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. 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
If new Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie had any doubts about whether Hue Jackson was moving the Raiders in the right direction, the former Packers director of football operations got the definitive answer last month at Lambeau Field watching Green Bay manhandle Oakland 46-16. Read More
A 1999 slaying involving the daughter of a legendary Raiders receiver is back in court this week, two years after the case became a black eye for the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office. Read More
Oh, those Raiders. So many penalties. “After the flags, guys come up to me on the sidelines, and say, that’s what happens when you play for the Raiders,” mused quarterback Carson Palmer.
Oh those Raiders, blown out by Green Bay, giving up a late lead to Detroit, ranked fourth-worst in the NFL in total defense.
Oh those Raiders, still capable for the first time in nine seasons to both finish with a winning record and make the playoffs. Read More
Carson Palmer and the Oakland Raiders are still alive in the AFC West.
It came at the expense of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 36-yard field goal 2:13 into overtime Saturday, giving the Raiders a 16-13 victory that kept alive their playoff hopes and left Kansas City wondering what might have been. Read More
The Raiders had the game, and then they didn’t.
“We let it slip,” Raiders safety Tyvon Branch said.
They had the game, then the Detroit Lions had it.
“We can’t finish,” said Oakland coach Hue Jackson. “To say I’m disappointed is an understatement.”
They had the game, and then they had another defeat on their record, now 7-7. “A team went 98 yards against us,” Jackson said. “We didn’t make a play.” Read More
It couldn’t have been the debut Carson Palmer envisioned, stepping onto the field for the first time as a Raider trailing Kansas City 21-0 in the third quarter on Oct. 23.
But that situation — perhaps like his arm that day — was out of his control.
Now, seven weeks removed from his performance against the Chiefs, in which Palmer completed eight of 21 passes for 116 yards while being picked three times, the 2002 Heisman Trophy winner seemingly remains a passing enigma. Read More