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Today would've been the first day of Derek Carr's preparation for a "Tuck Rule" rematch.  It's just another day of recovery instead—for both the best Oakland Raiders quarterback since that 2001 AFC Divisional Round run and the fans who root him on. Carr's broken leg impacted the playoffs more than any injury in recent memory; it'll take time to absorb the truth of what could've been a Super Bowl year gone sour. That's doubly true if this year signals the end of football in Oakland. Luckily for general manager Reggie McKenzie and head coach Jack Del Rio, Raider Nation expands far and ...
The Oakland Raiders and head coach Jack Del Rio are reportedly set to begin negotiations on a contract extension in the near future after the Silver and Black boss helped lead the franchise to a 12-win season for the first time since 2000. Continue for updates.  Latest on Negotiations Between Del Rio, Raiders Saturday, Jan. 14 According to CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora, the two sides will start talking about an extension "soon" after the Raiders were bounced from the playoffs in the AFC Wild Card Round by the Houston Texans. Del Rio originally signed a four-year deal when he accepted the Raiders job in January ...
The Oakland Raiders have officially hired Todd Downing to be their offensive coordinator, his agent, Ken Sarnoff, announced Thursday. Downing replaces Bill Musgrave, whose contract with the team expired. He worked as the team's quarterbacks coach over the last two years. John Middlekauff, who co-hosts the Haberman and Middlekauff Podcast, reported the Raiders worried about losing the 36-year-old to another team, which is why they let Musgrave go. Middlekauff listed the Denver Broncos, New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars as teams that were looking to potentially hire Downing. Downing has earned praise for his work with quarterback Derek Carr. At the end of the 2015 ...
Veteran reliever Santiago Casilla has found a new home this offseason, agreeing to a deal with the Oakland Athletics.   Robert Murray of FanRag Sports first reported Casilla and the A's were nearing agreement on a two-year deal. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle confirmed the deal. Casilla has spent the previous seven seasons with the San Francisco Giants, playing an integral role in the team's World Series wins in 2012 and 2014 with a 0.63 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 14.1 innings over 20 appearances.  The 36-year-old did start to show signs of slowing down last season, though he was hardly the only ...
Despite a breakout season from Derek Carr and boasting one of the NFL's best offenses, the Oakland Raiders have made a change at offensive coordinator.  The Raiders announced on Saturday that Todd Downing will take over for Bill Musgrave at the position. Musgrave played out the 2016 season on the last year of his contract and will not be returning. Bay Area Radio host John Middlekauff and George Takata of KSEE 24 first reported the news on Jan. 10. Musgrave, 49, has served as the Raiders offensive coordinator under coach Jack Del Rio for the last two seasons. He came over after a one-year stint as the Philadelphia Eagles ...
Oakland Raiders wide receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree each finished the season with over 1,000 yards receiving in 2016, becoming just the third duo of receivers in franchise history to reach the mark in the same season, per NFL Communications. The last pair of Raiders receivers to accomplish the feat was Jerry Rice and Tim Brown, both of whom exceeded the total in 2001. The only other two receivers in Raiders history to pass 1,000 yards in the same season were Fred Biletnikoff and Warren Wells back in 1968, when the team was still playing in the AFL, per Pro-Football-Reference.com. Cooper led ...
The Oakland Raiders stumbled into the postseason, and the Houston Texans sent them through the exit on the other side.  Quarterback Connor Cook drew his first NFL start against the No. 1 defense in yards allowed, which resulted in a poor offensive output for the Raiders. Oakland converted its first third down with 11:51 left in the game. Unfortunately, the Raiders fell behind early due to a turnover and the Texans starting drives with good field position. Houston defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney introduced himself to Cook early in the game with a batted pass and an interception. The early deficit forced the ...
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree was ruled out for the remainder of Saturday's Wild Card Game against the Houston Texans in the fourth quarter as trainers continued to evaluate him for a concussion, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.  Crabtree has dealt with an ankle injury at various times this season, but it hadn't forced him off the field. In fact, the receiver hasn't missed a game since 2013 while a member of the San Francisco 49ers. While the 2009 first-round pick had a few solid seasons with the 49ers, he has been even better since joining the Raiders in 2015. Playing ...
Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Donald Penn suffered a knee injury that will hold him out of his team's AFC Wild Card Game against the Houston Texans on Saturday, according to Jimmy Durkin of the Bay Area News Group. Penn said he has a small fracture in his knee that won't require surgery and that he could play in the Raiders' next game if Oakland advances, per Adam Schefter of ESPN. The timing of this injury could not have come at a worse time considering that Penn has been a beacon of consistency over his 11-year career, playing in every single game since ...
It was the NFL horror story that ruined Christmas Eve.  Those who love the quarterback quit eating, quit celebrating, quit opening presents the moment his world came crashing down. With one "Blue 80, set, hut!" and one sack that twisted him 360 degrees, Derek Carr laid on the turf, his eyes widened in terror and repeated, "It's broke. … It's broke. … It's broke. …" And nobody—not Raiders, not their fans and certainly not those close to Carr—could grasp that reality. A "Derek's hurt" bombshell immediately lit up a group text message chain between his former Fresno State teammates. Neither former receiver Josh Harper ...