190

Can Raiders’ Connor Cook make franchise history?

Share
Oakland Raiders quarterback Connor Cook (8) fumbles in the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Denver. The Raiders recovered the ball. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Oakland Raiders quarterback Connor Cook (8) fumbles in the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Denver. The Raiders recovered the ball. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Connor Cook will boldy go where only one man before him has gone in the storied 57-year history of the Oakland Raiders.

Come Saturday in Houston at 1:30 p.m., the 23-year-old Cook will become just the second rookie quarterback in franchise history to start a playoff game. The Raiders have played 43 postseason games in their history and the only other time a rookie started came in 1991 when Todd Marinovich was under center.

Marinovich’s fateful start against the Chiefs came in under eerily similar circumstances to Cook’s expected start against the Texans. Long before Marinovich’s career and life spun out of control, he was a rookie first-round pick out of USC filled with promise. Like Cook, Marinovich threw his first NFL pass the week before the playoffs. Like Cook, Marinovich was impressive in a Raiders loss — very impressive, throwing three touchdowns in a 27-21 loss to the Chiefs in that Dec. 22 game in ’91.

Connecting the dots of the Raiders rookie quarterbacks, Cook also gave the Raiders reason for optimism in Sunday’s crushing loss in Denver by going 14 for 21 for 150 yards and a touchdown.

But this is where Raiders fans are hoping the similarities between Marinovich and Cook come to an end.

A week after getting his feet wet in ’91, a week later Marinovich was overwhelmed by the same Chiefs defense while throwing four costly interceptions in a 10-6 loss in Kansas City in the wild card round. Marinovich went 12 for 23 for 140 yards and also fumbled once. Not included in his woeful stat line was a locker room mirror that Marinovich broke with his helmet after the loss.

How will Cook respond to the pressure of being the first rookie in NFL history to make his first career start in the playoffs? And what about the task of playing on the road against the NFL’s top-ranked defense? Can Cook become the first Raiders rookie quarterback to ever win a playoff game? It’s probably safe to say the Raiders’ best chance of winning would be for their offensive line to turn in a dominating performance, and for their defense to make some plays against Houston’s Brock Osweiler.

On the other hand, a guy who knows a couple things about quarterback play seems to think an awful lot of Connor Cook!

Share

Jon Becker

  • diff

    Go connor

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    Cooks got this. Thanks Becker!

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    Scott Bair – Verified account ‏@BairCSN

    Carr said he tried to help prep for Denver, but there was only so much he could. Texted with McGloin, Downing a lot.
    2:59 PM – 3 Jan 2017

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    Scott Bair
    Scott Bair – Verified account ‏@BairCSN

    Carr “I was praying for good news” as he went in for X-rays and further tests. Was hoping “this was a small bump in the road.”
    2:57 PM – 3 Jan 2017
    12 RETWEETS32 LIKES

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    2h2 hours ago
    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur
    Some more news. With Edwards also getting over flu, defense gets boost https://twitter.com/JamesPalmerTV/status/816396771333050368

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    Vic Tafur
    Vic Tafur – Verified account ‏@VicTafur

    Six days ago, McGloin said it’s “a performance-based business & if you’re not playing well, not going 2 be a starter long, especially at QB”
    5:04 PM – 3 Jan 2017 from Oakland, CA

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    Scott Bair – Verified account ‏@BairCSN

    Carr said there “was a little fracture’ not just dislocated…
    3:05 PM – 3 Jan 2017

  • Rik/The/Old/Dirty/ Bas…./

    8th

  • Carl weathers

    Well, a promising season only 2 weeks ago, is now in the fate of Ken Norton’s defense and a rookie 4th round QB making his first start. The additions of Joseph and Edwards is big, but we need bigger. We need Mack and Irvin to tag team B.O. and beat him like we saw him get beat down last year as a Bronco. Go get ’em Raiders!

  • Aussie Raider

    The problem with Edwards is he’s reckless it’s good to play violently but if you’re injuring yourself frequently you’re harming the team.

  • rifflicks

    What a bunch of fickle imbeciles…..exactly a year ago the whole lot of you were pouting and arguing about how many wins it would take for JDR and Reggie to keep their jobs and if making the playoffs was part of the equation.

    Well…..The Raiders surpassed everyone of your “end of last season’s” expectations and even made the playoffs but here you all are, piss&moaning like women who are never satisfied.

    A few off season additions and next year, not going deep in the playoffs would constitute a bust

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    Preseason i predicted 13-3. Was close

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    Carr on 957 with papa

    2h2 hours ago
    OAKLAND RAIDERS ‏@RAIDERS
    “I’m never going to stop fighting.”

    – @derekcarrqb

    Read: http://bit.ly/2ixE6oJ

  • BRRUUUCCCEEE (baby Al)

    Welll….

    Raiders Beat ‏@RaidersBeat
    Very well articulated, @ColinCowherd. Is any player in football more valuable to their organization than Derek Carr? https://twitter.com/TheHerd/status/815989022736588800

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    Get to know the new backup QB (just in case):
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garrett_Gilbert

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    Agreed. However, we invested some big bucks in the OL and these guys have received a hefty amount of praise all year. They’ll be expected to protect the rookie QB and open up some running lanes for the 3-headed monster Murray/Richard/Washington

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    he’s an average player, when healthy. Autry > MEJ

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    …he says, as he looks in the mirror

  • rifflicks

    you get dumber by the day…….my profile is open…… find a post where I slammed this Raider team…..like you whiny little clucking hens

  • idahoraiderfan33

    I said 11-5

  • idahoraiderfan33

    All the media knows Cowherd is right. Cowherd is the only one with the balls to say it though.

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    No need to get personal. You’re a Raider hater, always have been. That’s why you wouldn’t care if we lost on Saturday

  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    Levi Damien
    13m13 minutes ago
    Levi Damien ‏@LeviDamien
    #Texans open as 4-point favorites over #Raiders in wildcard game

  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    If our defense does not get better we will not win a superbowl

  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    KNJ needs to shape up or bring in Wade Phillips

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)
  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    Cook gonna light up Houston. You heard it here first!

  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    We are in playoffs. We playing to win. We will air it out. If we don’t the loss is on the coaches

  • inonewordraider

    Ur the azzhat that thought mcgloin was good. Bwahahahahaaha

  • Rolo

    Cook’s the qb. Now scheme to his versatility Musgrave! For goodness sake, stop throwing to Walford, who drops every second pass thrown his way. And the ones he catches, he makes the degree of difficulty higher than it should be.

  • themocc

    Houston is beatable. Rest of the AFC without Carr, not so much.

  • Why are you dorks still here?

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    because you call us dorks…

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Amari Cooper needs to play a huge game!! He can get open on the Texan secondary, Cook NEEDS to find him.. Cooper should get 10 plus passes thrown his way in this game.

  • idahoraiderfan33

    The dudes on NFL Live pretty much saying what we all seen against the donks.. The RAIDERS just rolled over..

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Punch the freakin Texans in the mouth win or lose!! JDR needs to get that FIRE out of this team, and go toe to toe with the Texans!! Heck, Cassell and the Titans beat the Texans for crying out loud!!

  • idahoraiderfan33

    The Titans have NO WRs and still beat the Texans..
    We have Amari Cooper, Crabtree, Roberts, Holmes, Rivera, Walford, Murray, Washington, Richard and Olawale that can ALL catch the ball. And run the ball..

    A TOP 2 OL in the game!!

    The Texans have one of the worst in not the WORST offense in the league!!
    We counter with ALL PRO Mack, Irvin, MEJ, Aurty, etc, etc, and a pretty good secondary!!
    The RAIDERS should beat this team!!

  • idahoraiderfan33

    JDR and his coaching staff NEED to be on that A game.
    Is KNJ defense going to make Osweiler look like the QB we ALL know he is, or do we make him look like Joe Montana?! If that happens, then we need to make changes, IMO
    I expect a hard fought great game!!

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Good post Becker

  • PodunkRaider (aka RRS)

    Osweiler played us pretty well in Mexico City. What’s the remedy for Sean Smith getting burned deep??

  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    Bring in Wade Phillips for DC

  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    Ian Rapoport ‏@RapSheet
    #MSU coach @DantonioMark is on @nflnetwork talking about Connor Cook: “I don’t think he’s going to be intimidated by the scope of the game

    McGloin was playing scared

  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    2h2 hours ago
    Scott Bair ‏@BairCSN
    Derek Carr’s in the building today…Connor Cook said Carr’s offered advice heading into Saturday

  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    Scott Bair
    2h2 hours ago
    Scott Bair ‏@BairCSN
    Cook not a rah rah guy, but not afraid to take command in the huddle. Calm, confident in ability to perform under tough circumstances

  • R8der4evr St Homer

    Your Boy Mcgloin crapped worse than you bro

  • Plunkhead

    I agree

  • Plunkhead

    A one way ticket out of Oakland

  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    Scott Bair ‏@BairCSN
    Jack Del Rio: Stacy McGee “should be able to go” on Saturday vs. Houston. That’s good news for Raiders defense. D-line at full strength

  • CARR4MVP (baby Al)

    Scott Bair ‏@BairCSN
    Texans have ruled QB Tom Savage (concussion) out of Saturday’s game vs. Raiders. Brandon Weeden will be Osweiller’s backup

  • Raiders21

    Kind of Surprised Carr won’t be there with his teammates in Houston. Could use his leadership on the sideline and around the team.