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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.

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • priesttj

    bet!

  • Mistabr0wn

    tj,
    32 millionaire owners are shaking in their boots.

    lmao
    _______

    # priesttj Says:
    March 10th, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    The minute they go on a lockout and going to block them out, no more NFLN no more gear not a dime of my money on anything that has to do directly with the NFL.

    The fact that they can’t lock themselves in a room and get this fixed with all that money we’re trying to give them makes me sick. So as far as I’m concerned they wont get my attention the minute they have a lockout.

  • phatcable

    i dont think all the owners are millionaires some are probably living paycheck too paycheck the poor guys!

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Mista, how long are the fans going to bend over and take it? You must have other insights, please enlighten us, you are the Sheen prophetic guru!

  • phatcable

    the poor owners they need a tax break!

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Phat, they could be dealing away a new Stadium, and how much is too much for playing a game? Get Real!

  • priesttj

    They make choices and we can make choices, it’s the only thing I have control over is my time and my money where they are concerned. I choose to block them out…….you can do as you please………it’s all about choices.

  • phatcable

    When NFL owners read the opposing defense, they see an obvious soft spot in the line: the free-spending, high-living ways of more than 20 percent of the league’s players.

    Though a lockout has been threatened for years — and despite an apparent rise in the number of football stars safeguarding their millions — roughly 380 of the NFL’s near 1,700 players still live paycheck to paycheck, according to financial experts familiar with the league.

    “Therein lies the leverage these owners have to potentially use as an excuse to force the Players Association … to sneeze first,” said Reggie Wilkes, a 10-year NFL linebacker and now a financial adviser who preaches “lifestyle management” to more than 20 NFL clients. “If (union chief) DeMaurice Smith doesn’t have guys saving their money, it’s going to be difficult for them to withstand a potential lockout.”

    Many players are “going to be hurting,” agreed New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott, 30, a Wilkes client. Scott, who stands to earn, or lose, $6 million next season, is frugal by NFL standards, driving his 2002 Lincoln Navigator “into the ground” and purchasing a $700,000 home — relatively modest by football star standards. Scott said some “young guys” in his locker room “see what the older guys have, and they’re not there yet. They’re trying to catch up and keep up with the Joneses” by buying $2 million mansions.

    There is a wide variation in NFL players’ salaries. The average player salary for the 2009-10 season using USA Today’s numbers is $1,870,998. But the number isn’t particularly meaningful since superstars can earn far more and second- or third-stringers far less. The league rookie minimum salary is $320,000.

    Barring a late agreement between the union and owners, players could be locked out of NFL facilities as soon as Friday.

    To bolster solidarity — and, as Scott says, to “protect the players from themselves” — the NFL Players Association has been urging its members to stockpile cash for two years. The association also withheld union dues and royalty checks to build an emergency fund that will pay members about $60,000 each over the course of next season if their game checks stop coming, said players association spokesman George Atallah.

    many players have, indeed, heeded the union’s warnings by hiring money managers, sticking to precise monthly budgets, living with roommates, and postponing big buys (new homes) — or even small ones (new neckties), said several NFL players and their accountants.

    PFT: Eagles player says broke teammate asked for $100,000 loan

    Perhaps it’s the fear of going months without pay, or maybe it’s the notoriously high bankruptcy rate among retired NFL players — estimated at nearly 80 percent by Sports Illustrated — but “athletes are really starting to buckle down a lot more than they did 10 years ago,” said Steve Piascik, president of Piascik & Associates, a Richmond, Va.-based tax adviser to about 65 NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball players.

    “They are taking more responsibility,” said Piascik, who added 12 pro clients — most from the NFL — in just the past six weeks. “The rookies, especially, are more aware of the situation and they’re trying to protect themselves. Boom, they see (ex-NFL players) going through financial scandals and they’re going to make sure that doesn’t happen to them.”

    Many NFL stars have made headlines because of their financial problems.

    Luther Elliss, who earned $11.6 million with the Detroit Lions from 2000 to 2004, filed for bankruptcy in 2009 and has recently relied on friends and local churches to pay his bills. Raghib “Rocket” Ismail, who pulled in an estimated $18 million during a 10-year career, lost much of it through bad investments. Mark Brunell, now a New York Jets backup quarterback, filed for bankruptcy in June 2010 despite contracts that paid him $50 million during his career.

    These high-profile cases are one reason for open concerns among some fiscally conservative players that their lavish-living teammates will become a weak link for a union that aims to hold out for gains in its collective bargaining agreement.

    Piascik figures he spends “a good 25 percent” of his time steering pro clients away from too many flashy toys — “cars and jewelry” — and often from family and friends who press the players for gifts, loans or investments in risky ventures. Piascik said he willingly takes on the role of “the bad guy.”

    If his players max out their planned budgets and ask Piascik for extra cash, he said his pat answer is: “No! No! My job is to make sure that when your career’s over, you’re financially set.” He even cut ties with one NFL rookie who insisted — against Piascik’s advice — on buying his mother a $2.1 million home.

    “A lot of people say you can’t bring your money to the grave. But there’s also a point where you’ve got to be conservative and set your savings up,” said Sabby Piscitelli, a Cleveland Browns safety and one of Piascik’s clients. According to Fox Sports, Piscitelli earns about $770,000 per season. “I remember my grandpa always told me: ‘The first bill you always pay is your savings account.’ ”

    Piscitelli, 27, recently sold one car and opted to wait at least a year to purchase a property in south Florida – moves made, in part, to prepare for the possible lockout.

  • djohnnyg

    303.RAIDERMAN99 Says:
    March 10th, 2011 at 12:51 pm
    Al should strike a deal to move the Raids to Las Vegas.

    Get a consortium of casinos to ante up to build a mega-stadium and surrounding area. Luxury boxes with slots and video poker and in-game real-time wagering.

    The revenues derived from 8 sold out home games, the profits derived from increased room bookings, gaming wins, food, beverage and entertainment expenditures should make this a no-brainer.

    Heck, even a small tax on the lap dances at the strip clubs would get the stadium paid off in about 5 minutes.

    Vegas and the Raids are made for each other.

    Yeah, why not. At least maybe the fans there would support the team.

    Maybe it’s Al’s fault for moving the Raiders to LA in the first place and then coming back to a market that to this day despises the man.

    If the fans want Al to keep the Raiders in Oakland then they better support the team with better than 22,000 season ticket holders or don’t blame him when they leave.

    I’ve gotta believe that if it were feasable for the Raiders to move somewhere to a better situation that Al would’ve already moved.

    I also have to believe that the Raiders could go to Des Moines Iowa and do better than 22,000 season ticket holders.

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  • phatcable

    2010 The Raiders finally began playing with passion and determination, and finished undefeated in the division

  • djohnnyg

    I hope all the players go broke and destitute.

  • phatcable

    Raiders finish with 6-0 division record we are not losers anymore.

  • phatcable

    Commitment to excellence during offseason – Revisited

    Eleven men on a team at one time. Eleven men who supposedly have a commitment to excellence, according to the Al Davis motto for the Oakland Raiders.

    This motto stirs thinking. A player can not have a commitment to excellence without having a personal pursuit of excellence in his own performance. In other words, an Oakland Raider is not really competing with another player. He is competing with a standard of excellence for himself.

    The pursuit of excellence involves a process. A player attains a certain level of performance in one game. He then attempts to outperform his previous performance.

    If each and every player uses this definition of “pursuit of excellence” and each one realizes that they must elevate their individual standard or criteria for excellence, then the entire team will perform better each time they get on the playing field.

    The job is not to compete with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The job is for each player to exceed the performance he has had in previous games or seasons.

    No doubt this type of thinking has already shown itself in the Oakland Raiders. Why? Several records of the past for the Oakland Raiders are now being exceeded by the present Oakland Raiders.

    Now, the team is seeking to elevate the standard of performance using a criteria based on the team itself, and not on the opponent’s performance.

    Functioning to a level so that potential matches execution for the individual players is the new way of thinking.

    Here are words of wisdom, since each player has unique talents and physicality.

    Here is a quote by Brian Harbour, in “Rising Above the Crowd.”

    “Success means being the best. Excellence means being your best. Success, to many, means being better than everyone else. Excellence means being better tomorrow than you were yesterday. Success means exceeding the achievements of other people. Excellence means matching your practice with your potential.”

    This writer believes that if each and every Oakland Raider embraces the new perspective of what it means to pursue excellence, more remarkable accomplishments will be made in 2011 and beyond.

    Go Raiders! Show a true commitment to the Al Davis’ theme and make an aggressive and passionate pursuit of excellence as individual players and as team members.

    Continue that commitment to excellence even during offseason!

  • phatcable

    Japan hit by 8.8 magnitude earthquake
    Reports of major tsunami warning

  • RaiderRetribution

    Las Vegas Raiders does have a sharp ring to it!

  • RaiderRetribution

    you think that’s what the son and daughter are thinking for their future?

  • priesttj

    I wouldn’t wish ill on the players at all DJ after all they are the game, the owners are the league. The players assoc. hates the league because they see them as hypocrites and greedy suckers.

  • phatcable

    Raiders senior executive John Herrera said. Herrera said Gallery was seeking $8 million a year while Oakland was offering in the $2.5 million range. Gallery, 30, was the second overall pick in the 2004 draft, but struggled at left tackle and was eventually moved to left guard.” Where he played penalty free ball.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    That Japan earthquake was 8.9 with aftershocks that are similar. There is going to be considerable devastation.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    303.RAIDERMAN99 Says:
    March 10th, 2011 at 12:51 pm
    Al should strike a deal to move the Raids to Las Vegas.

    Get a consortium of casinos to ante up to build a mega-stadium and surrounding area. Luxury boxes with slots and video poker and in-game real-time wagering.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Not going to happen.
    There’s a reason why a big city like Vegas doesn’t have sports franchises. They don’t even give you many channels on tv in the rooms because they want you IN the casino.

  • phatcable

    tsunami warning for hawaii and the west coast.

  • phatcable

    there is another reason not too move to las vegas earthquakes stay in oakland where it is safe.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    419.phatcable Says:
    March 10th, 2011 at 11:23 pm
    Raiders senior executive John Herrera said. Herrera said Gallery was seeking $8 million a year while Oakland was offering in the $2.5 million range. Gallery, 30, was the second overall pick in the 2004 draft, but struggled at left tackle and was eventually moved to left guard.” Where he played penalty free ball.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Herrera’s an idiot. Gallery played well and was a considerable help to Veldheer. Last year we had the second best running team in the NFL.

    Losing a starting guard like Gallery, who made $2.5 million and giving $2 million to Loper makes no sense.

    That decision wasn’t based on common sense, it was based on Al getting even with Gallery for speaking up about Al’s decision to fire Cable and start all over again.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Man, the SF earthquake of 1989 when the Bay Bridge collapse was 6.9.
    Today’s 8.9 in Japan must be causing considerable death and destruction.
    God bless Japan.

  • Nnamdi21

    yeah, I said this on the 9th.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=pfw-20110310_broncos_may_be_leaning_toward_drafting_a_tackle

    Kind of a no brainer.

    I said earlier I hope they don’t draft Dareus. I hope they take Fairley. He’s quick and can rush the passer but has work and consistency issues.

  • Nnamdi21

    So glad the NFLPA flat out REJECTED the 18 games season.

    Up yours owners!

  • Nnamdi21

    Anyone else hear that D’Quan Bowers was red flagged by a doc at the combine for his knee?

    He’s canceled his pro day and will maybe work out in early April.

    I think some mocks with him going #1 to Carolina may have been premature…

  • Just Fire Baby

    After reading my recent Spoorting News and listening to some other radio stuff, two QB’s really caught my attention.

    Blaine Gabbert and Tyrod Taylor.

    Now obviously the Raiders won’t be looking at Gabbert. However, this kid may be the best athlete at QB in the draft (at 15 years old he was receiving scholarship offers to play baseball at LSU, basketball scholarships to play throughout the Big 12, and of course was the #1 rated HS prospect in football at any position). He also has been training, with his parents money, with one of these professional QB quru’s since he was in high school as well. I’m beginning to think he will be really good, nobody payed attention to him because he played for the university of Podunk.

    Tyrod Taylor was a joy to listen to on the SVP show the other day. When asked what QB’s he likes to watch, he really impressed with his answer. He said Drew Brees, but really went into detail about Brees’ ability to move the pocket to create throwing lanes (they are both the same size) how to move around with his eyes always down the field, and his anticipation of throwing windows. Plus he ran a 4.47 forty. I wouldn’t mind if the Raiders took a flyer on him in the 4th or 5th round, he seemed like a really, really sharp kid.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Hasn’t Bowers had this knee thing going back to HS??

    I think Denver will take either Fairley or Peterson, but I am 98% sure they will draft a player on the defensive side of the ball.

    That D was pitiful last year.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Not going to happen.
    There’s a reason why a big city like Vegas doesn’t have sports franchises. They don’t even give you many channels on tv in the rooms because they want you IN the casino.

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

    I agree with your first take here, Vegas will never, IMO, have a pro sports team. First off, there isn’t the money there anymore (the Maloof’s are broke and will be filing bankruptcy soon), and all the leagues are very weary of the gambling angle (at the Maloof’s casino’s you can’t get NBA action).

    However, not sure your last time to Vegas, but if you go to the Wynn, Bellagio, Venetian and any of the nicer casino’s, you got over 100 channels, tons of different sports channels, all kinds of asain and arabic stations and all that stuff. They want you to bring the kids, and lock them in the room with all the TV options.

    Only station you don’t get though……the NFLN, lol.

  • Just Fire Baby

    djohnnyg Says:
    March 10th, 2011 at 10:34 pm
    I hope all the players go broke and destitute.

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

    Pretty harsh there.

    If I said something like that, I would have a good 4-5 posters immediately jump on me and call me a racist, lol.

    The players won’t be missing their normal checks until the preseason was supposed to start, so players are not budging for now.

  • hwnrdr

    Good Morning Nation!!!

  • bcz24

    Morning fellas. Hope all you west coasters are safe and dry.

  • http://Www.bullycains.com r8dercain

    Mornin

    safe an dry an awaiting the 3 1/2. Foot tsunami eaves approaching our coast.

    Mornin hwnrdr.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Tsunami’s………one thing I don’t have to worry about here in New Mexico.

  • hwnrdr

    Just talked to my family on Oahu…they said everything is fine so far…but they haven’t sounded the all clear as of yet! A couple parking lots and one of the canals is flooded, but nothing major! Prayers to those in Japan!

  • http://Www.bullycains.com r8dercain

    Prayers go out to all in japan.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Davis The Realist Dirty Raccoon

    Morning Nation.

    Thoughts and prayers goin out.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Any of you Dodger fans watching any spring training games these days?

    My cousin was doing the play-by-play again this week. One of these days when Vin retires, hopefully he can take his position and start making Vin Scully money

  • bcz24

    Only sport I been watching is hockey… Sabres played a hell of a game last night, I was on my feet for the last 30 minutes of that game!

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    Morgning Gents!

  • Just Win Baby

    Good morning, gents. Head for high ground out there in the bay today.

  • Just Win Baby

    whoah. 2 gents in a row.

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    LOL…

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    yeah, well im of course sorry for the Japs, but my focus is on my own private disaster… My Father’s Cancer have gone active again, and now is in the lungs and neck…

    so, more or less, 2½ year healthy and then back into the fight : (

  • MEX_GHOST

    446.La Milicia Negra Says:
    March 11th, 2011 at 7:29 am
    yeah, well im of course sorry for the Japs, but my focus is on my own private disaster… My Father’s Cancer have gone active again, and now is in the lungs and neck…

    so, more or less, 2½ year healthy and then back into the fight : (
    —————————————————
    La Milicia Negra, solo hay que mantener la fé y pedirle al Señor un poquito de su enorme misericordia.
    Saludos y nuestras oraciones para tu Sr. padre.

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    MEX_GHOST…

    Gracias, desde el fondo de mi corazón, por sus amables palabras…

  • Dakota

    LMN,

    Sorry to hear about your dad. I wish him well in his battle.

    I just went through a cancer scare of my own, but I just cleared my tests/biopsies and it turned out to be something other than lymphoma or leukemia. Still no clear diagnosis but I was glad to find out they had eliminated those two possibilities. I hope your dad will someday get that kind of news.

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    Dakota..

    thanks bro, and good luck with your own battle and lets hope for a positive diagnosis..