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Live chat during Raiders-Broncos game Sunday

NFL writer Steve Corkran will take questions and provide expert analysis as the Oakland Raiders take on the Denver Broncos, Sunday at 1 p.m.

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  • Just Fire Baby

    Peyton’s arm strength is so suspect, they were warming up Brock Osweiler to throw the hail mary if need be last week.

    Not the best sign.

  • morilla

    Also excited to see Carter get some action. Love that clip on YouTube of him flattening Rivers.

  • DJ Johnny

    I don’t mean to suggest Reggie will do things EXACTLY as they did in GB, but it is what he knows and is used to and they have had success.

    Expect that we’ll always have a top flight player at QB, and that he’ll continue to bring in guys you’ve never heard of but can contribute.

    Goodson fits more into “the GB way” than DMAC does, but it doesn’t mean Reggie doesn’t realize you have to take advantage of having a big time talent like that on your team.

  • Just Fire Baby

    From Bill Simmons’ mailbag (I agree with the writer):

    After years of hearing you criticize coaches who mismanage timeouts, waste challenges and screw up easy in-game scenarios, it’s time for you to recognize a new coach who has nailed it so far: Oakland’s Dennis Allen. (Yeah, the guy who looks like he’s a coach’s son, yep, that’s the coach.) In Sunday’s win over Pittsburgh Allen executed four things for which coaches deserve to be recognized. One: he’s limiting the Oakland penalties — just three for 25 yards against Pittsburgh. (Insert Raider conspiracy theory about regular refs not working this game here). Two: he held all three timeouts until crunch time. (It didn’t end up mattering, but still.) Three: He nailed a unique formation on fourth and one, inside the five, that forced the Steelers to jump offside for an automatic first down. Four: he called for a perfectly timed (although terribly executed) onside kick late in the game. As a Raider fan who sat through Lane Kiffin, Art Shell, Norv Turner, Bill Callahan, Hue Jackson and Tom the Cable Guy in recent years, I appreciate what Allen has been able to do thus far, especially penalty-wise. Consider this: Oakland is THIRD IN THE LEAGUE in fewest penalty yards per game!!!!

  • DJ Johnny

    Raider Riff Says:
    September 29th, 2012 at 8:16 am
    They also had the great Gilbert Brown.

    DMC might not fit the GB mold, but he does fit the once-in-a-long-while talent mold.

    I dont see Reggie letting go of a home run threat like DMC. No way. The guy is just too dang good.

    Thx. I couldn’t remember the grave diggers name.

    I agree. And Reggie knows you gotta spend money on certain postiions and players.

    I don’t see the kicking game being one of them in the future.

    Along that line of thought I think there’s a reason King is still on the team as well.

  • Marks hair

    Al should have put wolf in charge back in the 80′s.. not giving up the power was his biggest mistake.

  • morilla

    Someone posted a very long interview with AD the other day, first time I ever saw that. He was asked about hiring a GM and said he was going to. The he was asked about any hints on the candidate, and his answer was “local”.

    Anyone know who he might if been thinking about?

  • Marks hair

    He was probably gonna hire himself like the guy on “horrible bosses”.

  • DJ Johnny

    I thought he was referring to someone from SF. I don’t know who there but that was my thought when I heard him say that.

  • Otis60

    #26, don’t forget trading Jim Lachey for Jay Schroeder.

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    Yeah, Al made a ton of bad moves-signings over the last decade, I guess he felt he was running out of time with so many people with ties to him dying, a lot of them younger than he was, the old man probably felt he had to take a shot every year, it’s too bad he never gdofathered a young executive to grow into his role, that would have been quite an ending to his storied career, you know getting a winning team under the guidance of his hand-picked apprentice.

    But he also left this team with a Franchise Left Tackle and a potential Pro Bowl Caliber Center, a top-flight RB, the game’s most versatile FB, a quality WR unit (when healthy) with DHB, Moore and Ford, a surprisingly productive TE group, some talented DL to work with in Houston, Bryant and Shaughnessy, a Strong Safety that Reggie valued enough to slap the Franchise Tag on, then there’s McLain and Pryor, jury’s out on those two, could go either way.

    And I know he left some bad contracts too, that’s where his win now approach comes in play, AD wasn’t thinking 3 years down the road, he could not afford to, all in all he left a solid foundation to work with, I’m sure Reggie will build on it and fill the roster out with his own quality players.

  • Otis60

    I agree Bob but the Lachey trade was in 1988 and I think the Raiders already had a very good QB in Steve Beuerlein. It is the one trade that gets my blood boiling.

  • Raider Riff

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    September 29th, 2012 at 8:21 am
    From Bill Simmons’ mailbag (I agree with the writer):

    After years of hearing you criticize coaches who mismanage timeouts, waste challenges and screw up easy in-game scenarios, it’s time for you to recognize a new coach who has nailed it so far: Oakland’s Dennis Allen. (Yeah, the guy who looks like he’s a coach’s son, yep, that’s the coach.) In Sunday’s win over Pittsburgh Allen executed four things for which coaches deserve to be recognized. One: he’s limiting the Oakland penalties — just three for 25 yards against Pittsburgh. (Insert Raider conspiracy theory about regular refs not working this game here). Two: he held all three timeouts until crunch time. (It didn’t end up mattering, but still.) Three: He nailed a unique formation on fourth and one, inside the five, that forced the Steelers to jump offside for an automatic first down. Four: he called for a perfectly timed (although terribly executed) onside kick late in the game. As a Raider fan who sat through Lane Kiffin, Art Shell, Norv Turner, Bill Callahan, Hue Jackson and Tom the Cable Guy in recent years, I appreciate what Allen has been able to do thus far, especially penalty-wise. Consider this: Oakland is THIRD IN THE LEAGUE in fewest penalty yards per game!!!!

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    Great post.

  • Raider Riff

    Marks Hair Says:
    September 29th, 2012 at 8:24 am
    Al should have put wolf in charge back in the 80’s.. not giving up the power was his biggest mistake.

    —————-

    Letting Ron Wolf go could and should be added to my list indeed.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    September 29th, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Peyton’s arm strength is so suspect, they were warming up Brock Osweiler to throw the hail mary if need be last week.

    Not the best sign.
    =========================================

    True dat. And it’s not like it was an 85 yarder. If Manning can’t heave the rock 55 yards, something is wrong.

  • Raider Riff

    Morilla Says:
    September 29th, 2012 at 8:26 am
    Someone posted a very long interview with AD the other day, first time I ever saw that. He was asked about hiring a GM and said he was going to. The he was asked about any hints on the candidate, and his answer was “local”.

    Anyone know who he might if been thinking about?

    ——–

    The rumor was it was Madden. That was the rumor anyways.

  • Raider Riff

    Otis60 Says:
    September 29th, 2012 at 8:55 am
    #26, don’t forget trading Jim Lachey for Jay Schroeder.

    —–

    Indeed. I’ll add it to the list.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Moving the team to LA was the worst decision Davis ever made. The team that left Oakland was the most successful, most unique, most feared, winningest franchise in all of sports. The one that limped back was a shell out it’s self with an entourage of makeup and gown wearing clowns and gang members. Not good.

  • Marks hair

    68. The move to la had nothing to do with the players al brought in.

  • Marks hair

    Just saw dungvers picked by 7..

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    No football player wants to look up in the stands and see dudes wearing makeup and gowns making spectacles of themselves. Slowly over time, we have seen less and less of that here in Oakland.

  • http://www.raiders.com Raider O

    Chico,

    DA is a good HC, but he made a few mistakes so far (IMO) which is normal for a rookie HC.
    1- Hiring Knapp & Tarver
    Knapp’s resume is not impressive, and this team had/ has a good offense that can carry a team. Tarver is young/ talented but lacks NFL experience as DC. Our Defense is a mess, so I thought a quality vet DC was a better option (I wanted a guy like Del Rio).
    2- the LS situation.

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    As far as the Denver game, we should be able to run on them, it’s been 3 games now and we’re starting the same group from last week, it must start clicking now.

    Miami and San Diego are currently 3rd and 4th vs the run, Pitt is 15th but would be near the top 5 if not for McFadden’s big run messing their average last week, those were stiff tests and we could not get going, but Denver is not particularly stout vs the run, this is the game where we can get back into our groove.

    The Broncos are ranked 13th vs the run, but looking past the numbers you can see their solid rank comes from weks 1 and 2 when they played Pitt and Atl, ranked 30th and 26th in rushing yards, those 2 teams do not feature strong running games, now week 3 they played Houston and were gashed for 152 yards on 34 carries, good for a 4.5 per average.

    We brought the Houston running scheme with Frank Pollack and Grek Knapp, we’ll have tape on how to attack them and their MLB won’t play, we have produced the 3rd and 7th ranked rushing Offense the last 2 years, we have to get back to dominating the LOS.

    Of course, the run won’t be any good if we get behind early, so a solid start from the Defense is the key to this game, IMO.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    One issue I have is the Dungver defense is seeing basically the exact same offensive run scheme that they saw the week before. Knapp is going to have to do some things to change that up slightly and keep them off balance.

  • 303Raider

    Was out last night with some Friends that flew in from The Bay. Denver fans are so nice and friendly.

    We’re gonna kill the Donks again like we usually do….

  • 303Raider

    Berman picked us in his “Swami Sez” pick em’

    24
    21

  • Marks hair

    We need to score early and often. PMs gonna shred our secondary.. we have to play with a lead so we can keep that àsshole on the sideline.

  • http://raiders.com Seymour Bush

    Losing Mays for this game is definitely going to hurt them. Especially on the heels of letting Bunkley go in the offseason. Wolfe has played well for them in limited action, but I see us able to control the LOS.

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    Otis60.

    Yeah, the Lachey-Schroeder trade didn’ work out, but those Raider teams still made the playoffs and even an AFC championship game that I wish I could forget, of course you could argue that Schroeder’s up and down play was the main reason preventing us from getting to the Super Bowl.

    By the way, here’s some insight on that trade from Wolf himself, he spoke about it before the Robert Gallery Draft in 2004.

    “I can’t imagine Al letting Gallery go by,” says Ron Wolf, who spent 25 years in the Raiders’ personnel department.

    Wolf will go down in history as one of the league’s great personnel men, but the move that still haunts him involved a Raiders left tackle, Jim Lachey, a future Pro Bowler.

    “We traded him to the Redskins for Jay Schroeder … talk about really dumb moves,” Wolf says.

    “And I was the guy who led the charge on that one. I don’t think Al will let another left tackle like him get away.”

    Maybe Al should not have listened to Ron on this one.

  • Raider Riff

    Bob Marley Says:
    September 29th, 2012 at 9:23 am
    As far as the Denver game, we should be able to run on them, it’s been 3 games now and we’re starting the same group from last week, it must start clicking now.

    Miami and San Diego are currently 3rd and 4th vs the run, Pitt is 15th but would be near the top 5 if not for McFadden’s big run messing their average last week, those were stiff tests and we could not get going, but Denver is not particularly stout vs the run, this is the game where we can get back into our groove.

    The Broncos are ranked 13th vs the run, but looking past the numbers you can see their solid rank comes from weks 1 and 2 when they played Pitt and Atl, ranked 30th and 26th in rushing yards, those 2 teams do not feature strong running games, now week 3 they played Houston and were gashed for 152 yards on 34 carries, good for a 4.5 per average.

    We brought the Houston running scheme with Frank Pollack and Grek Knapp, we’ll have tape on how to attack them and their MLB won’t play, we have produced the 3rd and 7th ranked rushing Offense the last 2 years, we have to get back to dominating the LOS.

    Of course, the run won’t be any good if we get behind early, so a solid start from the Defense is the key to this game, IMO.

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    Good analysis.

  • Raider Riff

    Bob Marley Says:
    September 29th, 2012 at 9:33 am
    Otis60.

    Yeah, the Lachey-Schroeder trade didn’ work out, but those Raider teams still made the playoffs and even an AFC championship game that I wish I could forget, of course you could argue that Schroeder’s up and down play was the main reason preventing us from getting to the Super Bowl.

    By the way, here’s some insight on that trade from Wolf himself, he spoke about it before the Robert Gallery Draft in 2004.

    “I can’t imagine Al letting Gallery go by,” says Ron Wolf, who spent 25 years in the Raiders’ personnel department.

    Wolf will go down in history as one of the league’s great personnel men, but the move that still haunts him involved a Raiders left tackle, Jim Lachey, a future Pro Bowler.

    “We traded him to the Redskins for Jay Schroeder … talk about really dumb moves,” Wolf says.

    “And I was the guy who led the charge on that one. I don’t think Al will let another left tackle like him get away.”

    Maybe Al should not have listened to Ron on this one.

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    Well, if that was the case, I need to remove it from Al’s list. Looks like Wolf is taking the credit (blame) for that one.

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    Riff.

    To be fair, AD made the final decision as always, he could have said no way, so I blame both.

  • Raiders for life

    Is Criner 100%? I don’t see him on the injury report.
    I do believe the Raiders will need his services on Sunday. I’ve been waiting to see the training camp version of him.

  • Raider Riff

    Bob Marley Says:
    September 29th, 2012 at 9:40 am
    Riff.

    To be fair, AD made the final decision as always, he could have said no way, so I blame both.

    ————-

    We cant have it both ways tho Bob.

    We cant get mad at Al all the time for not deferring to his staff, and then blame him when he does. Especially a guy of Ron Wolf’s credentials.

  • Raider Riff

    Raiders For Life Says:
    September 29th, 2012 at 9:45 am
    Is Criner 100%? I don’t see him on the injury report.
    I do believe the Raiders will need his services on Sunday. I’ve been waiting to see the training camp version of him.

    ———

    They said he was 100%

    Then yesterday they said he wasnt.

    Regardless, he’s supposed to play.

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    Riff.

    “We cant have it both ways tho Bob.

    We cant get mad at Al all the time for not deferring to his staff, and then blame him when he does. Especially a guy of Ron Wolf’s credentials.”

    ————————————————–

    Right on, unfortunately not everyone here has the same perspective as you do when it comes to AD talk.

  • Raider Riff

    Bob Marley Says:
    September 29th, 2012 at 9:51 am
    Riff.

    “We cant have it both ways tho Bob.

    We cant get mad at Al all the time for not deferring to his staff, and then blame him when he does. Especially a guy of Ron Wolf’s credentials.”

    ————————————————–

    Right on, unfortunately not everyone here has the same perspective as you do when it comes to AD talk.

    ———-

    Yeah, for whatever reason, in all issues on this blog, everything is a “either or” situation. Black and white. No grey area.

    People have beliefs, and they will do anything to stick to them (see Knapp or CP3 issues)

    And with Al Davis, people either want to worship him or vilify him. When the reality is he had his moments of brilliance (the majority of his early career) and then he started to lose it over time. That doesnt mean he was worthless at the end, he still left us with a lot of talent. He still had flashes of greatness left in him.

    It’s not a black and white issue with Al. I just dont understand why most cant accept that.

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    I’m out for a while, later.

  • http://000 Bob Marley

    # 87…well said Riff.

  • nwr8r

    What up Nation? Ready for a donkey stomp tomorrow? Bobble head Manning will get his stats but the Raiders will win the game. Dmac with 135 yds rushing and 2 tds, Palmer tosses it for 285 and 2 tds and Seabass goes 3 for 3 and breaks the record with a 69 yarder.
    Raiders 37 Burritos 28

    Oh yeah….and FK Knapp!

  • GhostsShadow

    Morilla Says:
    September 29th, 2012 at 8:26 am
    Someone posted a very long interview with AD the other day, first time I ever saw that. He was asked about hiring a GM and said he was going to. The he was asked about any hints on the candidate, and his answer was “local”.

    Anyone know who he might if been thinking about?
    ========================
    Ws bumping the reporters heads.
    Was talking about himself.
    and the rest is history.

  • Raiders for life

    Seabass goes 3 for 3 and breaks the record with a 69 yarder.

    #########

    Sheeew, the only reason I would want to see that happen is if it’s the same scenerio as last week. Game tied with just a few seconds on the clock. Or Raiders are down by 3 with just seconds remaining.

    You’re already giving me a heart attack!!!!

  • oakfoshow

    Mike Huff will fake injury in this game due to Manning tearing him a new hole over and over.Defense would have to play a spectacular game in order to even come close to winning this one. Mcfadden will have a great game tomarro in a close one. Denver 28 Oak 24

  • GhostsShadow

    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    September 29th, 2012 at 5:43 am

    You can tell how many trolls there are by how little traffic this site gets on a winning week compared to the week post-loss.
    ——–
    Yeah, I don’t recall Mistic being around much this week.
    ——————————–
    Of course he’s not. Raiders won. Some of the black qb’s he fawns over struggled.

    Koolkell had hundreds of posts after the Miami game. This week just a trickle.

    Armchair has disappeared pretty much with his dopey list to fire Knapp, which will be back after our next loss.

  • Raiders for life

    Actually, I wouldn’t mind seeing Jano kick a 69 yarder at the end of the second quarter. Putting the Raiders in the lead 24-3 at the half.

  • Just Fire Baby

    1- Hiring Knapp & Tarver
    Knapp’s resume is not impressive, and this team had/ has a good offense that can carry a team. Tarver is young/ talented but lacks NFL experience as DC. Our Defense is a mess, so I thought a quality vet DC was a better option (I wanted a guy like Del Rio).

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

    In a perfect world yes, but do you think Jack Del Rio would have jumped at the opportunity to be our DC? The only reason would have been his local tie’s, IMO.

    I think Knapp and Tarver were about the best we could do with a rookie owner, GM and HC.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    thats not saying much…

  • Just Fire Baby

    Yeah, for whatever reason, in all issues on this blog, everything is a “either or” situation. Black and white. No grey area.

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

    Things are almost always mutually exclusive on here, when they really shouldn’t be most of the time.

  • Raiders for life

    I need to change the half time score to Raiders 26-3. I forgot that Lechler is gonna drop one in on the 2 yard line and Manning gets sacked for a safety.

    Sound a bit too optimistic? I’m ready for a relaxing Sunday for a change.

  • papertiger418

    Mike Goodson is listed as questionable with a hamstring issue. That worries me more than anything else because the guy just seemed to getting into a rhythm on special teams. Why is our WR corps cursed? Suppose I could say the same thing about our corners, but Reggie made a calculated risk in signing those guys.