For the fourth time in five seasons, the Raiders will open on “Monday Night Football.”
And for the fourth time, there will be a different coach on the sideline.
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New coach Dennis Allen will make his debut Sept. 10 with a nationally televised game against the rival San Diego Chargers at O.co Coliseum, according to the NFL schedule released Tuesday.
Among the highlights for the Raiders, who finished 8-8 last year under Hue Jackson: Read More
ALAMEDA — Reggie McKenzie, Oakland’s first general manager since the long reign of polarizing owner Al Davis, said much on the January afternoon that saw his swearing in as the Raiders’ top executive. But of McKenzie’s then New Year proclamation, what is perhaps best remembered is what the man said of his draft selections. Read More
While there won’t be any drama involving the Raiders this preseason, the 49ers do have an interesting schedule in preparing for their defense of the NFC West championship.
As expected, the annual 49ers-Raiders game was scrapped after violence — including two shootings — erupted during and after last year’s exhibition at Candlestick Park.
Instead, Niners coach Jim Harbaugh’s second exhibition schedule features three AFC teams — including a matchup against Peyton Manning. Read More
The 49ers and Raiders are approaching the 2012 season quite differently. The 49ers are trying to mount another attack at the Super Bowl. The Raiders are trying to undo the damage caused by the ridiculous contracts Al Davis gave out in the two years before his death.
Niners general manager Trent Baalke set his primary mission as keeping together a defense that was at the core of the 49ers’ run to the NFC Championship Game. Read More
New Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie is making rational decisions as he builds for the future, hiring mostly young coaches and making one startling, but wise, decision by releasing Stanford Routt last week.
The question is, though, do Raiders fans want rational? Read More
It was something that Tim Brown had heard soon after retiring from the NFL in 2005, and it’s something he’s often heard since. “Of course I had heard, ‘Oh, you should be a first-ballot Hall of Famer,” said the former Raiders receiver who this year is one of 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “It would just be the ultimate,” Brown said. “At the end of the day, you look up and you’re in the position to be immortalized with the greats of the greats. It’s an incredible opportunity.” Read More
Dennis Allen didn’t quite know when he wanted to be an NFL coach.He did know, however, that it was sometime at “a young age.”And Monday, at the age of 39, that’s how he was officially introduced.And if the youngest current head coach in the NFL sticks by what he claimed during the Raiders’ introductory news conference, he will stress discipline. Read More
How will new Raiders coach Dennis Allen do? There are no guarantees when an assistant coach moves up, but there are some encouraging signs.One is his relative youth, 39. The Raiders have had success with coaches in their 30s — Jon Gruden, John Madden and even Al Davis, who started as a coach before abandoning that process. Resurrecting the Raiders is a long-term project, not a quick fix, and a younger coach has the energy needed for the job. Read More
It’s difficult to predict how an assistant coach will do when he becomes a head coach, as Dennis Allen is set to do for the Raiders, and even a glimpse of Raiders history doesn’t help much.
John Madden and Tom Flores prospered, but they were given talent-laden teams. Mike Shanahan didn’t last out a season, but that was partly because he was trying to put in an offensive system Al Davis hated. Read More
With the selection of Dennis Allen as the Oakland Raiders' next head coach, a few things became immediately obvious: First, for new owner Mark Davis, these aren't your father's Raiders anymore. Second, general manager Reggie McKenzie, barely three weeks on the job, has demonstrated that he clearly is his own man. Read More