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I think our "top five" pass defense is not unlike the "stout" Jets run defense - neither team has really been tested in those areas so far this season. As I've already stated - I don't harbor much hope for Sparano, but perhaps he learned something from the DA experiment. We are not a run-oriented ball control team at this point. We do not have the caliber of play on the line or players in the backfield that can pull that off. He should be calling plays like Tom Cable did in year 1 - throw the book out the window and play as aggressive as possible. We have nothing to lose at this point - run every trick play you can think of (except the wildcat, please).

I must also say - this Raider fan would gladly pay $31 to see the team - even if they lose. If I'm lucky, I get to go to a game every other year or so down here in South Florida and sometimes I have to drive 350 miles to Jacksonville to see them. I've spent $400 on tickets more than once and over $1000 on other occasions when you include the full package - trip, tailgate, game, etc... So you guys in CA? Take advantage - go make some noise for the home team.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/uncategorized/raiders-tickets-19-below-average-for-chargers-game.html

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Wow. This is your job? Not only will the Heat make the playoffs - they'll have at least one series at home. And I would remind you - Wade already won a title without Lebron. Lebron has not won a title without Wade.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/crossoverchronicles/

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I almost felt like the defense played poorly on purpose to speed up the DA dismissal. It's one thing to play like this the first year of a regime change. Year 3? I don't care if you have the offense playing defense - you should not be this confused. Especially when your head coach is an alleged "defensive genius". Something went very wrong in this game and injuries and inexperience are simply not enough to explain it. We lost to a very mediocre Dolphins team. We were ripped to shreds by a QB they have been talking about dumping at the end of the season here in Miami. Bottom line - we made a very average team look like world champions. To play on the old adage - we DID get fooled... again and again.

Hope the fam is okay, Asher.

3 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/after-review-video-study-of-the-raiders-defense-versus-the-dolphins.html

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Nice article. Kind of surprised you didn't get into Sparano or the should Reggie go too debate. I've probably mentioned before that I live in South Florida - so I saw Sparano up close and personal. And Raider fans - I hate to say this - but I was hoping for anyone except Sparano. Unless something has changed drastically in the last 3 years - he is not the guy to turn the team around. The irony is the media's angle on him is "he orchestrated a turnaround in Miami". That is total nonsense. He took over a vastly underperforming Miami team that had some talent. The Dolphins had the easiest schedule in the NFL Sparano's first year. That was the season Tom Brady injured his knee and was out the entire year. To top it off, Miami needed a QB and the Jets signed Brett Favre  - letting Chad Pennington fall into the Dolphins lap for basically nothing. If Tony Sparano "orchestrated" any of that - I'm sure it's news to him. From there on - it was downhill. Because Sparano took Miami to the playoffs the first (fluke) season - he got a couple more years with the Fins where he did nothing - at the end of his tenure he was so lost he stopped calling plays because he didn't trust his own judgement.

Right now, I am seriously concerned that the same thing could be happening here. This guy is NOT the man we want in charge and if he fires up the team momentarily and gets a couple wins? We could be looking at the same situation as the Dolphins - believing he's the answer and keeping him around. For the first time ever... I am seriously hoping Gruden wants to come back.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/after-review-video-study-of-the-raiders-offense-versus-the-dolphins.html

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@awfulorv Yes - also not mentioned is that at the time of the 2005 draft, the Raiders already had Kerry Collins at QB - a guy who had been to the Super Bowl a few years before. You draft for need - not for what you think will look good on a  "worst draft choice" list 10 years down the road.

4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/thisgivensunday/2014-articles/five-draft-picks-why-the-raiders-wont-make-the-playoffs.html

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Couple things...

First off, Gallery and Russell were CONSENSUS high first round picks by EVERYBODY. It wasn't like Al Davis said "bring the draft board and the darts so I can make a pick" - EVERYBODY thought those two guys were solid picks at the time. Did they pan out? No. But Gallery had a serviceable career - there are certainly worse picks over the years (like McClain - mentioned below).

Fabian Washington was questionable - but not crazy. You pick for your needs at the time. Looking back 10 years later and saying "Yeah, but..." is nothing more than Monday morning QBing. DHB and Hayden are the real problem picks - DHB was a bit of a stretch, but the consensus #1 WR (the position of NEED) was Crabtree who said straight up he didn't want to play in Oakland. I would only add that Crabtree is not exactly setting the league on fire either - he's best known for Richard Sherman stealing his (almost) game winning reception in the NFC title game last year. Why we picked Hayden (or why some fans think Reggie is picking better than Al did) is the real mystery.

All that said - and yes, agree the Raiders have had a decade of despair - I would still point out we have 5 times as many Super Bowl appearances as the Saints and 3 times as many titles. The Haters love the Raiders when their down - because they know in their hearts eventually... we're coming back.

4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/thisgivensunday/2014-articles/five-draft-picks-why-the-raiders-wont-make-the-playoffs.html

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No Thoughts from the Dark Side on our new coach? Don't tell me you're getting discouraged already, Asher. The season just started - we have 12 more games to turn it around.   :)

4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/after-review-video-study-of-the-raiders-offense-vs-patriots.html

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It's a sad commentary on the NBA, but typical of Mark Cuban. There's a reason why graphic designers exist in this world - so multibillion dollar teams and owners who know nothing about design don't end up with an outdated jersey idea stolen from the 1970s. This reminds me of the time I saw Green Day and they brought people up from the audience to play their instruments on one of the songs. For those 3 fans who were actually picked from the crowd it was the memory of a lifetime. For the 19,997 other people in the crowd it was a wasted 20 minutes that would have been better spent playing 3 or 4 more songs. Same thing here - one fan will have the opportunity to say he designed a uniform for the Mavs. The other Mavs fans will have to be embarrassed by their faux-Nuggets unis every time the team wears them. Word to Mark Cuban - next time you want an alternate uniform, spend a few bucks on a professional graphic designer.

1 month ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/crossoverchronicles/uncategorized/mavs-reveal-fan-made-alternate-2015-16-uniforms.html

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The Dennis Allen countdown clock has started.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/raiders-vs-texans-what-to-watch.html

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@MrBelevedere "One of the most intelligent men on ESPN"? You had me right up til you tacked on the network disclaimer.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/stephen-smith-blasts-national-organization-women-furious-rant.html

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@BenjaminPGlaser @mikeds Send that post to ESPN - Skip Bayless is going to be looking for a new ignorant misogynist loudmouth jackass partner any day now.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/stephen-smith-blasts-national-organization-women-furious-rant.html

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The video has shown us the truth about Ray Rice AND Roger Goodell. This fan says thank god the NFL and the world are finally catching on to the incompetence of the worst commissioner in professional sports - the man who almost singlehandedly is destroying the game of football. There is more to running a league than lining the pockets of the owners with cash. Especially in a league that can manufacture money while the commissioner sleeps - as we have seen since the first day Goodell took the reins from Tagliabue. I'm sick of his ridiculous rule changes, his "catches" that require slow motion confirmation and his favoritism towards owners who blatantly cheat. Ten dollars says we eventually find out he tried to destroy the Rice video the same way he destroyed the Patriots Spygate video. The man is an abomination.

Goodell? Goodbye.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/report-nfl-ray-rice-elevator-video.html

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Dolphin fans should be on their knees every night thanking the good lord for the immaculate reception. Because if not for that - they would have met the Raiders in the AFC Championship game and the Silver and Black would have ended that "perfect season" right there. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://phinsphocus.com/2014-articles/has-being-a-loyal-dolphins-fan-run-its-course.html

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You nailed that one, Asher. We're reliving the Gruden era on offense - way too conservative - when we should be reliving the Cable era - playing like we have nothing to lose (because we don't). This is what scared me about Allen and his belief that a conservative, run heavy offense could win in today's game. That 2 yd pass out in the flat never works anymore - why they keep trying it in virtually every series is totally baffling. Open up the game - play like there's no tomorrow, because for this coaching staff - there might not be. If the Jets can run over our D like that - what are the Broncos going to do? We got lucky in this game - the Jets should have had 14 more points if not for their mistakes. That's not counting the possible pick six the rookie db dropped. This game had blowout written all over it - the final score was totally misleading. The yard differential told the true story - the Jets had something like 400yds to 158 for us.

My take on Carr was the same as yours basically - he played like a rook, which is fine. He made a couple mistakes, he made a couple nice throws. He has pretty good pocket awareness for a first game and he didn't make any totally boneheaded decisions and he didn't get hammered by the pass rush. He also made that head's up play when MJD kicked the ball back to him. I'd give him a B+ all things considered - but damn, cut him loose. Allen should demand more deep balls from Olsen.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/takeaways-thoughts-on-the-raiders-19-14-loss-to-the-jets.html

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Reminds of this time I was in a Footlocker store and some 12 year old kid was ranting and raving about the Jets - how much he loved them and supported them, yada, yada, yada... on and on. Finally I got tired of it and went over and tapped him on the shoulder. He turned around and I said "Are you a Jets fan?" He nodded and said "Yes" and I said "No - I mean are you a real Jets fan - forever, no matter what?" And he said "Yes - I love the Jets - they're my favorite team forever!" To which I said "Well then - you better start preparing yourself for a lifetime of disappointment."

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/uncategorized/raiders-tickets-below-average-for-series-opener-vs-jets.html

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I have this one in my "winnable" column - it's a good test to start the season. Just hope Carr isn't hammered. Our D still needs some work and this is the perfect half-ass offense to build confidence with - Geno hasn't shown much and they have two has beens in the back field. I'm a little concerned that Olsen and Allen are pimping the run game too much though. We're not exactly sporting thoroughbreds behind the QB either and who's winning with a ground game in what is no doubt a passing era for the NFL? I'm hoping Carr does for Allen what Marino did for Shula - plays so well he throws the playbook out the window and lets him win some games for us with his arm. We're definitely going to be in some shootouts this season - we need a gunslinger.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/uncategorized/raiders-vs-jets-what-to-watch.html

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I'll never forget when Hall played for the Raiders for a game and a half or so and most of the time had no idea where his receiver was. He disappears into zone coverage and his teammates make him look like a viable corner. Put him in man coverage like the Raiders did and he's exposed as one of the worst corners who ever managed to make it onto an NFL field. I guess being a decent trash talker earns a multi-million dollar salary on some teams.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/deangelo-hall-feuds-with-bleacher-report-writer-on-twitter.html

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@Big TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT @Indy!  At least I'm high for the right reason. You, Allen and Reggie are high on McGloin - the guy who managed to throw TWO interceptions in ONE series the other night. He hit the defender right in the numbers for the first one which was called back for defensive hands to the face. Then he doubles down by going right back and throwing into double coverage a second time for an easy pick six. I have no idea why anyone thinks he's special or why we're even wasting our time talking about a guy who will never get on the field unless the season unravels like last year. Can he hit the RB out of the backfield? Sure. Beyond that he's Brady Quinn 2.0 - a guy who belongs on the bench.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/the-raiders-announce-initial-53.html

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I would have kept George Atkinson III. Personally, I do not think it is a priority to keep 3 QBs on the team if it means you have to cut someone with real potential like Atkinson. I wish Reggie and Allen would just get over their freakin' love affair with McGloin already and trade him for a pick or something. He's not a starter - he's a 3rd string QB who managed to win a grand total of ONE game last season against the worst team in the league. Big deal - we've seen what he can do and it aint much. We could pick up a guy just as good as him by randomly throwing a dart at the QB waiver wire. Back in the day, you know who our 3rd string QB was? Ray Guy. That's solid personnel management - if you get down to the 3rd stringer, your season is over anyway. We could name Janikowski the 3rd string QB and it wouldn't make a lick of difference to our final record this season. Or why not Pryor? Seattle cut him after he played just as good (if not better) than McGroan. He knows our system. He won more games than McGloin, he's athletic and could play a slash position - help out at the RB slot once DMC goes down (the clock is ticking on that) or play a little WR since we're not exactly the Greatest Show on Turf in that respect. McGloin is just a teacher's pet - reminds me of that guy Gruden was so enamored with - the one who lost the AFC Championship for us against Baltimore in 2011(?) and was promptly cut from the Raiders just like all those other teams cut him before us.

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/the-raiders-announce-initial-53.html

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The team looked like they took a big step forward in this game - especially Carr. It was even quite entertaining up to the end when Pete Carroll was calling timeouts (!!! in a PRESEASON game???) because he couldn't bear to lose to the lowly Raiduhs. LOL! That said, I bet they were either looking past us, or the 'Dogs are experiencing a classic case of Super Bowl letdown - they think they can win just by showing up. Either way - good game, lots of improvement on our side and we came out with a win.

Not sure about Carr starting. Of course I want him out there learning and playing as much as possible - but not if he's going to be a sacking dummy. The last thing we want is for him to go down the same road as his brother. Let Schaub get beat up.

The bad news - Hayden already on PUP. Looking more and more like just a bad pick. 

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/takeaways-thoughts-on-the-raiders-41-31-victory-over-the-seahawks.html

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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.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/yours-truly-talks-raiders-on-sonoma-county-sports-fans-podcast.html

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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.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/thisgivensunday/2014-articles/reason-no-435-why-johnny-manziel-just-doesnt-get-it.html

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Also negative - Carr's concussion. Bad sign this early in the career on a hit like that.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/takeaways-thoughts-about-the-raiders-27-26-win-over-the-lions.html

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Positives: 

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. 

Negatives: 

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.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/takeaways-thoughts-about-the-raiders-27-26-win-over-the-lions.html

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Dave, Dave, Dave... talk about your missed opportunities to criticize awful advertising. Listen to it again...


"Get your hands on their junk."

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfuladvertisements.com/2014/commercial-for-pawnography-is-probably-as-dumb-as-the-show.html

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@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.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/thisgivensunday/

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@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.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/thisgivensunday/

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@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.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/thisgivensunday/

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@BRGator33

The league didn't want the Raiders in the #2 market in the 90s and they don't want them there now. 

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/thisgivensunday/

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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.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/thisgivensunday/

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The "liberal bias" in... sports?


Dude - time to turn off Fox and rejoin reality.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/espn-suspends-dan-le-batard-for-lebron-james-billboard-stunt.html

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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 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/takeaways-thoughts-about-the-raiders-10-6-loss-to-the-vikings.html

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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 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/the-baltimore-ravens-are-a-pr-dumpster-fire.html

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@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.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/the-baltimore-ravens-are-a-pr-dumpster-fire.html

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@cosby_bitch

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.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on What Comes Next For Michael Beasley?

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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.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/uncategorized/tale-of-the-tape-raiders-qb-derek-carr.html

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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.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/uncategorized/raiders-khalil-mack-unlikely-to-meet-his-sack-goals-this-season.html

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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.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/raiders-2014-draft-class-with-real-ish-insights.html

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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. 

4 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/digesting-the-many-ota-story-lines.html

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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.

5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/raiders-reportedly-grab-wr-greg-little-from-waivers.html

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Can't hurt having him considering the state of our defensive line the last... oh... decade or so.

5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/

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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.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/raiders-continue-streak-of-drafting-big-get-cb-keith-mcgill-in-the-fourth.html

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Filling the needs now. Other teams have been running over us for years.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/raiders-add-large-dt-justin-ellis.html

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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.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/raiders-add-size-to-offensive-line-draft-og-gabe-jackson.html

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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.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/raiders-get-lucky-have-qb-carr-fall-to-them-in-2nd-round.html

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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.

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/examining-the-raiders-day-2-draft-options.html

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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!

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/examining-the-raiders-day-2-draft-options.html

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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).

5 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://tfdssports.com/2014-articles/raiders-get-a-needed-impact-player-in-khalil-mack.html

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