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As we look back on the 2012 season that was it’s interesting to look back at the 2012 Raiders team that was, celebrate their strengths (few that there were) and discuss the weaknesses. There are many ways to do this – film review, interviews with those involved and, finally, statistical breakdown which will be our focus for today.
As with an actual football team, it all starts with a quarterback. Raiders QB Carson Palmer looked like he was going to have great year at the start of the season, throwing for yards, scoring points and reducing his turnovers but the team’s offense couldn’t get into gear and he slumped in the second half of the season and ended up missing the last game due to injury.
Football Outsiders have a stat which they call DVOA (defense-adjusted value over average) in which the team at Football Outsiders not only take into account the run and pass results (i.e. “run left tackle for 3 yards”) but also whether that run was successful (did it get the yards ne...
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The Raiders are going with Pryor at QB, what are their other needs?
Here is my first look at the NFL Draft. There are a lot of teams that need quarterbacks this year. The problem, there are not enough QB's in the draft.
I expect to see teams trying to trade down, will they have any takers?
1. Chiefs - Bjoern Warner, DE, Florida State
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Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times believes the Oakland Raiders will target a number one receiver in free agency this offseason. This means the Raiders could target any of the following receivers; Mike Wallace, Dwayne Bowe, or Greg Jennings. The Raiders have a lot of young talented receivers, but they’re missing a go to target for quarterback Carson Palmer. Need NFL Tickets...
According to Jason La Canfora of CBSSportsline.com, Oakland Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer could become a cap casualty if he chooses not to renegotiate his current contract.
Carson signed a six year contract extension through the 2014 season while he was with the Bengals in 2005.
In addition to the three years remaining on his existing deal, the value of the extension was...
The Raiders have always been a team that you either love or you hate, and sometimes the animosity toward the Oakland Raiders leads toward Hall of Fame players not being inducted into the Hall of Fame. The last list I compiled was very controversial and because of that fact. I decided to reexamine the list again, and to see if there are any discrepancies. I revised the list and these...
Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times believes that neither Raiders QB Matt Leinart or WR Darrius Heyward-Bey will be back with the team next season.
Leinart is a free agent and is unlikely to be re-signed given that the Raiders appear to be willing to see what they have in Terrelle Pryor next season.
Having arrived to Oakland after a brief stint with the Texans, Leinarts spent...
NFL Draft expert Matt Miller of Bleacher Report has indicated that scouts within the Oakland Raiders organization love former West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith. #Raiders: Rumor mill is working through the league that Oakland scouts love Geno Smith. Front office is ready for a new QB. — Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 27, 2013 Needless to say, Geno Smith to #Raiders in...
Typically, the NFL Pro Bowl is a relaxed game with no blitzing, little effort and a whole lot of scoring. For players, it’s a free trip to Hawaii with a participation bonus added in at the end. But one player out on the field on Sunday will be trying his hardest.
Oakland Raiders fullback Marcel Reece wants to win the Pro Bowl MVP because he wants the free car that comes along with...
The New York Jets reportedly have had some discussions about JaMarcus Russell, who reportedly is interested in making a comeback.
No that’s not a typo in the headline. I know you think that because the NFL has no current players who’ve come out of the closet. And there’s a very low number of ex-players (and since we’re talking about ex-Niners, c’mon Jeff Garcia, quit living the lie, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with being who you actually are) who are known to be gay that this must be an error...
With the A’s eyeing an eventual move to San Jose and the Warriors likely leaving for the San Francisco waterfront, the Coliseum Authority is pledging $1 million to study stadium proposals that would keep the remaining hometown team, the Raiders, in Oakland.
From the Oakland Tribune:
Dubbed “Coliseum City,” the proposal calls for a construction of an entertainment and sports...
One of, if not the biggest NFL draft busts in recent memory, is planning on making a comeback to the NFL.Yes, 2007 first overall pick JaMarcus Russell, who currently weighs over 300 pounds, is looking for an NFL roster spot.The 27-year-old has dropped 12 pounds, going from 320 to 308 and is determined to prove his critics wrong.He has not taken a snap in the big show since 2009,...
The Oakland Raiders could survive another year or two with Carson Palmer if they upgrade the talent around him. But it is definitely time to begin the search for his replacement. And no, Terrelle Pryor is not the answer. Geno Smith may be an option with the third pick, but they are more likely to hold off and take a developmental prospect in the second or third round...
In the eighth paragraph of his Monday story about the New York Jets' plans to bring in competition for Mark Sanchez, Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger had a small tidbit about Gang Green having "very exploratory, informal" discussions about JaMarcus Russell.So of course, ProFootballTalk brought it to the forefront. (photo: The Brit_2, Flickr)Orr later tweeted the...
Just in case you didn’t think the New York Jets circus could get any nuttier, we have this nugget to pass along. According to Conor Orr of The Star-Ledger, the Jets have discussed JaMarcus Russell.
Russell was the No. 1 overall pick by the Oakland Raiders in 2007 and hasn’t played in the league since the 2009 season. He reportedly is interested in making a comeback, and the...
Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger reports that the Jets have had “some very exploratory, informal discussions” regarding former Raiders’ No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell.
The report mentions that these talks were held after GM Mike Tannenbaum was let go, but doesn’t say whether or not new GM John Idzik was part of these discussions.
Last week, multiple reports...