The AFC West has been weak for some time now.
The Chargers have ruled the division; the last time they weren't in first was 2005.
The weaker teams have been the Raiders and Chiefs, while Denver has been that team that doesn't quite get there...or choke when they have the chance to.
However, the Raiders and Chiefs have made strives to be better this upcoming season.
The Broncos will be the Broncos; don't count them out.
Consensus is that the Chargers will win this division. While I generally agree with that, I also think that there will be a battle for #2 and a Wild ...
A new version of "Sing a Song of Sixpence" would go like this:
Sing a song of sixpence
Pocket full of rye.
One and Ten Oakland Raiders,
Baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened,
the players begin to win.
Wasn't that a mighty dish
to set before the king, Al Davis.
Normally if you prepare a pie and put live birds in it, the birds would die and be cooked while alive in the pie.
Well, the Oakland Raiders' pie has been baking for seven years. Here's what we want, a surprise.
When the NFL opens the pie in 2010, we expect our team to be alive and well and ...
Are the Raiders the most jinxed team in the NFL?
Actually, yes! It had to be one team, and sadly, yes, it is the Raiders!
For years Al Davis has said publicly that not only the media but the referees as well have been against the Raiders. And I'm not so sure I disagree.
Okay, the scouting staff should be fired immediately, that's a given, and yes, JaMarcus Russell should pay back the Raiders organization $9 million, but that's another story.
The truth of the matter is that the Raiders organization loses 74 percent of the time on calls by the referees. Is this ...
Raider fans that were around in 1984 could never forget the greatest run in Super Bowl History. Marcus Allen starts left, comes back right, then finds a hole in the middle and bursts through the line en route to a then Super Bowl record 74 yard touchdown run.
That was the run that he would be most remembered by. Two years later, Allen made as assault on the record books by setting the record for total yards from scrimmage. Allen rushed for 1,759 yards that year. He also caught 67 balls for 555 yards that year. This would boost Allen's case as the most complete running back in ...
The NFL season is getting nearer and if you are an Oakland Raider fan 2010 may prove to be a huge turn in the opposite direction. Opposite of what? Opposite of poor coaching, poor player performance and just watching the once elite Oakland Raider fall from grace.
I had written an article mentioning how the loyal Raider fans only had the shadow of the 60's, 70's, 80's and even 90's Oakland Raider teams to keep spirit alive. the shadow however was becoming weaker and weaker.
There were many times that the Oakland Raiders had imported so-called talent to get back ...
This is my first article and it's basically a collection of general thoughts and observations from the offseason. I don't get very specific with the X's and O's —plenty of time for that later.
The position of Head Coach of the Oakland Raiders is a dance, the Al Davis tango. One must perform gracefully, yet decisively if they wish to continue. Gracefully meaning you must appease the boss and recognize his philosophical outlook on the game, never publicly appearing in opposition. And decisively meaning you must balance your duties to ownership with your duties to the ...
I like to speculate about what my team, the Oakland Raiders, will do in the off-season, when it comes to free agency and the draft. This is close to the way most fans and "experts" speculate on impending moves.
The difference when a fan, such as myself, or an "expert," speculates, is the fan is doing it without the benefit of insider knowledge. Fans must rely solely on the past and a gut feeling of what our team is likely to do.
Many of our speculations are based on what we hope might happen. In my case, that would have been JaMarcus Russell ...
Love him or hate him, you've certainly heard of him.
Raiders owner/general managing partner Al Davis has been in the NFL since the AFL days, when he was an assistant coach on the Chargers. In 1963, he became head coach and GM of the Oakland Raiders and nothing was ever the same again. The Raiders went from 1-13 in 1962 to 10-4 in 1963, Al Davis’ first year with the team.
Davis created the most dominant team of the era. The Raiders had the highest winning percentage in the NFL from the 1970’s to the present and the Raiders went to five ...
Have you ever wondered what happened to some of the former Oakland Raiders who apparently "cramped the style of the Oakland Raiders" and were released, for example, in 2008, 2009, and 2010?
The list is long. The research is tedious, but it's worth the time to understand a selected group of men who were released from the team for one reason or another.
In 2008, there were at least 135 transactions involving, signing, re-signing, releasing players, and more decisions. More than 16 of the 2008 transactions were releases. A couple of players were released and re-signed again in a matter of days.
A few weeks ago, the Oakland Raiders cut ties with JaMarcus Russell, the first player selected in the 2007 NFL Draft. No doubt, Russell is destined to become one of the biggest draft busts of all time.
Russell’s demise has been well-documented and the draft experts couldn’t have been more incorrect about his future in the National Football League.
Since the Raiders released Russell, quote-worthy analysis prior to the 2007 draft has become very popular. If anything, it proves nothing is guaranteed in the draft. There aren’t any perfect prospects and even the most hyped players aren’t surefire All-Pros.
Even the draft experts ...