Before many will even begin to read this column the words relating to “making something great again” will surely stir up some emotion no matter what end of the political spectrum you’re on. Even if I were to say “Make … Continue reading Editorial: Making The Raiders Great Again At Any Cost?
There are very few franchises in the NFL that can claim as large a historical contribution as the Oakland Raiders. After so many ups and downs through the franchise’s history, it’s time to revisit what makes them so great and … Continue reading Ramble 101: The Maverick
Born on the August 17th, 1963 in Sandusky, Ohio, Jon Gruden would grow up to become one of the most well-respected head coaches in NFL history. Becoming involved in football was no coincidence for Jon Gruden. His father Jim worked … Continue reading The Gruden Archive: A Bit of Raiders History
The NFL is investigating the Oakland Raiders for violating the Rooney Rule in their pursuit of Jon Gruden. Continue reading The Lunacy of the Rooney Rule vs. The Oakland Raiders
With Darren McFadden’s retirement and Sebastian Janikowski’s career possibly drawing to a close, it will be the end of an era for the Raiders. Yesterday, former Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden officially retired from playing in the NFL. The … Continue reading A Look Back at What Might’ve Been as Darren McFadden Retires
Sebastian Janikowski will not play again for the Oakland Raiders this year and possibly won’t take the field again. For Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski, 2017 was a contract year. The long-time superstar leg of the Raiders renegotiated his contract … Continue reading Last ‘Bastian: Al Davis’s Last Leg Might Be A Goner
It has been six years since the maverick owner of the Oakland Raiders, Al Davis, past away and yet he continues to cast a presence over the Silver and Black. Davis was a pioneer and architect of three Super Bowl … Continue reading “What Would Al Do?” A Thought Experiment
The NFL and the player’s protests have suddenly become the “number one” news story in the nation. Fans in several stadiums booed as players kneeled in protest after President Donald Trump called for the firing of any protesting player resulting … Continue reading Silver and Black: A Proud Past & Bright Future
Everyone loves the first round of the NFL draft when teams choose the biggest names coming out of college. Al Davis chose 555 players in his long career, from Tony Lorick to Terrelle Pryor, including Marcus Allen, Jack Tatum, Tim Brown, Sebastian Janikowski, and many other great Raiders in Round One.
Yet he, his scouts, and general managers also found many stars in Round Two, many of them small-school or obscure players who went on to stellar careers. More recently, the Oakland Raiders have added three intriguing players to the defense from Round Two in the last three drafts—Mario Edwards in 2015, Jihad Ward in 2016, and Obi Melifonwu this year. Continue reading Al Davis’s “Baker’s Dozen”: 13 Great 2nd Round Picks
A good scout is worth his weight in gold, be it war or talent acquisition, so knowing what to plan for in advance is vital to achieving success. Originating as a scout, McKenzie is a shrewd talent evaluator who “sniffs it out like a bloodhound”. He will leave no tape unwatched, no coach unquestioned, and no small school unexplored as finding talent is this man’s specialty. Continue reading A brief history of the Raiders’ war room