. The only time someone they don't understand gets invited is when it's an obvious choice like Nirvana or when the screaming of outraged fans reaches epic proportions as with Kiss. They're already inducting rappers and other acts (that might be appropriate once in a blue moon for a ROCK hall of fame) - before legendary groups with long and storied histories like Yes and Deep Purple punch their ticket. Kraftwerk? My guess is they'll probably make it one day if Wenner hangs around long enough. But other highly influential and deserving acts a little further off the beaten path (Blood, Sweat & Tears, Thin Lizzy) and groups that made boatloads of great music but weren't critical darlings or have large contingents of American fans (The Easybeats and every other Australian band) will probably never get in.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/theapparty/
IOW... The good news - he doesn't jump offsides on every play. The bad news - our weak ass o-line from 2013 totally neutralized him. Well... it's always nice to cut down on penalties.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/tale-of-the-tape-antonio-smith.html
@AsherMathews @Indy! Since I've been very vocal about Reggie on the bad picks - I will add that the last week or so the signings seem to make more sense than the first week or so. We're still too old imho - but that can be addressed (for now) with a good draft. I'm still in favor of trading down for more picks - unless we can get a solid franchise player at the 5 spot.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/
He's relatively young and relatively inexpensive (if my info is correct) - so give him a try. He might fit somewhere else if not his natural position - or he could be a solid back-up. Last year we needed a lot of help on the o-line. If DMC and MJD can stay off the stretcher, a solid running game would help the passing game and take pressure off these guys too. Personally? I'm just glad we're finally signing a young (uninjured) guy.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/
The profits have been expanding - but the game itself has been eroding since Goodell took over. Unless you're on the NFL payroll - he's an absolutely terrible commish. That's quite apparent just by looking at the off field behavior of players. Goodell is supposedly the "crackdown commish" - the guy who was going to get rid of all the illegal extracurricular activity by players. What do we have now? More wife beaters, drunks and even murderers. Add to that the rule changes that have been slowly strangling the life out of the sport. A simple catch has been turned into a legal process that needs to be reviewed in slo-motion half the time. I find it somewhat humorous that he's even talking about eliminating kickoffs! I'm wondering how they'll introduce the new season every year when they can't say "NFL KICKOFF!" Will it be NFL COIN TOSS!" or "NFL START FROM THE 20 YD LINE!" That's before we get to the concussion issue which has mommies all over America rethinking their kids involvement in a game this dangerous - not to mention the players. We're already seeing stars contemplating earlier retirements. The NFL has had a great run - it's the sport I grew up with and for a long time there was no comparison, but now? I can see what Cuban is talking about - the clock is ticking on the NFL's supremacy.
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/thisgivensunday/2014-articles/mark-cuban-is-right-the-nfl-is-vulnerable.html
5 months, 1 week ago on Raiders' trade for Schaub is final piece to draft flexibility
Allen is comparing him to Kurt Warner? The guy who went to TWO Super Bowls before he ended up in Arizona? The guy who was MVP multiple times? Is he serious? Or just laying the groundwork for his decision to play Schaub even if Pryor or McGloin outplay him in the preseason like they did with last year's free agent QB named Matt.
5 months, 1 week ago on Raiders complete trade for Matt Schaub
Pretty obvious to me Reggie is trying to protect his job for another year. A move like this has some good points - it helps spend some of that money Reggie should have spend on Veldheer (yes - 20/20 hindsight, I know), his contract is short so we can dump him with all these older guys if Reggie ever manages to find some young guys to build around and it takes the pressure off on draft day in regards to drafting a QB in round 1. So there are some advantages here. The disadvantages are Schaub (imho) has underperformed most of his career. He had a Super Bowl team a couple years back and managed to blow it somehow. His record as a starter is 46-44 which - imho - is a very accurate indicator of what we are getting here - a journeyman QB who probably should have spent his career on the bench instead of on the field. However - all that said - the Nation should be cheering this move if for no other reason than it means we WON'T be signing Mark Sanchez or Josh Freeman.
5 months, 1 week ago on Report: Raiders "expected to trade" for QB Matt Schaub
5 months, 1 week ago on Tale of the Tape: CB Tarell Brown
There are some good points to what Reggie is doing - size, experience and winners. I like that aspect and - not to point out the obvious - but that's exactly the way Al thought. Al's original idea behind the Raiders - in the beginning - was to combine size and speed (although the haters only remember the "speed" part). But I would disagree on a lot as well - DJ Hayden was not a good pick. That's not to say he won't turn into a good player - he very well could. But a first round pick - especially a high one - needs to contribute in year one. DJ's year one is over - he did not contribute enough to justify his high position (and salary for those concerned about money). That's BEFORE we get to the part about Reggie trading down and not getting value for the pick we gave up. And if we are being totally honest - this is exactly the type of move the haters slammed Al for - picks like DHB. If Al gets slammed for it - then Reggie should too. And DJ and Brown are undersized imho. The prototype corner is Mike Haynes - 6'1". Short guys in an era of tall of receivers is not good for the defense.The part about Reggie not "overpaying"? What about Saffold? It would have been better to tag Veldheer - especially now that all the highly-desired players have been snapped up and we still have a ton of money laying around. No matter how you slice that one - Reggie screwed the pooch AND he tried to overpay.The part about Reggie evaluating players differently - again - classic Al. I'll be the first to agree Al picked some clunkers. But he also hit the lottery every once in awhile. Reggie? I go back to what I said before - where are the players? When has his "smarter than everyone else" routine paid off so far? We hope it's working now - but the proof is in the pudding and so far we have two 4-12 seasons, no amazing draft steals of note and we lost the guys we wanted to keep. So we're still in "wait and see" mode 2+ years later. I hope it all works out - but nobody outside the team is pointing to us and saying "Hey - the Raiders are doing great in FA!"All that said - I do like the last 3 picks more than the previous ones. Howard, Brown and especially Jones could all be big contributors imho. But Reggie would be doing himself and the team a HUGE favor if he had a stellar draft. We have not been collecting enough young talent for the future. These old guys were signing can go two ways - they might seriously want to help rebuild, or they might just be cashing their last paychecks (like we seen way too much in the past). That first pick better be something amazing - we're high enough to get a solid 10-yr contributor if the selection is right. He better not blow it.As always... jmho. :)
5 months, 1 week ago on What the first week of Free Agency tells us about the Raiders