Alright Raider fans…here’s your latest update for Sunday for the Denver Broncos game. First of all, you have to wonder about the health of Darren McFadden. He could be ready to go, but I think they’re going to preserve him for next Thursday’s game against the San Diego Chargers. Why not? You have Michael Bush ready to go. Kevin Boss and Marcel Reece look like they’re good to go on Sunday but Will Sebastian Janikowski or Rolando McClain be available? It also looks like Sunday’s game is pretty close to selling out. That would be four home games in a row, which hasn’t happened since 2008.
It will be interesting to see how much Carson Palmer has improved over the bye and what T.J. Houshmandzadeh looks like too.
November 3, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment
Al Davis hinted over the last few years that he might look at a General Manager for the Oakland Raiders. For some reason, it didn’t materialize. Many names are coming out as rumored possibilities including Bill Parcells, John Madden, Jon Gruden and Tom Flores. Could it be a less sexier name that no one is considering? The two John’s (Jon’s) in this scenario are obviously the most intriguing on paper, especially with their past history. Then again, would a 75 year old John Madden be a good choice? Does he want to deal with this day’s players and agents? It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
October 10, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment
For the first time since 2008, the Oakland Raiders have sold out two consecutive games. One of those games was against the Tom Brady-less Patriots. Now Brady returns healthy, and carving up the league. Of course, he is a Bay Area native, so this might be extra special to win. Not to mention his team collapsed against Buffalo last week, so he’s going to be extra focused this week. Good news for Raiders fans. Darren McFadden is showing no lingering effects from groin tightness.
September 29, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment
The Oakland Raiders have sold out their game against the New York Jets this Sunday. Hey, believe me this is a marquee moment for several buddies of mine. Home games are a mad scramble to figure out what buddy lives outside the 75 mile radius, who has NFL Redzone, or what sports bar they are going to go to. Being able to actually sit in their own home and watch a Raiders game has happened only twice in their last 16 home games. For a Raiders fan this is like being told your TV works to watch the Super Bowl.
September 22, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment
I think the creativity and vision of those at the helm of NFL Films have been, in no small measure, responsible for the skyrocketing popularity of NFL Football in America. The emotion of Vince Lombardi on the sideline, the booming voice of John Facenda announcing the arrival of the Oakland Raiders, that spiral from Montana to Clark… these moments lovingly captured on film have made a great game even greater. So when I found out that the producers at NFL Films are behind a new series, A Football Life… well, I wanted you to know about it. Their first subject is Patriots coach Bill Belichick, the only coach ever wired for sound for an entire NFL season. By the way, of all the coaches who could have agreed to this kind of access, the last one I would expect would be Mr. Belichick. Isn’t he the guy under the hoodie who never answers questions? I mean he makes Jim Harbaugh look like a chatterbox. So here it comes… Part I of Bill Belichick: A Football Life premieres exclusively on the NFL Network tomorrow.
September 14, 2011 at 11:14 am | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment
Anschutz Entertainment Group’s Tim Leiweke says he has talked to five teams about moving into a proposed new stadium and one of them is the Oakland Raiders. The Vikings, Chargers, Rams and Jags are also on the list. You never know if the Raiders would pull the trigger again, but obviously the stadium they are in now is not a great fit. Another possibility is the shared stadium with the San Francisco 49ers.
June 10, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment
The full details have been released on the 49ers preseason dates and times. Their first game will be on the road against the New Orleans Saints on Friday, August 12th at 5pm our time. Then back to back Saturday night games at home against Oakland and Houston. Followed by a game at San Diego on September 1st.
May 3, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment
Barret Robbins, the former Pro Bowl center for the Oakland Raiders, who threw his NFL career away, has been sentenced to five years in Florida prison, for a drug-related probation violation. A judge in Miami ordered Robbins in jail, more than a year after crack cocaine was found in Robbins’ car near Dallas.
This was the same guy who didn’t play in the 2003 Super Bowl against Tampa Bay after disappearing before the game. Then he showed up incoherent the night before. He also tested positive for steroid use.
March 25, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment
Rod Woodson, who is one of the greatest defensive players in the history of the NFL, will join the Oakland Raiders coaching staff. hey are going to need his help, especially after dumping Nnamdi Asomugha. Although, it’s been reported that Asomugha would be more likely to re-sign with the Raiders since Woodson and him are close. Read more…
February 14, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment
Hue Jackson’s love affair with Chad Ochocinco, or Johnson, or whatever he is, is quite fascinating. For the “look at me” disaster that Ocho can be or has been, it’s a little bit surprising that Hue would leap out praising the wideout. Especially when you take Marvin Lewis’ thoughts into consideration.
Mike Florio below offers his take.
January 26, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment