Found April 09, 2012 on Hugging Harold Reynolds:
Gene Upshaw and the Raiders are One Number. siphotos: Football: Super Bowl XI: Oakland Raiders coach John Madden walks off the field after leading the Raiders to victory over the Vikings in Super Bowl XI. Behind Madden is Gene Upshaw holding a “We’re No. 1” sign. In this week’s Monday Morning Quarterback, SI’s Peter King writes about how Oakland is finally doing things right and are an organization on the upswing. (Neil Leifer/SI) KING MMQB: Raiders finally doing things the right way and other draft thoughts PAULINE: Who’s rising, who’s falling in the NFL Draft after pro daysGALLERY:’s All-Time 20 Sportscasters

Tale of the Tape: Philip Wheeler

The Raiders signed former Colts LB Philip Wheeler during free agency to a one year contract.  As a new addition to the Raiders squad, I watched game tape of two games to get an idea of his strengths and weaknesses as a player.Linebackers are harder to evaluate than many positions because they work as a unit more than most other positions.  The scheme also plays heavily into where...

Ex-NFL player Neal sentenced for DUI

Former NFL player Lorenzo Neal has been sentenced to three years of probation after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge. The four-time Pro Bowl fullback also was sentenced Monday to eight days in an adult offender work program and ordered to pay $1,861 in fines and court fees. Authorities say the former Fresno State University football player was charged...

Raiders' McKenzie isn't concerned about Palmer deal

New Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie isn't outwardly concerned with the overall cost of acquiring quarterback Carson Palmer. "You can beat that doggone story 'til it's worn out," McKenzie told Sports Illustrated's Peter King. "But I know this: We've got a quarterback we think can win the division and take us to the playoffs. Losing...

A new day in Oakland: Can the Raiders escape Al Davis’s shadow in 2012?

Sure, life is ever-changing. But for the Oakland Raiders, everything this off-season has had it’s own sense of oddity. From the abnormal, non-splashy free agency, to the changing of coaches to the approaches of the draft, the Raiders are working against their history…and to that end, the team may be stronger for it. Probably the biggest difference that the Raider Nation would...

Reggie McKenzie not upset over Carson Palmer trade

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie told Peter King of that he was never upset about the fact that he was walking into arguably the worst cap situation in the NFL as well as only have a few draft picks this season, none of which are in the early portion of the draft because of the Carson Palmer trade. “Never thought, ‘Woe is me,’ ” McKenzie told King...

Ex-NFL RB Neal sentenced for DUI

Former NFL running back Lorenzo Neal was sentenced Monday to three years’ probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanor drunken driving. Neal was charged in a July 4 crash in Fresno, Calif. in which his vehicle struck a pole. He was also ordered to pay $1,861 in fines. Neal was a four-time Pro Bowl fullback. He spent 17 seasons in the NFL before stepping away after the 2008 campaign.

Chargers may be close to signing OT Mario Henderson

According to all the available evidence, the San Diego Chargers seem rather close to signing former Raiders offensive tackle Mario Henderson. Henderson sat out all of last season after showing up out of shape to the Raiders’ training camp last season.  Even prior to this, Henderson had been arrested in Fort Myers Florida early last year for having a concealed weapon without a...

Oakland Raiders add defensive line depth

The Oakland Raiders have added some defensive line depth. The franchise has reached an agreement with free agent defensive lineman Dave Tollefson. Tollefson played last season for the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants as a reserve recording five sacks. Tollefson has been in the league for five seasons, recording 81 tackles and 10 sacks while playing a reserve role...

Panthers win division, draw Devils in Round 1

In clinching the first division title in franchise history on Saturday night, the Florida Panthers closed the book on the NHL's Eastern Conference playoff race. The Panthers defeated the Carolina Hurricanes, 4-1, securing the Southeast Division crown and the No. 3 postseason seed. They will meet the No. 6 New Jersey Devils in Round 1. It'll be a reunion of sorts for several...

Eagles to target QB in the draft?

A few weeks ago the rumor was that the Philadelphia Eagles would trade up and attempt to draft quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The idea that the Eagles would target a QB of the future was very valid but to trade up to the top ten for a 2012 backup is not. Peter King of Sports Illustrated suggests the Eagles could make a selection in the second round. The Eagles have the 51st overall...

Oakland Raiders G.M. McKenzie Doesn't Mind Carson Palmer Trade

New Oakland Raiders G.M. McKenzie Doesn't Mind Carson Palmer Trade Reggie McKenzie has cleaned house since taking over the General Manager job in Oakland. The most notable exit was that of former Head Coach, Hue Jackson, who orchestrated the big trade for quarterback Carson Palmer and it was speculated that the trade led to his firing. McKenzie claims that he doesn't mind...
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