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@Indy!  Agreed and I'll be critical of the Raiders if they don't come out of the draft with a QB to groom.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/tale-of-the-tape-matt-schaub.html

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@Indy!  I agree, Indy. I think he's a decent signing. As I say, he's much better at guard than tackle, in my opinion. If he can continue to grow and develop, he can be very solid due to his size and strength.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/

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@Indy! @80kdot I'm good with low-key, inexpensive contracts. I think the Raiders have had a good, solid free agency. Good teams are built through the draft, anyway. The free agency period is just to get depth and stop-gaps at positions until a better player can be found.

8 months, 1 week ago on Tale of the Tape: CB Tarell Brown

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I don't follow Pats much but I think Dowling's big issue was injury, which is not what you want the Raiders to take on, so no.

I didn't have Hanson making the squad, anyway, so I'm not as worried about his absence.

1 year, 2 months ago on Predicting the Oakland Raiders final 53

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Vernon hasn't stood out in recent practices whatsoever.

1 year, 2 months ago on Predicting the Oakland Raiders final 53

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Wetzel has already been cut.

1 year, 2 months ago on Predicting the Oakland Raiders final 53

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@DanHartman There's a big difference between thinking he knows the problem and actually fixing it. Last year they thought they knew every week, too, but the OL didn't get substantively better. If they don't improve, that OL will get QBs killed. Yes, they can improve and I hope they do but they need to do so quickly.

1 year, 3 months ago on Oakland Raiders vs Dallas Cowboys: the good, the bad, and the ugly

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@JoshMcDaniels2 Thanks for sharing, Josh. I definitely think read and react is important, too, although as I said I think agility is a must for a cover corner. But, it's just my opinion and I appreciate you sharing yours.

I know what you're talking about with the tackles. He isn't an overly physical presence in tackling in general. Not to say he didn't tackle but he wasn't as physical with at as I'd like at that level, especially against any other position other than receiver. He was more a slow 'em down and let others help, guy.

1 year, 4 months ago on Tale of the Tape: film review of Raiders' rookie CB DJ Hayden

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It's hard to take the Jaws review seriously in that Flynn has had very productive games and many other starting QBs have not. Flynn is physically limited, yes, but not so much as people would have us believe. He may not have a Joe Flacco arm but he can make most of the most needed throws.

Indy!, Jax has a QB competition between Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne and Cleveland's QB is last year's rookie pick Brandon Weeden.

I liked this draft overall and I think each and every player can contribute to the 2013 team.

1 year, 4 months ago on NFL Films' Greg Cosell speaks highly of Raiders' 2013 draft class

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He has as good a chance as any. If he applies himself to getting the fundamentals of the position down, he could be great, yes. He has the physical tools, certainly.

1 year, 4 months ago on Tale of the Tape: film review of Raiders' rookie OT Menelik Watson

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 @Indy! It was a good signing for the Raiders to get a proven veteran and an outspoken leader in the locker-room.

1 year, 6 months ago on Oakland Raiders' camp battle winners predictions

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Tight end will be interesting. It seems a long shot for all 3 rookies to make the final squad. I expect Leonard to maybe get on the practice squad, not the final 53. It seems likely that Ausberry or Gordon, but not both, will make the final squad. My guess is Ausberry over Gordon.

 

I think that Jennings will make the final squad and he and Murray will be the backups over Stewart and Williams. I think Williams will be cut soon, actually. He had a bad rookie camp and isn't able to be at the OTAs, either.

1 year, 6 months ago on Oakland Raiders' camp battle winners predictions

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 @Indy! Yes. Especially since as of now, at least, his #9 is taken by Conner Vernon. Vernon was initially given #16 but he gave that number to Josh Cribbs when Cribbs signed and took #9 instead.

1 year, 6 months ago on Oakland Raiders' camp battle winners predictions

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 @Indy! I agree, it seems unlikely to me that he'd start off the bat. But if the Raiders struggle, again, he could see time at the end of the year, definitely.

1 year, 6 months ago on Tale of the Tape: film breakdown of Raiders rookie QB Tyler Wilson

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Do you feel I was judging Olson?  That was not the impression I was trying to give.  Looking at a coaches past successes or failures is not judging him, it's pointing out past history which can be applicable.  It doesn't mean that Olson is doomed to failure, here, by any means.

1 year, 10 months ago on By the Numbers: a look at new Raiders OC Greg Olson

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@Auburn Raider Fan I think that's very well thought out. I disagree with some of the small details but that's just my opinion and clearly you've put a lot of thought into why you think what you think so I can't help but be impressed. It's getting ahead of my articles but I also think the ZBS will be back. I go back and forth with Veldheer going to RT but as of right now I'm of the mind he stays at LT because of the promise he's shown there. I'm not sure how many compensatory picks Raiders'll get and I wouldn't count on much. The guys they lost were, by and large, all backups and they had some offsets in picking up Bartell, Brisiel, Wheeler, Spencer, Tollefson, etc. I'd guess they get, at a minimum, a late 7th but if they get a second I'd think it'd be more like a 6th or 7th rounder, not much, unfortunately. But, again, I can't fault your logic and that's just my opinion. You bring up some good points, thank you for sharing.

1 year, 11 months ago on 2013 Raiders Predictions: Defense

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I'm not super-thrilled about going with only 5 WRs but I don't see a good 6th receiver on the roster as is.  As Nilby mentioned I could see the team signing another receiver to play as returner, however.  Returner is an important position and the team just doesn't have many options there right now.

 

Allen said today that he's very confident that Moore will be ready to go for week 1 and maybe by the final pre-season game so that increases this scenario's likelihood.  Ford is also getting better so that's a plus.

 

Kilgore could earn a spot over Stupar, yes.  He's certainly flashed a bit more in games.  I also considered Kilgore of Ihenacho which is a possibility.

 

What will probably happen, though, is that other players will make the final squad.  I see Ihenacho, Cumbie and McCann as the players on this list whose positions are the least safe.

2 years, 2 months ago on Predicting the 2012 final roster, post-camp | January

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2 years, 4 months ago on Tale of the Tape: Tyvon Branch | July

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 @Jososi I think to look only at his total yardage only is not a good indicator of his talent.  He has crossed 1000 yards the last three years, yes.  He's also carried the ball a ton in that time.  His average yards per carry is below 4 the last two years.  In 2010, it was 3.5.

 

I took a look other big backs from last year to get a sense if bigger backs have a lower yd/carry average and they do not.  Or, at least, the good ones do not. Of the good big backs, the lowest avg yd/carry I saw was 4.2 and most were higher in the 4.4 or 4.5 range.

 

The highest avg yd per carry Benson has ever achieved in his career was 4.2 and that was in 2009.  That was the only time in the last 5 seasons that he was higher than 4 yds/carry.

 

Benson came out of college a workhorse RB with a lot of carries.  He has carried the ball in the NFL over 1500 times.  That sort of work takes a toll.  Plus he's 29, now and will be 30 before the season ends.

 

I think he's not been a productive back just that the Bengals continued to give the ball to him.  He's done much less with each carry than his fellow RBs which indicates that he's not a great player.

 

In addition, he's been one of the most worked players and he's nearing the end of his career.

 

So, what I think makes sense is that the Raiders sign him - if the money is low and not guaranteed - and give him a chance in camp.  If Taiwan Jones or Goodson don't seem to be able to cut it of if any of the 3 get injured he can be in the final squad as needed.

 

What I think is unlikely but I also hope doesn't happen is that he make it in solely on name recognition.  He's on the downside of his career and he's never been that amazing.  That type of player tends to fade fast.

2 years, 5 months ago on Raiders reportedly interested in RB Cedric Benson | June

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It makes little sense because Benson isn't as good at this point in his career as the two others.  If he's tabbed as a short yardage back, only, what's the point?  Reece or Schmitt can do short yardage situation.  Keeping a pure RB that cannot be explosive is a waste of a roster spot.  Are the Raiders going to keep 4 RBs and 2 FBs?  Probably not.  So, if Benson makes the team it'll be over one of the other other players.  Do you want Benson more than Goodson or Taiwan Jones?  More than Reece or Schmitt?  I do not.  However, if he comes on and really blows it up, he can earn a spot.  If Jones or Goodson get injured, he can be a decent backup option as well.

2 years, 5 months ago on Raiders reportedly interested in RB Cedric Benson | June

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 @Harder2000 My comparison of Goodson to Bush is more of a backup to backup instead of similar players.  They are not.   Goodson is more like Taiwan Jones than he is to Michael Bush.  As I said in there, he too quickly bounces it outside.  however, he is much more dynamin than Bush who was deceptively fast for his size but still not very fast especially as the season went on - he tended to slow. 

 

I think the Raiders could keep 4 RBs but wouldn't count on it.  I'd guess they'd have the 3 - McFadden, Jones and Goodson and two FBs with Reece an obvious one.  The second FB would be more traditional - Schmitt, Tonga, maybe Rashawn Jackson are competing for this spot.  Reece could then also function as a pounder as needed with the other FB as lead blocker.  It's just a guess, though.

2 years, 6 months ago on Tale of the Tape: Mike Goodson | May

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You're right, I meant to include Schmitt.  Interestingly, the Raiders have him as a RB not a FB in their materials.  I don't know if that means anything, but it's interesting.

 

McClain's contract makes it unlikely he's going anywhere - the cap hit would be huge.

2 years, 6 months ago on Catching up on multiple Raiders topics | May

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 @hnoodle I see him as insurance.  He'll compete in camp for RT.  If no one steps up they can use Barnes but if they have more talent at OL that's young and has better upside he could be cut.

2 years, 6 months ago on A look ahead at the final roster | May

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 @LC Williams Murphy is certainly in the mix but I don't see him as a lock.  The other four, I think, are going to be on the roster.  Murphy will be competing against Eddie McGee, Thomas Mayo, Brandon Carswell and possibly others.  If he can regain his earlier form, he has a good chance to make the squad but if he does not, I don't think it would be a shock if he didn't make the final roster.

2 years, 6 months ago on A look ahead at the final roster | May

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 @Harder2000 For some reason - I haven't determined why, yet - all reserve/future contracts have a minimum of 3 years.  So, that doesn't mean anything, really.  The Raiders aren't going to cut Lechler, no.  They're probably doing their due diligence in case there was an injury.

2 years, 6 months ago on Play Action: 09 Seahawks 2 TE set, pass | May

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 @nilbymouth I think you make some excellent points.  Thanks for weighing in.

2 years, 6 months ago on Discussion: long term injuries and the NFL | April

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I don't know if those of you in Litening status see the Twitter responses but there's some great discussion from @Jamalisms below

2 years, 6 months ago on Discussion: long term injuries and the NFL | April

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 @JasonPeters Some excellent points, here.

2 years, 6 months ago on Discussion: long term injuries and the NFL | April

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 @oaklandraider  Where is the line in Singapore? More or less than in US?

2 years, 6 months ago on Discussion: long term injuries and the NFL | April

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 @RaiderNation319 I made the point on Twitter that for one million dollars there would probably be people who would run across a firing range with people shooting at them.  That doesn't meant that we, as a society, should stand aside and let them take that risk, does it?

2 years, 6 months ago on Discussion: long term injuries and the NFL | April

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Would you be in favor of eliminating kickoffs or punts in some ways as those are some of the primary causes of injuries and collisions?

2 years, 6 months ago on Discussion: long term injuries and the NFL | April

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 @oaklandraider  It's preference right now. Aaron Rodgers wears a better helmet which is why it looks so large on his head.  Eli Manning does, too.  Many do not.  To many.

2 years, 6 months ago on Discussion: long term injuries and the NFL | April

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 @oaklandraider I also have much more of a problem with boxing.  I totally agree on making PED tests a primary issue.

2 years, 6 months ago on Discussion: long term injuries and the NFL | April

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Does the NFL have the responsibility to regulate what kind of equipment the players use? Should they require players to use the latest equipment, like concussion helmets?

2 years, 6 months ago on Discussion: long term injuries and the NFL | April

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For those who are "listening" in, do we as a society have a responsibility to limit what others do?  Or should people be able to do whatever they want, regardless of the risk, because it's their own life?

2 years, 6 months ago on Discussion: long term injuries and the NFL | April

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Anyone have thoughts?

2 years, 6 months ago on Discussion: long term injuries and the NFL | April

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 @raider lifer yes I will.  I'll do other active Raiders, too.

2 years, 7 months ago on Tale of the Tape: Dave Tollefson | April

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Just based the most sought after on the number of teams bidding for services.  Brisiel may have been the more interesting FA to teams but he only visited the Raiders whereas Tollefson had different visits and a bidding war for his services before he chose the Raiders.

2 years, 7 months ago on Tale of the Tape: Dave Tollefson | April

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 @massillonraider Oh don't sell yourself short. You're both impressed and impressive...

2 years, 7 months ago on Tale of the Tape: Ron Bartell | April

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 @ukraider78 I am planning on writing more.  I threw a vote out on Twitter last night on which player people would be most interested in next and Wheeler won in a landslide.  So, I started going through some Colts game tape last night to form an opinion.  Thank you for the kind words.

2 years, 7 months ago on Tale of the Tape: Ron Bartell | April

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 @Spartacus Poe is interesting.  He really shot up draft boards but has been cooling a bit from the Combine.  Some now have him as the 3rd or 4th best DT because although he's a great athlete he wasn't very productive in college.  It only takes one team to love him, however, so you very well could be right.

2 years, 7 months ago on Mock draft 1.0, by @SethMurphy4991 | March

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 @JarrodRollins That may have been my formatting issue, I'm not sure, but either way I now have that corrected, thank you.

2 years, 7 months ago on Mock draft 1.0, by @SethMurphy4991 | March

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 @Spartacus Maybe the second coming of Jared Veldheer who is also 6'8" and somwhere in the 300 range... Having those two at OT would probably qualify for the biggest tackles in the league.

2 years, 7 months ago on Raiders draft prep: OT Steven Baker | April

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 @oaklandraider Interesting question and I don't know the answer for this regime.  With the Raiders under Mr. Davis, they hardly ever drafted players they brought in.  I don't know if that is because it was just subterfuge or they didn't like something they saw or someone just fell to them that they liked more.  Probably a combination of all three.

 

I'm sure that all the other NFL teams know who this guy is, so it isn't like the Raiders are tipping their hands in that way, but it does signal interest.  He may have struggled at times or have other developmental issues so that he's a later round prospect and their trying to get more info on him.

 

Also, he may not be a good fit for power blocking schemes, which most of the NFL has.  If that's the case, there are only a few other teams that use zone blocking - Houston, Seattle - that I'm aware.  Perhaps he's a better ZB OT in which case it's not such a big deal, probably.

2 years, 7 months ago on Raiders draft prep: OT Steven Baker | April

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 @Indy!  @Jososi What, exactly, do you think I need to educate myself on?  I'm telling you that I'm familiar with what Al has done for the league and also the conflicts between Al and the league.  Nothing will allow me to experience them because I didn't.  I can only learn about it through reading.  I have done that.  Just because I don't agree with you doesn't mean I'm not familiar with what happened.

 

If what you're saying is that some HOF voters don't like the Raiders, I'd say that's probably true.  It's not Raiders specific, though, and there are other teams players that don't make it in the HOF because of stupid, petty reasons.  So, no, I don't see that as an anti-Raiders sentiment, just a HOF voter who doesn't understand what should or should not go into the Hall.

 

To address the ref situation: I'm sure refs bring in their own baggage.  I don't think the Raiders get any worse calls than other teams, in general.  I think that they do get a lot of penalties because they play undisciplined and once the officials start throwing flags they keep throwing flags.  If the Raiders can stop with the stupid stuff - the offsides, the false starts, the unnecessary roughness stuff, some of the ticky-tack PI calls will go away.

 

Look the Tuck Rule could have been Walt Coleman screwing the Raiders. We'll never know.  There are very reasonable people who have no stake in the question that believe it was a correct application of a bad rule.

 

The Louis Murphy call is technically the correct call on a bad rule and there are lots of examples of the same situation - he was just one of the first.  Google Calvin Johnson Rule and you'll see basically the same situation the next season.  It got much more press when it happened to him because he's the bigger name.

 

Basically, I think blaming the refs, who probably have no particular feelings about the Raiders or Al Davis of intentionally screwing the team for their own sordid schemes is ignoring that the Raiders put themselves in most of these situations with sloppy play, some bad schemes and some over-zealous hits.

 

I think that by and large, every team has it's issues throughout the years.  Seattle had the 2006 Super Bowl in which the ref admitted he made mistakes: http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=5444048

 

The Raiders are never going to get out of their penalty funk until they admit that they are bringing it on themselves and start playing better football.  If they start playing well and disciplined, the refs will be less likely to flag them for questionable penalties - that's not a conspiracy that's just human nature.

 

~Asher

2 years, 7 months ago on Raiders are awarded fantastic compensation | March

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 @Indy! I just wanted to address this to clarify my position.  I am aware of his significance to the league in terms of history but only as history, I didn't follow the team during that time.  Having said that, I think that is all irrelevant to the discussion at hand, unless your argument is that the league used to conspire against the Raiders but no longer do.

 

What I'm addressing in the article is that don't believe that the league is currently doing so and I specifically mentioned the last 10 years because  I have not seen anything in the last 10 years that indicates the league has a conspiracy against the Raiders.  Have you?

 

Outside of the last 10 years, what I'm saying, is I don't know because I didn't experience it personally.  Does that make more sense?

 

I also don't want to give the impression that Al Davis was always a poor manager - he won 3 Super Bowls for the team.  However, to think that because he did some great things at one point in his career means that he make poor decisions.  I believe that, towards the end of his life, he made some very questionable decisions and resisted making necessary changes in the organization.

 

I believe he can both have made questionable decisions and be a great man and have influenced the creation of the NFL as it is today.  The two are not mutually exclusive.

2 years, 8 months ago on Raiders are awarded fantastic compensation | March

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 @Indy! I'm not going to get into whether the league had a grudge many years ago - it's certainly possible.  I've been following the Raiders since 2002, so 10 years now.  In that time, I've seen no indication that there is any bias against the Raiders.  The HOF selection isn't run by the league, so that isn't a valid argument.  The selection is sportswriters so you'll have to blame them for Plunkett. 

 

Al Davis was a big part of the problem, too.  His refusal to change things that needed to be changed - like his defensive philosophy - put players in almost impossible situations.  He also refused to allow coaches to bench players he liked, which hurt the teams penalty situation increasingly, every year, until the league record was set last season.  The team had changed almost entirely since 2002, but the penalties were a problem every year and most of them were deserved.  Much of that blame goes on Al, since he was the only common factor in those years.

 

I think that is much more likely than there being a conspiracy theory.  I'm sure if the Raiders had been given very poor compensation, people would have felt that the league's "secret formula" was skewed to hurt the Raiders but because they were given very good compensation, it's written off as just fair.

 

To me, the compensation was fantastic - as I said the best I've ever seen - and the league is fairly good about treating teams equally and trying to create an even playing field.

2 years, 8 months ago on Raiders are awarded fantastic compensation | March

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@Harder2000 My guess, sources notwithstanding, is that Carlisle stays at his RG position and Brisiel gets moved to LG with Wiz sliding over to C. I can't imagine why the team would put the lesser G on the blind side and Carlisle is a career RG. Brisiel has, I've heard, played some C so he is the more versatile. It's also possible he would move to C and Wiz would stay at LG but that seems less likely. I think Barksdale deserves a shot at RT. He looked very decent filling in at LG when Wiz moved to C at times. We'll see what he has in camp. My guess is that Bruce C doesn't make it on the final roster. He's been through multiple head and line coaches and hasn't seen the field, yet. That has to tell us something - he doesn't have what it takes.

2 years, 8 months ago on Lots of action in the AFC West | March

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 @Jososi I think in the long term this will be for the better.  If the Raiders can take their pain up front and get the ship righted they can be much more competitive in the future than they would have been hampered by those contracts.

2 years, 8 months ago on The art of navigating free agency | March

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