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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.
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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.
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@batshtcrazy @SteveNelson2 @CkHartline Here's hoping the Chiefs draft Sam.
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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.
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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.
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He's healthier than DMC.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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'...
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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.
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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 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?
PS: Still can't get over that last drive in Sunday's game. Good lord - why didn't Allen throw it in the end zone? Why didn't McCheckdown audible and throw it in the endzone. You guys have to be getting sick of all these 2 yard passes too.
2 months, 1 week ago on Pryor’s agent stirs up unnecessary controversy
While the comments were out of line, I don't think it's out of line to question Allen's decision. Why insert Pryor now? He's been saying for weeks he wanted teams to prepare for both McGloin AND Pryor, yet Pryor never makes it on the field. The season has been over for quite awhile - if Allen really wanted a true competition - why not alternate games or half a game each or whatever? Some kind of true competition? Throwing Pryor to the wolves in the last game when Denver needs the win is not fair and certainly will not give an accurate representation of the two QBs abilities. When will someone be fair to Pryor and point out he was just as competitive in most games and - HELLO - he won 3 games to McCheckdown's 1? And McGloin's win came against Houston - the easiest team on our schedule.Bottom line - I don't think either of these QBs are franchise guys right now. One of them (or both) may turn out that way - but not now. My biggest fear is we'll be selecting 6th or 7th and this Reggime will pick the 3rd or 4th best QB in the draft for "the future" when it's sure starting to appear neither Allen or Reggie is in our future if we want to be successful.
Holy cow. That last drive was beyond comical. How the f*ck does a team run that many plays inside the 20 and never ONCE toss it into the endzone? I've never seen that before. If I didn't know better - I would SWEAR the Raiders were doing everything in their power to NOT score.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Raider news for Dec 20th: Raiders lose Montgomery, may get Walker back
If we fire Allen, the soundbites will say Mark Davis is "just like his dad" and could make it hard to bring talent to the team in the future. OTOH, we are not a good team. Forget the cap/picks situation - Reggie and Allen have not made good decisions with the picks they DID have. So more picks will probably mean more BAD picks. Look at badly they have mangled the QB situation - Carson could have been let go the first year to save money AND get a pick or two. Then Pryor is already available - yet we pick Tyler Wilson AND sign Matt Flutterball Flynn - wasting a pick, giving away a pick, spending a ton of money we (allegedly) "don't have" - only to end up with Pryor starting anyway. Then Pryor gets hurt for a game or two and they insert McCheckdown into the line-up who has won exactly 1/3 the number of games Pryor has - but they act like he's the next Brett Favre or something. That folks - is the best illustration of "bad management" I've seen in the last 10 years or so. Tyler Wilson was the highest pick cut from what I heard. So again - the picks we DID have we're not used judiciously by any stretch of the imagination.I still say keep both Reggie and Allen another year and if they don't make the playoffs - out. No excuses. Then no one can claim they didn't get a fair shot to win and we won't have to watch them suck dirt a fourth year.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Raiders must make difficult decision on Allen soon
“I don’t think he’s done anything to play himself out of that position.”
That's exactly what I was referring to with Allen playing like we're still in the running or something. We're not going to the playoffs. It's not about who can give us the best chance to win this year - it's about who we need to examine, who's going to be valuable to us in the future and who we need to protect and keep on the roster. If Allen is worried about who's playing best next weekend - it tells me he's more worried about the totally meaningless record we'll end up with this season... iow - his own job.
Jmho, but I haven't seen much from McGloin. He's a back-up who had a couple decent games. Pryor has potential, but he seems injury prone in the way Jason Campbell was. If we can grab a top flight QB in the draft - we should. So far as money to spend - we aren't even at that stage yet (but we SHOULD be 2 years into the regime). You can't build a team thru FA and we have way too many holes to fill to even start thinking about it.
So far as players - if we don't dump Porter outright - it's a sure sign this regime is clueless. Porter can't cover, he can't tackle and he has cost us games. On top of that - the effort is not there. He doesn't seem to care - maybe that's why nobody else wanted him.
3 months, 1 week ago on Raiders' Allen to evaluate his team in last 4 games
McKenzie and Allen were not the first guys dealt a bad hand when they took over a team. On the contrary, that's usually why a new regime is brought in - because things are a mess. And rarely is a new regime brought in when a team is 8-8 and should have been 10-6. So "bad hand"? Sure - very debatable just how "bad" it truly was though. Contracts are not guaranteed in the NFL - you can dump them whenever you want. You can lower cap hits thru bonuses and deferred salaries. Smart guys - like Al Davis - know how to get the players on the field. We can give McKenzie/Allen a mulligan for year one - even though they're partly responsible for not committing to the total rebuild they obviously wanted. But year 2? It's time to see some serious improvement - especially when our division was gifted the easiest schedules in the league this year.
I'll be honest here - I think they'll get another year and I think they should have it. But 10-6 and a playoff spot should be the bare minimum for keeping them beyond that. We could kick them out now and start over - but I believe it would be counter productive at this point. But let's stop pretending like these guys know what they're doing until they actually show us something. Is the team playing better? Yeah - better than last year. Better than 2 years ago? No. And they're still doing incredibly STUPID things imho. Like why is McGloin starting when Pryor's contract is up? We could sit on McGloin ANYWAY - nobody wanted him. He's not going anywhere UNLESS he shows the league he can play! Now is the time to find out if Pryor is useful and someone we want to keep. If he doesn't get off the bench - he's leaving. Do we want to find out we had the next Cam Newton and we let him slip away in order to play a guy with SOME potential we could have kept either way? This is one of the issues with Allen - he's managing the team as though we were 8-4 instead of 4-8.
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