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Over at Grantland, the great Bill Barnwell wrote an interesting piece on the year-to-year ebb and flow of NFL teams, as it pertains to their records. The basis of his piece was examining whether 2nd half hot streaks carry over into the following season, but he also provided some good statistics on the well known idea that great teams regress and awful teams usually improve the following season.
As it applies to the Raiders, coming off a 4-12 season, Barnwell found that since 1990, 88.2% of 4 win teams improved their record the following season, 5.9% got worse, and 5.9% won 4 games again. So should we expect the Raiders to improve on 4-12 this upcoming season? Short answer is: yes. Given that 88.2% of 4 win teams are winning the more games the next season, it would seem logical to expect Oakland will be a better team this upcoming season.
The big X-factor for Oakland this season will be the quarterback situation. Matt Flynn will likely be the starter, and he’s an interesting case. In...
If you’re an Oakland Raiders fan you have most likely seen headlines in the last couple of days that read as follows, “Jaws: Matt Flynn is NFL’s Worst Starting QB” They all differ a bit, but worst is the word that seems to be the common denominator here.
Headlines like this are designed to draw ire from the fans and work the respective fan base into a frenzy.
Last season the Oakland Raiders were forced to play backups Matt Giordano and Mike Mitchell at safety because long time free safety Michael Huff became the starting cornerback. During the off-season all three of them left in free agency. While it was not surprising that Reggie McKenzie decided to let the mediocre Giordano and Mitchell leave, Huff’s release was out of the blue....
ESPN Analyst Ron Jaworski is one of the most respected breakdown commentators on television.
His breakdowns are insightful and informative that gives viewers a solid perspective on player evaluations.
Jaworski rated all 32 starting quarterbacks in the NFL and Oakland Raiders QB Matt Flynn won the prize for taking up the rear.
According to Bill Williamson of ESPN, Jaworski thinks...
The Oakland Raiders linebacker unit might be the most improved position on the team. While the Raiders did lose solid contributor Philip Wheeler they have improved on skill and depth at every level of the unit. The biggest addition was by subtraction, epic bust and head case, Rolando McClain was finally cut by the team before he retired. The additions of veterans Nick Roach, Kevin...
On January 12, 2012, Dennis Allen became the Oakland Raiders first defensive minded head coach since John Madden retired in 1978. The Raider Nation was promised an aggressive hybrid scheme that would bring the defense into the 21st century. The promises of an improved defense soon fell flat as the Raiders defense stumbled throughout the season. Although many Raiders fans called for...
Former Oakland Raiders Pro Bowl quarterback thinks the criticism that current signal caller Matt Flynn is facing is ‘ridiculous’ seeing that he’s only played in limited action.
He also disagrees with ESNP analyst Ron Jaworski on his evaluation of the Raiders QB.
He will compete with Terrelle Pryor and Tyler Wilson in training camp, but both are less experienced than Flynn...
During the last dismal decade for the Oakland Raiders, their special teams unit has been among the best in the league. The Raiders had two all-pro’s leading the special teams with Shane Lechler and Sebastian Janikowski booming kicks all over the field. When healthy Jacoby Ford was one of the most explosive kick returners this league has ever seen. Now that Lechler has left to the...
Former Patriots and Raiders defensive end Richard Seymour has made a ton of money during his NFL career, and as he still wades in the currently not-so-crowded free agent waters, he's ready to get out and hang the cleats up.
Seymour, linked recently to the Atlanta Falcons, says that if he can't find a deal to his liking, he'll just retire, and he's very comfortable...
Former NFL quarterback Rich Gannon asked free agent defensive lineman Richard Seymour on SiriusXM NFL Radio if he would be willing to rejoin the Patriots after spending a few years in Oakland.
“I always felt like that chapter was closed when I left there,” Seymour said, via ProFootballTalk.com. “I’ve always been grateful for the time I spent there, and we had a great time...
The offseason talk surrounding the Oakland Raiders has been focused on the quarterback position. The departure of Carson Palmer and entrance of Matt Flynn and Tyler Wilson have provided the focal points of media attention and fan discussions alike. So far flying under the radar is the position that Flynn (or Wilson) will wind up throwing passes to.
In 2012 the Raiders top two receivers...
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JaMarcus Russell was a special type of quarterback. At LSU, the bulky 6’6’ QB played with fierce tenacity and sported a cannon for an arm, compiling a record of 21-6 as a starter for the Tigers. He was named MVP for the 2007 Sugar Bowl and was drafted as the first overall pick of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. How did his career take a complete...
ESPN’s Ron Jaworski believes that Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn’s arm strength problems are very clear. After breaking down Matt Flynn’s NFL game tape, ESPN’s Ron Jaworski came away discouraged by his arm strength and believes the Raiders will have to “manipulate” Flynn with “pass concepts and playcalling.” Flynn is No. 32 in Jaws’ 2013 Quarterback Countdown. “The...
As good news continues to pour in about Robert Griffin III's rehab, it seems likely that their star quarterback will be ready to go for week one of the regular season. It also seems likely that the team will be led through their preseason routine by Kirk Cousins. Last year, in relief of the injured Robert Griffin, Cousins displayed the ability to lead an NFL team as a rookie...