A Raiders’ reminder about the days of 3-4 defense

Are the Raiders thinking of utilizing some 3-4 defense this year, an alignment they haven’t utlized as a base defense since returning to Oakland in 1995?

Considering the way they’ve loaded up defensive linemen _ re-signing Richard Seymour and John Henderson to team with Tommy Kelly, along with the development of Lemarr Houston, Matt Shaughnessy and Desmond Bryant _ it seems unlikely.

Yet here is a history lesson about the days when 3-4 defenses helped pave the way to three Super Bowl wins, posted today on Raiders.com.

“Using all forms of defense, these powerful, determined, intimidating football teams contributed to the Decades of Dominance, during which the Raiders have won an AFL Championship, four American Football Conference Championships, three World Championships of Professional Football, participated in five Super Bowls, played in 14 Championship Games, won or tied for 17 Division Championships, had 21 playoff seasons, finished 34 seasons at .500 or better and played in 40 postseason games.”

Nobody does nostalgia like the Raiders.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • When a receiver goes up to catch a ball and a free safety who can hit like a ton of bricks is approaching him, I’m definitely concerned about what that receiver’s wonderlic score is.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Cam Newton doesn’t make Mike Mayock’s Top 20


    Mayock must be racist, right Kell?

  • Just Fire Baby

    I think Cam will go to the Niners if Gabbert is off the board (pretty sure AZ will grab him).

    No way does Newton fall past Minny at #12, unless he just completely bombs the next 6 weeks.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Raiders to lower ticket prices

    Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on March 11, 2011, 3:20 PM EST

    As the league tries to avoid incurring a dramatic fan backlash over a possible work stoppage, one team has already started to take steps to prevent losing ticket sales.

    The Raiders announced Friday that they are lowering ticket prices for 3,700 seats, including 2,300 “cheap seats” that went from $40 to $25.

    This has less to do with the lockout, of course, and more to do with Oakland’s 8-8 record last year and 5 or less wins the previous 7 seasons


    thoughts ???

  • Just Fire Baby

    $25 to go see an NFL game has to be the lowest in the league.

    And where was this when I went to the games? I was paying $51 a ticket to sit at the 20 yard line of Mt. Davis for a few years.

  • While an average football player usually scores around 20 points, Wonderlic, Inc. claims a score of at least 10 points suggests a person is literate.[2] Furthermore, when the test was given to miscellaneous people of various professions, it was observed that the average participant scored a 24. Examples of scores from everyday professions

    Chemist – 31
    Programmer – 29
    Journalist – 26
    Sales – 24
    Bank teller – 22
    Clerical worker – 21
    Security guard – 17
    Warehouse – 14


  • RaiderRockstar

    so the Heat thumped the Lakers again, eh?

    no wonder this place is so quiet today!

  • fingers

    Winning will put fans in the seats…and dropping the price of seats can’t hurt

  • RaiderRockstar

    Wonderlic Scores:

    JFB – 35
    Chemist – 31
    Programmer – 29
    Journalist – 26
    Sales – 24
    Bank teller – 22
    Clerical worker – 21
    Racist Realtor – 11
    Cousin Humper – 10

  • Just Fire Baby

    Sales- 24


    This overall score is clearly dragged down by the anchors of the sales industry, the dreaded realtor.

  • lower prices in mt. davis = more fights.

  • Dakota

    DHB scored an 8
    Russell scored a 24

  • priesttj

    This is the beginning of the end of sports as we have known it for some time. With last nights developments people dying and natural disasters on the rise. We have billionaires fighting millionaires for free money. It smacks of a serious lack of understanding of where we are in the stream of time.

    There are just way too many options for people do engage in for the NFL to make a mistake of these proportions. Fans everywhere will start to turn an unsympathetic eye to both parties and look at them as greedy petty and unconscious of the struggles that many are going through at this particular time.

    The NFL is wringing the neck of the golden goose and the chance of reviving it is going to be a very difficult task. There is just way too much to worry about in real life to worry about the toy store of life.

    People will start to put sports and all other ancillary activities in perspective and they will never again see it as they do now.

  • RaiderRockstar


    thanks for hopping on BSJ’s short bus yesterday!

    it clearly was the Lakers demise last night 😛

    did Chris Bosh score the same amount of points as Kobe ???


  • Oh, that would be horrible, priest, this being the end of sports as we know it. Because pro sports has just been so great in America in recent years…

  • priest, you’ll still be a Raider fan and defending Al Davis even after the league is defunct.

  • RaiderRockstar


    you’re the judge of who has class and who doesn’t?


    I’m pretty sure Sarah Pal1n’s taxidermist has more class than you do, and probably a higher IQ too

  • Just Fire Baby

    Time for the baseball revival!!!!

    This will also be one of the better years in recent memory for the NBA playoffs, IMO.

    So the NFL better figure it out, because life at the top is never guaranteed.

  • RaiderRockstar


    LMN wasn’t offended.

    I’m pretty excited that you were though …

    whoop whoop!

  • phatcable

    Providence fires coach Davis, OH this is a different coach davis thank god.

  • phatcable

    Our coach davis cant be fired!

  • phatcable

    Source: Free agency could start at midnight
    Posted by Mike Florio on March 11, 2011, 6:31 PM EST
    As the league scrambles to process the meaning of the union’s decision to decertify, a high-level source with one team tells PFT that the league is preparing for the possibility that free agency could begin soon.

    As in at midnight.

    Per the source, the league is bracing for the possibility of a ruling from Judge David Doty that would force the doors to remain open, compelling the league to allow player movement and trades as soon as 12:01 a.m. Saturday.

    Thus, by tomorrow at this time, Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha could (key word . . . “could”) have a new team.

    Though no one knows for sure whether that will happen, there’s a fear/belief that it could, and teams are preparing for the possibility.

    Holy crap, this could get very interesting.