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Raiders live chat Thursday, 1 p.m. PDT

By Jon Becker
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 at 5:48 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Jerry McDonald will be on hand to answer your Raiders questions during our live chat on Thursday, June 4 at 1 p.m. PDT.

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  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    June 4th, 2009 at 6:41 am
    GM to all the lucid morning crowd! And good morning to RRS too! Remember, its the early worm that feeds the… how’s that go again?

    Tonight begins the bball extravaganza! To torment Dakota, I’m going to GUARANTEE a Laker victory in the series. As Chick (RIP) would say: Its in the refrigerator. The door is closed, the lights are out, the eggs are cooling, the butter’s getting hard, and the Jell-O’s jigglin’!

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    So far so good! Sssooooooo good!

  • 4evaRaider

    It’s a beautifull morning,I think I’ll just outside 4 awhile,and just SMILE

  • 4evaRaider

    I sure hope not Dirt-Lot,cause the beat goes on!!!

  • 4evaRaider

    My GF/roommate made me a CD of the BEST ’60′s music EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    HOPE IT TURN’S AROUND 4 U SOON 4EVA,DONT GO STIR CRAZY ON US. THINGS WILL SHAKE LOOSE SOON.

  • 4evaRaider

    and early 70′s when music was real music.Man those bands were H-I-T M-A-C-H-I-N-E-S!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Yes it is a beautiful morning. I hope it goes quick though, as the afternoon will reign supreme.

    BSJ’s face @ 4:30pm CDT = Illegal smile.

  • 4evaRaider

    =)

  • 4evaRaider

    I’m 2 crazy 2 go stir-crazy Dirt-Lot!!!

  • hwnrdr

    Hang in there!!! Yup, I agree…60′s, 70′s were real music. 80′s is what everyone else today are either sampling or remaking…no one is really original these days!!!

  • 4evaRaider

    OOOOOOHHHH Why do you build me up BUTTERCUP???

  • 4evaRaider

    And YES I BELIEVE IN MAGIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    HEARD EARTH WIND & FIRE / CHICAGO WILL SOON BA JOINING FORCES 4 AN ALBUM,,,

  • hwnrdr

    So nothing new in Raider Land, huh?

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Will they record as Earth, Wind & Da Bears?

  • 4evaRaider

    It’s a Ball Of Confusion

  • hwnrdr

    Seriously Dirt Lot? That should be interesting…
    4eva…I believe the Magic will put on better games. Van Gundy looked pissed last night. But…if the Lakers play them consistently like that…it could be over. Orlando has to make those shots!

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    4evaRaider Says:
    June 5th, 2009 at 6:28 am
    I’m 2 crazy 2 go stir-crazy Dirt-Lot!!!

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    I get shack-wacky if I run out of “tobaccky”.

  • 4evaRaider

    WOW Dirt-Lot that would be TOTALLY AWESOME

  • NoMoreFargas

    Damn Howard looked just a useless as Shaq did in 94 against the Rockets hope he keeps it up. Man the new post are far and few between what’s going on jerry?

  • 4evaRaider

    Hold on Hwnrdr

    I believe in magic-the song

    Not the Orlando Magic-I dont want Dakota 2 shake me down or anything like that lol

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    READ SOMEWHERE THEY HAVE BEEN TOURING TOGETHER FOR A FEW YEARS,DECIDED TO COLABERATE. ANYONE OUT THERE THINK THE BEARS ARE SERIOUS CONTENDERS NOW WITH CUTLER ? IF THEY GET BRANDON MARSHELL….

  • hwnrdr

    Yeah, it was funny NMF. Nelson came off the bench and added spark. Then he didn’t come back in til what…the 4th? You have to admit though, that the 4th was very sloppy on both sides. The score could have been closer, or it could have been worse.

  • hwnrdr

    Oh…sorry 4eva. Thought you were making references.
    My bad. Any Tony Orlando and Dawn in your mix?

  • hwnrdr

    Sorry…no play on words intended…

  • http://0 Bob Marley

    I see there was a pass-rush argument going on last night between priest, mista and oakglenn…

    Here’s an article about the best pass-rushing teams in the NFL last season, apparently, the Raiders were one of them, even with Burguess missing a lot of time.

    From Aaron Schatz of Pro Football Outsidres and the NY Times, Fifht Down Blog.

    - “The difference between the powerhouse NFC East and the weaker divisions in the N.F.L. can be summed up with one word: pressure.

    Only a handful of teams outside the division can muster a pass rush to equal them: the Steelers, the Vikings and the Raiders.

    Wait a minute. The Oakland Raiders? The same three-win Raiders who have a below-average 25 sacks?.

    Actually, yes. Numbers show that the Raiders have one of the league’s best pass rushes this season, once you get past simple totals and look at context and opportunity.

    Why aren’t opposing teams afraid of Oakland getting to their quarterback? Oddly, the Oakland defensive line has only itself to blame. Its inability to stop the run is the biggest reason its ability to get to the quarterback is underappreciated.

    Oakland gives up 4.5 yards a carry, ninth in the N.F.L. Passing on the Raiders is harder, mainly because the All-Pro cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha takes the opposition’s top receiver off the field. (He is the least-targeted starting cornerback in the league.)

    Combine a leaky Oakland run defense with opponents that are usually sitting on a lead, and the Raiders face the run more than 35 times a game, the highest figure in the league.

    Winning teams like the Giants and Cowboys get five or six more opportunities to sack the quarterback a game. Some teams, like Pittsburgh and Chicago, may get 10 more opportunities. More opportunities mean more sacks, no matter how good a pass rush is.

    Oakland sacks the quarterback on 6.4 percent of pass plays. That is higher than the N.F.L. average of 6.0 percent, but it is not enough for us to say that the Raiders have one of the league’s top pass rushes. Oakland’s success at getting to the quarterback becomes more clear once context and opportunity are considered.

    A poor run defense like Oakland’s leads to fewer sacks because the opposition faces fewer third-and-long situations.

    We also have to consider which teams the Raiders have played. It turns out that the Raiders have faced the league’s best pass-blocking offensive lines this season, based on the average sack rate of their 13 opponents.

    Oakland has played seven games against teams that rank in the top 10 for fewest sacks allowed, and not one game against the 10 teams that have allowed the most sacks (until Sunday, that is, when it hosts New England).

    We can correct for these biases with a statistic called adjusted sack rate. This number combines sacks per pass play with intentional-grounding calls, which are essentially the same as sacks; they come from pass pressure and cost the offense a down with lost yardage. (No defense has more than three this season.) It then adjusts for down and distance as well as each opponent, accounting for a bad pass rush that will sack Ben Roethlisberger more than a good pass rush will sack Peyton Manning.

    When analyzed in context, Oakland comes out as the fifth-best pass rush in the N.F.L. this season, with an adjusted sack rate of 7.7 percent. The Raiders rank higher than 11 teams with more total sacks, including the Giants (who rank sixth at 7.4 percent).

    The four teams higher than Oakland include Pittsburgh and Dallas, which lead the league, each with 45 actual sacks, but neither comes out with the best pass rush according to adjusted sack rate. That title goes to the Vikings, with an adjusted sack rate of 9.0 percent. Minnesota, like Oakland, has faced some of the league’s best pass defenses.

    Of course, no amount of context and analysis can improve the standing of a team with no pass rush. Oakland’s division rival in Kansas City has only six sacks for an adjusted sack rate of 2.8 percent.”

    Stats are good, but they don’t tell the whole story, the truth lies somewehere in the middle, now if we can become just halfway decent vs the run, the pass-rush may really start to shine.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL Says:
    June 5th, 2009 at 6:45 am
    READ SOMEWHERE THEY HAVE BEEN TOURING TOGETHER FOR A FEW YEARS,DECIDED TO COLABERATE. ANYONE OUT THERE THINK THE BEARS ARE SERIOUS CONTENDERS NOW WITH CUTLER ? IF THEY GET BRANDON MARSHELL….

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    Yes I think the Bears could contend in a weak NFC.

  • hwnrdr

    Dirt Lot, if they get Marshall, then Chicago could become contenders. Right now, yeah, they added a much needed qb, but who are their wr’s? If Devin Hester becomes better at that position, then…but who knows?

  • OAKlifer

    ANYONE OUT THERE THINK THE BEARS ARE SERIOUS CONTENDERS NOW WITH CUTLER ? IF THEY GET BRANDON MARSHELL….
    __________________________

    I think even with out marshall he will do fine the bears can compete with the pack no one can stop Peterson so viks will be tough for every one but the bears are a Run 1st Dfense 2nd QB/wr 3rd type of team he might even flourish……on the other hand LOL @ the Donks LMFAO these guys are making horrible descions WOW!!!!

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    Mornin’ guys,
    Bo the saying is “the early bird who first drinks the Mezcale gets the worm”
    that’s why I sleep in, I hate Mezcale!!
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    -80’s is what everyone else today are either sampling or remaking…no one is really original these days!!!
    ————
    You’re right, they are even remaking ‘The Alien’ movie AND ‘Total Recall’ because hollywood is imaginatively bankrupt!!

  • http://0 Bob Marley

    I find it amusing that some of these expert sports journalists insist on the “Nnamdi takes the opponents best WR off the game” crap, he shuts down his side of the field, he doesn’t follow a particular WR all over the place, now that’s still great and he is the premier CB in the league, but that’s just the way it is.

  • OAKlifer

    imaginatively bankrupt!!
    ________________________________
    LOL thats the one thing we never have to worry about AL Davis doing is going imaginatively bankrupt!! Do to our recent drafts this guy has on heck of an imagination!!!lol only joking Uncle Al!

  • hwnrdr

    Hollywood is remaking Alien and Total Recall? Wow! Wait…recall, recall…implanted memories of your dream life? Al, go back to recall and wake up!

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    RaiderTW Says:
    June 5th, 2009 at 6:59 am
    Mornin’ guys,
    Bo the saying is “the early bird who first drinks the Mezcale gets the worm”
    that’s why I sleep in, I hate Mezcale!!
    ———-
    -80’s is what everyone else today are either sampling or remaking…no one is really original these days!!!
    ————
    You’re right, they are even remaking ‘The Alien’ movie AND ‘Total Recall’ because hollywood is imaginatively bankrupt!!

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    I’m all for the 80s, except when it comes to Art Shell’s offense.

    And yes Mezcal is putrid. Of course, I didn’t always feel that way, lol.

  • NoMoreFargas

    Man how many passes did Nhamdi even have thrown his way I mean seriously , hopefully johnson can be like Eric Davis was in SF his year with Prime and just kill with picks and with his speed take it to da house!

    GO RAIDERS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    “I don’t like cricket-

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Bob Marley Says:
    June 5th, 2009 at 7:01 am
    I find it amusing that some of these expert sports journalists insist on the “Nnamdi takes the opponents best WR off the game” crap, he shuts down his side of the field, he doesn’t follow a particular WR all over the place, now that’s still great and he is the premier CB in the league, but that’s just the way it is.

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    Good point Bob, and nice post earlier.

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    Bo Schembechler Jackson,And yes Mezcal is putrid. Of course, I didn’t always feel that way, lol.

    ————
    As robin Williams used to say “I had to quit when I found myself nak3d on the hood of my car with my keys up my ass saying, officer, i think it’s flooded!”

  • OAKlifer

    1 Tequila 2 Tequila 3 Tequila floor!!!!

    EAT THE WORM!!!!!!!!!!!

    i have woke up in TJ more than once!!!!!!

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    A victory was strunk for potty mouths like me!!!
    Man cited for cursing about cat feces left in his yard is acquitted
    It took a jury just 15 minutes to return with a not guilty verdict. The man who was cursed at said after the trial: “A little piece of America died today when a jury of six says it’s OK to curse in front of a 13-year-old when asked not to.”

  • http://0 Bob Marley

    The question is, are we better off having Nnamdi taking out one side of the field or should he take out the opponents best WR?.

    That would take some time to ponder, but right off the bat I say playing the field is better, keeping Nnamdi glued to one guy would limit his value as teams could use their best guy as a decoy to keep Nnamdi busy, but with 21 hanging out on the right side, they just don’t throw it that way, the field gets shorter and the offense has less space to throw as most teams simply will not challenge 21′s area, that’s less ground to cover for the LB’s and the rest of the DB’s.

  • 4evaRaider

    No no Tony Orlando sorry Hwnrdr

  • 4evaRaider

    A~N~D I just pulled a 5 pound pork-tenderloin off da grill,it is a beautifull morning =)

  • OAKlifer

    4eva,
    Smokin a pork loin as we speak I’m at work but it takes me a day or two to smoke a tenderloin the right way!!!! man Im jealous yours is done!!!! u make ur own BBQ sauce????

  • 4evaRaider

    S-L-O-w day news wise

  • hwnrdr

    4evaRaider Says:
    June 5th, 2009 at 7:16 am
    A~N~D I just pulled a 5 pound pork-tenderloin off da grill,it is a beautifull morning =)

    Ok, now I’m hungry…7 hours to go…
    I’m jealous, too! Go get ‘um 4eva!!!

  • 4evaRaider

    Not this time Oaklifer woke up 2 early 4 that and the daquiri’s are already flowing.My G/F worked the mid-night shift at the hospital soooo I had her a nice cold one ready when she walked in the door!!!

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Bob Marley Says:
    June 5th, 2009 at 7:13 am
    The question is, are we better off having Nnamdi taking out one side of the field or should he take out the opponents best WR?.

    That would take some time to ponder, but right off the bat I say playing the field is better, keeping Nnamdi glued to one guy would limit his value as teams could use their best guy as a decoy to keep Nnamdi busy, but with 21 hanging out on the right side, they just don’t throw it that way, the field gets shorter and the offense has less space to throw as most teams simply will not challenge 21’s area, that’s less ground to cover for the LB’s and the rest of the DB’s.

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    True, but isn’t the left side more valuable against a right-handed QB?

  • 4evaRaider

    we put Nnamdi on T.Gonzeles and Tony took him 2 school

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Game 2 will be much tougher and closer as the 1st adjustments will be made. Kobe say the Laker’s must forget game 1. The Magic will not miss as many 3′s, though the Laker’s for the most part contested each one which was the key. They switched well and stayed with their man. Except for Fisher, the Laker’s are very quick. I still say Laker’s in 6.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    With contracts hard to come by in San Diego, LB Shawne Merriman looks like odd man out
    By Michael Blunda
    June 4, 2009

    It was widely believed that the Chargers’ first order of business this offseason would be striking a long-term deal with QB Philip Rivers, who led the league with a 105.5 passer rating and is set to become a free agent after 2009. But here it is June, and while a deal could still be in the works, it hasn’t happened yet.

    Considering that two other key, young players whose contracts expire after the season — WR Vincent Jackson and OLT Marcus McNeill — haven’t been signed long-term, either, we hear the odds of LB Shawne Merriman staying in San Diego beyond this year are getting slimmer. Merriman, also a free agent after ’09, has made impressive progress after missing almost all of last season to have his knee reconstructed, but the three-time Pro Bowler is still looked down upon by many within the Chargers’ organization for his constant preoccupation with his numerous off-the-field endeavors. Before his injury in ’08, Merriman was set to make late-week, in-season trips from San Diego to Los Angeles to tape a TV show, and just last month he was absent from minicamp while reportedly vacationing in Europe. Furthermore, the Bolts sent a clear message to him by using their first-round pick on LB Larry English, Merriman’s heir apparent.

    Unless drastic changes occur during the remainder of this year, it’s likely that Merriman’s ’09 season will be a showcase to prove to the rest of the league that he’s healthy as he enters free agency.