Ronde Barber and Carson Palmer spent years in the NFL mastering familiar systems that helped them excel at their crafts.
Coaching changes in Tampa Bay and Oakland this offseason led to new roles for the two veterans that both feel have energized their careers.
After a bit of an early learning period, the two stars have regained that comfort level heading into today’s meeting in Oakland between Barber’s Buccaneers (3-4) and Palmer’s Raiders (3-4). Read More
What a ride. The 2012 Major League Baseball season was a boon to the Bay Area, where both of our teams churned out storybook story lines all spring, summer and into fall.
It’s all over now, though. The confetti has been swept away. But even though awards season is just getting started, eye-opening trades are already being made, and the Josh Hamilton sweepstakes promises to provide captivating theater throughout the winter, it’s time for sports fans to shift their focus elsewhere. Read More
The first convincing victory of the season was enough for coach Dennis Allen to give his Raiders players a welcome day off midway through the season.
The 26-16 victory in Kansas City gave the Raiders two straight wins following a narrow loss at undefeated Atlanta as they are showing signs of hitting their stride following a rough opening month. Read More
Two teams floundering near the bottom of the standings, meeting in late October, shouldn’t be enough to stoke the passions of fan bases weary of losing.
Unless it’s the Chiefs and Raiders.
There are few fiercer rivalries than this AFC West matchup of teams with proud traditions that have fallen on the hardest of times. This will be their 107th meeting, and so rarely has so little been on the line when they’ve met this early in a season. Read More
As prolific as he’s been in his career, the Raiders’ Carson Palmer is on an unparalleled pace for him.
Palmer is on track to join 2002 NFL MVP Rich Gannon as the only quarterbacks in franchise history to eclipse the 4,600-yard mark in a single season. Gannon passed for 4,689 yards during the ’02 season when he led Oakland to its first Super Bowl appearance in nearly two decades. Read More
Warriors coach Mark Jackson jokes that his family’s financial future depends on it. General manager Bob Myers turns to inspirational quotes not to dwell on it, and fans and reporters always question it.
For all the moves made and money spent, Golden State’s entire season is resting on two surgically repaired ankles recovering — and staying at — full strength through a grueling 82-game schedule. Read More
A man who was fatally shot in Oakland on Thursday night has been identified by police as 47-year-old Ledell Moss.
Moss, an Oakland resident, was found lying on a sidewalk in the 10700 block of Voltaire Avenue, about a block from the Foothill Square Shopping Center, about 9:10 p.m.
No arrests have been made in the case. Read More
Raiders coach Dennis Allen likes the production his team is getting out of the no-huddle offense.
The Raiders scored two touchdowns and a field goal running the no-huddle against Jacksonville on Sunday, when they overcame a 14-point deficit in the third quarter and went on to beat the Jaguars in overtime 26-23.
It was the second game this season in which quarterback Carson Palmer has engineered a fourth-quarter comeback. Both times he did it while running the no-huddle. Read More
Carson Palmer wasn’t going to apologize for a mistake-filled win by the Raiders a week after they lost what might have been their best-played game of the season. Read More
Maurice Jones-Drew looks at the Raiders’ Darren McFadden and sees a running back who has the total package — that rare combination of size and speed that makes other elite running backs in the NFL take notice.
McFadden loves watching Jones-Drew run the ball for the Jacksonville Jaguars, praising his tenacity that allows him to get yards out of the toughest of situations. Read More