It’s Simple: Raiders Must Feed The Beast

In the Oakland Raiders’ Week 5 loss to the L.A. Chargers, it appeared head coach Jon Gruden got a little too cute with his goal line play calling. There is no other way to put it; if you have a running back whose nickname is ‘Beast Mode’ it would be plausible to actually use him in situations where a beastly running back is needed. Continue reading It’s Simple: Raiders Must Feed The Beast

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The Power of Influence: FamF1rst

Tennyson High School, Hayward, CA, varsity football, and basketball coach Anthony (AJ) Jackson is a resource for his Bay Area communities and all young people in need of help.
Coach Jackson works primarily in the East Bay community as a Dropout Prevention Coordinator at Cal-State East Bay located in the Hayward Hills but that’s just his day job. Jackson is the CEO of www.FamF1rst.com Athlete Services.

Jackson, a self-described resource for the Fam 1st Family Foundation founded by Marshawn Lynch, Josh Johnson, and Marcus Peters. The goal is empowerment and education of underprivileged youth and giving back to the city of Oakland and in general. “We decided this is for them. It’s a reminder, a value system, we used to say we put our family first do you?” Continue reading The Power of Influence: FamF1rst

A Way Too Early Look: Filling The Potential “Lynch void” at Running Back

With the next NFL draft a full calendar year away, there are still some positions where the Raiders didn’t draft long-term solutions.

A dominant linebacker in coverage is one that still needs to be filled for the long-term but a more pressing matter is at running back. Continue reading A Way Too Early Look: Filling The Potential “Lynch void” at Running Back

Another One Bites The Dust? Four Raiders Who Might Not Be Back In ’19

Raiders head coach Jon Gruden appears to be tongue in cheek serious about his comments in getting the Raiders back to their 1998 offense. A key to Oakland’s offense the last few years has been wide receiver Michael Crabtree, however, he has moved on and the team has added Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant. Also new to the team is tight end Derrick Carrier as well as Doug Martin and Keith Smith to the backfield.

The new changes are strikingly similar to the 1970’s George Allen led Washington Redskins and their “Over-the-Hill-Gang.” With an aging team and contracts also playing a factor for others, certain players may not be around beyond the 2018 season. Continue reading Another One Bites The Dust? Four Raiders Who Might Not Be Back In ’19

Tight Ends and Tailbacks: The Game’s Pure Hybrid Positions

Much to-do has been made about Coach Gruden’s and the Raiders’ philosophy on getting back to basics. The preference for classic tailbacks and tight ends in a wide array of packages has been brought front and center during this offseason … Continue reading Tight Ends and Tailbacks: The Game’s Pure Hybrid Positions