After starting the 4th quarter leading 27-14, Oakland went do a deep zone coverage. This has prooven fatal every time the Raiders switch up their coverage. Being a crucial game in the Raiders quest to make it to their first post season since 2002, this was not the time to "test" the young Matthew Stafford. We all saw what ensued, and we are furious with the decision. If this happens again, I am one fan that will start the ranting to have the defensive coordinator pulled from duty.

Oakland is in no position to play it safe! We want the opponents to be slaughtered with the unrelentless punishment that our defense should display, rather than the touch football style zone defense.

RAI...DERS!!!! THE TIME IS NOW... Let our strength be the closing point of the games we are winning.

send my grievances to the McClain family for the acts that have "been charged against him," to each man his own. Why should there even be an explanation to the redicculous behavior he conveyed. Good Luck And may GOD be with you, and your entire family.



This weeks match-up between the Oakland Raiders and the Miami Dolphins will be another East Coast Test for the red-hot Oakland Squad. At 7-4, the Raiders are atop the AFC West, they were chosen as the favorite in this edition of a great rivalry that blossomed in the 70's. This Sunday will show the world how good this Raiders team can be, if they can avoid the heap of pointless penalties that have recently plagued the Silver and Black.

Miami has been a team playing very strong as of late, mostly due to the amazing play from Reggie Bush. The Dolphins have won their last three games, so has Oakland, which team will get to say Four and counting?

I believe the Raiders will show to be the Dominant Team in week 13. As long as Oakland takes care of the ball, and stays solid on defense, they should have no problem hanging 40 plus on the scoreboard. Carson Palmer has another week under his belt with this offense, and he has also improved a little on his timing with Heyward-Bey and Denarius Moore. While DMC Sits out one last week, Michael Bush will have his heart set out on his 3rd 100-yard game.

This game will sure be a test for Oakland, this game is the sleeper of their schedule. If they do not execute from the gate, they will find trouble holding on towards the end. If the Raiders fail to staple it shut when given the opportunity, the Dolphins can squeeze their way back into the game and steal one of your W's.


RAI....DERS!!!!! RAI... DERS!!!!!


The time is now! It is striking how accurate this slogan has become for the Oakland Raiders this week in their Division Rivalry against the Denver Broncos. Both teams have gone through QB changes in the recent weeks, Oakland with injuries, and doubt. For Denver, it's what their fans wanted. And of all people to surface in the news recently was JaMarcus Russell, who has to be laughing at this whole situation, he feels he should still be the QB of the Oakland Raiders.

This is just a little heads up for Hue Jackson about QB controversies in the NFL, AVOID THEM AT ALL COST!!! The Oakland Raiders are seeking a QB that can keep our high-powered offense rolling while Jason Campbell sits the next 4-7 weeks due to a broken collar-bone. Kyle Boller, Carson Palmer, and Terrelle Pryor should all have the next two weeks to try-out for the Starting Job until Jason is 100% healthy. Because giving Carson the Starting Job isn't going to quiet the already silenced Raiders' fans.

I thought the Coach would entrust his Young Back-ups before turning to Palmer. Why not give Pryor the Chance to play with the first team O a few times and see what happens?

Let's Forget About the Great New England Patriot's Teams of Yesteryear, and see this Year's team for what it really is... A couple good player's with an over-rated QB in Tom Brady. I would like to do a Pre-game Comparison based on this Year to date, and what I think will happen in this game.


QB Comparison:
Oak: J. Campbell - 54 / 82 (66%) for 584 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT.
Campbell has played Great football, by that I mean smart football. He Isn't trying to force throws into tight coverage. He knows when to throw it away, and when to take a sack (clock management). His sole INT was against the Buffalo team that picked Brady off 4 times the following Week.

NE: T. Brady - 93 /133 (69%) for 1,327 Yards, 11 TDs and 5 INT.
Against the same Buffalo Team Brady threw four Interceptions, in just one game that shows a lack of discipline, and a little less patience for the open receiver. He has basically no running support, which is why he has thrown the ball 133 times in 3 games.

How I believe the Raiders will win this game, is to get their Rushing attack in full motion early on, then exploit the Pats defense using screens, and tossing the deep ball to our speedy Wideouts. Denarius Moore will be a game-changer, and with Heyward Bey, and Kevin Boss attracting slightly more attention, the Patriots will not be safe loading the box to stop the running combination of D MaC and Michael Bush. Look for the Raiders to go deep early and often in this game, but expect another huge game from Run DMC.

The Raiders Defensive Unit will have their hands full, but expect to see them feast on Tom Brady. He is naturally afraid of the Blitz, and this years Raider squad loves to Blitz, and expose the QB to a lot of big hits. The front four are making O-Line's look like High School Teams the way they are being pushed back.

With our Defensive Backfield already being depth tested, we will certainly hope Deion Branch Drops a few passes... LOL

RAI.....DERS.....





This is Why us True Raider Fans still have to Al Davis his due credit for being a Football genius, for his odd spur-of-the-moment Acquisitions. His timing for doing so is one of the great Team Marketing Strategies that he unveils once every year, or so it seems. This makes the most sense for a player of his caliber.
Had Terrelle returned to Ohio State for his Senior Season and served his 5 game suspension, what he did in the second half of the season, would've easily brought him back into the cream of the crop, making him high profile, and much more expensive. So I gotta say, "Great Pick-up there Al!"
This is kinda the same logic Al had when he picked up Michael Bush late in the 4th round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

Thursday, August 11th will mark the beginning of the Raiders 2011 campaign. This year our preseason will begin in the desert, where we will face up against the Arizona Cardinals. Both teams have made several changes this off-season, however Oakland was a bit more extreme. With Hue Jackson making his NFL Head Coaching Debut, he will be without recently departed free agents Robert Gallery, Thomas Howard, Zach Miller, and of course Nnamdi Asomugah.


I will be excited to see the play of newly acquired TE Kevin Boss, who has had a few good years with the New York Giants. His size is similar to that of Zach Miller. The TE position is a strength to the Raiders offense every year, whether it's because the WR have no hands, or who ever plays TE is always great in the clutch. We will certainly miss Zach Miller, who was Oakland's leading receiver the last two years. We will see if him and Jason Campbell can connect early to start building some chemistry.

The Oakland Raiders took a few WR's in the 2011 draft. David Ausberry out of USC, is a staggering 6'-4" and weighing 255 lbs. He will be tested along with Steve Goulet from Ohio U, who is 6'-2" and 195 pounds, and Denarius Moore from Tennessee, to see if any of them belong in the first group of WR's. They also got Eddie McGee out of Illinois, and Derrick Jones from Cal (PA).

Tonight we will also see the debut of the speedy Taiwan Jones, who could be a good compliment to D Mac, and Bush. He may be on the field with Jordan LaSecla, the Rookie QB out of San Jose State. Also take note of Jamie Cumbie DT, a Rookie out of Clemson to burst through the Line when the Raiders are on Defense.

The addition of Justin Smiley helps solidify depth along the front line. Also the Raiders selected Joe Barksdale (R), and Lou Eliades (R) who should make the O-Line a little bit stronger than last year. Hopefully they can establish a running game early to boost the team's morale, and open up the playbook.

The Cardinals will get their first look at Kevin Kolb, who will more than likely be the go to guy at QB. He will try to get the run going early, but beware of his long arm. When he sees a gap in coverage, he is going to exploit it as much as possible. His key target is going to be Todd Heap, but he will be throwing towards Chansi Stuckey, and Early Doucet as much as possible to build chemistry. He will probably get tricked in coverage and throw a few picks early, but he can bring his team back if they get down early.

My Prediction is to see the Oakland Raiders continue where they left off last Season, on a ROLL!!
They will get on top early, and let the second and third string get a lot of plays in. The game will get exciting when Trent Edwards gets the call, to go deep with the rookie wide-outs. Darren McFadden is my choice for player of the Game.

OAK: 34 ARI: 21

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Nnamdi Asomugha will forever remain one of the top Cornerbacks to have ever put on a Raiders uniform, and he did so for the last eight years. He was Oakland's strength in the defensive backfield, he seemingly forced opposing QB's to limit their window to one side of the field. Nnamdi has had only intercepted 11 passes in eight years, but don't let the numbers fool you, ie: in 2009 he only saw 18 passes come his way and nine of them were deflected.






Asomugah will be missed, but we all should wish him the best of luck with the remainder of his career, and who knows, maybe he will be playing opposite of Louis Murphey or Heyward-Bey come SuperBowl 46?






On the lighter side Robert Gallery has finally left the O-Line, but that may be an improvement for the Raiders. We got fresh young Talent to stiffen up the front line, so we will wait and see what will happen.






Congratulations Philidelphia, you got a class act in number 21, and I think Dominique Rogers-Cromartie is a good accent to play opposite of Nnamdi. Another great free agent acquisition for them, was signing Vince Young to be Vick's Back-up.

The steel industry, is the strength of the Mid-West, and an American icon. A foundation to our defense weaponry, and Sky-scrapers Around the world. Steel is one of the few resources that are present in every americans life, and the Steel-workers resemble the middle class in America. Today the Steel Mills Across this Great Country will be proudly behind the Pittburgh Steeler's, because this Steeler's team also shows the same resemblence, easy-going, and their for eachother when needed. That is what Teamwork does to build the character of the team. The Same Goes for the Packers, who are almost identical the way they match-up against Pittsburgh, however I feel James Harrison will be the biggest factor Today, so look for him to haunt Aaron Rodgers.


Steeler's, Let's go get'em!!!


I am going to give my selections for this weekend's Wildcard Round of the Playoffs. I usually don't publish my picks, because it has a tendency to "jinx," the outcome.


Saturday:


New York Jets @ Indianapolis Colts


This game may sound intriguing, however Peyton Manning, has been playing lightsout, the last couple weeks, and surely he will show the difference of experience in a QB. If it becomes a shootout, advantage goes to Indy, but if the Jets can get the ground game rolling early, the tides can turn!


Watch Sanchez Manage the game efficiently, Attempting no more than 25 passes, he follows his Backfield into the Divisional Round.


Prediction: NYJ 20, IND 14



New Orleans Saints @ Seattle Seahawks


Unless Charlie Whitehurst shows up and plays like Drew Brees, this should be a one-sided beat-down in the city that never sleeps... This is a home game that the Home fans would be better off not witnessing first hand.


Prediction: NO 31, SEA 17



SUNDAY:


Baltimore Ravens @ Kansas City Chiefs


LOL... The Chiefs... have no chance because their rushing attack doesn't fare well against Baltimore's Defense, and we were reminded last week that Matt Cassell Can't shoulder the load.


Prediction: BAL 27, KC 14



Green Bay Packers @ Philidelphia Eagles


This is what I think will be the best game this weekend, both teams are strong offensively, both have weakness' through-out their defenses. Whatever team plays solid Defensively will win, GB gets a plus in their column. I think Philidelphia is too well-rounded for Green Bay to beat them, but offensive mis-cues have haunted the Eagles as of late, which leaves it up to the play of their Special Teams.


Prediction: PHI24, GB 21



We'll Watch and see which teams prevail, only time will tell.



Tom Cable has been officially removed from his dream job, the Head Coach of the Oakland Raiders. He did a fair job overall with the team, considering he was an O-Line Coach prior to Accepting the Gig, due to a mitigating release of the "wrong guy.'' (Lane Kiffin). Only moving Forward, no reason to sit around trying to puzzle together the past. Success is Merely a Measurement of Progress!


Al Here's my Two $ense:


Step 1. Reward the Offensive unit for finally pulling their own weight, and allow the group to develop the chemistry with Hue Jackson.


Step 2. Make an offer to Vince Young, not over-whelming, cause the worst case scenario is Vince Young being able to develop behind Veteran QB Jason Campbell. However, The more likely scenario would be a dynamic play-caller, who can take Hue Jackson's genius to the next level.


This would give Oakland, Three Recent Heisman Candidates in the backfield. Just for entertainment, Let's imagine this as the Raiders' 2011-2012 starting Lineup.


QB Vince Young

RB Darren McFadden

FB Michael Bush / Marcel Reece

LT Mario Henderson

LG Robert Gallery

C Jason Veldheer / Samson Satele

RG Cooper Carlisle

RT Khalif Barnes

TE Zach Miller

WR1 Darius Heyward-Bey / Chaz Schilens

WR2 Louis Murphey/Jacoby Ford


To ensure the explosive nature of Jackson's type offense it needs speed, at ALL positions.


Step 3. Key Acquisitions to Consider bringing to Oakland

QB ) Vince Young (First or Last)

QB ) Troy Smith (Likely to become FA)

QB ) Michael Vick (if Eagles go forward with K. Kolb)

QB ) Tim Tebow (F--- the Broncos)


QB ) Move up in the first round by trading (Anyone but Asomugha) to try snagging Andrew Luck! (highly unlikely)


WR ) Get Lavelle Hawkins from Titans, he has displayed top-tier talent, and making plays is what he does. (try a trade for Nick Miller, JLH, Tony Stewart, or a 4-5th Round Pick)


LT ) Attack this position Early in the Draft, or trade for Odd-man-Out.


Step 4. With most of the focus falling on the defensive side for once, Maybe some more talented youth in the Secondary. Give Huff, and Branch Extra Help Deep, Maybe Darren Sharper via trade, to Solidify the coverage.


Step 5. Use the tandem of Backs, that can all handle and pass the ball if needed to run multi-direction plays, that are decided at the line of scrimmage. Speed, and mis-direction go hand-in-hand.


Step 6. Stay relevent in the Media, because when the Raiders franchise stays mute, it leads to more speculation than actual stories. It provides true life-long fans the decency of having a vision of what next year can be like.
Step 7. Look at Mike Singletary as a viable Defensive Coordinator, or LB Coach.
Step 8. Point Across the Bay, Point at the Forty-Niners and their fans, then laugh.
Step 9. Remind the Coaches, players, and Staff about the Oakland Raiders' desire to display their "Commitment to Excellence."
Step10. End all team meetings with, "I will Commit to Excel."