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Reece headed to Hawaii

By Steve Corkran
Sunday, January 20th, 2013 at 8:07 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Raiders fullback Marcel Reece is on his way to Hawaii as the team’s lone representative as a result of the Baltimore Ravens advancing to the Super Bowl on Sunday.
Reece was a first alternate, and he parlayed that into a spot on the AFC roster when Ravens fullback Vonta Leach qualified for the Super Bowl.
Leach was the AFC’s fullback when the voting from coaches, players and fans ended. Naturally, he has a rather more-pressing engagement two weeks from today.
Leach will be preparing for the Super Bowl in New Orleans the next two weeks, which means Reece is needed to fill the void in Hawaii.
This is Reece’s first Pro Bowl appearance. The Raiders didn’t have any players selected to this year’s team in the voting.

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  • Dakota

    1339.guest123 Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 10:45 am
    We all agree that Knapp was a bad offensive coordinator right? On the scale of 1 to 10, he’s probably 11 on the bad scale, anyone disagree???

    Knapp was resposnsible for a seasonlong PPG avg of 18.1 PPG last year. Olson, our new OC… his BEST year he produced 21.3 PPG. So, where does that rank Olson on the bad scale, objectively?

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

    I am certainly skeptical of this hire, but if he brings back the PBS, and I don’t think that he has ever had a QB as good as Palmer, and if we get a true #1 WR and fix the o-line….I think he can get us back to 2011 scoring levels of about 23 ppg.

  • Mistic1 Tha Supavillain

    Tim brown vs callahan.

    Not really, it was the entire oakland roster vs callahan, and it culiminated the next year with ‘the dumbest team in america” qoute.

    if it was intentional or not changing to a pass happy attack with gannon was foolish. You have to think that even a semi conscious hung over b robbins would have been better than his back up as well, so failing to suit him up was also a mistake in my view.

    gannon quickly melted down and turned in the single worst superbowl performance in history.

    he made tony eason/ steve grogan look like tom brady.

    truly one of the worst days in raider history

  • bank-bank

    BACK-N-BLACK,ITS NOT AN EMBARRASSMENT IF ITS THE TRUTH AND IT IS THE TRUTH!!!

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    The Tim Brown story is old. We visited it several years ago on this blog. Had to dig to find it then, it’ll be much easier to google now. And other Raiders have verified that the game plan was changed. Sabotage, who knows? Brown said, “That can be my opinion, but I can’t say for a fact that that’s what his plan was, to sabotage the Super Bowl”.
    Al Davis was accessible to players and was undoubtedly aware of the change. So, either he wasn’t a meddler (on offense, anyway) and said, “You’re the coach. It’s your call” or he actually instigated the change. I don’t think he meddled. He probably thought Callahan made a bad decision, Barrett Robbins went AWOL, and it was one of those games that gets away from you and snowballs out of control. He did keep him as head coach the following year. Our offense had flourished with Callahan as OC.
    We did come out passing, and being down 17 pts. at halftime stuck with it. I mean, really stuck with it. See link. Hindsight’s wonderful, but I do remember, even in the second half, yelling “Run the damn ball”. In a bar on Isla Mujares off the Yucatan Penninsula as the lone Raider fan.

    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/200301260rai.htm

  • mcfadden20.

    1350 JT

    Thanks for feeding the troll with the last sentence

  • mcfadden20.

    WE have to run better

  • mcfadden20.

    We have to pass better

  • mcfadden20.

    We have to block better

  • mcfadden20.

    We have to run routes better

  • mcfadden20.

    We have to catch better

  • mcfadden20.

    We have to stop run better

  • The Big Banana

    Jesusraiderjim Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 10:57 am
    Plunketthead Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 7:27 am
    cant wait to relate to 8

    Ten and Then, 9 and whine, only 8 till were great!

    —-

    How far can we take it?

    7 and we’re in heaven
    6 till we’re fixed
    In 5 we’ll be live
    4, any more?
    3, can you see?
    2, almost out of the blue
    1, we’re finally DONE!

  • mcfadden20.

    We have to cover receivers better

  • mcfadden20.

    we have to put pressure on qb better

  • mcfadden20.

    we have to tackle better

  • Gdog

    Marks hair Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Streater wasnt our best wr.. if you can’t block you cant start. He looks ok. But so did jerry porter.. ill wait and see. As for now we had no impact rookies last year. we can’t keep doing that

    >>>>

    Thats one of the things that killed McF last season… the times he busted to the lines last year he was off to the races because our WRs cleaned out the CBs and safeties.

    This year he just got pummeled by them.

    Its a skill I bet Knapp didn’t even bother to bring up.

    Why else would we go from having some of the best downfield blocking to the worst in one season??

  • mcfadden20.

    we have to return and cover punts/kicks better

  • mcfadden20.

    We suuccckkkkk at all those things , 9 and whine baby

  • guest123

    I predict a very boring offense, alas Dan Henning type, run oriented, with Palmer being a game manager, then going vertical on play action…

    But in todays NFL, that type of offense relates to a 8-8 record or worse.

    ********

    I agree with this. And I think you are being optimistic here. This was the script to being mediocre before the new pistol offenses came around. Too much can go wrong in this type of offense, relying on game management, long time consuming drives, error free football. Trying to keep up with today’s dizzying offensive systems we are trying to play catchup before the first snap.

    In today’s NFL, that type of offense relates to a 6-10 record or worse. Our only saving grace will be strength of schedule.

    So what is the plan Reggie? For us to strive to be mediocre? To get back to 8-8? Or to get back into the lottery pick section of the NFL draft? again and again. Is this what 10 and then means?

  • RaiderDebo

    Good comments from Gannon on Sirius. Took a lot of responsiblilty for the SB debacle.

  • DJ Johnny

    1306.mcfadden20. Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 9:56 am
    Marks hair Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Streater wasnt our best wr.. if you can’t block you cant start. He looks ok. But so did jerry porter.. ill wait and see. As for now we had no impact rookies last year. we can’t keep doing that.

    you’re looking for Impact from your first 3 rds, we didn’t pick our first player until at #96, which is basically like a 1st pick in 4th rd, n that player was along the Oline, coached by G Knapp and Pollack, but Burris and Streater did good enough jobs , if you consider where we picked them up from , 4th/5th rounder and UDFA

    In regard to the losing of the draft picks I remember Hue saying “there are ways to get those back” by trades etc. which I think was his thinking.

    I think Hue’s mindset was if Palmer gets us to the AFC title game all that was “mortgaged” would be forgotten.

    He really believed Palmer was the missing piece.

    It was a gamble and he lost it appears.

    Funny. Chicago gave up more than we did for Palmer to get Cutler…TWO 1st rd’ers AND a 3rd AND Kyle Orton and what has Cutler done for them? That’s a “get us to the SB” type of deal. He got em to the NFC title game but then bailed with his horrible “injury”.

  • J Hill

    Well OG can be an impact position if you have guys like Carlisle and Briesel starting.

    Definitely “impacted” our offense, lol.

    Trade down, get more picks.

  • BOKNOWS

    1309.Marks hair Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 10:00 am
    Meyers needs a replacment too. Kid cant block.
    ==================================
    Vance Macdonald is killing it at senior bowl practices

  • shutdown

    A coaching staff can change its game plan on a Friday before a game w/out it being “sabotage.”

    It could be
    1) just plain dumb and incompetent
    2) necessitated by something we don’t know about (an order from Al, an injury, an absence of a key player

    but not “sabotage.” Brown is known for his unusual takes on things (thus, the word) and yes, Brown IS a diva in that he likes attention.

    There isn’t a person on this blog who doesn’t know that if AL wanted a different game plan put in place, it would have been put in place; similarly, if Al did_not_want a different plan in place, it wouldn’t have been put in place.

    Period.

  • J Hill

    We need an OLB, CB, OG, WR, and RB out of this draft.

    Need more picks!

  • guest123

    I am certainly skeptical of this hire, but if he brings back the PBS, and I don’t think that he has ever had a QB as good as Palmer, and if we get a true #1 WR and fix the o-line….I think he can get us back to 2011 scoring levels of about 23 ppg.

    ***********
    Is it realistic to think a new coordinator in his first year, revamping a scrapped offensive system from the previous year, new blocking system, arguably lesser talent than ever, is going to reach career highs in ppg? Isn’t that setting the bar a bit high?

    I think he’s lucky to get us to 20 ppg ~roughly. That’s about a 2 pt increase over Krapp time. What’s that mean in terms of wins and losses? Maybe 6 wins next year? Again, is improvement of any kind the goal for 2013? Has the bar been lowered that far?

  • guest123

    Need more picks!

    ********

    agreed. trade down and offer anyone and everyone as bait for picks.

  • DJ Johnny

    I wonder how much of that Cutler deal actually has led to the Bronco resurgence (outside of Manning of course)?

    Broncos were able to use those extra 1st round picks to get Robert Ayres and Demaryous Thomas…also Knowshon Moreno and Tebow.

    Not a bad deal for Denver even if u exclude Tebow.

  • Gdog

    mcfadden20. Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 11:01 am

    say no to offense in Draft , do you guys watch games?

    >>>>>

    Yes. You obviously play Madden on Sundays instead.

    Eight of the top 11 teams in the NFL made the playoffs this season.

    Read that again.. ALL EIGHT of the playoff teams were in the top 11 in offense.

    And people like you think the way to the playoffs is defense???

    There have been years where two of the bottom 4 teams in defense still made the playoffs.

    And you STILL think the way the playoffs is defense?

    Indy and Wash picked just four players on defense BETWEEN them, and quickly became playoff participants…. and you STILL think the quick fix to the playoffs is defense.

    Nope.. sorry. You fix the offense first… become a playoff team. THEN fix the defense. There’s already a blueprint in place. Reggie needs to follow this blueprint. I think he will.

    If he uses this draft for mostly defense he doesn’t have a clue how to run a modern franchise. We should then just trade every single player under contract and be 0-16.

    Then fire Reggie and draft every single player on offense the following year, starting with QB.

  • guest123

    I wonder how much of that Cutler deal actually has led to the Bronco resurgence (outside of Manning of course)?

    Broncos were able to use those extra 1st round picks to get Robert Ayres and Demaryous Thomas…also Knowshon Moreno and Tebow.

    Not a bad deal for Denver even if u exclude Tebow.

    ********

    Let’s be real. If Manning doesn’t go to Denver, all of those guys mentioned after his name are bums.

  • J Hill

    Robinson is looking good at WR.

    I like this Trufant kid at CB too.

  • mcfadden20.

    DJ Johnny Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 11:18 am

    I wonder how much of that Cutler deal actually has led to the Bronco resurgence (outside of Manning of course)?

    Broncos were able to use those extra 1st round picks to get Robert Ayres and Demaryous Thomas…also Knowshon Moreno and Tebow.

    Not a bad deal for Denver even if u exclude Tebow.

    ==

    getting Von Miller helped , after they s9cked with Josh Mcdaniels

  • JT

    guest123 Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 11:08 am
    I predict a very boring offense, alas Dan Henning type, run oriented, with Palmer being a game manager, then going vertical on play action…

    But in todays NFL, that type of offense relates to a 8-8 record or worse.

    ********

    I agree with this. And I think you are being optimistic here. This was the script to being mediocre before the new pistol offenses came around. Too much can go wrong in this type of offense, relying on game management, long time consuming drives, error free football. Trying to keep up with today’s dizzying offensive systems we are trying to play catchup before the first snap.

    In today’s NFL, that type of offense relates to a 6-10 record or worse. Our only saving grace will be strength of schedule.

    So what is the plan Reggie? For us to strive to be mediocre? To get back to 8-8? Or to get back into the lottery pick section of the NFL draft? again and again. Is this what 10 and then means?

    I agree: ….Trying to keep up with today’s dizzying offensive systems we are trying to play catchup before the first snap…

    Like playing Denver/Manning…

    I think Reggie is rebuilding the team with team leaders. Raiders need leaders on defense, like Ray Lewis or a Clay Mathews. Seymour was our defensive leader, and we know were that went.

    So Reggie is rebuilding this thing, from the bottom. He will trade down and get picks, and draft defense and offense linemen. Period.

    Raiders will be a run oriented team, with a bit of WCO problably. Olson coached under Gruden, so he may want to bring some of that here.

    I would put #6 Pryor in. Palmer is history in terms of the modern QB. Hes stiff, a sack waiting to happen.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/Eternal Optimist

    mcfadden20. Says:
    We have to block better
    =====================================================

    Tom Cable; “ZBS, PBS, it’s football. Block your man”.

    Hue Jackson; “If you don’t have the ball, you better be looking for someone to block”.

    Like ‘em or not, both good quotes. Actually doing it would be nice, too.

  • Gdog

    guest123 Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Need more picks!

    ********

    agreed. trade down and offer anyone and everyone as bait for picks.

    >>>>

    How many trophies has NE accumulated since they started accumulating picks outside of the top 15?
    None. Zero. Zip.

    They have been doing NOTHING besides trading down since they won their third ring… and have gotten nothing besides being the greatest regular season team in NFL history.

  • oklahomaRaider18

    That Trufant kid looks good, a lil cocky but looks good ,

  • mcfadden20.

    Gdog Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 11:19 am

    mcfadden20. Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 11:01 am

    say no to offense in Draft , do you guys watch games?

    >>>>>

    Yes. You obviously play Madden on Sundays instead.

    Eight of the top 11 teams in the NFL made the playoffs this season.

    Read that again.. ALL EIGHT of the playoff teams were in the top 11 in offense.

    And people like you think the way to the playoffs is defense???

    There have been years where two of the bottom 4 teams in defense still made the playoffs.

    And you STILL think the way the playoffs is defense?

    Indy and Wash picked just four players on defense BETWEEN them, and quickly became playoff participants…. and you STILL think the quick fix to the playoffs is defense.

    Nope.. sorry. You fix the offense first… become a playoff team. THEN fix the defense. There’s already a blueprint in place. Reggie needs to follow this blueprint. I think he will.

    If he uses this draft for mostly defense he doesn’t have a clue how to run a modern franchise. We should then just trade every single player under contract and be 0-16.

    Then fire Reggie and draft every single player on offense the following year, starting with QB.

    ===

    I understand what you’re saying but the teams who playing right now, also have top D’s , if Ravens had only average D Pats would have put up 50 on them, Pats D s8cked, so they weren’t able to stop Flacco and the Company, i understand drafting O n all that, but how far did the O took PM? only 1 superbowl in 14-15 years, where as Tom Brady had respectable Ds when they won those superbowls, they simply faced a better Ds when they lost to Giants

  • DJ Johnny

    1263.R8drinOK Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 9:14 am
    alex7 Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 9:02 am

    I just try to be honest. Things haven’t been good for a decade, and I’m usually one of the few in here not drinking the kool-aid.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    I think Raider fans are at a crossroads. In the past we have never heard Al say ‘we can’t do it’ in relation to getting a coach or player. Al always sold people on becoming a part of ‘the greatness of the Raiders’. So we don’t know how to handle it. Our identity is in question as an organization right now. This is why most want Gruden to ‘come home’. He is the only remaining link to when the Raiders were relevant. The rumors that the feeling is mutual only intensifies the frustration with our current state.

    Well said.

  • guest123

    How many trophies has NE accumulated since they started accumulating picks outside of the top 15?
    None. Zero. Zip.

    They have been doing NOTHING besides trading down since they won their third ring… and have gotten nothing besides being the greatest regular season team in NFL history.

    **********

    Not that I want to be the Patriots, but right now I’d settle for their run of regular season success. Sure beats our run of failure over the past decade. I wouldn’t mind pissing and moaning over a lost AFC Championship game here and there. Anything beats being laballed a doormat.

  • mcfadden20.

    It’s okay to draft O, when you have atleast average/above average Ds, don’t compare our Ds with Washingtons and INdy, our D is horrendous, if i called them below average, i would be being little nice to them, what good would O do, if the other team also just went all the way and scored at will

  • J Hill

    Fisher and Quesenberry look good on the Oline

  • guest123

    Right now, I don’t think we have one ‘impact’ guy on defense. The good defenses have 3 or more ‘impact’ guys. Look at Denver with Miller, Dumerville, Champ. We are at square one. We need to rebuild the defense with blue chip talent or we got no hope of keeping games close. I realize top offenses win championships but even they need a decent defense as a prerequisite.

  • Follow the B@uceman

    Wow shooting at Lone Star College in Texas……your guns please? yes your guns…give em up!

    They coming for your ammo people! This aint no joke

  • Al_is_theraiders

    just read olson interview…guy doesnt seem to have his heart in it…asked what attractedhim to the job…answered its one of 32 jobs in the world…i get another chance at it. asked about the talent…never mentioned one receiver…asked about the impression of the raiders…speed, size and talent…think they still have some of those things…

    thanks reggie for getting rid of some of those things.

  • mcfadden20.

    Above average O, Good-gREAT D, Good-great O and above average D, both can take you to the playoffs, right now i would say our O is average and our D is invisible –

    Drafting a rt, getting a Wr, might put us in good range, but if your D is invisible your team isn’t going anywhere either, so we need to get decent DE or 2 a decent MLB a D FS, to atleast make it average/above average

  • JT

    Regie should trade down, then collect an array of d linemen and o linemen. End of story.

  • Gdog

    I understand what you’re saying but the teams who playing right now, also have top D’s , if Ravens had only average D Pats would have put up 50 on them,

    >>>>

    The Ravens were HORRIBLE on defense early this season. They got some key players back and then started COACHING things up to SB quality.

    Defense is having a few impact players and COACHING.

    We saw this at the end of the year, our crap players were getting coached up finally.. and looked fine. I was going “Where was THIS all season.”

    Look at how SF drafted… you would guess it was all defense right? Nope.. their first two picks 4 of the last 6 years was OFFENSE. Then they picked a player on defense in the third round. They followed the blueprint.

    Draft offense the first two rounds and then plug in some players on defense in the third round.

  • mcfadden20.

    Al_is_theraiders Says:
    January 22nd, 2013 at 11:33 am

    just read olson interview…guy doesnt seem to have his heart in it…asked what attractedhim to the job…answered its one of 32 jobs in the world…i get another chance at it. asked about the talent…never mentioned one receiver…asked about the impression of the raiders…speed, size and talent…think they still have some of those things…

    thanks reggie for getting rid of some of those things.

    SO what do you want him to say? He’s got the greatest job ever ? we don’t have any pass catcher, our Oline s8cks

  • Follow the B@uceman

    story is old. We visited it several years ago on this blog. Had to dig to find it then, it’ll be much easier to google now. And other Raiders have verified that the game plan was changed. Sabotage, who knows? Brown said, “That can be my opinion, but I can’t say for a fact that that’s what his plan was, to sabotage the Super Bowl”.
    Al Davis was accessible to players and was undoubtedly aware of the change. So, either he wasn’t a meddler (on offense, anyway) and said, “You’re the coach. It’s your call” or he actually instigated the change. I don’t think he meddled. He probably thought Callahan made a bad decision, Barrett Robbins went AWOL, and it was one of those games that gets away from you and snowballs out of control. He did keep him as head coach the following year. Our offense had flourished with Callahan as OC.
    We did come out passing, and being down 17 pts. at halftime stuck with it. I mean, really stuck with it. See link. Hindsight’s wonderful, but I do remember, even in the second half, yelling “Run the damn ball”. In a bar on Isla Mujares off the Yucatan Penninsula as the lone Raider fan.

    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/200301260rai.htm
    **************************

    Timmy is the best ever…..but timmy…bruh you leaving out vital info not giving entire story. Foul play was already in the works and anyone with a brain doesnt believe the official story

    Yes we know powers that be went above and beyond to screw Al

  • JT

    Al Davis had a knack in drafting O and D linemen. Lasts years draft Reggie didnt produce 1 solid pick at those positions.

    Thats a problem.