Quarterback Carson Palmer is convinced the Raiders are doing the right thing by sticking with the running game, even though they have the worst ground game in the NFL this season.
With a running back like Darren McFadden to hand the ball to, Palmer says the Raiders would be foolish to do otherwise. Read More
Peyton Manning ruined Dennis Allen’s homecoming Sunday when the Denver Broncos handed the Raiders their worst loss in this heated AFC West rivalry in a half-century.
Manning picked apart a secondary filled with backups, then walked off the field with a clean jersey and a smile a mile wide as the Broncos bounced back from back-to-back close losses with a resounding 37-6 rout of their archrival. Read More
OK, now this is interesting: Rumors abound that the reconciliation between Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart is all for show. Possibly through pressure from the “Twilight” people and their publicists, the two are pretending to be back in love town, at least until “Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2” comes out.
This actually rings a bit true since they haven’t been seen as a couple in public, nor have they made plans to talk to Barbara Walters, a sure sign of true love rekindled. Read More
ALAMEDA — He’s only caught 32 total passes in his NFL carreer, but that doesn’t matter.
This season, Raiders tight end Brandon Myers, after only three modest years of professional experience, will be asked — and expected — to be the big man on the gridiron.
“I’m expecting him to produce like an NFL tight end,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said of Myers. “That’s why he’s here.” Read More
The fortunes of professional sports teams are fickle. Take the Bay Area, for example. The Giants are early into what appears to be another decade of success following the disappointment of 2011. The frugal A’s are in the midst of an unlikely playoff push following years of inadequacy. The Warriors, largely hapless since the 2006-07 “We Believe” season, have rebuilt virtually their entire program in the past year. Read More
Since the opening of the 2011 season, to say the Raiders’ organization has undergone a transformation of epic proportions could be viewed as an understatement.
Owner Al Davis died in October, Oakland traded for Carson Palmer later that month, Reggie McKenzie was hired as general manager in January, coach Hue Jackson was fired and coach Dennis Allen hired. Oh, and the club missed the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season in there too. Got all that? Read More
If you’ve listened, you’ve heard it.
It’s the mantra that Raiders coach Dennis Allen has preached during minicamps and throughout the preseason, and one he hopes will be heeded once regular play starts.
“The biggest thing when you go to camp is, when you end camp, you want to be better than you were when you started camp,” Allen said. “And that’s the only reason why we do this is to get better. So I think we’ve done that. Read More
The Raiders — under the fresh tutelage of new coach Dennis Allen — failed to win their first preseason game last week, and their second one as well just days later.
But if there’s anything notably encouraging, it’s that Oakland fared better against the Arizona Cardinals than it did in its preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys. And with a week’s worth of preparation, Allen hopes Saturday’s outing against the Detroit Lions will result in his first win as coach. Read More
In response to the letter writer in support of Ross Mirkarimi’s reinstatement as sheriff (“Let Mirkarimi fulfill jail-system vision,” Letters, Monday), there is one main issue. Would applicants for law enforcement jobs or sheriff be considered if they had similar convictions on their records? The answer would be no. Read More
The Dennis Allen era got under way Monday night at the O.co Coliseum, but the Raiders’ new coach will have to wait at least a few more days to get his first NFL win — and to see his offense score its first points. Allen and the Raiders opened the exhibition season with a 3-0 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on “Monday Night Football,” although Oakland running back Darren McFadden played well in his brief stint. Read More