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Tarell Brown's 2014 season is officially over.  The Oakland Raiders cornerback has been battling a foot injury for several weeks, but the team has finally decided to place him on injured reserve, according to CSN Bay Area's Fallon Smith: “Tarell has been one of the toughest competitors we have,” interim head coach Tony Sparano said, via CSNBayArea.com. “He’s grinded through some things but, this week, we just couldn’t get him ready in time.” Brown, who signed a one-year deal with the Raiders after spending the previous seven seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, tallied 47 tackles, four pass deflections and zero interceptions. He ...
The Oakland Raiders (2-12) are two games away from ending another disappointing year. But that doesn't mean the season can't end on a positive note. For that to happen, they'll have to find a way to solve the defensive puzzle of the surprise playoff contender, the Buffalo Bills (8-6). The Buffalo offense is nothing to write home about. Kyle Orton was named the starting quarterback in Week 5, and the Bills have gone 6-4 since. Orton has certainly been a major factor in the team's playoff push, but his job has been blatantly clear: Don't make mistakes. He's the epitome of a game manager. It's ...
And so the Oakland Athletics tear-down continues. General manager Billy Beane made yet another trade Thursday evening, sending All-Star catcher Derek Norris to California neighbors, the San Diego Padres, for a return of younger players with more years of team control, as Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports.The full trade is as follows, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports:The deal isn't a bad one for the Athletics, but it is another sign that this organization merely is trying to cash in on all its best players in a very efficient—and audacious—fashion.Thing is, it's not as if ...
The Oakland Raiders have won only two games in 2014 but may have a quarterback to build around in Derek Carr.Who should the Raiders target on offense to build around Carr? Where do the Raiders need to improve on defense?Watch as Stephen Nelson and Bleacher Report NFL Analysts Chris Simms and Matt Miller discuss the Raiders' offseason in the video above.Read more Oakland Raiders news on BleacherReport.com
Jon Gruden, ESPN color analyst and former head coach of the Oakland Raiders, won’t be returning to the Silver and Black anytime soon. If owner Mark Davis is really going to spend on his next coach, as Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Sunday, he’s already running out of top-dollar candidates. Gruden’s reluctance to leave the cushy broadcast booth leaves embattled San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh as the Raiders’ only endgame. That’s because spending big money on a mid-level candidate or even a hotshot college coach wouldn’t be money well spent in Oakland. The Raiders are still two games away from ...
The Oakland Raiders will have many changes coming once again after the 2014 season.  Which head coach are the Raiders targeting if they don't hire Jim Harbaugh? Will general manger Reggie McKenzie be fired after the season?  Watch as Adam Lefkoe and Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area discuss the Raiders' future in the video above.Read more Oakland Raiders news on BleacherReport.com
The season is winding down, and the Oakland Raiders will play their last home game against a potential playoff-bound Buffalo Bills team. Oakland has the tough task of dissecting arguably the most underrated defense in the NFL. Buffalo is only allowing 18.1 points per game. Led by an aggressive and stout defensive line, the Bills were able to prevent both Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers from throwing touchdown passes in consecutive weeks; both quarterbacks were also held under 200 passing yards and intercepted twice. Fortunately for the Raiders, the Bills offense is still mediocre at best. Buffalo earned a victory against the Green ...
The Oakland A's went into the winter meetings looking like they might contend again in 2015. They came out of the meetings three All-Stars lighter. Now what? Last we heard from general manager Billy Beane, he told the media he now plans to spend some of the cash saved in the Brandon Moss, Josh Donaldson and Jeff Samardzija trades. Here's what Beane said in quotes captured by John Hickey of Mercury News: We've collected young players, and we're going to try to redeploy the extra payroll. We are trying to walk the delicate balance, getting younger and trying to be as good as we can ...
The Oakland Raiders haven't had a winning streak since October of 2012, when they won two games in a row. They had a chance to match that meager accomplishment on Sunday, but they were never able to get going. In a matter of minutes in the third quarter, they went from four points down to 18 down, and they could never muster a comeback. The result was a 31-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. It was a strange game in the sense that even with the Chiefs stretching the lead, it never felt as if they were dominating. It never ...
When the Oakland Raiders take on the Kansas City Chiefs, they'll be looking to do something they haven't done all season: go on a winning streak. The game begins at 1 p.m. ET and will be played at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. It will be televised on CBS. Derek Carr is coming off of the best game of his young career. He had great individual stats—254 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions while completing 78.6 percent of his passes—but perhaps even more impressive is that the offense controlled the ball against the San Francisco 49ers for almost 33 minutes. It's going ...