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Raiders and NFL Talk / Re: Raiders Coaching Staff
« Last post by RaiderWildeStyle on January 15, 2014, 05:30:47 AM »
Tarver re-signed...so he's back as well as Abril on ST.  Glad we didn't lose Sparano.  Don't care for most of them except Tony, he's the lone bright spot on this coaching staff.  We shall see.  Full draft, $$$ to spend...RM and DA have no excuses this year.  Build the trenches.  BUILD THE TRENCHES! 

LET'S GET IT DONE RAIDERS

Amen to that Building the Trenches. Either Clowney or Matthews will be fine by me.
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Raiders and NFL Talk / Re: Raiders Coaching Staff
« Last post by Matty Raider on January 14, 2014, 04:25:29 PM »
Tarver re-signed...so he's back as well as Abril on ST.  Glad we didn't lose Sparano.  Don't care for most of them except Tony, he's the lone bright spot on this coaching staff.  We shall see.  Full draft, $$$ to spend...RM and DA have no excuses this year.  Build the trenches.  BUILD THE TRENCHES! 

LET'S GET IT DONE RAIDERS
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We get a pretty good viewing of the college football games in Australia.

We don't get all of them but we get the ESPN/ABC games. I've seen enough of Johnny Manziel to know he has been playing with the best left tackle in football & the 2nd best wide receiver in all of game. The hype is there but the credit to Mike Evans/Jake Matthews isn't because it's all about Johnny Football.
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I hear what you're saying I'm just not sure that we were ever legitimately competitive.  I think we caused a lot of confusion and had a lot of gadget plays in the first half of the season, plus other teams hadn't really seen enough of Pryor to scheme against him.  But once we got to the half way point all our cards were on the table and other teams had no problems countering everything we had.

Once that happened I don't think we had a team with a skill set high enough to make any further, significant adjustments and from that point on we were exposed.

It's not like Allen is the first coach to be in charge of this team when it all goes to shit at the end of a season.  Look at 2011, 7 & 4 after week 12 and then total disaster. A lot of people went crazy when Jackson was let go and yet he managed to orchestrate a complete melt down and a draft situation that it has taken two years to recover from.

As far as the draft is concerned you are now totally out of my wheelhouse.  Being in the UK I have no exposure to College or High School ball, so I have no idea who is coming up in the draft let alone who is good and who isn't.  I do agree that we should be drafting for what we need and not just for the sake of Best Available.  I'm not sure that Mark Davis should have too much input on draft decisions, as someone who confessed that he didn't really know football do we really want him picking players?  I realise that McKenzie hasn't shown himself to be a Draft Guru, but then, as I said, I am so far out of the loop on this issue that I couldn't make an informed choice either.
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I don't disagree that Pryor has earned another shot to compete but I think it's a very long shot.  The whole "We're going with this guy because he gives us the best chance to win" is basically code for "we're fucked anyway we go but with this guy we're slightly less fucked".

We need a foundation to rebuild this team on, and at this point I'm not sure who that is. If McKenze and Allen have a 3 year plan, then let's wait and see if that pans out.  I don't think we've seen the best of Allen yet because I don't think we have a team yet.

Has he made some bonehead choices? Absolutely.  But is that because he doesn't know any better or is that because those were the only choices available? When all you have is lemons you make lemonade.  I know this lemonade tastes like piss but is that because the guy making it is a cretin or is it because we have some shitty ass lemons?

All I know for sure is that we have spent 10 years trying the "we lost again, let's fire the coach" philosophy, isn't it about time we tried something else?

For the last two years we've heard all the Salary Cap Hell/No Draft Picks excuses under the sun, next year they don't have those excuses so now they have to put up or shut up.  This time next year, if nothing has changed then fire them both. 

I've bought my tickets for Wembley and I'm expecting a show.  So if the Fins don't go home with their blowholes stuffed with turf and the scoreboard up their ass you can leave McKenze and Allen here and we'll bury them under a Motorway.

Between now and then, have faith.

See that's what is disappointing that the raiders held onto Dennis Allen based on a philosophy (Can't fire coaches every year.. btw it's been 2) when they should of fired him on production. (having competitive teams at the midway point only to choke both times down the stretch)

It's for that reason I believe Mark Davis could walk into a room & have the right to tell Dennis Allen he doesn't know shit when it comes to the offense. I just hope Reggie McKenzie makes the draft picks with input from 1st Mark Davis (long term opinion) & then 2ndly (Dennis Allen: The guru who chokes, short term needs)

I will lose my shit if we take Johny Manziel.. let someone else take him where we need Best Player Available & I have 5 other names ahead of his. (Bridgewater, Matthews, Clowney, Watkins & Bortles/Carr) IMO

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I don't disagree that Pryor has earned another shot to compete but I think it's a very long shot.  The whole "We're going with this guy because he gives us the best chance to win" is basically code for "we're fucked anyway we go but with this guy we're slightly less fucked".

We need a foundation to rebuild this team on, and at this point I'm not sure who that is. If McKenze and Allen have a 3 year plan, then let's wait and see if that pans out.  I don't think we've seen the best of Allen yet because I don't think we have a team yet.

Has he made some bonehead choices? Absolutely.  But is that because he doesn't know any better or is that because those were the only choices available? When all you have is lemons you make lemonade.  I know this lemonade tastes like piss but is that because the guy making it is a cretin or is it because we have some shitty ass lemons?

All I know for sure is that we have spent 10 years trying the "we lost again, let's fire the coach" philosophy, isn't it about time we tried something else?

For the last two years we've heard all the Salary Cap Hell/No Draft Picks excuses under the sun, next year they don't have those excuses so now they have to put up or shut up.  This time next year, if nothing has changed then fire them both. 

I've bought my tickets for Wembley and I'm expecting a show.  So if the Fins don't go home with their blowholes stuffed with turf and the scoreboard up their ass you can leave McKenze and Allen here and we'll bury them under a Motorway.

Between now and then, have faith.
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Raiders and NFL Talk / Davis may break protocol with assistant coaches
« Last post by Randy on January 07, 2014, 07:05:22 AM »
Davis may break protocol with assistant coaches
Vic Tafur, SF Chronicle

http://blog.sfgate.com/raiders/2014/01/06/davis-may-break-protocol-with-assistant-coaches/
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Raiders and NFL Talk / Davis-Allen meeting pushed back a day to Tuesday, January 7th
« Last post by Randy on January 07, 2014, 07:04:13 AM »
Davis-Allen meeting pushed back a day
CSN BayArea

http://www.csnbayarea.com/raiders/davis-allen-meeting-pushed-back-day
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Bucs were interested in Bill Cowher, Jon Gruden before hiring Lovie
"Gruden, who was also pursued by the Oakland Raiders, did not have interest in the job..."

Jason La Canfora
CBS Sports NFL Insider

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/writer/jason-la-canfora/24399120/buccaneers-were-interested-in-bill-cowher-jon-gruden-before-hiring-lovie-smith
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Sorry, I don't agree about Pryor or Vick.  Almost every pass Pryor threw against the Broncos was short. Pocket passer is not his natural game, he's a runner first and a passer second.  That just makes our offence 1 dimensional and once opponents take away his ability to run they are prepared to play the odds that any passes he attempts are going to be incomplete.

He spends an awful lot of time running backwards from the line of scrimmage costing us yards and seems almost pig-headed when it comes to giving up on a play and throwing the ball away.  He's has what, 2 training camps and 1 regular season and he looks worse now than when he started in September.  I know everyone wants Pryor to be the guy because he was Al's last pick but realistically this guy is a bust.  I'd be interested to see Pryor moved from the QB spot to an RB spot and let's really see what he can do with those legs.

As for Michael Vick we need to be looking for the next new solid QB not another has-been who has had limited success.  Vick is ranked 84th amongst playoff starting QBs with a 2 & 3 record and that's not someone to rebuild a team around.  While his regular season career record of 58-48-1 is a winning record his best years are behind him, he hasn't played a full season since 2006 and only played 7 games this year and 10 games last year.

I don't think McGloin is the answer either but, in the absence of anyone better, I'd rather try to move forward with McGloin than I would with Pryor and I don't want to see Vick anywhere near Oaktown.

Raiders have never developed a QB in their history.

I'm not going to fault Pryor for that because it's just fact. whether it's Russell, Maravich or Andrew Walter we just draft bums.

If you say Pryor doesn't have it after 8 starts & a doghouse decision by Dennis which flushed the Raiders chance at competing this year then that's your right. I just believe if we are going to give this pathetic coach another season to show us what he has got then Pryor has earned the right to come back & compete for the starting job. 
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