It was an eventful day for the Las Vegas Raiders today, to say the least. The Raiders have a new president in Sandra Douglass Morgan, and Pro Football Focus continues dissecting the AFC West in this edition of Raiders Notes.
The Raiders hired Sandra Douglass Morgan as team president
The organization is known for its tradition of breaking barriers in football. Today, that tradition continued as they introduced their new president. The hiring comes as a breath of fresh air following the controversial exit of Dan Ventrelle. The former interim president is still at the center of ongoing allegations by former employees implicating sexual harassment along with a hostile work environment. Ventrelle has stated that owner Mark Davis is at the center of these allegations. Nevertheless, the day belonged to Morgan.
A Nevada native, Morgan previously served as chairwoman of the Nevada Gaming Control Board from 2019 through last year. She’s the first black female president of an NFL team, breaking a long-standing color barrier. It should be noted that her position doesn’t deal with on-field operations. Nevertheless, that doesn’t devalue her hiring one bit, as this is quite the breakthrough. There’ll be more on Morgan here at the Ramble, so stay tuned.
PFF highlights the best offseason moves within the AFC West
It should surprise no one at this point that PFF chose the Davante Adams trade as the Raiders’ best offseason move. With that being said, how did the rest of the West fare in this recent analysis by the publication? Well, according to Brad Spielberger, this is how it goes.
- Los Angeles Chargers: The Khalil Mack Trade
- Kansas City Chiefs: Acquiring Russell Wilson
- Denver Broncos: Signing JuJu Smith-Schuster
It’s pretty straightforward as far as expectations go. The Chargers had just as busy an offseason as the Raiders, loading up on tons of defensive talent. Among those players was Mack, a move that left some Raiders fans feeling a certain type of way. There’s no doubt that Mack was, at one point, one of the most popular Raiders players, but now he’ll be a force to contend with in the West while wearing blue.
The Broncos, on the other hand, finally got their first legitimate starting signal-caller since Peyton Manning. The news of Russell Wilson’s coming to the West quickly raised the stakes, and the matchups between the Broncos and Raiders will be must-watch television. As for the Chiefs, they’re not going anywhere. They shipped off Tyreek Hill, but no one’s expecting them to slow down. Kansas City picked up Smith-Schuster but also came away with Skyy Moore in this year’s draft, reloading the wide receiver corps. The season can’t come soon enough for Raider Nation.
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