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Raiders live chat today at noon

Get Jerry McDonald’s views on the Raiders, including his thoughts on Hue Jackson and Al Davis, during today’s live chat at noon PST.

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  • Just Fire Baby

    JB,

    I can see Ocho Cinco as a Raider, but I hope it is a FA and we don’t have to give up a draft pick for him.

    Not sure why we will “Assume” an improved O-line. IMO, the key to an O-line is not talent or draft status, but continuity together with each other and the QB. Due to injuries, most teams end up starting 6-7, maybe 8 guys at O-line throughout the year, so if you can have that core 5 guys, those are you usually your best lines in the league.

    We are looking at a few new starters, and some with some serious inexperience in general, and certainly with each other. As the year progresses it may be an improvement, but I am assuming Soup is going to be running for his life the first month of the season.

  • hwnrdr

    That is friggen funny!

  • http://www.hotmail.com The Dirtee Raccoon

    52.The Dirtee Raccoon Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    January 25th, 2011 at 10:25 am
    48.RaiderRockstar Says:
    January 25th, 2011 at 10:16 am
    Did anyone see Michael Oher in his playoff game? That guy may be in the HOF one day

    ***

    link? source?

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    ht tp://WW .DirytRaccoonDraftGuid.com

    and

    http://WW .DirtyRacconToldYouAllM.OherWasGonnaBeInTheHallOfFame.com

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Qb is not a weak link on this team unless your talking about gradkowski. Campbell played well down the strecth and was good in games where he actually had some similance of mediocre pass protection. JC even played well in a game or two where pass protection was horrific, making plays at crucial time. I have to agree with hu jack and al, he came along way from the begining of the season, seemed to find his grove, and became the leader of this offense. he will only get better being reunited with saunders, and in his second year in this offense.

    Offensive line was the biggest problem on offense followed by poor receiver play. The line couldnt pass protect ( one of the worst in the nfl), and couldnt run block consistently ( manhandled by moer physical defenses). As much as everyone wants to point the dirty end of the stick at JC, it just isnt accurate.

    Even Boller is a decent back up. Look around the leauge and you will see very few teams have a back up with as many games started in the nfl, except for old timers like mark brunel. Boller and fry backing up Jc is a good situation to have. i know boller was terrible in limited action, but often times an experienced back up plays much better with a week running starters reps, rather than coming in cold from the bench.

    No the only truly weak link in our qb rotation was Bruce gradkowski. Too fragile, and makes bone headed decision, turning the ball over, on top of a severe lack of accuracy.

  • JB

    Rockstar
    LOL! did anybody else catch this?
    *********************
    Yes, that was hilarious. It was actually featured on a late hour sports show Game day.

    Sanchez’s parents must really have loved that move. I guess it was better there than on the center’s ass during the game just prior to a snap.

  • r8rwill

    #40, jfb come on man you believe anything williamson says? he’s a raiders hater..lol

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/skew-t/166654980/ BART Bridge Blues

    If the Raiders get a QB at all in this draft, I wouldnt be surprised if they tried to get Taylor Potts either in the 7th or as an UDFA. This guy has great size and a rocket arm, but working in the Texas Tech spread system has lowered his draft value and apparently he is not all that accurate. That is the kind of player that I could see Al going for: low risk, would not be much of a threat to Jason Campbell and can throw the long bomb.

  • YoungAmerican

    2nd round – C/OG Stephen Wisniewski or CB Jimmy Smith
    3rd round – OLB Greg Jones or OG/C John Moffitt
    4th round – OG/OT Lee Ziemba or OT Marcus Gilbert
    5th round – DT/NT Ian Williams

    Attempt to re-sign Asomugha/Routt, Seymour, Miller, Wimbley, Reece, Bush, Huff, Loper, Condo, Cartwright, Henderson.

    If Bush walks, sign Willis McGahee and/or draft a late-round back.

    If Huff walks, sign Jarrad Page to compete with Stevie Brown.

    If Asomugha walks, sign Jonathan Joseph and/or draft a CB.

    If Routt walks, sign Richard Marshall or draft a CB.

    Also… I can’t believe I’m saying this… sign Ochocinco if/when he gets cut. Don’t like his personality, myself, but he has a positive impact on young receivers (unlike TO) and loves playing for Hue.

  • RaiderRockstar

    since we’ve brought in 1 blast from the past for Jason Campbell in Al Saunders, what about Mark Brunell as a backup (mentor) type?

    They both played for the Redskins from 2005-2007.

    Interview with Mike Wise at the Washington Post:

    “What player did you learn the most from in your career?”

    “Mark Brunell,” Campbell said, launching into a nice tribute about how the man he replaced helped him become a better person off the field.

  • http://chismetime.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/sofia_vergara_01.jpg r8eray

    Al Saunders is officially listed on the Raiders web site!

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    So much for all the hype about huff being a really good safety. He had 1-2 really good games, a couple of average non discript games, and some really brutal games. Not what i would call a indispensible cog.

    Before anyone comes back with the old standby that single high saftey is impossible, check yourself. Look around the leauge. The giants won the super bowl using a single high saftey. The packers used a lot of single hig against the bears, the bears played some man with a
    single high this year. the main difference is that these teams also were able to mix the coverages, and didnt have to rely on single high as much as we did. This is in large part becuase our safties, and secondary were so bad in zone we had dumb it down and go vanilla. This is why we played more man to man single high than any team in the leauge.

  • http://www.hotmail.com The Dirtee Raccoon

    54.The Dirtee Raccoon Says:
    January 25th, 2011 at 10:27 am
    52.The Dirtee Raccoon Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    January 25th, 2011 at 10:25 am
    48.RaiderRockstar Says:
    January 25th, 2011 at 10:16 am
    Did anyone see Michael Oher in his playoff game? That guy may be in the HOF one day

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    link? source?

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    ht tp://WW .DirytRaccoonDraftGuid.com

    and

    http://WW .DirtyRacconToldYouAllM.OherWasGonnaBeInTheHallOfFame.com

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    why mods? why

  • Just Fire Baby

    R8rwill,

    I don’t believe in “Raider haters”.

    A figment of imagination.

    Williamson gets paid to report on the AFC West, and I trust that his reporting as at least as accurate as anything anyone types in here.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Semi-Pro Blogger > Bill Williamson!

  • http://www.hotmail.com The Dirtee Raccoon

    62.Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    January 25th, 2011 at 10:34 am
    So much for all the hype about huff being a really good safety. He had 1-2 really good games, a couple of average non discript games, and some really brutal games. Not what i would call a indispensible cog.

    Before anyone comes back with the old standby that single high saftey is impossible, check yourself. Look around the leauge. The giants won the super bowl using a single high saftey. The packers used a lot of single hig against the bears, the bears played some man with a
    single high this year. the main difference is that these teams also were able to mix the coverages, and didnt have to rely on single high as much as we did. This is in large part becuase our safties, and secondary were so bad in zone we had dumb it down and go vanilla. This is why we played more man to man single high than any team in the leauge.

    *************

    who played shs for those teams?

  • JB

    JFB
    Not sure why we will “Assume” an improved O-line. IMO, the key to an O-line is not talent or draft status, but continuity together with each other and the QB. Due to injuries, most teams end up starting 6-7, maybe 8 guys at O-line throughout the year, so if you can have that core 5 guys, those are you usually your best lines in the league.

    We are looking at a few new starters, and some with some serious inexperience in general, and certainly with each other. As the year progresses it may be an improvement, but I am assuming Soup is going to be running for his life the first month of the season.
    ************************
    First & foremost, we need a center who can stand his ground. Satele & Carlisle are like a NY turnstyle. Satele would be OK as a backup but that’s it. Carlisle just hasn’t got it any longer. Veldheer & Gallery are fine on the left side. On the right side I think we’ll see either BCampbell or MHenderson auditioning for RT. BCampbell also might be seen at RG. Loper is also available as a guard backup. Walker, because he knows the system would be a reasonable backup. Barnes should continue as the blocking TE lineman. So, that being said, a line-up of Veldheer, Gallery, new guy, Bcampbell & MHenderson could be a very good line.

  • http://www.hotmail.com The Dirtee Raccoon

    67.JB Says:
    January 25th, 2011 at 10:36 am
    JFB
    Not sure why we will “Assume” an improved O-line. IMO, the key to an O-line is not talent or draft status, but continuity together with each other and the QB. Due to injuries, most teams end up starting 6-7, maybe 8 guys at O-line throughout the year, so if you can have that core 5 guys, those are you usually your best lines in the league.

    We are looking at a few new starters, and some with some serious inexperience in general, and certainly with each other. As the year progresses it may be an improvement, but I am assuming Soup is going to be running for his life the first month of the season.
    ************************
    First & foremost, we need a center who can stand his ground. Satele & Carlisle are like a NY turnstyle. Satele would be OK as a backup but that’s it. Carlisle just hasn’t got it any longer. Veldheer & Gallery are fine on the left side. On the right side I think we’ll see either BCampbell or MHenderson auditioning for RT. BCampbell also might be seen at RG. Loper is also available as a guard backup. Walker, because he knows the system would be a reasonable backup. Barnes should continue as the blocking TE lineman. So, that being said, a line-up of Veldheer, Gallery, new guy, Bcampbell & MHenderson could be a very good line.

    ****

    Right, thats why so many LT are low picks.

  • Just Fire Baby

    So a new C, a new RG playing the position for the first time in his life, and a RT that will be relatively green to that side as well, and you think that is an upgrade?

    Eventually maybe, but in 2011, that would be an epic fail.

  • M Lonetree

    for those of you moaning about Huff/Branch/Mitchell safety combos – rewind the Dorsett-Pope-Gibson-Schweigert decade for evaluation – I think you’ll find that the safety position (FA notwithstanding) is much improved.

  • Silver-and-black666

    First off OchoStinko is not a good WR there are 30 better ones in the league….how do I know? I put together a list before and posted it in PFT because the guy cares more about what car he drives to the game and dancing then catching the damn ball.

    We do not need any more of these kinds of players and since Randy Moss our owner AD has stayed away from trouble makers and he will continue to do I would think.

    So stop the Ocho Stinko talk its not going to happen and if it did it would not make us a better team.

  • http://chismetime.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/sofia_vergara_01.jpg r8eray

    If Asomugha leaves, Oakland would be in line for a 2012 compensation pick. It will likely be the No. 97 overall pick at the end of the third round.
    ESPN

  • DMAC

    I’m through w/ M. Henderson. Can’t we do any better? And NO I don’t want him on the right side.

  • http://chismetime.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/sofia_vergara_01.jpg r8eray

    Let’s take a look at how the AFC West roster shakes out:

    Denver

    WR Brandon Lloyd*

    Kansas City

    S Eric Berry*

    WR Dwayne Bowe

    QB Matt Cassel

    RB Jamaal Charles

    LB Tamba Hali

    OG Brian Waters

    Oakland

    CB Nnamdi Asomugha*

    P Shane Lechler

    TE Zach Miller

    San Diego

    OG Kris Dielman*

    LB Shaun Phillips

    QB Philip Rivers*

    * Denotes starters.

    Oakland defensive tackle Richard Seymour and San Diego tight end Antonio Gates had to withdraw from the game due to injury.

  • DutchRaider77

    Seriously,
    Gradkowski is not good enough to be a backup QB on the Raiders?
    Kyle Boller and Charlie Frye (Ended the last two seasons on injured reserve) are better than Gradkowski?
    Kyle Boller? WTF, people were screaming that he was allowed to throw the ball on 4 and short?
    Why the hate?
    I can understand if you think we are going out and getting V. Young or Palmer as a backup, then I understand the hate.
    What I hope for is that J. Campbell comes in as the starter, we draft a QB in latter rounds for development and Bruce is out backup for Campbell.
    I would rather have Bruce Gradkowski than Todd Collins.
    Alex Smith? WTF-The dude is a ground game killer, the only way he is decent is out of the shotgun.

  • RaiderRockstar

    stop the Ocho Stinko talk its not going to happen and if it did it would not make us a better team.

    ***

    If Chad Johnson thinks Carson Palmer sucks, what in the world is he going to think of Jason Campbell or Bruce Gradkowski ???

    what is he going to think when he sees DHB on the opposite side of the field from him as a 16-game starter while Ford, Murphy & Schilens rot away on the bench?

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    The Dirtee Raccoon Says:
    January 25th, 2011 at 10:36 am

    who played shs for those teams?
    ******************************************************
    It doesnt matter, its beside the point.

    Ny i think wa antrell rolle and kenny phillips

    gb c woodson ( at times) nick collins

    chi chris harris

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    M Lonetree Says:
    January 25th, 2011 at 10:42 am
    for those of you moaning about Huff/Branch/Mitchell safety combos – rewind the Dorsett-Pope-Gibson-Schweigert decade for evaluation – I think you’ll find that the safety position (FA notwithstanding) is much improved.

    =====================================================

    no doubt improved but not good enough

  • http://www.hotmail.com The Dirtee Raccoon

    77.Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    January 25th, 2011 at 10:51 am
    The Dirtee Raccoon Says:
    January 25th, 2011 at 10:36 am

    who played shs for those teams?
    ******************************************************
    It doesnt matter, its beside the point.

    Ny i think wa antrell rolle and kenny phillips

    gb c woodson ( at times) nick collins

    chi chris harris

    ****

    the guts you named are all better than what we got.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    M Lonetree Says:
    January 25th, 2011 at 10:42 am
    for those of you moaning about Huff/Branch/Mitchell safety combos – rewind the Dorsett-Pope-Gibson-Schweigert decade for evaluation – I think you’ll find that the safety position (FA notwithstanding) is much improved.

    =====================================================
    I do like mitchell & brown a lot

  • http://www.hotmail.com The Dirtee Raccoon

    78.Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    January 25th, 2011 at 10:53 am
    M Lonetree Says:
    January 25th, 2011 at 10:42 am
    for those of you moaning about Huff/Branch/Mitchell safety combos – rewind the Dorsett-Pope-Gibson-Schweigert decade for evaluation – I think you’ll find that the safety position (FA notwithstanding) is much improved.

    =====================================================

    no doubt improved but not good enough

    ****

    word m to the s

  • YoungAmerican

    Ochocinco is past his prime, but the guy still has skills. Better hands and a better route runner than every WR on the Raider roster, besides maybe Ford. He also still commands double-coverage – he was doubled all season even with TO on the roster.

    If he gets cut? He’ll be a low-risk signing, and he’ll want to play for Hue. He’s not worth trading for, but as a free agent signing he’d be a good veteran presence for the young kids on the team. Might be loud, might be brash, but it’s been a long time since the Raiders had a receiver who WANTS the ball to come to him. The receiving corps could use that kind of confidence.

    Sure, there are a lot of much better receivers out there, but with all of the in-house signings that have to happen it’s doubtful that Al is going to make a big splash.

    Personally, I’d love for Al to make a run at Sidney Rice or James Jones, but I don’t see it happening. Steve Breaston is available, but he’s injury prone and wouldn’t have the same kind of veteran presence that Chad would.

    The only veteran that there’s any chance of the Raiders signing is Ochocinco, because of Hue’s connection to him. Give him a one or two-year deal with incentives and see what happens. There are much worse moves the Raiders could make at this point.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Anyone who thinks Stevie Brown could fill in for Michael Huff with no dropoff is delusional.

    Brown was a LB in college, for a pathetic defensive college at that.

    His athleticism is drastically less than Huff’s, and would need amazing instincts to compensate for the difference to cover center field.

    If he had such instincts, his college FB defense might not have given up 50 points a game and let him slip to the 7th round in the draft.

  • YoungAmerican

    I want to see Groves and Goethel compete for the WLB spot, and Mitchell and Branch compete for the SS spot.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    The Dirtee Raccoon Says:
    January 25th, 2011 at 10:53 am
    77.Mistic1 Tha Supavillain Says:
    January 25th, 2011 at 10:51 am
    The Dirtee Raccoon Says:
    January 25th, 2011 at 10:36 am

    who played shs for those teams?
    ******************************************************
    It doesnt matter, its beside the point.

    Ny i think wa antrell rolle and kenny phillips

    gb c woodson ( at times) nick collins

    chi chris harris

    ****

    the guts you named are all better than what we got.

    =====================================================

    That was the point of my post, huffs defeciencies in zone coverage, & tackling make him a liabilty in our defense. We need an upgrade. I also dont think he is enough of a ball hawk when the ball is in the air.

    In our defense free saftey must be a good player, not just average, or up & down.

  • hwnrdr

    Ocho’s best chance at a SB win was the year Pitt won against Seattle. If Kimo didn’t roll on Palmer’s legs…
    I think Ocho will probably shut his mouth here and maybe teach the youngsters how to play WR…then again, I could be wrong too…but, its up to Al, isn’t it?

  • YoungAmerican

    If Huff walks, the Raiders NEED to bring someone in to compete with Brown for that FS spot. I like NE’s Jarrad Page. He played some decent football for the Chiefs as a starter there.

    Brown might be able to cut it, but the Raiders shouldn’t be counting on him and him alone to step up and fill a role that carries more responsibility than any other position on the defense. And Branch and Mitchell are not one-deep type safeties.

  • YoungAmerican

    FS Chris Harris has played good football for the Bears and has been a very solid locker room presence for the team, but I’m not sure he’s a one-deep kind of player and the Bears might want to bring him back for at least another season.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    January 25th, 2011 at 10:57 am
    Anyone who thinks Stevie Brown could fill in for Michael Huff with no dropoff is delusional.

    Brown was a LB in college, for a pathetic defensive college at that.

    His athleticism is drastically less than Huff’s, and would need amazing instincts to compensate for the difference to cover center field.

    If he had such instincts, his college FB defense might not have given up 50 points a game and let him slip to the 7th round in the draft.

    =================================================

    Did anyone make that claim? however i dont think the drop off is dramatic, and with more playing time he will be better than huff. he has mcuh better ball hawking instincts, as evidenced by his abilty to take the ball away. he made almost as many plays in his rookie year as huff has made in his entire career.

    Although I dont think he is ready to start full time.

    Who cares if he switched positions it happens all of the time in the nfl. Rich rods defense is a 3-3-5, its all about small speedy lbs same size as safties generally. This was the issue. That front wont work against big strong big ten kids that pound you.

    The problems with the wolverines defense had very little to do with brown

  • DMAC

    Colts owner Jim Irsay indicated Tuesday that his team has no interest in signing free agent CB Nnamdi Asomugha.
    It’s not the Colts’ style to chase high-profile free agents, and Asomugha is a poor fit for a cover-two team. Irsay would prefer to draft and develop his own players. “It’s worked well for us (and the Steelers),” Irsay wrote. “The cap restricts.”
    Source: Jim Irsay on Twitter

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    YoungAmerican Says:
    January 25th, 2011 at 11:01 am
    If Huff walks, the Raiders NEED to bring someone in to compete with Brown for that FS spot. I like NE’s Jarrad Page. He played some decent football for the Chiefs as a starter there.

    Brown might be able to cut it, but the Raiders shouldn’t be counting on him and him alone to step up and fill a role that carries more responsibility than any other position on the defense. And Branch and Mitchell are not one-deep type safeties.

    YoungAmerican Says:
    January 25th, 2011 at 11:07 am
    FS Chris Harris has played good football for the Bears and has been a very solid locker room presence for the team, but I’m not sure he’s a one-deep kind of player and the Bears might want to bring him back for at least another season.

    =====================================================

    YA, you are right on the money, i would love to see a guy to compete and help out with browns development. Pge is a good stop gap.

    Also harris is best suited in that cover two scheme that the bears use as there base. I was only pointing out that when the bears did man up, he played single high.

    Main point is until we have a more versatile free saftey ( huff isnt it) we will continue to struggle and be exposed in our man coverage.

    I also agree that mitchell is a best at strong safety, i think he should unseat branch.

  • DMAC

    Williamson High School coach Bobby Parrish said Panthers college scout Jeff Beathard called him recently to ask background questions about Auburn DT Nick Fairley.
    He added that other teams, including the Raiders, have sent questionnaires about Fairley, but the Panthers are the first team to call. It’s standard procedure and something that Carolina will do with multiple other players, but it confirms Fairley is under consideration for the No. 1 pick. ESPN’s Mel Kiper has the Panthers taking Fairley in his first mock draft.
    Source: Charlotte Observer
    ===============
    Could big Al, pull off a trade to get back in the 1st round?

  • DMAC

    The Eagles are not expected to hire a defensive coordinator soon, likely because they’re eying Packers and Steelers assistants.
    Packers DL coach Mike Trgovac and ILBs coach Winston Moss have been connected to the job, and OLBs coach Kevin Greene could be an option, as well. On the Steelers’ side, LBs coach Keith Butler and DBs coach Ray Horton could be on the list. Former Saints DBs coach Dennis Allen has been the only confirmed candidate for the Eagles thus far, but he took the Broncos’ DC job.
    Source: Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
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    Al should really consider Moss and Butler. Pees is another candidate that others on here want.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    DutchRaider77 Says:
    January 25th, 2011 at 10:50 am
    Seriously,
    Gradkowski is not good enough to be a backup QB on the Raiders?
    Kyle Boller and Charlie Frye (Ended the last two seasons on injured reserve) are better than Gradkowski?
    Kyle Boller? WTF, people were screaming that he was allowed to throw the ball on 4 and short?
    Why the hate?
    I can understand if you think we are going out and getting V. Young or Palmer as a backup, then I understand the hate.
    What I hope for is that J. Campbell comes in as the starter, we draft a QB in latter rounds for development and Bruce is out backup for Campbell.
    I would rather have Bruce Gradkowski than Todd Collins.
    Alex Smith? WTF-The dude is a ground game killer, the only way he is decent is out of the shotgun.

    ====================================================

    Yes seriously. fry and boller have been starters in the nfl , and have some qaulity wins on the resume, grads isnt close, on top of his physical limitations.

    End of story

  • DMAC

    Damn, there sure are a whole lot of reserve/future contracts going on right now.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Could big Al, pull off a trade to get back in the 1st round?
    ———————————–
    I think the term “Big Al” is entirely inappropriate, and non descriptive of today’s tottering Al Davis.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/skew-t/166654980/ BART Bridge Blues

    per Al’s standard practice, I expect him to wait until all of the 31 other teams have hired their DC’s then he will lowball the best available candidate, hopefully someone who will work well with the players, coaches and scheme already in place.

  • YoungAmerican

    I think Huff is plenty versatile and put a good year together, but I don’t think the Raiders should break bank to re-sign him based on one respectable year. I feel the same way about Routt, although I don’t think Routt is half the player Huff is.

    The Raiders should definitely make an effort to re-sign Huff, but if doing so would prevent them from bringing back a guy like Nnamdi, Seymour, Miller, or Wimbley I don’t think it would be worthwhile.

    There’s something to be said for consistency at that position, but over his career Huff’s play has been far from inconsistent.

    Still, he made some key plays this year, that cannot be denied. I think Huff is one of the bigger question marks in free agency this offseason.

  • YoungAmerican

    Huff’s play has been far from consistent**

  • http://chismetime.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/sofia_vergara_01.jpg r8eray

    KoolKell Says:
    January 25th, 2011 at 11:25 am
    Could big Al, pull off a trade to get back in the 1st round?
    ———————————–
    I think the term “Big Al” is entirely inappropriate, and non descriptive of today’s tottering Al Davis.

    ——————–

    Yeah…Cam Newton!

  • 90806RAIDER77

    Move DHB to CB and then Ocho Cinco can have no. 85.