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TFDS has been discussing the many changes in both personnel and coaching this offseason in an effort to prime Raiders fans for what to expect with the new team, both positive and negative.Recently, we discussed the West Coast offense and how the Quarterback and Wide Receivers are likely to be used in the new scheme brought by Offensive Coordinator Dennis Allen.Allen is not the only new coordinator, however. The Raiders Defensive unit will also be gettin a make-over with the addition of Jason Tarver.If Al Davis loomed large over the decisions of the offensive coaches every Sunday - and he certainly did - his presence was much more noticable on the defensive side. Woe to the coordinator who strayed too far from Davis' preferred 4 man rush with man coverage on the outside.Davis didn't outlaw blitzing or anything like that but he wasn't a big believer in them. If they worked, he would allow them but if they were not working the defensive coordinator had to understand Davi...
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This current Oakland Raiders team has talented players, young and old. And I decided that would rank the best 10 players on the team. It was hard making this list. I had to do my research before I made this list. 1. Richard Seymour, Defensive Tackle Even at 32 years-old, Richard Seymour is still one [...]
Never before in Carson Palmer’s career has he had so much offensive potential surrounding him with circumstances to go along as he has right now with the Raiders. Palmer enters the 2012 season with one of the league’s premier running backs behind him, an arsenal of big-play receivers, and a young defensive-minded head coach who [...]
Last year, in the 5th round, the Raiders took a chance on a talented but inconsistent wide receiver out of Tennessee named Denarius Moore. Moore had had some success in college but changes in coaching had caused him to be less productive in his later years, which contributed to his fall to the fifth round.From the very start of camp, he was the talk of Raider fans and media as well...
It has been said that the Raiders intend to transition to a West Coast style offense under offensive coordinator Greg Knapp. There are a lot of questions about what the offense will look like. TFDS is doing our best to answer questions on the offense – first by looking at Knapp's tendencies as an offensive coordinator for the Seahawks in 2009 and then looking at Houston...
Oakland Raiders strong safety Tyvon Branch was given the franchise tag by the team in the offseason. Now that he has signed the tender, ensuring he will be a member of the Raiders in 2012, he is looking to take his play and leadership to the next level.
“I feel comfortable here,” Branch said after Oakland's second OTAs. “I thought of myself as a leader before the...
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey pleaded not guilty to a driving under the influence charge. He was charged with the misdemeanor after an April 7th incident where California Highway Patrol reported he was weaving and speeding on the Bay Bridge around 2 a.m. and failed a field sobriety test.
Heyward-Bey's attorney, who entered the plea on his client's behalf...