Winning every week is one thing. On Sunday, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers made a legitimate playoff contender look like a team that was ready to pack its bags.Rodgers threw for 281 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in less than three full quarters' worth of work, Ryan Grant had two touchdowns rushing and Charles Woodson picked off a pass against his former team as the Packers trounced the Oakland Raiders 46-16. Read More
More and more, the Carson Palmer trade looks like the impetus for the Raiders to make the postseason for the first time since 2002. Certainly, Palmer was the difference in Sunday’s 25-20 victory against the Chicago Bears. Read More
For Miguel Hernandez, merely wearing silver and black isn’t enough. The 24-year-old Oakland native, who hasn’t missed a Raiders home game along with his twin brother, Luis, in three years, customized his very own Al Davis No. 1 jersey at the start of the 2011 NFL season. And since Week 1, he hasn’t worn anything else. Read More
The blend is unusual in pro football, excitement and candor. Hue Jackson doesn’t stop believing. Or demanding.
When you wait half a lifetime to become a head coach, you look at things differently, and even when the score is wrong, approvingly.
Jackson isn’t the only reason the Raiders have moved out of the darkness, eight consecutive seasons of losing. Players win, as any coach will tell you, but Jackson, 46, helped change the culture. Read More
Oakland Raiders safeties Tyvon Branch and Michael Huff will visit San Francisco’s Longfellow Elementary on Tuesday to bestow a $10,000 NFL Play 60 grant on the Outer Richmond school, the NFL announced Monday. Read More
A little of this and a lot of that, following Week 7 in the NFL ...
- Nothing can demoralize an NFL quarterback and his offense quite like giving up a pick six.
Unless, of course, your quarterback gives up six picks instead. Read More
One of the big changes for the Raiders with Al Davis gone: They can now pursue a shared-stadium option with the 49ers in Santa Clara. Read More
A Raider for life. So many who wore the Silver and Black came back. So many in the organization never left. Fueled by a ferocious passion and vision, Al Davis rightfully earned their loyalty.
Unfortunately, his trusted inner circle was often left with little sway or say. Now, at the risk of sounding like a heretic, it’s possible the Raiders will actually improve as they transition from dictator to democracy. Read More
When I was picked to cover the Raiders for the San Francisco Chronicle in 1967, I thought I knew football, having watched games since childhood and even covering college football for one year for that paper. But the first time I sat down to talk with Al Davis in training camp, I realized I really knew very little. From that point, whenever Davis was willing to talk with me, I listened and learned. Read More
Firing Tom Cable and promoting Hue Jackson to head coach was the smartest move Al Davis has made since he hired Jon Gruden, and the Raiders are reaping the benefits now.
Cable was a buffoon. At postgame media sessions after losses, he was at a complete loss to explain why the Raiders were still making mistakes, especially with penalties. He’d make promises to change the pattern, but they were meaningless because he had no real plan. Read More