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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Why did they drop the purple unis? That was the one redeeming characteristic of the team.
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"Soccer is the new baseball."
Yes... exactly. :)
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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@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.
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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.
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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.
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1 month 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.
1 month 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.
1 month ago on Report: Raiders "expected to trade" for QB Matt Schaub
1 month 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. :)
1 month ago on What the first week of Free Agency tells us about the Raiders
1 month, 1 week ago on Tale of the Tape: CB Tarell Brown
It only gets worse - CBS is reporting we're interested in Schaub (10 TDs / 14 INTs last year), then Mark "hotdog" Sanchez, then Vick and Freeman. Same old Reggie - picking thru the league's trash.
1 month, 1 week ago on Report: Raiders in negotiations to trade for QB Matt Schaub
Wow. $11 mil for Schaub? Really? Instead of just waiting for the Texans to cut him and then sign him for nothing? These are the times when I actually care about the money - when we're throwing it out the window on proven under performers. Schaub had a Super Bowl team a couple years back and how far did he take them? To the 2nd round? This guy is another journeyman QB (if that - he played abysmally last season in case anyone forgot) - I'd rather we give Pryor another crack at starting to be honest. The ONLY advantage I see to taking on Schaub is it will prevent this Reggime from wasting our #5 pick on a terrible "franchise" QB (knowing Reggie - he'd pick some high school QB and then pretend like he's the only one who knows why it's a "great" pick even if we have to wait 4 years before he's eligible to play). It truly is reaching the comical point with the Raiders.
Better than Porter. But couldn't we get at least ONE signing where we all agree "YES! Great move!"
@Bassinguy I'm with you. I'm sick of the season being over for us around game 6. I'm predicting that's right about where Allen gets fired next season.
1 month, 1 week ago on What the hell are the Oakland Raiders thinking?
@JasondeHaas The team worked best with Cable in the HC spot and Hue in the OC spot. Hue made some terrible decisions as head coach - like not going for 2 against Detroit and costing us the game and the playoffs.
@JasondeHaas We should have signed him to a per-game contract because chances are he won't be playing in most of them.
The "same old Raiders" went to FIVE Super Bowls under Al Davis' tutelage - once when Al was in his mid 70s for Pete's sake. You need to turn off the ESPN, my friend. If Reggie McKenzie had HALF the football mind Al did at 82 - and if the cap was such a "problem" as he claims - he would have cut McFadden, Palmer and Seymour the minute they hired him. Same with Flynn - why did we sign him and add even more dead cap money when Reggie was using that as yet another excuse for failure? Now we lose the top 3 FAs Reggie himself penciled in as keepers and we would have signed a WORSE player for MORE money if Mark Davis (a guy who doesn't even claim to know football all that well) hadn't stepped in and canceled the deal because of the injury (which should have been discovered BEFORE signing Saffold). "Same old Raiders"? No - I would take the Al Davis-led team over these bozos any day of the week - even from his wheelchair Al was building better teams than we've seen in the last couple seasons.
As a lifelong Raider fan - I appreciated Al Davis and what he did for the team (unlike most). I fully suspected there would be a drop-off when he finally passed to the big gridiron in the sky, but not like this. The team is now bringing new meaning to the term "incompetence". How long are we going to pretend Reggie McKenzie and Dennis Allen are the smartest guys in the room who have some secret plan that will (eventually) produce a winner? The way Reggie acts - he obviously believes time is not an issue. I hope Mark Davis has some of his Dad's smarts and won't stand for the lack of progress much longer. And Reggie? I loved you when you played for us and what you did in Green Bay - but time's up, my friend. You need to start showing some results... and fast.
1 month, 1 week ago on Grading all 32 teams after the first wave of free agency
The kind of signing I can live with - veteran with winning experience on a short leash in case he doesn't work out (for whatever reason). I'd like to see more deals like this until the Reggime actually makes some progress. With all this money and high draft picks - I hope Reggie is also working the phones trying to multiply our picks (or move up in the later rounds - whatever) before the draft as well.
1 month, 1 week ago on Raiders sign DE/OLB LaMarr Houston