Skip to content

ErinOak.org

Erin's Oakland Sport Picks
Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane has had the busiest offseason of any GM, making nine trades involving 27 players in total. His most recent deal, swapping shortstop Yunel Escobar for Washington Nationals relief pitcher Tyler Clippard, was his best one of the winter. Beane acquired Escobar and utility man Ben Zobrist from the Tampa Bay Rays for catcher John Jaso and prospects Daniel Robertson and Boog Powell on January 10. The Athletics needed someone to fill in at short after allowing Jed Lowrie to walk, and they got their man from Tampa Bay. But it was Zobrist, not Escobar, as he was flipped ...
Initially, it was good news to hear about the Oakland Raiders' interest in interviewing former Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith for the defensive coordinator position, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com: If you're aware of Smith's NFL track record, the news was quite invigorating considering the Raiders' young, developing defensive front. Dianna Marie Russini of NBC4 Washington followed up with some deflating news for Smith supporters in Raider Nation: This is a bit surprising considering Smith and new head coach Jack Del Rio worked well together for six seasons in Jacksonville. Del Rio was the head coach, and Smith was the defensive coordinator. Together, they ...
No player is more important to the Oakland Raiders' success in 2015 than quarterback Derek Carr. Nearly everything the Raiders do this offseason revolves around the second-year quarterback out of Fresno State—from coaching staff changes to the draft. Owner Mark Davis said he originally wanted to hire an offensive-minded head coach before Jack Del Rio proved he also knew offense. The Raiders hired Bill Musgrave as offensive coordinator with Carr in mind, even if doing so lacked much ingenuity or inspiration on their part. Now that former Raiders quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo has accepted a job with the Cleveland Browns as their offensive ...
After a crazy offseason, the Oakland A's have a completely new infield, designated hitter and much more. But how effective will the new pieces be? How long will they keep Oakland competitive? How long will they be in Oakland, period? The A's signed Billy Butler and traded for well-known names like Brett Lawrie, Ike Davis, Ben Zobrist and Tyler Clippard. Additionally, the team acquired multiple prospects that are on the verge of contributing at the major league level. If Oakland is to make the postseason for the fourth consecutive year, the new faces must contribute immediately and effectively fill big shoes left by ...
When the Oakland Raiders made Jack Del Rio their 20th head coach, the hiring of a top-notch offensive coordinator became paramount to their success. As a defensive-minded head coach, Del Rio would need an offensive mind to continue the development of his new young quarterback, Derek Carr. Del Rio's choice is Bill Musgrave, but he’s an uninspiring option to develop Carr. Short of re-hiring Greg Olson, it’s hard to imagine a worse scenario for the Raiders. That doesn’t mean Musgrave won’t be successful. Like Del Rio, he deserves a chance to see what he can do in Oakland. Hires derided by the ...
The Oakland Athletics' offseason has been...busy, to say the least. After a myriad of moves, fans and analysts continue to debate whether the A's will remain contenders or fail to finish above .500. Some say they're winners, because doubting Billy Beane is foolish. Others argue they're losers, because the A's did not adequately replace the talent lost. In all, the team traded away Josh Donaldson, Brandon Moss, Jeff Samardzija and Derek Norris. The A's let a slew of free agents sign elsewhere, and they acquired Brett Lawrie, Ben Zobrist, Tyler Clippard, Marcus Semien and multiple prospects. As the debate over the team rages on, a ...
Pending free-agent Terrance Knighton has made his feelings for new Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio well-known. How would he fit in Oakland? Would the Raiders be willing to invest in him?Watch above as Adam Lefkoe and Bleacher Report NFL Analysts Jonathan Vilma and Chris Simms discuss Knighton's future in the video above. Read more Oakland Raiders news on BleacherReport.com
Many owners will enter the 2015 fantasy football season not realizing the Oakland Raiders even have stars. Oh, they’re there, you just might need a stronger telescope to see through the black hole. Derek Carr and Latavius Murray led the young offense, while James Jones provided the veteran stability. The trio was long on promise but short on results, landing the Raiders offense in the bottom two (ranked 31st) for the third time since Rich Gannon retired (2004). Oakland’s struggles cost first-time head coach Dennis Allen his job four games into his third season. The Raiders promoted offensive line coach Tony Sparano ...
Addison Russell was viewed as the only potential star in Oakland's farm system headed into 2014, but that obviously changed when he was dealt in early July to the Cubs in the Jeff Samardzija-Jason Hammel trade. Outfielder Billy McKinney, the A’s first-round pick in 2013, also was shipped out in the trade. However, general manager Billy Beane and the A’s have done an admirable job restocking their farm system since the end of the season. In late November, the team traded All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Blue Jays in return for Brett Lawrie and three prospects: right-hander Kendall Graveman, left-hander ...
The Oakland Raiders are in the market for a new defensive coordinator, with numerous names in the mix for the job.  College Coach Reportedly In DC Mix  Saturday, Jan. 24 Dianna Marie Russini of NBC reported that the Raiders have a coach in mind to become their defensive coordinator: Russini also ruled out another potential candidate, former Falcons head coach Mike Smith:   Raiders Kick off DC Search Monday, Jan. 19  It seems the Oakland Raiders are rebuilding every few years. The 2015 NFL season will be no exception, as new head coach Jack Del Rio will be tasked with turning the organization around.    One of the most important ...