Found October 31, 2012 on
Thoughts from the Dark Side:
When the Raiders signed a former undrafted free agent named Willie Smith it seemed like he was going to be another camp body – someone to provide competition and to spread out the many reps that everyone gets in training camp but not someone who was likely to make the team.
Not only did Smith make the team but when starting RT Khalif Barnes went down with a groin injury, head coach Dennis Allen and offensive coordinator Greg Knapp turned to Smith to man the right tackle position over former 3rd round pick Joseph Barksdale or 3rd round rookie Tony Bergstrom who played right tackle in college.
Smith struggled fairly quickly but so did the entire offensive line as the players struggled to learn how to run the zone blocking scheme and adapt to Knapp’s offensive gameplans.
Recently, however, the offensive line has appeared to improve and so my curiosity was piqued sufficiently to warrant a mid-season tale of the tape on Willie Smith.
What I found surprised me. Because Sm...
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
On Sunday, the Oakland Raiders will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with both teams coming off wins. Tampa Bay will make the long cross country trip to Oakland, but last played on Thursday so should be well rested. The Raiders defense will need to be prepared for a Buccaneers offense that has found balance this season.
Tampa Bay is ranked 15th in the NFL in rushing offense with 110...
The Oakland Raiders will get a welcome addition back at practice Wednesday when cornerback Ron Bartell suits up for the first time since suffering a fractured scapula in his shoulder. Oakland placed Bartell on the reserve/injured list September 15th and this is the first week he is eligible to practice.
“He will practice Wednesday, yeah,” Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said...
The Oakland Raiders feel at home inside the Arrowhead Stadium. For the sixth straight game, the Silver & Black went to Kansas City and came back with a win over the Chiefs. It didn’t take a game-winning field goal by Sebastian Janikowski like the last time these two rivals met though, as the Raiders were able to build a comfortable [...]
Sebastian Janikowski was just awarded the AFC special teams player of the month award for the third time in the last four months. “SeaBass” finished the month of October converting 10-11 field goal attempts with the only miss being a 64 yard attempt against the Jaguars. He ended up sealing that game up with a field goal in overtime. Janikowski [...]
Michael Huff, lockdown corner? Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen is not willing to go that far. "Listen, I'm not ready to put him in the Hall of Fame yet," Allen said. "I don't think Willie Brown has anything to worry about, but (Huff) has improved. That's what we expect, and that's what we will continue to expect: that every day he has an opportunity...
It’s good to see a couple of Raiders come together to rob a California pizza shop.
Police are investigating a robbery in Ceres that involved two men who were seen mingling among partygoers in a banquet hosted by a youth football organization that has remained uncooperative, police said.
The Ceres Police Department said surveillance video recorded Monday night shows the two...
Last week: 29 (+2)
After unimpressive wins over the crappy Jaguars and Chiefs, the Raiders are now 3-4 and somehow right in the thick of the playoff race. However, I’m still not sold on this team just because they beat some crappy teams. They schedule gets tougher going forward as they host Tampa Bay, go to Baltimore, host New Orleans, go to Cincinnati, host Cleveland...
Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski has been named the AFC's top special teams player for the month of October.
Janikowski was recognized for his superb special teams play, having booted 10 of his 11 field-goal attempts en route to 36 total points -- half of Oakland's October total in a 2-1 month. The Florida State product, who accumulated his fourth career monthly honor...
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-4) at Oakland Raiders (3-4)
After unimpressive wins over the Jaguars and Chiefs, the Raiders now sit at 3-4 and are somehow in the AFC playoff mix. However, they still aren’t very good. They have a point differential of -42. They got blown out in Oakland and in Miami and they weren’t impressive in either of their last 2 wins against crappy teams. They...
Future Oakland Raiders
Even worse is that the center's (Mitch Morris) team, Garden City, lost the Kansas high school game to Dodge City by the score of 24-20. The thought that you wouldn't have lost a game had you not SNAPPED A PICK-SIX can't be a good feeling.
Thigh Five: BroBible; Prep Rally
Get the latest Thigh updates by following us...
DOMINANCE! That is what happened last Sunday in Kansas City. If it could only be that easy every week, Raider Nation! Enjoy the Victory! Impressive. MOST IMPRESSIVE!
I don't really care if it was ugly, scrappy, or difficult to watch. I also don't give a Death Star damn what type of team they were labeled as before the win by our beloved, Oakland Raiders.